Fair Play Guide

Fair play guide

The Dauphin Soccer Association (DSA) encourages fun, physical activity and fair play within the context of an informally organized soccer association. The volunteer-based organization relies heavily on a mix of parent, youth and child involvement to ensure all participants have a positive soccer experience.

The DSA promotes an environment of learning – about soccer, teamwork, sportsmanship, and fair play. The DSA values:

Affordable registration fees o DSA has a family rate o KidSport™ funding applications available at registration Fair play o Kids play at a level consistent with their ability/age o Teams are created with balance in mind o Coaches may “swap” players prior to a game in order to keep teams as even as possible o Our focus is on player development and improvement over the course of the season Access o All kids, regardless of ability, gender or affiliation are welcome

Parents Fair Play Code of Ethics:

Parents are encouraged to participate by helping out with: o Coaching § Soccer experience or skill is not required o Cheering § Parents are encouraged to cheer good play on both teams § Parents are encouraged to promote fair play to players § Our officials have participated in a soccer rules workshop, but they are kids, so please support and encourage them o Supervising § Help coaches keep the kids focused and involved – ensure on-field and off-field activity is safe and fun

A Parent’s Code (from Sport MB A Guide for Sport Parents)

I will remember that my child plays for his or her enjoyment, not mine. I will teach my child that doing one’s best is more important than winning, so that my child will never feel defeated by the outcome of a game or event. I will never ridicule or yell at my child for making a mistake or losing a competition. I will provide positive comments that motivate and encourage continued effort. I will make my child feel like a winner every time by offering praise for competing fairly and trying hard. I will remember that children learn best by example. I will applaud good play by both my child’s team and their opponents. I will show respect to my team’s opponents, because without them there would be no game. I will respect the officials’ decision or judgment and will encourage participants to do the same. I will respect the volunteer coaches, who give their time to provide sport activities for my child, and show appreciation for their efforts. I will not use bad language, nor will I harass or abuse, verbally or physically, athletes, coaches, officials or other spectators. I will not have unrealistic expectations. I will remember that child athletes are not miniature professionals and cannot be judged by professional 

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