Parents

Parents, please note that youth today are dropping out of sports at an alarming rate. It is important that when you are on the sidelines, you should only say positive and encouraging comments to your child and their team mates. Leave the coaching to the coaches and enjoy the game.

Responsibilities:

Parents must not coach from the pitch side during matches and training.

Parents should not criticize their child on any part of the player's game, leave this to the coaches since it may cause confusion and erode the player's confidence.­

Be your child's best fan and support him unconditionally. Don't withdraw your love when he performs below his standard.

Respect the facilities at our opponents' grounds.

Do not criticize your child's coach to your child or other parents, if you are not happy with the coach you should raise the issue with the coach.

Encourage your child to speak with the coach. If your child is having difficulties in training or games, or can't attend training etc. encourage him to speak directly to the coaches. This "responsibility taking" is a big part of becoming a mature person. By handling off the field tasks, your child is claiming ownership of all aspects of the game.

Help the young player to focus on the performance and not the result.

Winning is not as important as the performance.

Support all the players in your child's squad. Do not criticise any player.

Do not criticise the opponents, their parents, coaches or the referee.

Encourage children always to play according to the rules and to settle disagreements without resorting to hostility or violence.

Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing a game.

Respect the decisions of officials and teach children to do likewise.

Learn the rules of the game and the policies of the organization.

Show appreciation for volunteer coaches, officials and administrators. Without them, your child could not participate.

Respect the rights, dignity and value of every young person regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.

The coach is a volunteer -giving of personal time to provide a recreational activity for your child. They are providing a valuable community service, often without reward other than their personal satisfaction. Without them your child could not participate.

Believe that referees, just as coaches and players, are attempting to do their best.

I will refrain from speaking to officials, unless it is to say thank you after the game. If I have questions or concerns with the referees, I will speak to the coach after the game or at practice.

Report to the coach all injuries, special medical conditions (such as asthma) or extenuating circumstances (such as lack of sleep or family crisis) that may affect the player.

Send my child ready to play. My child will be dressed in uniform and will arrive on time.