Acton Villa Soccer Club    
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CODES OF CONDUCT

Acton Villa has some codes of conduct to make our soccer season as enjoyable as possible for everyone. Abiding by these codes is mandatory. Breaches of the code should be reported to the Discipline Chair, or the President, or both. Harassment complaints are filed with the District.

Coaches
Players
Parents
Spectators
Game Officials

COACHES SHALL:
  • be reasonable when scheduling games and practices, remembering that players and parents have other interests and obligations.
  • teach players to play fairly and to respect the rules, officials and opponents.
  • ensure that all players receive equal instruction, support, and playing time.
  • not ridicule or yell at players for making mistakes or playing poorly. Coaches will remember that children play to have fun and must be encouraged to have confidence in themselves.
  • ensure that equipment and facilities are safe and match the players' ages and abilities.
  • remember that children need a coach they can respect. Coaches will be generous with praise and endeavour to set a good example.
  • obtain proper training and continue to upgrade coaching skills.
  • remember that it is a privilege, not a right, to coach.
PLAYERS SHALL:
  • participate because they want to, not just because parents or coaches want them to.
  • will play by the rules of soccer and in the spirit of the game.
  • will control their temper. Fighting, "mouthing off" and "trash talking" (verbal abuse) spoil the activity for everyone.
  • do their best to be a true team player.
  • acknowledge all good plays/performances by own team and opponents'.
  • remember that winning is not everything - having fun, improving skills, making friends and doing their best are also important.
  • remember that coaches and officials are there to help the players. Accept their decision and show respect.
  • respect opponents.
PARENTS/GUARDIANS SHALL:
  • not force their child into playing a sport.
  • will remember that children play for their own enjoyment, not to please parents.
  • encourage their children to play by the rules and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence.
  • teach their children that doing one's best is more important than winning so that the child will not feel defeated by the outcome of a game or event.
  • make their children feel like winners by offering praise for competing fairly and trying hard.
  • never ridicule or yell at children for making a mistake or losing a competition.
  • remember that children learn best by example. Parents will applaud good plays by their own child(ren), their team-mates, and their opponents.
  • never question officials' judgment or honesty in public.
  • support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from children's sporting activities.
  • respect and show appreciation for volunteers coaches and officials.
SPECTATORS SHALL:
  • remember that children play for their own enjoyment, not for the spectators.
  • not have unrealistic expectations - the players are not professionals and cannot be judged by professional standards.
  • respect the officials' decisions and encourage participants to do the same.
  • condemn the use of violence in any form and express disapproval in an appropriate manner to coaches, Club and league officials.
  • never ridicule or yell at children for making a mistake or losing a competition.
  • respect and show appreciation for volunteers coaches and officials.
  • show appreciation and respect for both teams: without opponents, there is no game.
  • not use inappropriate language and shall not harass players, coaches, officials, or other spectators.
OFFICIALS SHALL:
  • realize and respect their responsibilities and duties to the Club, the Referees Association, and the game.
  • obtain proper training and continue to upgrade officiating skills.
  • make sure that every player has an opportunity to perform to the best of their ability, within the limit of the rules.
  • put an end to any situation that threatens the safety of player(s).
  • maintain a healthy atmosphere and environment for competition
  • not permit intimidation of any player by word or action. Will not tolerate unacceptable conduct toward team officials, players, spectators, or the game officials.
  • report misconduct to appropriate authorities.
  • be consistent and objective in calling all decisions and infractions.
  • conduct themselves with dignity, both on and off the field of play and shall, by example, endeavor to inspire the principles of fair play and earn the respect of those whom they serve.
  • accept the role of teacher and role model, especially for younger players.
  • be open to respectful discussion and contact with the players and coaches before and after the game.
  • follow the rules of the game and will consider the appropriate age and skill level of the players.
  • remain open to appropriate constructive criticism and show respect and consideration for different points of view.

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