The behavior of players, their parents, spectators, ofﬁcials and administrators is absolutely critical in ensuring that our young players enjoy an appropriate environment in their formative years of playing football.
A – Players Code of Behavior
- Play by the rules.
- Never argue with an ofﬁcial. If you disagree, have your captain, coach or manager approach the ofﬁcial during a break or after the competition.
- Control your temper. Verbal abuse of ofﬁcials, disrespecting other players or deliberately distracting or provoking an opponent are not acceptable or permitted behaviors in any sport.
- Work equally hard for yourself and/or your team. Your team’s performance will beneﬁt and so will you.
- Be a good sport. Applaud all good plays whether they are made by your team or the opposition.
- Treat all participants in your sport as you like to be treated. Do not bully or take unfair advantage of another competitor.
- Cooperate with your coach, team-mates and opponents. Without them, there would be no competition.
- Participate for your own enjoyment and beneﬁt, not just to please your parents and coaches.
- Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
B – Parents Code of Behavior
- Remember that children participate in sport for their enjoyment, not yours.
- Encourage children to participate, do not force them.
- Focus on your child’s efforts and performance rather than whether they win or lose.
- Remember that children learn best by example.
- Appreciate good performance and skillful plays by all participants.
- Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing a competition.
- Show respect for your team’s opponents. Without them, there would be no game.
- Do not use foul language, sledge or harass players, coaches or ofﬁcials.
- Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
- Encourage children to play according to the rules and the decisions of match officials, and to settle disagreements without resorting to hostility or violence.
- Respect and support the decisions of the coaches, ofﬁcials and administrators, even when the arrangements do not suit you in particular. They try their best to accommodate the majority. Teach the children to do likewise. (Use the 24 Hour Rule: Competitive Sport can become very emotional. If you are upset about something that happened in a game or practice, wait 24 hours and then set up a meeting with the coach to discuss it. Be prepared to document it, in writing. The coaches do want to hear about ways to make the program better for all participants.)
- Never argue with an organizer, ofﬁcial or referee. If you disagree, have your captain, coach or manager approach the ofﬁcial during a break or after the competition.
- Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities.
- Condemn the use of violence in any form, whether it is by spectators, coaches, ofﬁcials or players.
- Parents are responsible for their children and encouraged to be present or make arrangements for the care of their children before, during and after all training sessions and matches. As our coaches and staff are engaged with multiple activities occurring at multiple venues affecting many players, they cannot make commitments to individual arrangements.