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 his/her game.
  • Develop a responsibility in your child to pack his/her own kit, clean his/her cleats and take a drink bottle (full of water or powerade only) to practice and games.
  • Respect the facilities at our 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 him/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.
  • Parents must not coach from the touchline during matches or training. Leave this to the coach or you may cause confusion and erode your child’s confidence.
  • Parents 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.
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