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Player Code of Conduct

As part of our mission to make soccer accessible for the entire community by fostering a shared passion for the sport, Sons of Pitches FC (SOPFC) seeks to promote competition and athleticism through sportsmanship and fair play. Our leagues/events should be played with good sportsmanship at all times.

 

Although competition may become intense, we expect our participants to be competitive while maintaining good sportsmanship. Sports are filled with competition, interpretations, and judgment calls, and as a result, disputes between players and officials may occur from time to time. However, it is important that participants respect and handle all disputes that may occur in a civilized manner.

 

As a participant in any SOPFC league, tournament, or event, I pledge to be responsible for my words and actions and shall abide by the following Code of Conduct:

 

I will:

 

  • Respect the game, play fairly, and follow all rules and guidelines.
  • Accept the decisions of SOPFC officials with good grace.
  • Demonstrate good sportsmanship before, during, and after games to both opponents and all SOPFC officials, whether my team wins or loses.
  • Be responsible for the sportsmanship of my teammates and assist in maintaining a respectful environment for all participants.
  • Be courteous to opposing teams, officials, staff, and coordinators, and treat all with respect.
  • Help to maintain and keep all equipment and conditions at the game location I play at in good condition.
  • Respect the privilege of the use of the game locations, including obeying all rules, caring for and respecting all equipment, common areas, parking areas, and surrounding neighborhoods.
  • Refrain from the use of abusive language or profanity.
  • Not engage in any behavior that would endanger the health, safety, or well-being of any player, official, or staff member.
  • Not engage in verbal, written, or physical threats or abuse aimed at any player, official, or staff member.
  • Not initiate a fight with any participant, official, or staff member, including, but not limited to pushing, shoving, punching, etc.
  • Not use or possess alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs at any location.
  • Wear/use all required and/or issued equipment and/or uniforms.

 

I understand that any behavior deemed unacceptable by SOPFC may result in ejection and/or suspension from a game or the league for an indefinite amount of time. SOPFC reserves the right to remove a player from a game or a league if they are considered to be displaying poor sportsmanship contrary to the Code of Conduct. All decisions made by on-site SOPFC officials must be respected and obeyed. Any disputes or issues you may have with a rule, player, team, or staff member should be brought immediately to the attention of the SOPFC office.