Coach Code of Conduct

Proper conduct of coaches, parents and referees during games at all levels, from recreational to premier, is an important priority of the SnVYSA Board of Directors. We want to ensure that games are fair, positive and enjoyable experiences for all of the players and adults involved. To clarify expectations of coach conduct, we jointly expect all coaches to conform to this Code of Conduct.

With regard to players, the Coach will:

  • Contribute to the overall success, physical, and athletic growth of the player through participation in soccer and aspiring to the following goals:
    • Endeavor to be a good instructor and a positive role model for team players.
    • Believe that the score of a game comes second to the safety and welfare of all players.
    • Endeavor to put winning in its proper perspective.
    • Be accountable for understanding and competing within the letter and the spirit of the Laws of the Game.
    • Teach players to understand and play within the letter and spirit of the Laws as well.

With regard to opposing teams, the Coach will:

  • Ensure that their players conduct themselves positively.
  • Endeavor to portray the team as a positive role model.
  • Not coach, nor allow players to play, with intent to cause injury to opposing players.
  • Will model positive sideline behavior and will ensure that team players, parents and spectators display positive behavior towards opposing players.
  • Will emphasize winning without boasting and losing without bitterness.

With regard to Referees, the Coach:

  • Understands and values that Referees, just as coaches and players, are attempting to do their best.
  • Will instill in his/her players, parents and spectators a respect for that fact.
  • Understands that their attitude and sideline behavior will influence other players, parents and spectators.
  • Will display a controlled and undemonstrative attitude toward the Referee(s) at all times.
  • After the game, will thank the Referee and will ask team players to do the same.

In summary, coaches are responsible for the conduct of their players and the spectators on their side of the field, specifically as it relates to the referee, coaches, players and spectators on the other team. Verbal and/or physical abuse will not be tolerated. Coaches who don't follow the expectations described above may be subjected to disciplinary action from the SnVYSA Disciplinary Committee, and could face suspension or being removed as a coach.

A soccer game should be friendly and unifying - a spirited social and athletic occasion for players, coaches, referees, parents and spectators. We thank you for your time and dedication with working with your teams and look forward to your partnership in ensuring that we have another fabulous season!

See you on the pitch!