Code of Conduct

The safety, welfare, and well-being of our youth players are the primary concern and responsibility of Sporting Chagrin Valley FA. All members, employees, volunteers, and contractors acting as a representative of or on behalf of SCVFA, in the course of doing business with SCVFA, or attending an SCVFA event will adhere to the following:

  • All children will be equally treated with respect regardless of sex, race, religion, and culture.
  • Children will not be touched in ways that make them feel uncomfortable, and their right to say no will be respected.
  • At no time during an SCVFA game, practice or other SCVFA event will any employee, volunteer, or contractor be alone with a single child where they cannot be observed by others.
  • Children will not be left unsupervised:
    • Children will not be dropped off and left at any field before that child is under adult supervision.
    • Coaches/team personnel will not leave any child unsupervised until the child is picked up.
  • Any type of abuse will not be tolerated and may be cause for immediate dismissal.

No player will ever be subjected to:

  • Physical abuse - including but not limited to: striking, spanking, shaking, and slapping.
  • Verbal abuse - including but not limited to: humiliation, degrading comments, and threats.
  • Sexual abuse - including but not limited to: inappropriate sexual touching or exposure or conduct that created a sexually hostile environment.
  • Mental abuse - including but not limited to: shaming, cruelty, or neglect such as withholding food, water, basic care, etc.
  • The use of positive techniques of guidance is encouraged, including redirection, positive reinforcement and encouragement rather than comparison and criticism. Staff, volunteer coaches, and team officials will have age appropriate expectations and set up guidelines and environments that minimize the need for discipline.


  • The use, possession, or being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs immediately before and during SCVFA events involving SCVFA players is prohibited. Employees, volunteers, and contractors may be subject to drug screening.
  • Intimate displays of affection will be refrained from.
  • Smoking or the use of tobacco is prohibited.
  • The use of profanity in the presence of SCVFA players is prohibited.
  • Inappropriate jokes and sharing intimate details of one's personal life are prohibited.
  • Social Networking between adults and individual SCVFA Players is discouraged. Electronic and phone communications with SCVFA players should be limited to soccer-specific topics.

We ask that as an SCVFA Youth Parent you always remember you are a role model. As a proud SCVFA Youth Parent, I will:

  1. Always support my child with positive encouragement
  2. Respect and adhere to ideals, policies, and rules determined by SCVFA and my child’s team
  3. Always maintain self-control
  4. Respect the facilities, either home or away, in which my child is privileged to play
  5. Show respect for all decisions, judgment, and authority of all officials
  6. Show respect for the feelings and accept the capabilities of my child, my child’s teammates, and players on the other team
  7. Exhibit a high degree of sportsmanship, teamwork, and a positive attitude always when representing my child, the team, and our club
  8. Refrain from coaching from the sidelines during training and or games
  9. Respect the 24hr rule when dealing with issues and or concerns I have with respect to my child when communicating with a coach, program director or staff member
  10. Refrain from expressing my opinion of the coaches or players in front of my own child or in a public setting
  11. Refrain from using foul language toward other parents, coaches, officials, or opponents
  12. Refrain from yelling at or threatening officials, opposing players or coaches before, during or after games or training
  13. Refrain from using social media to express any negativity toward anyone associated with SCVFA
  14. Refrain from demonstrating frustration or anger after a loss or poor performance
  15. Always accept defeat graciously
  16. Will commit to both club and team fees in accordance with required schedules
  17. Not physically or verbally abuse any other person
  18. Refrain from bringing alcohol, drugs or firearms to any SCVFA games, training, team or club function/activity

Failure to comply with the Parent Code of Conduct could result in removal from the team.