Code of Conduct
Coaches and Parents should be held to a standard of behavior that provides a positive environment for their child's soccer experience. Parents pledge to be good spectators; to assess the philosophy of the coach and league, to make sure it matches the child's needs; to understand that all children are gifted but not in equal ways; to provide unconditional support; and to pay attention to see if their child is having fun, learning, and improving - as opposed to just winning.
Coaches' Code of Ethics
- I will abide by the guidelines and policies of Bedford Soccer Association and its board.
- I will place the emotional and physical well being of my players ahead of a personal desire to win.
- I will give players a fair amount of playing time.
- I will treat each player as an individual with the understanding that emotional and physical development varies for every child within the same age group.
- I will do my best to provide a safe playing situation for my players.
- I will promise to review and practice the basic first aid principles needed to treat injuries of my players.
- I will do my best to organize practices that are fun and challenging for all my players.
- I will lead by example in demonstrating fair play and sportsmanship to all players.
- I will provide a safe sports environment for my team that is free from drugs, tobacco, and alcohol; and I will refrain from their use at all youth sports events.
- I will be knowledgeable in the rules of each sport that I coach, and I will teach these rules to my players.
- I will remember that I am a youth sports coach, and that the game is for the children and not the adults.
- I will be respectful of officials, opposing team members, staff and their families within the requirements for respectful behavior devoid of any disrespectful, offensive, abusive, racist or sexist remarks or actions.
- I will be cautious when using apps or social media (Facebook, Twitter etc) by respecting the rights and confidentiality of others; not impersonate or falsely represent another person, not bully, intimidate, abuse, harass or threaten others (teammates, opponents, officials etc).
- I will not post content that is hateful, threatening, or incites violence against others, or post content that harms the reputation and good standing of BSA or those within its community.
Respect for Others/Harassment
- BSA does not allow discriminatory practices and is committed to providing an environment in which all individuals are treated with respect.
- Disrespectful, offensive, abusive, racist or sexist remarks or actions are not appropriate behaviour. Respect for team mates, coaches, and officials, opposing team members, staff and their families all falls within the requirements for respectful behaviour.
- Players must abide by the CSA harassment policy. Harassment is improper behaviour related to one or more prohibited grounds that are offensive and which the person knew, or ought to reasonably have known would be inappropriate or unwelcome. The behaviour can be verbal or physical and can occur on a one-time, repeated, or continuous basis.
- A person does not have to intend to harass for the behaviour to be harassment. Harassment can take many forms but generally involves conduct, comment or display that is insulting, intimidating, humiliating, hurtful, demeaning, belittling malicious, degrading or/can otherwise cause offence, discomfort, or personal humiliation or embarrassment to a person or a group of persons.
When using social media, (Facebook, Twitter etc), I will respect the rights and confidentiality of others; not impersonate or falsely represent another person, not bully, intimidate, abuse, harass or threaten others (teammates, opponents, officials etc). I will not post content that is hateful, threatening, or incites violence against others, or post content that harms the reputation and good standing of BSA or those within its community.
Failure to abide by any of the code of conduct shall result in a review by the Bedford Soccer Association (BSA)'s disciplinary committee and may result in disciplinary actions from BSA.