As we approach the beginning of tournament play, I wanted to reach out and wish all of the Cardiff Mustangs teams the best of luck in their games during the pre-season. These early games allow coaches to see their teams play in competitive situations and evaluate strengthens and weaknesses. Understanding the team’s tendencies early in the year helps coaches plan and maximize team and individual development over the year.
Developing soccer players is a process, and coaches, teammates, parents, and the players each have an important role. The club wants to help mold good people, leaders, and teammates through soccer. Each player will come into his/her own at a different time and let’s remember to all be supportive and encouraging throughout each player’s journey.
I’ll see you on the fields,
Cardiff Mustangs Director of Coaching
IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER
- Observe the 24-hour rule and take a minimum of 24 hours before initiating any communication with coaches about games. Do not question coach decisions in the presence of any player, parent, referee, or other spectator. Address concerns privately to the coach only after a 24-hour cooling-off period has passed.
- Do cheer on the team, but let the coaches coach. This means do not give directions or instructions to players during practices, clinics, camps, or games.
- Sit more than ten yards from the field’s centerline, and back from the sideline so that you do not interfere with referees or coaches.
- Do not engage referees, coaches or parents of the opponent team before, during, or after a game. This is strictly the responsibility of coaches and referees. Any issues should be directed to the manager of your team.
- Abide by the rules and laws of the field you are on, including regulations regarding dogs on fields.
- Read and understand the Cardiff Soccer League rules and commitments.
- Encourage you children to develop healthy habits that will help them on the field.
- Positively support your children, as well as other players on their teams.
- Remember that coaches, team managers, Cardiff Soccer League Board of Directors, and referees can remove you from the sidelines of games if you violate these rules. Similarly, your child also can be removed from a team or suspended from the league for violating the player code of conduct. Incidents in which parents receive a red card will be subject to review by the Board of Directors and parents may be further penalized, including the possibility that they will not be allowed to attend future games.
- Listen to the coaches, learn from them, and follow their rules.
- Be prepared and arrive on time for games.
- Strive to maintain a positive attitude, poise, and a cool head.
- Exhibit good sportsmanship and show respect toward teammates.
- Do not argue or act disrespectful to any referee at any time.
- Do not use foul language during games. No trash-talk, back talk, or put-downs are permitted at any time, on or off the field.
- Positively represent Cardiff Mustangs both on and off the field. Be humble in victory and gracious in defeat.
- Bring proper equipment to all games and practices and help coaches set up and clean up.
- Communicate any problems you’re having with coaches and ask your parents to contact coaches if you are sick or injured.