Zero Tolerance Policy

NGS Sportsmanship Committee

“Officials call the game. Coaches coach the game. Players play the game.”

NGS’s policy on appropriate conduct for players, coaches and spectators is identical to the policy put forth by BAYS, the town travel league in which NGS participates. In addition, the conduct of NGS Academy players, coaches and spectators is subject to the same policy regardless of the league that the Academy team plays in (MAPLE, NEP, MASC).

  1. No one, except the players, is to speak to the referee during or after the game. Exceptions: Coaches may ask questions before the game, call for substitutions and point out emergencies during the game, or respond to the referee if addressed.
  2. Absolutely no disputing calls, during or after the game, no remarks to the referee to watch certain players or attend to rough play. NO YELLING at the referee, EVER, and no criticism, sarcasm, harassment, intimidation, or feedback of any kind during or after the game.
  3. Violators may be ejected and are subject to disciplinary action by the BAYS Sportsmanship Review Committee.
  4. If coaches or spectators have questions regarding particular calls, rules, or a referee, or wish to give feedback regarding a referee, please contact the town soccer club referee’s coordinator for the game in question, or contact the BAYS Referees Representative at https://www.bays.org.

Upon notification that the above zero tolerance policy has been violated the NGS Sportsmanship Committee (NGS-SC) will initiate the following mandatory process:

  1. Within a period of one week, the NGS-SC will investigate the complaint through interviews with all involved individuals, and witnesses.
  2. During the week long period of investigation the individual or individuals at the center of the complaint will not be permitted to attend any NGS related activity.

This time period allows the NGS-SC to determine fair and appropriate action without distraction.

  1.  If the NGS-SC determines that disciplinary action is appropriate, the recommendation will be communicated to all involved parties. Disciplinary actions are most likely to occur in the form of game suspensions.
  2. During the above outlined process, the individual(s) at the center of the complaint should bring questions and concerns to the NGS-SC only. Attempts to contact referees, coaches, or other spectators during this process are not appropriate and will negatively impact the disciplinary recommendation.
  3. All actions of the NGS-SC are driven by the desire to create a safe and positive environment for NGS players to thrive as players and as people.

All participants in the NGS program shall adhere to the following principals of good sportsmanship:

  • Respect the decision of coaches and officials.
  • No expletives, disparaging comments or derogatory remarks.
  • Treat opponents with respect.
  • Whatever the outcome of the game is be respectful. At the conclusion of the game, congratulate and shake hands with officials, coaches and opponents.
  • Do not encourage or participate in conduct that violates the rules or spirit of the game.

The Coach

Coaches are role models for youth and will make an impression of the players for years to come. Coaches must demonstrate good sportsmanship on and off the field. “Coach” represents and symbolizes a leadership role in the community and a representative of NGS. Coaches are expected to:

  • Insure and promote safety of the participants.
  • Control the behavior of the parents/fans during.
  • Show respect to all players, parents, officials, and opponents.
  • Teach fair play.
  • Lead by example.
  • Know the rules of the game.
  • Adhere to Boston Area Youth Soccer (BAYS) zero tolerance policy.

The Player

It is a privilege to play on a team and to be a part of Newton Girls Soccer. Therefore, players must follow the NGS rules during all NGS activities including practices, games, tournaments and other organized NGS activities. In order to remain a player in good standing the player will follow the following rules and guidelines:

  • Treat opponents, officials and spectators with respect.
  • Adhere to the NGS/BAYS rules and policies.
  • Show good sportsmanship before, during and after training and games.
  • Respect officials and accept their decisions.
  • Win without boasting, lose without excuses.
  • Encourage parents and spectators to show respect and good sportsmanship.

The Spectators

NGS is honored to have incredible and supportive parents and spectators. It is important to remember that the players respond to the actions and behaviors of the spectators. Spectators are expected to demonstrate good sportsmanship and show respect to all of the players and officials by adhering to the following:

  • Do not coach players from the sidelines during the game.
  • Do not criticize the officials or coaches.
  • Cheer and support all players regardless of the outcome.
  • Communicate with the coach and create a supportive relationship.
  • Understand and respect the different roles of parents and coaches.
  • Understand that improper behavior at an event may result in a parent being asked to leave field or event by a referee or other official and respect that action.
  • At all times show empathy for the young developing soccer player.
  • Adhere to Boston Area Youth Soccer (BAYS) zero tolerance policy.

Everyone

NGS provides an enjoyable learning environment for the physical, social and personal development of youngsters. The values of youth sports programs include:

  • Promoting fitness
  • Developing new skills
  • Instilling a desire to succeed
  • Teaching responsibility and commitment
  • Teaching cooperation
  • Preparing one to deal with success and failure
  • Providing an outlet for the release of energy
  • Building character through discipline
  • Teaching how to cope with the realities of life
  • Instilling positive attitudes toward authority
  • Providing a fun and enriching experience

The likelihood that youngsters will realize positive sports value is enhanced when everyone shows good sportsmanship.

BAYS Zero Tolerance Policy

All individuals responsible for a team and all spectators shall support the referee. Failure to do so will undermine the referee’s authority and has the potential of creating a hostile environment for the players, the referee, and all the other participants and spectators.

Consequently, BAYS has adopted and modified the following rules:

1. No one, except the players, is to speak to the referee during or after the game. Exceptions: Coaches may ask questions before the game, call for substitutions and point out emergencies during the game, or respond to the referee if addressed.

2. Absolutely no disputing calls, during or after the game, no remarks to the referee to watch certain players or attend to rough play. NO YELLING at the referee, EVER, and no criticism, sarcasm, harassment, intimidation, or feedback of any kind during or after the game.

3. Violators may be ejected and are subject to disciplinary action by the BAYS Sportsmanship Review Committee.

4. If coaches or spectators have questions regarding particular calls, rules, or a referee, or wish to give feedback regarding a referee, please contact the town soccer club referee’s coordinator for the game in question, or contact the BAYS Referees Representative at http://www.bays.org.