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Parents can play many roles in sports: current or former athlete, coach, fan, motivator, role model or critic. A few studies have shown that family members may influence an athlete’s involvement and achievement in sport more than coaches. Parents also are the first and most critical agents at socializing sports.

​TEN Things Parents Can Do to Help A Coach

l. Bring your child to practices and games on time.
2. Say only positive things on the sidelines.
3. Communicate with the coach - but not on the field.
4. Don't shout instructions to your child during the game.
5. Call the coach if your child is going to miss a game or practice.
6. Don't allow sleepovers or late movies the night before a game.
7. Focus on effort, not winning.
8. Support the coach, especially regarding lineup choices and discipline.
9. Feed the kids before games and practices, and send them with plenty of water!
10. Write the coach a thank-you note, or better yet, have your child write one.

PARENT code of conduct

  • ​Parents are the ultimate role model for their children and are expected to support the principles of good sportsmanship and fair play at all times.
  • Parents are to ensure that their child arrives on time ready to play for games and practices.
  • Parents and their guests are expected to be supportive of the players and not to engage in argumentative behavior with players, coaches, umpires or other parents.
  • Parents and their guests will maintain self-control.  They will refrain from disrespectful conduct of any sort, including but not limited to: profanity, obscene gestures, offensive remarks, taunting, or other actions that demean an individual.
  • During the course of a game, parents and their guests will refrain from “shouting out” instructions to players on the field or in the dugout.
  • Parents or their guests are not permitted in the dugout during or prior to the start of the game.  The only exception is if the parent or guest is invited into the dugout by the coaching staff.
  • Parents will not discuss their child’s status with the team ( i.e. playing time, positioning, batting order, etc.) during the course of the game.  Discussions of this nature shall take place between parents and the team manager after the game at an appropriate time for all parties.

Player Code of Conduct

  • All players are expected to show respect to their teammates, players from the opposing team, coaches, and umpires -- Both on and off the field.
  • Players are not to engage in arguments with other players, coaches, or umpires during a game.
  • Players shall respect all equipment, and abuse of equipment will not be tolerated.  Players/Parents will be responsible for any equipment damaged, due to abuse.
  • Any player ejected from a game due to un-sportsman like conduct, including foul language, fighting, or abuse of equipment may be suspended from the team.
  • Players will not invite family and/or friends into the dugout during the course of a game.


Parents and athletes need to manage their SportsEngine accounts to ensure they get the most out of their Melrose Youth Sports Association experience during each sporting season. With their accounts properly configured, athletes and their families will receive communications according to their preferences and be able to complete registrations more efficiently.  SportsEngine has created a Team Management Guide for Parents and Athletes that will help our members with frequently asked questions about our website and mobile app.

New to SportsEngine?

Here is your quick start guide to creating an account and using the SportsEngine platform as an athlete or parent.


Keep connected to your team(s). Get schedules and team updates for every athlete in the house, plus a way to message other members on your team and a way to give coaches a heads up about practice. Enjoy unlimited access to scores & stats, photo/video sharing, and more.


Adding an additional guardian

In many instances, more than one parent or guardian needs to be in the loop with a child's sports life. Using the mobile app, you can add additional guardians to an account. Guardians can 1) View games and events 2) RSVP to games and events 3) Send and receive messages to coaches and team members 4) participate in team chat

Adding a Mobile Phone

Once you've created your account, add your mobile phone so you can receive text messages from your team manager or coach.

Enabling Text Messaging

Now that you have your mobile phone on your account, make sure you enable text messaging and any other notifications.

Following a Team on the SportsEngine Mobile App

Are you a family friend, grandparent or fan that wants to follow a specific team on the SportsEngine platform? Here is a quick guide to follow teams on the mobile app.

Forwarding Athlete Messages

Do you need a second parent, other family member or nanny to get messages about schedule changes or game times? Add a second email address to forward all communications.

Sending a Message

Do you need to send a question to your team manager or another parent about a ride? Follow these instructions on how to send messages using the mobile app.

RSVP to Game or Event

Coaches and team managers need to know if you are going to able to attend a game or practice. You can easily RSVP using the mobile application.

Team Management Guide for Parents & Athletes

Is your team using SportsEngine Team Management to manage RSVPs, schedules, and communication? This article will provide you with everything you need to know for a successful season!

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