Sideline Behavior

The development of every player is tied not just to the rules and flow of the game, but by the behaviors of everyone around the field.

We ask that our referees understand our Parent Responsibility Code, Incident Report Form and the other expectations of our players, coaches and spectators:

If you witness good or bad sportsmanship, submit an Printable Incident_Report Form.

sidelinePlayer – By joining Ukiah Valley Youth Soccer League, you’ve agreed to:

Work in the spirit of cooperation and sportsmanship with officials, coaches, administrators and spectators.
Strive to maintain integrity within the sport.
Know and follow all rules and policies set forth by clubs, leagues, state and national associations.

Coach – Aside from the skills and rules of the game, your responsibilities include:

Your Players – The community has entrusted its children to you. Be instructive, moral and fun. If you think demonstrative yelling is a good coaching tactic, we want your position back.

“When athletes come first in an atmosphere created by competent and caring leadership, coaches never lose the most important contest of all: the challenge of providing a sport experience that contributes to the personal and athletic development of the youngsters who have been entrusted to them.” From Coaches Who Never Lose by Dr. Frank Smoll.
Your Referees – Ukiah Valley Youth Soccer continues its rapid growth, but on a collision course with a decline in referees. We must reverse this trend by creating a welcome atmosphere; otherwise, the number of games without referees will increase.

“What is required is a collective effort by all of us. We must learn how to behave towards referees. We must accept that they are human and that they will make mistakes. If they aren’t cut out to be referees, abusing them is not the way to go.” From Ref Rage! by World Cup player Tony Waiters.
Your Cheering Section – With a club as large as UVYSL, the coach is the most effective means in making sure parents understand and abide by its rules. You have the opportunity to discuss the UVYSL Sideline Guidelines at a parents’ meeting to start the year.
Ukiah Valley Youth Soccer League coaches must deal with negative sideline issues, whether within themselves or spectators (including players.) Your involvement includes the development of self-esteem and concentration – it’s simply too important to ignore. Find your own personal way to instruct your cheering section. If you’d like to discuss a problem situation, please call the hotline at 707-467-9797.

“A good friend of mine who coaches at the high school and community level, Dan Steelquist, has a clever way of quieting the vociferous parent: he gives them a lollipop to suck on. A bit of humor can often diffuse confrontational situations.” From Ref Rage! by World Cup player Tony Waiters.
Spectators – Consider this case study: After a series of unfortunate crowd disturbances, a youth league in Ohio tried “Silent Sunday”, where nobody cheered at all. In a follow-up survey, 99 percent of the players liked the idea (Dealing With Trouble on the Sidelines, James MacLeod.)
That says a lot about some sidelines, but not necessarily yours. Sidelines can emphasize positive reinforcement and attitudes that foster growth.

By signing the Parent Ethics Agreement for play in Ukiah Valley Youth Soccer League, you have agreed to act in a civil and positive manner with referees, coaches and players.

Please Remember:

Referees enforce sideline behavior with penalties that make inappropriate behavior a disadvantage to your team
Get involved rather than yell at the referee or coach
Yell encouragement rather than instructions to your player – it helps their development
Keep yelling those positive comments. You can do it!