POBSC Code of Ethics

UpdatedSaturday October 7, 2017 byPOB Soccer.

Coaches Code of Conduct

You are responsible for the sportsmanship of your players. If one of your players is disrespectful, irresponsible, or overly aggressive, take the player out of the game, for as long as you deem necessary.

In addition ALL individuals representing POBSC as a Coach MUST be represented in proper POBSC attire (POBSC Coaches shirt) when they are acting as a coach during home and away games (weather permitting).  No exception to this rule.

Respect the Referee and Observe Zero Tolerance
You are responsible for the conduct of the parents and spectators of your players. Enlist a parent to take charge on the opposite sideline if you need to.

You must explain acceptable player and spectator conduct before the season begins. Be sure to emphasize the Zero Tolerance Rule, which prohibits coaches, players, and spectators from saying ANYTHING to the referee.

The Plainview Old Bethpage Soccer Club Coach Code of Conduct reflects the Club’s desire that coaches act first and foremost in the best interests of the character development and safety of the players in their care. Persistent or flagrant disregard for these priorities may result in a coach being suspended for a certain number of games, required to take certain coach training courses, or, in extreme cases, relieved of coaching responsibilities permanently.

Parents Code of Conduct

Cheer for Your Child’s Team – Don’t Coach It. “Well done”, “Great try” are welcome cheers. Instructions – “shoot”, “get rid of it”, “pass it” – are not received as the helpful advice you intend it to be, and it may contradict what the coach is trying to teach the players. You can’t see what the players see, and they need to make their own decisions. Let them play.

Respect the Referee and Observe Zero Tolerance. The rules forbid parents from addressing the referee. Good sportsmanship does too. Referees do their best, whatever mistakes they make are as much a part of the game as the mistakes our children make, they have a better view than spectators.

Make the Coach’s Job Easier. Help your player understand the importance of attending and behaving well at practice. Be on time, dropping off and picking up. And communicate with the coach if/when you can’t make a practice or game. Coaches plan better practices when they know who’s coming. We know you’re busy, but so are the coaches – they’re taking the time to coach our children!

The Plainview Old Bethpage Soccer Club Parent Code of Conduct recognizes the significant benefits of parental support in youth sports while reminding all involved that the games are for the fun and development of the players and should be kept in perspective for the benefit of the players. Persistent or flagrant disregard of the Parent Code of Conduct may result in a parent being asked to leave a game, refrain from attending games, or, in extreme cases, in the suspension of the parent’s child from the Soccer Club.

Players Code of Conduct

Honor your commitment to the team by coming to all practices and games unless you have a conflict that you have already told your coach about.

Appreciate your volunteer coach by behaving well, and by always being ready to listen, learn and have fun.

Respect your opponents and yourself with clean play and clean language. Always.

Respect the referee – don’t complain. Enjoy playing the game and let the referee call it.

Respect and abide by the Laws of the Game – and make sure you KNOW them. Read the Laws of the Game on

Support your teammates – encourage them, don’t criticize them.

The Plainview Old Bethpage Soccer Club Player Code of Conduct is simple and fair. The Club expects its players to respect and abide by the Code. Persistent or flagrant disregard for the Code may result in a player incurring reduced playing time, being suspended for a specific number of games, or, in extreme cases, being expelled from the Soccer Club.

Violation of Code of Conduct 

The Club believes that the most effective method for addressing grievances and concerns, and for preventing small grievances from becoming larger grievances, is always constructive communication between the parties involved. We encourage coaches and parents to discuss issues of concern regarding adherence to the Code of Conduct; the Club’s Age Division Head may be a helpful third party to such discussions.

The Club also recognizes that certain behaviors require more serious and formal discussion. Where violations of the Code of Conduct persist beyond discussion or are sufficiently serious, the Club encourages coaches and parents to contact the Division Head of Coach. The Division Head will draw upon the resources of the Club as necessary (by speaking to assistant coaches, and relevant parents) to ascertain the facts and present the matter to the Board for resolution in a timely manner.