parents’ code of conduct

While the broad strokes of this Code of Conduct has already been established in our Team Rules, Pride Soccer Club expects every parent to abide by the following code of conduct.

Just to review the Team Rules:

  1. Players Play
  2. Coaches coach
  3. Refs ref
  4. Parents praise, inspire, and are the team’s biggest fans

parents’ code of conduct

  1. The game is for the players not the adults.
  2. Allow the coach to be the only coach. You might be telling your child to do the exact opposite of what the coach has told him or her to do, and this will only frustrate the player and can have a negative affect on their performance.
  3. At no time should a parent approach the coach during a game. All parents should stay on the opposite side of the field at all times. No parent should come onto the field for any reason during the game.
  4. Players have more need for good examples than for criticism. Applaud good plays by your team and by members of the opposing team. Attempt to relieve the pressure of the competitions, not increase it.
  5. Encourage your players to always play by the rules.
  6. Do not openly question an official’s judgments or honesty. Officials are symbols of fair play, integrity and sportsmanship.
  7. Accept the results of each game. Encourage your child to be gracious in victory, and to see defeat as a learning experience by working towards improvement. Losing is part of a player’s development and can be useful for players to learn about character and discipline among other things.
  8. Treat coaches, other players and game officials, administrators and opposing fans with respect at all times; regardless of race, sex, creed, or ability.
  9. Refrain from any activity or conduct that may be detrimental or reflect adversely upon Pride Soccer or its members or programs.
  10. Understand that players win and lose games and not coaches. Soccer is a player’s game and always will be. Unlike many sports such as football, baseball and basketball where coaches can have a direct influence on the game with their decisions, soccer is a free-flowing game where the ball and the situation changes frequently. Consequently, soccer coaches have very little influence on the game and the players are the ones that determine the outcome.
  11. Parents are not permitted to approach the coach about playing time directly after the completion of any game. Parents are permitted to contact the coach 24 hours after the last game to discuss their child’s playing time or other issues. If the matter cannot be resolved between the coach and the parent, then the age group DOC can be brought in to help resolve any concerns or issues.

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