Codes of Conduct for Spectators / Parents
Children learn by example. Learn your child’s teammates names, cheer
them on. Applaud good play by your team and opponents. Cheer the team not
the individual player! Teach your child that honest effort is as important
as victory. Help them to see loss as opportunity to improve, without undue
Do not publicly question the officials’ judgment, integrity or
calls. Referees will make technical mistakes. They will miss (not
see) calls. They will allow play to continue if blowing the whistle and
stopping play would give the offending team an advantage. They will interpret
play differently. Remember, they are just kids learning also.
Please refrain from "coaching/instructing" your child from the
sidelines during games. He/she has enough to think about already. It is
important for the child to learn to make their own decisions on the field. If you still have strong urges, become a volunteer yourself! You may
have what it takes to be a Head Coach next season!
Recognize the value and importance of volunteer coaches. Do not interfere
with the way your child’s coach is coaching at the field during the
scheduled time slot. He/she volunteered their time and resources to provide
recreational activities for your child. If you have any concerns, discuss
with the coach after the game, in private, or contact the Division
Director, Director of Coaches, President or any other P.Y.S.A. board member. If you want the authority, take on the responsibility and volunteer
yourself as a Head Coach next year.
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