Coach's Ethics

Conduct at the Game

Remain within the technical area

Keep your comments positive

Do not abuse your players verbally.

Treat the game officials and opponents with respect.

Responsibility for Others

If an assistant, manager or parent becomes abusive in any way, and you cannot quiet them, ask them to leave before the referee does. They are all your responsibility from the time you come on to the field until you leave.

Explain to parents that the referee is trained in the laws of the game, and is almost always better positioned than a spectator to see what actually happened. Point out that much of refereeing is judgment and that the referee is neutral - parents are not. Let them know that all referees miss calls in every game; three people watching 22 in constant motion over 2 acres cannot see everything.


Before inviting a player to try out for or join your team, ask him/her if he/she has signed with or is committed to another club team; if he/she has or is, leave him/her alone. Do not try to exploit technicalities; if the player believes he/she is dedicated to the other team for the seasonal year, that is sufficient.

Do not approach, or encourage the approach of, an individual player on another team for the following seasonal year until their team commitment for the current seasonal year has ended. Currently rostered players may not be invited to practice with another team or to club events. Inviting a player to be a guest player for an invitational tournament is acceptable but we advise doing so only with the consent of an official of the player’s current team or club.

Tryouts are permissible during the seasonal year as long as no invitation, either oral or written, is addressed individually to a player currently rostered to another MAPLE team.

General public notification (i.e. via print, electronic mail or broadcast media) of a scheduled group tryout while players are still signed with other teams does not constitute tampering. Specific invitation delivered after the end of a team's final participation for that seasonal year in MAPLE play – whether seasonal, promotional, post-season tournament games, or in State Cups - also does not violate the tampering rules.

Do not hold any tryouts for the next seasonal year until all MAPLE and State Cups play is over for the previous year. These dates will be posted on the MAPLE website.

Player Selection

Notify each player who tries out for your team of your decision as to him/her. If you are cutting him/her or not picking him/her up, tell him/her why; if you cannot, you did not give him/her a fair look. Try to make a painful experience as productive and helpful as possible. Prompt notification may afford the player opportunities with other teams.

Give marginal players an early and honest estimate of their chances of making the following season's roster and of playing regularly. Give them enough information to make intelligent decisions about their own future. Do not roster a player you do not intend to use regularly, for any reason







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