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Youth sports provide us with a great opportunity to teach our kids how to conduct themselves in both triumph and defeat, we take this responsibility seriously and emphasis sportsmanship with our players, coaches, and parents. Greater Cleveland Football Association endorses sportsmanship “codes of conduct” by USA Football whom have developed the following to help youth football organizations communicate what is expected from youth football’s three major participants: Athletes, Coaches, and Parents. 

Athlete's Code of Conduct

Athletes Code

1. I am accountable for the results of my behavior toward my teammates, coaches and game

2. I will respect other players (including my teammates and my opponents), coaches and
game officials at all times. When I score a touchdown, I will simply hand the ball to the
official before celebrating with my teammates.

3. When I make a great play, I will not embarrass my opponent.

4. I will honor the sport by playing within the rules during games and practices.

5. I will respect the game and not use foul language at any time.

6. I agree to put my team first and put forth my best effort on the field in support of team

7. I agree to give my best effort in the classroom and listen to my teachers.

Coach's Code of Conduct

Coaches Code

1. I agree to conduct myself in a positive manner toward my players, coaches, parents and
game officials at all times.

2. I will respect players, coaches, parents and game officials at all times.

3. I will develop a coaching philosophy that embraces fundamentals, organization, life
lessons and friendships versus a “win at all cost” mentality.

4. I will remember that kids register to play football because it is fun. Every child should
have the opportunity to play.

5. I will support and respect all decisions made by the game officials and refrain from
outward criticism.

6. I am responsible to understand the rules of the game and abide by those rules at all times.

7. I will support the integrity of the game and make game decisions in line with fair play
and sportsmanship.

8. I am responsible for completing my coaching education requirements and teaching the
proper fundamentals.

9. I will create a safe and positive environment for my players to learn how to play the

10. I will listen to my fellow coaches and players regarding player safety, and when in doubt,
I will sit them out of play.

11. I will honor the game and my responsibility as a coach to provide a positive experience
for my team.

12. I shall dress neatly and appropriately for every team practice and game.

Parent's Code of Conduct

Parents Code

1. I agree to support our team in a positive manner and showcase good sportsmanship
toward all players,coaches, parents and game officials.

2. I will respect the coaches’ commitment to coach my child and will not interfere with onfield
instruction during practices or games.

3. I will address any concerns with the head coach in private, away from the field and in a
positive manner.

4. I will support the coaches and do my best to ensure that my child arrives at practice and
games on time.

5. I will teach my child to play by the rules and respect teammates, opponents, game
officials and coaches.

6. I will cheer for our team in a positive manner regardless of the outcome of the game.


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Clayton, North Carolina 27520

Phone: 919-825-0872
Email: [email protected]

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