BLAIR WRESTLING CLUB PARENT CODE OF CONDUCT
POSITIVE ADULT ROLE MODELS ALLOW ATHLETES TO GROW AND ACCEPT CHALLENGES
Blair Wrestling Club (BWC) promotes the notion that children’s sports are supposed to be fun. BWC parents, fans and coaches will take responsibility for their actions; understanding that their words and actions can have a lasting emotional effect on children. By following the Code of Conduct and making every season about personal growth, skill and character development, and enjoyment of the sport, our wrestlers will be more likely to stay connected to a sport, which will in turn, will help them to achieve life success.
The highest potential of sportsmanship and ethics of sports is achieved when athletes bring trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and good citizenship to every practice and competition.
1. I will follow the expectations of the BWC by:
Learning the rules of wrestling and teaching my child the importance of playing fair and following those rules
Staying out of the wrestling room and off tournament mats; letting the coaches coach, unless I am one of the official coaches or official parent helpers (coach in training) of the BWC. Exception to be made if coaches are not available at tournaments you intend to participate in.
Informing coaches prior to practice if my child cannot attend or will need to leave practice early
Having my child wear the designated BWC team singlet to all competitions
2. I will remember that participation in wrestling is suppose to be fun, for the youth and is not to be forced by me as the parent. Hostility and violence will not be encouraged and I will teach my child to wrestle by the rules and resolve conflict appropriately.
3. I will not encourage any behaviors or practices that would endanger the health and/or well-being of the athletes and I will keep coaches informed about any physical disability or ailment that may affect the safety of my child or the safety of others.
4. I (and my guests) will:
Be a positive role model for my child and all BWC wrestlers
Encourage sportsmanship by showing respect and courtesy for all wrestlers, coaches, officials and spectators
NOT use profane language or gestures, boo or taunt others, use verbal or physical threats or refuse to shake the hands of others
Treat other wrestlers, coaches, officials, parents and spectators with respect regardless of race, creed, color, sex or ability
Respect coaches and officials, as well as their authority, during wrestling matches; never questioning, discussing or confronting coaches during or after a match (concerns should be addressed later at an agreed time and place)
Demand a sporting environment that is free from drugs, tobacco and alcohol and will refrain from their use
5. I will teach my child that doing one’s best is more important than winning by:
Praising my child for competing fairly, trying hard and acting like a winner despite match outcomes
Never ridiculing or yelling at my child or other participants for making mistakes or losing a competition
Emphasizing the benefit of skill development and practicing over winning (especially in the novice age group)
Respecting the team’s right to a healthy practice environment and not removing my child from practice due to his/her performance