The Vacaville Youth Soccer League board members are concerned about the conduct of all coaches. In regards to players, referees, and to each other.
We want to ensure that games are a fair, positive, and enjoyable experience for all of the children and adults involved. Soccer games should be a fun, enjoyable, spirited, and athletic experience for all.
These are the expectations of how we fill your conduct as a coach should and needs to be:
-Coaches should set an example of high ethical and moral conduct. Before, during, and after a game be an example of dignity, patience, and positive spirit.
-Coaches should ensure that a players soccer experience is one of fun and enjoyment, and improvement in skill (winning is only part of it). Players should never be yelled at, lectured or ridiculed for making mistakes or losing a game. Coaches should be generous with praise when it is deserved.
-During the game, you are responsible for the sportsmanship of your players. If one of your players is disrespectful, irresponsible or overly aggressive, take the player out of the game at least long enough to calm him/her down.
-During the game, you are responsible for the conduct of the parents of your players. You must explain acceptable player and parent behavior in your preseason meetings.
-During the game, do not address the referee at all. If you have a small issue, discuss it with the referee calmly and patiently at intermission or at the end of the game.
-If you have a major complaint, or if you think the referee was unfair, biased, unfit or incompetent, report your opinion to the league. Your report will be taken seriously and handled accordingly.
Two important points to remember:
Referees-especially young and inexperienced ones- are like your players and yourself, in that they need time to develop. You can play an important role in helping them to improve by letting them concentrate on the game.
Your example is powerful, for better or worse. You must strive for fair play, concentrate on your players enjoyment of the game and there long term development, and support the referee, your players and their parents will notice.
Think about what you’re doing during the game! Uphold the Love of the Game! If you follow these expectations described above, the love of the game will be alive and well in Vacaville and will grow, along with the enjoyment of all.
Coaches who don’t follow the expectations described above will be disciplined or removed according to league bylaws.