Southeast Soccer Club

Southeast Soccer Club Codes of Conduct

SESC has adapted the PYSA standards for player's rights, parent's roles and coaches' pledge, as well as the codes of conduct for all. These standards are to be followed for all SESC events and activites.

Players

Player's Code of Conduct

  1. SESC considers good conduct by players, parents and coaches to be an extremely important part of the soccer program. This code includes:
  2. Give proper focus and effort during practices and games
  3. Treat opponents, teammates and coaches with respect.
  4. Play hard but within the rules of the game of soccer.
  5. Keep control of your emotions.
  6. Respect the referee and accept their decisions without gesture or argument
  7. Win without boasting, lose without excuses.
  8. Remember it is a privilege to represent your soccer club and community.

Player's Rights

  1. The right to decide when to participate in soccer.
  2. The right for Mighty Mites, Recreation and Development players to play at least 50% of each game (this may be conditional on a player being disciplined, sickness or injury).
  3. The right to participate at a level that corresponds to each child's maturity and ability.
  4. The right to be taught the fundamentals of soccer.
  5. The right to participate in a safe and healthy environment.
  6. The right to play as a child and enjoy participation in the sport.
  7. The right to play in a safe non-abusive environment.

Parents

Parent's Role

  1. Provide transportation to and from all practices and games. Respect your coach's time: be punctual in arrival and pickup of your player.
  2. When possible, stay and watch practices as well as games and lend players your support in a positive manner. Do not point out their mistakes or criticize - leave team and player management up to the coach. Support your child's efforts as well as their accomplishments.
  3. If unable to attend the practice or game, teach children not to talk with or leave practices or games with strangers. Let your coach know if they are riding with someone else.
  4. Ensure your player brings equipment to and from all soccer games and practices. Identify equipment with a pen or permanent marker.
  5. Be available to kick the ball around with your child.
  6. ALLOW YOUR CHILD TO BE A CHILD.

Parent's Code of Conduct

SESC considers conduct by parents and spectators to be supportive and positive at all times. The following Code of Conduct for parents emphasizes the key areas that all parents and spectators are expected to abide by:

  1. Remember that children play organized sports for their own fun.
  2. They are not there to entertain you; and they are not miniature professional athletes.
  3. Be on your best behavior. Don't use profanities or harass players, coaches or referees.
  4. Applaud good plays by your own team AND the opposing team.
  5. Show respect for your team's opponents. Without them there would be no game.
  6. Never ridicule or scold a child for making a mistake during a competition or practice session.
  7. Condemn the use of violence in all forms.
  8. Respect the referee and do not criticize their decisions.
  9. Encourage players to always play according to the rules.
  10. Do not coach team players, including your own child, from the sidelines during the game.
  11. Communicate with your coach and create a positive, supportive working relationship.
  12. Avoid the use of fear and a win-at-all costs mentality - a child's first priority when playing is to have fun.

Coaches

Some Thoughts Going Forward

You have taken this responsibility to coach a team this season, and we thank you. You are about to become one of the most important and influential people in a child's life. The next few weeks, seasons or years you have an opportunity to help shape a child's view on sports and life. How you handle winning, losing and conflict will have an enormous impact on shaping how they will handle similar situations later in life. SESC believes strongly that we can provide a competitive environment while still showing respect for the game and others no matter the outcome.

We thank you for taking the time to help coach your team, because only with your selfless volunteer effort is it possible that our youth community has an opportunity to play.

Two Adult Rule

At least two adults must be present at all SESC sponsored activities, including team practices. All volunteers working with players must complete a Disclosure Form. No child should ever be alone with an adult. Bathroom breaks etc. should be with one or more adults and two or more children.

Coaches' Pledge

SESC appreciates the time youth coaches take to provide a positive experience for the youth in our community. A coach is a teacher, a friend, and a role model. The following pledge outlines what is expected of all our coaches:

  1. I will treat all players, parents, opponents and referees with respect.
  2. I will respect the interpretation of rules and judgment of the referees.
  3. I will remember that I am a recreational youth sports coach and that the game is for children and not adults.
  4. I will place the emotional and physical well-being of my players ahead of a personal desire to win.
  5. I will treat each player as an individual, remembering that each player develops at different social, physical and mental rates.
  6. I will be knowledgeable of the rules of soccer and will teach these rules to my players.
  7. I will do my best to provide a safe playing environment for my players.
  8. I will do my best to organize practices that are fun and challenging for all my players, recognizing the value of play in a child's development.
  9. I will provide a sports environment for my team that is free of drugs, tobacco, and alcohol and I will not use at all soccer events.
  10. I will promise to review and practice first aid principles needed to treat injuries of my players.
  11. My assistant coaches and I will lead by example by demonstrating fair play and sportsmanship to all players, parents and referees.
  12. I will remind my team and fans to exhibit good sportsmanship at all times, both when winning and when losing.
  13. I will ensure the conduct of the parents is such that it is in accordance with the sportsmanship guidelines of SESC and it's governing bodies.