Code of Conduct Refresher

Are you H A R B O R?

During the first 6 weeks of the fall soccer season, there have been several unfortunate and inappropriate actions taken by parents, on the sidelines, towards referees, players and opposing parents. These events have been discussed in open forums on the internet and in private emails between club and league officials. The most shocking aspect of several of these events, is that many of them have occurred at U10 and below recreational soccer games.  The frequency and severity of some acts have even cause the Inland Empire Soccer Referee Association (IESRA) to issue a “Zero Tolerance Policy” to the clubs and associations served by them. Regrettably, a few Harbor Academy rec teams have been involved in games where some of these issues occurred. 

Additionally, several of Harbor’s players have taken the time to become certified referees. Many of their parents have approached the club to request that we do something to bring awareness to the far-too-prevalent abusive behavior toward these young referees.  This abuse, unfortunately, causes many of them to stop officiating (how many of you have had to referee a game this year?).  While we have worked with the other clubs involved in these unfortunate events, and interviewed our members about these issues, we feel that as a club, there is more that we can do to remind players, coaches, and parents about appropriate sideline behavior. 

When players are registered for Harbor Soccer Club programs, whether it be a summer camp, spring academy, recreational or premier team, the parents are asked to sign a Code of Conduct. Our Code of Conduct is aimed at promoting a safe and enjoyable playing, coaching, and watching environment. Following this Code of Conduct can be summarized by one simple question….Are you H A R B O R?

  • Hospitable-  We welcome our competitor teams and parents to Gig Harbor on game day
  • Accountable -  We hold ourselves and  our player accountable for good sportsmanship
  • Respectful-  We are respectful of the referees and our competitor teams and parents
  • Believe – We believe in Harbor Soccer and are dedicated to developing youth players both on and off the pitch.
  • Outgoing - One of our goals is to help our players grow both in the game, as well as off the field
  • Relentless - We will work relentlessly to exemplify these in all we do as parents, coaches, referees, volunteers and players

Unfortunately, during our Premier tryout registration period this year, our Code of Conduct link was not active.  We encourage parents of both our Premier and Recreational soccer players to reviewer the Parent Code of Conduct.  This will help Harbor Soccer Club live up to the core values. Furthermore, we encourage you to review the parent and player codes of conducts with your player. We have attached a copy of the codes of conducts and request that all parents and players returned a signed and dated copy of the Code of Conduct to your coach or manager. The program directors will collect these from the coaches.

Thank you in advance for your participation in our new Are you H A R B O R? initiative that encourages and expects the appropriate sportsmanship and behavior at all Harbor events.



Keith Schembs

Harbor Soccer Club President

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