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Character Counts Expectations


OF THE COACH . . .

  • Exemplify the highest moral character, behavior and leadership, adhering to strong ethical standards of integrity.
  • Set a good example for players and spectators to follow.
  • Shake hands with the officials and opposing coaches before or after the athletic contest.
  • Display modesty in victory and gracious in defeat.
  • Teach sportsmanship.
  • Respect the integrity and personality of the individual athlete.
  • Set a good example by refraining from arguments and objectionable or profane language, physical gestures and behavior.
  • Respect the integrity and judgment of game officials.
  • Treat athletics with respect, avoid negative comments stated with sarcasm and ridicule.
  • Praise players for participating.
  • Set realistic and reasonable expectations.
  • Emphasize teamwork and help participants think “we” instead of “me.”

OF THE PARENT / SPECTATORS. . .

  • Remember athletics are learning experiences for children and that sometimes mistakes are made.
  • When players are working hard, they need and deserve everyone’s best POSITIVE encouragement and support.  They need to know you’re there and that their effort is appreciated.
  • Be respectful, interested, enthusiastic, and supportive of opposing players, coaches and spectators.
  • Respect the judgment and integrity of game officials.
  • Control your emotions.
  • Appreciates a good play no matter who makes it.
  • Applauds positive performances; does not heckle, jeer or distract players.
  • Recognize the efforts of all who participate in the contest.
  • Respects the judgment and strategy of the coach and do not criticize players or coaches for a loss of a game.
  • Do not coach players for the sidelines.  Give players, coaches and referees room to work.
  • Do not make negative comments about participants, coaches or officials.
  • Support the program. Get involved by volunteering, helping with fundraisers, car-pooling or however else you can.
  • Do not use profane or obscene language or gestures.
  • Remember, IT IS ONLY A GAME!  Don’t forget, your attitude on the sidelines can affect the mood and success of the team.

OF THE PLAYER . . .

  • Learn and know the rules of the sport in which you are participating.
  • Treat opponents as you would like to be treated.
  • Do not make negative comments about opposing participants, coaches or officials.
  • Respect the judgment and integrity of game officials.
  • Do not use profane or obscene language or gestures.
  • Always remember that it is a privilege to represent the park district and community.

OF THE OFFICIAL . . .

  • Knows the rules and their interpretations.
  • Places welfare of the participants above all other considerations.
  • Treats players and coaches courteously and demands the same from them.
  • Works cooperatively with fellow officials, timers and / or scorers for an efficient contest.
  • Is fair and firm in all decisions, never compensating for a previous mistake.
  • Maintains confidence, poise and self-control from start to finish.

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