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Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

 

  All parents, players and coaches (hereinafter referred to as "participants") who participate in the Delaware Youth Athletic Association soccer program are required to comply with the following Code Of Conduct:

Soccer belongs to the players. Participants must understand this must never place winning or their own personal desires above the safety, welfare, or good sportsmanship of all participants. Advantage shall never be sought by deliberately violating the rules of soccer nor by engaging in un-sportsmanlike behavior. Coaches shall not tolerate un-sportsmanlike behavior by parents or members of their own team toward opponents, officials, or spectators, regardless of the situation. Coaches and parents have an obligation to teach good sportsmanship by both word and example.

The rules of soccer are written to insure a continuous flow of action, while protecting the safety of the players. Coaches must be familiar with and abide by the rules of play for their league/age level and shall insure that players and parents also understand and adhere to both their letter and spirit.

Players should treat the players on other teams in a friendly and courteous manner and in the same way they would like opposing players to treat them. Coaches are responsible for the behavior of their team and supporters at the field.

Coaches should be as "inconspicuous" as possible during the game (unless the rules of their age level suggest that they be on the field). Instructions should be given during practice sessions. During a game, instructions should be limited.

Public or private criticism of officials by coaches, players or spectators is not permitted. Coaches shall maintain a controlled, undemonstrative attitude toward officials. VERBAL AND/OR PHYSICAL ABUSE OF REFEREES SHALL NOT BE TOLERATED. DYAA strives to foster good sportsmanship and a participant's positive or negative example at games either greatly reinforces, or significantly undermines that effort. "Be there, be positive, and be seated." Regardless of the skill level or success of a team or player, participants should be supportive.

Whenever possible, teams will be single sex teams and players will be assigned to teams on a school grade level basis. To achieve real and perceived fairness, and to provide the best soccer experience for all children, teams will be selected on a lottery basis, not by geography or social relationships. Coaches are not permitted to recruit assistant coaches for the purpose of having the assistant coach’s son/daughter assigned to their team. Coaches are not permitted to recruit players for their team nor can parents request to be placed on specific teams.

Whenever possible, players will remain on the team to which they were assigned in the fall for the spring season unless requested otherwise and approved by the President/Commissioner. The player and/or parent cannot request to be moved to a specific team. Transfer requests should be noted on the player's registration form but will be considered only in extreme situations.

Participants are responsible to the DYAA Board for their conduct.

DYAA is committed to upholding these standards and all age level rules. As such, any participant who is deemed to have violated any DYAA standard or rule will be given a verbal warning by a designated member of the DYAA Board Of Directors. 

If that same individual is deemed to have violated any DYAA standard or rule for a second time, he/she will be given a written warning by a designated member of the DYAA Board Of Directors.

If that same individual is deemed to have violated any DYAA standard or rule for a third time, he/she will be given written notice of termination from the DYAA program either for the remainder of the season or for a stated number of years. As such, if this individual is a DYAA coach or assistant coach, he/she will not be permitted to coach nor be present at the field where his/her team(s) or his/her child's team(s) is playing or practicing. If this individual is the parent of a child(ren) playing in the DYAA soccer program, he/she will not be permitted to be present at the field where his/her child's team(s) is playing or practicing. If this individual is a player, he/she will not be permitted to play or practice on any DYAA team for the stated period of time. This written notice of termination shall be given to the participant by a designated member of the DYAA Board Of Directors in a manner consistent with the complaint and grievance procedure outlined in the DYAA Constitution and By-Laws.

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