PARENT/SPECTATOR CODE OF CONDUCT
Parents/spectators of Columbus Express Soccer Club (CESC) players are expected to represent themselves, their team, and CESC with dignity and honor. Parents/spectators are expected to act professionally and be respectful to the game, players, parents, opposition, and officials on and off the field. CESC parents/spectators should be accountable for their self, player, and actions and show responsibility to do right, be on time, and be prepared. CESC parents/spectators should be positive and patient influences that understand development, growth, and improvement take time. Parents are expected to stay current with all financial commitments. CESC parents/spectator will refrain from conversations about positions and playing time. CESC parents/spectators must adhere to the club’s philosophy to ‘Provide Every Opportunity to Improve,’ the club’s values of Education, Discipline, Relationships, and Effort; and CESC’s key components of Player Development, Coaching, Parent Engagement, and Competition.
Commitment and registration into Columbus Express Soccer Club obligate the following agreement:
- Parents/spectators are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner with dignity and honor.
- Parents/Spectators will demonstrate respect towards players, parents, opponents, officials, and spectators. Coaches shall maintain professional relationships with all aforementioned parties.
- Parents/Spectators will refrain from profanity, alcohol, drugs, and tobacco.
- Parents/Spectators will not participate in any conversations regarding playing time or positions.
- Parents/Spectators agree to adhere to 24-Hour Policy before discussing concerns with coach or Director of Coaching.
- Parent/Spectators agree to never criticize a coach or player in a public manner.
- Parent/Spectator instruction and referee interaction are prohibited.
- Parents will stay current with all financial agreements and fees.
- Parents are expected to be punctual and organized.
Parent/Spectator Behavior Expectations
The following behaviors by parents/spectators will not be tolerated and could lead to suspension or dismissal of the parent/spectator and/or player from CESC:
- Failure to meet any of the aforementioned responsibilities.
- Any use or possession of an illegal substance at a CESC event.
- Any engagement in illegal activity at a CESC event.
- Any attempt to purposefully injure, abuse, or haze someone at a CESC event.
- In the event that a parent/spectator engages in any of the aforementioned behavior, the Director of Coaching and Executive Board President will determine the appropriate disciplinary action.
- All decisions to suspend or dismiss a parent/spectator from CESC for any of the aforementioned behaviors will be made in consultation with the Board of Directors and will be final.
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- How Sweden Tackled Misbehaving Parents – The Guardian
- An Essential Lesson From Christian Pulisic’s Parents – Skye Eddy Bruce
- Why Your Player’s Talent Is Irrelevant – TOVO Barcelona
- New Research: US Soccer Dropouts – Player Development Project
- Goalkeeper 101: A Guide to Parenting a Youth Goalkeeper – Jon Busch
- Cut Them Some Slack: Referee Shortage – Plano Star Courier
- Neymar on Futsal, Street Football, and Learning Tricks – Four Four Two
- NBA Guidelines – Don’t Focus on Just Basketball – Sports Illustrated
- Sideline Etiquette Tips – US Youth Soccer
- Referee Numbers Are Plunging – The Guardian