Code of Conduct

The Yorktown Youth Soccer Club is committed to serving the youth of our community. Beyond our basic mission of educating youth about the game of soccer, we strive to make each child’s experience a rewarding one. This is best accomplished in a supportive environment that acknowledges each child’s success. The Club seeks to accomplish this goal by emphasizing positive reinforcement, teamwork, tolerance, cooperation and personal responsibility. Therefore, we expect all our members to demonstrate respect for teammates, coaches, opponents, officials, the facilities we use and the game of soccer.

Player Code of Conduct

I will play soccer because I want to, not because others want me to.
I will play by the rules of soccer, and in the spirit of the game.
I will control my temper. I will not fight, “mouth off” or use bad language.
I will respect my opponents.
I will be a team player.
I will remember winning is not everything – that having fun, playing fair, improving my skills, making friends and doing my best are most important.
I will acknowledge all good play – those of my teammates and of my opponents.
I will honor my commitments.
I will accept the decisions of coaches and game officials and show them respect.
I agree that practices and games are equally important.
I will arrive at the field before practices and games according to the standards of my coach.
If I can not attend a practice I will contact the coach at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance.
I will be respectful of the facilities that the Club uses. I will not improperly use or damage any equipment and I will follow all rules that govern the facility.
At all times I will show respect for teammates, opponents, coaches and officials.

Infractions that occur during the game are governed by the “Laws of the Game” and will be decided by the referee. This may result in a caution (yellow card) or “send off” (red card) which could result in further disciplinary action by the Club, League or State Association.

Certain serious infractions (referee assault, abuse, etc.) may result in a hearing from the appropriate organization and could lead to a prolonged suspension from soccer.

Parents Code of Conduct

I will remember that my child plays soccer for his or her benefit, not mine.
I will not give instructions to players – that is the coach’s role.
I will teach my child that doing ones best is more important than winning, so that my child will not be defeated by the outcome of a game.
I will make my child feel like a winner by offering praise for competing fairly and doing their best.
I will encourage my child to play by the rules and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility, intimidation or violence.
At all times I will support all players on the team.
I will remember that children learn best by example. I will applaud good plays by my child’s team and their opponents.
I will never question the officials judgment or honesty.
I will support all efforts to eliminate verbal and physical abuse from the game of soccer.
I will respect and show appreciation for the volunteer coaches, who give their time for the benefit of my child.
I will make sure that my child arrives for scheduled games and practices at the time designated by the coach.
I will de-emphasize winning and focus on my child’s development.
I will inform the coach of any injury or physical disability that may affect the safety of my child or other children.
I will learn the rules of the game and policies of my club and league.
I will never ridicule or yell at my child or another participant for making a mistake or losing a competition.
I will not interrupt a coach during a game or practice to resolve troublesome issues. I will discuss these issues privately and discreetly with the coach and if this is not prudent or satisfactory I will contact the appropriate official in the Club.
I realized that the team or club can be penalized for my misconduct. If required, I and any of my guests must obey a request by an official or coach to leave the vicinity of the field.
I realize any misconduct on my part (or a guest of mine) may result in a hearing and possible disciplinary action.
I will be responsible for any fine I, or the Club may incur due to my actions, the actions of my guest or my child.

Coaches Code of Conduct

I will remember that players play to have fun and must be encouraged to have confidence in themselves.
I will remember that all participants need a coach they can respect. I will be generous with praise and set a good example.
I will ensure that all players receive equal instruction and support.
I will teach my players to play fairly, respect the rules of the game, referees and opponents.
At all times I will show respect for players, parents, opponents and officials.
I will work in cooperation with the referee for the benefit of the game.
I will be selective in the instruction I give players during the game.
I will honor my commitments.
I will not allow my team to play when an official deems that the equipment / facilities are unsafe.
I realize my team is only permitted to play on facilities that are insured through our State Association and facilities sanctioned and insured by other USSF entities. I realize that I am responsible for complying with this requirement.
I realize that my team may only participate in sanctioned USSF events. I realize that I am responsible for obtaining the appropriate authorizations for these events outside of Club or League play.
I will be reasonable when rescheduling games and practices, remembering that players and their families have other obligations.
I will be on time to games and practices.
I will obtain proper training and upgrade my coaching skills and knowledge of the game at least to the standards established by the Club.
I will inform parents / guardians of any injuries their children may have suffered.
I will encourage parents to attend practices and games and to assist in non-instructional activities.
I will dress appropriately at all games and practices.
I will comply with all rules and guidelines established by the Club, League and other parent organizations.
I recognize that I may be held responsible by the referee, Club and League for the conduct of my team (coaches, players and parents).
Infractions that occur during the game are governed by the “Laws of the Game” and will be decided by the referee. This may result in a caution (yellow card) or “send off” (red card) which could result in further disciplinary action by the Club, League or State Association.
Certain serious infractions (referee assault, abuse, etc.) may result in a hearing from the appropriate organization and could lead to a prolonged suspension from soccer.
I will be responsible for any fine I, or the Club may incur due to my actions.