Supporting Our Teams the Right Way

A message from the Cardiff Mustangs Soccer Board

We hope you’ve enjoyed the first two weekends of soccer and that your kids are learning, having fun, clicking as a team–and maybe even scoring more goals than their opponents. Winning games is fun, but it certainly isn’t everything—and it means nothing at all if we don’t have proper behavior from fans, players, and coaches alike.

Now that we have started the season, we want to remind everyone—coaches, parents, relatives and friends—that your sideline behavior reflects on the entire Cardiff Mustangs community. And it’s noticed by your kids. We have to set the right example.

Please cheer your teams, but do not under any circumstances criticize the opponents, challenge referee calls, swear, or encourage people who are acting badly. Soccer can be an emotional and intense game, but it is a game, nothing more. If you lose sight of that, you lose the game even if you win.

Let’s be good winners and good losers. Refs may make calls that you see differently. Fans and coaches on opposing teams may behave badly. Opposing players may gloat over a goal, illegally slide tackle your kid and not get caught, or say inappropriate things. That’s when you have to be at your best. We are defined by how we behave under pressure, and let’s keep our reputation for having a high standard that can’t be compromised by the inappropriate actions of others.

If someone on our side does something at a game that you think is inappropriate—be it a relative of a player or even a coach–say something to the person or notify those of us on the soccer board. Let’s address problems early before they escalate, and when people on our side get hot and bothered, help them cool down.

We aim to have all our players take the skills they learn playing  soccer off the pitch, including grace under intense pressure, respect for authority, leadership, humility whether winning or losing, and putting the needs of the group over the glory of the individual.

CARDIFF MUSTANGS CODE OF CONDUCT

Players

·       Listen to the coaches, learn from them, and follow their rules.

·       Attend all practices and games and arrive on time.

·       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 practice or 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.

Parents

·       Read and understand the Cardiff Soccer League rules and commitments.

·       Make sure players attend all scheduled practices and games on time with the proper equipment.

·       Encourage your children to develop healthy habits that will help them on the field.

·       Positively support your children, as well as other players on their teams.

·       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.

·       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.

·       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 opposing 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.