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Code of Conduct

Our primary goal is to give each participant in basketball, baseball, and softball the opportunity to learn the fundamental skills and have a positive experience while participating in KYS programs. Volunteer coaches will encourage and instruct players in a structured and disciplined environment. Emphasis will be placed on the fundamentals of the game. Winning is not among our top priorities. Inappropriate behavior or parental interference will not be tolerated.

Parents are advised to follow these rules and guidelines:


1) Cheer and encourage both teams during games.
2) If additional children attend your team’s practices, please supervise and keep the noisy ones away from the gym or field.
3) Do not approach your coach at any time with a negative attitude.
4) Express your appreciation to your coach if your child’s experience is positive.
5) Remember, your conduct during adversity will be observed and may provide your
child the greatest lesson he or she may learn in sports competition.

Coaches, please inform your families and guests before they attend games about the following:


1) Do not display poor sportsmanship.
2) Do not instruct or criticize players.
3) Do not harass or abuse referees or umpires.
4) Leave any personal problems, prejudices, and jealousies outside the gym and ball park.

KYS will not tolerate coaches, parents, or spectators who display poor sportsmanship or try to interfere with basketball, baseball, or softball games. Most coaches teach players about respect and sportsmanship and expect parents and spectators to reinforce these lessons. If you have a concern about your child’s team, please contact the staff.

If a coach, parent, or spectator violates the preceding guidelines, KYS will take the following actions:


1) First offense: warning.
2) Second offense: expulsion from gym or park with your child and/or possible forfeiture of game.
3) Third offense: possible suspension from KYS programs for a duration to be determined by Knox Youth Sports Board of Directors.
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