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Fair Play Policy / Sportsmanship
Code of Conduct - Coaches
Duties of the Coach
Code of Conduct - Players
Code of Conduct - Parents
Code of Conduct - Spectators

 

Fair Play Policy/ Sportsmanship

The executive strongly support the concept of fair play and realize that it is the philosophy of respect for others, respect for the institution of sport, and making the right choices.  It is an agreement between all those involved in our soccer league, to believe in the same values and lessons we want our children to learn.

Never run the score up on a weaker team.  Understand that a good coach keeps the score close, and ensures that their players respect the need to have fair play.

Help build a good sportsman in all players, by holding the best players back when your team has scored and gained a lead over the other.

Teaching sportsmanship, starts by helping the strong player learn to play all positions and possibly spend more time in a position where they can’t score.  This helps them learn the concept of passing and helping their fellow players become better and gain confidence.

Remind all players that they don’t win by being the star, but when they accomplish a victory through solid team work where all have done their part.

Remind players that it is okay to celebrate after a goal with a high five to a fellow player, but a continued celebration or reminder of the number of goals scored is an unacceptable way to demonstrate sportsmanship.

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Code of Conduct for Coaches

The coach will teach the players to play fairly and to respect the rules, officials and the opponent, on and off the field.

The coach will ensure that all players receive equal instruction, support, praise and playing time, or as equal as reasonably practical.

The coach will lead by example, and not yell or ridicule players for mistakes or performing poorly.  The coach will remember that children play to have fun and must be encouraged to have confidence in themselves.

The coach will remember that the children need a coach that they can respect.  Be generous with praise and provide positive feedback, even when trying to explain how the player can improve.

The coach will make a commitment to understand the “Fair Play Policy” which is the key to a successful season for all involved.

The coach will remember that it is a privilege, not a right to coach.

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Duties of the Coach

The coach will be reasonable in scheduling practices, and in most cases this should be kept to the half hour prior to the game.  Remember that player’s and their families have other interests, and this is a recreational, “fun” house league.

Return signed copies of the Code of Conduct for coaches for both the head coach and assistant coach if applicable to the league Convenor, by the end of week one.

Return the player’s list with uniform numbers to the league Convenor by the end of week 2.  This is an important piece of information in determining if all players returned their uniform at the end of the season.

Fill out player assessment/ skill rating forms and submit to the convener at the end of week 6 and at the end of week 12.  The assessments help us balance the teams the following year.

All divisions U8 and above, the coaches must fill out and hand in a players list to the referee for every game.

Notify the Equipment Director or VP of Facilities if you require any additional equipment, or supplies for your team.

Notify the Convener if you are having persistent, unacceptable behavior from a player, or their parent, and after trying to deal with it at your level, the issues persists.  At this point the executive will become involved and deal with the issues.

To maintain order and discipline on the sidelines for players sitting off.  They should be watching and cheering on their fellow teammates, not play fighting, throwing water, or being disrespectful in anyway.

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CODE OF CONDUCT FOR PLAYERS

I will participate because I want to, not just because my parents or coaches want me to.

I will show up on time and be ready to participate every week.

I will play by the rules of soccer and in the spirit of the game.

I will control my temper.  Fighting, “mouthing off” and “trash talking” (verbal abuse) spoils the activity for everybody.

I will do my best to be a true team player.

I will acknowledge all good plays/performances of my team and of my opponents.

I will remember that winning isn’t everything – that having fun, improving skills, making
friends and doing my best are also important.

I will acknowledge all good plays/performances – those of my team and of my opponents.

I will remember that coaches and officials are there to help me.  I will accept their decisions and show them respect.

I will respect my team’s opponents.

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CODE OF CONDUCT FOR PARENTS / GUARDIANS

I will not force my child to participate in sports.

I will ensure that my child arrives on time for the practice and games, as the team and coach are counting on us to be there.

I will let the team coach do the coaching and understand that they have the sole responsibility to run the team, the practice and the game to the best of their ability.

I will remember that children play soccer for their own enjoyment, not for mine.

I will encourage my child to play by the rules and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence.

I will teach my child that doing one’s best is as important as winning, so that my child will never feel defeated by the outcome of a game/event.

I will make my child feel like a winner every time by offering praise for competing fairly and trying hard.

I will never ridicule or yell at my child for making a mistake or losing a competition.

I will remember that children learn best by example. 

I will applaud good plays/performance by both my child’s team and their opponents.

I will never question the officials’ judgment or honesty in public.

I will support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from children’s sporting activities.

I will monitor my child’s behavior when they are taking their turn off the field, and if they are not respecting the team by watching and applauding, or obeying the coach’s guidelines, I will discuss the behavior with my child after the game.

I will respect and show appreciation for the volunteer coaches who give their time to provide sport activities for my child.

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CODE OF CONDUCT FOR SPECTATORS

I will remember that children play soccer for their own enjoyment, not for mine.

I will not have unrealistic expectations.  I will remember that players are not professionals and cannot be judged by professional standards.

I will respect the official’s decisions and I will encourage participants to do the same.

I will never ridicule a player for making a mistake during a competition.  I will give positive comments that motivate and encourage continued effort.

I will condemn the use of violence in any form and will express my disapproval in an appropriate manner to coaches and league officials.

I will show respect for my team’s opponents, because without them there would be no game.

I will not use inappropriate language, and I will not harass players, coaches, officials or other spectators.

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