Sault Youth Soccer Club and League
Parent/Guardian Code of Conduct
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This Code of Conduct has been adopted by the SYSCL Executive Board to help provide a fair and fun-filled environment for the players and to promote integrity among players, coaches, and fans. This Code of Conduct should be supplemented with a high degree of common sense and keeping the best interests of players and the game in mind.
Dear Parents! Please read this Code of Conduct and embrace its content and spirit. Violation of the aforementioned rules and guidelines may result in disciplinary actions that could include, but are not limited to, verbal and/or written warnings from the SYSCL Executive Board, parental suspension, and, in extreme cases, player suspension. Let's make participation in soccer FUN for EVERYONE.
- Remember that children participate to develop as players and to have fun, and that the game is for youth, not adults.
- Parents are expected to learn and respect the rules of the game and policies of the SYSCL.
- Parents should demand a sports environment for their child that is free from drugs, tobacco, and alcohol, and thus shall refrain from using any of these at all sport events.
- Parents are expected to emphasize skill development and practices and how they benefit their child over winning. Parents are also expected to de-emphasize games and competition, especially in the younger age groups.
- Parents (and their guests) must be a positive role model for their child and encourage sportsmanship by showing respect and courtesy, and by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, officials and spectators at every game, practice or other sporting event.
- Parents must inform the coaches of any physical disability or ailment that may affect the safety of their child or the safety of others.
- Parents must inform the coach, as far in advance as possible, if the player is not available for a practice session or game
- Parents must respect the coaches' rights to make decisions regarding training methods, team selections, substitutions, and game tactics, unless these are in contradiction of the spirit of this code.
- Parents shall refrain from coaching their child or any other players during games and practices. This is the responsibility of coaches.
- Parents should feel free to approach the coaches to discuss any aspect of a player's soccer development. However, they must do so not in front of the player, and only at an agreed upon time and place.
- Parents who have grievances should first approach the team coaches to see if the concerns can be addresses at that level. If this fails, the chain of inquiry is as follows: (1) division convenor (2) SYSCL Director of Youth Girls or Youth Boys, and if still not addressed (3) SYSCL Executive Board, care of the President. The SYSCL Executive Board encourages parents to first meet with the team coaches to resolve differences.
Created by: Michael Termikaelian -- Last updated:Jul 21, 2012