A Proposed “Bill of Rights” to help improve the playing environment and reduce the number of players/children who quit playing at an alarming rate. Here are some FUNdamental suggestions that could be added to such a document:
All players, regardless of gender, race, socioeconomic background, or ability, should have equal access to soccer opportunities, facilities, and resources.
Safe and Inclusive Environment:
Players should participate in an environment free from discrimination, bullying, harassment, or abuse.
Article III Access to Quality Coaching:
Every player has the right to well-trained, knowledgeable, and supportive coaches who prioritize skill development, safety, and character building over winning at all costs. (RESOURCE: Become a Better Coach)
All players should compete against others of similar skill levels to ensure a positive growth experience.
Players have the right to a balanced schedule that allows them to pursue other interests, maintain a healthy school-life balance, and avoid burnout.
Input and Feedback:
Players have the right to provide input on their soccer experience and to be heard regarding their needs, concerns, and goals.
Education on Sportsmanship:
Players should receive education on sportsmanship and the importance of fair play!
Parent and Guardian Support:
Parents and guardians should provide encouragement and support without undue pressure or unrealistic expectations.
Financial constraints should not prevent any player from participating in soccer. Financial aid or scholarships should be available when needed.
Rest and Recovery:
Players should have designated rest and recovery periods to prevent overtraining and injuries.
The primary goal of youth soccer should be to instill a lifelong love of physical activity and a commitment to a healthy lifestyle.
Guideline I. Accountability and Reporting
If you witness any action or behaviors that violate the principles outlined, you are encouraged to speak up!
Parents or guardians who observe any violation of these articles should take the following steps:
- First, kindly and respectfully address the matter with the individual(s) involved.
- If addressing the issue directly does not resolve the concern, please report the incident to your organization.
Those entrusted with the well-being of our children should be responsible for their conduct, ensuring a safe and enjoyable environment for all!
Koach Karl’s Notes:
By embracing and upholding these ‘FUNdamental Rights,’ I am confident that we can foster a more positive and supportive environment for our soccer players/children. And significantly increasing the likelihood that they will continue enjoying the game For a Lifetime.
Your input and ideas are vital as we collectively refine these principles into actionable ‘Rights’ representing our soccer community’s values and goals.
Your Thoughts – Please..!