Parents Code of Conduct
- Do not force your children to participate in sports, but support their desire to play their chosen sport for fun and learning. They will learn from coaches and other players. Make it fun.
- Teach by example. The parent is the most important example a child can relate to. Do not embarrass your child by yelling at players, coaches, or officials. Show self-discipline, self-control, good sportsmanship, and a positive attitude; your child will benefit.
- Applaud a good effort in both victory and defeat. Again, encourage and applaud good sportsmanship. Emphasize the positive points of the game.
- Never yell or physically abuse your child during or after a game. It is destructive. Help remove all physical and verbal abuse in youth sports. Players require a good example as opposed to criticism.
- Support volunteer coaches. They are important to the development of your child and the game.
- Respect the role of the coaches. Do not try to coach from the stands.
- Recognize that your child's coaches are responsible for developing team play, as well as individual player skills.
- Players are expected to arrive at least 15 minutes before each game.
- In the event of an extreme vocal or physical provocation of referees, coaches, or players, the offending parent will be asked to leave the arena by an official. The BIHL reserves the right to ban any offending parent from future games. Failure to comply with this ban will result in suspension or expulsion of the player.
Spectators Code of Conduct
- Display good sportsmanship. Always respect players, coaches, and officials.
- Act appropriately; do not taunt or disturb other fans. Enjoy the game together.
- Cheer good plays of all participants; avoid booing opponents.
- Cheer in a positive manner and encourage fair play; profanity and objectionable cheers or gestures are offensive.
- Help provide a safe and fun environment.
- Support the referees and coaches by trusting their judgment and integrity.
- Be responsible for your own safety and remain alert to help prevent accidents.
- Be supportive after the game, win or lose. Recognize good effort, teamwork, and sportsmanship.
- In the event of vocal or physical provocation of referees, coaches, or players, the offending spectator will be asked to leave the arena by an official. The BIHL reserves the right to ban any offending spectator from future games.