Parent Code of Conduct
Nashville Youth Hockey League
2817 West End Ave. Suite 126
Nashville, TN 37203
The Nashville Youth Hockey League Parent Letter
Dear NYHL Parent,
Welcome to the 2013-2014 NYHL Season and the GREAT game of hockey. As a parent, part of enjoying your children's participation in sport and recreation is watching them enjoy themselves, learning skills, making friends, improving their performance and generally having fun. However, some parents get too caught up in the excitement of the action. They forget the sport or recreation activity is for their child's benefit, not the parents' entertainment. This Parent Letter provides you with information on what to watch for in your performance as a parent, so that your children can continue to have fun and play his or her own game.
Everyone has heard of, or worse yet seen, the loud obnoxious parent on the sidelines during at a children’s' sport or recreation activity. Whether the incident takes place at a gym, rink or field is irrelevant. This parent has it in for the referee, the coach, and possibly even the other parents. Every call, decision and play evokes some response from the “repulsive” parent. Most parents are not like this! However, one or a few parents can make a difference. They affect the ability of the coaches and officials to do their jobs. They embarrass children, steal their fun and maybe, without realizing it, train children to act or react poorly in certain circumstances. In short, unruly parents are not setting a good example - and most kids learn from example. Whether it’s by their friends, team mates or parents, those around them have a tremendous influence on their behavior. That’s why it’s important for parents and other adults to act appropriately at all Nashville Youth Hockey League events, at home or away.
By agreeing to this code of conduct, parents are acknowledging that their child's activity is for his or her enjoyment, not theirs. It is the expectation of Nashville Youth Hockey League that each parent lives by the agreement and models it for their children and others. Should a parent deliberately ignore their responsibilities as outlined in the agreement, disciplinary action, such as asking the parent to leave the event or banning the parent from attending future games, may be imposed.
We look forward to another successful season of youth ice hockey.
Yours in Hockey,
John Higgins, President
Nashville Youth Hockey League
The Nashville Youth Hockey League Parent Code of Conduct
- I will remember that my child plays sport for his or her enjoyment, not for mine.
- I will learn the rules of the game and the policies of the league.
- I will inform the coach of any disability or ailment that may affect the safety of my child or the safety of others.
- I will insure that my child treat other players, coaches, officials and spectators with respect regardless of race, creed, color, sex or ability.
- I will never ridicule or yell at my child for making a mistake or losing a competition.
- I will remember that children learn best by example. I will applaud good players’ performances by both my child’s team and their opponents.
- I will support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from children’s sporting activities.
- 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 other 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 emphasize skill development and practices and how they benefit my child over winning.
- I will stress the importance of academics first and foremost in the overall development experience, understanding that sports participation is a privilege, not an excuse for classroom obligations.
- I will attend organizational meetings and learn the expectations for participation in athletics.
- I will respect the coaches and their authority during games and will never question, discuss, or confront coaches at the rink. If needed, I will request time to speak with the coaches at an agreed upon time and place 24 hours after the event.
- I will help create a sports environment for my child that is free from drugs, tobacco, and alcohol and I will refrain from their use at all sporting events.
- I will leave coaching to coaches, ensuring not to publicly criticize coaches, strategies or the team; nor pressure my student-athlete or coaches about practices, playing time and performance.
I also agree that if I fail to abide by the aforementioned rules and guidelines, I will be subject to disciplinary action that could include, but not limited to the following:
- Verbal warning by official, head coach, NYHL Board of Directors, and/or Director of Hockey Development
- Written warning from NYHL Board of Directors
- Parental game suspension with written documentation of incident kept on file by organizations involved
- Parental season suspension
I agree to Play Fair: ________________________________________ Date: ______________
(Signature of parent or legal guardian)
Printed Name: ____________________________________________