The importance of winning must never supersede the players' safety and welfare. Winning is the result of preparation and discipline with considerable emphasis on the highest societal ideals and character traits. These values are not sacrificed for prestige or personal gain.
Coaches shall play each player a minimum of 50% of every game, in accordance with CJSA Guidelines. A Coach may make a decision not to allow a player to play or reduce his/her playing time if:
- The player’s physical condition limits playing ability.
- The player possesses an attitude that is detrimental to the team or the opposing team.
These situations should be discussed with the child’s Parents/Guardians and Division Coordinator.
Requirements for participation on a soccer team must not impede a player's opportunity for achieving academic success. The student-athlete's education must be of foremost concern and actively promoted by each Coach.
Coaches must adhere to the rules of the game. They must not seek unfair advantage by teaching deliberate unsportsmanlike behavior or accepting illegal gains over an opponent.
The demands Coaches place on their players must be consistent with the guidelines established by DYSC. Coaches shall not place undue pressure on a player to lessen a commitment to another activity (i.e. other sports, band, Church, Scouting, etc.). It is the goal of DYSC to peacefully coexist in the Danbury community with other youth organizations.
The diagnosis and treatment of injuries is a medical problem and coaches must defer to the proper medical personnel without interference. Coaches must follow the directives of appropriate medical authorities and when present, the player’s parents.
Coaches must report any injury that occurs to players during practices or games, within 48 hours, to their Division Coordinator who will notify the Recreational Director.
Coaches must not promote the use of anabolic agents or stimulants for the purpose of gaining athletic advantage. Medications and drugs are prescribed and authorized only by physicians.
Coaches must take an active role in the prevention and treatment of drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse.
Coaches must never knowingly jeopardize the eligibility and participation of a student-athlete.