Step 1: Complete Registration as a coach, DO NOT include your child at this step if you expect to receive the coaching incentive.
A) GCAA will be prompted to create a code to provide the head coach with the appropriate coaching incentive.
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NCYSA CODE OF CONDUCT AND GUIDELINES
The Code of Conduct and Penalty Guidelines are to be read to and understood by all coaches, assistant coaches, managers, players and parents of each NCYSA registered team. All coaches and managers are instructed to review this material with their players and parents. Players added to teams after these dates, will be required to read the document at the time of their carding or registration.
The North Carolina Youth Soccer Association supports youth soccer activity that is governed by a strong sense of individual and team sportsmanship.
This Code of Conduct and Penalty Guidelines has been prepared as a guide to the principles and expectations of NCYSA and is intended to apply to everybody involved in NCYSA activities regardless of their role or affiliation. Adherence to the spirit as well as the letter of the Code is required.
Persons unwilling to abide by this Code should reconsider their involvement in NCYSA activities.
Principles and Expectations
- NCYSA believes in the principles of fair play, ethical behavior and the right of every individual to fully enjoy the sport of soccer without undue interference from others.
- NCYSA recognizes that participation in competitive activities is a source of strong feelings which will often lead to misunderstandings, disagreements and other conflicts. However, NCYSA also believes that every participant has a duty to respect the right of competitors to hold conflicting views.
- NCYSA therefore expects its coaches, players, referees and spectators, as well as their friends and families to deal with conflicts in a spirit of good sportsmanship and to cooperate in promoting the enjoyment of soccer to the greatest extent possible.
- NCYSA expects adherence to both the spirit and the letter of its Rules and the Laws of the Game. Illegal, unfair, rowdy, violent, dangerous and unsportsmanlike behavior will not be tolerated, whether on the field of play or away from the playing area.
- NCYSA expects all participants to show respect for opponents, regardless of their skill.
Since NCYSA activities usually involve children from a very young age and since children are influenced by the behavior of adults, adult participants will be held to the very highest standards of conduct.
- Vulgarity by coaches, players or spectators directed towards anyone.
- Harassment of referees, coaches or players by anyone.
- Debasement of referees, coaches or players by anyone.
- Physical violence or threat of violence directed toward anyone or encouraged by anyone.
- Verbal or physical assault on a referee. Physical assault is defined as any physical contact initiated by a player, coach, team official, spectator, elected officer or appointed official.
- Consumption of alcoholic beverages in and around the playing area before, during or after a youth match.
- Use of illegal drugs under any circumstance.
Coaches, Referees and Spectators
- NCYSA expects coaches, referees and spectators to conform to the spirit and intent of applicable rules at all times.
- Coaches are responsible for their own conduct as well as the conduct of their assistant coaches, players and spectators.
The Coach as an Example
The behavior of the coach is the most important guide for player and spectator behavior. The coach can exert strong player and spectator control by the example he/she sets, and by a few words of caution directed to the appropriate place when necessary.
1. What are the game durations for each division?
U8 games have four 10-minute quarters with two-minute breaks
U10 games have two 25-minute halves with a five-minute break.
U12 games have two 30-minute halves with a 10-minute break.
U15 games hae two 35-minute halves with a 10-minute break.
2. Is slide tackling allowed?
Slide tackling is not against FIFA rules at any age. It is strongly discourage at any recreation level, however, because players can really get hurt. CRA may have its own standing rule regarding this.
3. Do coaches referee the U10 games?
U08 games are refereed by the team's coaches.
U10 games will have one paid referee. The coach has no authority to make any call in regards to FIFA rlues and USYS small sided rules.
GCAA Sports must do a background check on all adults who intend to interact with the children. This includes coaches, assistant coaches, and team parents. Other volunteer opportunities may also require the completion of this procedure. If you are interested in volunteering, please be proactive and complete this background check NOW by following the below instructions.
These background checks must be completed once a year prior to fall soccer season practices. You will then be covered throughout the fall and following spring season and will not have to complete another background check until the following fall soccer season. These background checks are performed at no monetary cost to you. Thank you for volunteering. Without you, we would not have a rec soccer program.
HOW DOES THIS WORK: (1.) Register as a head coach for your child's age division by the date specified below. (2.) Check out of your head coach registration order. (3.) Register your child(ren) to play, But DO NOT CHECK OUT/PAY (4.) Email email@example.com asking for the head coach DISCOUNT to be applied to your child's registration order. (5.) Wait for a response from firstname.lastname@example.org informing you that the credit has been applied. (6.) Checkout of your child's registration order to complete the transaction.
***IMPORTANT*** Please DO NOT Checkout/Pay & Then ask for a Refund/Credit. Email us PRIOR to checking out so that we can Apply the Coaching Discount BEFORE you Checkout, as we are CHARGED for applying Credits After Checkout- Thanks!
REGISTER EARLY: When a coach registers early it allows the Rec Soccer Admins to adjust the number of kids that can register before the division needs to go on a wait list. When a division goes on a wait list it frustrates parents which in turn makes them seek other organizations to play and it also generates emails that the Rec Soccer Admins have to respond to. PLEASE register ASAP to make this process more efficient!
COACHING INCENTIVES: IF you register to coach by December 31st, 2019, you get One child's registration FREE for each team you Head Coach. IF you register to coach by Jan 15th 2020, you get 50% off your child's registration. You can still get a free registration if you complete the online NCYSA grassroots courses for the division you are coaching. Coaches, if you would like some informal training for some drills, send an email to email@example.com and we will partner you up with an experienced coach or our DOC for some training. We want you to have fun, feel confident, and be successful!
QUESITONS: If you have any questions or concerns feel free to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible!
For the health and safety of our kids, weapons, smoking, chewing tobacco, alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, or pets (including dogs of any size) are NOT allowed on the GCAA Complex or on the West View Elementary fields. If you are seen with any of these things, you will be asked to leave the campus and may be found in violation of the Parent Code of Conduct or may be reported to the local authorities which may result in criminal charges and/or disciplinary action by the GCAA Board of Directors, Disciplinary Committee, or the Chairperson of a sport.
Also, public intoxication or being under the influence of any controlled substances on the GCAA Complex, West View Elementary fields, or any other place where GCAA teams are gathering, practicing, or competing will not be tolerated. These actions may also result in being reported to the local authorities which may result in criminal charges and/or disciplinary action by the GCAA Board of Directors, Disciplinary Committee, or the Chairperson of a sport.
1. I understand that the Greater Cleveland Athletic Association is organized to promote youth athletics and good sportsmanship.
2. I understand that my conduct as a parent will have a definite impact on youth for whom it is intended, the program, and myself.
3. I pledge to support, cooperate, and work in every way to promote youth athletics in the best interest of the programs and youths involved.
4. I pledge to be respectful to all officials, even in an expression of disagreement.
5. I do agree to adhere to the principles of good sportsmanship and to the rules and regulations defined by GCAA and any organizations affiliated with GCAA.
6. I understand that if I display poor sportsmanship, whether during or following a game, I will be subject to partial or permanent program suspension. Unsportsmanlike conduct is defined as, but not limited to the following:
7. Regulations regarding adult's ejection or suspension will follow the guidelines listed below:
8. I understand that any suspension may be appealed by using the following process:
The suspended individual should submit in writing a detailed account of the incident to the president of the association within 48 hours of the suspension. The statement should give names of any witnesses that observed the incident.
9. This Code of Conduct does not exclude discipline by NCYSA. In the case of an ejection, the parent must leave the facility (out of sight and sound) in which the field is located and cannot return until 1 hour after their team's next match. If the parent does return before this time, an additional 2 game suspension will be incurred. Typical GCAA disciplinary actions for offenses are shown below:
I, as a coach at GCAA, agree to the following code of conduct.
I will respect the opposing team, its players, its coaching staff, and spectators and will not engage in any disrespectful conduct.
I will respect the referees (umpires) and will not challenge or show dissent with their officiating.
I will respect all GCAA officials and will abide by their directives.
I will be responsible for the conduct of my players and their parents and will take all necessary steps to ensure their proper behavior.
As a coach I will not engage in any activity that encourages unsportsmanlike behavior by my players.
If I violate any of the above provisions, I will adhere to the following discipline:
* This violation may also warrant further discipline actions from other sanctioning bodies.
This code of conduct in its entirety, does not exclude discipline by the local association/club (when participating in away games) or NCYSA or other sanctioning body.
In the case of an ejection, the coach must leave the park/facility (out of sight and sound) in which the playing area located and can not return before being contacted by a GCAA Discipline Committee. If the coach does return before this time, a minimum of an additional 2 game suspension will be incurred.
Small Sided Games Rules
US Youth Soccer: Coaching Resources
North Carolina Youth Soccer