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Lakeville Football Association Code of Conduct

Parent Code of Conduct

Parents are vital to the development of young athletes. Whether sitting in the stands or helping out as a volunteer, parents must set a positive example. Parents and adults involved in youth sports should be models of good sportsmanship and lead by example on and off the playing field.
LFA Recommends the Following Parent Code of Conduct:
1. Parents should be encouraging, not critical, of their player, coach and team. Give constructive criticism during a private moment, never in front of other parents, players, officials, spectators, etc.
2. Support your coach and refrain from excessive “sideline coaching” from the stands.
3. Parents will inform the coach of any physical or medical ailment that may affect the safety of their player or any other player. Abide by a doctor’s decision in all matters of players health and injuries and physical ability to play.
4. Accept the decisions of officials on the field as being fair and called to the best ability of the officials. Parents must stay off the field and remain under control in order to set a good example for players and other spectators.
5. Parents will encourage good sportsmanship through their actions by demonstrating positive support for all players, parents, coaches and officials at every game and practice. Do not criticize an opposing team, its players, fans, coaches or team by words or gestures.
6. Parents will treat all other parents, players, coaches and officials with respect; including attitude, language and mannerisms. Inappropriate behavior and language is cause for immediate ejection from the stands. Repeat offenses will result in being barred from future games and league sponsored activities.
7. Support the coaches, players and officials and help teach the value of commitment to the teams, sportsmanship, ethical conduct and fair play.
8. Discuss with your player the role of the coach on the team and their authority on the playing field. Make sure your player understands that it is OK to question or ask the coach why in certain scenarios, but that must be done in the proper manner. As a parent do not undermine the coaches authority as your player will have others in a position of authority over them their whole lives. These are great life lessons in teaching your player in dealing with people of authority.
9. Parents should make sure all fees and assessments are paid on time as indicated by the team manager and/or Board.
10. Parents must equip their player properly so they can participate in all practices, scrimmages and games.
11. Parents should keep abreast of all information pertinent to their player's team.
12. Parents should notify the head coach in advance when their player cannot make a scrimmage or game, stating the reason.
13. Parents will promote the emotional and physical wellbeing of all the players, ahead of any personal desire to win or any personal-reflected glory. This includes, but is not limited to, providing support for coaches, officials and all others, to provide a positive experience.
14. Parents need to remember that the game is for the players and not for the parents and win or lose, will appreciate the efforts of all players and coaching staff.
15. Parents are not allowed to physically, emotionally or psychologically abuse any other parent, player, coach, game official or directors. Violations of this rule are disciplined according to the LFA Discipline Policy.

Consequences for Parents:
1. Verbal warning
2. Written warning
3. Game suspensions
4. Removal from all LFA events