Hudson Youth Soccer Association’s Expectations of Parents, Guardians and Spectators

Some points of emphasis every parent should consider/remember regarding youth sports. Note: These points must be agreed upon by parent or guardian during the registration process in order for your child to participate.

  • Children participate to have fun and the game is for them, not the adults.
  • Be a positive role model for your child and encourage sportsmanship by showing respect and courtesy, and by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, officials and spectators at every game, practice or event.
  • Do 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.
  • Do not encourage any behaviors or practices that would endanger the health and well being of the athletes.
  • Demand that your child treat other players, coaches, officials and spectators with respect regardless of race, creed, color, sex or ability, and teach your child to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence.
  • Learn the rules of the game and the league, and teach your child to play by these rules.
  • Teach your child that doing one’s best is more important than winning, so they will never feel defeated by the outcome of a game or his/her performance.
  • Praise your child for competing fairly and trying hard. Make your child feel like a winner every time.
  • Never ridicule or yell at your child or other participants for making a mistake or losing a competition.
  • Promote the emotional and physical well being of all athletes ahead of any personal desires for your own child to win.
  • Respect all officials and their authority during games. Never question, discuss, or confront coaches at the game field, and only speak with your teams coaches at an agreed upon time and place.
  • Demand an environment for your child that is free from drugs, tobacco, and alcohol and refrain from their use at all youth events, fields and facilities.
  • Refrain from coaching your child or other players during games and practices unless you are one of the official coaches of the team or have been asked to assist by an official coach of the team.

This Code of Conduct is fully endorsed by the Town of Hudson Parks Commission.