CYS Coaches Code of Conduct

Coaches Code of Conduct

  • Always keep the best interest and well being of the children as the highest priority.
  • In both victory and defeat, the behavior of the coach shall model grace, dignity and composure.
  • Treat referees with respect. Both BAYS and In-Town coaches must adhere to the Zero Tolerance Policy (see Appendix or click here.)
  • Stress fair play and good sportsmanship whether winning or losing. During the game, 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 at least long enough for him/her to calm down.
  • During the game, you are also responsible for the conduct of the parents of your players. It is imperative to explain acceptable player and parent behavior in a preseason meeting. Encourage them to applaud and cheer for good plays by either team. Discourage them (and you may need to be forceful and direct) from yelling at the players and the referee.
  • Don't run up the score. Getting defeated by a large margin can really demoralize young soccer players, so please use your best judgment when teams are mismatched. There are ways to keep the score reasonable (e.g. move stronger players to goalie, defense or sidelines, team rule that no shots can be taken until there have been 5 consecutive passes).
  • Coaches shall model inclusive behavior, actively supporting cultural diversity while opposing all types of discrimination, including but not limited to, racism and sexism, at all levels of the game.


Recommended Coaching Best Practices

  • Soccer is the players' game. The paramount concern of coaches is the holistic development, welfare, enjoyment and safety of their players.
  • Always remember, it's not about winning but developing mature and well-adjusted children.
  • Make it fun — if it's not fun, re-evaluate how you are teaching.
  • Don't over coach — the children learn through playing.
  • Provide positive reinforcement and build esteem — every practice, every game.
  • Remember, attitude is learned, both positive and negative.
  • Before a game, introduce yourself to the opposing coach and to the referee.
  • After the game, thank the referee and ask your players to do the same.

1. Mass Youth Soccer (MYSA) Coaches Code of Conduct
2. National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Code of Ethics
3. Western Onondaga Youth Soccer Association


Procedures for Dealing With Violations of the CYS Coaches Code of Conduct

Any reports (BAYS and In-Town) from referees, opposing coaches, players or parents regarding violations of the CYS Coaching Code of Conduct officially filed with the Board will be handled as follows:

1. The CYS Coaches Council, at its discretion, may recommend that a coach be suspended from participation in league activities while the Council investigates and contemplates any action.

2. The Council will verify details of the complaint, including interviewing the person or persons who have made the complaint, as well as any witnesses who may have observed the incident.

3. The Council will send a letter to the coach involved, asking for his/her version of the incident. The coach will have 7 days to respond in writing to the Council.

4. The Council will meet within 14 days to determine if disciplinary action should be taken.

5. If the allegation is determined to be correct, the Council may recommend that the coach be subject to immediate suspension from the league for a period of time to be decided on. The Council will submit its recommendation to the CYS Board of Directors for approval. If the suspension is approved by the Board, the coach will be notified verbally and in writing of the Council's decision. Based on the nature and severity of the offense, and depending on whether this represents a repeat offense, disciplinary actions may range from:

  • Official warning / clarification of expected conduct
  • Partial season suspension (1-3 games)
  • Suspension for the remainder of the Fall and/or Spring Season
  • One year suspension
  • Permanent ban from coaching at CYS


Appendix — Zero Tolerance Policy

All individuals responsible for a team and all spectators shall support the referee. Failure to do so will undermine the referee's authority and has the potential of creating a hostile environment for the players, the referee, and all the other participants and spectators. Consequently, CYS has adopted and modified the following rule:

1. No one, except the players, is to speak to the referee during or after the game. Exceptions: Coaches may ask questions before the game, call for substitutions and point out emergencies during the game, or respond to the referee if addressed.

2. Absolutely no disputing calls, during or after the game, no remarks to the referee to watch certain players or attend to rough play. NO YELLING at the referee, EVER, and no criticism, sarcasm, harassment, intimidation, or feedback of any kind during or after the game.

3. Violators at BAYS games may be ejected and are subject to disciplinary action by the BAYS Sportsmanship Review Committee. CYS will investigate and respond to incidents at In-Town games.

4. If coaches or spectators have questions regarding particular calls, rules, or a referee, or wish to give feedback regarding a referee, please contact the town soccer club referee's coordinator for the game in question, or contact the BAYS Referees Representative at


CYS Coaching Philosophy
CYS Mission and Coaching Philosophy
CYS Coaching Guidelines
Mass Youth Soccer Coaching Guidelines
Zero Tolerance Policy
Coaches Code of Conduct

Coaching Resources / Education
CYS Coaches Manual
Lesson Plans for Soccer Practices
Useful Youth Soccer Coaching Websites
Coaching License Courses

Coach Administration Checklist
Scheduling Practice Fields
BAYS Make-up Game Procedure
BAYS Placement Field Evaluations

Safety, Injuries and Emergencies
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
CYS Coaches Survey Results
Referee's Pointers for BAYS Coaches
Coach Application Form (Acrobat PDF)

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