Code of Conduct and Ethics

UpdatedFriday January 4, 2019 bythe SOAR Committee.


The following codes of Conduct & Ethics have been adopted by the SOAR committee of First Presbyterian Church, Stanley.  This committee provides oversight and direction for the Sports Ministry.  We are dedicated to providing a high-quality program that ensures safety and promotes a healthy environment for everyone involved. It is imperative that you read and become familiar with this information.

Sports Ministry Volunteer:

Shepherd Coach:

  • I will be aware that I have a tremendous influence, either for good or ill, on the education of the athlete and, thus, shall never place the value of winning above the value of instilling Christian character.
  • I will uphold the honor and dignity of my position. In all personal contact with athletes, officials, parents and other ministry volunteers, I shall strive to set a Christ-like example.
  •  I will understand the game rules and teach them to my team members.
  • I shall exert my influence to enhance sportsmanship by spectators, both directly and by working closely with parents.
  • I will respect and support game officials. I shall not indulge in conduct which would incite players or spectators against the officials. Public criticism of officials or players is unacceptable.
  •  I will avoid the use of alcohol and tobacco products when in contact with players.


  • I will conduct myself in a professional manner that demonstrates a Christ-like attitude and actions to all parties.
  • I will be knowledgeable and supportive of league rules and philosophy.



My child’s participation in the Youth Sports Ministry at First Presbyterian Church requires that I hereby pledge to provide positive support, care, and encouragement for my child by following this Parents' Code of Conduct & Ethics.

  • I will treat others as I would like to be treated. (Matt 7:12)
  • I will encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, and officials.
  • I will place the emotional and physical well-being of my child ahead of a personal desire to win.
  • I will insist that my child play in a safe and healthy environment.
  • I will support coaches / officials decisions working with my child, in order to encourage a positive, enjoyable experience for all.
  • I will remember that the game is for youth - not adults, and will do my best to make youth sports fun for my child.
  • I will ask my child to treat other players, coaches, spectators, and officials, with respect regardless of race, sex, creed, or ability.
  • I will remember that my child’s coach is a volunteer and support them in their responsibilities and in upholding the Sports Ministry Code of Conduct & Ethics.



I recognize that being a member of the community carries with it responsibilities and rewards, and that as an athlete in the community I must not only embrace those responsibilities, but also conduct myself both on and off the playing field or court in a way which exhibits respect for myself and others. I therefore resolve to conduct myself with dignity as an athlete and as a citizen of the community, recognizing and accepting that: 

  • I will accept accountability for my behavior and its outcomes.
  • I will honor my obligations and promises.
  • I will exercise self-control.
  • I will be willing to be fair with others in my dealings on and off the playing field or court.
  • I will play my best “as working for the Lord, not for men” (Col 3:23), understanding that my athletic ability is a gift from God.
  • I will respect the efforts of others and avoid demeaning another person or group.
  • I will respect authority.
  • I will play by the spirit, not just the letter, of the rules of the game and the rules of life.
  • I will strive to make my community better because of my contributions as a member — whether that is the team on which I play or the community in which I live.