PARENT AND PLAYER EXPECTATIONS
- Be my child’s best fan! Support my child unconditionally and make him/her always feel like a winner!
- Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background, or religion.
- Remember that children participate in sport for their enjoyment, not mine and should be encouraged to play, not forced.
- Recognize that winning is an outcome and not the sole purpose of youth soccer matches and focus on my child’s efforts rather than win/loss record.
- Encourage good sportsmanship.
- Encourage children to play according to the rules and settle disagreements without resorting to hostility or violence.
- Act as a positive role model by showing exceptional support for all players, coaches, and officials.
- Encourage and expect my child to play within the spirit and rules of the game without the intent of causing harm to ANY person.
- Support the efforts to remove all verbal and physical abuse from soccer activities.
- Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing a game
- Remember that children learn by example. Set a good example and appreciate good performances and skillful plays by ALL participants.
- Respect the decisions of the officials and teach my children to do likewise.
- Support coaches, game officials and volunteers who spend valuable time for the players. Without them, your child could not participate.
- Walk away from the field if I feel I cannot control my emotions or actions.
- Refrain from engaging in physical or verbal confrontation with opposing players, coaches, officials, or supporters.
- Refrain from negatively discussing other parents, coaches, or players with or in the presence of other players, most importantly my own.
- Believe that the referees, just as coaches and players, are attempting to do their best. If I have questions or concerns about an official, I will speak with the coach after a game or practice, away from players ears. Referees should be approached by a coach and never a parent/guardian.
- Refrain from using drug, tobacco or alcohol at Knoxville Soccer Club events.
- Be sure your child is available for practices and games. If a child is absent, it hinders the team. If I know my child will be absent, I will advise the coach.
- Report to coaches all injuries, special medical conditions or extenuating circumstances at home that may affect the player.
- I will understand that my child may be disciplined by a coach for violation of the included statements, including missing practices. This may include less playing time during games as seen fit by my child's coach.
Should at any time a parent/guardian be found to not adhere to the above statements at a Knoxville Soccer Club event they will be asked by a coach or Board member, if present, to cease the problem activity or to leave the premises. This includes parents from opposing teams. Play will stop until the parent/guardian has left the premises. Should they refuse the Referee has the right to call the match a forfeit and award a win to the opposing team of the parent/guardian causing the issue by 1-0 should the team by losing or the score tied at the time the game is called or more should the team by leading by more goals at the time the game was called.
Please abide by the Golden Rule whether on the field, sidelines, or spectating. We are all here to enjoy a fun program and will show good sportsmanship at all times!