DSL Coach Conduct

Coaching Qualifications

A qualified coach will meet the following requirements:

• Have an interest in working with a group of children toward learning the sport of soccer, building camaraderie and team spirit, and having fun.

• Follow the Coach’s Code of Conduct

• Satisfactorily complete risk management, SafeSport and concussion requirements.

• Have a telephone number 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

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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 responsible for the actions of his or her spectators, specifically abuse of referees. Under no circumstances will a coach use physical force and/or verbal abuse with players from any team.

4. Coaches will refrain from the use of alcohol, tobacco, vaping and profanity around children.

5. Coaches will provide players with an atmosphere that develops an appreciation of the game of soccer; which emphasizes the value of sportsmanship, effort, and the fun of the game; and which keeps winning and losing in proper perspective.

6. Coaches will ensure that each player receives 50% playing time for each game attended (except where an injury has occurred), significant experience at all positions, and equal opportunities to start games for each player.

7. Only players rostered to your team may participate in scheduled games. No guest, unregistered or select (carded) players permitted. Penalty includes forfeiture of all games and coach dismissed from league.

8. The roster is not for public disclosure by either direct duplication or via posting on a website.

9. Coaches shall conduct themselves in the spirit of sportsmanship and fair play in an effort to benefit all DSL participants.

10. Dublin Soccer League’s programs are intended to be a supplement and complement to those sports programs offered by the Dublin City Schools. All coaches are directed to encourage the participation of their players in programs offered by the city schools. No coach shall interfere in any manner with any child’s participation in any Dublin City Schools’ sports program.

The DSL Board of Directors will address violations of this Code of Conduct. Consequences range from a warning to the loss of coaching privileges.

Playing Time

USSF regulations require that each player must play at least one-half of each game in recreation leagues except for reasons of injury, illness, or discipline.

Just because “John” is a better player than “Sam” doesn’t mean that Sam isn’t entitled to his time on the field.

Game Protocols

• Coaches (as with anyone) are not allowed on the field during the game in any age group. If there is an injury requiring coach attention, the referee will give the coach permission to enter the field.

• The coach will emphasize skills, good sportsmanship, and team spirit rather than winning at all costs.

• Coaches are expected to stay within their team’s “tactical” area, between the penalty box line (18 yard line) and within one-yard of the halfway line as well as one-yard away from the touch (side) line on their designated side of the field. The area from the 18-yard line to the goal line and behind the goal should always be clear of spectators, coaches and others. Referees have the authority to enforce location.

• Substitutes are to be at the half-line of the field prior to the substitution time and may be ignored if time is about to expire (last two minutes).

• In cases where a game is stopped for an injury and coaches are permitted to enter the field, the player is expected to leave the field. On injuries, when a player is replaced, the DSL allows all subs at the halfway mark to substitute for either team.

• A team may have a maximum of three adults in a coaching capacity on the sideline.

• Teams are to switch goals at the half.

• Teams are to be opposite from the parent’s side of the field.

• Coaches may relay tactical information and encouragement. They may not scream or berate players, officials or parents.

• Coaches are to line up with their team and “shake hands” following a game.

• Coaches, for U8 and up, should track their fall Win-Loss-Tie record so that teams may be sorted for spring play.

• No guest, sibling, unregistered or select (carded) player may play on your recreation team. Penalty includes forfeiture of all games and coach dismissal from league.

• The use of artificial noisemakers, i.e. air horns, tambourines, megaphones, bells, whistles, bugles, or other such devices during any DSL league or tournament game by players, coaches or spectators is prohibited.

• Coaches are expected to assist in maintaining proper sideline decorum by parents/spectators.