Code of Conduct

Parents & Players

EAT Sports Foundation (EAT) expects all parents and players to conduct themselves according to the highest principles of sportsmanship, integrity, and fair play. The following Code of Conduct is the standard of behavior that is expected of everyone associated with EAT. It is in effect at all trainings, camps, clinics, and workshops, and any other functions. The undersigned player/parent participating in EAT agrees to abide by the standards of conduct outlined below and any additional guidelines established by the Board of Trustees.


All parents and players will adhere to all rules and regulations and will refrain from illegal and inappropriate behavior that would detract from a positive image of EAT or be detrimental to its performance objectives. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:

Parents

  • Parents must set the example for the children by exemplifying the highest standards of sportsmanship.

  • Parents participate in a practice/training session by watching and supporting the efforts of all participants of the session. Basketball must be Fun. The game is for the children; their participation and enjoyment of the game is the most important element.

  • Parents should focus on player’s mastering of basketball skills, not on being perfect. Every effort should be made to decrease the emphasis and pressure to be perfect. Avoid the use of fear: love of basketball is rarely fostered by fear of the consequences of failure.

  • Parents should be mindful that basketball’s primary value is to allow our children the opportunity for physical and mental development as well as teaching an individual to work to their full potential.

  • Parents have responsibilities to the coach, staff, and EAT.

  • Parents must have respect for their coach. They should never criticize a coach in a public manner. Do not coach from the sideline; let the coach do his/her job no matter how much you may disagree. If there is a problem, talk directly to the coach by following the Parent/Coach Communication Plan or even the EAT president. Supportive parents communicate with the coach thereby creating a positive working relationship.

  • Parents are expected to have respect for the authority of the coach. They will not harass, abuse, or berate the coaches during or after the game. They shall not enter the court without the coach’s permission.

  • Parents are expected to have respect for all players.  Support in a way to reward the good play of both your child and opponent; promote fair play.

  • Parents are welcome to observe practices/training sessions. However, they must refrain from entering the court or approaching the coach while the practice/training session is in progress.

  • Parents are expected to be on time to pick-up players from practice/training sessions as the coach or staff is required to remain until the last child is picked up.

  • Parents are never to use foul or abusive language towards anyone for any reason.

  • Parents/Spectators are encouraged to get involved with EAT and to help promote the game in a positive way.

  • Parents must always demonstrate the utmost in sportsmanship and integrity; they are the role models for their children. Should EAT learn that this Code of Conduct has been violated, EAT reserves the right to discipline the player, parent, or spectator in an appropriate manner.​

  • Do not criticize your or others’ children in front of others.

  • Show appreciation for volunteer coaches, officials and administrators.

  • Keep children in your care under control.

  • Always respect the use of facilities and equipment provided.

 

Players

  • Players play basketball to have fun, to learn and develop a passion for the game, as well as to improve their skills.

  • Players have a responsibility to their teammates, coach, and EAT. They are representatives of EAT, as well as their team, coach, parents, and the community.

  • Players must always maintain a high level of sportsmanship and fair play. They will treat opponents with respect. They will compete, win with class, and lose without making excuses.

  • Players must have respect for their coach and staff, as well as for the authority of the other parents and spectators.

  • Players are expected to be on time and prepared for training/practice sessions.

  • Players shall train and play to the best of their ability, always have a positive attitude, and encourage other players to do the same.

  • During practices/training sessions, all players are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that enables and promotes a learning atmosphere for everyone there. Abusive language and behavior, or disrespectful acts toward opponents, coaches, and/or staff will not be tolerated.

  • Insubordination to members of the coaching staff or other administrators will not be permitted.

  • Acts of misconduct determined by the coaching staff to conflict with the mission, goals, and policies of EAT will result in disciplinary action.

  • Players will display self-control in all situations and will not use foul or abusive language at any time before, during, or after a game or training/practice session.

  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every player.

  • Listen to the advice of your coach and try to apply it at practice and in games.

  • Players will crave constructive criticism and honest feedback.

  • Always respect the use of facilities and equipment provided.