Supporters and Spectator Ethics
From the California Creativity Newsletter
Volume 11, Number 2--Winter 1995
The primary role for adults who are not coaches in the OM program is as supporters and spectators. Especially for parents, the outside assistance limitations imposed by OM rules may be hard to understand or accept. We encourage parents to become involved and supportive of those activities where their children are involved. As with anything, there is a right and wrong way to be involved. Here are a few rules for how to be a successful OM team supporter.
1. Non-coaching adults should never become actively involved with a problem solution unless your help is specifically requested by the coach. Usually this is limited to training, transportation, or other support duties.
2. Supporters and spectators are welcome at all OM tournaments, but please limit your participation to visual appreciation of the long-term problem solutions. Adults should not, in any way, interfere with the progress of a tournament.
3. Supporters, spectators, and team members should take every opportunity to support all of the teams. Give them your undivided attention when they perform. Remember how hard they have worked. Look at the competition as a chance to celebrate the creativity of every OMer.
4. Never forget that the coach is The Coach. All matters of concern relating to a team should be directed through the coach.
5. Lastly, talk with your coach and team members about what they expect from their parents and other spectators. You are there to support them!