Codes of Conduct

PARENT'S CODE

Children have more need for example than criticism.

Make athletic participation a positive experience for your child and others.

Attempt to relieve competition pressure, not increase it. A child is easily affected by outside influences.

The opponents are necessary friends; without them your child could not participate.

Applaud good games by your team and by members of the opposing team.

Between the exuberance of the winner and the disappointment of the loser we find a person called a referee. They all follow the creed - to watch every move of every player and to call the game to the best of his/her ability. Do not openly question his/her judgment, and never the honesty of that judgment. He/she is a symbol of fair play, integrity and sportsmanship.

Be kind to your child's coach and officials. The coach is providing a valuable community service by volunteering personal time and money for your child's recreation, often without regard other than personal satisfaction in having served the community.

Parental attitudes at games toward their child, the opposing team, the officials and the coach, influence the child's values and behavior in sports. Sometimes, overly anxious or protective parents bent on immediate success rather than long-range benefits criticize officials and opponents and show disrespect. This inappropriate behavior devalues the sport and creates unnecessary stress for the player. It is not in keeping with the spirit of the game.

COACH'S CODE

Soccer is a game for happiness.

The laws of soccer should be regarded as mutual agreements, the spirit of which should be respected and unbroken.

Visiting teams and spectators are honored guests.

No advantages except those of superior skill should be sought.

Officials and opponents should be treated without anger no matter how unfair they may seem. Winning is desirable, but winning at any cost defeats the purpose of the game.

Losing can be a triumph when the team has given its best.

The ideal is the greatest good to the greatest number.

In soccer, as in life, treat others as you would have them treat you.

PLAYER'S CODE

Play the game for the game's sake.

Be generous when you win.

Be graceful when you lose.

Be fair always, no matter what the cost.

Obey the laws of the game.

Work for the good of the team.

Accept the decisions of the officials with good grace.

Believe in the honesty of your opponents.

Conduct yourself with honor and dignity.

Honestly and wholeheartedly applaud the efforts of your teammates and your opponents.

CYSA games must provide opportunities for:

Fun, enjoyment and many other recreational satisfactions.

Achievement, recognition and the pursuit of excellence relative to the skill potential, personal and competitive goals and physical/psychological needs of the participants.

The development of physical, mental, social and emotional fitness.

CYSA neither supports or tolerates:

That which brings the game into disrepute.

That which results in physical or mental violence.

That which is morally indefensible.