Code of Conduct

Topeka Soccer Club players chase the soccer ball during the Harvest Cup tournament in Topeka, Kansas.


Our Purpose

Topeka Soccer Club’s philosophy is to promote the advancement of youth soccer in Topeka, encourage the development of player skills and abilities, promote programs that teach individual and team skills, and support the development of trained coaches and referees. The goal and value of player participation is to have fun while playing soccer and to develop self-esteem and confidence through skill development while promoting a sense of fair play and good sportsmanship.

Players’ Code of Conduct

All players participating in TSC shall:

  • Demonstrate good sportsmanship by example and encourage it from fellow players
  • Play by the rules of the game
  • View playing soccer as an opportunity to learn and have fun
  • Remain respectful toward other players, coaches, referees, and spectators
  • Never argue or complain about referees' calls or decisions
  • Make every effort to attend ALL practices and games and arrive on time
  • Maintain an even temperament and resist retaliation
  • Give 100% effort at practice and during games

Adults’ Code of Conduct

All adults with players participating in TSC shall:

  • Encourage good sportsmanship and self-discipline in their child(ren) and their teammates through example
  • Make athletic participation for their child(ren) and others a positive, fun experience
  • Give encouragement and show interest in their child(ren)’s team(s)
  • Encourage their child(ren) to show good sportsmanship in every game
  • Attempt to minimize the pressure of competition and place the emotional and physical well-being of players ahead of a desire to win
  • Be respectful toward coaches, referees, your child(ren), other parents and their children
  • Alert coaches of any players’ health conditions
  • Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from youth sports activities
  • Refrain from coaching and refereeing “from the sidelines”
  • Make every effort to drop off and pick up players at designated practice and game times

Coaches’ Code of Conduct

All coaches at TSC shall:

  • Above all else, maintain the safety and well-being of their players
  • Provide a positive role model for their players and parents by consistently acting in the positive, controlled, and mature manner expected of a TSC coach
  • Demonstrate good sportsmanship and maintain a proper perspective on the purpose of TSC soccer, namely, participation is for the enjoyment and benefit of the players, not the adults
  • Learn the rules of soccer and earn at minimum a basic USSF certification
  • Maintain knowledge of the game of soccer through club-sponsored continuing education courses
  • Communicate to parents what is expected of them and their children
  • Provide a positive, enjoyable atmosphere for the players and parents
  • Refrain from open arguments with referees and other coaches
  • Encourage parents to support the team with their presence as much as possible
  • Ensure equitable playing time
  • Provide necessary guidance and equipment at games and practices
  • Discipline players in a fair and consistent manner
  • Refrain from making negative comments about other coaches, players, parents, and referees
  • Be prepared to deal with injuries in a timely manner by reviewing first aid principles
  • Maintain a consistent practice schedule and ensure that practice is both fun and challenging for the players