Player/Parent Code of Conduct

PLAYER CODE OF CONDUCT

  1. Be honest with your coaches and your teammates.

  2. Arrive to practice at least 20 minutes prior to start time. Scheduled practice time is START time, NOT arrival time. You are to be dressed and on the court by the start of practice. If for any reason you are late, you must stretch, warm up and join in. Then, speak to your coach at the end of practice.

  3. Make the team one of your top priorities. Plan to attend all practices, team meetings and games unless there is an emergency.  Please have a ride to and from practice.

  4. If you should have to miss a practice/game/meeting, notify the coach in advance. Athletes missing practice are missing valuable information and training, which may affect their playing time.  It is the responsibility of the player to contact the coach.  This provides an opportunity for them to take responsibility.  We do not want parents to call on behalf of their child.

  5. Be a team ambassador. Do not “bad mouth” a teammate, the coach, or the club.

  6. Do not finger point or assign blame... We Win, We Lose and We Work as a Team!

  7. NO CURSING… period. Always show good sportsmanship, to your teammates, coaches, and opponents.

  8. Be a student of the game…you can never know too much.

  9. If an athlete damages equipment owned by FBVC, or any facility used by the club during practices, tournaments or other functions, the athlete will be required to reimburse FBVC and/or facility for the damages before continuing in the club season. In some cases, the athlete may be dismissed from the team.

  10. No cell phone use during practice.

  11. To promote team unity, all athletes are required to wear FBVC club gear when at tournaments.

  12. When at tournaments everyone will leave together. No one will be excused from working. You are released when your coaches say so.  

PARENT CODE OF CONDUCT

  1. Focus on supporting your child’s mastery of volleyball skills, strategy, and self-development. Competitive ranking focuses on winning and losing, which is outside of an individual athlete’s control. Volleyball is a TEAM sport and allows your athlete to develop life-long values and self-respect.

  2. Try to stay positive and keep negative emotions away. No one wants to perform poorly. If you react negatively, it can add to the pressure and make it harder for the athlete to shake off mistakes.

  3. I understand that paying for the FBVC does not guarantee my athlete equal playing time. My fees provide quality coaching, the travel experience, and an opportunity to play and travel outside of a traditional school season.

  4. Avoid negative talks after a bad practice or tournament. Athletes are typically hard enough on themselves, without parents adding to their thoughts. If you wish to discuss their performance, wait 24-48 hours, when the emotion is gone.

  5. Show respect for other players, parents, opponents, officials, and the program.

  6. Good sportsmanship does not only apply to your child on the court, parents should be setting an example. Refrain from arguing or questioning an official, or coach. It is their job to use their best judgment when making a call. You are representing your daughter and our club at these events and we will not tolerate any kind of disrespect.

  7. Understand and respect the differences in roles between parents and coaches. When you decide to join the Frostburg Bobcat Volleyball Club, you trust that we have provided you with a coach that has your daughter’s best interest in mind. Please avoid coaching “over the shoulder” of the coach and publicly questioning coaching decisions.

  8. If a problem arises, please have your athlete notify the Head Coach first! Do not go to the Club Director first. Please wait a minimum of 24 hours after an incident before contacting the coach to express any concerns. Under NO circumstances shall a parent approach a coach or director during competition or when other players or parents are present. The parent, player, and coach will often resolve the conflict and learn from the experience. If the parent and coach cannot resolve the issue, then contact one of the Club Directors.

  9. Parents are invited to participate in officiating/score keeping clinics and assist with team activities. Each team will need at least 1-2 team representatives for the board. Board members will help with group travel arrangements, team dinners, team shirts, any extra-curricular activity as a team, and may help coach with team correspondence.

  10. Last, but NOT least…please assure your player arrives/picked up on time for practice and tournaments. If there is an emergency, please contact your coach and the Club Director.

I WILL NOT 

1.  I will NOT criticize my child's coach or his/her teammates.

2.  I will NOT coach my child from the bleachers and/or sidelines.

3.  I will NOT harass or intimidate the players, coaches, tournament staff and officials.

4.  I will NOT criticize the opposing team or its coaches.