Cambridge Youth Soccer Parents Code of Conduct

As a parent, I will:

• Ensure that I am present for all my child’s games and practices, given they are playing in the Micro or Mini program. I will not ‘drop-off’ my child as if soccer was a ‘babysitting’ service.

Understand that if my child is misbehaving, etc., it is not the coach’s responsibility to ‘discipline’ my child; it is mine. The Coach has a responsibility to coach the team, not discipline individual children.

• Remember that my child plays soccer for his or her enjoyment, not for mine.

• Encourage my child to play by the rules and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence.

• Teach my child that doing one’s best is as important as winning, so that my child will never feel defeated by the outcome of a game or event.

• Make my child feel like a winner by offering praise for competing fairly and doing their best.

• Never ridicule or yell at my child for making a mistake or losing a game.

• Remember that children learn best by example. I will applaud good plays by both my child’s team and their opponents.

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Never question the referee’s judgment or honesty in public – I will take concerns to the proper officials.

Support all efforts to eliminate verbal and physical abuse from children’s soccer games.

• Respect and show appreciation for the volunteer coaches and other team leaders who give their time and energy to provide sport activities that help my child grow and develop.

• I will make sure that my child shows up for scheduled practices and games at the time designated by the coach.

• I realize that the team can be penalized for my behavior and that I must obey an order by a referee or from the team’s coach to leave the vicinity of the field.

I realize that smoking on the sidelines/players bench or in the vicinity of any CYS players during games and practices can be harmful to not only the players, but fellow spectators.

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