🏐 2023 Park Girls Volleyball Club – Codes of Conduct

2023 ATHLETE CODE OF CONDUCT

Park Girls Volleyball Club endeavors to create a safe, fun, inclusive environment for athletes, parents, coaches, and volunteers. To that end, athletes are expected to adhere to principles of behavior as outlined below.

Athlete Behavior:

  • Come to practices and games with a positive attitude. Be prepared to give your best effort, to be open to learning new skills, and receive feedback from coaches to ensure you have the best opportunity to learn and grow as an athlete
  • Commit to working hard for yourself, for your team and for your coaches
  • Be supportive of your own personal growth and your teammates’ growth in the sport in practice and games
  • Demonstrate good sportsmanship before, during and after games
  • Respect teammates, opponents, parents, coaches, officials, and spectators. Athletes are ambassadors of the club as well as the sport and should act with class and dignity as such
  • Treat team members on and off the court as valued members of the group. Gossip, abuse, bullying, berating, and social exclusion of members will not be tolerated
  • Winning is only part of it, and having a positive, competitive experience is far more critical
  • Coaches are there to help you and the team to succeed. Treat them with respect and accept their decisions
  • Respect facilities that we are fortunate enough to use. Make sure areas used are clean and follow all facility guidelines. Vandalism and theft will not be tolerated
  • Athletes will not consume alcohol, tobacco products, vaping products, or any drugs during practices, games, tournaments, and team functions. This does not include over-the-counter medications or prescription drugs as per parent approval
  • Phones are not to be used during practices, games or team-specific time without coach permission. During weekend events, personal phone use and direction will be set by the coach
  • Attend practices, games, and team events regularly and on time
  • Notify coaches if there is a team event that cannot be attended in advance and give a reason why
  • Follow Volleyball Alberta and PGVC social media guidelines

Disciplinary Guidelines:

  • All disciplinary actions will begin with the team coaching staff. If the infraction is deemed minor, the coach will deal with the player directly. If the infraction is more serious, the coach will involve the club executive and the parent. All infractions will be discussed with the players so they can provide information to the coaching staff and/or executive about the incident
  • Minor infractions can include: inappropriate action such as disrespect to coach or official, late or absent for a team event without notifying the coach, unsportsmanlike actions, violation of team policies
  • Consequences for minor infractions could include the assignment of extra team tasks (ie. setting up equipment, carrying volleyballs), reduction in playing time, or removal from team events for a set period of time
  • Major infractions can include: offensive behavior (for example: discriminatory or racist comments), continual minor infractions, participation in illegal activity, and consumption of drugs or alcohol during team events
  • The coaches reserve the right to suspend or expel a player for a major infraction

2023 PARENT/GUARDIAN CODE OF CONDUCT

Parents play a key role in the experience of their children in sport by helping to develop a sense of teamwork, self worth and sportsmanship. Each parent has the opportunity to positively or negatively influence their daughter as well as other team members by their words and actions. As such, we ask all parents to abide by the following code of conduct:

Parent/Guardian Behavior:

  • Help foster a positive, inclusive team culture by cheering for and encouraging all team members at games and tournaments
  • Be positive and respectful when interacting with coaches, officials, Volleyball Alberta staff, opposition players, opposition parents, and club parents
  • Encourage guests and family members to adhere to this code at team events
  • Ensure your athletes have a ride to and from team events, practices and games
  • Refrain from use of alcohol and/or drugs during all league, tournament and exhibition matches
  • Refrain from questioning an official’s or coach’s decision publicly
  • Continually encourage your player, reminding them of all the things they did well in a game and that doing one’s best is as important as winning, so that they will never feel defeated by the outcome of a game/event
  • Invest in the team by volunteering to help with team needs (ie. team manager, team treasurer, social coordinator, fundraising coordinator, scorekeeping, assisting at practices, supervision, organizing food etc.)
  • Encourage and model sportsmanship and hard work as a path to success. Doing our best is more important than winning
  • Refrain from negative talk, texting, emailing, or use of any other social media platform between parents, as well as between parents and their players. Negativity breeds disunity and bitterness in the team
  • If there is a disagreement with a coaching decision, wait 24hrs from the incident, then approach the coach privately to have respectful discussion
  • Inform coaches of injury or other circumstances that may prevent a player from fully participating in team events

13U, 14U & 15U TEAM PHILOSOPHY

Mission:

We are committed to developing all team members with the technical skills required in the sport of volleyball by focusing on their physical literacy, mental resilience and social connectedness, in a positive team environment. It is our goal to provide all athletes with a positive experience in a competitive team environment and to develop strong and respectful players.

Playtime:

  • Playtime is equal for the first two sets of every match. All players listed on the roster will play one full set of every match
  • Playtime is earned in 3rd games
  • Practice attendance, punctuality, attitude, work ethic, commitment to learning, consistency, lineup chemistry, and support of team members will factor into who plays in the third set

Team housekeeping:

  • As team members arrive at team events, they will greet each person who is already there one on one. As each team member leaves, they will say goodbye to each team member still there
  • Team members commit to letting the coaching staff know 24 hrs in advance of team events that they cannot attend and a reason why
  • Team members will value their teammates’ time. Athletes will arrive at least 15 minutes before practice with all required personal items (knee pads, shoes, water bottle etc), and be 100% ready to go 5 minutes before practice. Arrival times for games and tournaments will be decided by the coaching staff
  • Team members will be respectful and listen when a coach is talking (eg. hold balls, refrain from visiting & chatting)
  • Team members will be committed to hustle during drills, between drills, to and from water breaks (no walking / strolling) to keep the energy and engagement up
  • 2/3 success rate is the goal in the practice gym
  • All players are responsible for set up and take down of practice equipment
  • All players are responsible for team equipment at tournaments and games
  • Follow curfew and social guidelines outlined by the coaching staff
  • Players will follow all Park Girls Volleyball Club (PGVC) and Volleyball Alberta codes of conduct

Culture:

  • Team members commit to improving 1% each day
  • Success is measured by meeting our goals, not winning, or losing
  • Team members commit to helping other members get better, by striving to give their best at practice
  • Team members commit to take pride in their team and their role in the team
  • Treat teammates with respect, and as valued members of the group
  • Team members will encourage other members and commit to actively supporting each other on and off the court
  • Players commit to guard and defend their team by not fostering cliques, not allowing negative talk about team members from anyone, or engaging in any behavior which undermines team unity, chemistry or morale. These are standards that we expect from all PGVC athletes and are intended to influence your enjoyment within this team, as well as how much you improve
  • Personal problems between players will be dealt with face to face between the players. If a resolution cannot be reached, a coach will get involved.
    Treat coaches with respect and be patient with them
  • Coaches will provide constructive feedback. Take it as an opportunity to learn and improve, not as an attack on your character. Coaches genuinely want you to get better and are trying to help
  • Coaches ask that feedback be viewed as an opportunity to grow and improve. Coaches will be open to discussing their feedback in a positive growth-oriented manner. Explanations are valued, excuses will not help you grow
  • Always, always, be honest with your coaches. If they ask a question, it’s because they value your answer. Honest open conversation is key in learning and improving together

Coaches Commitment:

  • To make every effort to treat all players equally
  • Make the well-being of all team members the top priority
  • To value each member as a person and a player
  • Commit to improve 1% per day
  • Commit to give players an opportunity to communicate, and actively listen to them
  • To build a safe, positive, fun, and inclusive environment
  • To value player’s and parent’s investment of time and finances
  • To always be honest with players and parents

16U, 17U & 18U TEAM PHILOSOPHY

Mission:

The team is the most important thing. No one person or player is more important than the team. Only when all members decide to work towards the goal of doing their part to make the team the best it can be, will the team have its best chance for success.

Playtime:

  • Playtime is earned in scrimmages, games, and mainly in practice. Starting roles are earned
  • Stats, personal attitude, and aptitude will determine who plays
  • Practice attendance, punctuality, attitude, work ethic, commitment to learning our systems, consistency, lineup chemistry, and support of team members will affect play time
  • No game in a premier will be purposely lost to give players time on the court
  • All players that are not under disciplinary action or injured will play at premiers. How much is determined by the above points

Team housekeeping:

  • As team members arrive at team events, they will greet each person who is already there one on one. As each team member leaves, they will say goodbye to each team member still there
  • Team members commit to letting the coaching staff know 24 hrs in advance of team events that they cannot attend and a reason why
  • Team members will value their teammates’ time. Athletes will arrive at least 15 minutes before practice with all required personal items (knee pads, shoes, water bottle etc), and be 100% ready to go 5 minutes before practice. Arrival times for games and tournaments will be decided by the coaching staff
  • Team members will be respectful and listen when a coach is talking (eg. hold balls, refrain from visiting & chatting)
  • Team members will be committed to hustle during drills, between drills, to and from water breaks (no walking / strolling) to keep the energy and engagement up
  • 2/3 success rate is the goal in the practice gym
  • All players are responsible for set up and take down of practice equipment
  • All players are responsible for team equipment at tournaments and games
  • Follow curfew and social guidelines outlined by the coaching staff
  • Players will follow all Park Girls Volleyball Club (PGVC) and Volleyball Alberta codes of conduct

Culture:

  • Team members commit to improving 1% each day
  • Success is measured by meeting our goals, not winning, or losing
  • Team members commit to helping other members get better, by striving to give their best at practice
  • Team members commit to take pride in their team and their role in the team
  • Treat teammates with respect, and as valued members of the group
  • Team members will encourage other members and commit to actively supporting each other on and off the court
  • Players commit to guard and defend their team by not fostering cliques, not allowing negative talk about team members from anyone, or engaging in any behavior which undermines team unity, chemistry or morale. These are standards that we expect from all PGVC athletes and are intended to influence your enjoyment within this team, as well as how much you improve
  • Personal problems between players will be dealt with face to face between the players. If a resolution cannot be reached, a coach will get involved.
    Treat coaches with respect and be patient with them
  • Coaches will provide constructive feedback. Take it as an opportunity to learn and improve, not as an attack on your character. Coaches genuinely want you to get better and are trying to help
  • Coaches ask that feedback be viewed as an opportunity to grow and improve. Coaches will be open to discussing their feedback in a positive growth-oriented manner. Explanations are valued, excuses will not help you grow
  • Always, always, be honest with your coaches. If they ask a question, it’s because they value your answer. Honest open conversation is key in learning and improving together

Coaches Commitment:

  • To make every effort to treat all players equally
  • Make the well-being of all team members the top priority
  • To value each member as a person and a player
  • Commit to improve 1% per day
  • Commit to give players an opportunity to communicate, and actively listen to them
  • To build a safe, positive, fun, and inclusive environment
  • To value player’s and parent’s investment of time and finances
  • To always be honest with players and parents

VOLLEYBALL ALBERTA POLICIES & PROCEDURES

As an individual affiliated with Volleyball Alberta for the 2022-2023 Season (September 1, 2022 – August 31, 2023), you will agree to adhere to and abide by Volleyball Alberta’s policies and procedures, which include: