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Code of Conduct

Southern Lehigh Soccer

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What We Expect From Our Players

• Play by the rules
• Treat your opponents and teammates as you would like to be treated
• Play for the “fun of it” and not just to please your parents and coaches
• Never argue with a referee. If you disagree with a ruling, talk to your coach when you are off the field.
• Control your temper. Verbal abuse of officials or other players, deliberately distracting or provoking an opponent is not acceptable or permitted in soccer or any sport.
• Use No foul or inappropriate language at any time.
• Be on time to all practices and games and let the coach know if you have any scheduling conflicts.
• Work equally hard for yourself and / or your team. Your team’s performance will benefit and so will you.
• Be a good sport and appreciate all good plays whether by your team or your opponents
• Try to win without boasting, lose without excuses and never quit.
• Know that how you play is more important than winning or losing.


What We Expect From Our Parents and Families

• Exemplify good sportsmanship.
• Always encourage your child to play by the rules.
• Make athletic participation a positive experience for your child, his/her teammates, and their opponents.
• Never ridicule or shout at your child or others for making a mistake or losing a competition.
• Applaud good plays by your team and members of the opposing team.
• Watch and enjoy the game. Let the player’s play, the coach’s coach and the referees officiate.
• Never openly question the referee’s judgement or the honesty of that judgement. Recognize that referees are a symbol of fair play, integrity, and sportsmanship. Know that they are your neighbors, and / or your neighbor’s children and that they are doing their very best to support your children.
• Recognize the value and importance of coaches. They give up their time and efforts to help your child.
• Give them your respect for their judgement and strategy.
• Use NO profanity or abusive language.
• Support an alcohol, Drug and smoke free environment.
• Accept the results of each game. Encourage your child to be gracious in victory AND turn defeat to victory by working towards improvement.


What You Can Expect From Our Coaches

• We will place children’s physical and emotional well-being ahead of any personal desire to win.
• We will nurture good sportsmanship and fair play and teach the players the value of winning and losing.
• We will set reasonable expectations for each player and for the season.
• We will do our best to teach the fundamentals of the game.
• We will never ridicule or shout at your child for making a mistake or losing a competition.
• We will instruct players and parents in the laws of the game and motivate all to act within them.
• We will ensure that we ourselves and the parents and players from our team treat opposing players, their fans and the game officials with respect.
• You will have our personal commitment to keep ourselves informed on sound coaching principles and the principles of children’s growth and development.
• Use NO profanity or abusive language.
• Support an alcohol, Drug and smoke free environment.

Failure to comply with any of the above will result in a disciplinary review by the SLS Board, which may result in a suspension or removal from participation in SLS events as the Board deems appropriate.