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 parents:

  • Be your child’s best fan and support him/her unconditionally.
  • When you take your child home after a match or training session, please be supportive and always focus on the positive aspects of her game.
  • Develop a responsibility in your child to pack her own kit, clean her boots and take a drinks bottle (full of water) to practice and games.
  • Respect the facilities at our opponents’ grounds.
  • Do not criticize your child’s coach to your child or other parents. If you are not happy with the coach you should raise the issue with the coach.
  • Encourage your child to speak with the coach. If your child is having difficulties in training or games, or can’t attend training etc. encourage her to speak directly to the coaches. This “responsibility taking” is a big part of becoming a mature person. By handling off the field tasks, your child is claiming ownership of all aspects of the game.
  • Help your child to focus on the performance and not the result. Remember – winning is not as important as the performance.
  • Support all the players in your child’s squad. Do not criticize anyone. Remember – children don’t mean to make mistakes.
  • Do not criticize the opponents, their parents or their officials.
  • Never audibly dispute a referee’s decision. They will make mistakes occasionally. We all do. If you abuse or shout at the referee you are breaking the rules of the game. In extreme circumstances we could ask the parents to leave the field.
  • Parents must not coach from the touchline during matches or training. Leave this to the manager/coach or you may cause confusion and erode your child’s confidence.
  • Parents/carers must not enter the field of play.

Please remember – the game is for the children. It is not for the glory of the coach, manager or parents.

Code of conduct for players:

  • Play according to the laws and spirit of the game.
  • Be on time and be prepared for matches and training sessions.
  • Display self-control in all situations. Never use foul or abusive language – before, during or after a game or training session.
  • Train and play to the best of your ability, have a positive attitude, and encourage others to do the same.
  • Respect the opposition. Treat them as you would like them to treat you.
  • Respect the referee. Never dispute his or her decisions. They are only human and they make mistakes, just like you.
  • Turn up for training and matches in appropriate and clean clothing.
  • Wear the right sort of footwear. Note: we recommend against the use of blades on health and safety grounds.
  • Always wear shin guards.
  • Clean their own boots/trainers!