PARENT’S (GUARDIAN’S) CODE- (SLMHA MANUAL OF OPERATIONS)
- Do not force an unwilling child to participate in sports.
- Remember children are involved in organized sports for their enjoyment, not yours.
- Encourage your child to always play by the rules. (ie: listening to the coaching staff and referees at all times)
- Teach your child that honest effort is more important than victory so that the result of each game is accepted without undue disappointment.
- Turn a defeat to victory by helping your child work towards skill improvement and good sportsmanship. Never ridicule or yell at your child for making mistakes or losing a competition.
- I will communicate as soon as possible with my child's coach or manager if my child is unable to attend practice and/or games. I understand that my child's coach plans around all his players attending practices and/or games and if I neglect to communicate properly it can distract or discourage the other players on the team.
- Remember that children learn best by example. Applaud good plays by your team and by members of the opposing team.
- Do not publicly question the official's judgement and never their honesty.
- Support ALL efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from children's sporting activities.
- Recognize the value and importance of volunteer coaches. They give their time and resources to provide recreational activities for your child.
- Set an example by supporting and respecting your child's coach. Should problems arise, communicate on an individual basis. Public comments are not appropriate. ***** NOTE: Please wait 24hrs before contacting your coach with any question and/or concerns. Sometimes during the heat of the moment certain aspects of the situation can be missed or overlooked. With waiting 24hrs it will allow both sides to review the situation. Failure to do so may result in not being permitted to communicate with my child's coach. *****
- Will not convey or distribute offensive, derogatory, libelous or defamatory comments about any other member including, but not limited to, coaches, players, other parents, trainers, managers and officials, by way of electronic text, e-mail, message boards, social media or other electronic medium which may be viewed or received by members of the public and/or a significant number of members of the Association.
- Please be advised that OMHA play-off games become important to try our best to get played as the contract is written. Often the time constraints of the series, as well as ice availability and referee scheduling, produce few opportunities to reschedule a cancelled game (often hard enough getting scheduled in the first place). In stating that, each parent must use their own judgement when it comes to attending a game and if they are not comfortable with the conditions, simply stay home and notify their coach or manager asap. In a perfect world, games could be cancelled at the sign of any poor weather but unfortunately, that's not the case. It is expected that most games will be played unless the conditions are extreme. Again, only you know how comfortable you are with conditions and make sure you have the time you require to make it there safely. After all it is just a game, but they do have to be played.
CONSEQUENCES FOR INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOUR:
- A member of the coaching staff or parent rep will review your signed code of behaviour with you.
- Parent council or executive members will investigate a second complaint and forward their findings to the dispute resolution committee.
- Involve OMHA/Three County to possibly ban parent/child from arenas or from playing hockey for Sturgeon Lake Thunder.
- I will abide by the SLMHA Parent Code of Conduct.
If I do not follow the SLMHA Parent Code, I may suffer consequences that may include the following:
- Watching my child’s games from the warm viewing area only.
- Not being permitted to communicate with my child’s coach.
- Being banned from watching my son/daughter participate, OMHA notification.
- Ejection of the offender and their child from the SLMHA for the remainder of the season and subsequent seasons.
I understand that failure to sign the PARENT CODE OF CONDUCT will result in my child not being able to play SLMHA hockey.
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