PARENTS CODE OF CONDUCT
SportExcel takes great pride in the caliber of play, player conduct and parental dedication displayed at all of our events. In order to maintain the fun and professional atmosphere that the SportExcel Junior Golf events have become known for, and to show respect for the involvement of our host clubs and their volunteers, SportExcel requires that all participants, spectators and parents (and their guests adhere to a set of guidelines knows as the Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct is to be observed at all of our events.
EXPECTATIONS FROM PARENTS WHEN ON THE GOLF COURSE:
- No advice is to be given to your child or any child during the tournament rounds.
- Please avoid all communication, verbal and non-verbal, which may be construed by others (competitors, parents and our Referees) as advice.
- Please keep your distance from your child or any child (approx. 30 yards) while following them during play.
- Do not walk in the general areas, teeing areas and putting greens during the tournament rounds.
- Help us maintain the pace of play by assisting to spot golf balls for players.
- Try to avoid distracting competitors at all times on the golf course.
- Please refrain from bringing cell phones, cameras or radios onto the golf course. If you must have your cell phone with you, please switch it off or set it to silent mode.
- Please feel free to ask your child if he/she needs anything to eat or drink at the turn.
REGARDING THE RULES OF GOLF:
- Allow Referees to administer rulings. You will be brought into a situation ONLY if the Referees ask you.
- Encourage your child to familiarize himself/herself with the Rules of Golf and the supplementary Local Rules specific to the tournament so that they are aware of the options available to them.
RESPECTING THE HOST CLUB AND GOLF ETIQUETTE:
- Respect the host facility’s policy if cell phones are not allowed at all on the grounds.
- Familiarize yourself and adhere to the host facility’s dress code. Some facilities may not allow blue jeans, T-shirts, etc.
- If you are going to wear golf shoes as you walk the course, make sure they do not have metal or traditionally designed spikes.
AFTER THE TOURNAMENT:
- Encourage your child to write thank-you notes or verbally thank those persons who contributed to the success of the respective tournament such as sponsors and host club officials.
- We welcome any and all letters of suggestion to SportExcel that will ultimately help us in making these events even more special for all involved. Feel free to include comments you may have about SportExcel Junior Golf Events with regards to the development of junior golf in Malaysia.
SOCIAL MEDIA & MASS MAILING:
- If there are any shortcomings in a completed/ongoing tournament, you are encouraged to raise your concerns/grievances with the Organizing Committee and/or Tournament Committee in writing. All written complaints shall be handled by the Committee accordingly.
- But if you choose to not observe the proper channel to raise any grievances and turn to the social media or mass mailing as your channel, the Committee may have to take appropriate actions to curb this practice and protect the image of the organization.
- Social Media postings and/or mass mailing of grievances shall not be condoned by the Committee. If an offender (Eg: parent) should post negative or damaging articles that tarnishes SportExcel’s name/image, actions shall be taken by the Committee as follows:
- First Offence – A warning will be issued to the offender(s).
- Second Offence- The offender(s) will be barred from the tournament course.
- Third Offence – The offender(s) will be barred from the tournament venue.
TOURNAMENT WHATSAPP GROUP:
- WhatsApp as a platform for information dissemination has gained popularity with many players and their parents. SportExcel has adopted this platform as a means to quickly disseminate tournament information to the players.
- SportExcel may setup a WhatsApp group for each tournament, consisting of players and their parents as members of these groups. The purpose is for SportExcel to disseminate tournament information to the players and for the players/parents to ask questions on tournament related matters.
- We strongly urge you to use these WhatsApp groups solely for tournament related matters only, and refrain from the following:
- Send birthday wishes or congratulatory messages to individuals – this normally results in a chain reaction whereby tens of messages are sent to the birthday boy/girl
- Respond with “Noted”, “Thank You”, etc. – it is assumed that once a message is posted into the group, everyone in that group has received the message; thus, a response is not required. Please bear in mind that one response results in everyone in the group (maybe 100+ members) having to click on that response to read it
- Post marketing/sales advertisements
- Post politics related, religions inclined, sexual or inappropriate articles
The above non-tournament related messages fill up the WhatsApp group with non-essential information and make it difficult for users to find the important tournament information. Thus, for everyone to benefit from quick availability of information, let’s all work together to have an uncluttered WhatsApp group for tournament information.
PARENTS CODE OF CONDUCT
This Parents’ Guide was compiled not because of recurring problems, but rather in order to have a reference for parents for frequently asked questions. SportExcel Junior Golf and our host facilities thank you for your cooperation.
“In golf, customs of etiquette and decorum are just as important as rules governing play.” It is appropriate for parents and spectators to applaud successful strokes, but in order to secure the spirit of the game, we ask parents and spectators to please adhere to the following guidelines: (Please note that if any of the following guidelines are perceived as broken by a SportExcel official or members of the Committee, the player may be subject to penalty.)
- Advice (Rule 10.2) is any counsel or suggestion, which could influence a player in determining his play, the choice of a club or the method of making a stroke. In addition, any conversation between player/spectator may be construed as advice. This includes any conversation between player/spectator in their native language. In either instance, penalty for breach of this rule is the General Penalty (Loss of hole in match play or two penalty strokes in stroke play) Players are responsible for the actions of their relatives and spectators in regards to this rule.
- Keeping the above statement in mind, please keep your conversation with the player to words of encouragement as long as advice is not given.
- Spectators attend SportExcel Junior Golf events at their own risk.
- Please turn off all cell phones at all SportExcel Junior Golf events. If when left on silent modes, ensure that your following conversation is not to the annoyance of players.
- SportExcel Junior Golf events do not allow spectator carts except if the spectator has a permanent handicap placard. Handicap spectators must present their placard to the Tournament Director prior to getting a golf cart. Spectators will not receive a cart unless they have this official placard. Letters from doctors or visible injuries will not warrant a golf cart without a placard.
- All players and spectators are not permitted to ride on the back of a golf cart at any time during SportExcel competitions.
- Spectators should stay on cart paths. In the absence of cart paths, we ask that spectators stay in the rough. Please stay off general areas, teeing areas and putting greens.
- Spectators should stay one shot ahead of the group they are following. This allows spectators to follow errant shots and help identify where the ball comes to rest. Spectators are allowed to aid in the search for lost golf balls. Ensure that you just indicate where the balls are. Do not otherwise communicate which can be construed as advice when doing so.
- Spectators MUST not give rulings. Please seek a Referee or a member of the Committee if the need arises.
- Spectators are allowed to carry medicine, drinks, food, umbrellas, etc.
- The Committee may assess a penalty to the player based on the severity of the spectator violation. If a serious breach has occurred, the spectator may be asked to leave the facility or the spectator may not be permitted to attend another SportExcel Junior Golf event.
- For your personal safety, we ask you to exercise caution at all times. When inclement weather moves into the area, the Committee will suspend play by sounding air horns or sirens. Accordingly, you should seek shelter immediately. The Committee and staff at the golf club will evacuate players from the course first and then spectators.
SportExcel will further discuss the spectator guidelines at each tournament’s parents meeting whenever held.
YOUTH SPORTS PARENTS CODE OF CONDUCT
The essential elements of character building and ethics in sports are embodied in the concept of sportsmanship and six core principles: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and good citizenship. The highest potential of sports is achieved when competition reflects these “six pillars of character.”
- I will not force my child to participate in sports.
- I will remember that children participate to have fun and that the game is for youth, not adults.
- I will inform the coach of any physical disability or ailment that may affect the safety of my child or the safety of others.
- I will learn the rules of the game and the policies of the circuit.
- I (and my guests) will be a positive role model for my child and encourage sportsmanship by showing respect and courtesy, and by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, officials and spectators at every game, practice or sporting event.
- I (and my guests) will not engage in any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct with any official, coach, player, or parent such as booing and taunting, refusing to shake hands, or using profane language or gestures.
- I will not encourage any behaviors or practices that would endanger the health and well-being of the athletes.
- I will teach my child to play by the rules and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence.
- I will demand that my child treat other players, coaches, officials and spectators with respect regardless of race, creed, color, sex or ability.
- I will teach my child that doing one’s best is more important than winning, so that my child will never feel defeated by the outcome of a game or his/her performance.
- I will praise my child for competing fairly and trying hard, and make my child feel like a winner every time.
- I will never ridicule or yell at my child or other participants for making a mistake or losing a competition.
- I will emphasize skill development and practices and how they benefit my child over winning.
- I will promote the emotional and physical well-being of the athletes ahead of any personal desire I may have for my child to win.
- I will respect the officials and their authority during games and will never question, discuss, or confront officials at the game field, and will take time to speak with officials at an agreed upon time and place.
- I will refrain from coaching my child or other players during competitions.