Appropriate Conduct Guidelines

Code of Conduct: Player

Obligations toward the Game

A player should:
1. Make every effort to develop their own sporting ability, in terms of skill, technique, tactics and stamina.
2. Give maximum effort and strive for the best possible performance during a game, even if the team is in a position where the desired result has already been achieved.
3. Set a positive example for others, particularly young players and supporters.
4. Avoid all forms of gamesmanship and time-wasting.
5. Always have regard to the best interests of the game, including where publicly expressing an opinion on the game and any particular aspect of it, including others involved in the game.
6. Not use inappropriate language.

Obligations towards the Team

A player should:
1. Make every effort consistent with Fair Play and the Laws of the Game to help the team performing at its highest level as a team.
2. Resist any influence that might, or might be seen to, bring into question commitment to the team.

Respect for the Laws of the Game and Competition Rules

A player should:

1. Know and abide by the Laws, rules and spirit of the game, and the competition rules for leagues, Cups and tournaments. Accept success and failure, victory and defeat, equally.
2. Resist any temptation to take banned substances or use banned techniques.

Respect towards Opponents

A player should:
1. Treat opponents with due respect at all times, irrespective of the result of the game.
2. Safeguard the physical fitness of opponents, avoid violence and rough play, and help injured opponents.

Respect towards the Referees

A player should:
1. Accept the decision of the Referee without protest.
2. Avoid words or actions that may mislead a Referee.
3. Show due respect towards Referee.

Respect towards Team Officials

A player should:
1. Abide by the instructions of their Coach and Team Officials, provided they do not contradict the spirit of this Code.
2. Show due respect towards the Team Officials of opposing teams.

Respect of Facilities

A player should:
1. Adhere to the policies of all facilities including: water only (no other beverage or food) on artificial turf; no pets anywhere at schools or other fields that do not allow them; no wet shoes in gyms; no parking in prohibited areas.
2. Not interfere with another group’s permitted use of a facility before or after the time allocated to the NTSC team or group.
3. Place disposable packaging and other garbage or recycling in containers provided, or if none are available, take them for disposal at home.

Code of Conduct: Competitive Coach/Manager

• The role of a Coach is to employ the very best efforts and abilities to improve the performance of the players and the team and to make all player’s soccer experience as enjoyable and rewarding as possible in a safe environment
• The Coach will remember that children participate to have fun, that this is a recreational program and that the game is for youth, not for adults.
• The Coach will teach his or her players to play by the rules, and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility and violence.
• The Coach will be a positive role model for his or her players and will not engage in any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct with any official, referee, coach, player, parent or spectator such as booing and taunting or using profane language or gestures and will encourage good sportsmanship amongst his or her players by showing respect and courtesy, by demonstrating positive support for all of these participants at every game. The Coach will not smoke, consume alcohol or drugs or engage in abusive language at games or within sight of any of the players.
• The Coach will respect the Referee and his/her authority during games and will never criticize, contradict or interfere with Referees or Coaches at the game field. The Coach will take the time to speak with them privately if he/she has any concerns or complaints, and if necessary, will report any serious and irreconcilable issues or discipline or harassment to the Convenor or League/Tournament Official without delay.
• The Coach acknowledges that when acting as a Coach, if and when any player on the team receives a “red card”, it is solely the Coach’s responsibility to immediately advise that player that he/she is suspended from participating in the team’s next regularly-scheduled game (including Finals if applicable) and the Coach will be responsible for assuring that they do not, in fact, participate in that next game.
• The Coach will never be alone and out of sight with a player other than his/her own child (and thus will also never transport a child other than their own child, alone to a Club activity, but may do so if at least their own child is present as well).
• It is not the Coach’s personal responsibility to provide snacks or drinks for players other than his/her child.
• The Coach will respect and adhere to the Rules and Regulations of the Ontario Soccer Association as well as the rules and regulations of the Club and any League or Tournament (House League or other) in which their team is participating.
• The Coach will endeavour to wear a Club coach/manager shirt or jacket at all times at games, when at all feasible.
• The Coach must agree to the Rules & Regulations which are posted on the Club’s website.
• The Coach must also acknowledge that if he/she fails to abide by the aforementioned Code, they may be subject to disciplinary action, to be determined by the Club as appropriate.

Code of Conduct: Recreational Coach

1. The Coach understands that his/her role as a Coach is to employ the very best of their efforts and abilities to develop the skills of the players and the cohesiveness of the team and to make all of the players’ soccer experience as enjoyable and rewarding as possible in a safe environment.
2. The Coach will remember that children participate to have fun, that this is a recreational program and that the league is for youths, not for adults.
3. The Coach will teach the players to play by the rules, and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility and violence.
4. The Coach will be a positive role model for his/her players and will not engage in any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct with any official, referee, coach, player, parent or spectator such as booing and taunting or using profane language or gestures. The Coach will encourage good sportsmanship amongst the players by showing respect and courtesy, and by demonstrating positive support for all participants at every game. The Coach will not smoke, consume alcohol or drugs or engage in abusive language at games or within sight of any of the players.
5. The Coach will endeavour to attend an age-specific NTSC-provided coach training session prior to the season.
6. The Coach understands that the Club, in an effort to provide an opportunity for all players to further develop their soccer skills, may provide technical staff to assist volunteer coaches in pre-game training for ages to U10. The Coach agrees to accept the assistance of assigned staff coaches and to co-operate with them. In age groups for which the club provides lesson plans, the Coach agrees to incorporate these into pre-game training sessions.
7. The Coach will respect the Referee and his/her authority during games and will never criticize, contradict or interfere with Referees or other Coaches at the game field. The Coach will take the time to speak with them privately if he/she has any concerns or complaints, and if necessary, will report any serious and irreconcilable issues or discipline or harassment to the Convenor or League Official without delay.
8. The Coach acknowledges that when acting as a Coach, if any player on his/her team receives a “red card”, it is the Coach’s responsibility to immediately advise the player that he/she is suspended from participating in the team’s next game (including Finals/Cups if applicable) and the Coach will be responsible for assuring that they do not, in fact, participate in that next game.
9. The Coach will never be alone and out of sight with a player other than his/her own child (and thus will also never transport a child other than his/her own child, alone to a Club activity, but may do so if at least his/her own child is present as well).
10. It is not the Coach’s personal responsibility to provide snacks or drinks for players other than his/her own child.
11. The COach will endeavour to wear a Club coach jersey at all times at games, when at all feasible.
12. The Coach will ensure that only those players who are registered with KickOff GTA for the current season and assigned to their team by the club will play or practice with the team
13. The Coach will respect and adhere to the Rules and Regulations of the Ontario Soccer Association as well as the rules and regulations of the Club.
The Coach must read and agree to the current Rules & Regulations which are posted on the Club’s website. These include rules with respect to equal playing time and substitutions (including Finals/Cup games); the position of the coach and players on the field and sidelines; and playing rules that apply to the age group.
The Coach also acknowledges that if he/she fails to abide by the aforementioned Code, he/she may be subject to disciplinary action, to be determined by the Club as appropriate.

Code of Conduct: Parents, Guardians, Caregivers, Spectators

The expectation and attitudes of Parents, Guardians, Caregivers and Spectators have a significant bearing on a child’s attitude towards:

• Other players, referees, coaches and managers, and spectators
• Their long-term enjoyment of the game of soccer
KickOff GTA will ensure that parents/guardians/caregivers/spectators within the club are always positive and encouraging towards all of the players—not just their own—and will follow these policies themselves and encourage others to:
• Never engage in any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct with any official, coach, parent or player, such as booing, taunting or using profane language or gestures.
• Respect the authority of referees and coaches; never criticizing, contradicting or interfering with referees or coaches at the field; and speak with coaches privately regarding any concerns.
• Demonstrate and encourage good sportsmanship by showing respect and courtesy, and by expressing positive support for all players, coaches and officials.
• Adhere to the policies of all facilities including: water only (no other beverage or food) on artificial turf; no pets anywhere at schools or other fields that do not allow them; no parking in prohibited areas.
Additionally, for Parents/Guardians/Caregivers of Players under 18:

• Remember that youth soccer programs are for the players, not for parents and other adults.
• Teach children to play by the rules, and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility and/or violence.
• Acknowledge that, in children’s leagues, team coaches and club officials are not responsible for the
supervision of any child; any child young enough to normally require adult supervision will be supervised. The club will ensure that parents/guardians/caregivers/spectators agree and adhere to the Code of Conduct and OSA Screening Handbook.

Code of Conduct: Referees

Referees having certain privileges through and by Ontario Soccer and KickOff GTA, with respect to the game, shall realize and respect their responsibilities and duties to the Association and the Club and the game. The Association and the Club endorse The Canadian Soccer Association's "Code of Ethics" for Referees. Specifically referees
shall:
• Conduct themselves with dignity both on and off the field of play and shall, by example, endeavor to inspire the true principles of fair play and earn the respect of those whom they serve;
• Not cause the Association or the Club to become involved in any controversial matters and shall abide by the rules and regulations of the jurisdiction in which they officiate;
• Adhere to all standards and directives;
• Always be neat in appearance and maintain a high level of physical and mental fitness;
• Study the Laws of the game and be aware of all changes, and shall enforce all said Laws and changes;
• Perform their designated responsibilities, including attending organized clinics and lectures, etc., and shall assist their colleagues in upgrading and improving their standards of officiating, instructing and assessing;
• Honour any appointments made for and accepted by them unless unable to do so by virtue of illness or personal emergency;
• Not publicly criticize other referees or any soccer association nor shall they make any statements to the media related to any game in which they were involved;
• Be subject to disciplinary action for not complying with this Code of Conduct.