Athletic programs are a form of “youth ministry”, probably one of the largest and most pervasive forms of youth ministry that our Church offers. Coaches and fans should view themselves as youth ministers and representatives of our Church because that is exactly what they are. Whatever behavior is exhibited in the course of athletic programs (practice and games), it either helps the faith/moral character of our children… or it hurts the faith/moral character.
Coaches and adults bear a particular responsibility for what gets communicated to the boys and girls who are participants (and at times fans themselves) particularly at such young and impressionable ages.
Parents have a right to expect that the coaches for Blessed Sacrament take their faith and religious practices seriously, particularly attending Sunday Mass each week. Coaches have the right to expect that parents and all Blessed Sacrament fans are doing the same and teaching the same to their children.
The idea is to use athletics to teach children about life: about being gracious in victory and defeat, about learning from mistakes, about picking yourself up and starting over, about how sometimes in life you have to “get back to the fundamentals” and about developing a mental toughness that will serve you in all areas of your life and help you to raise above the smallness in other people… and yourself… in other words, to have a heart like Jesus Christ.
COACHES CODE OF CONDUCT
- I will teach my players to play fairly and to respect the rules of the game.
- I will demonstrate and instill in players a respect and courtesy toward opposing players, coaches, fans, and officials.
- I will show respect to my players at all times. I will encourage my players to have confidence in themselves and provide positive feedback in dealing with their mistakes or performance.
- I will encourage the spectators (particularly parents) to display conduct of respect and hospitality toward opponents and officials, and to recognize good play and sportsmanship.
- I will respect the decisions of the officials.
- I will have pride in being a good example of a coach – in appearance, conduct, language, and sportsmanship.
- I will be reasonable when scheduling games and practices, remembering that young athletes have other interests and obligations.
- I will encourage qualities of self-discipline, cooperation, communication, self-confidence, leadership, honesty, integrity, initiative, and fair play.
- I will do my best to provide all athletes with a positive experience in their respective sport.
- I will communicate to my players’ parents/guardians, prior to the first game, my expectations, rules, and policies for the upcoming season.
- PURSUE VICTORY WITH HONOR.
I also agree that if I fail to abide by the aforementioned rules and guidelines, I will be subject to the following disciplinary action that could include, but is not limited to:
- Verbal warning by fellow coach, official, or Blessed Sacrament Boosters Official. (Sport Dir., Athletic Dir., Board Mbr.)
- Game suspension with written documentation to be kept by Boosters Board of Directors
- Coaching banishment from all Boosters sponsored sports programs for a period of one year from date of incident.
- A committee formed by the Boosters Board of Directors will review any behavior by me resulting in ejection from, forfeiture of, or stoppage of play during a game. This may result in a mandatory one game suspension (in addition to any suspensions imposed by the respective leagues). A second offense will result in a one-year suspension as noted in bullet point # 3 above.