SOUTHERN STATES SOCCER
PARENT’S CODE OF CONDUCT
- To not talk to or interact with game officials and to have no interaction with tournament or opposing club officials regarding contentious outcomes or incidents during any games at any time.
- To not coach from the sideline.
- To encourage all players and not to show opposition players and parents any lack of respect or to engage in arguments or conflict with anyone on the field or any spectators off the field.
- To always keep open and honest communication with coaches and club officials. If you have any concerns about your child's progress or treatment you agree to arrange a meeting with the relevant club officials.
- To understand the club philosophy, mission statement and policies and procedures regarding items or disputes arising from unclear decisions made or possible misunderstandings of same.
- To inform relatives and friends who may be attending games of this code of conduct and to take responsibility for their good behavior.
COACHES CODE OF CONDUCT
- Coaches must always treat players with dignity and respect.
- Coaches are first and foremost teachers, this relationship develops from mutual trust and respect.
- Coaches are also leaders, and as such they are held in high esteem by players and parents and are expected to act as role models at all times.
- Coaches should always direct feedback towards a player’s athletic performance. The essence of coaching is to create an environment for growth and to nurture that growth through thoughtful insights, feedback and discussions with the player on ways to improve. This means that coaching will focus on the action or behavior, without being abusive with regard to any personal traits of the athlete. Coaching is not a license to shout, criticize or punish players verbally, emotionally or physically.
- Coaches must treat referees and match officials with dignity and respect. Comments or questions directed to these individuals, questioning a call or a decision must be done with respect and be regarding application of the Rules of the Game without reference to personality or traits.
- Coaches must not discriminate against players based upon race, nationality, religion or sexuality. Coaches must not use profane, abusive, or condescending language towards players, parents or officials.
- Coaches must understand that the desire to win does not mean the desire to win at all costs, and the desire to win is not a reason or excuse to slip into inappropriate behavior.
- Coaches must teach with humility in victory and graciousness in defeat. Coaches should encourage players to be personally accountable for their actions, decisions, and performances by setting a good example themselves.
- On game days, during the full extent of the game, Coaches must remain inside the Technical Area unless they are warming players up, away from the sideline in order for them to enter the game. Only upon permission received from an official may a coach enter the field of play to deal with an injured player. If no clear Technical Area is marked on a field, coaches should be diligent in assessing an appropriate distance and not take advantage to stray from what would be the size of a normal Technical Area.
- Coaches should dress professionally during competition, games and practice sessions, wearing approved club apparel and appropriate athletic shoes.