Code of Conduct

Note to Coaches:

  • Be reasonable in your demands on the young players' time, energy, enthusiasm and their performance on the football field.

  • Instruct your players that they must abide by the rules of the game at all times.

  • Develop team respect for the ability of the opponents and for the judgment of referees and opposing coaches.

  • Ensure that your players' football experience is one of fun and enjoyment (winning is only part of it). Players should never be ridiculed for making mistakes or for losing games.

  • Set a good example and be generous with your praise when it is deserved. Children need a coach they can respect.

  • Keep informed about sound principles of coaching, growth and development principles relating to children.

  • Enlist the support of your teams' parents in your efforts to instill the proper attitude and values in the players.

  • Check equipment and facilities that you use. They should meet safety standards and be appropriate for the age and ability of your player.

  • Follow the advice of a physician when determining when an injured child is ready to play again.

 

Note to Parents

  • Do not force an unwilling child to participate in sports.

  • Remember children are involved in organized sports for their enjoyment, not yours.

  • Teach your child to play by the rules.

  • Teach your child that hard work and an honest effort are often more important than a victory.

  • Help your child towards skill improvement and good sportsmanship in every game.

  • Your child will then be a winner, even in defeat.

  • Do not ridicule or yell at your child for making a mistake or for losing a game.

  • Set a good example. Children learn by example.

  • Applaud good plays by your team and by members of the opposing team.

  • Do not publicly question referee judgment and never their honesty.