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YDSC Player and Parent Code of Conduct 2

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Yarmouth-Dennis Soccer Club

Player and Parent Code of Conduct

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             As some of you may know, inappropriate conduct by parents and other spectators has become an increasing problem for youth sports organizations. To deal with this problem in an effective manner, Yarmouth-Dennis Soccer Club (YDSC) has adopted the Parents’ Code of Conduct which is detailed below. This Code of Conduct goes beyond our existing Zero Tolerance Policy to protect Officials. We have also adopted the Zero Tolerance Policy for violators of the Code of Conduct. The Board of YDSC urges all of you to take these policies to heart so that we will all have a safe, enjoyable and successful season.

We will be implementing a 24hr rule. The purpose of this rule is to delay your communication until you have calmed down to reduce the chance for an emotional over-reaction and increase the opportunity to think about the situation more rationally. Waiting 24 hours will increase the probability that you can more clearly communicate your issue with a cool head.

It is expected that all players and parents affiliated with the Yarmouth-Dennis Soccer Club will read and understand the following CODE OF CONDUCT. It is expected that all players, parents, and spectators will continue to observe and follow the principles contained within the Code throughout the year.

1. I will encourage my child to play by the rules and to resolve any and all conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence.

2. I will never criticize, ridicule or yell at my child for making a mistake or losing a game.

3. I will commit to ensuring my child attends as many practices as possible in order to develop, to the best of his or her ability, skills in the game of soccer in order to maximize team success.

4. I will applaud good plays by both my child’s team and the opposing team. I will not be critical of or embarrass any player, including opposing team players under any circumstance.

5. I will allow the coaches to instruct the players, and will not participate in sideline coaching.

6. Respect the coach’s decision and abilities. Don’t force your kids to decide whether to listen to you or to the coach.

7. Stress the importance of teamwork.

8. Never lose sight of the fact that you are a role model.

9. I will not interfere with the coaches duties during practice or games unless it is a safety issue.

10. Remember that coaches and administrators are usually volunteers. A “thank you” every once in a while is often a nice reward.

11. I will demonstrate good sportsmanship at all times. I will never yell at, taunt, threaten, or inflict physical or verbal violence upon any player, official, or spectator at any soccer activity. The use of any abusive, vulgar, racial and ethnic or gender related language will not be tolerated at any time.

All parents and guardians of YDSC players are subject to the Zero Tolerance Physical Abuse Policy:

  1. Any parent/guardian that attempts to cause physical injury or makes the threat thereof to any individual associated with YDSC shall be subject and his/her children shall be subject to immediate suspension from YDSC play and/or other league involvement, for up to one year at the sole discretion of the YDSC Board.

  2. A second instance of an attempt to threaten or cause physical injury shall result in up to a three year suspension for the player(s) and the parent/guardian from any involvement with YDSC.

All individuals associated with YDSC are expected to uphold the values of honesty, good sportsmanship, and respect for the integrity of team participation and team play within YDSC and other related sports organizations.

The game will be stopped by referees or YDSC administration if and when parents, guardians, or spectators displaying inappropriate or disruptive behavior interfere with coaches, players, or other spectators during the game. Referees or YDSC officials will identify violators to the coaches for the purpose of removing parents or spectators from the spectators’ viewing and game area. Once removed, play will resume. Lost time will not be replaced and violators may be subject to further disciplinary action by YDSC or local civil and criminal statutes. Inappropriate and disruptive behavior listed above shall include, but not be limited to:

Use of obscene or vulgar language in a boisterous manner to anyone at any time.

Taunting players, coaches, officials or other spectators by means of baiting, ridiculing, threat of physical violence, or actual violence.

Throwing of any object in the spectators’ viewing area, players’ area, or playing fields, or parking areas, directed in any manner in order to intimidate or harm another person, or create a safety hazard.

I have read and understand the above Code of Conduct, and I agree to abide by these guidelines at all team, Club, and League activities. I understand that if I do not follow this Code of Conduct, I may be asked to 1) leave the Club activity and 2) withdraw my child from the Club.

Print Parent Name _________________________________
Parent Signature___________________________________ Date______________ Player Name______________________________________
Player Signature___________________________________ Date______________ 

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