SYSA Codes of Conduct

January 15, 2013

Player’s Code of Conduct

All SYSA players are expected to:

• Play the game for the game’s sake.

• Be generous when you win.

• Be graceful when you lose.

• Be fair always, no matter what the cost.

• Obey the laws of the game.

• Work for the good of the game.

• Be respectful to your coach.

• Be supportive of your team.

• Accept the decisions of the officials with good grace.

• Believe in the honesty of your opponents.

• Conduct yourself with honor and dignity.

Parent’s and Guardian’s Code of Conduct

All SYSA parents and guardians are asked to remember:

• Athletic participation for your child and others should be a positive experience.

• Make sure your children know that win or lose; you appreciate their efforts and are not disappointed in them. Be the person in their life they can look to for positive enforcement.

• Attempt to relieve the pressure of competition; not increase it.

• Be respectful to your child’s coach and to officials.

• Be courteous and respectful particularly to those opponents from other soccer teams or associations. The opponents are necessary friends. Without them, your child could not participate.

• Be respectful and appreciative to the officers, board members, and volunteers who make our Association possible.

• Applaud good plays by your team and by members of the opposing team. 

• Allow your coach to do his or her job and refrain from coaching from the sidelines in games and in practice.

• A parent should enter the field of play in games only when summoned by the referee.

• A parent should sit in designated areas and should not be behind the goal lines or in any other area of the field that might constitute a distraction to the players. A coach may ask a parent to help coach goalies, but the parent still may be asked to move by a referee. Referees may stop play to enforce this rule.

• Respect the difficult job of the referee.  Do not openly question the referee’s judgment and never their honesty. They are a symbol of fair play, integrity and sportsmanship. Remember, no referee can call a perfect game anymore than anyone can coach or play a perfect game.

• Accept the result of each game. Encourage the children to be gracious in victory, and turn defeat into victory by working towards improvement.

• Bring your child to practice on time and pick your child up on time.  Because coaches cannot remain at the field indefinitely, cannot transport children, and cannot leave children unattended, law enforcement will be called if a child is not picked up within one half hour of the end of practice or games. 

Coaches’ Code of Conduct

Responsibility to Players

 • Coaches should be sensitive to each player’s developmental needs, strive to have each player reach his/her full potential and be prepared to move to the next stage of development.

• Coaches will protect players from the unsafe or unsportsmanlike conduct of others.

• Coaches shall not leave a player unsupervised during games or practices.

• Coaches will not submit a player to any type of abuse including but not limited to physical abuse, sexual abuse, verbal abuse, or neglect.

• Coaches will respond to players with respect and consideration and treat all players equally regardless of sex, race, religion, and/or culture.

Responsibility to Officials

• Coaches must not criticize game officials and instruct their players, parents, and spectators to refrain from criticizing officials.

• Coaches shall treat officials with respect before, during, and after the game.

Responsibility to SYSA

• Coaches should work in the spirit of cooperation with the officials, administrators, coaches, spectators, and participants.

• Coaches should know and follow all rules set forth by SYSA and member leagues.

Weather Policy -  The policy of NCYSA about lightning safety is as follows:  "Use the 30-30 rule where visibility is good and there is nothing obstructing your view of the thunderstorm. When you see lightning, count the time until you hear thunder. If that time is 30 seconds or less, the thunderstorm is within six miles of you and is dangerous. Seek shelter immediately. The threat of lightning continues for a much longer period than most people realize. Wait at least 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder before leaving shelter. Don’t be fooled by sunshine or blue sky!"

 If you need to seek shelter at Camp Living Water, the dining hall or the gym are available. Coaches - If you determine that conditions are such that you should end practice, please inform the other coaches around you so they can do the same. Don't wait for someone else to make the decision for you.

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