© OTTAWA EAGLES SOCCER CLUB

CODE OF CONDUCT

In order to uphold the P.R.I.D.E. and promote a high level of sportsmanship to the game , the Ottawa Eagles Soccer Club adopts the following Code of Conduct for all players, colleagues and coaches.

Positive Attitude, Respect, Integrity, Diversity, and Excellence leading to Winning with Vengeance and Style.

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Players Code of Conduct:

  • I will play by the rules of soccer, and in the spirit of the game.

  • I will show respect at all times for all coaches, all referees, all players, all spectators, and all club officials.

  • I will control my temper. I will not fight or use foul or abusive language or inappropriate gestures.

  • I will be a team player.

  • I know that winning isn't everything - having fun, playing fair, improving my skills, making friends and doing my best are all important.

  • I will acknowledge all good play - that of my team-mates and of my opponents.

  • I understand that Coaches are there to coach and not to improve my behavior. If I am found to be behaving badly, my coach is permitted to remove me from the game/event.

  • I will not take part in any form of bullying, either to an opposing player or to a player on my team. Bullying in any form, whether in person, electronically (any form of social media) have zero tolerance and shall lead to further disciplinary measures

  • I recognize that practices are more important than games and games are equally important.

  • I will arrive at the field before practices and games according to the standards set by my team management.

  • I will be responsible for attending out-of-town games according to the standards set by my team management.

  • If I cannot make a game or practice, I will notify the team Coach at least 48 hours in advance so that arrangements for substitutes can be made.

  • I realize that players who attend practices may get priority in the game starting line-up. Starting line-ups are based on several factors including attendance at practices, player's position, effort, attitude, and other factors including the game status/score/importance.

  • I will not use any electronic devices during the course of the game. I will provide my full attention to the team’s event and game.

  • I realize that playing time is not always going to be equal despite my coaches attempt to equalize/be fair.

  • I will put my Team’s interest and long term Goals and priorities ahead of my own if there will be a priority conflict.

  • I will take good care of my uniform and wear it only on game days.

 

Discipline:

  • I recognize that the team Coach/Management will handle infractions that occur at times other than during a game.

  • I recognize that infractions that occur during the game are governed by the Laws of the Game and will be decided by the Referee. The result may be a Caution (yellow card) or Dismissal (red card), in which case there may also be further action, including suspensions or fines, by the league discipline committee.

  • I recognize that certain serious infractions will result in a discipline hearing convened by the Ontario Soccer Association or their delegate, and could lead to an indefinite suspension from soccer, and a fine being levied by the OSA. Payment of the fine is my responsibility.

  • I am responsible for reimbursing the Club for any and all fines payable by the Club due to my actions or inactions. Failure to pay any fines will result in my suspension from the Club for an indefinite period of time.

 

COACHES:

All coaches shall…

  • Provide a positive role model for their players by consistently acting in a positive, controlled and mature manner.

  •  Demonstrate good sportsmanship

  • Above all else, maintain the safety and well-being of their players.

  • Refrain from open arguments with referees and other coaches.

  • Ensure equitable playing time to all players under normal circumstances.

  • Provide necessary guidance at games and practices.

  • Discipline players in a FAIR and CONSISTENT manner.

  • Refrain from making negative comments about other coaches, players, and referees.

  • Maintain a consistent practice schedule that is both fun and challenging for the players.

  • If the team management feels that a coach change is needed, they have the power to practice this right.

 

Consequences:

If for any reason the Code of Conduct is not followed by the player, any [one or more] of the following steps may be taken by the coach or the Club:

  • Reduce the playing time of the player; and/or

  • Suspend the player for some time period

  • Remove the player from the team.