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, Good Citizenship
The highest potential of sports is achieved when competition reflects these "six pillars of character".
1. Please be aware of the major time and team commitment required to play football! Do not schedule family vacations during the football season. Try and schedule your vacations before the season starts or after the season ends. There is an entire team and staff of volunteer coaches who count on your child to play and participate in every game.
2. No parent should interfere with a coach’s decisions during games or practices at any time. Allow the coaches to have your child’s undivided attention for the two hours they are at practice and/or playing in games. Oftentimes, what you instruct them to do from the sidelines contradicts what the coach is instructing them to do and this confuses the child. Your greatest asset for your child during games/practices is your encouragement, not your coaching.
3. Parents and spectators must stay outside the coach’s box and five yards away from the sidelines at all times during games. No parent/spectator is allowed on the playing field at any time during a game.
4. Parents and spectators are strongly encouraged not to engage with the referees about anything (especially calls) during a game. It is impossible for referees to catch every infraction during a game! Your child will make many mistakes during a game, so please allow our hard working and underappreciated referees to occasionally make them – NOBODY IS PERFECT.
5. Ensure your child arrives to practices and games on time to show respect to our many volunteer coaches and your child’s teammates. Coaches are not required to play those players who either miss practice or are consistently late.
6. Any parent/spectator or participant ejected from a game for unruly and/or disruptive behavior MUST LEAVE THE FIELD! Any parent, spectator, coach or player ejected from a game is subject to a minimum one (1) game suspension. Your conduct is being observed by your child and you are setting an example for your child—so please don’t act like one!
As a parent you agree: