“Coach a boy as if he is your own son.” ? Eddie Robinson
All administrators and volunteers are bound by the “Pledge,” “Code” and “Standard of Conduct”.
Each game and practice I participate in or administer over will provide me with an opportunity to be a
Champion of Character. I pledge, as an AYF member to accept the five core character values of
American Youth Football and will do my best to represent AYF, my Conference, my Association, my
Team, and myself by: respecting my opponent, the officials, my team, my administrators, coaches,
myself and the game; taking responsibility for my actions in all areas of my life; having the integrity to
stand by my word; providing leadership where I serve others while striving to be a personal and team
leader; and being an example of sportsmanship by holding myself to the highest standards of fair play.
“One athlete of character will improve a team. One team of character will improve a school. One
school of character can impact an entire community.” – Bruce E. Brown
Coaches can make a conscious choice to uphold the best of values. Individual players can make choices
that will define them as athletes. American Youth Football believes in the following five core values.
The five core values can be exemplified as described below:
How an athlete shows LEADERSHIP
- Selflessness – Teamwork, has the ability to put the team ahead of self in every decision, accepts
and fulfills a role.
- Enthusiasm ? Plays for the love of the game, shares it with teammates, brings it everyday.
How an athlete shows INTEGRITY
Integrity ? Tells the truth, keeps commitments, does not lie, cheat, or steal, purity of intent.
Honorable and genuine, being worthy of respect.
How an athlete shows RESPECT
Teachable Spirit ? Takes correction as a compliment. Consistently seeks new information. Is eager
Work Habits ? Commits to hard, productive work. Commits to continuous improvement.
- Attentiveness ? Listens to coaches and teammates. Concentrates on the task at hand.
- Confidence ? Quiet, inner feeling based on preparation, not arrogance. Values the work and
accomplishments of the team – is not arrogant. Shared joy of the inner circle. Does not require or
expect special treatment. Proud, feels a sense of dignity.How an athlete shows RESPONSIBILITYAcademic Progress ? Turns in assignments on time. Assumes responsibility for academic effort.
Maintains academic eligibility. Covers all responsibilities for any classes missed due to travel.
- Accountability ? Accepts responsibility for outcomes. Solves problems – does not make excuses.Looks to self first when improvement is needed. Can be counted on by self and teammates.
- Mental Toughness ? Nothing breaks spirit – stays enthusiastic, confident and positive.
- Determination ? Is a self?starter, Recovers from mistakes quickly. Accepts and embraces discipline
for the benefit of the team Exhibits self control on and off the field. Focuses attention and effort.
- Competitive ? Is determined to work within the rules of the game to be successful. Makes a quick
recovery from mistakes or misfortune.
How an athlete shows SPORTSMANSHIP
- Sportsmanship: Respects the rules and the game. Respects and accepts the judgment of others.Respects opponents as guests and reacts correctly, even when others do not.