SWSC Coaches & Parents Code of Ethics

The SWSC purpose is to promote good sportsmanship, teamwork, achievement and fun for players and their families through the game of soccer. The conduct of coaches, family members, and spectators is critical to this process and the experience your child might have playing the game of soccer. SWSC is pleased to institute a new code of conduct program, as it will serve for the benefit of the players, parents, and coaches.

Each person attending a SWSC game should be aware of the following standards:

  1. Each SWSC coach needs to understand that his conduct will have a definite impact on the youth, the program, and the parents. The coach is responsible for the conduct and sportsmanship displayed form the players, parents and spectators representing the team he is coaching.
  2. Portray a positive role model for youth by maintaining an attitude of respect, integrity, courtesy, tact and maturity. Allow the kids to make mistake. Use positive techniques of guidance, including positive reinforcement and encouragement rather than criticism.
  3. Coaches, parents nor spectators will not make critical, abusive or offensive comments to the players, coaches or supporters of an opposing team before, during, or after a game. The use of profanity in presence of any SWSC kid or parent will not be tolerated.
  4. Coaches and parents will show respect to all officials. Coaches should understand that they are responsible for the conduct of their team's players and parent pertaining to the comments addressed at games. Officials are humans and humans make mistake. Every call is not going to work in your favor every time. Let them officiate and the calls will even out over the duration of the game. Games are officiated by referees and their assistants, not coaches, parents, or spectators. There is a process and a time for coaches to disagree with calls. Voice your opinion to your coach, not the officials.
  5. Parents and other team supporters may not approach game officials at any time for the purpose of disputing calls, or making critical, abusive or offensive comments.
  6. Smoking or use of tobacco products in the presence of any SWSC player is prohibited. Using, possessing, or being under the influence of alcohol/illegal drugs will not be tolerated.
  7. Parents and spectators need to let the coach do the coaching. Parents can encourage the players but don't try to coach them because all that does is confuse the kids. Coaching is done at practices during the week. The weekend games are the kids time to have fun and try to execute what the coach has trained them to do during weekly practices. Be a parent and support the team from the sidelines positive comments. Screaming at the kids only confuses the kids even more on the field.
  8. After the completion of the game, tell the kids how good they played and how proud you are of their effort whether they won or lost. No matter what the outcome of the game might be all the kids are winners. Leave the game at the fields.

Remember that soccer is a game and keep that in its proper perspective. The positive examples you provide for the SWSC kids will be valued and be there long after they have completed their soccer career. Youth soccer should be for the enjoyment and fun for each individual kid and family that is part of the SWSC community. Follow this code of ethics and your kids experience with the SWSC will last a life time...


SWSC 2005