Coaches Code of Ethics

CODES OF ETHICS FOR CSA COACHES AND VOLUNTEERS

We want to ensure that games are fair, positive and enjoyable experiences for all of the children and adults involved. A soccer game should be friendly and unifying - a spirited social and athletic occasion for players, coaches, referees and spectators. To clarify expectations of game day behavior, we expect all coaches to conform to this code of conduct.

• Before a game, introduce yourself to the opposing coach and to the referee.

• During the game you are responsible for the sportsmanship of your players. If one of your players is disrespectful, irresponsible or overly aggressive, take the player out of the game at least long enough for him or her to calm down.

• Respect the game officials at all times. Refrain from questioning their decisions or challenging their authority. During the game, do not address the referee at all. You are not there to teach the referees laws of the game.

• If you have a small issue, discuss it with the referee calmly and patiently after the game. If you have a major complaint or if you have any input for their match, use the Field Incident Report form on our website.

• Your observations will be taken seriously if they are presented objectively and formally.

• During the game you are also responsible for the conduct of the parents of your players. It is imperative to explain acceptable player and parent behavior in a pre-season meeting.

• Coaches are the only people who can technically coach and direct the players. The technical area is 20 yards off each side of the centerline. Do not walk all the way to each end of the line to coach the players.

• Do not let parents or assistant coaches call out instructions to the players from the sidelines, and never from the end line and behind the goalkeepers’ nets.

• Know and abide by the official Laws of the Game of soccer as well as CSA rules. Go to , in the referee section to find rules of the game and study them.

• Instruct player and parents in the rules and motivate each player to compete according to the rules at all times.

• Ensure that all players and spectators follow CSA rules.

• Ensure that fans exhibit sportsmanship and maturity at all times; the coach should assist league and game officials in maintaining control of the spectators during games.

• Respect the coaches and players of the opposing team before, during, and after the game.

• Take appropriate steps to minimize scoring in runaway games.

• Teach each player, especially through personal example, to be humble and generous in victory and proud and courteous in defeat.

• Maintain control of emotions and avoid actions, language, or gestures that may be interpreted as hostile and humiliating.

• Teach and practice good sportsmanship and fair play by personally demonstrating commitment to these virtues.

• Promote the concept that soccer is merely a game, and that players and coaches on other teams are opponents, not enemies.

• Remember, player substitutions can be done at any stoppage (it does not matter which team has possession) under REFEREE DISCRETION. This means if the referee chooses, the substitution can be ignored until the next stoppage.

• Please do not go to the centerline to give comments to the referee about his or her manner of refereeing. Substitution of keepers is the only subject you can discuss with the referee during half time.

• Before, during, and after the game, be an example of dignity, patience and positive spirit.

• Encourage spectators to applaud and cheer for good plays by either team. Discourage them - you may need to be forceful and direct - from yelling at players and the referee.

• After the game, shake hands and thank the referee(s) - ask your players to do the same.

• Keep in mind that referees, especially those young and inexperienced, are like you and your players; they need time to develop. You can play an important role in helping them to improve by letting them concentrate on the game. You can help encourage them by accepting their inevitable, occasional mistakes and by offering constructive post-game comments. On the other hand, you could possibly discourage and demoralize the referees by criticizing their decisions, by verbally abusing them and accepting, or even inciting your own players' overly aggressive behavior.

• Your example is powerful, for better or worse. If you insist on fair play, if you concentrate on your players' enjoyment of the game and their overall long-term development, and if you support the referee, your players and their parents will notice. If you encourage (or allow) your players to play outside the rules, if you are overly concerned about results, if you criticize the referee harshly, your players and their parents will also notice.

• Think about what you are doing during a game! Uphold the spirit of the game! If you follow the expectations described above, the spirit of the game will be alive and well in Tallahassee Youth Soccer, and will grow, along with the enjoyment of all.

• Always model calm behavior.

• Coaching in CSA is a privilege, not a right. Those who don't follow the expectations described above can be disciplined or removed.