FUNDAMENTALS OF SPORTSMANSHIP
1. Gain an understanding and appreciation for the rules of the game. Know the rules. If you do not know the rules, refrain from expressing opinions on coaches or officials. The SPIRIT of good sportsmanship depends on conformance to a rule’s intent as well as the letter of the law.
2. Exercise representative behavior at all times. Your behavior influences others whether you are aware of it or not.
3. Recognize and show appreciation for an outstanding play by either team. Applause for an opponent’s good performance displays generosity and courtesy that should be regularly practiced. This reflects a true awareness of the game by recognizing and acknowledging quality.
4. Exhibit respect for the official(s) Officials are impartial arbitrators. They have been trained in the laws of the game and are performing to the best of their ability. Mistakes by all participants are part of the game. The rule of GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP is to accept and abide by the officials decisions.
Learn the rules of the game.
Treat teammates, coaches, referees, and others with RESPECT.
Come prepared physically and mentally to training sessions and matches.
Wish opponents good luck before the game and congratulate them in a courteous manner following victory or defeat
Respect the judgment of the official(s), treating them with respect even if you disagree with their judgment will only make a positive impression of you and your team.
Play for the fun of it.
Control your temper. Not only against the opposing team and officials, but with yourself and your teammates.
Do not use foul or inappropriate language at any time.
Shake hands with the other team and the official after the game.
PARENTS AND SPECTATORS:
Always encourage your child to play by the rules.
Applaud good plays by either team.
Speak about the opposing players in the same manner you would want their parents speaking about your child.
Watch and enjoy the GAME! Let the players play, the coach’s coach and the officials officiate.
Thank your coaches – Win or lose!
Remember some of our coaches are volunteers who are sacrificing their own time to coach your child.
Never ridicule or shout at your child or others for making a mistake or losing the game.
Refrain form questioning the official’s judgment or honesty. Recognize they are symbols of fair play integrity and sportsmanship.
Use no foul or inappropriate language!
DO NOT COACH YOUR CHILD! – encourage them!
Don’t try to “orchestrate” your child’s entire playing time on the field with instructions. Your comments may contradict what their coaches have told them to do. Remember that you’re not the coach. Words of encouragement should be the only things you’re saying.