To All MYSL Member Towns,

As many of you are aware, inappropriate conduct by coaches, players, parents and other spectators has become an increasing problem for youth sports organizations. Please be reminded that MYSL has Zero Tolerance for this type of behavior between and from any combination of our players, coaches, parents, guardians and spectators involved with or in attendance at any MYSL event (game/practice/tournament). Each member organization is required to abide by the MYSL Zero Tolerance Policy.

It is the responsibility of ALL coaches to maintain the highest standards of conduct for themselves, their players and spectators (supporters) in all matches and at all events. Abusive and obscene language, violent play, violent conduct, fighting, harassment, intimidation/taunting, racial or ethnic slurs and other behavior detrimental to the game will not be tolerated. Coaches are also responsible for referee support. The above responsibilities include the times prior to, during and after the game at the field and surrounding areas. MYSL will not tolerate the above behavior at any MYSL event, from or towards anyone within its membership. It is the responsibility of the member towns’/clubs’ to fully support their coaches to deal with any immediate issues that may arise with the players, parents, guardians or spectators during any soccer event. This support shall range from a verbal warning, game stoppage or expulsion and may include sanctions up to and including suspension from participation in MYSL events.

If a parent(s)/guardian(s) have an issue or concern they should raise it, respectfully, with their child’s coaches, either before or after the event, whether it is a one-time occurrence or an ongoing observation or concern. If the parent(s)/guardian(s) is not satisfied with the coach’s response or action, they should raise their concern to the Town/Club Board of Directors. If the parent(s)/guardian(s) are not satisfied with the Town/Club Board of Directors response or action, they may contact a MYSL Board member (Sportsmanship Committee, the Age Director or a Commissioner) and the issue will be addressed at the MYSL Board of Director’s level.

The Town’s/Club’s Board of Directors are there to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for our children, to develop their skills to play soccer, to help them learn to be part of a team, to learn the values of respect, integrity and good sportsmanship, to carry these lessons beyond the soccer field, and hopefully to develop a love for the game which they will carry with them long after they leave youth soccer. Most importantly, we want them to feel safe and to have fun.

Thank you for your attention to this matter


John Linnehan

MYSL President

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