Below is a copy of the 2023 DYFA Player/Parent Code of Conduct. Please review with your child and visitors the importance of adhering to these rules. This is a youth sport, and we want to offer a positive environment for all.
Thank you for your cooperation and helping us make this a great season!
Dover Youth Football Association
2023 Player/Parent Code of Conduct
Expectations for Athletes:
*I will play by the rules and resolve conflicts without cheating or fighting.
*I will treat other players, coaches, and officials with respect.
*I will not yell, use profane language, or tease a teammate for making a mistake or losing a competition. I understand that this could be considered bullying which DYFA has zero tolerance.
*I agree to put forth my best effort and, regardless of the outcome, I will know that I gave 100%.
*I understand that any negative comment made about my team, coach, or another player by any social media will be unacceptable.
Expectations for Parents and Fans:
*I will remember that children participate in sports for their enjoyment, not ours.
*I will encourage our children to participate and not force them.
*I will focus on our children’s efforts and performance rather than winning or losing.
*I will encourage children to play according to the rules and to settle disagreements without resorting to hostility or violence.
*I will never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing a competition.
*I will respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
*I will show appreciation and respect for all coaches, officials, and Board Members. Without them, our children could not participate.
*I will respect the decisions and judgments of the officials and teach our children to do likewise.
*I will never exhibit disruptive behavior, hostility or violence, and never use insulting, derogatory, threatening or hostile language towards players, officials, coaches or other fans.
*I will support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities.
*I will never bring, use or consume any alcohol or illegal drugs at any event. I will not jeopardize field use by my behavior.
*I will promise to act responsibly, set a good example and at all times to demonstrate the practices and principles of good sportsmanship, which will reflect the dignity, integrity and enjoyment of the sport.
*I will inform family and friends who attend events to abide by the above same rules.
*I will promise to stay behind the sideline barrier at all times.
*I will never leave the child unattended at the field without prior arrangements being made for safety reasons.