Parent Guidelines, Expectations and Codes of Conduct

Parent Guidelines, Expectations and Codes of Conduct

In line with the Tigers C.A.R.E guidelines (available on the website), we would ask parents to:-

  • Think in terms of ‘team interest first’.
  • Respect the coach and his decisions. Avoid making negative comments regarding the coach, team or club in front of your player or any other members. Such talk can affect the player’s attitudes, interactions and / or performances.
  • We understand that you are all passionate about the game and many of you are also knowledgeable. However, you all need to let the designated team coach do his job and let them be the sole voice with the team and refrain from well-meaning suggestions on tactics, formations, positions, etc. Leave that to the coach and support whatever they decide to implement.
  • Parents should be on the opposite touchline to the players and the coaches and avoid sideline coaching.  The players need to be able to distinguish instruction from the coach or coaches.
  • Respect the hosts, opponents, officials, staff and all other parents and spectators at all times.
  • Under no circumstances must anyone engage with the referee or other officials at any time.
  • There will be competitive tournaments and games in the season and there may be times when emotions run high and potential disagreements or conflicts with parents from other teams arise. Remember, this is youth soccer and we ask everyone to show restraint if such situations arise. We would ask that you take collective responsibility for policing this and intervene to calm situations if you see a fellow parent becoming involved in a situation.
  • If at any point, as a parent you feel like your child is not getting the playing time they deserve or the formations, tactics, etc being employed are not to your liking, please refrain from complaining to other parents in the group and being divisive. In the vast majority of instances, coaches are going to have a valid reason. The first step in addressing this is always to having your child approach the coach first
  • If your child has approached the coach and you still would like to discuss matters with them, this must under no circumstances be done at the game / tournament venue on the day or in a confrontational way in front of other parents or players. If you want to meet with the coach to discuss any issues, approach the coach in a respectful way AFTER the game / tournament has finished for that day and request a meeting away from the emotional heat of the immediate situation and at a time when the head coach or other club staff can be present.
  • Parents who do not follow these guidelines and who do not show a ‘team first’ mentality, may be asked to refrain from attending the remaining games.

Parent/Guardian Code of Conduct

Tai Tam Tigers has the following set standards that outline a philosophy that is paramount to the game of soccer. We believe that soccer belongs to its players and should always be to their enjoyment. We believe that parents as well as coaches, guests and players must adhere to the standards of good sportsmanship.

Tai Tam Tigers expects that all parents and supporters will:

1.     Gain an understanding of the rules of the game and learn the policies of the various leagues the Tigers participate in.

2.     Encourage their child to play according to the rules of the game and to settle disagreements without resorting to hostility or violence.

3.     Remain positive and encouraging towards all children, not just their own.

4.     Stress that doing one’s best is more important than winning.

5.     Bear in mind that their child participates in soccer for THEIR enjoyment.

6.     Applaud the opposition as well as their own team.

7.     Avoid coaching the children during the game.

8.     Support the coach and not do or say anything contrary to the coach’s instructions or intentions during games or practices.

9.     Value the importance of volunteer coaches and referees and offer their full support.

10.  Respect all coaches and not confront coaches or officials in front of players and to discuss the matter at an agreed upon place and time.

11.  No engage in any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct such as booing, ridiculing, taunting, refusal to shake hands or usage of any profane language or gestures.

12.  Not use or tolerate inappropriate language.

13.  Be a positive role model and encourage good sportsmanship by showing respect, courtesy and positive support to all players, coaches, officials and spectators at every practice and/or game.

14.  Require that their child treat everyone with respect regardless of race, religion, gender or athletic ability.

15.  Not shout at players, coaches or officials.

16.  Respect the referee’s decision and encourage all players to do likewise.

17.  Ensure their child wears appropriate equipment (shin pads) at all times of play.

18.  Ensure that if their child wears corrective lenses that these are appropriate for contact sports and safe for their child and other players.

19.  Ensure that their child does not wear watches or jewelry whilst playing.

20.  Ensure that their child does not take part in training, tournaments or matches if ill or injured.

21.  Demand a sports environment that is free of alcohol, tobacco and drugs.

22.  Follow the guidelines on the use of cameras and videos



1.     Bring your child to practices and games ON TIME.

2.     Notify your coach as soon as possible for any missed practice or game.

3.     Help manage their school assignments and activities so as not to miss practices or matches.

4.     Notify your coach of any physical ailments/disability that may affect the safety of any player.

5.     Respect the coaches’ decisions.

6.     If I want to discuss something with the coach, I will wait until the appropriate time to do so i.e. after the match.

Failure to abide by the rules and guidelines set for by the Tai Tam Tigers will result in disciplinary action that could include but is not limited to the following:

•           verbal warning by the coach

•           written warning

•           Action by the Tai Tam Tigers Head Coach that may include but is not limited to:

·       Parental game suspension with written documentation of the incident

·       Parental week suspension with written documentation of the incident

·       Parental Season suspension

·       Player expulsion from the program


** Any suspension or expulsion from Tai Tam Tigers for disciplinary reasons will result in forfeiture any refunds.