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Parents/Players Code of Conduct

PYSA, through the support of our parents, will represent ECYSA with sportsmanship and positive reinforcement of its players, referees and opponents at all times.  The essential elements of character-building and ethics in sports are embodied in the concept of sportsmanship.

As a parent and supporter of PYSA, I agree to abide by the following:

•    I will always remember that the #1 priority is for all players to have FUN! It is the goal of PYSA, the parents, spectators and players to maximize the positive experience and sportsmanship that comes with being on a team.
•    I will communicate with my child's coach about any physical disability or ailment/food allergy that may affect the safety of my child or the safety of others.  
•    I will make every effort to have my child attend practices and games and will communicate with my child's coach if my child will be late or absent.  Good communication between parents and coaches leads to a more positive experience for all involved.
•    I will learn the rules of the game and the policies of the league. Knowing the rules of the game will help with development and will help to minimize disagreements.
•    I will be a positive role model for my child and encourage sportsmanship by showing respect and courtesy, and by demonstrating positive support for all players (on both teams), coaches, officials and spectators at every game, practice or other sporting event.
•     I will not engage in any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct with any official, coach, player, or parent such as booing and taunting; refusing to shake hands; or using profane language or gestures.   
•    I will explain to my child to play by the rules and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence (verbal or physical).
•    I will explain to my child to treat other players, coaches, officials and spectators with respect regardless of race, creed, color, sex or ability.
•    I will explain to my child that doing one's best is more important than winning, so that my child will never feel defeated by the outcome of a game or his/her performance.
•    I will not ridicule or yell at my child or other participant for making a mistake or losing a competition.
•    I will respect the officials and their authority during games and will never question, discuss, or confront coaches at the game field, and will take time to speak with coaches at an agreed upon time and place.  
•    I will refrain from coaching my child or other players during games and practices, unless I am one of the official coaches of the team.
•    I acknowledge that the coach of my child's team is responsible for my behavior and I will therefore respect the coach's authority.  I also acknowledge that the coach is a volunteer.
•    In the event that I become aware of behavior towards my child or any other on the field, I will not hesitate in discussing this action with the player’s coach.

PYSA, through the support of our PLAYERS, will represent ECYSA with sportsmanship and fair play. 

As a soccer player representing PYSA, I agree to abide by the following:
•    Play for Fun!
•    Work hard to improve my skills.
•    Be a team player- get along with my teammates.
•    Learn teamwork, sportsmanship and discipline.
•    Be on time for practices and games.
•    Learn the rules, and play by them. Always be a good sport regardless of the outcome.
•    Respect my coach, my teammates, my parents, opponents and officials.
•    Never argue with the official.  Know the Zero Tolerance Policy!
•    Understand that Bullying will not be tolerated.

Zero Tolerance Policy

Because of physical and verbal abuse against referees, Mass. Youth Soccer Assoc. and other Soccer Organizations, including PYSA, have adopted ZERO TOLERANCE POLICIES.

It is the responsibility of ALL coaches to maintain the highest standards of conduct for themselves, their players and supporters in all matches. Abusive and obscene language, violent play, violent conduct, fighting and other behavior detrimental to the game will not be tolerated. A coach’s responsibility for referee support and spectator control includes the times prior to, during and after the game at the field and surrounding areas.

All persons responsible for a team and all the spectators shall support the referee. Failure to do so will undermine the referee’s authority and has the potential of creating a hostile environment for the players, the referee and all the other participants and spectators. Consequently, ECYSA has adopted the following rule:

Head Coach and Assistant Coaches are not allowed to address the referee during the game!
Exceptions:
1.    During the Game:
Responding to a referee initiating a communication.
Making Substitutions.
Pointing out emergencies or safety issues.
2.    At Half Time or at the end of the Game:
Coach can ask a referee to explain a rule(s) in a polite and constructive way.
A polite and friendly feedback can be given to the referee.
Absolutely no sarcasm, no harassment and no intimidation.

Penalties:

Any Major Infraction: Warning (Caution) or Dismissal (Ejection) depending on the seriousness of the infraction (FIFA).

Initial Minor Infraction: A verbal warning

Any Subsequent Infraction will warrant the following actions:

Warning (Caution). (Must be told by the referee that this is their WARNING and must be reported to ECYSA)
 
Dismissal (Ejection). (Must be told by the referee that they are DISMISSED, their pass card must be kept and reported to ECYSA)

Spectators are not allowed to address the referee during the game!

Exceptions:
1.    During the Game:
Referee initiating a communication.
Pointing out emergencies or safety issues.

Penalties:

1st Infraction: The Referee, at the next stoppage of play, should ask the coach to quiet the offending spectator.

2nd Infraction: A verbal warning.  The Referee, at the next stoppage of play, should ask the coach to warn the spectator that the next infraction will be a removal of the spectator or the referee will abandon the game.

3rd Infraction: The Referee, at the next stoppage of play, shall instruct the coach to direct the spectator to leave the field.  The referee should abandon the game if the spectator does not leave the field.

If the referee abandons the game, the referee shall file a report and ECYSA may impose a forfeit on the spectator’s team.

Rules Of The Game

This section is designed for players, parents and coaches. Please click on the various links below for an in-depth overview of the rules of soccer. For everything from off-sides to proper throw-in techniques and more.

U-12
                o     U-12 Playing Recommendations
                o   U-12 Modified Playing Rules Addendum
U-14 to U-18
ECYSA Operating Rules
Soccer for Parents
Role Models for Soccer


PYSA Player/Parent Survey

The Player/Parent Survey is a form that will assist the Board of Directors in assessing the overall structure and performance of PYSA and its volunteers. This form will be sent directly to the PYSA President and will be viewed and discussed by board members. Please take the time with your son/daughter and provide as much detail as you are able. 

•    Click Here for the Player/Parent Survey


Navigating ECYSA2.org

www.ecysa2.org is the site where you will be able to locate your child’s schedule, field availability, field location, standings and more.

•    Please visit www.ecysa2.org
•    Click on “Games” then click “Schedule” to view the upcoming schedule.
•    Click on “Games” then click “Field Availability” to view whether the field is open/closed.
•    Click on “Map” then click on the town where game is to be played. The field # is listed on the schedule. Field address and any parking restrictions are listed within this section.
•    Please note that fields may change throughout the course of the season. Always confirm the field location on Friday prior to any AWAY games.


What is Bullying

Bullying is a widespread and serious problem that can happen anywhere.  It is not a phase children have to go through, it is not "just messing around", and it is not something to grow out of.  Bullying can cause serious and lasting harm.

Although definitions of bullying vary, most agree that bullying involves:

•    Imbalance of Power: people who bully use their power to control or harm and the people being bullied may have a hard time defending themselves.
•    Intent to Cause Harm: actions done by accident are not bullying; the person bullying has a goal to cause harm.
•    Repetition: incidents of bullying happen to the same the person over and over by the same person or group.

Bullying can take many forms. Types of Bullying include:

•    Verbal: Name-calling, teasing.
•    Social:   Spreading rumors, leaving people out on purpose, breaking up friendships.
•    Physical: Hitting, punching, shoving.
•    Cyberbullying: using the Internet, mobile phones or other digital technologies to harm others

An act of bullying may fit into more than one of these groups.

Any type of Bullying will not be tolerated. If you witness any acts of Bullying we urge you to immediately contact your coach or Board of Director’s member and discuss the incident with him/her.