Trinity Donaghmede FC

Founded 1976

Co. Dublin

Players Parents Spectator Code Of Conduct



Player, Parents & Spectator Code of Conduct


Player, Parents & Spectator Code of Conduct
Code of Conduct for Players
• Play for enjoyment, notjust to please your parents or coach.
• Play by the Laws of the Game
• Never argue with the referee's decision.
• Play with control. Do not lose your temper.
• Play for yourself and your team - your team's performance will benefit and so will
your own.
• Be a "good sport". Applaud all good play whether by your team or the opponent.
• Respect your opponent. Treat all players as you would like to be treated.
• Give opponents a hand if they are injured, put the ball out of play so they canreceive
• Give the ball back to your opponents if they have put the ball out of play so that
one of your team mates could get attention.
• Do not "bully" or take advantage of any player. Do not accept "bullying" in your club.
• Co-operate with referees, coaches, team mates and opponents.
• Remember that the goals of the game are to have fun, improve your skills, and feel
• At the final whistle applaud and thank your opponents and the referee for the match.
• Always remember that you owe a duty of care to your opponents.
• Tackle hard but fairly, do not intend to hurt your opponent.
• Win with humility - loose with dignity. Nobody likes a sore loser.
• Do not attempt to cheat by diving or feigning injury in an attempt to con the referee.
• It is most important that you don't keep secrets. Tell your Club Children's Officer, your
parents, anyone you trust, if someone is causing you harm or distress. You have a
right to be safe.


Player, Parents & Spectator Code of Conduct
Code of Conduct for Parents
• Iwill notforcemy child to participate in soccer.

• I will remember that children participate to have fun and that the game is for
youth, not adults.
• Iwill informthe coach of any physical disability or ailment that may affectthe safetyofmy
child orthe safety ofothers.
• Iwill be familiar with the rules ofthe game and the policies ofthe club.
• I will be a positive role model for my child and encourage sportsmanship by showing
respect and courtesy, and by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches,
officials and spectators at every game and practice.
• I will not engage in any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct with any official, coach, player, or
parent such as booing and taunting; refusing to shake hands; or using profanelanguage or
• I will not encourage any behaviors or practices that would endanger the health and
wellbeingoftheplayers, management or officials.
• I will teach my child to play by the rules and to resolve conflicts without resorting to
• I will demand that my child treat other players, coaches, officials and spectatorswith
respect regardless of race, creed, colour, sex or ability.
• I will teach my child that doing one's best is more important than winning, so that my
child will never feel defeated by the outcome of a game or his/her performance.
• I will praise my child for competing fairly and trying hard, and make my child feel like a
winner every time.

• I will never ridicule or shout at my child or other participant for making a mistake or
• I will emphasise skill development and practices and how they benefit my child over
winning. I will also de-emphasise games and competition in the lower age groups.
• I will promote the emotional and physical wellbeing of the players ahead of any personal
desire I may have for my child to win.
• I will respect the officials and their authority during games and will never question,


Player, Parents & Spectator Code of Conduct

discuss, or confront coaches or officials at the game, and will take time to speak with
coaches at an agreed upon time and place.
• I will demand a sports environment for my child that is free from any kind of drugs,
alcohol or substance abuse.
• I will refrain from coaching my child or other players during matches and practices
unless I am an official coach.

Code for Spectators

• Remember that although children play organised soccer they are not miniature
professionals. Don't place excessive pressure on children to perform to unrealistically high
expectations. Children play soccer to develop their skills, to have fun and enjoy the game.
• Be on your best behaviour and lead by example. The behaviour of a team’s supporters will
often be remembered long after the result of the game. Be remembered for the right
• Applaud good play, sportsmanship and best effort by the visiting team as well as your own.
• Welcome and respect all your teams’ opponents. Without them there would be no match.
• Condemn the use of violence in all forms at every opportunity.
• Verbal abuse of players, match officials or opposing supporters cannot be accepted in any
shape or form. Players or match officials should never be regarded as fair targets for
ignorant or abusive behaviour.
• Encourage young players to play within the rules of the game in the spirit of Fair Play.

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