Everyone involved in sports – from parents and spectators to athletes, officials and coaches – can and should lead by example by promotion positive behavior on and off the soccer field. The easiest way to do this is to respect the written and unwritten rules of the game. Respect is the communal responsibility of each participant in soccer to create an environment that is both safe and enjoyable for all who take part.
This Conduct Policy should be supplemented with a high degree of common sense and keeping the best interests of the players and the game in mind. Please read the Codes of Conduct and embrace its content and spirit. Violation of the guidelines may result in disciplinary actions that could include, but are not limited to, verbal and/or written warnings, as well as coach, parental, and in extreme cases, player suspension.
The goal is to ensure that all participants have a great soccer experience.
The RFC Codes of Conduct are guidelines to the fulfillment of the following objectives:
- Coaches are role models and leaders who have significant impact on an athlete’s attitudes. Coaches set an example of control and consistency with players and parents by practicing co-operation, self-discipline and respect for officials and opponents.
- Players should recognize that they are part of a team; they share in its successes and failures. Fair play and co-operation is to be encouraged at all times.
- Parents are encouraged to provide positive support to their players, team and coaches. Instruction is the domain of the coach.
The Codes of Conduct for on field activity are designed to be respected in conjunction with off field communications. The RFC Communication Policy guides the use of electric communications:
- Members are expected to conduct themselves appropriately when using electronic communications to share information with the other members or posting material on public websites connected to the club.
It is a condition of continuing RFC membership that all participants understand and follow these Codes of Conduct when participating in any RFC activity, and the Communication Policy when electronically sharing information. It is to be followed at all times, by all members.
If an issue arises, member MUST wait 24 hours before determining if they wish to pursue the issue further. If pursuing an issue with a Coach, members are required to do so privately, and in a positive and constructive manner. I the conflict is not resolved to a mutual satisfaction, members can approach the team Manager. If the conflict remains unresolved, member can contact the RFC Technical Director and RFC division Convenor.