FC Drive | Code of Conduct
FC DRIVE promotes good sportsmanship, mutual respect, courtesy and tolerance. FC DRIVE advocates building strong self-images among the youth participants. Children with a strong self-image may be less likely targets for abuse; similarly, they may be less likely to abuse or bully others around them.
We want to empower our players to trust their feelings and let them know that their concerns, fears and hopes are important by listening to them. Open communication between players and parents, or between players and FC DRIVE coaches, trainers, or administrators may help to allow early warning signs of abuse to surface.
We are committed to providing a safe environment for coaches, trainers, administrators, parents, players, and officials. Each person participating in FC DRIVE activities is responsible for the safety and well being of the participants.
The following guidelines of behavior and procedures have been established:
- The player is at the center of the club experience not the adult. When the player experiences adversity, identify the positive life lessons in the situation and help the player learn from it.
- Each family will exhibit positive support and encouragement for the players and coaches at all times and will refrain from negative criticism about any player, coach, team, administrator, and game official.
- Each participant is responsible for reporting any cases of questionable conduct or alleged mistreatment.
- Abuse of any kind is not permitted. This means FC DRIVE and all its coaches, trainers, parents, and players do not tolerate physical, emotional, verbal or sexual abuse or misconduct.
- Physical and sexual abuse, including, but not limited to, striking, hitting, kicking, biting, indecent or wanton gesturing, lewd remarks, indecent exposure, unwanted physical contact, any form of sexual contact or inappropriate touching, are strictly prohibited.
- Emotional abuse or verbal abuse is also strictly prohibited. This includes but is not limited to such forms of abuse as: intimidation, bullying, yelling, insulting, threatening, mocking, demeaning behavior, or making abusive statements in regard to a person’s race, religion, nationality/ethnicity, sex, or age.
- We will respond quickly to any and all allegations of abuse. This information will be reviewed by FC DRIVE administration and may be communicated to the authorities for investigation. The alleged offender will be notified of such allegations promptly.
- Any person accused of physical, emotional, verbal or sexual abuse or misconduct may be asked to
leave the club (in the case of a coach, trainer, or player) and/or not participate in any club activities (in the case of a parent). Regardless of criminal or civil guilt in the alleged abuse, the continued presence of the person could be detrimental to FC DRIVE and could be harmful to the participants.