Parent Code of Conduct
Port Dover Minor Baseball Association Objectives:
To promote sports and sportsmanship through the development of baseball in Port Dover.
To provide a safe environment in which all players have the right to play.
To protect and promote the mutual interest of its players
To manage and regulate House League and Representative Divisions, their players, parent, umpires and scheduling.
We, the Port Dover Minor Baseball Association have 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 league.
Any parent guilty of improper conduct at any game or practice will be asked to leave the diamonds and be suspended form the following game. Repeat violations may cause a multiple game suspension or the season forfeiture of the privilege of attending all games.
I therefore agree:
I will remember that children participate to have fun and that the game is for them and not the adults.
I will inform the parent of any physical disability or ailment that may affect the safety of my child or the safety of others.
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, parent, 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, parent, player or parent such as booing and taunting; refusing to shake hands; or using profane language or gestures.
I will not encourage any behaviours or practices that would endanger the health and well being of the athletes.
I will teach my child to play by the rules and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence.
I will ensure that my child treats other players, coaches, officials and spectators with respect regardless of race, creed, colour, sex or ability.
I will teach my child that doing one’s best is more important that 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 time.
I will never ridicule or yell at my child or other participant for making a mistake or losing a competition.
I will emphasise skill development and practices and how they benefit my child over winning.
I will promote the emotional and physical well-being of the athletes ahead of my personal desire I may have for my child to win.
I will respect the officials and their authority during games and will never question, discuss or confront coaches at the game field, and will take time to speak with coaches at an agreed time and place.
I will demand a sports environment for my child that is free from drugs, tobacco and alcohol.
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 not slander Port Dover Minor Baseball Association and/or anyone affiliated with the organisation.
I acknowledge that penalties as laid out in the OBA and PDMBA rules for non compliance will be imposed and agree to comply with such penalties subject to any appeal procedures that are available to me.
I Will Prevent Concussions by ensuring my child is:
- Wearing the proper equipment for sport and wearing it correctly.
- Developing my child's skills and strength so that they can participate to the best of their ability.
- Respecting the rules of sport or activity.
- My commitment to fair play and respect for all* (respecting other athletes, coaches, team trainers and officials).
I will care for my child's health and safety by taking concussions seriously, and I understand that
- A concussion is a brain injury that can have both short- and long-term effects.
- A blow to their head, face or neck, or a blow to their body that causes the brain to move around inside the skull may cause a concussion.
- My child does not need to lose consciousness to have had a concussion.
- I have a commitment to concussion recognition and reporting, of possible concussion and reporting to a designated person when and individual suspects that another individual may have sustained a concussion.* (Meaning: If I think my child might have a concussion I should stop them from participating in further training, practice or competition immediately, or tell a Coach if I think another athlete has a concussion).
- Continuing to participate in further training, practice or competition with a possible concussion increases my child's risk of more severe, longer lasting symptoms, and increases my risk of other injuries.
I will not hide concussion symptoms. I will speak up for my child and others.
- I will not hide my child's symptoms. I will tell a coach, official, team trainer, or another adult I trust if my child experiences any symptoms of concussion.
- If someone else tells me about concussion symptoms, or I see signs they might have a concussion, I will tell a coach, official, team trainer, parent or another adult I trust so they can help.
- I understand that if my child has a suspected concussion, my child will be removed from sport and that they will not be able to return to training, practice or competition until they undergo a medical assessment by a medical doctor or nurse practitioner and have been medically cleared to return to training, practice or competition.
- I have a commitment to sharing any pertinent information regarding incidents of removal from sport with the athlete’s school and any other sport organisation with which the athlete has registered* (Meaning: If my child is diagnosed with a concussion, I understand that letting all of their other coaches and teachers know about their injury will help them support them while they recover.)
I will take the time my child will need to recover, because it is important for their health.
- I understand my commitment to supporting the return-to-sport process* (My child will have to follow their sport organisation's Return-to-Sport Protocol).
- I understand my child will have to be medically cleared by a medical doctor or nurse practitioner before returning to training, practice or competition.
- I will respect my coaches, team trainers, parents, health-care professionals, and medical doctors and nurse practitioners, regarding my child's health and safety.