MCYSA Parent Code of Conduct
Parents/Spectators must set the example for the children by exemplifying the highest standards of sportsmanship. Parents/Spectators participate in a match by watching, cheering, and supporting the efforts of all participants of the match. Soccer must be Fun. The game is for the children; their participation and enjoyment of the game is the most important element. Parents have responsibilities to the coach, team, and soccer organization they are a part of. Parents/Spectators must have respect for their coach, all children on the team, and the authority of the referee and his/her assistants. The essential elements of character-building and ethics in sports are embodied in the concept of sportsmanship and six core principles: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and good citizenship. The highest potential of sports is achieved when competition reflects these "six pillars of character."
I therefore agree:
1. I will not force my child to participate in sports.
2. I will remember that children participate to have fun and that the game is for youth, not adults.
3. I will inform the coach of any physical disability or ailment that may affect the safety of my child or the safety of others.
4. I will learn the rules of the game and the policies of the league.
5. I (and my guests) will be a positive role model for my child and encourage sportsmanship by showing respect and courtesy, and by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, officials and spectators at every game, practice or other sporting event.
6. I (and my guests) will not engage in any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct with any official, coach, player, or parent such as booing and taunting; refusing to shake hands; or using profane language or gestures.
7. I will not encourage any behaviors or practices that would endanger the health and well being of the athletes.
8. I will teach my child to play by the rules and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence.
9. I will demand that my child treat other players, coaches, officials and spectators with respect regardless of race, creed, color, sex or ability.
10. I will teach my child that doing one's best is more important than winning, so that my child will never feel defeated by the outcome of a game or his/her performance.
11. I will praise my child for competing fairly and trying hard, and make my child feel like a winner every time.
12. I will never ridicule or yell at my child or other participant for making a mistake or losing a competition.
13. I will emphasize skill development and practices and how they benefit my child over winning. I will also deemphasize games and competition in the lower age groups.
14. I will promote the emotional and physical well-being of the athletes ahead of any personal desire I may have for my child to win.
15. I will respect the officials and their authority during games and will never question, discuss, or confront coaches at the game field, and will take time to speak with coaches at an agreed upon time and place.
16. I will demand a sports environment for my child that is free from drugs, tobacco, and alcohol and I will refrain from their use at all sports events.
17. I will refrain from coaching my child or other players during games and practices, unless I am one of the official coaches of the team.
I also agree that if I fail to abide by the aforementioned rules and guidelines, I will be subject to disciplinary action that could include, but is not limited to the following:
• For minor offenses parents or any spectator can be asked to leave the grounds for the duration of the game or practice by a referee, coach, age group commissioner or board member.
• For repetitive offenses or offenses not considered major, but greater that minor, can be banned from the games or practices for a time duration as established by the age group commissioner.
• For major offenses or continuous undesirable behavior, the board or an appointed committee will determine the punishment. Possible actions are:
o Total ban from the games and practices;
o Removal of their child(ren) from the league;
o Total ban from participating in any KYSA sanctioned league or event.
• All disciplinary actions can be appealed to the MCYSA Board. The appeal must be in writing and state the full facts of the situation; disciplinary action taken; and the reasons for the appeal. The president of the board can issue an injunction to stop the disciplinary action if, in his/her opinion, the charges should be reviewed by the board prior to the disciplinary action being enforced.
The MCYSA Parent Code of Conduct has been compiled largely from the Kentucky Youth Soccer Association (KYSA) Parent Code of Conduct and the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation Parent Code of Conduct. Both have compiled from various national organizations and local youth sports league Parent Codes of Conduct, including: Arizona Sports Summit Accord, Character Counts, Heartland Soccer Club, Kidsports, Mt. Laurel Soccer Club, National Alliance for Youth Sports, National High School Athletic Coaches Association, Pop Warner, Rosemount Area Athletic Association, and USA Hockey.