FANS’ CODE OF CONDUCT
RULES OF CONDUCT
- No profanity, abusive language or negative personal remarks.
- Let the officials do their job. Constant criticism detracts from the game.
- Let the coaches do their job. They need and appreciate your support more than your criticism.
- Obey rules of the game site: no smoking, no drinking, no drugs, no food in gyms, and etc.
- Physical confrontations or throwing objects onto the court are absolutely forbidden.
- Treat the game for what it is — a game.
- If you are remembered as a role model, let it be as a positive one.
- Protect the “rights” of young athletes to a safe environment, to be treated with dignity, to have fun through sport and to participate.
SANCTIONS OF MISBEHAVIOR
- Individual will be given a warning.
- Individual will be asked to leave practice/game/tournament.
- Individual will be suspended upon discretion of GRBC.
- Other sanctions as deemed necessary. GRBC Officers will answer anything not covered under by-Laws and all disciplinary actions are at the discretion of GRBC.
PARENTS’ CODE OF ETHICS
The main purpose of youth sports is to emphasize effort, participation and skill development. We are sending the wrong message when we get too invested in the outcome of a youth game – who won, who lost, who scored the most. You start to get away from what the mission of it is. A big problem is all the ambitions that parents attach to sports, which means they come to promote not the team but strictly their child. Parents are not looking at the game itself; they’re looking beyond it. Parents have become more invested – perhaps too invested – in their children’s sports, some to the point of violence and vindictiveness. Experts agree that the higher the pressure from parents, the worse it is for children.
I hereby pledge to provide positive support, care, and encouragement for my child participating in youth sports by following this Parents’ Code of Sports Ethics Pledge:
- I will encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, and officials at every game, practice, or other youth sports event.
- I will place the emotional and physical well-being of my child ahead of a personal desire to win.
- I will insist that my child play in a safe and healthy environment.
- I will support coaches and officials working with my child, in order to encourage a positive and enjoyable experience for all.
- I will demand a sports environment for my child that is free of illegal drugs, tobacco, and alcohol, and will refrain from their use at all youth sports events.
- I will remember that the game is for youth, 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 promise to help my child enjoy the youth sports experience by doing whatever I can, such as being a respectable fan, assisting with coaching, or providing transportation.
All Players, Coaches, and Parents must conduct themselves in a proper manner at all times during practice, games, and travel in accordance with GRBC rules.
Physical Contact Misconduct
- No individual shall at any time strike, shove, threaten to strike, or lay a hand upon an official, player or spectator
- No individual shall use unnecessary rough tactics during the course of practice and/or game
Verbal and Visual Misconduct
- No individual shall engage in an abusive, verbal attack upon officials or any individual on or off the contest area
- No Individual shall use trash talk, profane, or obscene/vulgar language under any circumstances on or off the contest area
- No individual shall engage in any objectionable demonstrations of dissent or unsportsmanlike conduct such as throwing equipment or any other forceful action(s)
- No individual shall, with the exception of coaches, contend the decision of an official.
- No individual shall refuse to abide by an officials decision
- No individual shall appear in the contest area under the influence of alcohol or other drugs
- No individual shall at any time take, borrow, or steal anything not belonging to them
- No individual shall at any time play fight or participate in horseplay in any manner
Penalties for Misconduct
- Minimum Penalty: Warning by the Club official or site supervisor
- Medium Penalty: Suspension from the current game/practice and any subsequent game/practice
- Medium Penalty: Club Official may suspend the individual/team/coach/parent for one game/tournament
- Maximum Penalty: Penalty will be determined after GRBC staff review