Somerville Eagle Soccer Club Codes of Conduct

1. Introduction

Everybody at the Somerville Eagles Soccer Club has the right to participate in a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment. To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all those involved with the Club, we have developed some guidelines that we expect all players, coaches, parents, spectators, administration staff and officials to abide by at all times. 

Every person: spectator, player, club member, official, participant, administrator, coach, parent or member of the community involved with the sport, should work to ensure:

The Code applies to community sport, training and club sanctioned events. In addition to this Policy, the FFV has produced Child Protection Guidelines which are available on the FFV website.  The Club will comply with those Guidelines to supplement this policy along with the club’s own Child Safety Code of Conduct. 

2. Breaches of the Codes of Conduct

a)     The Somerville Eagles Soccer Club reserves the right to terminate membership – without refund – of any person who fails to comply with the Code. Such decisions are at the sole discretion of the Committee.

b)     If a person’s falure to comply with the Code results in a monetary sanction from the FFV, that person will pay the full balance of the fine to the Club.

3. Players’ Code of Behavior (all levels)

a)    Play by the Rules and within the spirit of the game;

b)    Do not argue with the match official. If you disagree, have your captain or coach approach the match official during a break in play or after the match is concluded;

c)    Control your temper. Verbal abuse of officials or other players, deliberately distracting or provoking another person is not acceptable or permitted in any sport;

d)    Maintain your focus and work hard for yourself and your team;

e)    Be a good sport and be prepared to acknowledge good play whether it is from your team or the opposition;

f)      Treat all players as you would like to be treated. Do not interfere with, bully or take unfair advantage of another player;

g)    Cooperate with your coach, team mates and opponents. Without them, there would be no competition;

h)    Play for your own enjoyment, and not just to please parents and coaches;

i)      Remove all jewellery prior to training and match play, as it is a hazard to you and those around you;

j)      Do not accept or use any banned or unauthorised drug(s), including the consumption of alcohol by minors at any time.

4. Coaches’ Code of Behavior

a)    Remember that players participate for the fun of it and that winning is not everything;

b)    Be reasonable in your demands on younger players time, energy and enthusiasm,

c)    Teach your players to abide by the Rules and Laws of the Game;

d)    Ensure that equipment and facilities meet a reasonable safety standard and are appropriate to the age and ability of the players;

e)    Modify your approach to suit the skill levels and needs of players;

f)      Develop and enhance respect between players, opposition coaches and the decisions of the match official;

g)    Follow the advice of a physician when determining the extent of a player’s injury and beyond that, when players are returning from injury to training and match play;

h)    Keep up to date with the latest coaching practices (refer to Coach Accreditation Criteria);

i)      Take time out to teach players (& others) the Laws of the Game, hence raising their awareness;

j)      Remind all players to play within the spirit of the game at all times;

k)     Ensure players are good sports and ensure each team member shakes the hand of their opponents at the conclusion of every match;

l)      Do not smoke or consume alcohol from the team bench (Technical Area) or sideline;

m)    Remember the actions of yourself and your team is reflective of the perception others take away with them.

5. Parents’ Code of Behavior

a)    Remember that children play the sport for their enjoyment, and not yours;

b)    Encourage children to play according to the rules and spirit of the game;

c)    Encourage all children to participate, do not force them;

d)    Focus on the child’s efforts and performance rather than the result of the activity (that is, winning or losing);

e)    Encourage children to always participate according to the rules;

f)     Never ridicule, yell at a child for making a mistake or losing a game;

g)    Remember that children learn best by example, so applaud good play by both teams;

h)    Support all efforts to remove racial and religious vilification, verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities;

i)      Respect the match official’s decisions and teach your child to do likewise;

j)      Show respect and appreciation to Club officials, including coaches, officials and administrators. Ensure any issues are raised through the correct channels;

k)    ‘Smart Supporting’ – not loud and intense but calm, relaxed and at all times positive;

l)    Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion;

m)  Do not smoke or consume alcohol near the team bench (Technical Area) or sideline.

6. Spectators’ Code of Behavior

a)    Applaud good play and performances from both teams, and be forward in congratulating all participants on their performance regardless of the final outcome;

b)    Respect the match official’s decisions on the day;

c)    Condemn the use of violence in any form, be it by spectators, coaches, officials or players;

d)    Show respect to for both teams when watching matches, because without them there would be no game;

e)    Encourage players to follow rules and accept the decision of the match official;

f)    Do not intimidate, harass or use foul language towards, players, match officials, Club Officials or spectators.

7. Administrators’ Code of Behavior

a)    Help coaches and officials highlight appropriate behaviour and skill development, and assist in raising the standards of coaching and officiating;

b)    Ensure everyone involved in football emphasises fair play, and not winning at all costs;

c)    Be tolerant and calm under pressure and approach problem solving in a supportive manner as members and players will expect you to set an example for others;

d)    Make every effort to educate persons who breach these guidelines from time to time.

8. Match Officials’ Code of Behavior

a)    Modify your approach to suit the skill levels and needs of players;

b)    Praise and encourage all participants;

c)    Be consistent, objective and courteous when making decisions;

d)    Do not tolerate unsporting behaviour and promote respect for all opponents;

e)    Emphasise the spirit of the game rather than focus on negative aspects;

f)      Encourage and promote rule changes to all players and members;

g)    Be a good sport yourself, as actions speak louder than words;

h)    Keep up to date with the latest trends in refereeing;

i)      Remember that you set the example on the park, therefore, your behaviour and comments should always be positive and supportive;

All participants of the Somerville Eagles Soccer club are expected to comply with the code of conduct at all times