Empire Soccer Club Parent Code of Conduct
Soccer is an incredible sport and a passionate game. We should remember our attitude is contagious. It is the mission of Empire Soccer Club to provide a community based soccer program where kids can excel at the game of soccer, learn about the strength of team unity and have the freedom to experience and grow from other sports and activities throughout the year.
Many of the referees you will see on the fields are between the ages of 13 to 18 years of age. It is important that you, as a parent of a youth soccer player, recognize that the young referees are learning how to officiate the game much like your child is learning how to play the game. The young referees receive training and mentoring to improve their skills. You should always be supportive of the youth referees. Always.
Our coaches are parents just like you. They volunteer their time to help make your child’s youth soccer experience a positive one. They need your support, too. That means refraining from coaching or refereeing from the sidelines. As a volunteer organization, there’s always an opportunity for you to take your interest in coaching or refereeing to the next level and become one yourself!
I/we will set a good example to my/our child in his/her soccer development by adhering at all times to the following:
● We will 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 only give positive feedback to players.
● We will show the quality of our sportsmanship during and after each and every game and help our child remember to thank their coaches and referees each time.
● We will support our child by doing our very best to have our child on-time and prepared for practices and games.
● We will leave the coaching to the coach during the game. We will do our best not to give our child instructions during the game.
● We recognize many of the referees are young and are learning to referee. We agree to support their learning efforts as we do youth players by demonstrating our patience. We will not criticize the referee openly or directly before, during or after games.
● We will do our best to learn and respect the rules of soccer.
● We understand that improper behavior at a game may result in a parent being asked to leave the field by a referee, a coach or an ESC Board Member. Such behavior is subject to further disciplinary action.
● We agree to do our best to have as much fun watching the game, as the players should have playing the game.