Code of Conduct

  • Play soccer for the fun of it. Remember the goals of the game are to have fun, improve skills, and feel good about your contribution to the team. (Don’t be a showoff or a ball-hog.)
  • Play by the rules of the game and show respect to all coaches, referees, and tournament officials.
  • Never argue with or complain about referee calls or decisions. RIFC supports a zero tolerance policy concerning harassment of referees.
  • Control your temper and, most of all, resist the temptation to retaliate when you feel you have been wronged.
  • Concentrate on playing soccer and affecting the outcome of the game with your best effort. Work equally as hard for your team as for yourself.
  • Treat all players as you would like to be treated. Be a good sport by cheering all good plays – on your team and your opponent’s team.
  • Always conduct yourself in a manner befitting someone representing themselves, their family, and the RIFC Soccer Club.

  • Remember children are involved in organized sports for their enjoyment, not yours. Do not force an unwilling child to participate.
  • Teach your player that hard work and an honest effort are often more important than a victory. Help your player work towards skill improvement and good sportsmanship – even in defeat your child will be a winner.
  • Be a positive role model whenever you are around players. Set a good example – do not yell at, ridicule, or criticize your child or any other player. Instead applaud good plays by your team and by those of the opposing team.
  • Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from youth sporting activities.
  • Show respect to all coaches, referees, and tournament officials. RIFC supports a zero tolerance policy as to questioning and harassment of referees. Leave conflict resolution to the field marshals or tournament officials.
  • Do not engage coaches in social activities outside the parameters set in the Coaches Code of Conduct: practices, games, team kickoff meetings, team dinners, and team end-of-year parties.