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PSO Waivers & Code of Conduct

Parents, coaches and participants in our leagues and camps agree to the following waivers and code of conduct when they register.

Prestonwood Sports Outreach Mission Statement

The mission of the Sports Outreach Ministry is to glorify God by introducing Jesus Christ to as many people as possible, using the vehicle of sports and fitness in order to reach out to those around us with the message of salvation in Jesus Christ.

PSO Children's Team Sports Mission Statement

To glorify God by introducing Jesus Christ as Lord to as many people as possible and developing children in their chosen sports, through a quality youth sports program. Further we will build them up emotionally by teaching positive life values.

Code Of Ethics

PSO Code of Support for Parents and Fans

1. I understand that as a participant of PSO Sports, my child is required to attend the End-of-Season Celebration or Skills Clinic, whichever is listed on the Key Dates page. In accordance with our mission statement, there will be a gospel presentation at this event. There are rules in each sport that prevent a team from advancing to the post-season tournament if players from that team do not attend the entire event. Please check with your league commissioner for the sport-specific rules on this. I understand that my team does not have the right to play in the post-season tournament but that it is a bonus to the season based on league rules.

2. I can expect that my child will receive emotional support while participating in PSO.

3 .I can expect that my child will receive a fair amount of playing time, which should constitute a minimum of 50% of each regular season game. “Fair” takes into account showing up to practice, pre-game events and demonstrating sportsmanlike conduct.

4. I can expect that "Value Lessons" will be taught weekly at practice.

5 .I can expect that games and practices will involve prayer.

6. I can expect that the directors of the various PSO sports and leagues be present and will monitor all games. They will ask ANY individual or individuals who are not following the rules set forth by PSO to leave to maintain a positive environment for the children.

7. I can expect that PSO will train all coaches. Occasionally due to increased participants, we may ask parents to step up to coach when no other coach is available.

8. I understand that PSO reserves the right to combine multiple grade divisions or age groups to form a division or league after the close of registration.  I can expect that this combined division will not include more than 2 different school grades in grade based divisions or more than 2 different ages on the age determining date in age based divisions.  The only exception will be in the case of players playing up a division when there is written approval by the player's parent or legal guardian.

PSO Parents and Fan Code of Ethics

1. I will encourage and practice good sportsmanship by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches and officials at every game, practice or other PSO event.

2. I understand that as a parent and/or fan I am not allowed at any time to approach the officials before, during, or after games to discuss any calls made during a game by them. This includes yelling or provoking others to question an official’s judgment. Failure to abide by this rule could result in my family, including my child, to be asked to leave and dismissal from the league.

3. I will place the emotional and physical well being of my child ahead of my personal desire to win.

4. I will support coaches and officials working with my child in order to encourage a positive and enjoyable experience for all.

5. I will support my child’s coaching staff. If I have a concern or question I will not discuss the matter with other parents or players,instead I willapproach the head coach privately after a practice session, never after a game.

6. I understand that the coach makes all the decisions with regards to practice times, practice locations, playing time and lineups. The coach’s intent is to play each child a minimum of 50% per game unless the player is being disciplined for specific reasons of which a parent shall be notified. (Reasons for disciplinary action may include missing numerous practices, pre-game activities, displays of unsportsmanlike conduct, etc.)

7. I expect a sports environment that is free from drugs, tobacco, alcohol, pets and vulgar or abusive language and will refrain from their use and ensure they are not present on Prestonwood Baptist Church property at any time.

8. I will remember that the game is for children and their fun and enjoyment.

9. My child and I will treat other players, coaches, fans and officials with respect. We will refrain from approaching our opposing coaches, players and their families, as well as officials, in a negative manner before, during or after games. Any concerns will be directed tomycoach to be handled within the league.

10. I recognize that sports are competitive and my child may face defeat or failure. I will be supportive regardless of the outcome of the game, and remind them that a win or loss is a team effort and not a reflection of any individual child.  I will not allow my child to quit in the middle of a game due to difficult circumstances during that game (this does not apply to schedule conflicts or injuries).

11. I recognize that PSO coaches teach value lessons and that games start with prayer. I respect the rights of everyone to choose participation in these practices.

12. I understand that I will be held responsible for the actions of my children and their friends under my watch who are seen destroying church property (i.e. hanging, climbing or pulling on nets or goals, etc.) whether it be at a practice or a game and I will have to repair or replace the damaged property.

Parent’s Attitude towards Children’s Sports and PSO Philosophy on Competition

We often tell new parents in children’s leagues that sports places a child, for the first time, in the arena of public opinion for success and failure. Up to this point, if a child failed at home or at school, the only ones that knew were those directly involved—the parent, teacher and child. Now, a child’s success or failure is viewed by dozens from the sidelines/bleachers. This often creates a dilemma for the parents in that it is difficult for a parent to accept that they and their child are responsible, at least in part, for both success and failure. As a result, parents often place blame on the coach, officials or the league for any failure. We would encourage you to be mature in your thinking in this situation and put this in a proper perspective. We should also understand that the process of losing can be a positive experience for children, if they use it as a springboard for working harder, focusing, learning better the skills of the sport and, most importantly, to overcome adversity in a positive way.

A second major issue in youth athletics is competition and how a league and parents view competition. We have all heard and seen numerous stories of the competitive drive of parents and coaches that is out of control. PSO wants great competition with great class and a Christ-like attitude. We do not fear competition. We, in fact, view competition as a great motivator. Occasionally, parents believe that one team or coach “recruited” more than they should. Please understand that most of our children’s sports leagues are not primarily draft driven, in that children are not placed on to teams by the league, but parents are given the freedom to form teams with the best players available. We do not limit a coach’s ability to recruit members beyond not allowing the removal of a player based on performance or holding a multiple player ‘try-out’ for choosing children. For the most part, coaches are encouraged to aggressively recruit players for their team. This allows our organization to reach out to unchurched children and parents that may not know Christ and recruitment increases healthy competition. It is important that you, as a parent, understand that PSO encourages wholesome competition and teams to recruit great new players. It is our desire that we train the best young athletes in theNorth Dallas area; that they use the physical and spiritual training they receive to influence others, especially, as they mature as athletes in junior high and high school.

PSO Coaches Code of Ethics

I hereby pledge to live up to my certification as a PSO Coach by following the PSO Coaches’ Code of Ethics:

  1. I will support PSO efforts to advance faith through prayer and value lessons by making sure that the weekly value lessons are taught to my team every week during practice along with a brief team discussion on what each topic means and how we can apply it to our lives. Furthermore, if we are the home team, I will see that the game is opened and/or closed in prayer following a short recap of the value lesson theme that week.  Further, I understand that as a participant of PSO Sports, my team is required to attend the End-of-Season Celebration or Skills Clinic, whichever is listed on the Key Dates page. In accordance with our mission statement, there will be a gospel presentation at this event. There are rules in each sport that prevent a team from advancing to the post-season tournament if players from that team do not attend the entire event. Please check with your league commissioner for the sport-specific rules on this. I understand that my team does not have the right to play in the post-season tournament but that it is a bonus to the season based on league rules.
  2. I will place the emotional and physical well being of my players ahead of a personal desire to win.
  3. I will treat each player as an individual and with respect, remembering the large range of emotional and physical development of children. This includes inviting EVERY child back to my team the following season.
  4. I will do my best to provide a safe playing environment for my players.
  5. I will review and practice basic first aid principles needed to treat injuries of my players.
  6. I will organize practices that are fun and challenging for all my players.
  7. I will lead by example in demonstrating fair play and sportsmanship.
  8. I will provide a sports environment for my team that is free of drug, tobacco, alcohol, and abusive, derogatory or vulgar language and will refrain from their use at all PSO sporting events and functions.
  9. I will be knowledgeable in the rules of the sport and I will teach these rules to my players.
  10. I will know the PSO rules for my sport and do my best to follow the spirit of those rules.
  11. I will remember that I am a youth sports coach and that the game is for children…not adults.
  12. I agree to have a team meeting of parents prior to the season to explain my expectations, coaching philosophy, etc. I recognize that more than one parent meeting may be required.
  13. I understand that children make physical mistakes.
  14. I will teach my players how to win and lose like champions and with class.  I will not allow my team to quit no matter the difficulty of the competition.  Coaches that direct their team to quit a game before the game is over according to the rules will be suspended for the next game and removed from the league if it happens again.
  15. I will be courteous to all league officials by maintaining a respectful attitude toward their position.I will abstain from displays of anger such as yelling at, arguing with or disagreeing with calls by the official. This behavior is unacceptable and may result in my removal as a coach.
  16. I will be courteous to all other coaches by maintaining a respectful attitude toward them and their team.I will abstain from displays of anger such as yelling at, arguing with or disagreeing with opposing coaches. I will not recruit players from other teams or entertain discussions with their parents about changing teams without first discussing the matter with the other coach and PSO league administrators. This behavior is unacceptable and may result in my removal as a coach.
  17. I will advance the efforts of PSO in helping boys and girls understand what it means to grow into a Godly person with respect for authority.

PSO Adult League Captain and Player Code of Ethics

  1. I will support PSO efforts to advance faith through prayer and value lessons by making sure that the weekly value lessons are covered with my team every week at our games along with a brief team discussion on what each topic means and how we can apply it to our lives.  Furthermore, if we are the home team, I will see that the game is opened and/or closed in prayer following a short recap of the value lesson theme that week.

  2. I will place the emotional and physical well being of my team and the league ahead of a personal desire to win.

  3. I will treat each player and official as an individual and with respect.  

  4. I will be observant and do my best to provide a safe playing environment for my team.

  5. I will lead by example in demonstrating fair play and sportsmanship.

  6. I will provide a sports environment for my team that is free of drug, tobacco, alcohol, and abusive, derogatory or vulgar language and will refrain from their use at all PSO sporting events and functions.

  7. I will know the PSO rules for my sport and do my best to follow the spirit of those rules and I will hold my team accountable to those rules.

  8. I will remember that I am an adult and that I am playing in an environment where children may be watching and learning from my behavior.  I will do my best to set a good example of how the game should be played.

  9. The team captain agrees to have a team meeting prior to the season to explain the PSO Philosophy and his/her expectations for this season.

  10. I understand that all PLAYERS make physical mistakes and will not be critical of them.

  11. I will be an example of how to win and lose like champions and with class.

  12. I will be courteous to all league officials by maintaining a respectful attitude toward their position.  I will abstain from displays of anger such as yelling at, arguing with or disagreeing with calls by the official.  This behavior is unacceptable and may result in my removal from the league.

  13. I will be courteous to players on other teams by maintaining a respectful attitude toward them.  I will abstain from displays of anger such as yelling at, arguing with or disagreeing with opposing players.  

  14. I will advance the efforts of PSO in helping my team understand what it means to grow into a Godly person with respect for authority. 

Waivers

Injury Waiver for Children's Sports and Camps

As a parent of a child participating in Prestonwood Sports Organization, I retain medical expense responsibility and do hereby release, acquit, hold harmless and forever discharge PSO, its agents, agencies, servants and employees, and all persons, natural and corporate, in privity with them or any of them from any and all claims or causes of action of any kind whatsoever, including but not limited to actions, suits, and/or claims form any bodily injuries, deaths, or property damage which may be sustained by , my child(ren) while participating in any activity, including travel to and from such activities, not resulting from the intentional tortuous act or acts of any agent, servant, or employee of PSO. It is acknowledged that the decision to engage in the above activities is entered into freely, and that PSO, its agents, agencies, servants and employees have not influences the decisions to engage in such activities.

Injury Waiver For Adult Leagues

I, as a participant in Prestonwood Sports Organization, retain medical expense responsibility and do hereby release, acquit, hold harmless and forever discharge PSO, its agents, agencies, servants and employees, and all persons, natural and corporate, in privity with them or any of them from any and all claims or causes of action of any kind whatsoever, including but not limited to actions, suits, and/or claims form any bodily injuries, deaths, or property damage which may be sustained by me or my child(ren) while participating in any activity, including travel to and from such activities, not resulting from the intentional tortuous act or acts of any agent, servant, or employee of PSO. It is acknowledged that the decision to engage in the above activities is entered into freely, and that PSO, its agents, agencies, servants and employees have not influences the decisions to engage in such activities.

Photo Waiver

I understand and will allow photos and/or videos of me and/or my child to be taken while at this activity to be used in any Prestonwood publications.

I also understand that publication of these photographs may be accomplished electronically via the Internet/World Wide Web and that after publication the church will be unable to prevent persons from gaining access to the Internet/World Wide Web, copying my photographs and video therefrom, and subsequently using, altering, or republishing it without my consent.

I waive any claim for damages against the church from unconsented use, alteration, or republication of my photographs and video by third parties accessing the Internet/World Wide Web.


PSO Concussion Policy

In order to provide a safe and healthy environment for all members of the Prestonwood Sports Outreach community, it is the official policy of Prestonwood Baptist Church that any player who exhibits signs of a concussion be taken out of play immediately. The player will not be allowed to participate in any PSO games or practices until he or she is properly examined by a licensed doctor.

Failure to properly follow this policy may result in disciplinary action against coaches, players and parents, including, but not limited to, suspension, probation, and permanent dismissal from PSO.

           
 
 

Prestonwood Sports Organization (PSO)

Prestonwood Sports Organization is a ministry of Prestonwood Baptist Church
6801 W. Park Blvd., Plano, Texas 75093
Dr. Jack Graham, Pastor

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