ETHICAL CODE FOR YOUTH SPORTS
This project is aimed at spreading a positive message to live sports in a loyal, healthy, and cooperative manner. Every club team in our territory that is connected to the Lapi Group receives an “Ethical Conduct Code”, which is then given to all the players on the team. There are 10 simple and fundamental rules to which the clubs must adhere and identify with, as well as enforce among the players, their staff, the athletes’ parents, and everyone else cooperating with their team.
Sports offer the opportunity to learn new skills, showcase abilities, interact socially and reach a state of good health, all while having fun. Sports represent an opportunity to participate, but also to take on responsibilities.
Parents need to be a model of behavior and maintain an attitude of respect and fairness in every situation; they should never criticize coaches or club managers in front of their children and should always respect their decisions and those of the referees; they have to help their children understand the true spirit of sports, which should be the foundation of every sports activity.
The coach must be impartial and create a healthy team attitude, keeping in mind that not only a few champions exist. Also, he must teach his players the importance of the principal values of life, such as loyalty, honesty, humility, and “healthy” competition.
The club must be aware of the social importance of sports, and especially of the sport that its members play. It must own the core values that the sport represents (fairness and equal opportunity, Fair play, teamwork and socializing), and even endorse and promote initiatives for solidarity, education, social integration and development in sports. All those who dedicate themselves to the sport must behave according to the principles of Fair Play, respect, fairness and loyalty.
Everyone in the world of sports should follow certain behavioral norms, which we have compiled into the “Ethical Conduct” sheet.
The sports club managers must take action and actively promote the Ethical Conduct adhered to by the club, as well as verifying its observance. They are responsible for getting it into the hands of players, coaches, staff, parents, and more in general, the sports environment that surrounds them.
*Fair Play stands for much more than merely following the rules: it means to adopt an attitude of respect towards others and towards the rules, both in our social relationships and in sports competitions. It stands for being fair and loyal. Fair Play encompasses concepts such as friendship, respect for others, and the spirit of sports. Fair Play is a way of being, it is not only a temporary behavior.
ATHLETE’S CODE OF ETHICS:
These are the ten simple rules to follow
1. Practice sports with dedication and passion, never forgetting that sports are primarily for fun;
2. Respect the rules and maintain a loyal, honest, and correct attitude towards teammates, opponents, the coach, the referees, and avoid any rude and unfair behavior;
3. Respect the players of the opposite team both inside and outside of the sports environment, avoiding rude gestures and both physical and verbal violence;
4. Respect and accept the decisions of the coach and the referees, even when you do not agree with these decisions;
5. Maintain proper and respectful language towards your teammates, opponents, the public, coaches and referees, avoiding conflict and trying to appease individuals who might get agitated;
6. Take part in training and practice with consistency and tenacity, being punctual and maintaining clean and orderly the buildings and equipment at your disposal (locker rooms, gyms, pools, etc.);
7. Maintain a strong spirit of sports, remembering that you are not only competing for yourself, but you are also part of a team;
8. Behave in a correct and ethical manner, contributing to create a peaceful environment of unity, concentration, and cooperation, before, during, and after a competition;
9. Bring to your your coaches’, managers’, and parents’ attention, any occurrence that goes against the healthy principles of the Athlete’s Ethical Code or general common sense;
10. Know how to win without arrogance always respecting your opponents, and know how to lose and learn from your mistakes.