Code of Conduct

Our Coaching Philosophy

The coaching staff and officials of Belle River Minor Soccer understand that children participate in soccer to have fun. If children don’t have fun playing soccer, they’ll soon pack it in.

We never forget that the game of soccer is just that – a game. It’s not about how many wins and losses are accumulated. And, it is surely not about how many trophies are collected. It’s not about how many goals we score or concede. It’s all about enjoying the game and, at the same time, learning and developing soccer and life skills.

Proper soccer development requires that children play age appropriate activities so they are able to experience, comprehend, and execute the game as it relates to where they are at their own stage of physical and mental development.

It is about playing in different positions so the player learns all the skills necessary to develop in the game.

It’s about receiving equal playing time, so the players are all given equal opportunity to learn.

It’s about learning the techniques of the game through a variety of fun games where players have as much contact with a ball as possible and learn at their own rates.

Code of conduct for coaches

A coach’s primary responsibility is to make sure that his/her players have fun, develop as footballers and to instil in them a passion for the game.

The performance of coaches is not measured in wins and losses, but rather in what players learn in terms of technique, sportsmanship, and fair play.

Coaches are charged with the responsibility of controlling their players and parents at all times during a match.

Coaches lead and teach by example; our players will be a reflection upon the manager and coach.

Coaches will:

  • Use positive reinforcement when dealing with players.
  • Never use foul or abusive language and never abuse a player mentally, verbally, or physically.
  • Have respect for the authority of the referee, our opponents on match days and the officials of their club.
  • Teach your children the rules of the game, fair play, and proper behaviour.
  • Develop your child’s technique and their decision-making ability.
  • Inspect the paying area for hazards and generally make practice sessions and matches as safe as possible for your children. You should be aware, however, that soccer is a contact sport and your child may be injured. If this happens, we will provide appropriate first aid.

In addition:

  • We will not allow a child to take part in a practice session or a match if she is injured.
  • We will not leave your child unattended at a practice session or a game.
  • We will only allow your child to leave a practice session or a game if a responsible person collects them unless you give written permission for your child to leave on their own.
  • We will always be enthusiastic (even in the pouring rain!).
  • We will try our best to make the game enjoyable for everyone.