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Parent Code of Ethics

Parent Code of Ethics

I hereby pledge to provide positive support, care, and encouragement for my child participating in youth sports by following this Parents’ Code of Ethics Pledge: 
• I will encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, and officials at every game, practice, or other youth sports event. 
• I will place the emotional and physical well being of my child ahead of a personal desire to win. 
• I will insist that my child play in a safe and healthy environment. 
• I will support coaches, officials, and league administration working with my child, in order to encourage a positive and enjoyable experience for all. 
• I will remember that the game is for youth – not adults. 
• I will do my very best to make youth sports fun for my child. 
• I will demand a sports environment for my child that is free of drugs, tobacco, and alcohol and will refrain from their use at all youth sports events.
• I will remember that the game is for youth – not adults. 
• I will do my very best to make youth sports fun for my child.
• I will ask my child to treat other players, coaches, fans, and officials with respect regardless of race, sex, creed, or ability. 
• I will require that my child’s coach be trained in the responsibilities of being a youth sports coach and that the coach upholds the Coaches’ Code of Ethics. 
• I will read the NYSCA National Standards for Youth Sports and do what I can to help all youth sports organizations implement and enforce them. 

Corrective Action Policy 

Parents who do not follow the Code of Ethics will be subject to a Corrective Action Policy. It is the philosophy of SYFA that parents' actions should not spoil the experience of participation in youth sports for the children. Furthermore, SYFA will never punish a child for the actions of his or her parent(s). Therefore, the following guidelines have been established for addressing problem parents. For violations of the Code of Ethics or Responsibilities and Expectations, the following steps 
will be followed:

Step 1 – Verbal Warning/Written Warning 
Option: Verbal Warning - Coach will discuss undesirable conduct with parents and stress that this behavior will not be tolerated. Coach will document this conversation and give to Athletic Director. 
Option: Written Warning - Coach or official will notify the league of continued breach of Code of Ethics and league will bring parent(s) in for a meeting to discuss actions and what the proper behavior is. 
Furthermore, there will be a formal letter of reprimand given to parent(s) stating that the next offense will lead to parent being banned from the sporting event venue for a period of 1 game. 
Step 2 – Game Suspension 
League will ban the parent from attending the next scheduled contest and another letter will be given to parent(s) stating that the next offense will lead to parent being banned from all future contests. 
Step 3 – Season Suspension 
The parent(s) will be banned from attending all league contests after a 4th offense. The parent(s) will then have to make a formal request to be re-instated into this league. The parent(s) will then have to meet with the Board of Directors prior to the start of the season to determine if the parent(s) is capable of behaving within the spirit and letter of the guidelines of this program.
These guidelines are not absolute in dealing with behavioral problems.  Severe situations could merit harsher sanctions against the parent(s).