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Club Expectations

Syracuse Development Academy provides a wealth of resources with minimal expectations.  Below you can find more information on Players Code of Conduct, Parents Code of Conduct and Coaches Code of Conduct.

SDA Players Code of Conduct

As a player for SDA, I agree to the following terms:

  • I will play by the rules
  • I understand that I am a representative of SDA, my team and my parents and will act professionally at all times
  • I will not argue with a referee or assistant referee. If I disagree I will speak with my coach.
  • I will control my temper and maintain control over my emotions
  • I will avoid negative comments and/or gestures, and I will not deliberately distract or provoke an opponent
  • I will work equally hard for myself and my team, as my team’s performance will benefit, as will I
  • I will not use foul language or inappropriate gestures
  • I will wear only SDA approved training gear during training, games, and tournaments
  • I will treat all participants in soccer as I like to be treated. I will not bully or take unfair advantage of another competitor at practice or in competition.
  •  I will cooperate with my coach, teammates, and opponents. Without them there would be no game
  •  I understand that my coaches have my best interests at heart and are invested in my development
  •  I will look after my body with correct hygiene and nutritional habits
  •  I will have good hydration and sleep habits, without which I will not be able to perform or develop to my best capability
  •  I will play because I want to play, not to benefit or please others
  •  I will respect the rights, dignity, and worth of all participants regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion
  •  I understand that my attitude can influence the players, coaches, and spectators. I will try to be positive at all times
  •  I will notify my coach and manager in a timely manner if I must miss a practice or a game

SDA Parents Code of Conduct

  • I hereby pledge to provide positive support, care and encouragement for my child while participating in soccer at SDA.
  • I recognize that, while winning is important, fair play and development are the essence of the game.
  • I promise that I will set a good example to my child by behaving at all times in accordance with the following:
  •  I will encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, and officials at every game, practice or other events
  •  I will place the emotional and physical well being of my child ahead of a personal desire to win. I will be in control of my emotions
  •  I will remain in the spectator area during competitions
  •  I will not advise the coach on how to do their job
  •  I will remember that the game is for our youth -not adults
  •  I will not coach my child during practice or games
  •  I will ask my child to treat other players, coaches, fans and officials with respect regardless of race, sex, creed or ability
  •  I will not make insulting comments to players, parents, officials, or coaches of either team
  •  I will not openly criticize the referees before, during or after games
  •  I will not openly criticize our opponents or engage in arguments with their parents or officials during or after games
  •  I will only give positive feedback to players on both teams
  •  I will cheer at all games within the spirit of fair play
  •  I will be mindful of our opponent’s feelings when cheering for our team in lop-sided games
  •  I shall do my best to teach my child to become a student of the game and do likewise
  •  I will show the quality of our sportsmanship during and after each and every match and encourage my child to shake the hands of opponents and match officials after every game
  • I understand that improper behavior at a match, practice, or other SDA-sponsored events may result in a
  • parent being asked to leave the field and may result in a parent being suspended from attending events including but not limited to practices, games, and tournaments
  • I also understand that improper conduct and/or interfering with the development of the program may result in expulsion from the Syracuse Development Academy (SDA)
  •  I will endeavor to give timely notice (>24h) to my coach should my player be unable to attend a team event
  •  Should I have a soccer-related concern regarding my child that I would like to address with the coach, I agree to reflect for at least 24 hours before raising the issue with the coach
  •  I understand that as a parent, I am a role model and can greatly influence the views and opinions of thosearound me and of my child and other children

Coaches Code of Conduct

The coach:

  • Will promote the enjoyment of playing the game of soccer through creating a positive learning environment
  • Agrees to treat referees, coaches, administrators, and opponents with respect and dignity
  • Will provide positive reinforcement and encouragement to enhance the development of all players
  • Will ensure that equipment and facilities meet safety standards and are appropriate to the age, maturity,and ability of all players
  • Will respect the rights, dignity, and worth of every young person regardless of their ability, cultural background, or religion
  • Understands that their attitude can influence the behavior of players, coaches, and spectators
  • Will always conduct themselves in a professional manner and act for the good of the game, good of the team, and the good of SDA
  • Shall never place the value of winning over the safety and welfare of players
  • Shall instruct players to play within the written laws of the game and within the spirit of the game at all times
  • Shall not seek unfair advantage by teaching deliberate unsportsmanlike behavior to players
  • Shall not tolerate inappropriate behavior from players regardless of the situation
  • Agrees that the demands placed on players’ time shall never be so extensive as to interfere with academic goals or progress
  • Must never encourage players to violate SDA player’s rules or policies
  • Shall stay committed to the development of all players and their total character
  • Shall be committed to being organized and professional and shall seek opportunities to continue with their development
  • Understands that they are a role model and as such shall be responsible for promoting good behavior and communication with all parties

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Email: [email protected]
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