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Sports Code of Conduct


Conduct
Participating in athletic/sport programs promote healthy lifestyles (wellness) in youth and adults through physical, social, and emotional development and should be offered to as many residents as possible. Well-coordinated programs are vital to Websters’ morale and helps to maintain a spirit that can sustain the entire community.  Coaches, spectators, and participants have a unique opportunity to teach and model positive life skills and good sportsmanship. Successful sport programs require qualified coaches, players with the will to learn and desire to have fun, and spectators who are respectful and supportive.  Coaches, players, and spectators should understand that their conduct will establish the reputation of Webster and that their actions will relate directly to the success of their team.  It is important that the community remembers that an athletic contest is only a game not a matter of life and death. A recommended Code of Conduct can be found later in this document. 
 
Program In successful sport communities, program expectations are clearly defined and well communicated.  Program goals should develop and enhance the physical, social, educational, and well-being (wellness) of all participants. While it is the nature of competition to strive for victory, the number of victories is only one measure of success.  To this end, coaches must teach players to: · Prepare their minds and bodies so that they can do the best they can and then  · Be modest in both victory and defeat. Additional information regarding program goals and outcomes can be found later in this document. 
 
Facilities
Safe, well-maintained, multi-use facilities that are age and program appropriate are important elements of all successful sport programs.  Collaboration and cooperation between the school district, town, and community sports organizations maximize the use of all playing fields, fieldhouse, gymnasiums, and aquatic facilities.

SPECTATORS: Parents, Grandparents, friends and family
· Will remember that players participate to have fun.
· Will learn the rules of the game and the policies of the league and reinforce
the importance of following them.
· Will not engage in unsportsmanlike conduct of any kind such as booing,
taunting, or profane language or gestures.
· Will be a positive role model and encourage sportsmanship by showing
respect and courtesy, and by demonstrating positive support for all players,
coaches, officials and spectators regardless of race, creed, color, sex or
ability.
· Will respect the officials and their authority during games and will never
question, discuss, or confront coaches or officials at the game field.
· Will praise players for competing fairly and always encourage them to give
their best effort.
· Will demand an environment that is free from drugs, tobacco, and alcohol
and will refrain from their use at all events.
· Will refrain from coaching from the sidelines during competitions and
practices (unless official coach of the team.)
· Will respect others’ property and not engage in vandalism, theft, and other
forms of mischief.
· If unhappy with any aspect of my child’s youth sports experience, I will
approach the coach privately and in a respectful manner.

COACHES:
· Will be patient and create a safe environment conducive to learning and
having fun.
· Will get to know players as individuals and be sensitive to their individual
needs.
· Will lead by example, by what I say and do.
· Will teach teamwork and fair play, and model this behavior.
· Will communicate expectations clearly, motivate with praise, and use criticism
only in a constructive manner.
· Will be consistent in applying discipline and enforcing team rules equally.
· Will set age and developmentally appropriate goals for individuals and team.
· Will respect officials, parents, spectators, opposing players and coaches at all
time.
· Will not use any athlete to further personal interests or coaching aspirations.
· Will use community facilities with care and leave them in the same condition
they were found.

PLAYERS:
· Will make having fun the number one priority.
· Will learn the rules of the game and the policies of the league and follow them.
· Will not engage in unsportsmanlike conduct of any kind such as booing,
taunting, or profane language or gestures.
· Will demonstrate respect and courtesy and positive support for all players,
coaches, officials and spectators regardless of race, creed, color, sex or ability.
· Will respect the officials and their authority during games and will never
question, discuss, or confront coaches or officials at the game field.
· Will not use drugs, tobacco, or alcohol.
· Will respect others property and not engage in any vandalism, theft, and other
forms of mischief.
· If unhappy with any aspect of my sports experience, I will approach the coach
privately and in a respectful manner.