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WELLESLEY YOUTH FIELD HOCKEY CODE OF CONDUCT 

 
Wellesley Youth Field Hockey (“WYFH”) believes in a players-first approach for our programs and events. We strive to create safe and positive environments. WYFH teaches our youth players to have fun and skills development is more important than the outcome. We expect parents, coaches, umpires, administrators and fans to understand that developing youth as players and people is an important job requiring adults and coaches to act as positive role models. We also expect players to treat each other and all involved with respect. A recent survey done by Project Play, shows that the number one reason a child chooses to play a sport, and will continue to play throughout their lives, is because it is fun.  

Code of Conduct 
Being a player, coach, umpire, spectator or participant of any kind at a WYFH program is a privilege. This privilege may be withdrawn or denied by WYFH when it is determined that a person’s conduct is inconsistent with the best interest of sport, the player or any participants. WYFH has the authority to take disciplinary action in the case of violations of this code. 

General Behavior: 

  • Discrimination or any kind including based on gender, race, ethnicity, culture, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression or mental or physical disability will not be tolerated. 

  • Sportsmanship and fair play to game, opponents, coaches, umpires and spectators should be in the forefront of a team’s basic philosophy and attitude. In all situations, players, coaches, umpires and spectators are expected to participate in accordance with the spirit and intent of the game and in compliance with the rules.  

 

If a player is disruptive to the learning experience, coaches will politely/kindly ask a player to sit out for a drill until the player is ready to engage in a positive way. 

 

Unacceptable behavior will not be tolerated, including but not limited to: 

  • Any act considered to be an offense under federal, state, local laws and rules. 

  • Vandalism, damaging of property, unauthorized use of equipment or property, or theft. 

  • Inappropriate horseplay or other misbehavior which physically endangers any person or property. 

  • Verbal, physical abuse or hostility towards a player, teammate, opponent, coach, umpire, administrative staff, or person of the public. 
     

Note: Any person observing or having knowledge of an activity, which may result in serious bodily harm to a program participant, must immediately report such activity to a member of the WYFH Board Member.  

Code Violation Process: 

  • All code violations shall be reported as soon as possible to a member of WYFH Board of Directors. 

  • A recommendation by the WYFH Board of Directors that the participant be restricted from future events and/or programs will be communicated to all parties involved.  

 

Parents Code of Conduct:

  • Encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating positive support for all participants, coaches, and officials. 

  • Do my best to make this program fun for my child. 

  • Keep winning in perspective. 

  • Ask my child to treat other participants, coaches, officials, parents, and spectators with respect regardless, of race, age, sex, creed, or ability. 

  • Treat officials and coaches with respect. 

  • Be a good role model for my child and other children in the program. I will encourage my child to learn to lose with dignity and win with grace. 

  • Don't participate in or tolerate bullying. 

  • Be on time for practice and games. 

  • Never argue with an official's decision.