Code Of Conduct 

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.

Social Media Guidelines:
* Be positive and respectful, and always take the high road.
* Do not post content that would harm DYFA or damage DYFA’S reputation.
* A face-to-face meeting should take place with the Board of Directors when concerns arise between parents/coaches/players when a situation cannot be resolved. If you are concerned about any DYFA Member’s use of social media, please bring your concerns to the attention of the Board of Directors.
* The DYFA Board of Directors shall have the authority to monitor and enforce this social media Policy. The failure to adhere to this ZERO tolerance social media Policy shall be considered a violation of the DYFA Code of Conduct and is grounds for removal from the program.