South Windsor Soccer Club

Codes of Conduct

The primary purpose of the South Windsor Soccer Club (SWSC) sports program is to offer each participant the opportunity to pursue, through the game of soccer, the physical and emotional benefits of such activities. Too often the emphasis in sports participation has been placed on winning at any cost. The purpose of the SWSC Code of Conduct, to be followed by every participant, is to emphasize good sportsmanship and proper conduct. The SWSC Code of Conduct applies to all players, coaches, officials, parents, and spectators. The SWSC Code of Conduct is based on the following principles:

Coaches Code of Ethics

  • Soccer is the players' game. The paramount concern of coaches is the holistic development, welfare, enjoyment and safety of their players.
  • Coaches bear responsibility for teaching their players to strive for success while playing fairly, observing the Laws of the Game and the highest levels of sportsmanship.
  • Coaches shall treat officials with respect and dignity, and shall teach their players to do the same.
  • Our opponents are worthy of being treated with respect. Coaches will model such respect for opponents and expect their players to do likewise.
  • In both victory and defeat, the behavior of a coach shall model grace, dignity and composure.
  • Coaches shall adhere to the highest standards and the regulations of the institutions they represent: clubs, schools, sponsoring organizations and sports governing bodies.
  • Coaches have a responsibility to promote the interests of soccer, including treating media with courtesy, honesty and respect.
  • Coaches shall model inclusive behavior, actively supporting cultural diversity while opposing all types of discrimination, including, but not limited to, racism and sexism, at all levels of soccer.
  • Coaches shall refrain from all manner of personal abuse and harassment of others, whether verbal, physical, emotional or sexual, and shall oppose such abuse and harassment at all levels of soccer.
  • Coaches shall respect the declared affiliations of all players, and shall adhere to all guidelines and regulations on recruiting established by the governing bodies having oversight of their teams and leagues.
  • Coaches shall seek to honor those who uphold the highest standards and principles of soccer and shall use appropriate protocol to oppose and eliminate all behavior that brings disrepute to the sport - violence, abuse, dishonesty, disrespect and violations of the Laws of the Game and rules governing competition.

Parents Code of Conduct

1. I will remember that children participate to have fun and that the game is for youth, not adults.
2. I (and my guests) will be a positive role model for my child and encourage sportsmanship by showing respect and courtesy, and by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, officials and spectators at every game, practice or other sporting event.
3. I (and my guests) will not engage in any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct with any official, coach, player, or parent such as booing and taunting; refusing to shake hands; or using profane language or gestures.
4. I will teach my child to play by the rules and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence.
5. I will demand that my child treat other players, coaches, officials and spectators with respect regardless of race, creed, color, sex or ability.
6. I will teach my child that doing one's best is more important than winning, so that my child will never feel defeated by the outcome of a game or his/her performance.
7. I will praise my child for competing fairly and trying hard, and make my child feel like a winner every time.
8. I will never ridicule or yell at my child or other participant for making a mistake or losing a competition.
9. I will respect the officials and their authority during games and will never question, discuss, or confront coaches at the game field, and will take time to speak with coaches at an agreed upon time and place.
10. Recognize the value and importance of referees and volunteer coaches. They give of their time and resources to provide recreational activities for your child.
11. Always keep in mind that SWSC is a recreational sports program with an emphasis on developing skills and having fun. Although competition is a natural part of sports activities, I will not make winning the primary goal for my child.
I also agree that if I fail to abide by the aforementioned rules and guidelines, I will be subject to disciplinary action that could include, but is not limited to the following:
-Verbal warning by official, head coach, and/or head of the Disciplinary Committee
-Written warning by official, head coach, and/or head of the Disciplinary Committee
-Parental game suspension by the head of the Disciplinary Committee with written documentation of incident kept on file by the head of the Disciplinary Committee
-Game abandonment (forfeit) through the official or head coach
-Parental season suspension by the head of the Disciplinary Committee with written documentation of incident kept on file by the head of the Disciplinary Committee.
Discipline can be appealed with final decisions taken by the SWSC Disciplinary Committee.


Players Code of Conduct

I therefore agree to:
1. I will play soccer for the enjoyment of the game and not play just to please other people.
2. I will play by the rules.
3. I will cooperate with my coach and teammates and to be a team player.
5. I will treat other players, coaches, officials and spectators with respect regardless of race, creed, color, sex or ability.
4. I will always be generous when we win.
5. I will always be gracious when we lose.
6. I will always be fair always, no matter what the cost.
7. I will never argue with the officials decisions and will accept the decisions of the officials with grace.
I also agree that if I fail to abide by the aforementioned rules and guidelines, I will be subject to disciplinary action that could include, but is not limited to the following:
-Verbal warning by official, head coach, and/or head of Disciplinary committee.
-Written Warning by official, head coach, and/or head of Disciplinary committee.
-Player season suspension by the head of the Disciplinary committee with written documentation of incident kept on file by the head of the Disciplinary committee.
Discipline con be appealed with final decisions taken by the SWSC Disciplinary Committee.