Oradell Recreation Committee
Guidelines for Youth Athletic Programs
Parent/Guardian Code of Conduct
(National Youth Sports Safety Foundation)

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 encourage my child to participate in sports but I will not force my child
    to do so.
  2.  I will remember that children participate to have fun and that the game is for youth, not adults.
  3. I will inform the coach of any physical disability or ailment that may affect the
    safety of my child or the safety of 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, practice or other sporting event.
  6. I (and my guests) will not engage 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 not encourage any behaviors or practices that would endanger the
    health and well being of the athletes.
  8. I will teach my child to play by the rules and to resolve conflicts without
    resorting to hostility or violence.
  9. I will demand that my child treat other players, coaches, officials and
    spectators with respect regardless of race, creed, color, sex or ability.
  10. 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 his/her performance.
  11. I will praise my child for competing fairly and trying hard, and make my child feel like a winner every time.
  12. I will never ridicule or yell at my child or other participants for making a
    mistake or losing a competition.
  13. I will emphasize skill development and practices and how they benefit my
    child over winning. I will also de-emphasize games and competition in the lower age groups.
  14. I will promote the emotional and physical well being of the athletes ahead of
    any personal desire I may have for my child to win.
  15. I will respect the officials and their authority during games and will never
    question, discuss, or confront coaches at the game field, and will take time to
    speak with coaches at an agreed upon time and place.
  16.  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 all sports events.
  17. I will refrain from coaching my child or other players during games and
    practices, unless I am one of the official coaches of the team.
  18. 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:
    • Written warning from the league with a copy to the Recreation Committee
    • Parental game suspension
    • Game forfeit through the official or coach
    • Parental season suspension