SDA Players Code of Conduct

As a player for SDA, I agree to the following terms:

  • I will play by the rules

  • I understand that I am a representative of SDA, my team and my parents and will act professionally at all times

  • I will not argue with a referee or assistant referee. If I disagree I will speak with my coach.

  • I will control my temper and maintain control over my emotions

  • I will avoid negative comments and/or gestures, and I will not deliberately distract or provoke an opponent

  • I will work equally hard for myself and my team, as my team’s performance will benefit

  • I will not use foul language or inappropriate gestures

  • I will wear only SDA approved training gear during training, games, and tournaments

  • I will treat all participants in soccer as I like to be treated. I will not bully or take unfair advantage of another competitor at practice or in competition.

  • I will cooperate with my coach, teammates, and opponents. Without them there would be no game.

  • I understand that my coaches have my best interests at heart and are invested in my development

  • I will look after my body with correct hygiene and nutritional habits

  • I will have good hydration and sleep habits, without which I will not be able to perform or develop to my best capability

  • I will play because I want to play, not to benefit or please others

  • I will respect the rights, dignity, and worth of all participants regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion

  • I understand that my attitude can influence the players, coaches, and spectators. I will try to be positive at all times

  • I will notify my coach and manager in a timely manner if I must miss a practice or a game


SDA Parents Code of Conduct

  • I hereby pledge to provide positive support, care and encouragement for my child while participating in soccer at SDA.

  • I recognize that, while winning is important, fair play and development are the essence of the game.

  • I promise that I will set a good example to my child by behaving at all times in accordance with the following:

  • I will encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, and officials at every game, practice or other events

  • I will place the emotional and physical well being of my child ahead of a personal desire to win. I will be in control of my emotions

  • I will remain in the spectator area during competitions

  • I will not advise the coach on how to do their job

  • I will remember that the game is for our youth -not adults

  • I will not coach my child during practice or games

  • I will ask my child to treat other players, coaches, fans and officials with respect regardless of race, sex, creed or ability

  • I will not make insulting comments to players, parents, officials, or coaches of either team

  • I will not openly criticize the referees before, during or after games

  • I will not openly criticize our opponents or engage in arguments with their parents or officials during or after games

  • I will only give positive feedback to players on both teams

  • I will cheer at all games within the spirit of fair play

  • I will be mindful of our opponent’s feelings when cheering for our team in lop-sided games

  • I shall do my best to teach my child to become a student of the game and do likewise

  • I will show the quality of our sportsmanship during and after each and every match and encourage my child to shake the hands of opponents and match officials after every game

  • I understand that improper behavior at a match, practice, or other SDA-sponsored events may result in a parent being asked to leave the field and may result in a parent being suspended from attending events including but not limited to practices, games, and tournaments

  • I also understand that improper conduct and/or interfering with the development of the program may result in expulsion from the Syracuse Development Academy (SDA)

  • I will endeavor to give timely notice (>24h) to my coach should my player be unable to attend a team event

  • Should I have a soccer-related concern regarding my child that I would like to address with the coach, I agree to reflect for at least 24 hours before raising the issue with the coach

  • I understand that as a parent, I am a role model and can greatly influence the views and opinions of those around me and of my child and other children

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