Our Code of Conduct

Our Code of Conduct

Code of Conducts for Parents, Players and Coaches
"Talent wins games, BUT teamwork and intelligence wins championships." Michael Jordan

"Motivations determines what you can do. Attitude determines how well you do it."- Lou Holtz



Lambeth FC

Parents Code of Conduct:
Parents of soccer players have a responsibility to: 

1. Encourage your child and other participants in LLCS soccer to abide by the rules
and, in general, emphasize sportsmanship ahead of winning.

2. Explain the code of conduct to your children and encourage them to follow it.

3. Encourage your child to play fairly and to be the best of his/her ability and, when
he/she does so, to provide praise and encouragement regardless of the results of
those efforts.

4. Encourage your child to respect his/her teammates, coaches, team manager, referees,
and opponents.

5. Encourage your child to refrain from dangerous play during games and practices.

6. Cheering for your child is great, but please refrain from coaching from the sidelines
or near the goal.

7. Refrain from criticism of coaches, referees, or opponents during games and in the
presence of your child or other children. Constructive criticism, when you feel
necessary, should be directed towards your teamsâ?? coaches in writing. The 24 hour rule is in effect.

8. When able, assist with tasks as requested by coaches or managers (e.g. putting nets
away after games, providing half-time snacks, etc).

9. Ensure attendance at games and practices and if absences are unavoidable, to give
adequate notice to coaches or manager.

10. Complete and update (as necessary) player's medical information sheet.

Player Code of Conduct:

Each player has a responsibility to:

1. Practice and play with enthusiasm and with a commitment to improve one's
skills, those of teammates, both individually and as part of a team.

2. Refrain from dangerous behaviour, in practices and games, and take an active
part in ensuring that practices and games take place in a safe environment.

3. Refrain from engaging in horseplay and other conduct that presents a risk
of injury to others or that demeans others.

4. Recognize that playing a team sport requires a commitment to the team in such
ways as: being reliable in one's attendance for practices and games; giving
adequate notice of unavoidable absences from practices and games; being on
time; being supportive of teammates, particularly those less skillful; being
attentive during practices and games.

5. Refrain from unsportsmanlike play or manner.

6. Refrain from criticism of opponents (during or after games).

7. Refrain from criticism of referees or other game officials (e.g. line officials)

Coaches Code of Conduct:
We want to ensure that games are fair, positive and enjoyable experiences for all of the children and adults involved. A soccer game should be friendly and unifying a spirited social and athletic occasion for players, coaches, referees and spectators.

To clarify expectations of coach conduct, we jointly expect all coaches to conform to this code of conduct:

1.  Before, during and after the game, be an example of dignity, patience and positive spirit.

2.  Before a game, introduce yourself to the opposing coach and to the referee.

3.  During the game, you are responsible for the sportsmanship of your players. 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.

4. During the game, you are also responsible for the conduct of the parents of your players. It is imperative to explain acceptable player and parent behavior in a preseason meeting.

5.  Encourage them to applaud and cheer for good plays by either team. Zero tolerance for any negative comments or actions towards other players or referees.
6.  During the game, you are also responsible for the conduct of spectators rooting for your team.

7.  During the game, do not address the referee at all. If you have a small issue, discuss it with the referee calmly and patiently after the game.

8.  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.

9.  After the game, thank the referee and ask your players to do the same.

We stress two points:

Referees, especially young and inexperienced ones, are like 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, if you concentrate on your playersâ?? enjoyment of the game and their overall, long term development, and if you support the referee, your players and their parents will notice. If you encourage (or allow) your players to play outside the rules, if youâ??re overly concerned about 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 Lambeth and will grow, along with the enjoyment of all.

Coaches who donâ??t follow the expectations described above will be disciplined or removed.

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