Monday, August 20, 2012

Parental Sportsmanship Contracts for Youth Teams (Videos)







I enrolled my son in football recently...

No amazing thing, no real issues with the process.
Been here and done this stuff before...

Until, I read the Parent's Code of Conduct 
(a different league than in the past I had a bit more paperwork to go through).

There were 21 points to it:

Some were pretty basic:

~ ~ I will attend games, I will let the coach know if my child won't be at a game and I will learn the rules of the game, etc.

Then I reached there were others which floored me:

~~ I 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, spectators, and volunteers at every game, practice or other event....

Pause...Shake head...
Begin asking a question...stop...begin again...
Stop.

What in the world!!???

Is this a sports contract for the kids we are signing up to be on the team, or is it for the parents!?

I know that the kids are supposed to behave properly, but the parents?

Isn't that my job anyways?

...To be a positive role model for my children (and other children), treat the coaches with respect and behave like an adult and encourage my child to do the same?...

I'm stunned this is something parents had to agree to and sign...

More so, I'm amazed it's necessary.

Sad...very, very, sad...

I just thought this stuff would be common sense...


Read More about this problem.

I'm not so sure this issue has as much to do with 'the sport' as it does
have to do with anger management...
Because after watching these videos, it's clear to me that no one wins..
And isn't that what these adults arguments were all about to begin with?



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