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Player Code of Ethics

Players Code of Ethics

I hereby pledge to be positive about my youth sports experience and accept responsibility for my participation by following this Players’ Code of Ethics Pledge: 
• I will encourage good sportsmanship from fellow players, coaches, officials and parents at every game and practice by demonstrating good sportsmanship.
• I will attend every practice and game that I can, and will notify my coach if I cannot. 
• I will expect to receive a fair and equal amount of playing time. 
• I will do my very best to listen and learn from my coaches. 
• I will treat my coaches, other players, officials and fans with respect regardless of race, sex, creed, or abilities and I will expect to be treated accordingly. 
• I deserve to have fun during my sports experience and will alert my parents or coaches if it stops being fun! 
• I deserve to play in an environment that is free of drugs, tobacco, and alcohol and expect adults to refrain from their use at all youth sports events. 
• I will encourage my parents to be involved with my team in some capacity because it is important to me. 
• I will do my very best in school. 
• I will remember that sports are an opportunity to learn and have fun. 

Corrective Action Policy 

Players who fail to adhere to the Code of Conduct or do not live up to their responsibilities or expectations will be subject to disciplinary action. 

Accordingly, SYFA has instituted a Corrective Action Policy to establish appropriate consequences for inappropriate behavior. The Corrective Action Policy is a guide to assist coaches and SYFA to run a quality program. The Corrective Action Policy is a 3-step system designed to forgive a mistake but to firmly address chronic misbehavior. For violations of the Code of Conduct or Expectations, the following steps will be followed: 
Step 1 – Verbal Warning – Coach will discuss undesirable conduct with player and parents and stress that this behavior will not be tolerated. 

Step 2 – Period Suspension - Coach will bench the offending player for 1 period of time during a game when he/she should be playing. Coach will inform Athletic Director of the problem and why the child is sitting out 1 game period. Coach should discuss undesirable conduct with the parents. 

Step 3 – Game Suspension - Coach will bench the offending player for 1 entire game when he/she should be playing. Coach will inform the Athletic Director of the 3rd offense, at which time the player and the parent(s) must attend a meeting with the Coach and Athletic Director before the player is allowed to resume playing. The player will be warned that the next offense may result in further disciplinary action.
* These guidelines are not absolute in dealing with behavioral problems. Severe situations could merit harsher sanctions against the participant.