The Birmingham Bloomfield Soccer Club has
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, understand
and sign this form prior to their children participating in our
Any parents 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.
The essential elements of character-building and
ethics in sports are embodied in the concept of sportsmanship and
six core principles:
The highest potential of sports is achieved when
competition reflects these "six pillars of character."
I will not force my child to participate in
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 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 not encourage any behaviors or
practices that would endanger the health and well being of the
I will teach my child to play by the rules
and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility or
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
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 the 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 be on time or early when dropping my
child off for a practice or game. I understand the importance of
picking up my child on time.