Parents Resources

Public Fields & Parking Lots Policy

  • The Warwick Soccer Association maintains a no smoking, no alcohol and no abusive language for all fields, for both practices and games.
  • Please keep all pets off of playing fields.
  • Please pick up all trash after the game.

Your cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated. Please report any violations of this policy to your coach or age division coordinator.

Weather Cancellation Policy

Games at Bend Street and Belmont Park are covered by the following policy and procedures for game cancellations due to weather or field conditions.

Bend Street is controlled by the Warwick Parks & Recreation Department. This Department will notify WSA when the fields at Bend Street are closed due to weather or field conditions. WSA will make every effort to notify all those involved by posting the information on our web site, mass e-mail to families, and by notifying the age level coordinators and coaches. In the case where WSA is not notified by the parks department and the weather or field conditions are a factor, the association head referees will make a determination if the fields are playable. Any games cancelled due to weather or field conditions in the u12-u15 divisions will normally be rescheduled, if possible, before the end of the season.

Games at Belmont Park and North Country Club are under the control of WSA and will be cancelled by the management team responsible for the u6-u10 age groups, based on weather or field conditions. Again, any games cancelled due to weather or field conditions will be posted on our web site, and notice will be forwarded to the families, coordinators and coaches. Games in the u6-u10 age group are non-results oriented and are not usually rescheduled.

Parents Code of Conduct

As a soccer parent/spectator, I promise to:

  • Set examples, children have more need for example than criticism.
  • Attempt to relieve the pressure of competition, not increase it. A child is easily affected by outside influences.
  • Be kind to my child’s coach and officials. The coach is a volunteer, giving of her or his personal time and money to provide a recreational activity for my child.
  • Remember that the opponents are necessary friends, without them my child could not participate.
  • Applaud good play by my team and by members of the opposing team.
  • Not openly question an official’s judgement and honesty. Officials are symbols of fair play, integrity, and sportsmanship.
  • Accept the results of each game. Encourage my child to be gracious in victory, and to turn defeat into victory by working towards improvement.
  • Remember my child is involved in organized sports for their enjoyment–not mine.
  • Encourage my child to always play by the rules. Teach my child that honest effort is as important as victory so that the result of each game is accepted without undue disappointment.
  • Support all effort to remove verbal and physical abuse from my child’s sporting activities.
  • Remember that soccer is a team sport. Encourage my child to work with his or her teammates. Avoid giving special rewards to my child for scoring. No one player wins or loses a game.
  • Promote the positive, fun aspects of participation in the game.

Red Flags for Parents

  • A parent who is continuing to live personal athletic dreams through his/her child, has not released his/her child to the game.
  • If a parent tends to share in the credit when the child victorious: He/She is too involved.
  • Trying Too Hard: When a parent is trying to continue to coach his child when the child probably knows more about the game than the parent does.A parent should realize that he/she is taking everything too seriously when:
    • He/she is nervous before the child’s game.
    • He/she has a difficult time bouncing back after a loss.
    • He/she makes mental notes during a game to better explain the conclusion.
    • He/she becomes verbally critical of an official.

Six Tips for Parents

A lot of soccer parents with good intentions give a 30 minute lecture, giving playing advice in the car on the way to each game. The kids arrive far off their optimal mental state, and dreading the critique they are likely to hear, whether they want it or not, on the way home. Kids who are communicated in this way tend not to play badly, they just tend to not play, possibly to avoid making mistakes.

For best results, parents should memorize and use the following:

Before the match
I love you
Good luck
Have fun

After the match
I love you
It was great to see you play
What would you like to eat?

What exactly is “offside”? This little animated presentation may be worth your time!

Find many more resources for soccer parents at  US Youth Parent Page

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