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Parents Guidelines for "Honoring the Game"


Before the Game:

Make a commitment to Honor the Game in action and language no matter what others may do.

Tell your child before each game that you are proud of him or her regardless of how well he or she plays.


During the Game:

Fill your children's "Emotional Tank" through praise and positive recognition so they can player their very best.

Don't give instructions to your child during the game. Let the coach correct player mistakes.

Cheer good plays by both teams (this is advance behavior!)

Mention good calls by the official to other parents.

If an official makes a "bad" call against your team? Honor the Game - BE SILENT!

(HYLC side note: our players are told never to question the ref during the game but rather bring concerns to the coach and we will approach the referee.  As the girls mature in High School the captains will accompany the coach to discuss issues with the referee). 

If another parent on your team yells at an official? Gently remind him or her to Honor the Game.

Don't do anything in the heat of the moment that you will regret after the game.  Ask yourself, will this embarrass my child or the team?"

Remember to have fun! Enjoy the game.


After the Game:

Thank the officials for doing a difficult job for little or no pay.    

Thanks the coaches for their commitment and effort.

Don't give advice.  Instead ask your child what her or she thought about the game and then LISTEN.  Listening fills Emotional Tanks.

Tell your child again that you are proud of him or here, whether the team won or lost.