ethics

Code of Ethics & Behavior

Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2006

The following codes of ethics are referenced from the Bay-Lakes SAY organization web site and apply to coaches and players participating in Area Leagues and serve as a guide for the District Leagues.

To review the original Bay-Lakes Code of Ethics and Behavior for Coaches document from their website Click Here. In turn, to review the original Bay-Lakes Code of Ethics and Behavior for Players document from their website Click Here.

COACHES

The following code of ethics and behavior is offered here to exemplify the ideal SAY coach.

A good youth soccer coach should:

  1. Know the laws of the game and teach them to your players. Read the rulebook and attempt to attend a clinic to enhance your knowledge of the game
  2. Abide by the laws of the game and the SAY rules.
  3. Treat the referee with respect, no matter what the call.
  4. Exhibit exemplary conduct at both practices and games. Team discipline reflects the coach's attitude 100%.
  5. Coach clean, skillful, honest, and sportsmanlike soccer by stressing playing hard to win over winning itself.
  6. Stress good sportsmanship. The coach is responsible for conduct of the players when they are together as a team.
  7. Help maintain a climate of enjoyment among spectators by discouraging negative remarks and/or harassment of players, referees, and other spectators.
  8. Work at team morale as hard as soccer skills and tactics, be a "Fun Leader."
  9. In dealing with team members, maximize praise and minimize criticisms. Make corrections slowly and calmly in a manner tailored to the individual.
  10. Refrain from profanity or vulgar language. Remember that you are helping to mold the character of your players.
  11. Coach talented and non-talented players with equal vigor. Allow players more than their required minimum playing time.
  12. Minimize coaching from the sidelines during games. Screaming during the game accomplishes nothing.
  13. Pre-plan all practice sessions in detail to be interesting, fast-paced and involve ail team members as much as possible (minimize standing around).
  14. Welcome feedback from players and parents alike concerning potential problems and ways to improve.
  15. Refrain from tobacco and alcohol use at all practices and games; encourage player's parents to refrain as well.

The following table reflects penalties for ethics violations:

VIOLATION

PENALTY

Entering the field of play without the referee's permission. Caution
Threatening actions or words towards officials, players, coaches, or spectators. Ejection
Terminate game if no other person present is qualified to coach the team
Offensive Language. Incidental language not directed to anyone Caution
Aggressive physical contact with the referee or player: i.e., grabbing the arm, turning the individual around, poking, bumping Ejection
Terminate game if no other person present is qualified to coach the team
Striking an official OR player.* Ejection.
Terminate game, suspend the person from further participation in SAY activities, and report to legal authorities (police)
Harassment that is constant or excessive toward a referee or player Caution
Instructing players to play in a dangerous or unsporting manner Caution
Instructing players to play in a dangerous or unsporting manner with the intent to cause harm Ejection
Terminate game if no other person present is qualified to coach the team
Coaches not remaining within their technical areas. Warning/caution
Playing an illegal player:
(1)as the result of admin error OR:

(2) knowingly playing an of admin error OR ineligible player

(1) Game forfeiture as determined by Area Review Board

(2) Suspension from participation in SAY activities.
Game forfeiture as determined by Area Review Board
Drugs & Alcohol - Either under the influence of or observed using during a game Terminate game if there is any suspicion of the activity, Suspend the person from further participation in SAY activities.

*Failure to adhere to these items shall be treated as defined in the Bay-Lakes Due Process procedure as cardinal violations of the Bay-Lakes Code of Ethics for coaches. Coaches charged with cardinal violations shall not participate in any SAY activities until the complaint has been resolved

Note:

  1. All coaches/assistants participating in their first year will be considered on probation. While on probation will be considered as a "second offense" by the Area Review Board
  2. All game terminations shall be reported to the Area Commissioner.
TERMS: WARNING - is considered a verbal statement from the referee.
CAUTION - Yellow card.
EJECTION - Red card to the coach will result in game termination if there is no other qualified adult present.
SUSPENSION - Temporary removal from participation in SAY activities until review by the Area Ethics Committee.
EXPULSION - Permanent removal from Soccer Association for Youth participation.

DEFINITIONS: (Could carry over one season to the next.)

  1. A coach who is found to repeatedly commit minor infractions of the code will be put on PROBATION and will be placed on SUSPENSION for any further infractions. In general, the penalty for a coach on probation will be twice that applied under non-probation status as described above.
  2. A coach who commits a major infraction (as described in bold in the table of violations) or continues to violate the code after being put on probation will be put under SUSPENSION and may not attend or participate in any way, in any SAY activity during the suspension period. The coach may not even be in the vicinity of the field when their team is playing.
  3. If a coach commits serious infractions of the code and/or is found to be a liability to the program after a hearing as described in the due process procedure the Bay-Lakes Ethics committee may put that coach under EXPULSION and the individual is then totally out of the Soccer Association for Youth program. Reinstatement may be made only after a favorable review by the Area Ethics Review Board. An expelled coach may not act in any coaching, managerial, or supervisory capacity of the team or participate in any SAY activities.
  4. Violation of the EXPULSION policy will result in the District being put on probation.
  5. At all times DUE PROCESS will be accorded to all those that fall under the Code of Ethics and Behavior.

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PLAYERS

The player's code of ethics is established by the Laws of the game established by the United States Soccer Federation and modified or augmented by the organizational rules and laws of the game published by Soccer Association for youth (The SAY rules and laws have precedent over the USSF laws). The Organizational rules and Laws of the game cover the penalties dealt out during a soccer game.

The Bay-Lakes Board of Directors has established the following table which covers suspensions and expulsions beyond the game. These penalties apply to all Area games and it is strongly recommended that districts adopt this or a similar code for in district play. These penalties shall be administered in accordance with established Due Process procedures by the Bay-Lakes Ethics Committee and Rule 9 "Protests" in the SAY Organizational rules.

NOTE:

  1. All ejections noted automatically carry a one game suspension from the next game attended. The player must be at the game to receive credit for serving his/her suspension.
  2. All ejections must be reported to the Area Commissioner.
TERMS: WARNING - is considered a verbal statement from the referee.
CAUTION - Yellow card.
EJECTION - Red card.
SUSPENSION - Temporary removal from game participation.
EXPULSION - Removal from any Area participation.
  1. Penalties assessed which are longer than the present season may carry over to the next season
  2. Disciplinary actions can be taken by the Area Commissioner and may be appealed to the Area Ethics Committee.
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  4. Protests of game decisions shall be administered in accordance with SAY organizational rule 9 "Protests". Appeals of suspensions and or expulsions will be heard by the Ethics Committee as established by the Bay-Lakes Due Process procedure.

The following table reflects penalties for ethics violations:

VIOLATION PENALTY
Abusive Language to an official, player,
coach, or spectator.
Ejection, one game suspension
Offensive Language. Incidental language
not directed to anyone
Caution
Threatening actions or words toward
officials, players, coaches, or spectators.
Ejection, one game suspension
Aggressive physical contact with the referee
i.e., grabbing the arm, turning the referee around, poking, bumping, etc.
Ejection, one game suspension
Refusal to leave the playing field after ejection. Additional game suspension
* Striking an official. Ejection, and expulsion for the season and possible report to legal authorities (police).
* Intentionally striking, kicking, or spitting on (assaulting) a player. Ejection, two game suspension, 2nd offense expulsion for season.
Harassment that is constant or excessive toward a referee or player. Caution
* Drugs & Alcohol - Either under the influence of or observed use during a game. Ejection, two game suspension, 2nd offense expulsion for season.

* Failure to adhere to these items shall be treated as defined in the Bay-Lakes Due Process procedure as cardinal violations of the Bay-Lakes Code of Ethics for players. Players charged with cardinal violations shall not participate in any Bay-Lakes activities until the complaint has been resolved.

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