Brought to you by the Liberty Mutual Insurance Responsible Sports program.
Honor and Respect.
These are the principles we all strive to live by.
And if we want to be recognized as Responsible Coaches and Responsible Sport Parents, 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.
This month at the Liberty Mutual Insurance Responsible Sports 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.
Responsible Coaches conduct themselves by a code, which the experts at Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) calls “Honoring The Game”.
To 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.
How do you communicate these concepts with your young athletes, who are more prone to erratic emotions and scattered minds?
It’s 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.
Honoring The Game Tools.
Just 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:
Good luck this season from your friends at Liberty Mutual Insurance and Responsible Sports!