MCYSA Coach's Code of Conduct
It is a privilege to be a part of the United States Soccer Federation, United States Youth Soccer Association, Kentucky Youth Soccer Association and the Meade County Youth Soccer Alliance. My action shall always reflection credit upon these organizations and their affiliates.
This Code of Conduct has been developed to clarify and distinguish approved and accepted professional, ethical, and moral behavior from that which is detrimental to the development of the sport of soccer. (The term “Coach” shall include, but is not limited to Head Coach, Assistant Coach(s), Manager/Trainer, Team Parent, and/or Team Representative.)
Coaches are expected to maintain a higher level of sportsmanship, professionalism and integrity both off and on the field. Coaches’ primary responsibility is for his/her players to have fun, to develop soccer players and to instill a passion for the game. Your performance as a coach is not measured in wins and losses, but rather in what you teach your players in terms of technique, sportsmanship and fair play. Coaches must maintain respect for the game as well as the referees. Coaches are charged with the responsibility of controlling their players and parents at all times during a match. Coaches lead and teach by example; your players will be a reflection of you.
RESPONSIBILITIES TO PLAYERS
1. The coach’s responsibility is to the health and safety of all participants. The coach must never place the value of winning over the safety and welfare of players.
2. Coach should know and understand the Laws of the Game and instruct players to play within the laws and the spirit of the game at all times.
3. The coach is responsible for establishing, informing, and enforcing the team rules regarding attendance, participation in practices, pre-game arrival times, team attire, snack schedule, and team conduct in accordance with the player and parents codes of conduct.
4. The coach is responsible for ordering uniforms, arranging team photographs, and handling team finances.
5. Coach should be positive role model and set the standard for sportsmanship.
6. Coach should keep sport in proper perspective with player’s academic education.
7. Coach shall say “no” to drugs.
8. Under no circumstances should coach authorize or encourage the use of, but not limited to, medicinal or performance enhancing drugs.
9. Coach should inspect player’s equipment to ensure it is appropriate and field conditions to ensure no safety hazards exist.
10. Coach should continue his/her own education in the sport in order to be able to educate the players in technical, tactical, physical and psychological demands of the game for their level.
11. Coaches enable every recreational player to participate in at least one-half of each game. Coaches shall never seek unfair advantage by failing in this, by substituting un-registered players, or by allowing unsportsmanlike behavior in any form.
12. Coach should encourage moral and social responsibility.
13. Coach should be sensitive to each child’s developmental needs, strive to have each player reach his/her full potential and be prepared to move to the next stage of development.
14. Coach should develop the child’s appreciation of the game. Players should have fun and receive positive feedback.
15. Coach should supervise and control his/her players to avoid injury situations. Players should be directed to seek proper medical attention for injuries and to follow the physician’s instructions regarding treatment and recovery. At no time should a player be put at risk by returning from injury prematurely or by being forced to play while injured.
16. It is recommended that the coach become certified in basic first aid and be prepared to handle medical emergencies at all practices and games.
a. Coach should bring properly supplied first aid kit and water to all practices and games.
b. Coach should know 911 and emergency phone numbers and procedures.
c. Coach should know location of nearest emergency medical facilities.
17. Coaches will insure that all players are treated equally regardless of race, sex, creed, religion, national origin, or playing ability.
18. Coaches will not use nor condone the use of profane, or abusive language, or gestures towards any coach, player, parent, or league official while serving as a coach.
19. The coach must behave in an ethical and legal manner. The Coach must complete and submit a Disclosure Statement to the MCYSA.
20. Ensuring that all trash and litter on and around the field of play shall be picked up and disposed of properly after all practices and games.
21. The coach will insure that a team representative is present at any meeting called by the age group commissioner or MCYSA Board.
22. Coaches must refrain from using alcohol or tobacco while in the presence of any MCYSA athletes, while on MCYSA facilities.
RESPONSIBILITY TO MCYSA
1. Coach should work in the spirit of cooperation with the officials, administrators, coaches, spectators and participants.
2. Coach should know and follow all rules set forth by the MCYSA, KYSA, leagues and clubs.
3. Coach must strive to maintain integrity within the sport.
4. Coach should contact age group commissioner or board member to resolve conflicts with another coach, parent, player, or MCYSA staff/board.
5. Attending all coaches meetings.
6. Striping fields on a rotation schedule as posted at the start of every season.
7. Checking team roster for accuracy and informing the registrar and age group commissioner of team member changes and conflicts.
8. Contacting the age group commissioner, referee administrator and scheduler to change or reschedule any game.
9. Notify the age group commissioner before benching players for disciplinary reasons.
10. Encourage team to participate in league scheduled group activities (award ceremony, player appreciation days, etc.).
RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE LAWS OF THE GAME
1. Coaches should know the Laws of the Game, their intent, interpretation and correct application.
2. Coaches must adhere to the letter and spirit of the laws of the game.
3. If a coach permits, encourages, or condones performance which is not in the letter or spirit of the laws, coach is derelict in his/her responsibility to players, MCYSA, KSYA, and the sport worldwide.
RESPONSIBILITY TO OFFICIALS
1. Coach must not criticize game officials and instruct his/her players, parents and spectators to refrain from criticizing officials.
2. Coach will treat officials with respect before, during, and after the game. Officials should be addressed as “Referee”, Sir, Madam, or “Mr./Ms. Referee” and not by name. Professional respect should be mutual and there should be no demeaning dialogue or gesture between officials, coach, or player.
3. Coaches must not incite players or spectators or attempt to disrupt the flow of play.
4. Coach is responsible for and will be held accountable for the conduct of his/her players, parents, and spectators.
5. Coach should submit comments in writing regarding an official to the age group commissioner or board member.
RESPONSIBILITY FOR PUBLIC RELATIONS
1. Coaches have a responsibility to promote the game of soccer to the public. Comments and critiques of governing bodies, teams, coaches, players, parents, or the media should be positive and constructive, never prejudicial or inflammatory.
2. Coaches have the responsibility to assist their players in conducting themselves properly while representing their team, league, and MCYSA in public.
3. Comments blaming officials, organizers, players, etc. for a loss or unsuccessful endeavor are detrimental and must be avoided.
4. I believe that the way my team conducts itself can also have an influence, for better or worse, on those we compete against.
5. I will endeavor to make my team a positive role model.
6. I will not coach, nor allow my players to play, with intent to cause injury to opposing players.
7. Neither I nor my players and spectators will display hostile behavior towards opposing players, parents or officials.
GAME DAY AND OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES
1. A coach’s behavior must bring credit to him/herself, his/her organization, and the sport of soccer.
2. Rival coaches should meet prior to the game and exchange friendly or professional greetings. While the concept of rivalry is wholly embraced, it cannot take precedence over exemplary professional conduct.
3. The coach must confine him/herself to the technical area and only provide technical instruction.
4. A coach shall exhibit a respectful attitude towards players, officials, spectators, opposing players and coaches. Verbal abuse or physical assault is unethical and shall be punishable by suspension from the program.
5. The coaches foremost post game responsibility is to his/her team.
6. Coach should use his/her influence to control the behavior of his players, parents and spectators.
7. Coach are responsible for ensuring that the fields are properly marked with visible lines and corner flags.
8. Coach’s are responsible for returning corner flags and other equipment to the proper storage container and securely locking it (as appropriate).
9. Coaches shall bring a team roster and team information roster (emergency contacts and medical information) to each game and practice.
10. Coaches are responsible for the conduct of their players and the spectators on their side of the field, specifically as it relates to the referee, coaches, players and spectators on the other team. Verbal and/or physical abuse will not be tolerated.
FAILURE TO ADHERE TO THE ABOVE GUIDELINES MAY RESULT IN THE FOLLOWING:
1. The age group commissioner has the authority to verbally warn a coach that he/she has violated a portion of the Code of Ethics. Failure to comply with the standard team rules or this code of ethics could result in automatic expulsion.
2. Board approved coaches and/or assistant coaches who have written complaints lodged against them may be subject to reprimand.
3. The MCYSA Executive Officers, as elected representatives, have the right and authority to suspend or expel any coach/assistant coach for his/her actions and/or behavior that is deemed inappropriate or that violates good order and sportsmanship.
If players conduct is not in the spirit of recreational soccer the referee can have the player leave the game for a cooling off period. The same conduct rule applies to spectators. If the cooling off period does not resolve the problem, the spectator may be asked to leave the field.
If a coach or parent approaches a referee or steps on to the field to challenge a call, they may be asked to leave the game and the incident will be reviewed.
Thank you for your time and dedication to helping children learn about the sport of soccer. We understand that your time is valuable and we appreciate your donation of that time. The MCYSA board wants you to be informed of the coaching responsibilities in advance. The MCYSA board wants to continue to improve the quality of the MCYSA for the benefit of the players, and recognize the board members' responsibility to support and inform the coaches. Again, thank you for your time and effort!