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North Hills Soccer Club

Codes of Conduct

The North Hills Soccer Club is committed to providing children with a safe and enjoyable environment to play soccer.  The Club's level of expectation for players, coaches and parents are outlined in the following codes of conduct.

Player's Code of Conduct

Players in the North Hills Soccer Club Soccer (“NHSC”) Program are expected to do all of the following:

  • Play by the rules.
  • Play the game for the game’s sake, and not just to please their parents or coach.
  • Be modest and generous when winning and gracious when losing.
  • Respect the game of soccer and its laws, learn these laws and try to follow them, and play the game fairly.
  • Work for the good of their team and give their best effort at all times.
  • Show respect for the authority of the referee, even though they will sometimes disagree with his/her calls.
  • Show good sportsmanship before, during, and after games. Soccer is a game, and the players on the other team are opponents, not enemies.
  • Conduct themselves with honor and dignity and treat other players as they would like to be treated.
  • Help their parents and fans understand the laws of the game so they can watch and enjoy the game better.
  • Control their temper and not retaliate, even if they believe they have been wronged.Not use or possess tobacco, alcohol, or illegal or performance-enhancing drugs.

Failure to abide by the aforementioned rules and guidelines will result in disciplinary action by North Hills Soccer Club that could include but is not limited to the following:

  • Warning
  • Probation
  • Game suspension
  • Season suspension

Coach's Code of Conduct

Coaches with the North Hills Soccer Club Soccer Program are expected to do all of the following:

  • Represent the North Hills Soccer Club, their community and team and agree to act accordingly at all times.Learn and know the rules of the game and the policies of the North Hills Soccer Club.
  • Understand that coaching is a position of trust.
  • Be a positive role model for their players and maintain their personal integrity and dignity at all times.
  • Demand a sports environment that is free from drugs, alcohol and tobacco and refrain from their use at all games, exhibitions, practices and events.
  • Never coach a game or conduct a practice under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Never swear, use profanity or make obscene gestures, or engage in any inappropriate behavior or conduct, at any time.
  • Always remember that players are involved in North Hills Soccer Club Programs for fun and enjoyment, and do everything possible to keep the game fun and enjoyable.
  • Understand that as a youth coach, the game is for the children, not the adults.
  • Always have a positive attitude and always praise players for trying hard, playing fair and doing their best, regardless of the outcome of the game.
  • Never criticize or yell at any player for making a mistake.
  • Do not tolerate any physical or verbal abuse in youth sports.
  • Understand that winning is a consideration, but not the only one, nor the most important one.
  • Place the well being of every player above your personal desire to win.
  • Be humble in victory and gracious in defeat.
  • Understand that being a coach means being, first and foremost, a teacher.
  • Teach your players basic skills, techniques and strategies, and give all your players the opportunity to improve their skills, gain confidence and develop self-esteem at practice and in games.
  • Always display good sportsmanship and fair play, and encourage the same from players, colleagues, opponents, parents and spectators.
  • Treat players in a fair and equal manner.
  • Stress that teamwork and being a team player are more important than individual goals.Know and understand North Hills Soccer Club playing time guidelines and give every player an opportunity to play as much as possible.
  • Never, knowingly or intentionally violate any provision of the North Hills Soccer Club playing time guidelines.Maintain an open line of communication with players and parents.
  • Explain the goals and objectives for the team, as well as the rules of the game and the policies of North Hills Soccer Club, whenever requested or necessary, to the best of your ability.
  • Inspect all equipment and fields on a regular basis to ensure the safety of players.
  • Respect the referees and game officials and their authority during every game.
  • Do not dispute, challenge or excessively argue any decisions made by them, or confront any referee or league official at the field before, during or after a game. Whenever necessary, take the time to calmly and rationally discuss any situation or call made during a game with a referee or league official.

Violations of the Coach's Code of Conduct may result in disciplinary action that could include any of the following:

  • Warning
  • Probation
  • Game suspension
  • Season suspension
  • Removal from program

Parent's Code of Conduct

Parents are expected to abide by the following:

  • Encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches and officials at every game, practice or other youth soccer event.
  • Place the emotional and physical well being of children first, at all times.
  • Insist that your child play in a safe and healthy environment.
  • Remember that the game is for children and not for adults.
  • Do your best to make youth soccer fun for the children.
  • Be sure your child is available for most practices and games. Practices are as important as games. Children who simply don’t show up for practice and/or games are letting everybody down. If you know your child is unable to attend a practice or game, give the coach advance notice to enable proper planning.
  • 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 your child.
  • Send your child ready to play. Your child should be dressed in uniform and arrive on time.
  • If you do not agree with a coaching decision or a referee’s decision during a game, in an effort to promote and reinforce the positive and enjoyable soccer experience envisioned by the NHSC Mission Statement, reserve your comments for the coach until after the game.
  • Treat other players, coaches, fans and officials with respect, good manners and common decency.
  • Ask your child to treat other players, coaches, fans and officials with respect, good manners and common decency.
  • If a coach, official or NHSC representative calls to your attention that your child is not treating coaches, fans and officials with respect, you will counsel your child on his/her need to do so and explain that failure to correct such an attitude may result in disciplinary action by the NHSC, which may include expulsion.
  • Help your child’s team by assisting the coaches and manager as needed, and providing ground transportation when available to do so.

If a parent fails to abide by the above Code of Conduct, the parent may be barred from attending youth soccer events.

Contact Us

North Hills Soccer Club

PO Box 15446 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15237

Phone: 412-438-8632
Email: [email protected]

North Hills Soccer Club

PO Box 15446 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15237

Phone: 412-438-8632
Email: [email protected]
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