Parents Code of Conduct

As a MAL parent, I acknowledge having read the following rules and agree to strictly adhere to them.

Encourage and Support

  1. I will encourage, but not force, my child to participate in sports.
  2. I will try my best to be involved with my child's athletics because I know it is important to him/her. I will try my best to practice with him/her beyond any MAL practices.
  3. I will try my best to help the MAL any way possible as I understand it is an all-volunteer organization in constant need of volunteers.
  4. I will make every effort possible to get my child to all games/practices -- and to be on time. I will communicate to the coach when we will be late or absent. I understand that TeamSnap is the best way to do this.
  5. I will inform the coach of any ailment that may affect the safety of my child or others.
  6. I will learn the rules of the game and policies of the league.
  7. I will remember that children participate to have fun and to learn, and that the game is for youth -- not adults. I will promote the emotional and physical well being of the athletes ahead of any personal desire I may have for winning.
  8. I will teach my child that doing one's best, competing fairly, and skill development are more important than winning. I will praise my child for competing fairly and trying hard.
  9. I will teach my child to be humble in victory, and courteous in defeat.

Conduct during Events/Games

  1. I will never ridicule or speak negatively at any player. I will always be supportive. I will only raise my voice to positively encourage or cheer.
  2. I will not coach any player during games and practices.
  3. I will keep any negative opinion about the coaches to myself.
  4. If I have a problem with a coach, I will never question or confront him/her at the field. I will instead request a meeting to discuss the situation. I will observe the "24-Hour Rule" to allow a "cool down" period so emotions can be controlled.
  5. I will not make verbal or physical threats/abuse toward any player, coach, official, parent, or MAL Board member. I will never invade their personal space, touch them, or yell at them.
  6. I will never enter the field -- unless invited by the official or coach to come to the aid of my child in case of injury.
  7. I will demand that my child always treat other players, coaches, officials, and spectators with respect. I will teach my child to never resort to hostility or violence.
  8. I (and my guests) will always be a positive role model and encourage sportsmanship by showing respect and courtesy, and by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, officials, and spectators.
  9. I (and my guests) will always respect the officials regardless of how a game is being officiated. We will never criticize/question or "educate" them. We will accept their calls as we understand they are making calls as best they can.
  10. I (and my guests) will not boo, taunt, or use profane language or gestures. We will always be respectful.
  11. I (and my guests) will not use drugs, tobacco, and alcohol at MAL events.
  12. I (and my guests) will respect the facilities we use and follow all rules. We will clean up after ourselves before leaving.

Parental Pledge

Father And Son Discussing Basketball On Porch Of Home

I understand that failure to adhere to the above rules (or poor personal conduct outside the MAL) will result in a review by the MAL Grievance and Ethics Committee, which may result in disciplinary action that could include, but is not limited to the following:

  • A Warning.
  • Removal from a game.
  • Suspension from future games.
  • Season suspension.
  • Permanent ban.

I understand that I have the right to appeal any disciplinary action decided against me.