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Feb, 2015

Sideline Behavior Reminder

Sideline Behavior

We have reached a point in competitive sports where spectators think they are more a part of the game than the players. 

CSA parents are expected to demonstrate exemplary Sideline Behavior during all competitive games, friendly games, tournaments and scrimmages. Parents are expected to refrain specifically from the following:

  • Sideline coaching
  • Negative commentary or criticism of players in any form
  • Engaging with referees from the sidelines
  • Engaging with representatives of the opposition
  • Representing CSA in a negative manner
  • Using inappropriate and/or offensive language

Sideline Coaching

Please remember that the games are the player’s time to make their own decisions with the help and guidance of their coaches.  Offering direction and instructions from the sideline to the players on the field is counterproductive to player development, and in many cases, can have a negative effect on player performance. The key component of the player development process is to provide players with the tools to make decisions for themselves during games. Parents should be mindful of this principle during games.


Negative Commentary or Criticism

Shouting negative remarks about their own or someone else’s child’s performance during games is strictly prohibited.


Engaging with Referees from the Sidelines

Parents are expected to remain calm and objective throughout the games in spite of perceived unsatisfactory refereeing decisions. While parents are indeed passionate about the games – and are invited to enter the spirit of competition – parents are expected to keep their thoughts on the referee’s performance away from the field.  Bottom line is just like players, referees make mistakes, and that is just a part of the game.


Using inappropriate and/or offensive language

Parents are strictly forbidden from using inappropriate and/or offensive language during CSA games and activities.

CSA is committed to setting the standard on the soccer pitch and the sidelines.  Enjoy your children; enjoy the beauty of the sport and just LET THEM PLAY.

Let it be known that failure to adhere to these behavior guidelines can result in the offending parent/spectator being suspended from one ore more games, up to expulsion for excessive recurrent violations. 


Jamie Luckie

CSA Director of Discipline and Appeals 

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