Zero Tolerance Policy

 As a reminder: 

  • San Ramon FC observes a Zero Tolerance Policy when it comes to behavior towards players, coaches and referees during games and practices.

  • SRFC coaches and parents are meant to be role models of professional and courteous behavior. This also goes for coaching from the sidelines. Coaching is only allowed from the technical area of the field, i.e. the coaches area near the players and by coaches and assistant coaches only. Parents should not be coaching players from the sidelines in recreational or competivite.

  • Parents and coaches in violation of the Zero Tolerance Policy will be brought before the SRFC Disciplinary Committee and further action will be taken, including possible suspension from future games. Furthermore, if a referee needs to suspend a game due to verbal abuse, that game will be declared a forfeit.

For issues involving poor behavior, please send an email to: amittler@sanramonfc.com.

Parent Policies

Parental Behavior

1. Let coaches coach: This is what they are there to do. You do not go into your child’s school and instruct your kids from the back of the room. Please treat your child’s soccer education similarly.

2. Let players play: Players are trying to apply what they are learning at practice and it is difficult to absorb multiple instructions about a specific event that is happening or has already passed, and it is also distracting and often counterproductive to the desired developmental goals.

3. Let referees ref: Yes, human error can affect a game, but yelling at them does little to change a call and can alienate them. It also sends the wrong message to our players that this behavior towards the referees is acceptable. We need to control the things that are under our control, and the referee is not one of those things.

4. Positivity: As members of the Positive Coaching Alliance we ask spectators restrain from negative comments about one’s child, another teammate, another player, the other team, their parents, the coaches or the refs. Negative comments and attitudes can negatively affect team chemistry and enjoyment.

5. Contacting the Coach: If you need to discuss something with the coach, please make an appointment. Coaches should respond to your communication within 24-hours to acknowledge your communication.   Coaches are willing to speak, answer questions, etc., but they should not be distracted from their appointed tasks. Please do not interrupt the following team’s practice by delaying the coach with questions on the field as this is neither appropriate nor respectful.

Consequences: If a parent or spectator is acting in contradiction to our club policies, we reserve the right to suspend them or expel them from a game and/or the club program. We want everyone involved to be proper role models and a good reflection of our program.

 

Parent Participation

Whether it is helping the coaches, the administrative staff, refereeing, team volunteer or just providing a carpool ride, parents play a very important role in the successful operation of the club.   As team volunteers, it is extremely important that when performing these tasks, parents do so in promotion of the goals of the club and not for individual agendas.  Teams are the responsibility of the Director of Coaching and staff coaches, and while a parent volunteer may provide substantial assistance in administrative operations, staff coaches are the recognized authority of the team.

 

Conference Protocols

Individual conferences between coaches and parents/players regarding player evaluations, general feedback discussions or grievances need to follow the following protocol:

Stage

Age

Conference between Coach and:

Development Stage

U8-U11

Parent and Player or Parent only

Team Stage

U12-U14

Parent and Player

Recruitment Stage

U15-U18

Player Only

Initial communication can be made through email, and conferences need to be made by appointment.

 

Punctuality

As much as we like to place the responsibility of this on our players, they need to learn this from their parents until they are in control of their own transportation. When the players rely on adults to get to practices and games, please make sure that they are punctual and prepared. Punctuality and attendance can affect playing time.

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