The Youth Sports Parent Code of Conduct

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It is easy for even the most well intentioned parents to get caught up in their kid’s sports and engage in behavior that contradicts the objectives youth sports are supposed to embody.

An occasional slip is forgivable, but if this agrragious behavior has become part of your regular sports parenting repertoire it’s time to review our youth sports parent code of conduct and start taking these rules to heart.

Here are 13 “I will nots” that , if followed, are guaranteed to make you a better sports parent.


I will not yell at officials. I will not fight with another parent, official, or child.

I will not ridicule anyone involved in a youth sporting event.

I will not encourage violence with verbal or physical threats (i.e., take him down, knock his teeth out).

I will not curse.

I will not bring my child to a game when they are obviously sick and contagious.

I will not bring my child to a practice if they have stayed home from school sick.

 will not blame anyone after a loss.

I will not immediately run onto the field of play when my child gets hurt, but wait to see if it is serious enough to warrant my involvement.

I will not yell advice to my child during a game.

I will not detail my child’s play following a game unless they ask for my input.

I will let my child’s interest level, not my own, drive their training.

I will put God and spirituality, family, and homework before sports.

Alex Flanagan is a sports broadcaster for the NFL Network. She created the website to provide parents with a resource to help them survive youth sports. She lives in southern California with her husband and three children.