Player & Parent/Guardian Code of Conduct Policies
PLAYER CODE OF CONDUCT
Play soccer for the fun of it. Remember the goals of the game are to have fun, improve skills, and feel good about your contribution to the team.
Play by the rules of the game and show respect to all coaches, referees, and tournament officials.
Never argue with or complain about referee calls or decisions. Mustang supports a zero-tolerance policy concerning the harassment of referees.
Control your temper and, most of all, resist the temptation to retaliate when you feel you have been wronged.
Concentrate on playing soccer and affecting the outcome of the game with your best effort. Work equally as hard for your team as for yourself.
Treat all players as you would like to be treated. Be a good sport by cheering all good plays – on your team and your opponent’s team.
Always conduct yourself in a manner befitting someone representing themselves, their family, and the Mustang Soccer Club.
PARENT CODE OF CONDUCT
Remember your children are involved in organized sports for their enjoyment, not yours. Do not force an unwilling child to participate.
Teach your player that hard work and an honest effort are often more important than a victory. Help your player work towards skill improvement and good sportsmanship – even in defeat, your child will be a winner.
Be a positive role model whenever you are around players. Set a good example – do not yell at, ridicule, or criticize your child or any other player. Instead, applaud good plays by your team and by those of the opposing team.
Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from youth sporting activities.
Show respect to all coaches, referees, and tournament officials. Mustang supports a zero-tolerance policy as to questioning and harassment of referees. Leave conflict resolution to the field marshals or tournament officials.
Do not engage professionally employed Mustang coaches in social activities outside the parameters set in the Coaches Code of Conduct (located on Mustang’s website): practices, games, team kickoff meetings, team dinners, and team end-of-year parties.
CONDUCT TOWARDS REFEREES AND PARENT OFFICIALS
The Mustang Referee Organization represents over 400 dedicated youth and adult referees who are on the field during games to provide safety and fairness for all of our teams. Referee coordinators work hard all season long to provide well-trained, certified referees, and parent volunteer referees for a large volume of games for approximately 2700 Rec/RecPlus players. Please remember to keep the following things in mind:
This is recreational soccer and the job of a referee, especially a youth or a volunteer parent official, is a difficult one. We continue to lose many referees every year because of the harassment, negative experiences, and pressure they receive from coaches and parents. Referees often avoid scheduling themselves for games where coaches and/or parents are harassing, negative, derogatory, and/or abusive toward referees.
The role of the referee must be recognized and respected by the coach, the team, and the parents. Youth referees must be given the same respect as adult referees.
New referees must learn positioning, signals, the timing of calls, the flow of the game, command of the sidelines, and administrative issues. With patience and positivity, that referee will become experienced and confident.
The referee in a soccer match has complete authority over players and coaches from the moment the referee enters the grounds to the time the referee leaves.
Referees are trained to make calls based on FIFA Instruction of the Application of the Laws of the Game. FIFA and CYSA specifically recognize the decisions of the Referee regarding facts connected with play are final.
ZERO-TOLERANCE POLICY - Coaches, parents, and players are entitled to a difference of opinion; but they are not permitted to display their dissent through word or action. There will be ZERO-TOLERANCE toward any coach, parent, or player who argues, yells, disputes the decision of the referee or parent official, makies derogatory remarks or gestures towards a referee or parent official, or otherwise behaves negatively and irresponsibly before, during, or after a game. Just like the players, the referees are a part of the game, and a negative comment during a game to either, heightens the tension for everyone and diminishes the Good of the Game. Note, it is the coach’s responsibility to contact the Director of Referees if he or she feels a referee needs to improve on skills.
If the harassment, negative experiences, and/or abuse should occur, the referee or parent official have been instructed to do any or all of the following:
Warn the coach of his or the parent’s behavior
Record incident/s on the game card
Report the incident to the League for further action
Dismiss the coach from the game
If the problem is larger than one or two people, especially if the problem involves both teams, then the referee is to terminate the match and leave.
In addition to the action by the referee or parent official, the League may take further action including:
Warning or probation
Suspension from one or more games
Suspension for one or more seasons
Additionally, coaches and parents are expected to be role models and teachers of proper behavior to both the players and parents. Some positive behavior goals to model are:
Inspire a love for the game and the desire to compete fairly
Teach players skill, reason, fitness, and logic
Realize that you are a teacher (and role model) and that the soccer field is a classroom
Develop respect for the opponents, opposing coaches, and officials
Understand that they are the focal point for their team and their actions, positive and negative, greatly influence the enjoyment of the youth players and parents. Help your players stay in the game by setting the appropriate example.
Additional information can be obtained or comments made by contacting our Director of Referees, Justin Yarkin, email@example.com.