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Parent Code of Conduct

Parent/Guardian Code of Conduct and Expectations:

 The goal and purpose of Predators FC programs are to teach the athletes the meaning and understanding of sportsmanship, commitment, fairness, sacrifice, teamwork and hard work. Additional goals include knowing how to win and lose, increasing the knowledge of the sport, developing a healthy lifestyle and skill development. We ask all parent/guardians to support our efforts to help teach these goals. Listed below are the guidelines and expectations that we expect all parents/guardians to follow to ensure that our Predators FC soccer players have a positive athletic experience.

**Parents/Guardians who are unable to meet these expectations may be asked to take a short break from some of the soccer activities or possibly leave the program all together.

1) Make every effort to have your child attend all scheduled practices and games, failure to attend events can lead to lack of playing time.

2) Understand that participation in the program is a privilege and not a right.

3) Avoid putting pressure on your child to start, score, or be the star of the team. Do not force an unwilling child to participate in sports. Children take part in organized sports for their own enjoyment, not yours.

4) Support the coach, team managers and Predators FC around other parents and fans.

5) Avoid speaking negatively about the coach in front of your child. It may create a major barrier in the child’s hope for improvement in the sport.

6) Support your child by being a positive listener, especially after a tough loss.

7) Serve as a good role model for the athletes and other fans. Children often learn best by imitating a good example.

8) Appreciate the enormous amount of time and effort provided by the volunteer Coaches/managers.

9) Teach your child to always play by the rules and to be realistic with them about their abilities.

10) Show respect and good sportsmanship to everyone involved in the Predators program- the coaches, athletes, fans, other parents etc.….including all game officials.

11) Follow the chain of command when you have a concern. You or your athlete should speak to the manager first. The next step would be for you to contact the coach in order to set up a meeting at a mutually convenient time. If you are not satisfied after meeting with the coach, please contact Armando Mendoza (email: [email protected]) to request a meeting to discuss your concerns.

12) Express your concerns and questions in a courteous and civil manner and please do it at the right time and proper setting.

13) Help “fuel” your athlete with healthy food choices.

14) Teach your child that hard work and honest effort are more important than Winning or the amount of playing time they get.

15) Teach your child to live and play with class and to be a good sport. An athlete should be gracious in victory and accept defeat with dignity.

A Parent’s Guide to Dealing with Coaches:
Communication parents should expect from the coach/Managers:

• The coach’s philosophy.

• The coach’s expectations for your son or daughter, as well as other players on the team.

• Locations and times of practices and games.

 Communication coaches expect from parents:

• Concerns about their child expressed directly to the coach at the appropriate time and place.

• Concerns about the coach’s philosophy or expectations.

• Notification of any schedule conflicts in advance.

 Appropriate concerns to discuss with a coach:

• The mental and physical treatment of your child.

• What your child needs to do to improve.

• Aspects of your child’s behavior or any health issues or concerns.

 Concerns that are NOT appropriate for discussion and must be left to the discretion of the coach:

• How much playing time each athlete is getting.

• Team Strategy or Practice Organization.

• Play calling.•

Any situation that deals with other athletes.

Youth soccer is a very emotional sport but there must be limits to spectator behavior.

Actions the soccer referee is allowed to take with disruptive parents (spectators)

When parents attend a soccer game they are no longer parents they are now spectators.

The referee has full, complete control and authority from the moment he/she enters the field of play to when he/she exits the field at the end of the game this includes all players, coaching staff and spectators.  

All soccer referees have the same authority regardless of their age.

Referees under the age of 18 are considered children and abusing a child referee is the worst action a spectator may take. This is bad news!!

Referees have the authority to ask a spectator to stop the verbal abuse,  failure to comply with the referees request will lead to the following:

1.       The referee may ask the team coach to have a word with the spectator about their behavior.

2.       The referee has the authority to eject the coach or even terminate the game due to spectator behavior.  

3.       The referee may ask the spectator to leave at which time the spectator MUST leave the area, failure to leave the area will start a string of more negative actions by the referee.

4.       The referee will summon someone from the club administration and have the spectator removed.

5.       If the spectator refuses to leave the area when asked by the club administration the police will be summoned and have the spectator moved from the soccer park.

All these action can be prevented if spectators just attend youth soccer games, enjoy the games and support the team.

Player Code of Conduct

Soccer is an exciting, fast moving and fun game. Coaches, players and fans should remember that the objective is to have fun and learn the game of soccer. It is important to our soccer program that all participants conduct themselves in a positive and responsible manner.

The Lawton Predators FC will not tolerate behavior which brings the Club, team, or game into disrepute. The Club believes that the attitude shown by players toward the coaches, the referees, the opposing players and the importance of winning vs. losing are of paramount importance. Inappropriate comments or actions by players towards coaches, parents, opposing players and or through social media are not acceptable. These types of actions and comments include foul language, excessive physical contact not associated with normal soccer play, or other types of unsportsmanlike conduct (i.e. taunting), harassment, bullying both through social media or on the playing field will not be tolerated. 

The following standards have been established by the Lawton Predators FC to set expectation for players’ behavior during and after soccer club events: 

Be respectful towards teammates, opponents, coaches and referees.  No one is to address the referee in a negative manner during or after the game.

Conduct yourself with honor, dignity, and self-control.

Play the game for the fun of the game, the challenge, and the chance to show your best.  Be gracious when you lose and generous when you win.

Accept decisions of coaches and referees with class and dignity.  Believe in their judgment and honesty.

Have fun, make new friends and learn new skills. Be a good and supportive teammate. Do your best for your team.

Be a good sport whether you win or lose. Be honest and fair always, no matter what the circumstance. Demonstrate fair play and good sportsmanship at every practice, game and tournament. Encourage fair play and good sportsmanship from other players.

Obey the rules of the game. Listen to and respect your coaches and the referees at all times.

After each game. Offer congratulations say “good game” to the opposing team. Applaud the efforts of your teammates and your opponents.

When a player is injured during play, every player on the field after the time of the injury should give the injured player a round of applause.  This is a common sign of respect for the injured player as well as a show of good sportsmanship.

Come to practices and games on time and ready to learn. Follow coaching direction and do not be disruptive during practice or games.  Do not use bad language.

Immediately report any injury to my coach

Minimum Sanctions:

The following minimum sanctions will be imposed should a player receive a red or yellow card:

  • A red card will result in mandatory suspension from the next officially scheduled and sanctioned match.

  • Two yellow cards which result in suspension from a game will result in the same penalty as a red card.

  • Players in violation of any of the rules listed above will be asked to appear before the club board and explain the reason for their behavior.

    The Lawton Predators Soccer Club has a standing committee to address violations of our Code of Conduct.  The Committee will be comprised of three members of the Board. 

    If any member of our Club wishes to complain about conduct which they believe is contrary to our Codes of Conduct, they must: Address the issue with the person directly, either verbally or in writing, within one week of the incident or issue at hand.

  • If there is no satisfactory resolution, then the complainant must, within one week and in written form, notify the Committee.

  • All matters which are directed to the Committee will be responded to within one week of the receipt of the complaint.

  • Decisions and actions by the Committee to address the complaint are final.

  • First offense the player will be given a verbal warning, parents will be notified and this action will be documented at the club level.

  • Second offense the player and parents will receive a written warning this action will be documented at the club level.

  • Third offense the player will be removed from the team and ll no longer allowed to register with the Predators FC, no registration or uniform refund will be given. This action will be documented at the club level.












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