Youth football encourages physical, social and emotional growth. Therefore, it is essential for parents, coaches, and officials to encourage players to embrace the values of good sportsmanship, discipline and character development.
PLAYERS CODE OF CONDUCT
Be a good sport (win or lose);Be honest, fair and always show good sportsmanship to all coaches, players, officials, parents and fans by demonstrating good sportsmanship at every game and practice.
Learn the value of commitment to the team. I will attend every practice and game that I can, and will notify by coach if I cannot.
Put personal goals aside for the betterment of the team.
Show courtesy and respect to teammates, opponents and coaches.
Realize that athletic contests, including practice sessions are educational experiences and opportunities.
I will not engage in unsportsmanlike conduct.
I will not engage in rude behavior.
I will treat everyone, including coaches, parents, players and officials, with respect, regardless of race, creed, color, nationality or gender.
PARENTS CODE OF CONDUCT
I hereby pledge to provide positive support, care, and encouragement for my child participating in youth sports by following this code of ethics.
I will encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, and officials at every game, practice, or other youth sports events.
I will place the emotional and physical well-being of my child ahead of any personal desire to win.
I will insist that my child play in a safe and healthy environment.
I will provide support for coaches and officials working with my child to provide a positive, enjoyable experience for all.
I will demand a drug, alcohol, and tobacco-free sports environment for my child and agree to assist by refraining from their use at all youth sports events.
I will remember that the game is for children and not for adults.
I will do my very best to make youth sports fun for my child.
I will ask my child to treat other players, coaches, fans, and officials with respect regardless of race, sex, creed, or ability.
I will always address any issues with my child’s coach in private.
I will promise to help my child enjoy the youth sports experience within my personal constraints by assisting with coaching, being a respectful fan, providing transportation or whatever I am capable of doing.
COACHES CODE OF CONDUCT
Uphold all rules and regulations of the Mid Maryland Youth Football and Cheer League.
Assure that each coach and team official has access to and has read all league regulations.
Assure that each player knows and obeys the Players Code of Conduct.
Any coach or team official that knowingly allows an ineligible player to participate in a game will be subject to disciplinary action by the Executive Board.
It is deemed proper ethics that anyone that knows in advance or has strong suspicions of an ineligible player should contact the Executive Board; Vice President of Football or any member of the Executive Board as soon as possible.
Accept decisions of the game officials on the field as being fair and called to the best ability of said officials.
Together with game officials, be jointly responsible for the conduct and control of team fans and spectators. Any fan that becomes a nuisance and is out of control is the responsibility of the coach and should be removed from the area.
Do not leave the coach’s area to shout instructions from sidelines.
Do not criticize players in front of spectators, with gestures and loud noises, but reserve criticism until a more private opportunity arises.
Do not criticize an opposing team, its players, coaches or fans, by words or by gestures.
Refrain from using abusive and profane language to anyone connected with the game, as a spectator, player, opposing coach or game official.
Do not deliberately incite unsportsmanlike conduct. An instruction to players to “get” another player or attempt to impose bodily harm to opposing players is considered incitement.
Abstain from drinking of alcoholic beverages and smoking on both game and practice fields.
Avoid running up scores. When a team leads its’ opponent by a total of 27 points, they must remove their starting backfield, including the quarterback and all running backs and wingbacks and make every possible attempt to hold the score down. This applies from Pitbull through 11-13 divisions.
Assure that no player practices or plays in a game without proper equipment.
Remove from a game or practice, any player when slightly in doubt about his health, whether or not a result of injury, until competent medical advice is available.
Assure that a player’s scholastic achievement does not suffer because of participation in MMYFCL.
Any coach who actively solicits a player from another organization by either making telephone calls, sending emails or personal visits will be penalized.