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Northfield Dynamos Soccer Club

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Code of Conduct for Parents & Spectators

Dynamos Code of Conduct for Spectators

1. As spectators we will refrain from booing or yelling at officials at any time during a match because we are aware of the following:
     a. Such behavior on our part sets a poor example of sportsmanship.
     b. Such behavior reflects negatively on our community, our team, our players and us.
     c. Most youth soccer officials have had limited experience and formal training and do the best job they can, given these limitations.
     d. Most soccer officials make correct calls even though we sometimes see the incident otherwise.
     e. If officials do make incorrect calls during a match, the following circumstances usually apply:
          i. The number of poor calls usually balances out for both teams.
          ii. No one is perfect.
          iii. The officials don’t have the same observation point afforded the spectators sitting in the bleachers.
          iv. An occasional incorrect call seldom affects the outcome of a match.
          v. There are more effective channels for correcting poor officiating than verbal abuse during the match.
          vi. We don’t really know how difficult it is to officiate a soccer match until we’ve run on the ‘pitch’ in the official’s ‘boots.’
2. During a match we will refrain from yelling at players on either team because we are aware of the following:
     a. They are young people, not soccer professionals, who, due to limited playing experience and great enthusiasm, may make mistakes.
     b. Encouragement and praise should be made in public; constructive criticism is best made in private.
     c. The coach is the best equipped to analyze and correct deficiencies in soccer skills.  Our attempts to be helpful in this respect may only confuse the players.
     d. The golden rule applies.  Treat other players with the courtesy, respect and consideration, which we want other supporters to show our own players.
3. At soccer matches we will refrain from being argumentive or using abusive language towards supporters of the players on the opposing team because we are aware of the following:
     a. Others are judging us on our actions and words.  We will always strive to insure that the results of this judgment are a verdict of SPORTSMANSHIP.
     b. We will conduct ourselves in such a courteous and restrained manner that if called upon to do so, we could line up in front of the bleachers after the match and shake hands with each supporter of the opposing team in the same way players are expected to do after each match.
4. If our team loses, we will demonstrate our ability to cope with the loss in both deed and word, because we are aware of the following:
     a. In soccer, as in other aspects of life, it is not always possible to win no matter how supreme the effort.
     b. When victory eludes us, we must learn to accept it as graciously as we do our triumphs.
     c. It may be just possible that a loss is due to the fact that the opposing team played the match better than our team.
     d. Our players should learn from our reactions to a loss that:
          i. We feel they played their best; which just wasn’t good enough on this particular day.
          ii. They should hold their heads up high; there is no shame attached to honest effort – win or lose.
          iii. There is always something to learn from a loss.
          iv. There is nothing gained from brooding; players should be encouraged to put the match behind them and look forward to the next opportunity to play.
          v. Seeking scapegoats, such as ‘biased officials’, ‘poor turf’, or ‘poor performance by one or two teammates’ is not a mature or healthy reaction to the loss.  Such a crutch prevents acceptance of reality.
5. Whether away from or at the field, our words and actions should convey a philosophy of soccer which includes:
     a. The real purpose of soccer competition is to have FUN, to be able to participate to improve skills, to learn sportsmanship, to develop a sense of responsibility and self-discipline, to develop a group loyalty and comradeship, to learn to compete within established rules, to accept decisions of authorized officials, to seek interpretation or change through proper channels and to develop sound minds and bodies.

Learn About Concussions

Concussion Information Flyer for Parents - This sheet has information to help protect your children or teens from concussion or other serious brain injury. Use this information at your children’s or teens’ games and practices to learn how to spot a concussion and what to do if a concussion occurs.

CDC HEADS UP - Keeping children and teens healthy and safe is always a top priority. Whether you are a parent, youth sports coach, school coach, school professional, or health care provider, this site will help you recognize, respond to, and minimize the risk of concussion or other serious brain injury.

You've Been Injured, Now What? - The unfortunate reality of soccer as a contact sport is that injuries happen. Most of these are relatively minor things that get better with some rest and rehabilitation, but some injuries will be more severe and will require assistance from a number of professionals to get you back in the game.

Weather & Cancellations

We play in the rain, and sometimes even heavy rain, and a little bit of snow probably won't keep us away either, at least not the older players. Unless there is lightning, and/or other dangerous conditions, or standing water on the fields assume that we will play. We will leave it up to your judgment as to whether your player can tolerate the conditions. Cancellations for games and practices will be announced by coaches via email at least one hour prior to the scheduled start time.

Please, if there is threatening weather in the area, stay at the fields with your children in case there is lightning or need to take cover.

Player Medical Release Form

Please download and complete this form.  You will be required to upload the completed form during registration.

Contact

Northfield Dynamos Soccer Club
 PO Box 8
Northfield, Vermont 05663

Email: [email protected]

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