LONGWOOD YOUTH SPORTS ASSOCIATION

SOCCER PROGRAM

 SPORTSMANSHIP POLICY

This policy has been written by the LONGWOOD YOUTH SPORTS ASSOCIATION (LYSA) SOCCER PROGRAM in order to help all participants understand their responsibilities regarding conduct.  This policy is a league goal to establish a better appreciation of the relationship with the sport itself and the athlete participants.  It is our intent to make everyone more aware of the true meaning of sportsmanship. 

SPORTSMANSHIP is defined as the practice of participating in sports with a conduct and attitude that is considered befitting of that participant.  It encompasses both ethical behavior and acts of integrity.

ETHICS is defined as the principles of right and wrong that are accepted by an individual or a group.  It is a system of principles governing behavior.

INTEGRITY is defined as a firm adherence to a code of values that incorporate principles of honesty.

FUNDAMENTALS OF SPORTSMANSHIP

 

1.  Gain an understanding and appreciation for the rules of the game.

Also know the rules of the league.  Become familiar with league procedures.

 2.  Exercise representative behavior at all times.

You, your players, your parents and fans are representatives of this league, the school district and the community.  Our reputation is riding on your actions.

 3.  Recognize and show appreciation for outstanding play by either team.

Fair and unbiased judgment of the performances on the field is the mark of a good coach and a sophisticated observer.

 4.  Exhibit respect for the officials.

Officials are impartial and do their best.  Mistakes by all participants are part of the game.  The RULE OF GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP is to accept all officials' decisions.

 5.  Respect your opponents.

All the participants on the field are athletes and brothers and sisters in sport.  Treat them the way you would like to be treated.

 6.  Display pride in your actions at all times.

Never allow your ego and pride to interfere with good judgment and your responsibility as a club and team representative.  Be a good role model.

 7.  Remember this is a youth sport.

It is not the Olympics or professional competition. 

8.  Keep winning games in perspective.

The focus should be on a maximum effort, character building and life's lessons.  The game will provide many opportunities for these lessons.

 9.  Enjoy the game and have fun.

If we don't provide the opportunity to have fun playing, then we have failed.