MADISON, Ind. (WHAS11) -- Before any game at Rucker Sports Complex in Madison, Ind., a new conduct policy will be read. The Parks Department put the policy in place after a culmination of bad behavior from parents in recent weeks.
The policy, in part, reads, “We expect you to be an example of dignity, integrity, respect, patience and positive spirit.” It goes on to say, “Never use profanity, abusive language or threatening behavior toward any player, parent coach or an official.”
Some of the alleged out of line language is being directed at officials following “bad” calls. The officials are also kids.
“All of our umpires and score keepers are all high school and college kids working for summer employment,” Parks Director David Stucker said.
Some parents find the policy to be a good thing.
“I think it's a good policy. You shouldn't be drinking, smoking, cussing, slandering people in general, but especially around your children," parent Cynthia Love said.
“It's all about good sportsmanship and having fun, and it's a shame that people take it too far,” parent Kirk Klinger said.
“We want the memories for the kids to be on the field,” Stucker said.
If parents don’t follow the policy their kid’s team will be forced to forfeit.
Stucker said the policy will likely also be read at football and basketball games.