Coach's Code of Ethics

I coach because I want to help young people mature into well-adjusted, productive adults with strong character and because I want these young people to receive a proper exposure to the fun and exciting game of soccer. In short, I want them to enjoy soccer and sports and to grow up well.

My actions and personal manner will be a good example for young people to follow.

  • I will treat all players, coaches, administrators, parents and referees with the respect and courtesy I desire for myself.
  • Any dissatisfaction I want to express will be stated in a private forum and in a restrained and civil manner.
  • I will respect and honor the beliefs and sensitivities of all players, coaches, parents, administrators and referees.

No matter how selected, I recognize that all players on my team have value, both as players and as a person.

  • If I select players for a competitive or select team, I will do so recognizing that players are on the team to play, not to watch.
  • If I am assigned players for a recreational team, I recognize that all signed up to play and have fun and, except for health or disciplinary reasons, I am committed to playing each player more than 50 percent of the game and in a manner that seems fair to all players and parents.
  • As a coach it is not appropriate for me to teach the players that “life is not fair”; they will learn enough of that on their own. My job is to make the soccer part of their life as fair as possible, no matter what the level of competition.

I will be prepared for each game and practice.

  • For practices I will have a practice plan that efficiently uses the time available and teaches the players important skills and strategies for the game of soccer.
  • For games I will have a game plan that will utilize the talents of all m players to the utmost while insuring that each player feels needed and respected.

I will be an encourager, not a discourager.

I will follow all the Laws of the Game and will abide by all the administrative procedures of my club, local association, South Texas Youth Soccer Association, United States Youth Soccer and the United States Soccer Federation.

I will do my best to make soccer the fun game for all.


Player's Code of Ethics

I will play soccer for the enjoyment of the game!

I will show respect to all involved in the game:

  • Referees
  • Coaches
  • Parents and spectators
  • And most of all to the players, both on my team and the opposing team, for without the other players, the game would not be played.

I will conduct myself with dignity and obey the Laws of the Game.


Parent's Code of Ethics

A parent plays a special role in contributing to the needs and development of children. Through encouragement and good example, a parent can help assure that all the boys and girls learn good sportsmanship and self-discipline. In soccer, young people learn to work together, to sacrifice for the good of the team, to enjoy winning and deal appropriately with defeat – all while becoming physically fit and healthy. Best of all, they have fun!

I will support my child by:

  • Giving encouragement and showing interest in their team.
  • Helping my child work toward skill development and good sportsmanship.
  • Teaching my child that hard work and an honest effort are often more important than victory – that way my child will always be a winner despite the outcome of the game.

I will always be positive with my child by:

  • Working to be a positive role model.
  • Applauding good plays by my child’s team as well as good plays by the opposing team.
  • Supporting all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from youth sports activities.

I will remember that my child wants to have fun and …

  • … is the one playing soccer, not me.
  • … I will let my child establish their own goals – to play the game for themselves.
  • … I will take care not to impose my own standards and goals on them.
  • … I will remember that children play for the fun of playing.

I will reinforce positive behavior.

  • Positive reinforcement is the best way to help a child achieve their goals and overcome their natural fear of failure.
  • Nobody likes to make mistakes. If my child does make one, I will remember it’s all a part of learning.
  • Encourage your child’s efforts and point out the good things they accomplished.

I won’t be a sideline coach or referee.

I will realize that coaches and referees are usually parents just like me. They volunteer their time to help make my child’s soccer experience a positive one. They need support, too. I will refrain from coaching or refereeing from the sidelines. As a member of a volunteer organization, there’s always an opportunity for me to take an interest in coaching or refereeing to the next level and become one myself.

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