PLAYER CODE of CONDUCT
As a soccer player in the Ponte Vedra Soccer program, I understand that I am at all times a representative of the Ponte Vedra Soccer Club, my team, my coaches, and my family.
I will come to each practice, game, and PVSC event with a positive attitude.
I will demonstrate fair play and good sportsmanship at every practice, game, and tournament. I will also encourage fair play and good sportsmanship from other players, coaches, officials, and parents.
I will attend every practice and game that I can, and I will notify my coach if I cannot make a practice or game.
I will come to practice and games on time and ready to learn. I accept responsibility for bringing any equipment necessary for practice (ball, cleats, shin guards, water,) and games (cleats, shin guards, water, and team uniform).
I will follow the coach's direction and will not be disruptive during practices or games, nor will I be disrespectful to my coaches, my team, and opponents or officials.
I will treat other players, coaches, officials, and fans with respect regardless of race, sex, or ability, and I will expect to be treated accordingly.
I will respect the authority of the referee, even though I may sometimes disagree with the call.
I will conduct myself with honor, dignity, and treat other players as I would like to be treated. I will remember at all times that I am representing the Ponte Vedra Soccer Club, my team, and my community.
I understand that poor behavior or attitude during practices, games, or tournaments may result in lost playing time and expulsion from the team.
PARENT CODE of CONDUCT
As a parent, you play a special role in contributing to the needs and development of youngsters. Through your encouragement and good example, you can help all the boys and girls learn good sportsmanship and self-discipline.
At PONTE VEDRA SOCCER CLUB, young people learn to work together, to sacrifice for the good of the team, to enjoy winning, and deal appropriately with defeat – all while becoming physically fit and healthy. Best of all, they have fun.
SUPPORT YOUR CHILD
Supporting your child by giving encouragement and showing interest in their team is very important. Help your child work toward skill improvement and good sportsmanship in every game. Teach your child that hard work and an honest effort are often more important than victory – that way your child will always be a winner despite the outcome of the game!
ALWAYS BE POSITIVE
Parents serve as role models for their children. Be aware of this fact and work to be a positive role model. Applaud good plays by your child’s team as well as good plays by the opposing team. Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from youth sports.
Remember: YOUR CHILD WANTS TO HAVE FUN
Remember that your child is the one playing soccer, not you. It’s very important to let children establish their own goals – to play the game for themselves. Take care not to impose your own standards and goals on them. Don’t put too heavy a burden on your child to win games. Surveys reveal that 72% of children would rather play for a losing team than ride the bench for a winning team.
REINFORCE POSITIVE BEHAVIOR
Positive reinforcement is the best way to help your child achieve their goals and overcome their natural fear of failure. Nobody likes to make mistakes. If your child does make one, remember it’s all part of learning, so encourage your child’s efforts and point out the good things your child accomplished.
DON'T BE A SIDELINE REFEREE
Ponte Vedra Soccer Club coaches are usually parents just like you. They volunteer their time to help make your child’s soccer experience a positive one. They need your support, too. That means refrain from coaching or refereeing from the sidelines. In a volunteer organization like PVSC, there’s always an opportunity to take your interest in coaching or refereeing to the next level and become one yourself!
Our referees are typically new to the refereeing world. Please give them the respect they deserve. Poor sportsmanship on the parent sideline can result in teaching the young players a poor attitude and lack of respect for the officials on the field.
If the Parent Code of Conduct is not being followed, we reserve the right to ask the disruptive parent/spectator to leave the field and county park. If a situation escalates to where the safety of the players, spectators, referees, or others is at risk, the Field Marshall is to contact the local police for assistance.