Soccer is a wonderful sport and a passionate game. We should always remember our attitude is contagious. We are very fortunate here in Kansas City to have great facilities and the nation’s largest league that allows our children to play like competition at all ages and abilities.
Our referees, players, coaches and fans should come together to match soccer skills. The other team is our opponent not our enemy and thus should be treated with respect.
While winning is important, we recognize that playing well and fairly is the essence of the game.
Many of the referees you will see at the fields are part of the Referee Development Academy between the ages of 12 to 19 years of age.
It is important that you, as a parent of your youth soccer player, to recognize that the young referees are learning how to officiate the game much like your child is learning how to play the game. Most of the referees are soccer players as well as learning to officiate. The young referees receive training and reviews to improve their skills. You should always be supportive of the youth referees. Always.
Our Parents Code of Conduct.
I/we will set a good example to my/our child in his/her soccer development by adhering at all times to the following:
We will not criticize the referee openly or directly before, during or after games. Any criticism shall be done in writing (to the Referee Development Academy Director or the HSA League Director through the coach), not verbally.
We agree to do our best to have as much fun watching the game, as the players should have playing the game.