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Danvers Youth Soccer Code of Conduct

All Coaches, Parents, and Players Agree to Abide

At the discretion of the Danvers Youth Soccer Board of Directors, violations of the code of conduct may result in, but not limited to:

·         Warning

·         Suspension

·         Expulsion

Coaches' Code of Conduct

·         I hereby pledge to live up to Coaches' Code of Conduct.

·         I will abide by and enforce with the ECSYA Game Behavior Policy parents in reference to referees as posted on the DYS website, www.danversyouthsoccer.org.

·         I will ensure that all of my parents and players have read and/or understand the code of conduct.

·         I will place the emotional and physical well-being of my players
ahead of a personal desire to win.

·         I will never use profanity

·         I will treat each player as an individual, remembering the large
range of emotional and physical development for the same age

·         I will do my best to provide a safe playing situation for my players.

·         I will promise to review and practice the basic first aid principles
needed to treat injuries of my players.

·          I will do my best to organize practices that are fun and challenging
for all my players.

·         I will lead by example in demonstrating fair play and sportsmanship
to all my players.

·         I will provide a sports environment for my team that is free of drugs,
tobacco, and alcohol, and I will refrain from their use at all youth
sports events.

·         I will be knowledgeable in the rules of soccer and Danvers Youth Soccer
and I will teach these rules to my players.

·         I will use those coaching techniques appropriate for each of the
skills that I teach.

·         I will remember that I am a youth sports coach, and that the game is
for children and not adults.



Parents' Code of Conduct



·         I hereby pledge to provide positive support, care, and encouragement for my child participating in youth sports by following this Parents' Code of Conduct Pledge.

·         I will not yell at or argue with referees in accordance with DYS’ Zero Tolerance Policy.

·         I will not force my child to participate in soccer.

·         I will not behave negatively at games and I will treat referees, opposing parents, and opposing players with respect.

·         I will learn the rules of the sport and the policies of the Danvers Youth Soccer.

·         I will encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, and officials at every game, practice, or other youth sports event.

·         I will never use profanity.

·         I will place the emotional and physical well-being of my child ahead
of a personal desire to win.

·         I will insist that my child play in a safe and healthy environment.

·         I will support coaches and officials working with my child, in order
to encourage a positive and enjoyable experience for all.

·         I will demand a sports environment for my child that is free of drugs, tobacco, and alcohol, and will refrain from their use at all youth sports events.

·         I will remember that the game is for youth-not for adults.

·         I will do my very best to make youth sports fun for my child.

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

·         I promise to help my child enjoy the youth sports experience by doing whatever I can, such as being a respectable fan, assisting with coaching, or providing transportation.

·         I will require that my child's coach be trained in the responsibilities of being a youth sports coach and that the coach upholds the Coaches' Code of Conduct.



Players' Code of Conduct


The Danvers Youth Soccer Program believes strongly in the values of teamwork, sportsmanship and leadership through example. As a player in the DYS organization, your actions reflect not only on you, but also on your teammates, your coaches, your parents and the DYS program.



·         I will never curse or use foul language.

·         I will respect my coaches at all times and listen carefully to their instructions. I understand that they are giving their time to make me a better soccer player.

·         I will support and respect my teammates and opponents at all times. I will not tease, ridicule, put down or make fun of any players on my team or the opposing team, at any time.

·         I understand that my behavior reflects on my teammates, my coaches, my parents and the DYS program. I will always be on my best behavior at games, practices, hotels and other team events.

·         I will not complain about penalties or calls made by the officials and I will respect the referees at all times. I understand that they are in charge of enforcing the rules of field, and I will respect their opinions at all times.

·         I will show good sportsmanship at all times, both when winning and losing. I will always congratulate the other team and the referee after each game.

·         I will be committed to developing as a soccer player. This includes attending practice, listening to my coach, and always giving my best effort.

·         I will arrive at practices and games on time and prepared. I understand arriving late is disrespectful to my team & coaches. It is my responsibility to bring all of my equipment needed to all games & practices.

·         I will not take part in “Bullying” as defined below.


“Bullying” is the repeated use by one or more players of a written, verbal, or electronic

expression, or a physical act or gesture, or any combination thereof, directed at a target that:

·         causes physical or emotional harm to the target or damage to the target’s property;

·         places the target in reasonable fear of harm to him/herself, or of damage to his/her property;

·         creates a hostile environment at soccer practices and/or games

·         infringes on the rights of the target at soccer; or

·         materially and substantially disrupts soccer practices and/or games.


Examples of Bullying (not limited to this list):

·         making threats at teammate(s)

·         swearing at teammate(s) or name calling of any kind

·         degrading teammate(s) in any way; for example making insults about a person’s ability or a person’s appearance

·         hitting, tripping, spitting at, pushing, physically intimidating teammate(s), etc.

·         kicking or shooting soccer ball recklessly at teammate or coach

·         spreading rumors or gossiping about a teammate

·         using teammate’s equipment without permission