Tantrums, a lack of good sportsmanship, and violent confrontations have become commonplace in youth sports’ programs…and these by the parents (see the article “Violence alters face of sports - Unruly adults can mar kids' games” on our web site). It should be no surprise that many children feel uncomfortable in participating? What can we do? The National Alliance for Youth Sports www.nays.org has developed a Parents Code of Ethics that is listed on their web site. It is reproduced below because it encourages the same values we wish our programs to develop. Perhaps it should be considered in your organization.
I hereby pledge to provide positive support, care, and encouragement for my child and other children participating in youth sports by following this Parents’ Code of Ethics:
Organization-wide implementation of the above code, or one similar to it, is one step towards eliminating adult misbehavior and consequent child misbehavior in our youth sports programs. Using A Coach - Parent - Participant Code of Conduct (or something like it) that addresses coaches’ behavior, parental conduct, and participants’ sportsmanship is another. That brochure is available on our web site.
Please call us at 800-463-8546 to discuss this or any other risk management safety tip, or visit our web site at www.redwoodsgroup.com to learn more about Camp risk management issues.