Codes of Conduct for Athletes, Parents, Coaches & Board Members

We expect all of our athletes, parents, coaches and board members to show exemplary sportsmanship during practice and competitions. In addition, we expect our athletes to work hard and be respectful at school and home.

The SJWC welcomes you to the start of the wrestling season. We are looking forward to another exceptional year of youth wrestling.

The purpose of the SJWC is to promote the sport of wrestling to area youth through instructional training of proper wrestling techniques. The SJWC has a highly qualified coaching staff to assist in the instructional training of the Club’s participants. Our coaching staff conducts all training in an environment designed to promote a fun, yet informative, training experience. Hard work, dedication and sportsmanship are promoted, and through positive reinforcement our staff provides the best possible training for our young athletes.

As we begin this wrestling season, please remember that the SJWC has high character expectations for all persons associated with the Club. Every coach, wrestler and parent is not only a representative of this Club, but of our community. Our actions are as important as our words, so please lead by example to show our children the true definition of “good sportsmanship.”

Wrestlers Code of Conduct

  1. No wrestler is to physically or verbally abuse any coach or fellow wrestler.
  2. Wrestlers must listen to and follow the directions of all coaches. Wrestlers will be expected to work hard at practice or will be asked to sit. Wrestlers are not to be disruptive during practice or competitions.
  3. If a wrestler is disruptive during practice, a parent will be required to attend all practices until the wrestler can act appropriately.
  4. At all times, wrestlers must conduct themselves in a mature and respectful manner.
    a. No unsportsmanlike yelling or cheering if a wrestler is hurt.
    b. Win or lose, wrestlers MUST shake hands and congratulate their opponent.
    c. No vulgar or obscene gestures of any kind should ever be made by a wrestler.
  5. No wrestler is to use abusive and/or profane language before anyone connected with a SJWC function (practices, tournaments, meetings, etc.).
  6. Wrestlers should make every effort to attend all scheduled practices.
  7. Wrestlers are not permitted in the wrestling room until a coach is present.
  8. All wrestlers are to treat all SJWC property and equipment with respect
  9. The SJWC practice facility and any school where competitions are held, are to be respected.

Violation of this code of conduct will result in disciplinary action by the Division Director, up to and including dismissal from the team.

Parents Code of Conduct

  1. No parent or fan is to physically or verbally abuse another parent, fan, coach, wrestler or referee. If a parent has a problem, concern or issue with a fan, wrestler or another parent, the only proper venue for discussion is with a Division Director in private at an appropriate time.
  2. All parents are to conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner:
    a. No unsportsmanlike yelling, such as: booing, teasing, or cheering if a wrestler is hurt or losing. No instructions to take specific advantage of any injury incurred
    by an opponent while wrestling.
    b. No unsportsmanlike gestures of any kind will be allowed.
  3. Except in an emergency, no parent is to interfere with practices, meets or coaching at any time. Parents may observe, but are to wait until before or after practices to interact with their child or talk with the coaches unless a coach
    requests a conversation. Coaches will be glad to talk to parents in private about any issue or problem before or after practices or meets, as their schedule allows. Also, we ask all wrestlers to remain silent when a coach is teaching and we
    require the same of all practice spectators. If you would like to carry on a conversation with another spectator during practice, please move outside the wrestling room when a coach is teaching.
  4. Please see that your child is picked up at the designated time after practice. The coaches will try to finish practice as close to the designated time as possible.
  5. Please remember that this program is for our youth, but in no way is it to be used as an excuse for unfinished homework or other responsibilities. Explain this to your child so he/she can plan his/her time wisely.
  6. Parents are NOT permitted to coach their child (on the the edge of the mat) at any official practice or competition of the SJWC unless you have a current USAW coaching card and are an approved SJWC coach. Parents should remain in designated spectator locations during official SJWC Wrestling Club practices and tournaments.
  7. Parents or guardians must physically drop off and pick up their children at the Westhill HS Wrestling Room and not at the exterior of the school.

Parents, as well as their athletes, will be held responsible for compliance with their Code of Conduct.

Coaches Code of Conduct

  1. I will always keep youth wrestling a positive and fun experience for my team.
  2. I will encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating positive support of all players, coaches, and officials at every game, practice or other youth wrestling events.
  3. I will place the emotional and physical well-being and safety of my team above all other considerations.
  4. I will practice positive reinforcement at all times with my team, and will reward them for their accomplishments.
  5. I will read and seek to be informed about the rules of the sport I coach.
  6. I will always speak to game officials with respect at all times, on and off the field.
  7. I will be respectful in victory and defeat
  8. I will keep an open line of communication between myself and other coaches, parents, and board members.
  9. I will set a high level of commitment that I will encourage my team to follow.
  10. I will be on the mats at all times during practice. Discussions with parents or spectators will be held before or after practice unless absolutely necessary.
  11. I will attend practices regularly in order to understand what the team has worked on, so that I may effectively coach at tournaments.
  12. I will support and promote the SJWC and not engage in any activities that conflicts with the best interests and goals of the club.
  13. I will refrain from using profanity at any games, practices or any other youth wrestling events.
  14. I will refrain from using or being under the influence of drugs, tobacco or alcohol while attending games, practices or any other youth wrestling events.
  15. I will remember that the game is for youth, not for adults.

By signing this pledge, I commit to uphold the values and integrity of the SJWC and accept the responsibility as a coach as set forth in the Coaches’ Code of Conduct.

Consequences for coaches and volunteers 

  1. Verbal warning
  2. Practice and/or tournament suspensions
  3. Removal from coaching

Board Members Code of Conduct

Every SJWC board member agrees to: 

  1. Make every effort to attend scheduled board meetings.
  2. Uphold the Constitution and Bylaws of the SJWC.
  3. Be responsible for all communication to wrestlers, parents, coaches and other board members in a timely manner.
  4. Support and promote the SJWC and not engage in any activities that conflicts with the best interests and goals of the club.
  5. Conduct themselves in a professional and dignified manner.

Consequences for Board Members 

  1. Verbal warning
  2. Written warning
  3. Removal from the board