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The purpose and intent of the Indoor Action Sports (IAS) philosophy is to promote the advancement of youth sports in the tri-state area, to encourage the development of player skills and abilities, promote programs that teach individual and team skills, and support the growth of trained coaches and referees. The goal and value of player participation is to have fun while playing sports, to develop self-esteem and confidence through skill development while promoting a sense of fair play and good sportsmanship.

The key elements of the IAS experience is developing individual and team skills in all players in a fun, safe, and family environment that builds character, competence and confidence.

In order to uphold the IAS Code of Conduct for all players, parents/guardians/spectators and coaches they must abide by the following:

ALL Players participating at IAS shall…

  • Demonstrate good sportsmanship by example and encourage it from fellow players
  • Play by the rules of the game.
  • View playing sport as an opportunity to learn and have fun.
  • Remain respectful toward other players, coaches, referees and spectators.
  • Never argue or complain about referees’ calls or decisions.
  • Maintain an even temperament and resist retaliation.

ALL Parents/Guardians/Spectators shall…

  • Encourage good sportsmanship and self-discipline in their children and their
    teammates through example.
  • Make athletic participation for their child and others a positive, fun experience.
  • Give encouragement and show interest in their child’s teams.
  •  Encourage their child to show good sportsmanship in every game.
  • Attempt to minimize the pressure of competition and place the emotional and physical well being of players ahead of a desire to win.
  • Be respectful toward coaches, referees, your child, other parents and their children.
  • Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from youth sports activities.
  • Refrain from coaching and refereeing “from the sidelines”.

ALL Coaches shall…

  • Provide a positive role model for their players and parents, by consistently acting in a positive, controlled and mature manner.
  •  Demonstrate good sportsmanship and maintain a proper perspective on the purpose of IAS, namely, participation is for the enjoyment and benefit of the players (not the adults).
  • Learn the rules and earn at least a basic certification.
  • Above all else, maintain the safety and well being of their players.
  • Explain to (and remind) parents what is expected of them and their children.
  • Provide a positive, enjoyable atmosphere for the players and parents.
  • Refrain from open arguments with referees and other coaches.
  • Encourage parents to support the team with their presence as much as possible.
  • Ensure equitable playing time
    Provide necessary guidance and equipment at games and practices.
  • Discipline players in a FAIR and CONSISTENT manner.
  • Refrain from making negative comments about other coaches, players, parents and referees.
  • Be prepared to deal with injuries in a timely manner by reviewing first aid principles.

All participants of IAS shall abide by the Code of Conduct at all times. Inappropriate behavior that is determined to violate this Code of Conduct shall result in Disciplinary Action by IAS, up to and including, without limitation, expulsion from the game/field, and expulsion from IAS.



This policy has been developed in an effort to create a positive game-day environment for all players, coaches, parents, spectators and referees. The IAS Soccer Zero Tolerance Policy for Referee Abuse is in accordance with our general Code of Conduct Policy, which can also be found on our website.

IAS is a place to learn, have fun and be competitive in the sport of soccer.

Develop an understanding of the game and the rules before judging a referee’s call. Soccer is a contact sport. Every push is not a foul. Referees are an integral part of the game. They enforce the laws / rules of the game and ensure a safe environment for all players.

– Players play the game.
– Coaches coach and manage their players and team.
– Parents and spectators watch and support their team.
– Referees officiate the game in a positive environment.

Purpose of the Policy
The purpose of this policy is to make it clear and to enforce that all negative comments and criticism of a referee is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. This policy does not mean that the referee is always right, and the coach / spectator / player is always wrong but disputing a referee’s call will never change the call. Abuse towards any referee is unacceptable, but in the case of a youth / teenage referee the disciplinary action will be much more severe.

Policy on Referee Abuse

  • Zero tolerance policy means negative comments or actions made towards referees are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
  • All referee’s calls are final. No arguing with the referee. This applies to players, coaches, spectators and parents. Absolutely no disputing calls, during or after the game.
  • Incidents of negative behavior towards a referee will not be tolerated. Each incident will be handled on an individual basis.
  • Referees are human, they make mistakes.
  • Feedback (positive and negative) regarding referees from coaches, (adult) players and spectators may be given to the IAS Soccer Director.