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Parent/Player Code of Conduct

Parent/Player Code of Conduct

As a parent, you play a special role in the development of your daughter or son, and of his/her teammates.  Your encouragement and good example will do more to ensure good sportsmanship and self-discipline than any other influence.  The other team is the opponent, not the enemy, and should be treated with respect.  While winning is important, player development, playing well and fairly is the essence of the game.

Parent/Coach Communication

1)      24 Hour Rule:  There are to be no complaints or criticisms directed toward coaches or officials within 24 hours of a game.
2)      If a parent has a concern they would like to discuss with a coach they shall set up an appointment to meet with coach in person or by phone.  (Please be aware of the limitations of e-mail, voicemail and other forms of electronic communication.  Face-to-face communication is best.)

When and how not to discuss concerns with coach:

Not during any time that will take away from practice, coaching or preparation for practice or game. (before or after practice or game without appointment)
Not in front of the children
Not while either parent or coach is angry
Not late at night/during coach’s family/personal time
Not immediately after a critical incident


3)       A parent or coach may request the Club’s Conflict Resolution Coordinator (CRC) be present at any meeting.  A parent or coach may also request any unresolved issue to be addressed by the CRC. The CRC’s decision is final.  Please understand that parents and coaches may have to agree to disagree.
4)      U13 and Above:  If a player or parent has a concern about the amount of playing time it is the player’s responsibility to first discuss this with their coach.  Only after the player has spoken with their coach and their concern has not been met with a satisfactory result, will the parent then be able to request an appointment with the coach.  Encouraging our players to address their concerns personally with the coach empowers them and better prepares them for future conflicts on and off the field.

Sideline Coaching

5)      Coaching during games and trainings should be left to the coaches.  Failure to do so will interfere with your child’s, the team’s, and the other team’s development and enjoyment of the game.
6)      Parents shall refrain from any coaching or criticism of their own child, other players, coaches or referees.
7)      If a parent is unhappy with a call or the referee they shall refrain from any negative comments and any criticism shall be put in writing.
8)      Parents are encouraged to cheer their players and team on during the game.

Additional GVSA Rules

1.      GVSA Players will not use alcohol or illegal substances at any time.
2.      GVSA Players will not use profanity at any time especially during practices and games.
3. GVSA team captains will make themselves known to the referee and assist in the managing of the match as required by the referee. Team captains are encouraged to respectfully ask for clarification of referee decisions during the match.
4.      GVSA players will show respect toward the referees and take responsibility for any fouls called.   Players will positively acknowledge the referees’ efforts regardless of the outcome.
5.      Players will show respect to other players including no taunting.  Players will accept victory and defeat with dignity.
6.      Players will show respect to coaches and parents.

**Please remember that your child is the one playing soccer, not you.  Children must establish their own goals and play the game themselves.  Take care not to impose unreasonable demands on your child.  Let your children experience the fun of playing as well as the challenge of excelling.