Parent's Code of Conduct

The Portland Youth Soccer Association considers conduct by parents and spectators to be supportive and positive at all times. Hillside Soccer as a sub-set to PYSA fully supports and believes that parents play an integral role in thier childs development as a player. The following Code of Conduct for parents emphasizes the key areas that all parents and spectators are expected to abide by during all PYSA competitions:

  • Remember that children play organized sports for their own fun. They are not there to entertain you; and they are not miniature professional athletes
  • Be on your best behavior. Don't use profanities or harass players, coaches, or referees
  • Applaud good plays by your team AND the opposing team
  • Show respect for your team's opponents. Without them there would be no game
  • Never ridicule or scold a child for making a mistake during competition or practice session
  • Condemn the use of violence in all forms
  • Respect the referee and do not criticize their decisions
  • Encourage players to always play according to the rules
  • Do not coach team players, including your own child, from the sidelines during the game
  • Communicate with your coach and create a positive, supportive working relationship
  • Avoid the use of fear and a win-at-all costs mentality—players just want to have fun.
Parent's Role
  1. Provide transportation to and from all practices and games. Respect your coach's time: be punctual in arrival and pickup of your player.
  2. When possible, stay and watch practices as well as games and lend players your support in a positive manner. Do not point out their mistakes or criticize—leave team and player management up to the coach. Support your child's efforts as well as their accomplishments.
  3. If unable to attend the practice or game, teach children not to talk with or leave practices or games with strangers. Let your coach know if your player is riding with someone else.
  4. Ensure your player brings equipment to and from all soccer games and practices. Be sure to identify equipment with a pen or permanent marker.
  5. Be available to kick the ball around with your child.

Players Code of Conduct

The Portland Youth Soccer Association considers good conduct by players, parents and coaches to be an extremely important part of the soccer program. Hillside Soccer Club, being a sub-set or PYSA, fully supports and believes in this Code of Conduct for our players.

The following Code of Conduct for players will be read to both teams, by the referee, prior to the start of each PYSA game:

Treat opponents with respect
  • Play hard but within the rules of the game of soccer
  • Keep control of your temper
  • Respect the referee and accept their decisions without gesture or argument
  • Win without boasting. Lose without excuses
  • Never quit
  • Remember that it is a privilege to represent your soccer club and community
Player's Rights
  1. The right to decide when to participate in soccer
  2. The right to play at least 50% of each game (this may be conditional on a player being disciplined, sickness, or injury)
  3. The right to participate at a level that corresponds to each child's maturity and ability
  4. The right to be taught the fundamentals of soccer
  5. The right to participate in a safe and healthy environment
  6. The right to play as a child and enjoy participation in the sport

Coaches' Pledge
The Hillside Soccer Club and Portland Youth Soccer Association appreciate the time youth coaches take to provide a positive experience for the youth in our community. A coach is a teacher, a friend, and a role model. The following pledge as outlined by PYSA is the expectation of all coaches within the league.
  • I will treat all players, parents, opponents and referees with respect
  • I will respect the interpretation of rules and judgement of the referees
  • I will remember that I am a youth sports coach and that the game is for children and not adults
  • I will place the emotional and physical well being of my players ahead of a personal desire to win
  • I will teach each player as an individual, remembering that each player develops at a different social, physical, and mental rate
  • I will be knowledgeable of the rules of soccer and will teach these rules to my players
  • I will do my best to provide a safe playing environment for my players
  • I will do my best to organize practices that are fun and challenging for all my players while recognizing the value of play in a child's development
  • I will provide a sports environment for my team that is free of drugs, tobacco, and alcohol and I will refrain from their use at all soccer events
  • I will promise to review and practice first aid principles needed to treat injuries of my players
  • My assistant coaches and I will lead by example by demonstrating fair play and sportsmanship to all players
  • I will remind my team and fans to exhibit good sportmanship at all times, both when winning and when losing

Developed with assistance from the National Alliance for Youth Sports and the National Youth Sports Coaches Association.

PYSA member clubs are required to have all coaches sign the above pledge.