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Parent pledge

             The TUSA Parent Pledge is an important part of the sports experience for our kids and their families.

Team sports are one of the best ways to help children develop physically and emotionally. Youth sports help kids develop life skills, promote a healthy lifestyle, and increase self-esteem. Unfortunately, as many as 50% of youth will quit organized sports by age 12 because of too much pressure and competition.

A survey among youth athletes revealed that 84% say at one time they quit a team or wanted to quit. When asked why:

  • 47% said because “it wasn’t any fun”
  • 29% said some teammates were mean
  • 23% said there were too many practices that interfered with other activities

Also, 31% wished adults weren’t watching their games – they said mostly because adults yell too much, are too distracting, make players nervous and put pressure on them to play better and win.

That’s why we ask you, as a someone with a strong influence on our young players’ experience, to take the TUSA Parent Pledge and help us make sure that everyone has a fun, enjoyable Titans experience!

" After all its still grassroots soccer let the kids play"

                                                                                                                         TITANS PARENT PLEDGE
"I, the parent or guardian of a TUSA team player, agree that the most important outcome of any game is for my child to have fun. My child needs my approval and support, regardless of what happens in the game. I will refrain from the use of negative or derogatory language aimed at the Officials, the Coaches, my child, or other players. I will encourage my child and all others in the game and will let the coach be the coach. I will do my best to model the sportsmanship-like behavior I wish my child to adopt, and to support the coach in making this the best possible experience for my child." 

CODE OF CONDUCT

When players were registered with the club this year, parents signed off on our code of conduct.   We encourage our players, parents, and coaches to review our code of conduct policy.  Please remember that our families represent our community at all games and tournaments.  Many referees are teenagers, parents and former players as well.

CODE OF CONDUCT

The purpose and intent of TUSA Soccer is to encourage the development of player skills and abilities and to promote programs that teach individual and team skills. The goal and value of player participation is to have fun while playing soccer, to develop self-esteem and confidence through skill development while promoting a sense of fair play and good sportsmanship.

PLAYERS:

All players participating with Titans United Soccer Association shall…

● Demonstrate good sportsmanship and lead by example; encourage fellow players.

● Play by the rules of the game.

● View playing soccer as an opportunity to learn and have fun.

● Refrain from physical or verbal altercations with other players, coaches, referees and spectators.

● Be respectful toward other players, coaches of both teams , referees and spectators.

● Never argue or complain about referees’ calls or decisions.

● Make every effort to attend ALL practices and games and arrive on time.

● Maintain an even temperament and resist retaliation.

● Give 100% effort at practice, and during games.

● Focus on doing their best in school.



PARENTS/GUARDIAN

ALL parents shall…

● Encourage good sportsmanship and self-discipline in their children and their teammates through example.

● Make athletic participation for their child and others a positive, fun experience.

● Give encouragement and show interest in their child’s teams.

● Encourage their child to show good sportsmanship in every game.

● Attempt to minimize the pressure of competition and place the emotional and physical well-being of players ahead of a desire to win.

● Be respectful toward coaches, referees, your child, other parents and their children.

● Alert coaches of any players’ health conditions.

● Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from youth sports activities.

● Refrain from coaching and refereeing “from the sidelines”.

● Make every effort to drop off and pick up players at designated practices and games in a timely manner.


COACHES:

ALL coaches shall…

● Provide a positive role model for their players and parents, by consistently acting in a positive, controlled and mature manner expected of a TUSA coach.

● Demonstrate good sportsmanship and maintain a proper perspective on the purpose of TUSA Soccer, namely, participation is for the enjoyment and benefit of the players

● Learn the rules of soccer and earn at least a basic certification.

● Above all else, maintain the safety and well-being of their players.

● Explain to (and remind) parents what is expected of them and their children.

● Provide a positive, enjoyable atmosphere for the players and parents.

● Refrain from open arguments with referees and other coaches.

● Encourage parents to support the team with their presence as much as possible.

● Provide necessary guidance and equipment at games and practices.

● Alert TUSA board members if discipline of players is necessary.

● Refrain from making negative comments about other coaches, players, parents and referees.

● Be prepared to deal with injuries in a timely manner by reviewing first aid principles.

● Maintain a consistent practice schedule that is both fun and challenging for the players.

All participants, parents and coaches of TUSA shall abide by the Code of Conduct at all times. Inappropriate behavior that is determined to violate this Code of Conduct shall result in disciplinary action by the TUSA Board of Directors, up to and including, without limitation, expulsion from the game/field, and expulsion from the Titans United Soccer Association.


 

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