Code of Conduct - Parents & Spectators

Code of Conduct - Parents & Spectators

1. FOLLOW THE GOLDEN RULE - and treat coaches, parents, spectators, officials and players in the
same manner I would like me and my child to be treated. This means with respect, dignity, and total
sportsmanship at all times.

2. BE A GOOD SPORT - and not boo, taunt, scream, gesture or make comments at, or about, players,
coaches, fans or officials (that includes my child’s team as well as my child’s opponent). I will offer
applause and cheers of encouragement for both teams following a good play or a great effort, otherwise
I will keep quiet. Examples of poor behaviour are taunting, showboating, throwing equipment (i.e. bats,
helmets, gloves etc)

3. NOT USE DRUGS, ALCOHOL OR TOBACCO - anywhere on the fields, surrounding areas or in the
parking lots. I will respect and abide by Town of Lincoln Tobacco-Free Policy.

4. LEARN THE RULES - of the game and the policies of the Association. I will abide by those rules and policies and insist my child abide by those rules and policies.

5. ENCOURAGE MY CHILD TO PRACTICE THE FUNDAMENTALS - and master the basics of baseball.

6. NOT QUESTION OR ARGUE WITH AN UMPIRE’S OR COACH’S CALL - I may not agree with a call,
but it’s not my job or the player’s job to officiate the game. An official’s call should never be discussed by
a parent or spectator.

AWAY FROM OTHERS - Or better yet, I will wait until the next day to discuss the issue. I will let the
heat of the moment pass. I will never make a scene in front of the team as it’s embarrassing for me, my
children and the coach and chances are nothing will get resolved.

8. ACT MY AGE - Youth baseball is for kids. If I find myself becoming too emotionally involved I will take a
step back and relax. I will remember while my childhood is over I will give young players the freedom to
enjoy themselves.

9. BE RESPONSIBLE - and make sure my children attends, participates in and gets to practice and games
on time. I will make sure they have their entire uniform and equipment with them and in good condition.

10. INSIST MY CHILD SIT ON THE BENCH - between innings; cheer on their teammates and not visit
other spectators or me. My child is part of a team and that team is relying on all of its members.

11. MOTIVATE THROUGH CONFIDENCE - I will try to identify something positive from every game or
practice to help build confidence. A player’s sense of achievement is the greatest motivator.

12. PUT WINNING AND LOSING INTO PERSPECTIVE - Games must have winners and losers. I will
keep reminding my child of this reality and the need to deal with both outcomes respectfully.

13. AVOID THE POST GAME ANALYSIS - and I won’t be critical of my child’s performance following the
game. I will encourage them to self-reflect on how they felt they played the game. Doing one’s best and
skill development is more important than winning.

14. REMEMBER IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE FUN - and will help make it that way. I will encourage
enjoyment, participation and improvement over game results.

15. THANK COACHES, OFFICIALS AND ASSOCIATION MEMBERS - for volunteering their time and
helping run a program that benefits my child.

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