05-31-06 - Sign-ups for peewee football have begun in Grayson County and it will be another chance for kids to have some, but for the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, it is a chance to put last year’s problems behind them.
Last season, the competition on the field spilled over into the stands. Parents grew frustrated with coaches, referees, and sometimes each other. Things sponsors say will not be tolerated for what they expect to be one of their biggest seasons ever. Last fall, they hit the gridiron; little warriors with big helmets. Unfortunately, the most ferocious of battles was not on the field, but in the stands.
Tempers flared, some parents were asked to leave, and others blamed a lack of control by refs on the field putting kids in danger of getting hurt; altercations the Salvation Army is trying to tackle before the first ball is snapped in 2006 and the tolerance will be much lower than it was last year.
Every parent, player, and coach on every team will be required to huddle with league supervisors and certified referees in an orientation telling them that out-of-control complaints, threats, and language will be benched.
Many of Sherman’s little league programs have folded, meaning a lot of players are coming to the Salvation Army’s Boys & Girls Club.
The following is the code of ethics that each player and parent will have to sign:
Code of Ethics:
Remember that the game is for children and not adults.
Consider it an obligation to be an example while developing character, integrity, and honesty.
Place the emotional and physical well being of my players ahead of any personal desire to win.
Not direct comments or criticism relative to players’ game performance.
Remember to treat each player as an individual.
Remember the large spread of emotional and physical development for the same age group.
Insure I know the rules of the sport and teach these rules to my player.
Lead, by example in demonstrating fair play and sportsmanship to all.
Promote sportsmanship over gamesmanship following the sport’s rules with no violation of them to win.
Not abuse a player physically, verbally, or mentally.
Not argue, threaten, or demean a player, parent, coach, or official.
Not use foul and abusive language at any time around players.
Control the emotions, ego, frustrations, and displays of anger of myself, and my players.
Not use alcohol, drug, or tobacco related products in the presence of players, coaches, officials, or volunteers.
Report any conduct that has violated this code or is detrimental to the positive environment projected by The Salvation Army through youth sports.
Attend every practice and game that I can, and will notify my coach if I cannot.
Do my very best to listen and learn from my coaches.
Do my very best in school.
Remember that sports are an opportunity to learn and have fun!