Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Player Code of Conduct

Any violation of this code of conduct may result in disciplinary action.

PLAYERS

  • Hold themselves to a high standard of sportsmanship on and off the field, without engaging in any unsportsmanlike conduct.
  • Treat all teammates, opponents, coaches, staff members, and officials with respect. • Follow the rules of the game, and always engage in fair play.
  • Respect the opinions and values of their peers and coaches to develop a healthy team environment.
  • Demonstrate inclusive behavior and encourage diversity while opposing all types of discrimination, including, but not limited to, discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status.
  • Follow league and club standards when communicating with other coaches and players, including on social media.
  • Report to the member organization’s reporting line when they believe a coach has violated the coach’s code of conduct. Additionally, players may report directly to U.S. Soccer here.
  • Break policies set forth by the U.S. Soccer Federation, member organizations, leagues, or clubs. This includes all safeguarding policies such as the organization’s prohibited conduct, the MAAPP, and the SafeSport Code.
  • Verbally, physically, sexually, or emotionally abuse, harass, or haze any player, coach, or referee.
  • Illegally use or possess drugs, alcohol, and tobacco at team events.
  • Pursue, enter, or maintain a romantic or sexual relationship with a coach.
  • Use derogatory, discriminatory, or profane language.

PARENTS

  • Promote a positive and safe environment for all players and prioritize the well-being of players over the desire to win.
  • Treat all coaches, players, staff members, officials, and opponents with respect, and focus on the effect of their communication rather than relying only on their intent.
  • Value the opinions of their team’s coach(es) without inappropriately interfering with any decisions or operations.
  • Model inclusive behavior and encourage diversity while opposing all types of discrimination, including, but not limited to, discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status.
  • Create a safe space for all players, and not tolerate any form of abuse and harassment, whether verbal, physical, emotional, or sexual.
  • Understand and act upon mandatory reporting obligations, reporting any suspected child abuse to law enforcement and to the Center for SafeSport.
  • Understand the coach’s code of conduct and prohibited conduct policies and report when they witness a violation of the code of conduct, or when they have reason to believe a violation is likely to have occurred.
  • Advocate on behalf of their child to ensure the facilities, equipment, and resources provided meet appropriate safety standards.
  • Break policies set forth by the U.S. Soccer Federation, member organizations, leagues, or clubs. This includes all safeguarding policies such as the organization’s prohibited conduct, the MAAPP, and the SafeSport Code.
  • Verbally, physically, sexually, or emotionally abuse, harass, or haze any player, coach, or referee.
  • Illegally use or possess drugs, alcohol, and tobacco at team events.
  • Use derogatory, discriminatory, or profane language.
  • Force their child to participate in soccer.

 COACHES/VOLUNTEERS

  • Hold themselves to the highest standard of coaching and promote a positive and safe environment for all participants.
  • Treat all players, staff members, officials, and opponents with respect. It is important to consider the effect of conduct, rather than relying only on the intent behind conduct.
  • Communicate with honesty and integrity, while maintaining appropriate boundaries and following all state, league, and club standards for communication, including on social media.
  • Model inclusive behavior and encourage diversity while opposing all types of discrimination, including, but not limited to, discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status.
  • Use positive coaching and constructive criticism.
  • Maintain appropriate relationships with players by establishing healthy boundaries and exercising caution when participating in social activities with players outside of team events.
  • Ensure appropriate meeting environments, specifically related to time and location.
  • Ensure facilities, equipment, and resources provided meet appropriate safety standards.
  • Guarantee the team and staff have appropriate and readily available access to hydration and fluid needs.
  • Ensure their organization has emergency equipment, training and emergency action plans they are prepared to execute in the interests of health and safety across all stakeholders.
  • Accept feedback and seek continuous personal and professional improvement.
  • Understand and act upon their mandatory reporting obligations, reporting any suspected child abuse to law enforcement and to the Center for SafeSport.
  • Self-report their behavior to a supervisor if they violate the code of conduct or applicable prohibited conduct policies.
  • Recognize their responsibility to report when they witness a violation of the code of conduct, or when they have reason to believe a violation is likely to have occurred.
  • Break policies set forth by the U.S. Soccer Federation, member organizations, leagues, or clubs. This includes all safeguarding policies such as the organization’s prohibited conduct, the MAAPP, and the SafeSport Code.
  • Verbally, physically, sexually, or emotionally abuse, harass, or haze any player, referee, or peer.
  • Illegally use or possess drugs, alcohol, and tobacco at team events.
  • Meet one-on-one with players in a private setting.
  • Engage in any conduct with a player that could be reasonably construed as romantic or sexual, including, but not limited to, pursuing, or maintaining a romantic relationship where a power imbalance exists.
  • Show excessive favoritism toward one player over another, but rather will treat all players with equal dignity and compassion.
  • Intentionally isolate, shame, or single-out a player that is in a destructive or harmful way.
  • Retaliate against a player, parent, peer, or referee, including, but not limited to, in response to when a concern has been raised about the coach.