Parents and Fans Code
Here are some thoughts to consider as you watch your daughter’s games. Follow these suggestions and you may find that YOU enjoy the games more, but most certainly, your child and team will!
- Be the example for your child. Children of all ages can benefit more from your good examples than from your criticism. Attempt to relieve the pressure of competition, not increase it. A child is easily affected by outside influences – for good, or for bad.
- Be kind to your child’s coaches and to the game’s officials. Each coach and umpire is a volunteer, giving of personal time to provide a recreational activity for your child. Let them you know you appreciate them.
- The opponents are necessary friends. Without them, your child could not participate. There would be no game, no contest. The opponents are children, too. They have feelings and hopes just as your child does.
- Applaud good plays by ALL players – those by members of your team, as well as by members of the opposing team. Afterall, we’re all here to help these kids grow into confident, responsible people.
- Do not openly question an official’s judgment and honesty. Children are listening! We at NWA Kickball are proud of the quality and honesty of our umpires. If you believe a mistake has been made, let your coaches deal with the officials and matters related to the game on the field.
- Officials are symbols of fair play, integrity, and sportsmanship. Do your part to help your child learn respect for those qualities and for authority.
- Accept the results of each game. Encourage your child to be gracious in victory, and to turn defeat into victory by working towards improvement.
- Support your league. Volunteer for field maintenance, to mark the field for your team, to work in the concession stand, or be a scorekeeper. Clean up your spectator area after each game and remind your daughter to clean up the dugout area as well! Get involved! Be a doer, a helper, a builder! Remember, your child is watching you as much as you are watching your child!