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Player Code of Conduct

Player Code of Conduct


It is very important to be respectful of all SHFC teammates, coaches, referees and the game of soccer.

 Good sportsmanship is important.

We want our players to show themselves in the best light possible at all times.



As an SHFC player:


  • I will try to attend and perform my best at each practice and game.
  • I will come prepared with appropriate uniform, water, shin guards, and appropriate footwear.
  • I understand that my coaches are volunteers. I understand that my family does their best to get me to my practices and games on time. If I waste time, I waste the time of my teammates, my coaches and my family. I will try to honor everyone’s time, as well as my own. This means listening quietly and carefully while coaches are talking, and not bothering my teammates with talking or behavior unrelated to what the team is doing.
  • I will respect my coaches and teammates. I will not say disrespectful things to my coaches or my teammates, nor call my teammate a name that they do not want, or do not ask to be called.
  • I will encourage my teammates with supportive, positive comments. Every player has their own strengths and challenges, even me. I will focus on developing my own skills and being the best player I can be. I will not put down my teammates with negative comments. We are a team, and a successful team supports each other positively.


I understand that if I do not follow this code, I may be:

  • Required to apologize to another player or coach.
  • Asked to sit out a practice or game or spend valuable practice and scrimmage time running laps.
  • Asked to leave the team or not be invited back for the next season.



I have read and understand these guidelines.

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Code of Conduct

Code Of Conduct for Parents and Soccer Spectators


1. As spectators we will refrain from booing or yelling at officials at any time during a match because we are aware of the following:

a. Such behavior on our part sets a poor example of sportsmanship.
b. Such behavior reflects negatively on our community, our team, our players and us.

c. Most youth soccer officials have had limited experience and formal training and do the best job they can, given these limitations.

d. Most soccer officials make correct calls even though we sometimes see the incident otherwise.

e. If officials do make incorrect calls during a match, the following circumstances usually apply:

i.                   The number of poor calls usually balances out for both teams.

ii.                  No one is perfect.

iii.                 The officials don’t have the same observation point afforded the spectators sitting in the bleachers.

iv.                 An occasional incorrect call seldom affects the outcome of a match.

v.                  There are more effective channels for correcting poor officiating than verbal abuse during the match.

vi.                 We don’t really know how difficult it is to officiate a soccer match until we’ve run on the ‘pitch’ in the official’s

2. During a match we will refrain from yelling at players on either team because we are aware of the following:

a.       They are young people, not soccer professionals, who, due to limited playing experience and great enthusiasm, may make mistakes.

b.      Encouragement and praise should be made in public; constructive criticism is best made in private.

c.       The coach is the best equipped to analyze and correct deficiencies in soccer skills. Our attempts to be helpful in this respect may only confuse the players.

d.      The golden rule applies. Treat other players with the courtesy, respect and consideration, which we want other supporters to show our own players.

3. At soccer matches we will refrain from being argumentative or using abusive language towards supporters of the players on the opposing team because we are aware of the following:

a.       Others are judging us on our actions and words. We will always strive to insure that the results of this judgment are a verdict of SPORTSMANSHIP.

b.      We will conduct ourselves in such a courteous and restrained manner that if called upon to do so, we could line up in front of the bleachers after the match and shake hands with each supporter of the opposing team in the same way players are expected to do after each match.

4. If our team loses, we will demonstrate our ability to cope with the loss in both deed and word, because we are aware of the following:

a.       In soccer, as in other aspects of life, it is not always possible to win no matter how supreme the effort.

b.      When victory eludes us, we must learn to accept it as graciously as we do our triumphs.

c.       It may be just possible that a loss is due to the fact that the opposing team played the match better than our team.

d.      Our players should learn from our reactions to a loss that:

i.                   We feel they played their best; which just wasn’t good enough on this particular day.

ii.                  They should hold their heads up high; there is no shame attached to honest effort – win or lose.

iii.                 There is always something to learn from a loss.

iv.                 There is nothing gained from brooding; players should be encouraged to put the match behind them and look forward to the next opportunity to play.

v.                  Seeking scapegoats, such as ‘biased officials’, ‘poor turf’, or ‘poor performance by one or two teammates’ is not a mature or healthy reaction to the loss. Such a crutch prevents acceptance of reality.

5. Whether away from or at the field, our words and actions should convey a philosophy of soccer which includes:

a.       The real purpose of soccer competition is to have FUN, to be able to participate to improve skills, to learn sportsmanship, to develop a sense of responsibility and self-discipline, to develop a group loyalty and comradeship, to learn to compete within established rules, to accept decisions of authorized officials, to seek interpretation or change through proper channels and to develop sound minds and bodies.