Code of Conduct
Modern soccer has set rules of the game that invoke a sense of sportsmanship that CYSA believes in and fosters. On the field, players must abide by these rules and are penalized if they do not. We ask that parents and spectators conduct themselves properly while watching games.
Players - Play the game for the game’s sake. Wear your uniform properly. Be generous when you win and graceful when you lose. Be fair always, no matter what the cost and obey the laws of the game. Work for the good of the team and accept the decisions of the officials with good grace. Conduct yourself with honor and dignity. Honestly and wholeheartedly applaud the efforts of your teammates and opponents.
Parents - It can not be overstressed that CYSA is for the players. Parents and officials are role models for our children, therefore over-zealous behavior is totally inappropriate. The soccer that we promote is a balance of development, fun, and competition and is for the players to learn the game in a positive fun-filled atmosphere. Cheer positively for the things you like and encourage your team; never put down the other team, a teammate of your child, or especially your own child. Remember that parental evaluation carries a great deal of weight especially with younger players. The attitude shown by parents at games toward their own child, the opposing team, the officials and coaches, influences a child’s values and behavior in sports. Criticism, disrespect for officials and opponents by over-anxious and over-protective parents bent on immediate success rather than the long-range benefits, undermines the purpose of the sport and brings stresses into the game beyond those of the competition. Let’s not confuse the “win at all costs” attitude for the “will to win”.
The size of the field and the continuous nature of the match diminish the effectiveness of sideline coaching by parents. Often in our spectator enthusiasm, we are prone to yell several instructions at the players (that may even contradict the instructions of the coach). This only confuses the players, so please allow them to play the game to the best of their ability. Leave the sideline coaching, if at all needed, to the coach. This is not intended to lessen spectator enthusiasm. On the contrary, cheering for players is very much a part of a soccer match. Remember that the coaches, workers, and some of the officials are volunteers. Let’s be patient with each other and be certain that any criticism is polite, positive, and constructive. Family members that cannot follow these guidelines may be asked to leave the Association.
No alcoholic beverages or glass containers are allowed on the field. Smoking and chewing tobacco products are strongly discouraged.
Coaches - A real strength of this program is our volunteer coaches. The coaches are responsible for structuring practices so that the players can improve their individual and team skills, and make soccer a positive, enjoyable experience. Each coach is responsible for the conduct and administration of his/her team. The coach needs the support of the players' parents. Parents and players expect the coach will provide decent and mature treatment, a regular schedule, and timely accurate information. At all age groups, the common goal is player development and coaches should treat other coaches and opponents with courtesy and professionalism recognizing that competition is a means to the common goal rather than the goal itself. Recruitment of players already assigned to other teams is strictly prohibited and subject to disciplinary action by the Board except at times of the year as allowed by rule. Regardless of the method of team formation, the use of dishonesty, coercion, intimidation, harassment, pressure, or tactics impugns the integrity of the game and has no place in our Association.