Pickerington LAX Cats Code of Conduct Agreement (7-Jul 2018)
Players, coaches, spectators and parents are to conduct themselves in a manner that "Honors the Game" and demonstrates respect to other players, coaches, officials and spectators. In becoming a member of the Pickerington LAX Cats community, an individual assumes certain obligations and responsibilities to the respective sport and its participants. The essential elements in this "Code of Conduct" are HONESTY and INTEGRITY. Those who conduct themselves in a manner that reflects these elements will bring credit to the respective sport, themselves, their team, Pickerington, and Pickerington LAX Cats. It is only through such conduct that our sport can earn and maintain a positive image and make its full contribution to youth sports in Pickerington. Pickerington LAX Cats supports the following behaviors for those participating or involved in any way with youth sports in general:
The essential elements of the Code of Conduct must be adhered to, no exceptions.
Sportsmanship and teaching the concepts of fair play are essential to the game and must be taught and developed both at home and on the field during practices and games.
The emphasis on winning should never be placed above the value of good sportsmanship, the concepts of fair play, or the skills of the game.
Derogatory comments are unacceptable. Use positive reinforcement with players and adults alike. It should be remembered that criticism, once made can never be retracted.
The safety and welfare of the players are of primary importance.
Coaches must always be aware of the tremendous influence they have on their players. They are to strive to be positive role models in dealing with young people, as well as with adults.
Officials are expected to conduct themselves as professionals and in a manner that demonstrates courtesy and fairness to all parties while exercising their authority on the field.
Adults involved with the game must never permit anyone to openly or maliciously criticize, badger, harass, or threaten an official. The head coach is the only person to address an official and must do so in a respectful manner.
Knowledge of the rules of the respective sport must be respected and adhered to by all who participate in the game, both in the letter and the spirit of the game. Attempts to manipulate rules in an effort to take unfair advantage of an opponent, or to teach deliberate unsportsmanlike conduct, is considered unacceptable conduct.
Eligibility requirements, such as age and previous level of participation, must be followed. They have been established to encourage and maximize participation, as well as promote safety.
This Code of Conduct is intended to create a positive and fun environment for the children of Pickerington. Penalties for those who choose not to comply can include dismissal from the Pickerington LAX Cats program.
During the registration process, the check box must be checked to indicate that participant and family members associated with the participant understand the Pickerington LAX Cats Code of Conduct.