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GNAA FOOTBALL CODE OF CONDUCT

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Preamble:
Great Neck Buckeye football plays an important role in promoting the physical, social and emotional development of children. It is therefore essential for parents, coaches and officials to encourage youth athletes to embrace the values of good sportsmanship. Moreover, parents involved in youth sporting events should be models of good sportsmanship and should lead by example by demonstrating fairness, respect and self control.

I therefore pledge to be responsible for my words and actions and shall conform my behavior to the following code of conduct:

  • Know the rules and abide by them.
  • The practice of any parent approaching a coach, referee or opposing team player
    before, during, or immediately following a game to voice a complaint is strictly forbidden.
  • Do not question an official's call- You may not agree with a call, but it is not your job
    (or the players or coaches either) to officiate the game. Never should an official's call be
    argued. Accept the call and move on.
  • Never make a scene in front of the team as it is embarrassing for you, your children,
    the coach, the team, and the program; and chances are nothing will get resolved.
  • Act your age - If you find yourself becoming too emotionally involved in what is happening on the field, take a step back and relax. Give the players the freedom to enjoy themselves.
  • Be seen, not heard - Nothing is better for a young player than having their parents on
    hand to watch them play. And nothing is worse for a player than hearing a parent booing, taunting, screaming or making comments at, or about, players, coaches, fans or officials. Offer applause and cheers of encouragement for both teams following a good play or a great effort.
  • Be responsible - Get your kids to practice and games on time.
    Set the example by showing respect, dignity, and total sportsmanship at all times.
  • Parents must not coach from the spectator's side during matches and training. Chances are you do not know what the coach's strategy for the game is or any specific instructions they may have given your child. This type of behavior can have a detrimental effect on the game.
  • Parents should not criticize their child on any part of the player's game, leave this to
    the coaches since it may cause confusion.
  • Respect the facilities at our opponents' grounds as well as all our home facilities.
  • Do not criticize your child's coach to your child or other parents; if you are not happy
    with the coach, you should raise the issue with the coach.
  • Encourage your child to speak with the coach. If your child is having difficulties in
    training or games, or cannot attend training etc. encourage him to speak directly to the
    coaches. This "responsibility taking" is a big part of becoming a mature person. By
    handling off the field tasks, your child is claiming ownership of all aspects of the game.
  • Help the young player to focus on the performance and not the result. Avoid the postgame analysis - Do not analyze your player's performance following every game. If you do, chances are they will avoid talking to you at all after games, or worse yet, not want you at the games at all. Let your children come to you for advice. It will have more of an impact than you going to them will.
  • Winning is not as important as the performance. Put winning and losing in
    perspective - Games have winners and losers. Keep reminding your child about this
    reality and the need to deal with both outcomes. Young players should avoid getting too
    cocky when they win and too upset when they lose.
  • Support all the players in your child's squad. Do not criticize any player.
  • Do not criticize the opponents, their parents, coaches, or the referee.
  • Parents will not question the "coach's coaching" during or after practices or games.
    • The same applies for questioning the referees during or after games.
    • Parents belong in the stands, not behind the bench.
    • Positive and encouraging comments are welcome.
    • Negative or detrimental comments directed at coaches, players, referees, or other spectators are not acceptable.
    • Obscene and/or disrespectful gestures will result in more severe penalties.
  • Remember, all Great Neck coaches and administrators are volunteers. Respect the fact that they are willing to give so much of their time to your child.
Irresponsibility and disrespectful behavior will result in sanctions up to and including dismissal from this program.