HCJGA Code of Conduct for Parent & Spectators
We appreciate the commitment and support
that parents provide. By the time
your junior has begun competition you have likely invested a great deal of
time and finances. The
HCJGA offers opportunities for your junior golfer to learn important life
skills, as well as golf skills. When
signing up for an event, juniors should understand the general rules of golf
and basic golf courtesy, be able to compete and make their own decisions.
Parents are welcome to gallery, but need to be aware they are
spectators only. Unfortunately
many issues associated with junior golf are parent-related.
Play should be fair for all juniors. Parents
giving advice or influencing play in any way can give that player an unfair
advantage, as would allowing a junior to ride in a cart, or having items
carried for them. Please honor our
juniors by stepping back and letting them learn from the opportunities
offered by the HCJGA.
HCJGA Code of Conduct is adopted largely from the JGNCA, which is regarded
as one of the premier junior golf associations in the country.
Expected Parent/Guardian Conduct
*Do not check in for his/her child, juniors check in upon
*Junior players must carry his/her own golf bag or pull
his/her own cart.
*The decisions in completive play must be the junior’s, not the parents.
*The role of a parent/guardian is that of spectator only.
*Acknowledgements of good shots for all players, not just your child’s.
*Accept that your child and the scorekeeper, marshal or players in the group
will solve problems, make the rulings and verify scores without
*Courtesy dictates not distracting play by loud talking with other spectators,
or by using cellular phones, radios, cameras or beepers.
stay 25 yards from the competitors using cart paths.
If there are no cart paths, spectators stay to the side of the fairway.
not talk to competitors during the competition.
you keep score it is for personal use only and has no bearing on the round.
The spectator does not share his/her personal score card with competitors
or the Scorekeeper.
*Spectators do not dispute rulings made by the participants, marshals, scorers
or tournament committee.
Violation of the Parent/Guardian Code of Conduct on the Golf Course
*Unsportsmanlike conduct toward other junior players and
*Obscene, abusive or vulgar language.
*Disrespect to tournament officials, volunteers and other
*Walking closer than 25 yards to competitors, being in the
fairway and not to the side.
*Talking to competitors during play.
*Interfering with discussions on rulings and scores.
*Scorekeeping as an official for your child's group.
*Distracting play by loud talking with other spectators & use
of camera, cellular phone, radio or beeper.
Code of Conduct Violation Penalties
1. Stroke(s) penalty to junior at tournament.
2. Disqualification of junior from tournament.
3. Suspension of Player's HCJGA membership as determined by the HCJGA Board of
*Parent/guardian is warned by one of the tournament committee
*Parent/guardian is asked not to follow their child during
*Parent/guardian is asked to leave the tournament site.
*Parent/guardian in violation of Code of Conduct