|Code of Conduct|
Forest Hills Little League expects each of its players to follow the highest standards of sportsmanship, citizenship and courtesy at all times. This extends beyond practices, games and other league events to include time spent at the parks prior to and after games, and at other public venues. The league prohibits abusive, foul or offensive language, it prohibits insubordination of coaches, umpires and league personnel, it prohibits physical and verbal altercations, and it prohibits the use of controlled substances.
When inappropriate behavior comes to the attention of any coach or league official, that person has the authority to administer immediate disciplinary action to the offending player(s). If deemed necessary, a report will be submitted to the Board of Directors, who will review the events and may impose further disciplinary actions.
It is important to note that players do have an avenue to express their concern about issues that cannot be resolved at the team level: they, or their parents, should contact the Player Agent who will try to intercede. Failing a resolution, he or she will involve the Board of Directors.
PLAYER'S CODE OF CONDUCT
- I understand that being allowed to play baseball with Forest Hills Little League is a privilege, not a right. I will fulfill the league's expectations at all times.
- I will play by the rules and in the spirit of the game, winning with dignity and losing with grace.
- I will remember that winning isn't everything, that having fun, improving skills, making friends and doing my best are just as important.
- I will be a true team player by trying hard and supporting my teammates in a positive manner at all times regardless of gender, ethnic background, sexual orientation, economic status or ability, etc.
- I will remember that coaches and officials are there for my benefit so I will listen and do my best to learn from them.
- I will act respectfully and responsibly toward my coaches by arriving on time for all games and practices, with my equipment, unless I notify them in advance.
- I will demonstrate good sportsmanship at all times and respect everyone involved with Little League, players, coaches, umpires, league officials and spectators, regardless of their affiliation.
- I will control my temper at all times: no throwing equipment; no fighting; no "mouthing off"; etc.
- I will never question an umpire's call or speak in a negative manner to him or her.
- I will respond immediately and appropriately upon receiving any disciplinary instructions from a coach or league official.
- I deserve to enjoy my sports experience and will alert parents or coaches if it stops being fun.
Forest Hills Little League is in operation for the benefit of the children and the manner in which you conduct yourself has a direct effect on the league's ability to provide a positive experience for the children who participate.
The essential elements of character building and ethics in sport are embodied in the concept of sportsmanship and six core principles: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and good citizenship. The highest potential of sport is achieved when competition reflects these "six pillars of character." As such, parents are obligated to observe and embody these principles when their children participate in the league. They must sign the Parent Code of Conduct to acknowledge their responsibility to model appropriate behavior and to teach their children the same.
Likewise, coaches have signed their own code of conduct (available upon request) and are subject to the league's policies and procedures with respect to their approach to the children, team and game.
Everyone associated with the league, Board Members, Coaches, Managers, and others are volunteers. They are taking time out of their lives to provide an opportunity for your child to participate in sport. Rest assured that each of them is doing the best they can. The league therefore asks that all issues be approached in a positive manner.
Despite everyone's best efforts, conflicts will arise from time to time and the league has procedures in place to address them in a timely fashion. The Board of Directors, represented by the Player Agent, will have the final decision on any issue. However, parents are asked to address issues at the team level first, their Divisional Coordinator next and if a resolution is not achieved, the Coordinator will advise the Player Agent.
PARENT CODE OF CONDUCT
- I will remember that my child plays sport for his or her enjoyment, not for mine, so I will not force him or her to participate.
- I, and my guests, will be a positive role model 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 sporting event. I will applaud good performances by both my child's team and their opponents.
- I will expect 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 as important as winning, so that my child will never feel defeated by the outcome of a game.
- I will make my child feel like a winner every time by offering praise for competing fairly and trying hard.
- I will never ridicule or yell at my child for making a mistake or losing a competition.
- I will never question the umpire's judgement or honesty.
- I will address my issues with the coaches or officials only at an appropriate time and place.
- 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 will support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from children's sporting activities.
- 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 respect and show appreciation for the league volunteers and coaches who give their time to provide sport activities for my child, understanding that I have a responsibility to be a part of my child's development.
- 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 will allow the coaches to coach, before, during and after the game. My role is one of support unless I am a trained team official.
- I will respect and show appreciation for the other parents who share these beliefs.
- I will ensure that my guests are made aware of these expectations.
Forest Hills Little League recognizes the outstanding commitment made by its coaches each year. Despite that fact, it can at times feel like a thankless position. Please rest assured that the league truly appreciates your dedication.
In addition to the Coach's Code of Conduct please also acknowledge the Parent and Player codes of conduct. If there are infractions of these codes of conduct that you cannot resolve through reasonable disciplinary action at the team level, please bring them to the league's attention through your Division Coordinator.
As a coach you have incredible influence on your athletes. Many people look back and remember their coaches as important role models. A participant's experience and enjoyment of sport and life can be enhanced by their coach-athlete relationships. Coaches can shape a positive outcome by:
Using Power Positively
- using their power and authority positively with athletes
- being a good role model
- following the coach's code of conduct
- being aware of the Athlete's bill of rights
- focusing on clear and regular communication with athletes, so boundaries and goals are mutually agreed upon.
Power is the ability to get things done, the capacity to act, or the ability to choose what will happen. The proper use of power is important in all coach-athlete relationships.
The challenge for coaches is taking the right actions that contribute to the all-round development of athletes to ensure that they mature into independent, self-reliant individuals while participating in sport and throughout the rest of their lives.
Becoming aware of your power, and learning how to use it wisely, is a leadership skill that helps build healthy coach-athlete relationships and enables athletes to perform better.
Athlete's Bill Of Rights
Athletes participate in sport for a variety of reasons and have many expectations. Whether it's to attain a personal goal, a higher level of competition or simply for the pure joy of sport, parents and coaches hold the key in athletes' choice to participate. Athletes have the right to:
COACH'S CODE OF CONDUCT
- have fun through sport;
- participate at a level that is consistent with ability;
- have qualified, sensitive leadership;
- participate in a safe and healthy environment;
- share in the leadership and decision-making of their sport;
- as a child, play as children and as an adult, play at the appropriate competition level;
- have the opportunity to participate in sport regardless of ability or income level;
- proper preparation for participation in the sport;
- an equal opportunity to strive for success;
- be treated with dignity by all involved; and
- say 'No'.
- Treat everyone fairly within the context of his or her activity, regardless of ability, gender, ethnic background, sexual orientation, religion, political belief or economic status.
- Direct comments at the performance rather than the person.
- Consistently display high personal standards and project a favorable image of your sport and of coaching.
- Refrain from the use of profane, insulting, harassing or otherwise offensive language while coaching.
- Treat opponents and officials with respect, both in victory and defeat, and encourage athletes to act accordingly. Refrain from public criticism of fellow coaches.
- Ensure that the activity being undertaken is suitable for the age, experience, ability and fitness level of the athletes, and educate athletes as to their responsibilities in contributing to a safe environment.
- Co-operate with registered medical practitioners in the overall management of your athletes' medical and psychological problems. Consider the athletes' future health and well being foremost.
- Co-operate with the athletes' parents or legal guardians, involving them in their child's development.
- Recognize and accept when to refer athletes to other coaches or sport specialists. Allow athletes' goals to take precedence over your own.
- Be aware of the academic pressures placed on student athletes and conduct practices and games in a manner so as to allow academic success.
- Regularly seek ways of increasing professional development and self-awareness.
- Abstain from and discourage the use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco products in conjunction with sport.
- You must:
- Ensure the safety of the athletes with whom you work.
- Respect the athletes' dignity.
- Recognize that verbal or physical behaviors that constitute harassment or abuse are unacceptable.
- Never advocate or condone the use of drugs or other banned performance enhancing substances, and never provide underage athletes with drugs, alcohol or tobacco products.