Coaches Code of Conduct

Our organization is committed to the principles of Positive Coaching and against a “win-at-all-cost” mentality. A win-at-all-cost coach has only one goal – to win. Our coaching philosophy is one that shares the goal (wants to win) but has a second goal that is even more important – to use this sport’s experience to help young people learn “life lessons” and positive character traits that will help them be successful throughout their lives.

To ensure the appropriate atmosphere for these activities, our organization has adopted a zero tolerance policy in the enforcement of the JMYFL Code of Conduct.

  • I will place the emotional and physical well-being of my players ahead of my personal desire to win.
  • I will treat each player as an individual and expect age appropriate skills from all my players.
  • I will do my best to provide a safe playing situation for my players.
  • I will lead by example in demonstrating fair play and sportsmanship to all my players on and off the field.
  • I will respect the decisions of referees and coaches.
  • I will remember that I am a youth sports coach and that the game is for children and not adults.
  • I will adhere to the Coaches Code of Conduct while participating in any JMYFL sports activity.
  • I will be knowledgeable in the rules of each sport that I coach, and will teach these rules to my players.
  • I will conduct post-game meetings with parents and children to make sure the kids are aware how proud of them we are by expressing the POSITIVES of each child.

I WILL NOT EXPRESS VERBAL OR PHYSICAL FORCE TOWARD ANY CHILD, PARENT, OFFICIAL, COACH OR OTHER JMYFL VOLUNTEER.

I also agree that if I fail to abide by the aforementioned rules and guidelines, I will be subject to disciplinary action that could include, but is not limited to the following:

  • Verbal warning by official, head coach, and/or head of league organization
  • Written warning
  • Game suspension with written documentation of incident kept on file by JMYFL
  • Game forfeit through the official
  • Season suspension

Parent Code of Conduct

The essential elements of character-building and ethics in sports are embodied in the concept of sportsmanship and six core principles: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and good citizenship. The highest potential of sports is achieved when competition reflects these “six pillars of character.”
As a parent:

  • I will not force my child to participate in sports.
  • I will remember that children participate to have fun and that the game is for youth, not adults.
  • I will inform the coach of any physical disability or ailment that may affect the safety of my child or the safety of others.
  • I will learn the rules of the game and the policies of the league.
  • I (and my guests) will be a positive role model for my child and encourage sportsmanship by showing respect and courtesy, and by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, officials and spectators at every game, practice or other sporting event.
  • I (and 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; or using profane language or gestures.
  • I will not encourage any behaviour or practices that would endanger the health and well-being of the athletes.
  • I will teach my child to play by the rules and to resolve conflicts 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, color, 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 make my child feel like a winner every time.
  • I will never ridicule or yell at my child or other participant for making a mistake or losing a competition.
  • I will emphasize skill development and practices and how they benefit my child over winning. I will also de-emphasize games and competition in the lower age groups.
  • 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 at the game field, 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 JMYFL 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 that could include, but is not limited to the following:

  • Verbal warning by official, head coach, and/or head of league organization
  • Written warning
  • Parental game suspension with written documentation of incident kept on file by organizations involved
  • Game forfeit through the official or coach
  • Parental season suspension

I the Player Agree To: (Parents please review with your player)

  • Attend practice and game unless I inform the coach in advance of my absence.
  • Give support and show respect to my teammates, coaches, and opponents.
  • Work hard in practice.
  • Practice sportsmanship at all times. Winners don’t brag and losers don’t make excuses.
  • Strive to be a positive influence in the way I talk and listen to my teammates, coaches, and opponents.
  • Emphasize academics and family over athletics

I do understand that I if I do not abide by the above Code of Conduct I will be banned from participating in JMYFL activities for a period of one year, at which time I can petition JMYFL for reinstatement.