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Coaches Code of Conduct

Memphis Shelby PAL

We understand that Coaches are leaders, and are dedicated to more than the X’s and O’s of competition. As a professional, leader and role model for youth, the coach will:  

➢ Exemplify the highest moral character as a role model for young people.  
➢ Recognize the individual worth and reinforce the self-image of each team member.
➢ Establish a realistic team goal or vision for each season and communicate that to athletes and parents.  
➢ Encourage and assist team members to set personal goals to achieve their highest athletic potential.  
➢ Strive to develop the qualities of competence, character, civility and citizenship in each team member.  
➢ Provide a safe, challenging and encouraging environment for practice and competition.  
➢ Gain an awareness of the importance of prevention, care and treatment of athletic injuries.  
➢ Respect the integrity and judgment of the game official.  
➢ Teach and abide by the rules of the game in letter and in spirit.  
➢ Strive for excellence in coaching skills and techniques through professional improvement.  
➢ Build and maintain ethical and professional relationships with coaches and staff.  
➢ Promote personal fitness and nutrition.  
➢ Be modest in victory and gracious in defeat.
➢ Place the emotional and physical well being of my players ahead of a personal desire to win.
➢ Treat each player as an individual, remembering the large range of emotional and physical development for the same age group.
➢ Organize practices that are fun and challenging for all my players.
➢ Lead by example in demonstrating fair play and sportsmanship to all my players.
➢ Provide a sports environment for my team that is free of drugs, tobacco, and alcohol, and I will refrain from their use at all youth sports events.
➢ Remember that I am a youth sports coach and that the game is for children and not adults

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Parents Code of Conduct

Memphis Shelby PAL

The following Parent Code of Conduct is in place for the important message it holds about the proper role of parents in supporting their child in sports.  Any parent guilty of improper conduct at any game or practice will be asked to leave the practice or game and be suspended from the next game. Repeat violations may cause a multiple game suspension or the season forfeiture of the privilege of attending all games.  The essential elements of character building and ethics in sports are embodied in the concept of sportsmanship and six core principles: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and good citizenship. The highest potential of sports is achieved when competition reflects these “six pillars of character.”

  •   I will not force my child to participate in sports.
  •   I will remember that children participate to have fun and that the game is for youth, not adults.
  •   I will inform the coach of any physical disability or ailment that may affect the safety of my child or the safety of others.
  •   I will learn the rules of the game and the policies of the league.
  •   I (and my guests) will be a positive role model for my child and encourage sportsmanship by showing respect and courtesy, and by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, officials and spectators at every game, practice or sporting event.
  •   I (and my guests) will not engage in any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct with any official, coach, player, or parent such as booing and taunting, refusing to shake hands, or using profane language or gestures.
  •   I will not encourage any behaviors or practices that would endanger the health and well-being of the athletes.
  •   I will teach my child to play by the rules and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence.
  •   I will demand that my child treat other players, coaches, officials and spectators with respect regardless of race, creed, color, sex or ability.
  •   I will teach my child that doing one's best is more important than winning, so that my child will never feel defeated by the outcome of a game or his/her performance.
  •   I will praise my child for competing fairly and trying hard, and make my child feel like a winner every time.
  •   I will never ridicule or yell at my child or other participants for making a mistake or losing a competition.
  •   I will emphasize skill development and practices and how they benefit my child over winning. I will also de-emphasize games and competition in the lower age groups.
  •   I will promote the emotional and physical well-being of the athletes ahead of any personal desire I may have for my child to win.
  •   I will respect the officials and their authority during games and will never question, discuss, or confront coaches at the game field, and will take time to speak with coaches at an agreed upon time and place.
  •   I will demand a sports environment for my child that is free from drugs, tobacco, and alcohol, and I will refrain from their use at all sports events.
  •   I will refrain from coaching my child or other players during games and practices, unless I am one of the official coaches of the team.
  •   I will accompany my child to all practice and all games.
  •   I am not allowed on the practice field or game day field during practice or games at any time, unless a coach request me or in case of emergencies. This includes weekly practices, half time huddles, and sidelines on game day. 
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Memphis, Tennessee  

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Phone : 901-300-6438
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