Be A Good Sport
WSSL has always encouraged good sportsmanship in its programs. In fact, "Good Sportsmanship" is one of the six philosophies listed in the AYSO National Bylaws. Good sportsmanship is defined through the conduct of players, coaches, referees and parents, all working together, and is based on the fundamentals of good behavior, which is simply showing courtesy and respect for all involved in the game.
If players, volunteers and parents understand what is expected of them when it comes to good sportsmanship, that's probably how they will act. WSSL is proud of its many good sports, but understands that good sportsmanship doesn't just happen. It needs to be taught, encouraged and demonstrated.
Player's Code of Conduct
- Play for the fun of it, not just to please your parents or coach.
- Learn and play by the Laws of the Game.
- Never argue with or complain about a referee's or a coach's calls or decisions. Referees and coaches are human. Like everyone, sometimes they can make a mistake or get it wrong. It is not, however, your job to point that out to them. We have seasoned mentors for that.
- Control your temper. Most of all, resist the temptation to retaliate when you feel you have been wronged.
- Concentrate on playing soccer with your best efforts. Work equally hard for your team as for yourself.
- Be a good sport by cheering all good plays, whether it is your team's or your opponent's. Don't be afraid to say "good job" or "nice play" to someone on the opposing team.
- Treat all players as you would like to be treated.
- Remember that the goals of the game are to have fun, improve skills and feel good. Don't be a showoff or a ball hog.
- Cooperate with your coaches, teammates, opponents and the referees. Set an example! If you model good sportsmanship, your teammates will follow.