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Volunteer Code of Conduct 

“Coaching is unlocking a person’s potential to maximize their growth.” – John Whitmore

IMPORTANT: Please respect the 24 hour rule: Parental concerns about anything that occurs in a game including playing time, player positions, or other coaching decisions should be put on hold for 24 hours and then discussed with the Parent Manager in the first instance and outside of the presence of any player. Any occurrence where a code is broken will be investigated by the board and penalties will be issued.

It is the responsibility of our volunteers to: 

  • Realize that the purpose of youth soccer is to promote the physical, mental, moral, social and emotional well-being of the individual players.

  • Emphasize the proper ideals of, and lead by example in demonstrating sportsmanship, ethical conduct and fair play.

  • Remember that children play for fun and enjoyment. Always place the emotional and physical well being of players ahead of any personal desire to win. Never ridicule or yell at children for making mistakes or losing a game.

  • Show cordial courtesy to visiting teams and officials.

  • Respect the property of communities that you are visiting.

  • Respect the integrity and judgment of the referee.

  • Achieve a thorough understanding and acceptance of the rules of the game, the SYSC and the soccer organizations we are affiliated with.

  • Show respect for all players, coaches, fans and officials regardless of race, sex, creed or ability.

  • Remember that children need adult role models they can respect. Be generous with your praise when it is deserved and set a good example.

  • Treat each player as an individual, remembering there may be a large spread of physical and emotional development of members of the same team.

  • To the extent practicable, follow the advice of a physician or parent when determining when an injured player is ready to play again.

  • Make a commitment to educate yourself on positive coaching principles and the principles of growth and development of children.

  • Remember that a contest is only a game, not a matter of life or death for any player, coach, official, parent or the SYSC, and that the game is for children and not adults.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Cole Penny at,

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