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Melrose Youth Soccer Code of Conduct

(adapted from Middlesex League Code of Conduct)

Melrose Youth Soccer (MYS) is committed to providing a positive soccer experience through practice, play and teamwork.  Our goal is to be inclusive to the entire community and to provide each child with an opportunity to play the game at the appropriate level and develop technical and tactical skills, a sense of team spirit, leadership qualities, and sportsmanship.  Coaches should also be extended the same benefits of the program, and receive an opportunity to further develop their own skills as well as act as a responsible role model for players.  To achieve these goals, MYS has established a Code of Conduct for players, parents/guardians and coaches. MYS reserves the right to dismiss a player or coach who does not comply with the Code of Conduct.

Player Code of Conduct

  • Show respect to your coaches who are taking the time to teach you.
  • Show respect to your teammates who are sharing this experience with you.
  • Show respect to all referees, because they are figures of authority on the game field.
  • Respect your opponents by playing within the rules of the game and playing fair.

Player's Pledge

I pledge to play fair and be respectful of all players, coaches, referees and to learn and enjoy playing soccer.


Coach Code of Conduct

Before, during and after the game, be an example of dignity, patience and positive spirit.

During the game, you are responsible for the sportsmanship of your players. If one of your players is disrespectful, irresponsible or overly aggressive, take the player out of the game at least long enough for him/her to calm down.

During the game, you are also responsible for the conduct of the parents of your players and other spectators rooting for your team.

During the game, do not address the referee at all. If you have a small issue, discuss it with the referee calmly and patiently after the game.  If you have a major complaint, or if you think the referee was unfair, biased, unfit or incompetent, report your opinion to your League. Your reactions will be taken seriously if they are presented objectively and formally.  Exceptions for persons responsible for a team (Coaches and Assistant Coaches) during the game: Responding to a referee initiating communication, Making Substitutions, Pointing out emergencies or safety issues.

We stress two points:

Referees - especially young and inexperienced ones - are like your players and yourself, in that they need time to develop. You can play an important role in helping them to improve by letting them concentrate on the game. You can help by encouraging them, by accepting their inevitable, occasional mistakes and by offering constructive post-game comments. On the other hand, you could discourage and demoralize the referees by criticizing their decisions, by verbally abusing them and inciting - or even accepting - your own players' overly aggressive behavior. 

Your example is powerful, for better or worse. If you insist on fair play, if you concentrate on your players' enjoyment of the game and their overall, long term development, and if you support the referee, your players and their parents will notice. If you encourage (or allow) your players to play outside the rules, if you're overly concerned about results, and if you criticize the referee harshly, your players and their parents will also notice.

Think about what you're doing during a game! Uphold the Spirit of the Game! If you follow the expectations described above, the spirit of the game will be alive and well in Massachusetts and will grow, along with the enjoyment of all.


Parent/Guardian Code of Conduct

  • Parents/guardians must not use offensive or abusive language on the fields during practices or games.
  • Parents/guardians will not harass, harm or threaten coaches, players, referees, opponents or other families.
  • Parents/guardians will not encourage aggressive or physical play that intentionally jeopardizes the safety of other players.
  • Remember that referees, especially young and inexperienced ones, are like your children in that they need time to develop. You can help by accepting their inevitable, occasional mistakes. Your example is powerful, for better or worse.
  • If you concentrate on your child's enjoyment of the game and their overall, long term development, and if you support the referee, your children will notice. If you encourage your children to play outside the rules, if you're overly concerned about results, and if you criticize the referee harshly, your children will also notice.

All families, including coaches, players and family members, agree to the terms of this code of conduct by registering a child for an MYS program and/or participating in a MYS program or activity.

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Melrose Youth Soccer

P.O. Box 761056 
Melrose, Massachusetts 02176

Email: [email protected]

Melrose Youth Soccer

P.O. Box 761056 
Melrose, Massachusetts 02176

Email: [email protected]
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