Dear Players and Parents,

This year you will see that we as a board are stepping up awareness of safety and good sportsmanship. The Ute Conference has implemented the USA Football Tackle Program.  All the coaches and their assistants will be certified in the new training techniques in efforts to make this great sport safer and better for all those participating. 

This year as you look around our fields during the games you will see flyers of a few mottos to remind us all about our goals which will help make this experience become a great building block for our children to become better adults. They will remind us to teach them the ideals of a team sport that will help them make good decisions, make new friends and "dig deep" within themselves for a greater sense of self worth.  Our children are great and they deserve the best we can give them.  We thank you all for being so supportive in their lives and giving us as coaches and the board this opportunity to teach them a few of life's lessons by example. 

In a nutshell...we (the board) are very great full to be a positive part of your boys lives as they grow into great men. We know we can't please everyone with a democracy but our intentions are good and for the majority, not the few. 

Our mottos-slogans for this year are from an excerpt from in our opinion Editorial and is as follows with a few personalized changes....

As a Skyline Football board, and concerned parents, we want to bring this to your attention before the season starts.  If you feel you are an overly competitive parent please keep reading.  If your spouse is an overly competitive parent, please make sure they read this!

Healthy Competition

“This is a game being played by children,” reads a sign at the Buffalo Grove Park District in a suburb north of Chicago.  “If they win or lose every game of the season, it will not impact what college they attend or their future potential income.”

These signs mentioned above are an innovative means to provide a reminder that ought to be unnecessary.  Unfortunately, too many parents still don’t get the message.  Through-out the country, and even here in Utah, adults provide unwelcome demonstrations of childishness to their kids playing in competitive sports leagues.  Tempers flare, raised voices hurl insults, and even violence breaks out on some occasions.  And more often than not, the bad actors are the grow-ups in the grandstands, not the youth on the playing fields.

The signs in the Buffalo Grove Park District are an attempt to reign in this kind of bad behavior.  Other youth leagues now insist that parents sign codes of conduct or recite good behavior pledges before games begin.  Some of them conduct what are called “quiet” games, where both coaches and parents can only shout out encouragement instead of criticism.

And these are the milder measures that have been proposed.  Umpires and referees in many instances now give warnings to parents, not just coaches, and are not afraid to eject a loud-mouthed mom or dad from the game.  Some coaches are even forced to kick players off teams in order to get rid of the parents.  Such solutions are indicative of a problem spiraling out of control.

A little perspective is necessary.

The central point of youth athletics is not to breed the next NFL quarterback or home run king.  Statistically speaking, the odds of a son or daughter using Little League as a stepping stone to going pro are miniscule.  By and large, the great benefit of such activities comes in the ability to learn cooperative social skills that carry over into life off the field and last long after the game is over.  There is nothing wrong with healthy competition, but competition is healthy only if it is conducted honorably and respectfully.  Good sportsmanship never goes out of style!

These are the lessons we as parents ought to be teaching our children when we sign them up to put on a uniform.  And those are the lessons we undermine when we refuse to live them.

The coach of your son’s Skyline football team is responsible for his players and their parent’s actions leading up to, during and after the game.  He has full responsibility and is authorized to ask you to leave the field if you do not conduct yourself with good sportsmanship manners. 

We thank you for your time, love and support of us and this great game!

May we reach and exceed our expectations! 

Go Eagles! 

 

Sincerely,

The Skyline Youth Football Board