Code of Conduct

Updated Thursday December 22, 2016 by Peachtree Ridge Youth Athletic Association.

The Code of Conduct of the GFL is herewith specifically incorporated into these rules of conduct that apply to each association, coach, trainer, participant, cheerleader, or spectator.  In addition to the precepts set forth in the Code of Conduct, the following may result in a fine to the member association or a suspension or expulsion of the coach, participant (football or cheerleading), spectator, team, or association involved. The following constitutes prohibitive conduct:

  1. Conduct may result in the imposition of a fine against the association and/or suspension or expulsion of the association, coach, participant, participant, official, or spectator from any GFL sanctioned activity.
  2. Any spectator who is asked by a GFL Officer or a GFL Representative to leave the confines of the arena and refuses to do so will subject the person so refusing to leave to suspension or expulsion from the GFL and the association to a fine.
  3. The use of any tobacco product within the confines of a playing field.  A violation of this provision will result in a fine to the member association of $100.00 per violation.
  4. Profanity will not be tolerated.
  5. Two flags thrown on the bench during any one game for two or more acts of conduct of anyone on the bench will result in the removal of the head coach from that game.
  6. Any coach who is personally charged with two or more flags during a season may be suspended from participation in the GFL for the remainder of the season for all practices and all games, and/or the association will be subject to possible suspension or fine as determined by the GFL voting membership.
  7. Any participant who is ejected from a game on two or more occasions during one season is subject to suspension or expulsion from the GFL.
  8. Being under the influence of alcohol or any controlled substance, consumption of, or the possession of any   alcohol or any controlled substance is specifically prohibited.  This prohibition relates to any practice, any game, or any GFL sponsored activity.  Any individual in violation of this rule shall at a minimum be barred from the practice, game, or activity for that day.  The second violation within any one season shall result in suspension or expulsion from the GFL.
  9. Use of noise-makers, except cow bells, thunder sticks and shakers, are not allowed at GFL games.(Shakers being described as empty plastic bottles, no larger than 20 ounces, filled with beans, rice, and/or glitter.)  A violation may result in a fine to the association.
  10. A referee's flag thrown against the stands will be considered a flag against the bench.  Such a flag will not be charged as a personal flag against any coach.  Any conduct from a participant, coach, cheer­leader, or participant that is deemed in contravention of the Code of Conduct of the Gwinnett Football League may, in addition to the penalties outlined herein, result in the GFL imposing a penalty of forfeiture of one or more of all games previously played.
  11. All coaches and all trainers are required to wear shirts, baseball-type caps, and/or jackets which clearly identify them as a member of the coaching staff.  No one absent the coaches and trainers should be on the bench during a game.  Water boys and/or managers must be clearly identifiable with a road vest.  Each team is responsible for providing their own vest for their team water boys for all home and away games.  They are also responsible for the cleanliness of the vest.  The vest should be kept in each team's trainer's bag.  Violation of this rule may result in a fine to the association.
  12. All coaches, trainers, and those on the bench area during a game are expected to dress in an appropriate manner.  Long hair is to be restrained, cut-off jeans are not allowed, emblazoned t-shirts are prohibited, and other dress that is deemed to invite laughter is prohibited.  Shoes must be worn at all times.  A violation of these standards may result in a fine being assessed against the member association.
  13. Any coach or participant who is ejected by a game official for violation of the aforementioned rules of the GFL or the GFL Code of Conduct must leave the confines of the arena.  Failure to do so will subject the person so refusing to leave to suspension or expulsion from the GFL and the association to a fine.
  14. When a coach, participant, or spectator is asked to leave the confines of the arena, the GFL Representative from the association involved must be notified.
  15. Officials must file a report with the on duty GFL Rep for any coach, participant or parent who is flagged, ejected or who is a disciplinary problem
  16. Any parent, spectator, coach or participant that approaches and/or follows a game official within the confines of the playing area and parking lot, may be subject to penalty, including suspension of the offender and/or the association, a fine to the member association, and/or expulsion of the offender and/or the member association.

Player Code of Conduct

  • Play safe. Tell your coach if you are injured. Make sure all of your gear fits and is in good condition. If you are unsure,ask your coach. If you are thirsty get water.
  • Work hard every minute of practice and in games. Let your example be a role model for other players. After or before practice don't be afraid to ask your coach what you can do improve.
  • Pay attention to your coaches. They are there for you. Show them that you care by looking them in the eye when they speak and by learning the plays completely.
  • Show respect for your teammates by cheering for them and helping them as much as possible. Don't tease them or make fun of them.
  • Encourage fair play. Always play by the rules.
  • Show respect for everyone in the program, especially the referees and the opposing team.
  • Never ever give up. Even if your team loses, know that you have always done your best.
  • When you wear your jersey off the field, remember that you are representing your entire team by the way you behave.
  • Play for fun.
  • Put the team ahead of yourself in every situation.

Parent Code of Conduct

  • Children participate in PRYAA activities for their own fun. They are not here to entertain you; they are not miniature professional athletes, and this is not a farm club for future professional athletes.
  • Encourage fair play. Always play by the rules.
  • Be supportive, i.e. be sure your child attends practices, is on time, and attends all games.
  • Parents should role model respect for everyone in the program, especially the referees and the opposing team. Wait until after the game or practice before approaching the coach with questions or concerns.
  • Recognize the value and importance of your child's coach or coaches. They are volunteers who donated a tremendous amount of time and effort to make this a positive experience for your child. Please maintain respect for these volunteers at all times.
  • At games, make sure your comments are positive or please make no comment at all. Parents and spectators are required to be in the stands at all times. Only authorized PRYAA certified coaches are allowed on the field. This includes practice fields. Applaud good plays and efforts by the opposing team, as well as your team. NEVER ridicule or scold a child for making a mistake during a game.
  • Condemn unsportsmanlike conduct in any way, shape or form.
  • Respect the decisions of the referees - even if you disagree with them. In our minor division we use volunteers for referees - please respect them.
  • Please remember that as a parent, you are a role model - do not use profane language or harass referees or players.
  • Parents or spectators who cannot abide by this code of conduct will be asked to leave the field.

Coach Code of Conduct

  • I will place the emotional and physical well being of my players ahead of my personal desire to win.
  • I will treat each child as an individual, remembering the large range of emotional and physical development for the same age group.
  • I will provide a safe playing situation for my players.
  • I will lead by example in demonstrating fair play and sportsmanship to all my players.
  • I will avoid coaching styles that humiliate and degrade self-esteem.
  • I will be knowledgeable of the rules and techniques of my sport and I will teach these to my players.
  • I will remember that I am a youth sports coach, and that the game is for children and not adults.
  • I will respect league officials and volunteers and follow PRYAA rules.
  • I will coach for the love of the game and the love of the athlete.
  • I will reward effort and behavior and not outcome.
  • I will keep the game simple and fun.
  • I will put the needs of the team ahead of any individual.
  • I will lead by character and by example.
  • I will come to practice looking like a coach.
  • I will remember the 8 play minimum and make sure each player gets their playing time.