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Palos POWER Girls Softball

Player Code of Conduct

Player Expectations and Code of Conduct


Consistent with the Palos Power Softball Program philosophy, the program has certain expectation of the athletes involved in the program. These expectations include:


- positive attitude

- strong work ethic and willingness to hustle

- ability to follow instruction

- self motivation

- commitment to team


An athlete who demonstrates all the necessary physical attributes and skills to play, but who does not willingly exhibit the above values runs the risk of being bypassed in favor of a less skilled athlete who exhibits commitment, determination and the drive to do her best at all times.


Attendance at all team-related activities such as practices, games, and team meetings is mandatory, unless excused by the coaching staff prior to the absence. Conflicting activities must be presented to the coaching staff as soon as the player realizes they are going to be absent. Lateness to practices or games, where the coaching staff was not contacted, may result in disciplinary action as outlined in other sections of these Bylaws. If the athlete is not fully dressed and prepared for a practice or a game, she will be considered late and may be disciplined as outlined in other sections of these Bylaws.


It is expected that all players be dressed and on the field for the game at the announced time. The dugout and immediate area, for both home and away games, is for team members, coaches, and managers only. Family and friends are asked to use the bleachers or seating provided. There will be no socializing with people outside of the team during a game. The coaching staff respectfully asks that players and family members do not socialize during the games and practices. Athletes are expected to stay focused on their softball responsibilities at all times. Eating is prohibited during games and practices. All jewelry is prohibited during games and practices. Any questions concerning this policy should be discussed with the coaching staff.


Constructive feedback is an integral part of the teaching/learning process. Athletes should understand that this method of instruction is never administered on a personal basis, thus it should never be taken personally.


All athletes involved in the program must understand and accept that it is a privilege to participate in the program. Athletes have the obligation to act in a way that reflects positively on their team and community. It is important that all athletes involved in the program assume the responsibility of being accountable for their behavior. An athlete may be subject to disciplinary action if she commits any of the following violations:

- acts of unsportsmanlike conduct such as: lying, cheating, fighting, or verbal abuse of officials, managers, coaches, opponents or spectators;

- theft or vandalism;

- instigating or taking part in an activity that is disruptive to the program;

- substance abuse violations, such as: use or possession of alcohol, marijuana, tobacco, or any controlled substance, or abuse of prescription drugs.

It is an athlete’s responsibility to conduct herself with a high standard of sportsmanship and respect of everyone in the softball community. Violations of any of the aforementioned may result in disciplinary action.


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 six pillars of character. Therefore, the following code of conduct is expected:

- Be a positive role model for teammates and encourage sportsmanship by showing respect and courtesy for all players, coaches, officials and spectators at every game, practice or other sporting event.

- Do not engage in any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct with any official, coach, player, or parent such as booing and taunting; refusing to shake hands; or using profane language or gestures.

- Do not engage in or encourage any behaviors or practices that would endanger the health and well-being of any players, coaches, officials, or spectators.

- Learn the rules of the game, play by the rules and resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence.

- Treat other players, coaches, officials and spectators with respect regardless of race, creed, color, sex or ability.

- Understand that doing one’s best is more important than winning.

- Praise teammates for competing fairly and trying hard.

- Never ridicule or yell at any participants for making a mistake.

- Respect the officials and their authority during games and never question, discuss, or confront coaches at the field.

- Take practices and games seriously. Arrive on time, and be picked up on time.

- Treat all equipment appropriately, and understand that any abuse or mistreatment is not tolerated.