Responsibilities and Expectations
In order for a program to be truly
successful, it takes the cooperation of everyone involved: players, coaches,
officials, league administrators,
and especially parents. Parents have the following responsibilities and
expectations when participating in the CIBL:
- Parents have a responsibility
to their children: To make sure that your child gets the most
out of his or her playing experience, parents should
show their unwavering support, including positive reinforcement of
your child’s performance and effort. This is absolutely essential,
especially at an early age, to ensure their healthy development.
also be positive role models, including, but not limited to, showing
proper sportsmanship at all times and refraining from negativity
of any kind.
- Parents have a responsibility to the coaches: Coaches volunteer
their personal time to spend it with your child. They need you to
of their decisions and not undermine their efforts. If you do not
agree with a coach, you are expected to tell that coach, but make certain
is done at the right time and place and not in front of the children.
Parents are also expected to drop off and pick up their children
on time for games and practice, and it is highly encouraged for parents
and participate in order to maintain control of the group and to
assist the coach as needed.
Parents have a responsibility to the league: League administrators
cannot be at all games and practices of all teams. Therefore, in
order to maintain
the protective shell around these programs, it is essential for parents
to report abusive behavior or any other situation that needs to be
addressed to the league administrator. This is the only way that
can achieve their intended goals.
- Parents have a responsibility to other
parents: Personal gain and satisfaction should not be derived
from your child’s performance. Competition
and taunting between parents is never acceptable, and no parent should
ever feel embarrassed or disappointed by their team or child’s
performance. Good plays should always be cheered, and disappointments
should always be consoled, no matter whose team it affects.
- Parents have
a responsibility to themselves: It is your responsibility
to enjoy watching your child and other children participate and
The joy and pride associated with watching children participate
in sports should be experienced to the fullest, because a lifetime
are being created before your very eyes.
Parents Code of Ethics
I hereby pledge to provide positive support, care,
and encouragement for my child
participating in youth sports by following this Parents’ Code of Ethics
- I will encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating positive support
for all players, coaches, and officials at every game, practice, or other
- 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
- I will demand a sports environment for my child that is free
of 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
- 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 will require that
my child’s coach be trained in the responsibilities
of being a youth sports coach and that the coach upholds the Coaches’ Code
- I will read the NYSCA National Standards for Youth Sports and
do what I can to help all youth sports organizations implement and