As opening weekend of the Fall 2017 season approaches, we would like to remind everyone of the RASA Code of Conduct and a few SCORe Policies.
Dogs are not permitted on SCORe Grounds. Please remind friends and family that may be coming out to watch your player to leave Fido at home.
SCORe is a Smoke-Free Facility. This applies to all of SCORe grounds; sidelines, away from the field, concessions area, etc.
We are all out there with one goal in mind - to have fun and enjoy some soccer, and that starts with you! Please review the RASA Spectator Code of Conduct below.
RASA Spectator Code of Conduct
The goal of the Racine Area Soccer Association is to provide a fun recreational soccer environment for the youth in our community. We seek to develop soccer players not only in terms of soccer skills but also in terms of self-esteem, self-confidence, and social responsibility. Players should learn to be competitive and try hard and also to win and lose with good sportsmanship.
Spectators are invited to attend games in order to help promote the goals of the League and the development of players. In order to ensure that the League’s goals are met, we have established certain required rules relating to spectator conduct. Coaches are responsible for the conduct of their spectators and are advised to assign an assistant coach or team parent to monitor the activity of their spectators during the game.
Location of Spectators: At all games spectators are to stand/sit back at least 5 feet from the sideline. This allows the players to play the sidelines and everyone to see. No one (spectators or coaches) may stand behind either goal line. Spectators are to sit on the opposite sideline of the team and the coach and not on the same side of the team and coach.
Spectators May Not Coach: Spectators may not provide direction or instructions to any player (this is the job of the coach or assistant coach). This includes providing direction to your own child. Positive cheering and encouragement is welcome.
Spectators Must Not Criticize: Spectators may not criticize any players, coach (either on their own team or on the other team), or the referees. Only positive comments are permitted. If a parent has an issue with their child’s coach, the issue should be raised in a setting away from the field, the players, and game day in a private manner. Similarly if they have an issue with a referee, they can provide feedback to the coach after the game, as coaches have methods to provide feedback to the league about referees and the league can then work with the referee.
How Spectators Can Help: Please help your coach by arriving on time with your child dressed in uniform, shin guards and cleats. Make sure your child has a water bottle available to him/her. Make sure your child attends practice where he/she will have a chance to learn. Under league rules, every child must play at least half of the game. Please cheer for everyone on both teams.
Redefine A Winner: Redefine what it means to be a “Winner” in your conversations with players and other fans. Winners are people who make maximum effort, continue to learn and improve, and do not let mistakes, or fear of making mistakes stop them. Learning from mistakes is part of the game. Also, remember that all children are born with different abilities and develop at different rates. The true measure of how a child is progressing is not in comparison to others but rather in comparison to his/her prior best. If you only judge the success of a game by whether your child’s team wins, you should expect to be unhappy half of the time (our goal is to make sure that each team experiences both winning and losing).
Referees:SPECTATORS MAY NOT DISAGREE WITH, QUESTION OR CRITICIZE THE REFEREE. THIS RULE APPLIES EVEN IF THE REFEREE MAKES A MISTAKE. Every year we lose many referees because they do not like the abusive treatment that they receive from spectators during the season. Referees do make mistakes and your coach has a method for providing feedback to the League after the game if the referee needs constructive criticism. If you have an issue with your referee, speak to your coach after the game, he/she can provide feedback to the league. The coach or spectators may not object to a referee’s call or judgment on the field either during or after the game. The coach or spectators may not question a referee at any time. The referee is not required to give your team a warning; he may merely report the misconduct after the game. The Coach or Spectators may not approach the referee after the game unless it is to give them praise. RASA is always searching for more referees. Please contact us if you are interested in helping by becoming a licensed referee.
Removal from game and SCORe: RASA has the responsibility to its membership to keep players, coaches, and families safe. RASA will address any unacceptable and abusive behavior. RASA has the right to have the individual leave the sidelines and/or ban the individual from attending any additional games and/or entering the SCORe facility and grounds.
You Can Make This A Positive Experience For Everyone.