Code of Conduct

It is the objective of Milton Soccer to ensure that programs remain a fun and safe environment in which our children can learn and enjoy the game of soccer.  Our programs are accessible to children with a wide range of abilities, and our goal is to promote the development of skills, not total wins or other statistics.  Coaches, players, parents, and referees should all work together to create a positive learning and playing environment.  An emphasis on fair play and respect for all participants is a primary element of our mission.  To better achieve that mission, we provide the following Codes of Conduct for all Milton players, parents and coaches.

These Codes of Conduct are a covenant between Milton players, parents, and coaches to abide by the rules and regulations of the game, as well as to maintain a cooperative attitude and uphold the ideals of fair play and sportsmanship.  These Codes express our core values and goals.  It is essential they be honored and followed.

The Codes of Conduct can be summarized in the following three principles:

1. Demonstrate a Positive Attitude

Players, parents, and coaches are expected to show a positive, respectful attitude for everyone involved in the sport.  Criticism and disrespect for officials, opponents, coaches or fans undermine the purpose of sport and encourage behavior contrary to the spirit of the game and the mission of Milton Soccer.

2. Set a Good Example

Each person associated with Milton Soccer is accountable for his/her own behavior at all times on or off the field of play.  Parents, coaches and other adults should remember that children learn by example - it is up to the adults to set good examples.  Milton Soccer will not tolerate conduct that is detrimental to the sport, the participants, or the community.  Such conduct includes: Vulgarity by coaches, players or parents; harassment or belittling of officials, coaches or players; verbal abuse, threats or physical violence toward anyone before, during or after a match; and the taunting of opposing players, coaches and parents.  We require thorough self-restraint by all participants - both players and adults.  Teams must exercise appropriate control over those who fail to control themselves.

3. Maintain Good Relationships

Officials - The referee's job is a difficult one.  All referees are human and they do make mistakes.  Parents or players who believe their team has been treated unfairly or has been assigned an unqualified referee should speak to their coach after the game.  Coaches should inform the appropriate league officials about blatant officiating problems.  Managers should make reports through appropriate channels, including written evaluations where available.  In accordance with FIFA laws, verbal abuse toward a referee can result in a red card and ejection for the player, coach or parent.  Referees have the authority to suspend play if a coach does not control his players and parents/supporters.

Opponents - Players and coaches are required to maintain a sense of fair play and be respectful of opposing players, coaches and fans at all times. Sportsmanship begins with respect.  Without it, the positive competitive environment, which should be a perfect classroom for learning the values of soccer, is completely undermined.  Occasionally we will encounter opponents who do not share our values and high standards.  If we allow ourselves to be drawn down to their level, we will have lost regardless of the final score.

Our Own Team - In an environment where our children are competing not only against other teams but also frequently against each other, it can be difficult to control jealousies and rivalries.  A successful team resembles a family in that members put their own needs second, behind the greater good of the team.  Great care must be taken not to undermine the coaches’ authority.  As in most cases, parental example is all-important.

PLAYERS CODE OF CONDUCT

As a participant in Milton Soccer I will:

  • Play the game for the game’s sake, and not just to please my parents or coach.
  • Be modest and generous when I win and gracious when I lose.
  • Respect the game of soccer and its laws, learn these laws and try to follow them, and play the game fairly.
  • Work for the good of my team and give my best effort at all times.
  • Show respect for the authority of the referee, even though I will sometimes disagree with his/her calls.
  • Show good sportsmanship before, during, and after games.  I understand that soccer is a game, and that the players on the other team are my opponents, not my enemies.
  • Conduct myself with honor and dignity and treat other players as I would like to be treated.
  • Help my parents and fans understand the laws of the game so they can watch and enjoy the game better.  I will be sure they understand that dissent is not permitted.
  • Control my temper and not retaliate, even if I believe I have been wronged.
  • Not use or possess tobacco, alcohol, or illegal or performance-enhancing drugs.

PARENTS CODE OF CONDUCT

As the parent/guardian of a player in Milton Soccer I/we will:

  • Not force our child to play; we will let them have fun.
  • Show enthusiasm and give only positive feedback to players.
  • Encourage good sportsmahship and play by the rules.
  • Applaud good play by both teams and cheer at all games within the spirit of fair play and shall do our best to cheer the effort regardless of the outcome.  We will be mindful in “lopsided” games  where cheering our own “winning” team might be misunderstood.
  • Show respect to other parents, players, teams and referees.
  • Not criticize the referee openly or directly, during or after games.  Any criticism shall be done in writing, sent to my coach or my league representative, not verbally.
  • Leave the coaching to the coach during the game. We will not give our child instructions during the game.
  • Show the quality of our sportsmanship during and after each game and help our child remember to thank the referee after the match without regard to the result.
  • Understand that improper behavior at a game may result in a parent being asked to leave the field by the referee or a league official.
  • Recognize the value of all volunteers.
  • Make every effort to get your child to the games and practices on time.
  • Communicate with the coaches regarding absences and other issues that affect your child and the team.

Milton Soccer - Mailing Address

Milton Soccer - P.O. Box 447, Milton, MA 02186