SET A GOOD EXAMPLE
Program adopted by the
Morris County Youth Soccer Association
Morris County Youth Soccer Association has adopted the
S.A.G.E. program commencing with the Spring 2003 season. To help assure successful implementation and participation,
it was introduced to our membership in a series of steps. Points 1 and 2 below were introduced for Spring 2003.
Points 3, 4, and 5 were adopted for Spring 2004.
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Purpose of the Program:
To remind us that the game is for the kids, that respect
for others is a lesson we can help teach, and that setting a good example is more
important than winning.
The MCYSA S.A.G.E. 5-point program:
||Parents, Coaches, and Players sign Sportsmanship Pledge
forms spelling out appropriate conduct and the reasons why good sportsmanship is so
important. Parents and
Player(s) from one family can all sign the same form. Every team
carding packet submitted to a DC for validation must include a signed form
for all players an coaches to be carded to that team.
||Coaches must attend their mandatory
preseason meeting that is used in part to reinforce SAGE.
||Mandatory preseason team meetings include
the showing of the Kids Come First video available from MCYSA.
This video helps explain how to make a youth sports a positive experience
which helps kids feel good about themselves, regardless of their ability.
||At each game, a parent representative from
each team must be designated as the SAGE Representative. These
representative must be visibly identified with SAGE Buttons. As
directed by the referee, prior to the game the SAGE Representative will join
the referee and team captains on the field for instruction.
The team SAGE representatives are not enforcers
of the program. There should be no confrontations. We are encouraging everyone who hears
negative comments to NOT react quickly and/or emotionally. After a pause, no reaction or a
pleasant "Relax and enjoy the game" are possibilities.
Clubs take whatever
action on poor sportsmanship they believe is necessary and in compliance with league
rules. The consequences of inappropriate behavior by spectators, players or coaches may
include a conversation with those involved and/or suggesting or mandating that they attend
a sportsmanship seminar. They also may include, but are not limited to, suspension from
attending matches or the last thing any of us wants, mandating that a child will not be
permitted to remain in the club.
||Coaches are to continually promote good sportsmanship
Before, During, and After the game.
KEEP THE FUN IN THE GAME