Eastgate Soccer Association - Coaches’ Pledge
We all recognize that soccer is a very passionate game...for players, coaches, and fans. But when it comes to youth soccer, the soccer field can bring out some of the worst instincts that we have. We all want our sons and daughters to play, to play hard, to play well, and have fun. We want them to be well coached, play on a team that is competitive, and benefit in a host of ways from being involved in youth athletics.
Yet we, as coaches, sometimes undercut how much fun our kids have, and how much they will actually benefit. This happens by and through our behavior, especially during games. So here is a primer, a reminder, of little things that we can do on the sidelines to make the soccer season more pleasant for all concerned...most importantly, for the kids.
As an Eastgate Soccer coach, I will always strive to…
1. Understand that winning is wonderful but it is not the most important aspect of youth sports.
2. Teach my players that winning isn’t everything. To teach the value in winning AND losing.
3. Treat my players and their families with respect.
4. Remain personally under control at all times. Represent myself and ESA in a positive manner at all times.
5. Avoid inappropriate confrontation with players, parents, coaches, referees, etc.
6. Listen to and address parent’s comments, questions and concerns.
7. Protect my players’ safety and the safety of others at all times.
8. Make sure everyone gets to play. Uphold ESA's minimum 50% play rule.
9. Know what to do in the case of a player injury or emergency.
10. Help my players learn to take their mistakes in stride.
11. Help my players develop ability and confidence that sometimes did not exist before.
12. Create lasting relationships with my players and their families.
Inappropriate coaching behaviors include...
-Physically or verbally abusing players, parents, other coaches and/or referees.
-Criticizing players themselves, rather than their behaviors.
-Not listening to suggestions or complaints from parents.
-Emphasizing winning as the only goal.
-Constantly arguing with game referees or other officials.
-Encouraging or condoning unfair play/cheating
-Not allowing playing time for all members of the team, including the less skillful players.
-Making players to feel bad when they lose and good only when they win.
-Feeling personally let down when the team doesn't measure up to their expectations.