I will encourage my child to participate in sports, but I will not force my child to do so.
I will remember that children participate to have fun and that the game is for youths, not adults.
I will inform the coach of any physical disability, illness or ailment that may affect the safety of my child, or the safety of others. I will not send my child to play if she is ill.
I will learn the rules of the game and the policies of the league (which are available on the REGAL website).
I, my spouse and/or life-partner and/or any of my guests will be positive role models for my child and encourage sportsmanship by showing respect and courtesy, and by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, referees, REGAL officials and spectators at every game, practice or other sporting event.
I, my spouse and/or life-partner and/or any of 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, and/or using profane language or gestures. Although we will cheer, we will not argue calls with the referees, make comments out loud about referee calls and/or decisions, under penalty of banishment from games for a period of five games, or for such period that the R.E.G.A.L. board deems just under the circumstances.
I, my spouse and/or life-partner and/or any of my guests will not encourage any behavior or practice that might endanger the health and well being of the athletes.
I will teach my child to play by the rules and to resolve any conflicts that arise without resorting to hostility or violence.
I will demand that my child treat other players, coaches, officials and spectators with respect regardless of race, creed, sex or ability.
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.
I will praise my child for competing fairly and trying hard, and I will endeavor to make my child feel like a winner every time.
I will never ridicule, or yell at my child or other participants for making a mistake or losing a game or competition.
I will emphasize skill development and practice whenever possible.
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.
I will respect the officials and their authority during games and will never question, discuss, or confront coaches during the game and will take time to speak with coaches at an agreed upon time and place.
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.
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.
I also agree that if I fail to abide by the aforementioned rules and guidelines, I will be subject to disciplinary action.
January 12, 2015
Please take a look at this blog post by Keith Van Horn--former professional basketball player, Youth Sport Coach and Father.