Love The Game Then Honor The Game
Brought to you by the Liberty Mutual Insurance Responsible Sports program.
are the principles we all strive to live by.
if we want to be recognized as Responsible
our aim us is to put these principles at the heart, soul and center of
everything we do – before, during and after the course of competition.
month at the Liberty Mutual Insurance Responsible
program, we’re going to take a closer look at how coaches and parents can
ensure they and their athletes alike honor the game – by respecting the
respective sport’s ROOTS.
Honoring The Game: The Responsible Coach’s Code.
Coaches conduct themselves by a code, which the experts at Positive Coaching
Alliance (PCA) calls “Honoring The Game”.
remember the components of this code, remind yourself and your players that
Honoring The Game means respecting the sport’s ROOTS – where ROOTS is an
acronym for Rules, Opponents, Officials, Teammates and Self.
Introducing “Honoring The Game” To Your Team.
do you communicate these concepts with your young athletes, who are more prone
to erratic emotions and scattered minds?
easy, really. Before your season officially kicks off, let your players know
you want to coach a team that always does its best to Honor The Game.
Communicate this approach repeatedly, and consider going over it in detail
during a practice or several practices. Remind your kids that Honoring The Game
means that everyone on your team will have respect for the ROOTS of the game.
Rules: We refuse to bend
and/or break the rules to win.
- Opponents: We value and
recognize that a worthy opponent brings out our best, and we take a
“fierce yet friendly” attitude into competition.
- Officials: We respect officials,
even when we disagree with them.
- Teammates: We never do anything
to embarrass our team (on or off the ice).
- Self: We live up to our
standards of Honoring The Game – even when others don’t.
Honoring The Game Tools.
like anything else in sports – or life – practice and repetition are key when
it comes to learning to always Honor The Game and respect its ROOTS. Here are
some ideas to help you implement the ROOTS philosophy – with the assistance of
both your kids and their Responsible Sports Parents:
- Parent Meeting Agenda: A preseason parent
meeting is always a wise investment. People tend to live up to
expectations if they know what they are. A meeting can help mold the
behavior of your athletes’ parents. Follow this general outline for
- Welcome &
- Your Coaching
- Goals For The Season
(present yours and ask for theirs)
- Season Evaluation
(practice/games schedules, phone/email lists, etc.)
- Asking For Parent
- Time For Parent
- Seize Teachable Moments: Capitalize on the many instances during
your practices and games when lessons about Honoring The Game can be
highlighted. These can be either positive or negative moments, such as
someone losing graciously (positive) or an athlete taunting an opponent
(negative). Engages your players in a discussion about whether the
behavior in question Honors The Game.
- Drill During Practice: Just as we develop
drills for improving physical skills, we must create situations in
practice where players learn how to Honor The Game. For example, during a
practice match, make a bad call on purpose and see how your players react.
If they react in a way that’s consistent with Honoring The Game, praise
them. If they don’t, use that moment to discuss how you want them to
respond in a game situation (e.g., not letting the questionable call throw
them out of their rhythm). You might also consider having your players
officiate during practice games to appreciate the difficulty of being an
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