AOLG SPORTS PROGRAM ATHLETIC CODE OF CONDUCT
The purpose of the following Student Athlete Code of Conduct is to help define appropriate actions and behaviors that support the mission of The Academy of Our Lady of Grace’s Sports Program. All participating student athletes and parents should remember that everyone involved is a representation of The Academy of Our Lady of Grace and its sports program and; therefore, needs to adhere to the following guidelines.
• Attendance is very important; if you miss practice…you cannot play.
• If you miss three practices…you will be off the team.
• If you are going to miss practice, you are required to contact your coaches to inform them.
• You must have a passing grade to maintain your status on the team. A failing grade will result in suspension from team play.
• If you get one detention you cannot practice or play if a game is that day.
• If you receive two school detentions, you cannot play in the following game.
• If a student receives three detentions, he is suspended from team play until notice is
• If a student is absent from school, he is not permitted to participate in any practice,
game, or sports related activity that day.
• If a student is late to practice, he will be sent home. Being sent home will count as a
• Behavior in the classroom will affect a student’s participation on the team.
• Act in a Christian way exhibiting good sportsmanship both on and off the court/field.
Respect opponents, officials, coaches, teammates, and spectators at all times.
• Welcome your opponents when they arrive and congratulate them sincerely at the end
of a competition’s win or loss.
• Accept both victory and defeat with pride and honor—never be boastful or bitter.
• Maintain good behavior in school and at school events. Remember the AOLG student
represents his school in all that he does.
• Use self-control.
• Listen and learn from the coach. Work hard to improve skills and help the team.
• Follow all the rules and regulations set by the school, coach and sport.
• Respect the judgment of the officials. Never argue or show disrespect to the officials.
• Only the captain should communicate with the officials regarding clarification of a rule.
• No parent or guardian is permitted in the gym while practice is underway. Return for
prompt pick up.
• Encourage good sportsmanship, effort, and teamwork from student athletes, coaches,
• Model Christian behavior for all students, spectators, and coaches. Remember you
represent your school and your child in the community.
• Respect the judgments of the officials and efforts and strategies of the coaches.
• Remember athletic experiences are learning opportunities for the players. It is
intended to be fun for the student. Encourage, but don’t pressure participation in
sports. Make sports part of your child’s life; not everything in his life.
• Keep winning in perspective; help your child do the same.
• Help your child meet the responsibilities to the team and coach.
• Place academics as first priority. Schoolwork is still the primary task!
• Let the coach guide and instruct your child during competitions and practices.
• Cheer for your team. Acknowledge the efforts and successes of the opponents.
Violation of the Code of Conduct
Failure to exhibit good sportsmanship in keeping with the behavior outlined above may, at the discretion of a coach, referee, official or school administrator, result in removal from a sporting event and the requirement to leave the immediate area. Any coach, player, parent or spectator removed from an event will receive a one-game suspension and may not attend the next event. Two removals of a coach, player, parent or spectator will result in an automatic suspension for the remainder of the school year for ALL athletic activities.
Both parenting and coaching are extremely difficult vocations. By establishing an understanding of each position, we are better able to accept the actions of the other and provide greater benefits to the children. As parents, when you your children become involved in our sports program, you have a right to understand what expectations are placed on your child. This begins with clear communication from the coach of your child's program.
Communication You Should Expect From Your Child's Coach
- Philosophy of the coach.
- Expectations for your child and all players on the team. o Locations and times of practices and
- Procedures should your child be injured during participation.
- Discipline that may result in denial of your child's participation.
Communication Coaches Expect From Parents
- Concerns expressed directly to the coach.
- Notification of any schedule conflicts well in advance.
- Specific concern in regard to a coach's philosophy and/or expectations.
- It is important to understand that there may be times when things do not go the way you or your child wishes. At these times, discussion with the coach is encouraged.
Appropriate Concerns To Discuss With Coaches
- The treatment of your child both mentally and physically.
- Ways to help your child improve.
- Concerns about your child's behavior.
- It is very difficult to accept your child not playing as much as you may hope. Coaches are professional. They make judgment decisions based on what they believe to be best for all students involved. As you have seen from the list above, certain things can be and should be discussed with your child's coach. Other issues must be left to the discretion of the coach.
Issues Not Appropriate To Discuss With Coaches
- Amount of playing time
- Team strategy
- Play calling
- Other students/athletes