Lake Forest Parks & Recreation Brochures Summer & Camp 2019 - Page 64

Athletics Philosophy of Youth Programs The purpose of the Lake Forest Recreation Department’s Youth Athletic Programs is to provide young people with a safe and enjoyable athletic experience with an emphasis on sportsmanship and fair play. All participants will be instructed in the fundamental skill of the sport including positioning, rules, and basic strategy. Every player is given an equal opportunity to participate in games and practices as well as the chance to play various positions. No participant shall, based on race, sex, national origin, or disability, be denied equal access to programs, services, or activities. All players will be assured of playing at least 50% of each game with regular practice attendance (except tackle football). Practice = Play. Participants and spectators are expected to always exhibit appropriate behavior. Guidelines have been established to ensure safe and enjoyable programs. Additional rules may be developed for particular programs as deemed necessary by staff. “We honor the game here.” CODE OF CONDUCT GUIDELINES CONSEQUENCES For Program Participants, Spectators, and Employees: The goal of the Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Department is to provide positive experiences in which all individuals are welcome and treated with respect, sensitivity, and fairness. The Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Department offers its programs and services to all individuals on an equal basis regardless of age, race, religion, sex, creed, sexual orientation, national origin, or disability. 1. First Incident: Verbal warning given. 2. Second Incident: Written warning; if a minor, then parent or guardian is contacted and must sign written warning. Participant must sit out of the activity for a day. 3. Third Incident: Participant is suspended or expelled from the program or facility. If a minor, parent will be required to sign suspension notice. The Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Department reserves the right to restrict, suspend, expel or deny participation in any program or service to any person whose behavior materially interferes with or disrupts the quality or the enjoyment of other participants or the ability of staff to conduct or manage the activity or facility. SPECTATORS Spectators play an important role in youth programs. Children learn best by example. Good sportsmanship and support by the spectators are expected. Spectators must follow the same Code of Behavior guidelines as participants. Failure to follow these guidelines will result in possible expulsion from the program area. Unacceptable Behaviors include but are not limited to: • • • • • • Use of abusive language or language that is demeaning to others Use of physical force against participants or employees Disrespect towards other participants or employees Damage to or inappropriate use of property, equipment or facility Behavior that is disruptive or against the law Any other behavior that the Recreation Staff feels is inappropriate or dangerous If an employee, Personnel Guidelines will be enforced. The severity of the incident or incidents will dictate the severity of the consequences and the Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Department reserves the right to determine the amount of refund, if any. NORTHERN SUBURBAN SPECIAL RECREATION ASSOCIATION (NSSRA) NSSRA serves over 1,600 individuals with disabilities through our traditional and cooperative programs. Participants range in age from preschoolers, youth and teens through young adults, adults and seniors. Programs are offered at park district facilities, schools and other locations throughout the northern suburbs. NSSRA’s Inclusion support option provides individuals with disabilities the opportunity to enjoy full participation in partner agency programs while receiving the individualized one-on-one support they need to succeed. Through its programs and services, NSSRA removes the barriers that might prevent an individual with disabilities from full participation in the fun and richness of experience that life has to offer. For information on Inclusion services or to make arrangements for accommodation, contact City of Lake Forest’s NSSRA Inclusion Liaison, Joe Mobile, at 847.810.3941 or mobilej@cityoflakeforest.com. LET’S ALL TRY TO KEEP THE RECREATION DEPARTMENT A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR EVERYONE! 46 www. LF Pa rksa n d Re c .c om