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Competitor clubs, players, parents and referees often judge us by how we behave on the sidelines. Appropriate sideline behavior not only applies to our coaching staff and players, but to our families and supporters as well. To maintain our high standards, Club members and parents must conduct themselves appropriately by always maintaining a positive and encouraging demeanor. Parents and players from competitor clubs and referees are not the enemy.
HESC wants to ensure a rewarding and productive experience for its Club members. By registering your player to participate in HESC, you and your player agree to the terms, conditions, and provisions of the the Houston Express Soccer Club Commitment and Conduct Policy (“Code of Conduct”). Although the Code of Conduct does not cover all the policies of the Club or address all potential issues, it addresses several matters which arise with regularity. Since the opportunity to play for the HESC is both a privilege and a responsibility, we require all players and parents to adhere to the Code of Conduct.
Commitment and Conduct Policy (Code of Conduct)
Procedures for Player Violations of Code of Conduct
Procedures for Parent Violations of Code of Conduct
Procedures for Addressing Grievances
100% attendance, 100% effort. Participation in training and games with a terrific attitude and great effort are essential to skills development. Failure to participate regularly in training or games can affect a player’s ability to maintain his or her roster position. Please notify your team manager in advance if you will not be in attendance at a game or training session.
Sportsmanship. Demonstrate good sportsmanship at all times toward opponents, referees, and parents of opposing players. Soccer is not merely a beautiful game; soccer is a passion shared by cultures worldwide. It unites people everywhere under the banner of fair competition. Our players are part of that passion. To succeed, soccer players must, before anything else, respect the game. Arguments and inappropriate behavior in games demonstrate a lack of respect for soccer and will be remembered much longer than individual accomplishments and game results.
Practice with your soccer ball at home. The more time you spend with the ball, the faster your foot skills will develop.
Teamwork. Encourage your teammates on and off the field. Players gain confidence when they feel valued by their teammates. Positive comments and encouragement to teammates builds team chemistry.
Learn. Watch soccer. Go to a Dynamo game, watch matches on television. Players can learn from watching how the experts play the game.
Trust the system. Every youth soccer player develops at his or her own unique pace. Each player is placed onto a team based on where the HESC coaching staff determines is best for that player at that moment in time.
Arrive on time. Please organize your schedule to make participation in all training sessions, games and tournaments a priority. If there is the occasional conflict, please contact your team manager in advance.
Pay on time. If players do not pay their fees on time, HESC cannot pay staff, maintain fields, hire referees, pay association fees, etc. Players may not participate in training sessions or games if fees are delinquent.
Help out. HESC team managers spend several hours per week organizing team matters so the team will always be ready to play. If the team manager requests parent help, please help.
Stay calm. Please do not approach an HESC coach or team manager with questions about a game or practice until at least 24 hours after the game or practice to let the heat of the moment pass.
At games and practices:
Let the staff coach. Simply put, please encourage without instructing. The players are being taught how to play soccer and must learn to make their own decisions on the field, no matter what those decisions look like to those of us who are watching them play. Any time parents shout comments like “Kick it!” “Shoot!” or “Boot it!” it is, almost 100% of the time, contrary to the coach’s instructions to the players, and it’s confusing to the players.
Coaches. The Club strives to have a coach at Express games, but logistical realities make this impossible. In such cases where staff is not present, the team manager will coach the team.
Be positive. Avoid negative or sarcastic comments to HESC players, referees, opposing players or parents of the opposing team. Negative comments are hurtful and are not in the spirit of the game.
Never communicate with the referee. The HESC coach and the team manager should be the ONLY adults communicating with the referee either during or after the game, without exception. The Club can be fined for improper sideline behavior by the governing associations. If this occurs, the offending party will be billed for any penalties resulting from the complaint filed. Don’t be that parent! It’s embarrassing to the child, the team, the club, and you.
Remain on the spectators’ sideline. Parents should watch the game exclusively from the sideline opposite their HESC team’s sideline and are not permitted to enter onto the field at any time without the referee’s permission. The HESC coach and the team manager are the only adults permitted onto the team sideline during the game and during halftime. In the event of injury, the referee will signal the HESC coach if attention to the player is required. The HESC coach will then signal parents as necessary.
Note: Soccer rules permit referees to issue red cards to coaches and/or team managers of teams whose parents enter the field or come onto the players’ sideline or otherwise demonstrate behavior that puts the game or the players’ experience of the game at risk.
Private training sessions.The HESC coaching staff is available for individual or small group (up to four players) private training sessions for registered HESC players. To arrange a private training session with an HESC staff member, parents should contact the person directly to determine availability and cost. Two key rules apply: No HESC staff member may transport a player or players to or from a private training session; and an adult, other than HESC staff, must be present at all times during any private training session.
HESC players are required to adhere to the Code of Conduct. Violations will be presented to our Commissioners, Director of Coaching and Club VP for review and action.
In the event that a player demonstrates unsportsmanlike or inappropriate conduct at a game or training session, as determined by the player’s Team Manager, the Team Manager can take any of the following actions:
The foregoing procedures were created to ensure that the needs of HESC families are met by the Club in an open, consistent, and objective manner. If you feel that any unusual circumstances hinder or are outside the scope of these procedures, please contact the Club VP or Club President for further assistance.
Sending a player to train or play with a team in an older age group impacts the experiences and opportunities of the players naturally assigned to the receiving age group. Moreover, it can impact the player’s natural age group in ways that are not in the best interest of the other players in the player’s natural age group or the club. For these reasons, opportunities for players to train or compete in an older age group may be limited or restricted by the club. Furthermore, playing up is an ongoing process and requires regular evaluation. An opportunity to play into an older age group in one instance does not guarantee or entitle the player to have subsequent play up experiences. Such opportunities are evaluated and determined on an ongoing basis.