Code of Conduct

C.O.Y.S.A. - Code of Conduct for Players and Parents.


  • To play by the rules of the game.
  • To respect the officials and to accept their decision without criticism.
  • To be fair to your opponent and to treat them well - without them there would be no game!
  • To encourage your team-mates and help them to succeed.
  • To treat your coach with respect and to work with the coach for the betterment of the "team".
  • To accept coaching decisions as part of the game.
  • To speak respectfully, openly and honestly in private to your coach should a dispute arise.
  • Zero tolerance of profanity, temper tantrums, violent behaviour, drugs or alcohol.
  • To be generous when you win and gracious when you lose.


  • Set an example for your child. Good sportsmanship is not just for players & coaches.
  • Do not criticise the officials - nothing positive will result. Referees can have an offensive parent removed from the field, and if they refuse, the game will be forfeited to the opponent.
  • Let the coach - coach. Avoid yelling out instructions from the sidelines that can be confusing and frustrating to the players.
  • Attempt to relieve the pressure of competition, not increase it.
  • When cheering, try to cheer all the players, and offer encouragement when they try something or succeed at something.
  • Avoid conflicts with other teams parents.
  • Communicate with your coach. If you have ideas or problems, talk to the coach.
  • Have fun and enjoy the games, remembering that the quality of the competition reigns supreme.
  • Ensure that your child is interacting consistent to their code of conduct.

Failure to comply with the Code for Players and Parents may result in your child being suspended and/or removed from the COYSA soccer program.

Coaches Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

  • Coaches must respect the rights, dignity and worth of each and every person and treat each equally within the context of the sport.
  • Coaches must place the well being and safety of each player above all other considerations, including the development of performance.
  • Coaches must adhere to all guidelines laid down within the Constitution and the Rules of BC Soccer.
  • Coaches must develop an appropriate working relationship with each player based on mutual trust and respect.
  • Coaches must NOT exert undue influence to obtain personal benefit or reward.
  • Coaches must encourage and guide players to accept responsibility for their own behavior and performance.
  • Coaches must ensure at the activities they direct or advocate is appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of players.
  • Coaches should, at the outset, clarify with the player (and, where appropriate, their parents) exactly what is expected of them and also what they are entitled to expect from their coach.
  • Coaches must co-operate fully with other specialists (e.g. other coaches, officials, sports scientists, doctors, physiotherapists) in the best interests of the player.
  • Coaches must always promote the appropriate Code of Conduct and positive aspects of the sport (e.g. fair play) to players, parents and spectators alike. Never condone violations of the Laws of the Game, behavior contrary to the spirit of the Laws of the Game or relevant rules and regulations or the use of prohibited substances or techniques.
  • Coaches must consistently display high standards of behavior and experience and be a role model for players, parents, and spectators

 Failure to comply with the Code for Coaches may result in your suspension and/or removed from the COYSA soccer program.

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