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Fort Lee Girls Basketball League

Coaches Code of Conduct




This Code of Conduct is provided in accordance with the provisions of the Fort Lee Girls Basketball League.  Youth sports programs play an important role in promoting the physical, social and emotional development of children.  It is therefore essential for coaches to encourage youth athletes to embrace the values of good sportsmanship.  Moreover, adults involved in youth sports events should be models of good sportsmanship and should lead by example by demonstrating fairness, respect and self-control.

1. Players play for enjoyment; winning is only part of the game. Never ridicule or yell at the players for making mistakes or losing a competition.  Make sure all players have an equal to opportunity to play. Furthermore, each player must meet and/or exceed the minimum play requirements.

2. Remember that you are your team's and league role model. Recognize the importance of your behavior at games; practice good sportsmanship to your opponents and the officials both in victory and defeat.

3. Do not tolerate negative behavior by your team members, and actively correct said behavior immediately.

4. Recognize the value and importance of referees, and treat them with respect.  If you disagree with your official, bring the situation to the attention of your sport coordinator or a member of the Board.

5. Children learn by example.  Applaud good play and actions by your team and opponents.

6. Each Coach and Assistant Coach shall refrain from abusive, threatening, and intimidating actions or language directed toward players, parents, spectators, opposing coaches or referees at all times.

7. Coaches must follow the rules of the league in which they are playing.  Coaches who ignore these rules risk forfeit of games and possible removal from league activities.

8. All coaches must submit to a background check, the application can be found on our website

9. Each Coach and Assistant Coach shall strive to provide the highest level of instruction possible to the players.

10. Conduct and sportsmanship of coaches, fans and players is a concern of the Referees.  These Officials will work through coaches whenever possible to disarm and work through volatile situations.  Officials have full authority to warn and eject fans, coaches or players from play, from the playing field, or from the area of the field, as deemed necessary to continue uninterrupted play.  Officials will report all serious warnings or ejections to the League’s Board of Directors immediately following the game.

11. A coach will not initiate, or encourage a player to initiate, a fight or scuffle with any coach, parent, player, participant, official or any other attendee.  I, therefore, pledge to be responsible for my words and actions while coaching and shall conform my behavior to this Code of Conduct.

By signing the below, I have read and understand the Code of Conduct and understand that the expectations apply to behavior on and off the field at games and at practices. I agree to abide by the Code’s guidelines at all team and league activities.  I understand that if I do not follow this Code of Conduct, I may be asked to leave the league activity (such as game or practice); may be relieved of my volunteer coaching position with the League; and/or it will result in expulsion from the league.

Additionally, I understand that if I do not sign this document, I will not be permitted to coach within the league.

League History

Established in 1991, the Fort Lee Girls Recreational Basketball League is one of Bergen County’s leading recreational basketball programs for girls.  Our mission is to provide a foundation for crucial life lessons such as respect, teamwork, and determination through the game of basketball.  We provide community-building spaces where players build life-long friendships and learn to work with others for a common goal.  We pride ourselves on our dedicated base of volunteer coaches and league officials who hold valuable knowledge and love of the game.  The Fort Lee Girls Recreational Basketball League has consistently hosted an annual 275+ players.  These players participate in our clinics, practice and compete on our 3rd-8th grade teams, and play against other Bergen County teams through our travel program. 


Fort Lee Girls Recreation Basketball League

Doug Lopez 917-370-8328 
Fort Lee, New Jersey 07024

Email: [email protected]

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