MGSL CODE OF CONDUCT
Sport Parent Code of Conduct
Midland Girls Softball League
The essential elements of character building and ethics in sports are embodied in the concept of sportsmanship and six core principles: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and good citizenship. The highest potential of sports is achieved when competition reflects these “six pillars of character”.
I therefore agree:
1. I will not force my child to play sports.
2. I will remember that children participate to have fun and that the game is for youths, not adults.
3. I will inform the coach of any physical disability of ailment that may affect the safety of my child or others.
4. I will learn the rules of the game and the policies of the league.
5. I (and my guests) will be a positive role model for my child and encourage sportsmanship by showing respect and courtesy, and by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, officials and spectators at every game and practice.
6. I (and my guests) will not encourage in any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct with any official, coach, player or parent such as booing and taunting; refusing to shake hands; or using profane language or gestures.
7. I will teach my child to play by the rules and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence.
8. I will demand that my child treat other players, coaches, officials and spectators with respect regardless of race, creed, color, sex or ability.
9. I will teach my child that doing ones’ best is more important than winning, so that my child will never feel defeated by the outcome of a game or his/her performance.
10. I will praise my child for competing fairly and trying hard and make my child feel like a winner every time.
11. I will never ridicule or yell at my child or other participants for making a mistake or losing.
12. I will respect the officials and their authority during games and will never question, discuss or confront coaches on the game field. I will take time to speak to coaches at an agreed upon time and place.
13. I will demand a sports environment for my child that is free from drugs, tobacco and alcohol and I will refrain from their use at games and practices.
14. I will refrain from coaching my child or other players during games and practices.
15. I will voice my grievances, concerns or issues to the appropriate league persons. I will do so in a constructive manner and will not make negative, unnecessary comments to players, coaches, officials or other parents. I recognize that I always have the option of contacting the league President.
16. I will follow the Parent Agreement.
I also agree that if I fail to abide by the aforementioned rules and guidelines, I will be subject to disciplinary action that could include, but is not limited to the following:
A. Verbal warning by official, coach or league President.
B. Written Warning.
C. Parental game suspension with written documentation of incident kept on file with the league.
D. Game forfeit through the official or coach.
E. Parental season suspension.