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Coaches Code of Conduct

THE ROLE OF THE COACH

Norwalk Little League wants all players to enjoy their experience with Little League, develop a long lasting love for the game of baseball and to learn positive character lessons that will help them in every aspect of their life.  Coaches are expected to embody the following principles:

  • Coaches for mastery rather than victory, which he sees as a by-product of the pursuit of excellence.  He focuses on effort rather than outcome, learning rather than comparison to others.
     
  • Works to remain positive even through losing streaks. He recognizes that it is often when things go wrong that a coach can have the most positive impact and teach the most important life lessons. Regardless of the adversity involved, he refuses to demean himself or his players by resorting to fear, intimidation or shame. He always treats athletes with respect regardless of how well they perform.
     
  • Is a positive motivator and refuses to motivate through fear, intimidation or shame.  He establishes order and discipline in a positive manner.
     
  • Recognizes that mistakes are an important and inevitable part of learning and encourages an environment in which players are willing to risk making a mistake.
     
  • Sets standards of continuous learning and improvement for himself and his players. He encourages and inspires his players, whatever their level of mastery, to strive to get better.  He is committed to becoming the best coach he can be and continually seeks to improve his own effectiveness.
     
  • "Honors the Game."  He feels an obligation to the sport he coaches.  He loves his sport and shares his love and enjoyment with his players.  He feels privileged to be able to take part in his sport.
     
  • Respects his opponents, recognizing that a worthy opponent will push him and his team to do their best.
     
  • Understands the important role that umpires play and strives to show them respect even when he disagrees with their decisions.
     
  • Values the rich tradition of his sport and works to honor the spirit as well as the letter of its rules.
     
  • Demonstrates personal integrity and would rather lose than win by dishonoring the game.  Dishonoring the game is worse than defeat.

Parents Code of Conduct

ROLE OF THE PARENT

Parent support during both games and practices is critically important to the success of the league.  Be supportive of the team by ensuring your child attends each practice on-time.  Be a positive role model during games, whether you are a manager, an assistant coach, or simply a spectator.  Finally, please keep the following in mind:

  • Always be positive and enthusiastic.
  • Show your child positive reinforcement.
  • Observe practices and games to learn proper techniques to practice with your child.
  • Encourage your child toward skill improvement and good sportsmanship in every game.
  • Teach your child to always play by the rules.
  • Teach your child that hard work and an honest effort are often more important than a victory.
  • Applaud good plays by your team and by members of the opposing team.
  • Let the managers and coaches do the coaching.
  • Let an umpire be the umpire.
  • Recognize that the umpire is the closest to the play and that each umpire will "call them as they see them". The umpire is often an individual who has assumed a difficult, but necessary, role.

Parent Concerns
If you have concerns about anything regarding your team or the league, first talk to your manager.  If your concern is not resolved, then contact the League Player Agent listed on the Board of Directors page.
 

The Little League Parents and Volunteer Pledge
 
I will teach all children to play fair and do their best
I will positively support all coaches managers and players
I will respect the decisions of the Umpires
I will praise a good effort despite the outcome of the game

Spectators Code of Conduct

ROLE OF THE SPECTATOR

  • Players and spectators are allowed ONLY TO ENCOURAGE players through cheering.
     
  • Chants or comments that are derisive, distracting or derogatory to ANY player are prohibited. Umpires have the authority to halt play and, when necessary, eject players, managers, coaches or spectators who are derisive, distracting or derogatory and / or engage in other unsportsmanlike conduct to anyone involved in the game.
     
  • Parents, Managers, and Coaches are expected to set an example of good sportsmanship at all times by positively encouraging players and not vocally questioning or criticizing umpire calls or manager decisions.
     
  • Pick up your trash and your children’s trash after each game or practice. Our playing and practice fields are ours to maintain and keep clean. Please be responsible and help any time that you can.
     
  • Smoking, alcoholic beverages, and drugs are prohibited by Little League Rules & Regulations.

Sport Parent Code of Conduct

We, Norwalk Little League, have implemented the following Sport Parent Code of Conduct for the important message it holds about the proper role of parents in supporting their child in sports. Parents should read and understand this form prior to their children participating in our league.

Any parent guilty of improper conduct at any game or practice will be asked to leave the sports facility and be suspended from the following game. Repeat violations may cause a multiple game suspension, or the season forfeiture of the privilege of attending all games.

Preamble

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 therefore agree:

1. I will not force my child to participate in sports.
 
2. I will remember that children participate to have fun and that the game is for youth, not adults.
 
3. I will inform the coach of any physical disability or ailment that may affect the safety of my child or the safety of others.
 
4. I will learn the rules of the game and the policies of the league.
 
5. 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.
 
6. 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.
 
7. I will not encourage any behaviors or practices that would endanger the health and well being of the athletes.
 
8. I will teach my child to play by the rules and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence.
 
9. I will demand that my child treat other players, coaches, officials and spectators with respect regardless of race, creed, color, sex or ability.
 
10. 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.
 
11. I will praise my child for competing fairly and trying hard, and make my child feel like a winner every time.
 
12. I will never ridicule or yell at my child or other participants for making a mistake or losing a competition.

13. 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.
 
14. I will promote the emotional and physical wellbeing of the athletes ahead of any personal desire I may have for my child to win.

15. 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.
 
16. 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.
 
17. 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.
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