Yorktown Youth Soccer Club
Athlete & Parent Code of Conduct
Participation in Yorktown Youth Club should be a privilege and be looked upon by coaches, athletes and parents as such. Each member of YYSC should exhibit good sportsmanship in his/her actions at all times on and off the field.
Athletes are not allowed to participate in any of the following activities:
At all times, athletes, coaches and parents are expected to act in a first class manner and dress appropriately keeping in mind they are a member of a team and should act with high moral and social standards while representing Florida Inland Volleyball Club. Display good sportsmanship and respect towards competitors, parents and event staff at all times.
Players, coaches and parents should familiarize themselves with general knowledge the rules and regulations of their players sport.
Players, parents and coaches are responsible for leaving all facilities, including practice facilities, in clean condition. Coolers will not be allowed in the facilities in which we play.
The director reserves the right to add rules as a situation demands.
Be a first class parent on and off the field of play. Support your coach, team and player. At all times, be a supportive parent. We need a positive commitment from coaches, players and parents.
The essential elements of character-building and ethics in sports are embodied in the concept of sportsmanship and six core principles:
• Caring, and
• Good Citizenship.
The highest potential of sports is achieved when competition reflects these “six pillars of character.”
I therefore agree:
The consequences for violation of this agreement are at the sole discretion of the club, but include:
I have read all of the above expectations of athlete and parent involvement in Yorktown Youth Soccer and agree to abide by the requirements to the best of my ability.
Athlete Signature: _______________________________________ Date: _______
Parent Signature: _______________________________________Date: ________
"24 Hour Rule" Policy
To all Coaches and Members of the Yorktown Youth Soccer Club: YYSC subscribes to the following "24 Hour Rule" policy with regard to the reporting of a complaint or issue of concern.
1. There shall be no direct contact with any member of the coaching staff regarding a complaint or issue of concern (whether it is about a Coach or player’s conduct, language, playing time, position played, etc…) before, during or after an event for a 24 hour period following the occurrence of an issue of concern.
2. Should there still be an issue of concern after the 24 hour period has passed, the parent shall contact the TEAM MANAGER and schedule a meeting which shall be documented and attended by the Manager and Coaching staff. The meeting shall be confidential and should the Coaching staff feel the Manager's attendance improper, they shall utilize the Assistant Coach to document the meeting. The report of the meeting shall be provided to the Soccer Director for future reference should the need arise.
3. Should satisfaction not be accomplished via the meeting, the Soccer Director or at least 1 member of the Board shall be notified and meet with the parties.
4. Should the matter be unresolved after the Coach and Soccer Director’s meetings, a member of the YYSC Board of Directors shall be notified and will determine if the matter should be referred to the Full Board of Directors, as may be appropriate based on the nature of the concern expressed. Should this rule be violated, the suspension under the ZERO TOLERANCE policy is a minimum of 1 week.
In cases where immediate action is required, please contact either the board or the Soccer Director as soon as possible.
10 Guidelines for Parents of Athletes
From Yorktown Youth Soccer Club
Make sure your children know that win or lose, scared or heroic, you love them, appreciate their efforts, and are not disappointed in them. This will allow them to do their best without fear of failure. Be the person in their lives they can look to for constant, positive encouragement.
Try your best to be completely honest about your child's athletic capability, competitive attitude, sportsmanship, and actual skill level.
Be helpful, but don't coach them on the way to the field, rink, pool, gym or track or on the way back, at breakfast, and so on. It is tough not to, but it is a lot tougher for children to be inundated with advice, pep talks, and often critical instruction.
Teach them to enjoy the thrill of competition, to be "out there trying", to be working to improve their skills and attitudes. Help them develop the feel for competing, for trying hard, for having fun.
Try not to re-live your athletic life through your children in a way that creates pressure. You fumbled too, you lost as well as won. You were frightened, you backed off at times, you were not always heroic. Don't pressure them because of your lost pride.
Don't compete with the coach. You both have clearly defined roles that should complement each other. Encourage your child to respect their coach...they will learn more in the process.
Don't compare the skill, courage, or attitudes of your children with other members of the team, at least within their hearing distance.
Get to know the coach so that you can be assured that his/her philosophy, attitudes, ethics, and knowledge are such that you are happy to have your children under his/her leadership.
Always remember children tend to exaggerate, both when praised and criticized. Temper your reaction and investigate before over-reacting.
Make a point of understanding courage, and the fact that it is relative. Some of us can climb mountains, and are afraid to fight. Some of us will fight, but turn to jelly if a bee approaches. Everyone is frightened in certain areas. Explain that courage is not the absence of fear, but a means of doing something in spite of fear or discomfort.
The job of the parent of an athletic child is a tough one, and it takes a lot of effort to do it well.