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The Soccer Club of the Roaring Fork Valley

Sportsmanship Code of Conduct


This policy has been written by Roaring Fork United to help maintain a healthy balance between fair play and safety. This policy is a club goal to establish a better relationship between coaches, players, parents, and officials. It is the intent of Roaring Fork United to help players, coaches, parents, and fans to be made aware of the true meaning of SPORTSMANSHIP.

SPORTSMANSHIP is defined as the practice of participating in sports with a conduct and attitude that is considered befitting of that participant, especially fair play, and courtesy. It encompasses both ethical behavior and acts of integrity.

ETHICS is defined as the principles of right and wrong that are accepted by an individual or a group. It is a system of principles governing behavior.

INTEGRITY is defined as a firm adherence to a code of values that incorporate principles of honesty.


1. Gain an understanding and appreciation for the rules of the game. Know the rules. If you do not know the rules, refrain from expressing opinions on coaches or officials. The SPIRIT of good sportsmanship depends on conformance to a rule’s intent as well as the letter of the law.

2. Exercise representative behavior always. Your behavior influences others whether you are aware of it or not.

3. Recognize and show appreciation for an outstanding play by either team. Applause for an opponent’s good performance displays generosity and courtesy that should be regularly practiced. This reflects a true awareness of the game by recognizing and acknowledging quality.

4. Exhibit respect for the official(s) Officials are impartial arbitrators. They have been trained in the laws of the game and are performing to the best of their ability. Mistakes by all participants are part of the game.

5. Openly display respect for opponent at all times. Opponents should be treated cordially and be accorded tolerance. Treat them as you want to be treated. Be always a positive Representative for your club and team.

6. Display pride in your actions. Never allow your ego to interfere with good judgment and your responsibility as a club and team representative.

The rule of GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP is to accept and abide by the official’s decisions.



• Place the emotional and physical well-being of my players ahead of a personal desire to win

• Respect the integrity and personality of the individual athlete, remembering the large range of emotions and physical development for the same age group.

• Exemplify the highest moral character, behavior, and leadership. Adhere to strong ethical and integrity standards.

• Learn the rules of the game and teach them in letter and spirit.

• Set a good example for players and spectators.


• Shake hands with opposing coaches and officials before and after each match

• Respect the integrity of the official. By giving respect, you get respect

• Be responsible for your players and parents on the sideline

• Make sportsmanship your first priority


• Argue in front of your team and parents.

• Make gestures indicating an official or opposing coach does not know what they are doing or talking about

• Throw objects in disgust

• Use profanity or other objectionable language


• Learn the rules of the game

• Treat teammates, coaches, referees, and others with RESPECT

• Come prepared physically and mentally to training sessions and matches

• Wish opponents good luck before the game and congratulate them in a courteous manner following victory or defeat

• Respect the judgment of the official(s), acknowledge them as sir/madam treating them with respect even if you disagree with their judgment will only make a positive impression of you and your team

• Play for the fun of it

• Control your temper. Not only against the opposing team and officials, but with yourself and your teammates

• Do not use foul or inappropriate language at any time

• Shake hands with the other team and the official after the game


• Always encourage your child to play by the rules

• Applaud good plays by either team

• Speak about the opposing players in the same manner you would want their parents speaking about your child

• Watch and enjoy the GAME! Let the players play, the coach’s coach and the officials officiate

• Thank your coaches – Win or lose!

• Remember ALL of our coaches are sacrificing their own time to coach your child

• Never ridicule or shout at your child or others for making a mistake or losing the game

• Refrain from questioning the official’s judgment or honesty. Recognize they are symbols of fair play, integrity, and sportsmanship

• Use no foul or inappropriate language

• Abuse of volunteers whether verbal, in writing or in email will not be tolerated

• DO NOT COACH YOUR CHILD! – encourage them!

• Don’t try to “orchestrate” your child’s entire playing time on the field with instructions. Your comments may contradict what their coaches have told them to do. Remember that you’re not the coach

• Words of encouragement should be the only things you’re saying



The Coach has a responsibility to report it to the Staff of Roaring Fork United. Any incident reported will result in a fact-finding meeting in which a penalty will be determined. Additionally, if a referee assigns a card the penalties are as follows:


- Coach – WARNING & subject to league rules


- Player – subject to CSA rules

2nd YELLOW CARD in same season:

- Coach – 1 GAME SUSPENSION & subject to league rules

- Parent – SEASON SUSPENSION + reimbursement of CSA fines

- Player – subject to CSA rules


- Coach – 1 GAME SUSPENSION & subject to league rules

- Parent – SEASON SUSPENSION + reimbursement of CSA fines

- Player – subject to CSA rules


The Executive Director and staff will:

• Review all incidents of dissent or unsportsmanlike conduct by a parent or a coach

• At their sole option, determine if a review is required of all incidents of dissent or unsportsmanlike conduct by a player.

• Determine a penalty.

If an appeal is requested the Board of Directors will hold a fact-finding meeting at a neutral Location or via Zoom. There will be a MANDATORY attendance requirement by the coach, player and\or parent.

It will be the responsibility of the Board of Directors based on the facts presented to determine to allow the offending party to continue to coach, play or attend that team’s future games. Failure to attend this meeting will result in automatic suspension from attendance at any Roaring Fork United practices or games. Decisions by Roaring Fork United are final and no protests will be entertained.

Club Contact Info

Roaring Fork United

PO Box 222 
Carbondale, Colorado 81623

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