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Deer Park Youth Basketball League

Coaches Conduct

The Deer Park Youth Basketball League would like to thank you for volunteering your time to coach the children in our community. Without your service, this league would not be possible!

 During the season, please keep in mind the Code of Conduct you signed when you registered as a volunteer for this organization.

CPYBL Coaches Code of Conduct

I agree as a coach:

1. I will encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, and officials at every game, practice or other youth sports event.

2. I will lead by example in demonstrating fair play and sportsmanship to all my players on and off the basketball court.

3. I will express humility as a winner and will be a gracious loser. I shall expect no less from my players and fans.

4. I understand that I am responsible for the conduct of my team’s fans and parents. I shall actively use my influence to promote sportsmanship among my teams’ fans and parents.

5. I will provide the Parents/Spectator Code of Conduct to the parent(s) of all of my players. I understand I am responsible for enforcing the Parents/Spectator Code of Conduct toward any person associated with my team or one of my players.

6. I will support the game official in controlling abusive or disorderly parents and spectators. I will follow instructions from game officials to warn parents and spectators to cease abusive or disorderly conduct. If a warning is ineffective, and if instructed by a game official, I will inform a parent or spectator affiliated with my team to leave the facility. If I or the effected the effected parent or spectator is non- complaint with a request to leave, I understand my team will forfeit the game and potentially be subject to additional discipline from the League.

7. I shall respect my opponents, display gracious behavior during the game, and require my players to conduct themselves in a similar fashion. Before and after the game, I shall meet and exchange friendly greetings to set the tone for the game.

8. I shall not openly criticize the officials or the opponent’s players or coaches. I shall not give instruction to or make demeaning comments to or about an opposing team’s coaches or players.

9. I will remember that I am a youth sports coach and that the game is for the children and not for the adults.

10. I will never discipline a player from an opposing team regardless of the reason.

11. I will never touch any player except to congratulate them

12. I will place the emotional and physical well-being of each of my players above my personal desire to win.

13. I shall never place the value of winning above the value of instilling the highest desirable ideals of character.

14. I recognize the importance of the player’s academic development and will promote the proper balance between athletic and academic activities.

15. I will teach my players in a positive, nurturing environment. I will not berate, intimidate, or bully my players into learning.

16. I will treat each player as an individual and expect age appropriate skills from all of my players.

17. I will comply with the league playing time requirements for equal play All players in 2nd and 3rd grade divisions (8 ft and 10 ft rim) must play all players 2 quarters (or equivalent minutes) per game. All Rec team players in grades 4th – Varsity are required to play a minimum of 1 1⁄2 quarters (or equivalent minutes) per game. All Athletic team players (grades 4 – 6) are required to play a minimum of 1 quarter (or equivalent minutes) per game. I will comply with my community’s playing time requirements to the extent that they require more playing time.

18. I will insist that each player play in a safe and healthy environment.

19. I will properly educate players as to the importance of teamwork, effort, and good sportsmanship, and will provide players with the best education and instruction possible by continually working to improve my coaching skills.

20. I shall learn the rules that apply to the game, including league rules, and shall interpret those rules to my players.

21. I will direct my players at all times to play by the rules and to show respect for the other players, coaches, and officials. I shall not try to seek an advantage by circumventing the spirit or the letter of the rules, and I will not ignore or deliberately break any rules except where the violation of the rule is an accepted part of the game (i.e., foul on breakaway to basket or “intentional” foul near the end of the game in order to get possession of the ball).

22. I will not encourage nor allow my team to "run up" the score against an opponent. I will use tactics such as player substitution, as permitted under the minimum/maximum playing time restrictions of the league, as well as rotation of ball handling responsibilities in order to keep the score differences within an acceptable range.

23. I shall take an active role in the prevention of drug, alcohol, and tobacco use by the players.

24. I shall not use or possess illegal drugs, alcohol, or tobacco, or be under the influence of any illegal drugs or alcohol, at any practice or game.

25. I will provide each parent with a complete season game and practice schedule. I will keep parents informed of all changes in the original schedule.

26. I will not intentionally or deliberately forfeit any games. I understand there are generally no makeups or rescheduled games for forfeited games. If I cannot make a game, I will have an assistant, parent or a responsible adult fill in for that particular game.

27. I will not allow a player who has not been assigned to my team or who is not eligible to play under league rules to play in any game.

28. During any game in which I am subject to a suspension, I will not attend the game or be on the premises of the game facility.

29. I will ensure that all my players shake hands with my opponent after the game. 30. I will never approach or speak to an official after the game for any reason.

31. I will discuss with my players their responsibilities under the CPYBL Player Code of Conduct. I will discuss with my parents their responsibilities under the CPYBL Parents/Spectator Code of Conduct.

32. I will accept discipline, if any, meted out by the League without complaint. I will not take any action that undermines or questions the authority of the League to discipline players or coaches. I will take no action that challenges or undermines the authority of the League to impose discipline on players, coaches, parents, spectators or member communities, including but not limited to bringing legal action against the League.

33. I agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the CPYBL (and its officers, directors, employees, members, and agents) from and against any and all, actual or threatened, third party claims, liabilities, losses, damages, injuries, or expenses (including reasonable attorney’s fees) directly or indirectly arising from or relating to (i) any breach by me of the terms of this agreement, or (ii) the violation by anyone who serves in a supervisory capacity over my team, (iii) the violation by any person of the Parents/Spectator Code of Conduct for games played in a facility provided by or through or made available by the Member Community.

Any violation of this code of conduct may result in disciplinary action without limitation, may include a permanent suspension or removal of a coach and/or game forfeiture.

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