FPYSA Code of Conduct

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FPYSA Code of Conduct



Soccer leagues throughout the United States have adopted standards for player, coach, and parental behavior during a soccer game.
Rules allow for individuals to be suspended, barred completely, or otherwise disciplined for their actions.
The FPYSA strictly adheres to these standards of conduct and will not tolerate abusive behavior or any action that is intended or designed to embarrass, ridicule, or demean others. Parents and athletes are encouraged to visit the Morris County Youth Soccer Association (“MCYSA”) web site to learn more about the “Setting A Good Example (S.A.G.E.)” Program http://www.mcysa.org/SAGE/SAGE.htm

If a coach, manager, player, or spectator receives a “Red Card” or is otherwise ejected by a referee or other game official, and there is a monetary fine associated with that “Red Card” or ejection, the fine imposed on the FPYSA will be paid by the offending party. The Soccer Board unanimously passed the following resolution:
RESOLVED, that any Florham Park Soccer Club Travel Team manager and/or coach receiving a “Red Card” and subsequent fine and suspension from the Morris County Youth Soccer Association (MCYSA) or other governing body shall be personally responsible for the payment of said fine. Payment shall be made directly to the FPYSA within seven (7) days of receiving notification of said fine and suspension unless the Club’s Executive Committee on appeal overrides payment by the coach or manager. Furthermore, the coach or manager will not be permitted to participate at either a game (assuming the suspension has been served) or practice until said fine is paid.
In the event the coach or manager does not pay the fine in a timely manner they will be suspended from their Travel Team duties until the fine is paid. With regard to parents or spectators on the sidelines, it is FPYSA policy that failure to pay a fine in a timely manner will result in that parent or spectator being banned from watching his/her child play. In both cases, if the fine continues to go unpaid, and it becomes necessary for the FPYSA to pay it, the FPYSA will use all available means necessary to collect the fine from the coach, manager, parent, or spectator. This includes legal action.

MCYSA and other governing bodies impose mandatory suspensions in the case of a coach, manager, or player receiving a “Red Card” or cumulative “Yellow Cards” in a soccer seasonal year. In addition, it is the policy of the FPYSA that if a coach or manager receives two (2)“Red Cards or three (3)“Yellow Cards” in a soccer seasonal year they will be automatically relieved of their duties as a representative of the Travel Program and the FPYSA. There will be no exceptions. Should they wish to resume their responsibilities, they will have to meet the requirements set forth in the Training and Coaching section of these Guidelines. Once reinstated by the Travel Committee, they will serve a mandatory one-year probationary period (which begins on the date they resume their responsibilities). If the coach or manager does not receive any Red or Yellow Cards during this probationary period, the probation will end. However, if they do receive any Cards during this period a permanent ban from training, coaching, and managing will be instituted.
In the event the FPYSA is assessed a fine by MCYSA or any other governing body as the result of forfeiting a game, the Soccer Club, through the Executive Committee, reserves the right to require the coach and/or manager of the Travel Team which causes the forfeit to reimburse the FPYSA for any and all fines paid on behalf of the forfeiting team.


The FPYSA expects all players, coaches, managers, parents, and spectators to conduct themselves according to the highest principles of sportsmanship and fair play. The following Code of Conduct is the standard of behavior that is expected of everyone associated with the FPYSA Travel Program. It is in effect at all practices, matches, and any other Team functions. If the Team is attending a function lasting more than one day, such as a tournament, this Code remains in effect at all times during the stay.

The player/parent participating in the FPYSA Travel Program agrees to abide by the standards of conduct outlined below and any additional guidelines established by the FPYSA Soccer Board or Travel Committee that will be presented at Team meetings.

All players, coaches, managers, parents, and spectators will adhere to all rules and regulations and will refrain from illegal and inappropriate behavior that would detract from a positive image of the Team or be detrimental to its performance objectives. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:

·Coaches and managers are expected to maintain a higher level of sportsmanship, professionalism, and integrity both off and on the field.
·The coaches’ and managers’ primary responsibility is for his/her players to have fun, to develop soccer players, and to instill a passion for the game.
·Your performance as a coach and/or manager is not measured in wins and loses, but rather in what you teach your players in terms of technique, sportsmanship, and fair play.
·Coaches and managers must have control and discipline at all times.
·Coaches and managers must maintain respect for the game as well as the referees. They will not harass, abuse, or berate the referee during or after the game. They shall not enter the field of play without the referee’s permission.
·Coaches and managers are charged with the responsibility of controlling their players and parents at all times during a game.
·Coaches and managers lead and teach by example; your players will be a reflection of you.
·Coaches and managers are expected to have a basic knowledge of the game and to pursue coaching education that will allow them to better develop their players.
·Coaches and managers should use positive reinforcement when dealing with players, never use foul or abusive language, and never abuse a player physically, verbally, or mentally.
·Coaches and managers are to make sure the fields are left clean when they leave training/practice and games.
·Coaches and managers should not leave a Team function until all players have been picked-up.
·Coaches and managers should take appropriate measures to minimize runaway scores in games.

·Players play soccer to have fun, to learn and develop a passion for the game, as well as to improve their skills.
·Players have a responsibility to their teammates, coach, manager, and the FPYSA. They are representatives of the FPYSA, as well as the Team, coach, manager, parents, and the community.
·Players must maintain a high level of sportsmanship and fair play at all times. They will treat opponents with respect. They will win without boasting, lose with excuses, and never quit.
·Players must have respect for their coach, manager, and the authority of the referee and his/her assistants.
·Players are expected to be on time and prepared for games and training/practice sessions.
·Players shall train and play to the best of their ability, always have a positive attitude, and encourage their Teammates to do the same.
·During practices/training sessions, all players are expected to conduct them in a manner that enables and promotes a learning atmosphere for everyone there. Abusive language and behavior, or disrespectful acts toward teammates or coaches, will not be tolerated.
·Insubordination to members of the coaching staff or others will not be permitted.
·Players are required to wear the approved FPYSA uniform during all games. Players are expected to take pride in their appearance when representing their Team and the FPYSA. Uniforms must be clean. Socks must be pulled up to the knee to cover shin guards. Jerseys must be tucked in anytime the player is in public view.
·At games and training/practices, Team members must stay with the Team until dismissed by the coach or manager.
·Other acts of misconduct determined by the coaching staff to be in conflict with the mission, goals, and policies of the FPYSA will result in disciplinary action.
·Players will play within the FIFA Laws Of The Game and the spirit of the game.
·Players will display self-control in all situations and will not use foul or abusive language at any time before, during, or after a game or training/practice session.
·Players will show respect towards the referee and his/her assistants as well as towards the opponents. They will not harass, abuse, or berate a referee for any reason at any time.
·Players are to make sure that they clean-up their playing area after games and training/practices sessions, picking up all plastic bottles, papers, orange peels, etc.

·Parents/Spectators must set the example for the children by exemplifying the highest standards of sportsmanship.
·Parents/Spectators participate in a game by watching, cheering, and supporting the efforts of all participants of the game. Soccer must be Fun. The game is for the children; their participation and enjoyment of the game is the most important element.
·Parents/Spectators should focus on player’s mastering of soccer skills, not on the win/loss record. Every effort should be made to decrease the emphasis and pressure to win. Avoid the use of fear: love of soccer is rarely fostered by fear of the consequences of failure.
·Parents/Spectators should be mindful that soccer’s primary value is to allow our children the opportunity for physical and mental development as well as teaching an individual to work as a team player.
·Parents have responsibilities to the coach, manager, Team, and the FPYSA that they are a part of.
·Parents/Spectators must have respect for their coach and manager. They should never criticize a coach or manager in a public manner. Do not coach from the sideline; let the coach do his/her job no matter how much you may disagree. If there is a problem talk directly to the coach or manager or even the Director of the FPYSA Travel Program. Supportive parents communicate with the coach and/or manager thereby creating a positive working relationship.
·Parents/Spectators are expected to have respect for the authority of the referee and his/her assistants. They will not harass, abuse, or berate the referee during or after the game. They shall not enter the field of play with out the referee’s permission.
·Parents/Spectators are expected to have respect for all players. Cheer in a positive manner, not negative. Encourage your Team; do not berate the other team. Cheer in a way to reward the good play of both teams and promote fair play.
·Parents are welcome to observe practices/training sessions. However, they must refrain from approaching the field while the practice/training session is in progress.
·Parents are expected to be on time to pick-up players from practice/training sessions as the coach or manager is required to remain until the last child is picked up.
·Parents/Spectators are never to use foul or abusive language towards anyone for any reason.
·Parents/Spectators have a responsibility to learn the Laws Of The Game and the spirit of the game.
·Parents/Spectators are encouraged to get involved with the FPYSA and help promote the game in a positive way.
·Parents/Spectators must at all times demonstrate the utmost in sportsmanship and integrity; they are the role models for their children.

Should the FPYSA learn that this Code of Conduct has been violated the FPYSA reserves the right to discipline the coach, manager, player, parent, or spectator in an appropriate manner, i.e. a player being removed from the team, or a parent or coach being suspended from attending the games for the season.