Mass Youth Soccer Coaches’ Code of Conduct
The Board of Directors of Mass Youth Soccer and the leaders of the affiliated leagues expect all coaches, adult volunteers, club administrators, and referees to conduct themselves in a responsible and principled manner at all times, and to always keep the best interest and well-being of the children they are responsible for as the highest priority.
We want to ensure that games are fair, positive, and enjoyable experiences for all the children and adults involved. A soccer game should be friendly and unifying – a spirited athletic and social occasion for the players, coaches, referees, and spectators.
We jointly expect all coaches to conform to this code of conduct:
- Before, during and after the game, be an example of dignity, patience, and positive spirit
- Before a game, introduce yourself to the opposing coach and to the
- During the game, you are responsible for the sportsmanship of your If one of your players is disrespectful, irresponsible or overly aggressive, take the player out of the game at least long enough for him/her to calm down.
- During the game, you are also responsible for the conduct of the parents of your It is imperative to explain acceptable player and parent behavior in a preseason meeting. Encourage them to applaud and cheer for good plays by either team. Discourage them (and you may need to be forceful and direct) from yelling at the players and the referee.
- During the game, you are also responsible for the conduct of spectators rooting for your
- During the game, do not address the referee at If you have a small issue, discuss it with the referee calmly and patiently after the game. If you have a major complaint, or if you think the referee was unfair, biased, unfit, or incompetent, report your opinion to your league. Your reactions will be taken seriously if they are presented objectively and formally.
- After the game, thank the referee and ask your players to do the
We stress two points:
Referees, especially young and inexperienced ones, are like your players and yourself in that they need time to develop. You can play an important role in helping them to improve by letting them concentrate on the game. You can help by encouraging them, by accepting their inevitable, occasional mistakes and by offering constructive post-game comments. On the other hand, you could discourage and demoralize the referees by criticizing their decisions, by verbally abusing them, and inciting (or even accepting) your own players’ overly aggressive behavior.
Your example is powerful, for better or worse. If you insist on fair play, concentrate on your players’ enjoyment of the game and their overall, long term development, and support the referee; your players and their parents will notice. If you encourage (or allow) your players to play outside the rules, if you are overly concerned with results, and if you criticize the referee harshly, your players and their parents will also notice.
Think about what you are doing during a game! Uphold the spirit of the game! If you follow the expectations described above, the spirit of the game will be alive and well in Massachusetts and will grow, along with the enjoyment of all. Coaches who do not follow the expectations described above will be disciplined or removed.
United Soccer of Auburn Parents’ Code of Conduct
Sourced from American Youth Soccer
USA is an organization dedicated to child development in a soccer environment that is safe, fair and fun. The kids are the focus of the USA program, and the success of the program depends on the efforts of everyone involved. Three groups of people, working together, form the USA team, which creates the environment in which our children develop.
The coaches are the foundation of the USA team. They spend hours with the players every week, at practices and at the games, teaching them how to win, how to lose, how to work for an objective, and how to be a team, all through the vehicle of the game of soccer. In this way they become role models for the players and influence the players’ values and behavior.
The referees watch over the game, helping younger players with the rules, and making sure that the game is safe and fair for all. The referees set the tone of the competition, protect the players throughout the match, and provide the necessary authority on game day.
The spectators support the players’ activities in a positive and encouraging way. They create the environment in which the players, coaches and referees work. They also help to interpret the lessons of the game for the players after the match.
When these three groups work together, they create the necessary environment for our children to develop through soccer. The triangle created by these three groups represents that environment. It protects that players only as long as the three sides are firmly linked. If it comes apart at any corner, the triangle collapses, and it is the players inside who get hurt. Whatever role you play, keep the USA team in mind. Remember, it’s for the kids.