Code of Conduct

Our Code of Conduct establishes principles for team officials, players, parents, guardians and spectators to ensure soccer is a fun, safe, and positive experience for all. It is a condition that all participants read and agree to abide by the Code of Conduct at all times. Failure to comply with them will result in action from Whitecaps FC.

  • Respect everyone and everything
  • Leave things better off then you found them
  • Do the best you can

Players

As a Player I will:

  • Always hold respect for opponents, coaches, referees and teammates.
  • Immediately report any injury to coaching staff.
  • Not engage in unsportsmanlike conduct or negative communication with players, coaching staff or families of the opposing team.
  • Never use profanity, display temper tantrums, violent behaviour, or engage in harassment or bullying of any kind.
  • Not engage in negative comments towards players or teams through any social media platforms.
  • Not engage in any reprisal or retaliation after any concerns or complaints have been raised against me or any member of the team or camp.
  • Ensure all digital communication between players and coaches must take place on designated Club platforms and must always adhere to the rule of 2 (no 1-1 communication). Communication between coaches and players using personal social media or digital channels is not permitted.

Parents and Guardians

As a parent / guardian / spectator I will:

  • Not engage in offensive or abusive language or behaviour, or physical threats.
  • Communicate privately with the coach if you have questions, concerns, or suggestions.
  • Remain outside the field of play and within the Designated Spectator Area (where provided.
  • Refrain from yelling or coaching from the sidelines during training sessions or games.
  • Not to engage in any reprisal or retaliation after concerns or complaints have been raised against myself or any member of the team or camp.

Coaches

As a coach I will:

  • Adhere to and promote the Code of Conduct to players, parents and spectators alike.
  • Consistently display the highest standards of behavior and be a positive role model.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of each and every person regardless of gender, place of origin, colour, sexual orientation, religion, political belief or economic status.
  • Teach players and parents to act fairly and respect the rules, referees and opponents
  • Encourage each player to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance
  • Show zero tolerance for offensive language, behaviour or any form of bullying.
  • Never engage in public criticism of anyone in any situation on or off the field.
  • Communicate openly to ensure all expectations and feedback are understood
  • Make sure that equipment/facilities are safe and in good standing.
  • Inform parents of any injuries their child might have suffered without delay.
  • Co-operate fully with other specialists (e.g. other coaches, officials, sports scientists, doctors, physiotherapists) in the best interests of the player
  • Place well-being and safety above all other considerations, including performance and results.
  • Abstain from the use of any alcohol, tobacco or drugs while in the presence of athletes
  • Never exert undue influence to obtain personal benefit or reward.
  • Ensure activities are appropriate for the age, maturity, experience and ability of players.
  • Ensure players, staff, spectators respect the field boundaries for training and match play.
  • Ensure that all coaches adhere to the Rule of Two (at least two adults present) when interacting with minors on and off the field
  • Ensure all digital communication between players and coaches must take place on designated Club platforms and must always adhere to the rule of 2 (no 1-1 communication). Communication between coaches and players using personal social media or digital channels is not permitted.
  • Ensure that any reprisal or retaliation after concerns or complaints have been raised against myself or any member of the team or camp not be tolerated

Safety Officer at every location

At every Bell Summer Skills Camp, Prospect Camp, Regional Camp and BMO Academy, a Safe Sport Safety Officer will be present and easily identifiable int their safety vest to all athletes, parents, coaches and staff. The safety officer will be introduced at the pre-camp/academy on-line parent/player meeting. On site, they will be responsible for monitoring the health and safety of all participants, including adherence to all Safe Sport practices and activities, and all public health matters including sanitization and physical distancing policies. The Safety Officer will also be responsible for providing feedback on policy maintenance and advising on potential procedural improvements.

Responsibilities:

  • Be the “go-to person” for communicating and implementing Safe Sport guidelines, policies and practices at their location.
  • Monitoring the program to ensure all athletes, coaches, staff and parents are adhering to all aspects of safe sport – physical and mental.
  • Providing daily checks and reports to the head Safety Officer on adherence to all safe sport policies and practices
  • Check-in with players and parents and guardians at the start of every session, ensuring all enhanced health and safety policies are understood and turning away any players who are showing symptoms of illness.
  • Keep accurate counts of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and sanitization supplies.
  • Ensure signage and PPE stations are set up, taken down, and stored after sessions.
  • Sanitize equipment before and after every training session.
  • Maintain washroom policy standards.
  • Ensure spectators are not infringing on the designated training spaces.
  • Manage other public health matters such as smoke policy.
  • Liaise with on-site first aid as required.
  • Attend online parent introductory meetings prior to the program start.

Definition of Bullying, Discrimination and Harassment

Any breaches of the code of conduct with respect to bullying, discrimination and harassment are per the definition of these terms as outlined in the Canada Soccer Guide to Safety. For more information on Canada Soccer, please visit their website.

Responsible Coaching Movement

We are committed to the principles of the Coaching Association of Canada’s Responsible Coaching Movement.

True Sport Principles

Find more information about True Sport on truesport.ca.

Go For It

Rise to the challenge - always strive for excellence. Discover how good you can be.

Play Fair

Play honestly - obey both the letter and spirit of the rules. Winning is only meaningful when competition is fair.

Respect Others

Show respect for everyone involved in creating your sporting experience, both on and off the field. Win with dignity and lose with grace.

Keep It Fun

Find the joy of sport. Keep a positive attitude both on and off the field.

Stay Healthy

Place physical and mental health above all other considerations - avoid unsafe activities. Respect your body and keep in shape.

Include Everyone

Share sport with others. Ensure everyone has a place to play.

Give Back

Find ways to show your appreciation for the community that supports your sport and helps make it possible.