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Codes of Conduct

Parents, coaches, fans and players must abide by the SSC Code of Conduct. In addition, as a member of Soccer Maine, all SSC stakeholders mentioned above are also bound by the Soccer Maine Zero Tolerance Policy. Please review these policies below. Prior to play this year, all parents, players and coaches will be asked to sign forms stating your agreement to adhere to these policies.

  • Zero Tolerance Policy
  • Please scroll to the bottom of the page to download the PDF version of Codes of Conduct to be signed and passed in to your coach

The Saco Soccer Club exists for the express purpose of providing an opportunity for the youth of Saco, Dayton and Old Orchard Beach to experience a high quality program of competitive soccer. Soccer, and all other sports in which children become involved, enable our youth to experience many important lessons which will help form their adult lives. That being said, it is absolutely CRITICAL that all adults involved, whether as spectators or coaches, help in assuring that these experiences for our youth are positive and appropriate.

To this end, the Saco Soccer Club believes that the following standards of behavior for players, parents, and coaches are essential to our goals.

Players: SSC will not tolerate behavior which displays anything other than positive attitude and good sportsmanship. To this end, players must abide by the following minimum standards at all times:

  • Be respectful towards teammates, opponents, coaches and referees. Conduct yourself with honor, dignity, and self-control.
  • Play the game for the fun of the game, the challenge, and the chance to show your best. Be gracious when you lose and generous when you win.
  • Accept decisions of coaches and referees with class and dignity. Believe in their judgment and honest.

Players who do not abide by these rules can expect to be disciplined by game officials, their coach, and, in extreme situations, the Board of Directors.

Parents: Just as we will not tolerate unsportsmanlike conduct from players, it will also not be accepted by parents or spectators. SSC believes that the attitude shown by parents toward the coach, the referees, the opposing players and the importance of winning vs. losing are what shapes the behavior and attitudes of the players. Inappropriate comments or actions by adults focused solely on short-term success rather than the long range benefits undermines the essence of competition.  Add to that, you will be creating unhealthy and unnecessary anxiety and stress to your child and the other players, which we cannot allow.  To that end:

  • Encourage your player by word and example. The athlete is counting on you as their primary teacher – in soccer and in life!
  • Accept the decisions of referees and coaches with style and dignity. Never criticize a referee’s integrity, honesty or judgment. They are there to do an honest job which few others are willing to undertake.
  • Understand that we will not win every game.  As much as we would like to shelter our kids from disappointment, they must learn that life isn't always fair.  Many times their opportunities to learn and grow come will from those times that they don't win.  Please help them to embrace that.        

Parents who display unsportsmanlike conduct may be required to leave the field by the referee, the coach, or any Board member of SSC.

Coaches: We have high standards for the conduct of our coaches.  You are the leader of some great kids who look up to you.  It is your duty to lead by example, and be the good sport that you want your kids to be.  Ethical behavior in this role is critical at all times. Please govern yourself in the following manner:

  • The spirit of the game and its laws are non-negotiable. Coaches need to work hard to create success for the development of players and the team by following the rules and their intent.
  • Respect towards game officials, opponents, and players is absolutely required. Coaches must expect to be treated with respect, honor, and dignity and must demonstrate the same at all times.
  • The conduct of the players is a reflection of the coach. The coach is expected to uphold high standards of sportsmanship for all players at all times and remember that the reputation of the organization and town is formed by the behavior of all its representatives.

Coaches who fail to abide by these expectations will face disciplinary action by game officials and the Board of Directors.

Procedure to Address Complaints:

If any member of our Association wishes to complain about conduct which they believe is contrary to our Code of Conduct, they must:

  • Address the issue with the person directly, either verbally or in writing, within one week of the incident or issue at hand.
  • If there is no satisfactory resolution, then the complainant must, within one week and in written form, notify the SSC Board.
  • All matters which are directed to the SSC Board will be responded to within one week of the receipt of the complaint.
  • Decisions and actions by the SSC Board to address the complaint are final.

Responsibilities of Coaches:

Coaches are required to notify the Vice President of Coaching whenever a card is issued to a player or themselves as well as any other actions by game or tournament officials toward players, coaches, or parents. This must be done within 24 hours of the occurrence. The Vice President will convene a meeting of the Disciplinary Committee to consider any additional sanctions. This shall take place within one week. All such decisions by the Committee are final.

Minimum Sanctions:

The following minimum sanctions will be imposed should a coach or player receive a red or yellow card:

  • A red card will result in mandatory suspension from the next officially scheduled and sanctioned match.
  • Two yellow cards which result in suspension from a game will result in the same penalty as a red card.

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