(507) 477-3235 9 Sixth Ave SE, Hayfield, MN 55940

Volleyball

Head Coach Jeremy Struck

Code of Conduct

 Players’ Code of Conduct

I accept responsibility for my behavior on and off the court. I understand that what I do and say affects my teammates, my school, and other people either positively or negatively.

I lead courageously and live with integrity by speaking up against injustice and on behalf of others even when it is hard or unpopular.

I act with respect toward myself and the people and things around me, including my parents, my coaches, my teammates, my teachers, my opponents, and the spectators.

I act with empathy. I try to understand what is going on in the hearts and minds of others and what is causing those feelings so that I can be supportive and encouraging. I ask, “How can I help you?”

I give 100 percent effort to practices, games, and events. I understand that my effort demonstates my commitment to the team and my respect for my coaches and teammates.

I will notify the coaching staff of any physical or personal problems that may affect my performance prior to the scheduled event.

I understand that I am not allowed to use tobacco, alcohol, or illegal drugs in any form, and must abide by the MSHSL guidelines, from the time of signing this contract.  If captains have a violation,  their captain status will be revoked.

I will discuss any issues regarding practices, playing time, or other issues with my coach first. 

I understand that I  must have written notice from a parent (mom/dad/guardian) if they are to go home with another parent after the completion of a match. Phone calls and text messages will not be accepted.

 Because I represent my family, school, and team, I abide by the policies, rules, and guidelines of the school, teams, and coaches.

 

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 Some material adapted from Ehrmann, J. (2011). InSideOut Coaching How sports can transform lives (pp. 196-197). New York, NY: Simon & Schuster.

 

Parents’ Code of Conduct

Understand and endorse the purpose of our program: to help our athletes become hardworking, dedicated, focused individuals that can take their learned skill sets from the court to the greater world.

Support the coaches by applauding behavior in your child and her teammates that demonstrates characteristics of integrity, empathy, sacrifice, and responsibility.

Acknowledge and appreciate players’ growth toward maturity and their effort toward establishing stronger relationships with teammates, coaches, and themselves.

Affirm your daughter and her teammates when good character, healthy sportsmanship, and other-centered behavior are displayed. Do not affirm only her athletic performance or a victory.

Serve as role models for our players, talking politely and acting courteously toward coaches, officials, other parents, visiting team parents, and spectators at practices, games, and meetings.

Model good sportsmanship. Acknowledge and applaud the efforts of team members and opponents. Accept defeat graciously by congratulating the members of the opposing team on a game well played. Support the team regardless of how much or how little your daughter plays or what the win-loss record is.

Encourage your child and her teammates with positive statements, even when they make mistakes. At every practice they are growing physically and emotionally. At every practice they are developing character.

Refrain from boasting about your child’s accomplishments.

When problems or questions arise, please have your daughter present the problem to her coach. We want players to develop self-advocacy. After meeting with her coach, if the issue requires more clarity, contact the coach directly.

Respect the chain of command: Player – Level Coach — Head Coach – Athletic Director – Principal

1st level: Player / Coach

2nd level: Player / Parent / Coach

3rd level: Player / Parent / Coach / Athletic Director

4th level: Parent / Parent / Coach / Athletic Director / Principal

Contacting the Coach:

  • If necessary, discuss the issue with your daughter first. The first line of communication is between the player and the coach.
  • It is strongly suggested that you not contact a coach directly before or after a match or tournament.
  • The initial contact should be an attempt to schedule an additional meeting if the issue requires it.
  • Initial contact can be made via email or phone.
  • Respect the timing of phone calls. Consider the day and time of day before making a phone call.
  • Allow the coach time to respond before taking it to the next level.

Meeting with the coach:

  • Your daughter should be advised that you are meeting with the coach and should be given the opportunity to attend if her participation is relevant to the topic
  • All conversations should be courteous and professional with regard to both language and conduct.
  • Everyone should get a chance to talk, and everyone must be willing to listen as well
  • Emotional control by all parties is imperative
  • Meetings must not occur on game days, should only be by appointment, and should include all necessary parties based on the level of the conversation (see above)

Things to ask about:

  • What was the reason for the decision or the action in the situation regarding my child?
  • Does my child work hard and have a positive attitude at practice and at games?
  • In what areas does my child need to improve?
  • Do you have some drills, or activities my daughter can use to make improvements?
  • Is my child a positive addition to the team?
  • Is there something I can do to help the coach, the team, or the program?

Things NOT to ask about:

  • Playing time
  • Game strategies
  • Other players

Red flags for parents

  • Trying to solve problems for your child…let her be the first to try to work them out.
  • Expecting her to look at you during matches and time outs and/or listen to coaching from the stands…right, wrong, or otherwise, her attention and focus should be on her coach and her team
  • Avoiding you after matches…be there for her, but be aware if she intentionally avoids such contact…if it happens, be prepared to discuss why when things have settled a bit

Because I represent my family, school, and team, I abide by the policies, rules, and guidelines of the school, teams, and coaches.

 

Signature                                                                                                             Date

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 Some material adapted from Ehrmann, J. (2011). InSideOut Coaching How sports can transform lives (pp. 196-197). New York, NY: Simon & Schuster.