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Parent Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct for Parents

The parent’s role is one of support to the players, coaches and club. Parents should not
engage in “coaching” from the sidelines, criticize players, coaches or game officials or
try to influence the makeup of the team at any time. Every parent is expected to abide by
the following code of conduct.

Parents are not permitted to approach the coach about playing time directly after the completion of any game. Parents are permitted to contact the coach 24 hours after the last game to discuss their child’s playing time or other issues. If the matter cannot be resolved between the coach and the parent, then the age group DOC can be brought in to help resolve any concerns or issues.
At no time should a parent approach the coach during a game. All parents should stay on the opposite side of the field at all times. No parent should come onto the field for any reason during the game.

-Players have more need for good examples than for criticism.
-Attempt to relieve the pressure of the competitions, not increase it.
-Applaud good plays by your team and by members of the opposing team.
-Do not openly question an official’s judgments or honesty.
-Officials are symbols of fair player, integrity and sportsmanship.
-Accept the results of each game.
-Encourage your child to be gracious in victory, and to see defeat as a learning experience by working towards
-Losing is part of a player’s development and can be useful
for players to learn about character and discipline among other things.
-The game is for the players not the adults.
-Understand that players win and lose games and not coaches.
-Soccer is a player’s game and always will be.
-Unlike many sports such as football, baseball and basketball where coaches can have a direct influence on the
game with their decisions, soccer is a free-flowing game where the ball
and the situation changes frequently.
-Consequently, soccer coaches have very little influence on the game and the players are the ones that
determine the outcome.
-Encourage your players to always play by the rules.
-Treat coaches, other players and game officials, administrators and
opposing fans with respect at all times; regardless of race, sex, creed, or ability.
-Allow the coach to be the only coach. You might be telling your child to
do the exact opposite of what the coach has told him or her to do, and this
will only frustrate the player and can have a negative affect on their performance.
-Refrain from any activity or conduct that may be detrimental or reflect
adversely upon Redoubt Soccer Association or its members or programs.
-Parents will follow all Association rules; respecting at all times the property
of others.
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