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Coaches Code of Conduct:

By volunteering to be a COACH (head coach or assistant coach) you are taking on an important position with great responsibility, and agree to abide by the following:

I will

  • Arrive to all games and practices 15 mins early.  (Field Youth Soccer does understand that at times this will not be possible, but those situations shall be rare)

  • Notify all team participants, with the best of my ability, of any game changes or practice changes in a timely fashion. 

To my Players, I will

  • Create a safe environment at practices and games

  • Remember that I am a youth coach, the game is for children, not for adults, and making mistakes is a part of learning.

  • Place the well-being of the children I coach ahead of any personal desire to win

  • Be a positive role model with regard to character, sportsmanship and attitude

  • Not use profanity or abusive language or exhibit abusive behavior at games or practices.

  • Use positive feedback and not yell at players during practices or games. 

  • Become knowledgeable about coaching techniques appropriate for the skills for the age I teach, and do my best to plan practices that are challenging and fun for all my players.

To Parents, I will

  • Be responsible for the conduct of the parents of my players and the conduct of the spectators rooting for my team. I understand it is imperative to explain acceptable play and parent behavior in a preseason meeting to ensure that they exhibit maturity and sportsmanship at all times. By my example, I will encourage my team parents to demonstrate positive support for all players, coaches, and if applicable officials.

  • I will encourage parents to applaud and cheer for good plays by either team and will discourage anyone from yelling at players and the referee

To Opponents, I will

  • Respect coaches and players from the opposing team before, during and after the game

  • Take appropriate steps to minimize running up the score in games that I clearly dominate

  • Model good sportsmanship

  • I will not tolerate inappropriate behavior from players regardless of the situation. During the game, I am responsible for the sportsmanship of my players. If a player is disrespectful, irresponsible or overly aggressive, I will take that player out of the game to calm him/her down.

To Referees, I will

  • Not address the referee during the game; if I have a small issue, I will discuss it with the referee calmly and patiently at halftime or after the game. If I have a major complaint, or if I think the referee was unfair, biased, unfit or incompetent, I will report this opinion to the Referee Coordinator with the knowledge that my comments will be taken seriously

  • Do my part to ensure officials have the support of coaches, players, and spectators. Criticism of officials undermines their purpose in the game.


I understand that failure to follow these codes of conduct will result in the following: 

  1. Verbal warning with a plan to change the action or lack thereof. 

  2. An emergency meeting with the board to discuss changes which need to be made

  3. Immediate dismissal from the role of coaching, with no option to return to the role in future seasons. 

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Players Code of Conduct

Players, I will
  • Remember that soccer is an opportunity to learn and have fun.
  • Encourage good sportsmanship from fellow players, coaches, officials, and parents at all times.
  • Remember that winning isn't everything, that having fun, playing fair, improving my skills, making friends, and giving my best efforts are the most important aspects of youth soccer
  • Treat my coaches, other players, and fans with respect at all times; regardless of race, sex, creed, or abilities, and I will expect to be treated accordingly.
  • I will follow coaching direction and will not be disruptive during practice or games, nor will I "mouth off" or use bad language.
  • I will concentrate on playing soccer by always giving my best effort, both in practice and in games.
  • I will respect my opponents, weather they have more or less ability than me regardless of whether I win or lose.
  • I will be modest and respectful with I win, and gracious when I lose.
  • Control my temper, resist the temptation to retaliate, and exercise self control.
  • I will conduct myself with honor and dignity and treat other players and I would like to be treated the same.
  • I know that at all times, I represent Field Youth Soccer, my team and my town
If these expectations are not met the following interventions will occur:
1. E-mail regarding which expectation is not being met and communicate what we can do to meet this expectation.
2. Telephone conversation once again discussing expectation
3. Missing of 1 game and In person conversation with both the parent/s or guardian and the player
4. Removal from the program with no refund

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Parent Code of Conduct:

Parent/guardian I will: 

  • Foster an environment of respect for referees, players, coaches, and spectators of the opposing team through words of encouragement and support.
  • Applaud superior play, effort, and sportsmanship by players on both teams.
  • Support your coaches regardless of the results on the field. (Coaches contribute many hours of their time to your children voluntarily. They deserve your congratulations when the team wins and your encouragement when the team doesn’t.)
  • Communicate concerns to the coach in a constructive manner.  (Recommend conversations to happen off field when possible)
  • Always remain at least two yards from the playing field so players have enough room to play the game. 
  • Never use foul language or obscene gestures at a game or practice site.
  • Avoid inappropriate comments and gestures to coaches, players, other spectators, and referees. 
  • Cooperate with requests by referees and coaches
  • Never consume alcoholic beverages on the field location at practices or games, or arrive under the influence

A parent or guardian understands that:

  • Any parent or spectator who fails to adhere to these standards will be required to leave the playing area, and play will be suspended until he or she does so.
  • Parents or guardians are responsible for their guests’ behavior and must inform their guests of the applicable rules of conduct.

If the following expectations are not met the following will occur: 
1. Verbal warning 
2. Removal from the specific game, practice, or soccer event
3. Telephone conversation with Field Youth Soccer board member regarding behavior
4. Parent/guardian/spectators termination for attending all Field Youth Soccer events. 
(If player cannot attend due to parent/guardian termination there will be no refund)
5. If any further conversation with other parent/guardian/spectators related to whom was terminated will result termination of the player associated with such parent/guardian/spectator and no refund will be issued. 

 
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