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Blaze Policies

Parental Conduct Policy

Children’s sports are supposed to be fun – for the children. Unfortunately, many parents, fans and coaches don’t realize that their actions, whether verbal or nonverbal, can have a lasting emotional effect on children. Too many children are leaving sports activities because the fun is unfairly taken away by adults.

The essential elements of character-building and ethics in sports are embodied in the concept of sportsmanship and six core principles: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and good citizenship. The highest potential of sports is achieved when competition reflects these elements.

Therefore we parents/guardians agree to the following:

  • I will remember that children participate to have fun and that the game is for youth, not adults.
  • I will learn the rules of the game and the policies of the league, including the RDYSL/NYSWYSA Zero Tolerance Policy.
  • I (and my guests) will be a positive role model for my child and encourage sportsmanship by showing respect and courtesy, and by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, officials and spectators at every game, practice or other sporting event.
  • I (and my guests) will not engage in any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct with any official, coach, player, or parent such as booing and taunting or using profane language or gestures.
  • I will not encourage any behaviors or practices that would endanger the health and well-being of the athletes, coaches, officials, or other spectators.
  • I will teach my children to play by the rules and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence.
  • I will expect that my child treat other players, coaches, officials and spectators with respect regardless of race, creed, color, sex or ability.
  • I will teach my child that doing one’s best is more important than winning, so that my child will never feel defeated by the outcome of a game or his/her performance.
  • I will praise my child for competing fairly and trying hard, and make my child feel like a winner every time.
  • I will never ridicule or yell at my child or other participant for making a mistake or losing a competition.
  • I will emphasize skill development and practices and how they benefit my child over winning.
  • I will promote the emotional and physical well-being of the athletes ahead of any personal desire I may have for my child to win.
  • I will respect the officials and their authority during games and will never question, discuss, or confront coaches at the game field, and will take time to speak with coaches at an agreed upon time and place.
  • We understand that (upon review) the Club can, and will if necessary, suspend our individual privilege, to watch our child play should we behave in a manner inconsistent with the above behaviors.

Blaze Concussion Policy

The Blaze Board has instituted the following policy regarding head injuries and concussions:

* All Blaze Coaches are to complete the CDC Concussion Awareness training module.

* If a player receives a forceful blow to the head or body that results in rapid movement of the head, he/she will be removed from the game or training immediately.

* The player should be checked for signs and symptoms of concussion as outlined on the CDC concussion information sheet (http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/headsup/pdf/Parent_Athlete_Info_Sheet-a.pdf). If any signs are observed, the player should receive medical attention.

* Even if no symptoms observed, in any instance of a suspected head injury, parents should have their child evaluated by a medical professional.

* If a concussion is suspected via observed symptoms and/or the severity of the impact, he/she may not return to play without clear ance from a Medical Doctor.

While this may seem rather "strict" or cautious, we believe the potential long-term effects on a child from concussions and/or head injuries justify our stance.

We encourage you to review the CDC materials linked above for your own awareness. As more and more information and research points to the potential long-term negative health and quality of life impact of failure to properly identify, treat, and recover from head injuries, we want to set the bar high to protect our players.