THE PARENT’S CODE
- I will remember that my child plays for his or her enjoyment, not mine.
- I will teach my child that doing one’s best is more important than winning, so that my child will never feel defeated by the outcome of a game or event.
- I will never ridicule or yell at my child for making a mistake or losing a competition.
- I will provide positive comments that motivate and encourage continued effort.
- I will make my child feel like a winner every time by offering praise for competing fairly and trying hard.
- I will remember that children learn best by example.
- I will applaud good play/performances by both my child’s team and their opponents.
- I will show respect for my team’s opponents, because without them there would be no game or competition.
- I will respect the officials’ decisions or judgement and will encourage participants to do the same.
- I will respect the volunteer coaches, who give their time to provide sport activities for my child, and show appreciation for their efforts.
- I will not use bad language, nor will I harass or abuse, verbally or physically, athletes, coaches, officials or other spectators.
- I will not have unrealistic expectations.
- I will remember that child athletes are not miniature professionals and cannot be judged by professional standards.