From the Malden Youth Soccer Association President
May 28, 2010
Fellow MYSA members,
As many of you are aware, inappropriate conduct by parents and other spectators has become an increasing problem for youth sports organizations. Recently, during a practice/game session, an incident occurred, where a confrontation developed between a parent and a coach, in front of the children and their families in attendance. Please be reminded that MYSA has Zero Tolerance for this type of behavior between and from any combination of our players, coaches, parents, guardians and spectators involved with or in attendance at any MYSA event.
MYSA will not tolerate obscene or vulgar language, aggressive behavior, bullying, taunting, verbal or physical threats during any MYSA event, from or toward anyone within its membership. It is the responsibility of the coaches to deal with any issues that may arise with the players, parents, guardians or spectators during an event. A verbal warning will be given to anyone violating this policy. If the inappropriate behavior continues, that person may be asked to leave the premises. If they refuse, the event will be stopped until such time that the person either leaves the field voluntarily or is escorted from the field by the police. Sanctions up to and including suspension and expulsion from participation in MYSA events may follow.
If parent(s)/guardian(s) have an issue or concern they should raise it, respectfully, with their child's coaches, either before or after the event, whether it is a one time event or an ongoing observation or concern. If the parent(s)/guardian(s) are not satisfied with the coaches response or action, they should raise the concern to the appropriate Age Director for their child's team. If the parent(s)/guardian(s)are not satisfied with the Age Director's response or action, they may contact me and the issue will be addressed at the MYSA Board of Director's level.
We are all here to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for our children, to develop their skills to play soccer, to help them learn to be part of a team, to learn the values of respect, integrity and good sportsmanship, to carry these lessons beyond the soccer field, and hopefully to develop a love for the game which they will carry with them long after they leave MYSA. Most importantly, we want them to feel safe and to have fun.
Thank you for your time regarding this very important issue.
Kenneth G. Antonucci, Sr.
Malden Youth Soccer Association