The league expects all participants, coaches, parents, and players alike to strive for the highest standards and conduct, both on and off the field.
The following is a guide toward achieving those standards.
- Consider the maturity level of your players in all your dealings with them
- Teach your players that the rules of the game are mutual agreements that no on should break or evade
- Never ridicule or demean players for making a mistake, or for losing a game
- Never encourage players to set out to injure and opponent, or to be please if an injury should happen
- Remember always that youth players need a coach whose example they can look up to and respect.
By your example, you should teach them:
- To respect opponents, coaches, and officials
- To accept losses with grace, and never to blame officials for a loss
- To appreciate the good play of opponents, as well as of teammates
- Play the game by the rules, as laid out by FIFA and the CWSL
- Play as hard and as well as you can
- Do not argue with referees decisions
- Control your temper, on and off the field
- Work as hard for your team as for yourself
- Never bully or take unfair advantage of another player
- Treat all players, teammates and opponents alike, as you would like to be treated
- Never set out to injure or demean an opponent
- Respect you coach, your teammates, your opponents, and the officials. Without them you have no game
- Accept the results of the game. Never whine or complain
- Always remember that youth players are involved in soccer for their benefit
- Encourage your sons and daughters to play by the rules
- Teach your sons and daughters that honest effort is as important as victory
- Never ridicule or demean your sons and daughters for making a mistake, or for losing a game
- Never ridicule or demean players, coaches, or fans of an opposing team
- Show appreciation of good plays by all players, both those on your team and on the opposing team
- Do not attack the decisions of officials, and never question their honesty
- Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from the game of soccer
- Recognize the importance and value of all officials and volunteer coaches. They give of their time and resources to provide competitive opportunities for your sons and daughters
- Act with an awareness that young people learn best by example
The above code of conduct sets a very high standard, and one we should all strive to reach. It is not all inclusive, however, it does not try to cover all possible situations. In any case, no code of conduct can be a substitute for real sportsmanship, which comes from within. True sportsmanship proceeds from a spirit of honest respect, respect for the game, respect for oneself, respect for coaches, respect for officials, respect for teammates, and respect for opponents. While it may not be possible to live up to such a high standard at all times, and in every way, the Central Wisconsin Soccer League reserves the right to discipline and team, club, or individual coach, player, or parent who flagrantly or persistently violate the expected spirit of sportsmanship represented here.