Parent Code of Conduct

Parent Code of Conduct The parent’s role is one of support to the players, coaches, and Club. The most important way to show support is by leading with positive role modeling and encouragement. Every parent is expected to “Honor the Game” of soccer and honor the Parent Code of Conduct in words and actions by:

• Showing respect and courtesy to all players, coaches, officials, parents, and spectators at all times, including those of opposing and other teams.

• Demonstrate and encourage good sportsmanship and the concepts of fair play.

• During games, keep comments to positive encouragement and refrain from shouting instructions or coaching. Let the coach do the coaching.

• Refrain from questioning officials’ decisions or from addressing them in a disrespectful or abusive manner. Understand that officials, just like players make mistakes. Let the game officials handle the officiating.

• Appreciate a good play no matter who makes it. Recognize and acknowledge maximum effort, learning, and improvement and understand that mistakes happen in the process. Refrain from assessing, criticizing, or talking negatively or hurtfully about any player.

• Remember who the player is: your child. Be your child’s best fan and supporter. Focus on fun, effort, and participation. Keep sports in proper perspective.

• Refrain from making comments about your child’s teammates or opposing players. Be mindful that there may be other parents, officials, and spectators in the stands.

• Help your child be on time for all games and practices or notify the coach beforehand.

• Support a drug, alcohol, and tobacco-free environment at youth sporting events.

• Refrain from criticizing your child’s coach to your child or other parents and players.

• Encourage your child to be the point of contact for all communication with the coach.

 • Observe a mandatory “24-hour cooling off” period following a game to discuss any issue you or your child may have regarding the game. After the 24-hour period, you may contact the coach to arrange a time to privately discuss the issue.

For U9 teams, Older Corte Madera FC is committed to using professional coaches to guide the development of all our players. At times our coaches will have conflicts and will not be able to attend games or training sessions. When this happens, Corte Madera has a procedure in place to find a substitute coach from within Corte Madera Football Club. Parents who have a US Soccer coach card and who have attended the club’s coach education program.  All substitute coaches will be given a game plan from the team coach, including substitution schedule and tactical notes, in order to provide continuity and consistency to the players and the team.

I understand that by joining Corte Madera we are making a commitment to the team for an entire season. A team is a small unit, and its success depends on the commitment made to the calendar and the team budget by all families on the team. The team budget will be communicated to the team before the start of the season. In case of injuries, change of plans or departures for any other reason, families are still accountable for team fees and will only be given a refund if a new family joins Corte Madera that can offset the team fees of the departing family. The addition of new players is at the discretion of the coaching staff based on ability. The amount of the refund (if any) will be determined by the costs incurred by the team at the time when the new family joins the team. A player with an outstanding balance will not be released from the team/club until any financial obligations have been paid. Acknowledgment I have read, understand and agree to abide by and uphold the above-stated Corte Madera Parent Code of Conduct. I understand that a failure to abide by this Parent Code of Conduct may result in disciplinary action, including suspension or termination of a player’s participation privilege, and that any such action is within the sole discretion of the Corte Madera Director of Coaching and Board of Directors. No reimbursement of program or travel fees will be made to a dismissed player or the player’s family.