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Code of Conduct






Coaches are responsible for ensuring that all members of the

team and their fans practice good sportsmanship before, during and after the


Support the referees and refrain from making derogatory

comments towards them. 

Refrain from actions or words that undercut the self-esteem

of players from their own team and opposite teams. 

Do not allow your players to make derogatory comments

towards other players/officials.

NO trash talking.

Support post-game nice game exchange between players and


Good sportsmanship includes avoidance of unnecessary rough

and dirty play. Players and coaches should all strive in this regard. Dirty

play will not be tolerated.


Treat your teammates and your opponent as you would like to

be treated.

Be a good sport at all times and remember you represent your

parents, your team and your town.

Play by the rules.

Control your behavior at all times. Use of bad language is


Do not do anything that would endanger your opponents, your

teammates, your coaches, yourself, or officials.

Compete and prepare to win, never cheat to win.

NO trash talking.


Always keep in mind that the players are grade school

children trying to learn the game, the team concept, improve their skills, and

learn life lessons. They are NOT playing for the entertainment of the


Applaud good performances from both teams. Congratulate all

players regardless of the outcome.

Never ridicule or scold a child for making a mistake during

competition. Be positive.

Condemn the use of violence in any form, be it by

spectators, coaches or players.

Be part of the solution NOT the problem when it comes to

criticism and possible violence.

Show respect for your teams’ opponents. Encourage players to

obey the rules and decision of officials.

Demonstrate appropriate social behavior by not using foul

language, harassing players, coaches, or officials.

Discipline Issues


If a situation develops that

involves the conduct of a parent or player that is detrimental to the kids and

the league, the coach will make a board member aware of the situation. The Watertown

Youth Basketball Board will deal with situations on an individual basis, and

have the right to suspend or expel players or parents with no refunds.

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