MCYSA Commissioner's Code of Conduct
It is a privilege to be a part of the United States Soccer Federation, United States Youth Soccer Association, Kentucky Youth Soccer Association and the Meade County Youth Soccer Alliance. My action shall always reflection credit upon these organizations and their affiliates.
This Code of Conduct has been developed to clarify and distinguish approved and accepted professional, ethical, and moral behavior from that which is detrimental to the development of the sport of soccer.
Commissioners are expected to maintain a higher level of sportsmanship, professionalism and integrity both off and on the field. Commissioners’ primary responsibility is for his/her teams to have fun, to develop soccer coaches, to assist, inform and monitor the Coaches, and to instill a passion for the game. Your performance as a Commissioner is not measured in wins and losses, but rather in what your players and coaches learn in terms of technique, sportsmanship and fair play. Commissioners must maintain respect for the game as well as the referees. Commissioners are charged with the responsibility of ensuring the best conditions are set for the coaches, players, and referees. Commissioners lead and teach by example; your players and coaches will be a reflection of you.
RESPONSIBILITIES TO PLAYERS
1. The Commissioner’s responsibility is to the health and safety of all participants. The Commissioner must never place the value of playing the game over the safety and welfare of players, coaches and spectators.
2. Commissioner should know and understand the Laws of the Game and ensure the matches are played within the laws and the spirit of the game at all times.
3. Commissioner should be positive role model and set the standard for sportsmanship.
4. Commissioner should keep sport in proper perspective with player’s academic education.
5. Commissioner shall say “no” to drugs.
6. Under no circumstances should Commissioner authorize or encourage the use of, but not limited to, medicinal or performance enhancing drugs.
7. Commissioner should monitor the coaches' inspection of player’s equipment to ensure it is appropriate and field conditions to ensure no safety hazards exist.
8. Commissioner should continue his/her own education in the sport in order to be able to educate the coaches in technical, tactical, physical and psychological demands of the game for their level.
9. Commissioners should monitor coaches enabling every recreational player to participate in at least one-half of each game.
Commissioners should monitor for the substitution of un-registered players, and for unsportsmanlike behavior in any form.
10. Commissioner should encourage moral and social responsibility.
11. Commissioner should enable the child’s appreciation of the game. Players should have fun and receive positive feedback.
12. Commissioners will insure that all players, coaches, referees, spectators and staff are treated equally regardless of race, sex, creed, religion, national origin, or playing ability.
13. Commissioners will not use nor condone the use of profane, or abusive language, or gestures towards any Commissioner, player, parent, or league official while serving as a Commissioner.
14. The Commissioner must behave in an ethical and legal manner. The Commissioner must complete and submit a Disclosure Statement to the MCYSA.
15. Commissioners will monitor teams policing of the field of play at the end of practices and games.
16. The Commissioner will ensure that all age group coaches are notified and present at coaches meetings.
17. Commissioners must refrain from using alcohol or tobacco while in the presence of any MCYSA athletes, while on MCYSA facilities.
RESPONSIBILITY TO COACHES
1. Commissioner will ensure that information is passed from the MCYSA Board to coaches, and vice versa. This includes information from Board meetings, schedule postings and changes, field lining responsibilities, MCYSA sponsored activities, field conditions, game cancellations, coach training opportunities, etc.
2. The Commissioner is responsible for coordinating make-up games with coaches, scheduler, and referee coordinator.
3. Commissioner will work with coaches to resolve any conflicts or issues with another coach, parent, player, or MCYSA staff/board identified by the coach. Any conflicts that the commissioner cannot resolve will be presented to the MCYSA Board Executive.
RESPONSIBILITY TO PARENTS/GUARDIAN
1. Commissioner will work with parents to resolve any conflicts or issues with a coach, another parent, player, or MCYSA staff/board identified by the parent/guardian. Any conflicts that the commissioner cannot resolve will be presented to the MCYSA Board Executive.
RESPONSIBILITY TO MCYSA
1. Commissioner should work in the spirit of cooperation with the officials, administrators, coaches, spectators and participants.
2. Commissioner should know and follow all rules set forth by the MCYSA, KYSA, leagues and clubs.
3. Commissioner must strive to maintain integrity within the sport.
4. Commissioner should contact the MCYSA Board Executive to resolve conflicts with another Commissioner, parent, player, or MCYSA staff/board that the commissioner can't resolve.
5. Attend all MCYSA Board meetings.
6. Checking team roster for accuracy and informing the registrar of team member changes and conflicts.
7. Contacting referee administrator and scheduler to change or reschedule any game.
8. Inform the MCYSA Board Executive of any disciplinary actions taken by the commissioner, or actions needed by the Board Executive.
9. Encourage team to participate in league scheduled group activities (award ceremony, player appreciation days, etc.).
10. Monitor games and practices of teams in the age group.
11. Participate in registration, coach recruitment, coach and player rostering, and scheduling activities.
12. Serve as the primary interface between the parents and coaches, and the MCYSA Board.
13. Maintain equipment assigned to the age group division (nets, flags, bags, keys, etc.) if asked to.
RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE LAWS OF THE GAME
1. Commissioners should know the Laws of the Game, their intent, interpretation and correct application.
2. Commissioners must adhere to the letter and spirit of the laws of the game.
3. If a Commissioner permits, encourages, or condones performance which is not in the letter or spirit of the laws, Commissioner is derelict in his/her responsibility to players, MCYSA,KSYA and the sport worldwide.
RESPONSIBILITY TO OFFICIALS
1. Commissioner must not criticize game officials and instruct his/her coaches, parents and spectators to refrain from criticizing officials.
2. Commissioner will treat officials with respect before, during, and after the game. Officials should be addressed as “Referee”, Sir, Madam, or “Mr./Ms. Referee” and not by name. Professional respect should be mutual and there should be no demeaning dialogue or gesture between officials, Commissioner, coaches, or player.
3. Commissioners must not incite coaches or spectators or attempt to disrupt the flow of play.
4. Commissioner is responsible for and will be held accountable for the conduct of his/her coaches, parents, and spectators.
5. Commissioner should submit comments in writing regarding an official to the MCYSA Board Executive as necessary.
RESPONSIBILITY FOR PUBLIC RELATIONS
1. Commissioners have a responsibility to promote the game of soccer to the public. Comments and critiques of governing bodies, teams, Commissioners, players, parents, or the media should be positive and constructive, never prejudicial or inflammatory.
2. Commissioners have the responsibility to assist their players in conducting themselves properly while representing their team, league, and MCYSA in public.
3. Comments blaming officials, organizers, players, etc. for a loss or unsuccessful endeavor are detrimental and must be avoided.
4. I believe that the way my teams conducts themselves can also have an influence, for better or worse, on those we compete against.
7. Neither I nor my players, coaches and spectators will display hostile behavior towards opposing players, parents or officials.
GAME DAY AND OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES
1. A Commissioner’s behavior must bring credit to him/herself, his/her organization, and the sport of soccer.
2. A Commissioner shall exhibit a respectful attitude towards players, coaches, officials, spectators, and opposing players. Verbal abuse or physical assault is unethical and shall be punishable by suspension from the program.
3. Commissioner should use his/her influence to control the behavior of his/her players, coaches, parents and spectators.
4. Commissioner should monitor that the fields are properly marked with visible lines and corner flags.
5. Commissioners are responsible for monitoring the conduct of their players, coaches and spectators. Verbal and/or physical abuse will not be tolerated.
Thank you for your time and dedication to helping children learn about the sport of soccer. We understand that your time is valuable and we appreciate your donation of that time. The MCYSA board wants you to be informed of the commissioner's responsibilities in advance. The MCYSA board wants to continue to improve the quality of the MCYSA for the benefit of the players, and recognize the board members' responsibility to support and inform the commissioners. Again, thank you for your time and effort!