Ethics for Everyone!

Dear Westbury Soccer Player and Parents,

We’re excited to have you join our club.  Westbury Soccer Club, having served this community for over 40 years, is committed to providing the best soccer experience for all of our players.  A major component achieving this experience is ensuring our players and parents conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with good sportsmanship.  Please take a moment to review the HYSA (Houston Youth Soccer Association) codes of conduct.

If you have any questions, please contact your coach or club President at president@westburysoccer.org.

Best wishes for a wonderful season!

The Player

The player should recognize that is a privilege to be a player for his/her team, club and HYSA. The player is expected follow the rules of his/her club and the association during all soccer activities including practices, games, tournaments and other organized activities in association with the club and/or association. In order to remain a player in good standing the player will follow the following rules and guidelines:

Treat opponents, officials and spectators with respect.

Respect the game of soccer and its Laws by learning the Laws and local association rules and policies and play the game fairly.

 Work for the good of my team and club and conduct yourself with honor and dignity.

Show good sportsmanship before, during and after training and games. Remember that soccer is a game, and that the members of the other team are my opponent in a game, not my enemy.

Respect officials and accept their decisions without gesture or argument.

Win without boasting, lose without excuses and never quit.

Help parents and spectators understand the Laws of the game so they can watch and enjoy the game better.

Always remember that it is a privilege to represent his/her soccer club and community.

The Parents/Spectators

Soccer is wonderful and passionate game and your passion and support of the game and its participants is critical to its success. Always remember that your attitude is contagious and that players in a match will respond directly to your attitude. While winning is important, recognize that learning how to play the game well and fairly both takes time and is the essence of the game. Parents/spectators are expected to lead in setting a good example for all of the players and officials by adhering to the following:

 

  • Do not coach the team players including your own youngster, from the sidelines during the game.
  • Respect the judgment of the referee and do not criticize officials openly or directly either during or after games.
  • Supportive parents focus on mastering soccer skills and game strategies.
  • Decrease the pressure to win, give only positive feedback to players.
  • Cheer and support all players at games within the spirit of fair play regardless of the outcome. Find and talk about the little successes that the players exhibit during each game.
  • Believe that soccer’s primary value is to provide youth an opportunity for self-development.
  • Understand the risks. A soccer game is full of mistakes and the team that makes fewer mistakes generally wins the game. Playing soccer includes willingness to chance failure.
  • Communicate with the coach and create a positive, supportive working relationship.
  • Understand and respect the different roles of parents and coaches.
  • Control negative emotions and think positively.
  • Understand that improper behavior at an event may result in a parent being asked to leave field or event by a referee or other official and respect that action.
  • At all times show empathy for the young developing soccer player.

 

All team members, individuals responsible for team management and all spectators and parents are expected to support match officials, even if those officials are thought to have made a mistake. Failure to do so undermines the match officials’ authority and has the potential to escalate tension and create a hostile environment for the players, the match officials and all other participants and spectators. HYSA will take a zero tolerance attitude toward any individual who exhibits unacceptable behavior to match officials and opposing teams and spectators.

 

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