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The WHGSL is part of a State organization that sponsors youth soccer activity emphasizing fun,fair play and sportsmanship. Our mission is to enhance all participants' enjoyment of their soccer experience. To better achieve this goal; we are outlining a Code of Conduct for all of the parents,coaches and players involved in the WHGSL. The Code of Conduct is a written contract between the parents, players and coaches to abide by the rules and regulations of the game as well asmaintain a cooperative attitude and uphold the ideals of fair play and sportsmanship. This contract is more than just paper; it is the essence of our goals and objectives and thus,adherence to it is of primary importance. This document is consistent with CJSA and USSF

Codes of Conduct.


Players, coaches and parents are expected to show a positive, respectful attitude for everyone involved in the sport. Criticism and disrespect for officials, opponents, coaches or fans undermines the purpose of sport and brings into the game stresses beyond the competition. Itcontributes to behavior not in keeping with the spirit of the game.


Each person associated with WHGSL is accountable for his/her own behavior at all times aroundthe field of play. Parents, coaches and other adults should remember that children are mimics - it is up to you to set good examples and to not tolerate those who do not. WHGSL will not tolerate conduct, which is detrimental to the sport, the participant or the community. Such conductincludes:

Vulgarity by coaches, players, or parents; Harassment or belittling of officials, coachesor players;

Physical violence or the threat of physical violence toward anyone before, during or after a match;

Verbal abuse directed toward anyone before, during or after a match and thetaunting of opposing players, coaches and parents. We require the utmost self-restraint on thepart of players and especially adults.

In addition, violent play, rowdy behavior, verbal abuse,assault or similar behavior by any team sponsored by WHGSL will not be tolerated and will bedealt with in accordance with WGSL, CJSA, and USSF rules and regulations.


The Officials- On a soccer field, the referee is the symbol of authority and often the target of criticism. The referee's job is a difficult one and all referees are human and they do make mistakes. Anytime you feel your team is being treated unfairly or you have an unqualified referee, talk to your coach after the game. Coaches are asked to forward any concerns to the WHGSL Board so that they may be appropriately addressed.

The Coach- The primary responsibility of the coach is to coach and teach children the game of soccer. However, he/she is also responsible for the team's supporters but parents should not expect coaches to police the sidelines. Positive support for the team and coaches is encouraged.

WHGSL prides itself on the excellent sportsmanship of its teams and parents.

The Opponents- Players and coaches are required to maintain a sense of fair play and be respectful of opposing players, coaches and fans at all times. Any action, which can be deemed disrespectful, will be punished under the guidelines of the violations section of this code of conduct. Sportsmanship begins with respect. Without opponents to play, the positive competitive environment, which can be a perfect classroom for the participant to learn the values of sport, is completely undermined.

The Parents/Spectators - Parents and spectators are key to providing moral support and good sportsmanship values to players. They are expected to show good example by encouraging and cheering the teams on while, at the same time, refraining from engaging in any language or conduct that could be considered abusive or detrimental to referees, coaches or players.

Parents/spectators are not to enter the field of play, unless requested by a coach or referee.

Any concerns about opposing team coaches or referees are to be addressed only to their own team's coach and immediately following a match. In addition they may direct these concerns in writing to the WHGSL Board of Directors.


Currently, the Connecticut Junior Soccer Association guidelines, in conjunction with the WHGSL,set a minimum standard of discipline that is expected of players, coaches and spectators. WHGSL, in an effort to be a leader in this very difficult area, may set its own, tougher standards with a respect to several key situations. (i.e., ejection's for fighting, dissent and/or verbal abuse). It is up to ALL of us; players, coaches, parents and administrators to ensure that these types of bad sportsmanship do not occur. Any questions or disputes concerning the violations of this code of conduct as listed below can be brought before the WHGSL Board of Directors.

A. Player Conduct

1. Ejection for Violent Conduct - Serious Foul Play and Foul or Abusive Language by a WHGSL player. If, in the opinion of that player's coach or upon receipt of a red card by a referee, it is definitely warranted then the player can be suspended from participating in a second game. Currently CJSA requires a player to sit out at least one scheduled game. The coach may decide to extend the number of games the player is suspended based on previous history or on the action taken by the player.

2. Caution For Dissent -This is issued to a WHGSL player for dissent and, if in the opinion of the coach it is warranted, then the player will be removed from the game and not return for rest of the game. If the warning is issued in the second half of the game, then the player must sit out the first half of the next scheduled game.

3. Abuse - Players who are abusive of coaches, other players (including teammates) or the referee may be banned from attending matches for one week (at least one game) if their coach so desires. Coaches may also recommend further sanctions at an inquiry of the Board of Directors. (Note that in both the above situations, the word "warranted" is used to give the coaches the ability to make their own judgment as to the appropriateness of the call and the circumstances surrounding the infraction.

B. Parent / Spectator Conduct

1.Any parent or spectator who is ejected from the game by the referee will remove themselves from the sidelines and area immediately. He/she will be banned from attending games for at least one week (at least one game) and can be banned longer if so determined by an inquiry of the WHGSL Board of Directors.

2. Parents/Spectators who are abusive of coaches, players or referees may also be banned from attending matches for one week (or at least one game) or longer if so determined by an inquiry of the WHGSL Board of Directors.

3. Parents/Spectators are not allowed on he playing field at any time before, during or immediately following a match unless a Coach or referee needs them due to an injury. Any parent/ spectator that enters the playing field will be asked to leave the game, and a report will be forwarded to the WHGSL Board of Directors.

C. Coaches

1. The conduct of all coaches during practices and games are subject to review and, if required, sanctions by the WHGSL Board of Directors.

2. Any coaches ejected from a game by a referee must remove themselves from the sideline immediately and cannot participate in their team's next match.

3. Coaches who are abusive of other coaches, players, referees or spectators may be banned from attending matches for one week (at least one game) or longer if so determined by an inquiry of the WHGSL Board of Directors.


Think about what you're doing during the game: Consistent with the WHGSL philosophy, be like a teacher in an outdoor classroom, more concerned with shaping the character and developing the skills of young soccer players, than like a soccer coach (or parent) who is intent only on winning!

The purpose of youth sports is to provide a competitive, learning environment to teach all participants the values of teamwork, cooperation and sportsmanship.

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