Player, Coach, and Parent Code of Conduct

Updated Friday June 19, 2015 by Amelia Carruth.

Code of Conduct

Player Code of Conduct

  • Play safe. Tell your coach if you are injured. Make sure all of your gear fits and is in good condition. If you are unsure,ask your coach. If you are thirsty get water.
  • Work hard every minute of practice and in games. Let your example be a role model for other players. After or before practice don't be afraid to ask your coach what you can do improve.
  • Pay attention to your coaches. They are there for you. Show them that you care by looking them in the eye when they speak and by learning the plays completely.
  • Show respect for your teammates by cheering for them and helping them as much as possible. Don't tease them or make fun of them.
  • Encourage fair play. Always play by the rules.
  • Show respect for everyone in the program, especially the referees and the opposing team.
  • Never ever give up. Even if your team loses, know that you have always done your best.
  • When you wear your jersey off the field, remember that you are representing your entire team by the way you behave.
  • Play for fun.
  • Put the team ahead of yourself in every situation.

Parent Code of Conduct

  • Children participate in TCYFL activities for their own fun. They are not here to entertain you; they are not miniature professional athletes, and this is not a farm club for future professional athletes.
  • Encourage fair play. Always play by the rules.
  • Be supportive, i.e. be sure your child attends practices, is on time, and attends all games.
  • Parents should role model respect for everyone in the program, especially the referees and the opposing team. Wait until after the game or practice before approaching the coach with questions or concerns.
  • Recognize the value and importance of your child's coach or coaches. They are volunteers who donated a tremendous amount of time and effort to make this a positive experience for your child. Please maintain respect for these volunteers at all times.
  • At games, make sure your comments are positive or please make no comment at all. Parents and spectators are required to be in the stands at all times. Only authorized TCYFL certified coaches are allowed on the field. This includes practice fields. Applaud good plays and efforts by the opposing team, as well as your team. NEVER ridicule or scold a child for making a mistake during a game.
  • Condemn unsportsmanlike conduct in any way, shape or form.
  • Respect the decisions of the referees - even if you disagree with them. In our minor division we use volunteers for referees - please respect them.
  • Please remember that as a parent, you are a role model - do not use profane language or harass referees or players.
  • Parents or spectators who cannot abide by this code of conduct will be asked to leave the field.

Helpful Ideas for Parents - By: Tim Eastlick, Head Football Coach, River Valley High School

Coach Code of Conduct

  • I will place the emotional and physical well being of my players ahead of my personal desire to win.
  • I will treat each child as an individual, remembering the large range of emotional and physical development for the same age group.
  • I will provide a safe playing situation for my players.
  • I will lead by example in demonstrating fair play and sportsmanship to all my players.
  • I will avoid coaching styles that humiliate and degrade self-esteem.
  • I will be knowledgeable of the rules and techniques of my sport and I will teach these to my players.
  • I will remember that I am a youth sports coach, and that the game is for children and not adults.
  • I will respect league officials and volunteers and follow TCYFL rules.
  • I will coach for the love of the game and the love of the athlete.
  • I will reward effort and behavior and not outcome.
  • I will keep the game simple and fun.
  • I will put the needs of the team ahead of any individual.
  • I will lead by character and by example.
  • I will come to practice looking like a coach.
  • I will remember the 8 play minimum and make sure each player gets their playing time.