Parent Code of Conduct

UYSA Parents -

It is exciting to have our first weekend of soccer underway.  I hope you are enjoying the thrill of the competition and the nice weather.  As you pack up for your next game, please take a moment to reflect on the role you agreed to play in UYSA as a supportive, positive enthusiast.  
Making comments about or towards the referee staff, the opposing players, team or parents is not in adherence with the Parent Code of Conduct that you signed during the online registration process.  Very succinctly it states,  “if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”
One of the not so pleasant responsibilities as the Competition Committee Chair is to deal with and mediate the issues that arise as the result of fans or coaches getting out of control.  Every year we have games cancelled/suspended/forfeited, not because of rain or snow, but because the parents or coaches have forgotten what their role in the game is suppose to be.  
Please review the Parent Code of Conduct below to reaffirm your job as a positive, enthusiastic supporter of the youth soccer game you are attending.   There is no perfectly played game, no perfectly ref’d game and no perfectly coached game, even though I’ve tried my darnedest in the past 10+ years.  While it can be intense, complicated and exciting, keep it in perspective.  The game is for the physical, emotional and psychological benefit of the youth involved, not the adults present.  You are the bonus, the treat inside the cracker jack box, and your support is very much appreciated.
Parent Code of Conduct
This Parent Code of Conduct has been developed to clarify and define the standards of professional, ethical, and moral behavior from parents affiliated with the Utah Youth Soccer Association (UYSA).
  1. I will emphasize that the game is played for fun, and for the benefit of the youth, not adults.
  2. I will act as a role model by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, and game officials regardless of race, creed, color, gender, religion, or ability.
  3. I will not engage in any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct with any official, coach, player, parent, or spectator such as booing and taunting, refusing to shake hands, or using profane language or gestures.
  4. I will teach my child to play within the spirit and intentions of the rules and the Laws of the Game.
  5. I will refrain from criticizing the game officials, and will respect their authority and decisions during games.
  6. I will never place the value of winning over the safety and welfare of the players.
  7. I will demand a sports environment free from drugs, tobacco, and alcohol and I will refrain from their use at all sporting events.
  8. I will not encourage, invite, nor recruit any player from an opposing team to join my child’s team during the playing season.
I understand that if I fail to abide by the aforementioned UYSA Parent Code of Conduct, I will be subject to disciplinary action that could include, but is not limited to the following:
  • Verbal warning by an official, team coach, and/or head of league organization
  • Game forfeiture through an official or team coach
  • Parental suspension with written documentation to be kept on file with UYSA
I have read this UYSA Parent Code of Conduct. I understand its requirements and agree to abide by the letter and spirit of this UYSA Parent Code of Conduct.
Tracy Proulx
UYSA State Competition Comte Chair

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