All DSL coaches are required to complete an online Coach Volunteer Registration.
The coach will also meet several requirements including:
- Have an interest in working with a group of children to further learning the sport of soccer, building camaraderie and team spirit, and to have fun.
- Follow the Coach’s Code of Conduct.
- Satisfactorily complete a background check process by the requested deadline.
- Complete requirements of Ohio’s Return-To-Play law regarding concussions by the requested deadline.
- Complete requirements of Ohio’s Sudden Cardiac Arrest Law (aka Lindsay’s Law) by the requested deadline.
- Complete requirements of the US Center for SafeSport regarding child abuse and mandatory reporting, as necessary, by the requested deadline.
- No convictions or arrests for a criminal offense (other than traffic violations or other minor offenses).
- No offenses that offends against decency or morality or reflects poorly on the Dublin Soccer League.
- Have and maintain an accurate, current telephone number and email address available to the DSL office and the team’s members.
Preference is given to those willing to give a full year (fall and spring) commitment.
DSL Coach’s Code of Conduct
- A Coach’s 1st priority during every contact with players under his supervision is the health and safety of the players. Players will not be penalized for parental concerns regarding inclement weather.
- Coaches will recognize that the greatest threat to players of serious physical harm or death in soccer occurs from the use of unanchored goals during games or practices and will refrain from using them under such circumstances. Moving previously anchored goals is also grounds for misconduct.
- Coaches will treat all players, parents, coaches, referees, and others associated with DSL programs with respect including addressing players and referees in a positive manner. There shall be no dissent between players and/or coaches and the referee. Questioning a referee is considered dissent.
- All coaches are expected to assist in maintaining proper sideline decorum by parents/spectators, specifically abuse of referees. Under no circumstances will a coach use or tolerate physical force and/or verbal abuse with players from any team. No profanity is permitted.
- Coaches will refrain from the use of alcohol, tobacco or vaping devices in the presence of parents or participants.
- Coaches will provide players with an atmosphere that develops an appreciation of the game of soccer; emphasizes the value of sportsmanship, effort, and the fun of the game; and keeps winning and losing in proper perspective.
- Coaches will ensure that each player plays at least one-half (50%) of each game (in recreation league games) except for reasons of injury, illness, or discipline.
- Coaches should offer every player experience at all positions and equal opportunities to start games.
- Only players rostered to your team may participate in scheduled games. No guest, unregistered or select (carded) players are permitted. The potential penalty for using such a player includes forfeiture of all games and coach dismissal from the league.
- The roster is not for public disclosure by either direct duplication or via posting on a website. Rosters may not be shared with other soccer organizations.
- Coaches shall conduct themselves in the spirit of sportsmanship and fair play in an effort to benefit all DSL participants.
- Coaches shall follow guidelines established in the Ohio Soccer Association’s Zero Tolerance Policy Against Abuse, particularly those included in item number six.
- Coaches shall ensure that each child is in the custody of an adult parent/guardian following games or practices.
- Coaches are urged to exercise caution in the use of first aid and not dispense any type of medication.
- Coaches, as stewards of their team and representatives of the Dublin Soccer League, shall not direct parents/participants toward other soccer programs in an effort to fulfill their own personal agenda.
- Coaches will adhere to the policies, rules and regulations of the Dublin Soccer League.
The DSL Board of Trustees will address violations of this Code of Conduct. Consequences range from a warning to the loss of coaching privileges.