Fair Play Code

For Athletes 
I will play by the rules and in the spirit of the game
 I will control my temper – fighting and “mouthing off” can spoil the activity for
 I will respect my opponents
 I will do my best to be a true team player
 I will remember that winning isn’t everything – that having fun, improving skills,
making friends and doing my best are as important
 I will acknowledge all good plays/performances – those of my team and of my
 I will participate because I want to, not just because my parents or coaches want
me to
 I will remember that coaches and officials are there to help me.  I will accept their
decisions and show them respect
For Parents 
I will remember that my child plays sport for his or her enjoyment, not for mine
 I will encourage my child to play by the rules and to resolve conflicts without
resorting to hostility or violence
 I will teach my child that doing one’s best is as important as winning, so that my
child will never feel defeated by the outcome of a game/event
 I will make my child feel like a winner every time by offering praise for
competing fairly and trying hard
 I will never ridicule or yell at my child for making a mistake or losing a
 I will remember that children learn best by example.  I will applaud good players’
performances by both my child’s team and their opponents
 I will not force my child to participate in sports
 I will never question the official’s judgment or honesty in public
 I will support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from children’s
sporting activities
 I will respect and show appreciation for the trained volunteer coaches who give
their time to provide sport activities for my child, understanding that I have a
responsibility to be a part of my child’s development

Developed for community coaches by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport

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