WMass CYO Acts to Reinforce and Strengthen Code of Conductand Regulations After Emergency Board Meeting Tuesday Night
(Springfield, MA) At an emergency meeting Tuesday night, the Board of Trusteesof the Western Massachusetts CYO discussed and decided upon specificimmediate actions to take relative to the incident that occurred at a CYOChampionship game on March 9
when a league coach was attacked.
Western Massachusetts CYO Board of Trustees Statement:
“Though Friday’s incident was the act of a member of the public not associatedor affiliated with WMass CYO, we take it upon ourselves to devise new ways toaddress this kind of incident. We are taking some steps that break new groundfor organizations like ours. We hope this will help maintain the long record of safety and sanctuary that these games have meant for children, parents,coaches and fans for decades here in WMass.We have been working hard on this issue since it occurred. Board members havebeen in constant contact, working in advance of last night’s meeting to deviseand review specific steps we can take to further enforce and strengthen our Codeof Conduct, including extending that code beyond our officials and players toparents.We have consulted other leagues, looking as far away as Florida, for how other organizations have addressed these issues. We also have consulted statelegislators like State Representative Angelo Puppolo, to learn more aboutpending legislation he has sponsored to protect athletic officials.”Last night the Board decided on these initial actions:
Expansion of League Code of Conduct to Parents
Extending the same Code of Conduct that we enforce for League coaches,assistant coaches, players and other officials to parents of players.We will ask parents of players to sign a pledge when registering their children toplay that they will honor that Code. We realize this is not a legally bindingagreement, but we believe that this will heighten awareness of how parents areto act during their children’s games. We believe it will encourage parents tobecome even more invested in the maintenance of their own and fellow parent’sbehavior. Any parent who violates the Conduct Code, whether they sign the pledge or not,will be barred from league games. We will not prohibit their children fromparticipating, but parents will not be allowed to attend any League practices or games.