Below is a description of the Saltfleet Stoney Creek Soccer Club’s Codes of Conduct for Players, Parents & Guardians, Coaches/Managers and Referees.
Code of Conduct for Players
Obligations towards the Game.
- Make every effort to develop their own sporting ability, in terms of skill, technique, tactics and stamina.
- Give maximum effort and strive for the best possible performance during a game, even if the team is in a position where the desired result has already been achieved.
- Set a positive example for others, particularly young players and supporters.
- Avoid all forms of gamesmanship and time-wasting.
- Always have regard to the best interests of the game, including where publicly expressing an opinion on the game and any particular aspect of it, including others involved in the game.
- Not use inappropriate language.
Obligations towards the Team.
- Make every effort consistent with Fair Play and the Laws of the Game to help the team wins.
- Resist any influence that might, or might be seen to bring into question the commitment to the team winning.
Respect for the Laws of the Game and Competition Rules.
- Know and abide by the Laws, rules and spirit of the game, and the competition rules.
- Accept success and failure, victory and defeat, equally.
- Resist any temptation to take banned substances or use banned techniques.
Respect towards Opponents.
- Treat opponents with due respect at all times, irrespective of the result of the game.
- Safeguard the physical fitness of opponents, avoid violence and rough play and help injured opponents.
Respect towards the Referees.
- Accept the decision of the Referee without protest.
- Avoid words or actions that may mislead a Referee.
- Show due respect towards Referee.
Respect towards Team Officials.
- Abide by the instructions of their Coach and Team Officials, provided they do not contradict the spirit of this Code.
- Show due respect towards the Team Officials of the opposition.
Obligations towards the Supporters.
- Show due respect to the interests of supporters.
Code of Conduct for Coaches/Managers
A Coach/Manager must:
- Be committed to improve the performance of the players and the team physically and mentally.
- Provide a high quality soccer program for players with a positive environment/atmosphere.
- Be thoroughly acquainted with FIFA Laws of the Game and they must keep attuned to the sound principles of coaching.
- Respect all human beings i.e. players and referees. Opponents and referees must be treated with respect.
- Encourage players to win within the laws of the game.
- Be enthusiastic and positive. They must ensure that they are generous with praise when deserved.
- Maintain the high standards of personal conduct and fair play.
- Never be involved in any circumstances that are offensive or suggest sexual connotations.
Code of Conduct for Parents/Guardians and Spectators
Parent’s/guardians/spectator’s expectations and attitudes have a significant bearing on a child’s attitude towards:
- Other Players
This club will ensure that parents/ guardians/spectators within the club are always positive and encouraging towards all of the players—not just their own—and will encourage parents/ guardians/spectators to:
- Applaud the opposition as well as their own team.
- Avoid coaching the child during the game.
- Not to shout and scream.
- Respect the referee’s decisions.
- Give attention to each of the children involved in soccer not just the most talented.
- Give encouragement to everyone to participate in soccer.
Code of Conduct for Referees
Referees having certain privileges through and by The Association, with respect to the game, shall realize and respect their responsibilities and duties to The Association and the game. The Association endorses The Canadian Soccer Association's "Code of Ethics" for Referees.
Specifically Referees shall:
- Conduct themselves with dignity both on and off the field of play and shall, by example, endeavor to inspire the true principles of fair play and earn the respect of those whom they serve;
- Not cause The Association to become involved in any controversial matters and shall abide by the rules and regulations of the jurisdiction in which they officiate;
- Adhere to all standards and directives;
- Always be neat in appearance and maintain a high level of physical and mental fitness;
- Study the Laws of the game and be aware of all changes, and shall enforce all said Laws and changes;
- Perform their designated responsibilities, including attending organized clinics and lectures, etc., and shall assist their colleagues in upgrading and improving their standards of officiating, instructing and assessing;
- Honour any appointments made for and accepted by them unless unable to do so by virtue of illness or personal emergency;
- Not publicly criticize other referees or any soccer association nor shall they make any statements to the media related to any game in which they were involved;
- Be subject to disciplinary action for not complying with this Code of Conduct