Parents, as primary educators of their children, have the following roles as related to student athletic participation:
- Reinforce the learning opportunities that present themselves during athletic events to help their athletes grow in their faith as disciples of Christ;
- Provide love, encouragement, and support for the student athletes;
- Hold students accountable in their academics, conduct, and priorities;
- Communicate with, assist, and support coaches;
- Protect the unity of the Mavericks program by: seeking peace with others (Ephesians 4:3), acting in love toward others (1 Peter 1:22), taming their tongues (Ephesians 4:29), and dealing with problems in private (Matthew 18:15);
- Help to develop the Positive-Only-Principle for the Mavericks program during practices and games which carries over to home conversations (as outlined below).
Therefore, I commit to the above guidelines as well as the following expectations:
- Provide accurate information to maintain and ensure academic eligibility.
- Encourage my child to attend all scheduled games, practices, and activities as well as arriving early and ready-to-go on time; or notify the coach in advance.
- Honoring and respecting the coaches’ instruction and authority.
- Help create a family environment for the team by providing assistance to each other with carpooling, etc.
- Choose an area of the program in which to volunteer and support the team with my service.
- Demonstrate Christ-likeness in sportsmanship and conduct.
- Treating all with respect, and promoting unity within the organization.
Maverick athletes, spectators, parents, and coaches will strive to exhibit only encouraging behavior and make only positive comments during practices and games. All spectators and participants will forgo negative comments, actions and attitudes, including negative signs, cheers, and other communication directed at opposing teams. This principle leaves plenty of room for enthusiastic support of the Maverick competitors and simultaneously builds good character. The Positive-Only Principle must be modeled to the students by coaches and parents alike (Philippians 4:8).