Portsmouth Pirates Competitive Soccer Club
Zero Tolerance Policy
The Portsmouth Pirates Soccer Club fully endorses and supports good sportsmanship and fair play. Furthermore, the club is very interested in providing a healthy, learning and supportive environment for it’s players, referees, parents and fans . Due to the increase of abusive and intimidating behavior towards our referees and in too many cases, our youth referees, we have adopted a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY.
It is the responsibility of ALL coaches/players/parents to maintain the highest standards of conduct for themselves, their players and supporters in all matches. Abusive, confrontational and obscene language, violent play/conduct, fighting, inciting, escalating and other behavior detrimental to individuals, the game and the sport will not be tolerated. A coach’s/player’s/parent’s responsibility for referee support and spectator control includes the times prior to, during and after the game at the field and surrounding areas.
All persons responsible for a team and all of the spectators shall support the referee at all times. Failure to do so will undermine the referee’s authority and has the very real potential of creating a hostile environment for the players, the referee and all of the other participants and spectators. Escalation to violence can easily result.
Exceptions for Coaching Staff or player During Match:
Exceptions for Coaching Staff or player at Half Time or end of game:
Exceptions for fans, spectators, others:
The Portsmouth Pirates Soccer Club may impose additional sanctions upon the offending individual(s) including: 1) suspension or dismissal of coach or player from team position, 2) Banishment of the offender from participation and or attendance at events, 3) Banishment of offenders family from participation in or attendance at events.
The Portsmouth Police Department (683-2422) and the Rhode Island State Police (849-4444) have been apprised of this policy and will lend assistance at a moment’s notice. In emergency also call (911).
The Portsmouth Pirates Coach, at all home games, will call all coaches, team captains, a parent representative from each team and all referees to the center circle prior to the start of each game and review our zero tolerance policy. Parent representative from each team will review zero tolerance policy with their respective fans and supporters. Coach may, at his/her option, accompany the Parent representative to the sidelines for the review to the parents.
It is and always will be the coach’s responsibility for the safety of his/her players. The coach always has the authority to stop play and remove his team from the game (either temporarily or permanently) if he/she feels conditions are unsafe. A parent (obviously) also has the authority to remove his/her child from an unsafe situation. If the situation warrants it, please do it, while also abiding by the zero tolerance policy. A coach also has recourse regarding a referees performance via the game card or via a more formal complaint through the club.