Code of Conduct
Winslow Township Youth Soccer Association
Code of Conduct for Coaches, Parents, Players, and Spectators
Welcome coaches and parents. THANK YOU for your time and commitment to our children and WTYSA. We need to keep in mind that our players are our children and that they want to enjoy their childhood. Good coaches recognize that soccer is just a game; a leisure activity that, in the end, belongs only to the players.
Our referees enforce the laws of the game and are responsible for the safety of our players. Their decision on the field is final and they are to be shown respect by coaches, players, parents and spectators.
Fair Play for Players:
- Play soccer for the enjoyment of the game. Do no play just to please other people.
- Play by the rules; never argue with the officials’ decision.
- Try your best in every game to play within the rules.
- Play at a level of competition which is challenging and stimulating; competition which is too easy or too difficult will not be enjoyable.
- Cooperate with your coach and your teammates; be a team player.
- Be sportsmanlike to the opposing team, both in victory and defeat.
- Learn from your mistakes; work hard in practice to improve skills.
- Be the best player you can be.
- Trying your best and doing your best is more important than winning.
- Pay attention to the coach and the referee – listen.
- Most importantly – HAVE FUN!
Fair Play for Parents and Spectators:
- Do not force an unwilling child to participate in soccer.
- The game (and practice) is to be enjoyed by supporters as well as the players; show your sportsmanship and enthusiasm.
- Parents and spectators are asked to respect the coach's time with the team. All parents and spectators are to observe the game from the opposite side of the field from where the coach and players are positioned.
- Encourage your child to play by the rules.
- Teach your child that honest effort is as important as victory so that a loss is acceptable without undue disappointment.
- Turn defeat into victory by helping your child work towards skill improvement and good sportsmanship. Do not ridicule or yell at your child for making a mistake or losing a competition; it’s only a game.
- Children learn by example. Applaud good play by your child’s team and their opponent.
- Do not publicly question the official’s judgment or integrity. Do not yell at the referee, EVER for any reason.
- Recognize the value and importance of the referees and our volunteer coaches who give of their time and resources to provide recreational activities for your children.
- Do not instruct players from the sidelines. Players’ focus and attention should remain with the coach. The game is fast-paced and confusing enough. Additional distractions only add to the confusion.
- Let the coach(es) coach and let the player’s play. If the children are having fun, we all win.
- Relax and enjoy. It’s only a game.