This Saturday, September 15 marks CVSC’s and the Positive Coaching Alliance’s "Honor the Game Day". What is Honor the Game Day and why is CVSC’s sponsoring this event?
On this day we ask that players, parents, and referees Honor the ROOTS of the Game of Soccer. ROOTS is an acronym that defines Sportsmanship in all aspects of the Game we love to play.
R is for Rules The rules of soccer are what allow us to keep the game fair. Respect for the rules is important, even when it’s possible to break them without getting caught. We want our players to play by the rules, even if they think they won’t get caught if they break them. Breaking the rules dishonors the game, even if it means winning.
O is for Opponents Without opponents, we could have no game. A good opponent makes us do our best. We want our players to respect their opponents, and remember that everyone is out there to have fun. We want players to try their hardest to win, not because they dislike the opponents, but because they want to play their best. We expect everyone to show respect for opposing coaches and teams.
O is for Officials It is very important to respect officials. Often, this can be the most difficult part of Honoring the Game, so we need to remember to keep it as a focus when we play and watch. Officials have been selected and trained to enforce rules, and they have a very hard job. Without the officials the game would be unsafe and unfair. Officials are not perfect (just like coaches, athletes and parents!) and sometimes make mistakes. However, there is no excuse for treating officials with disrespect when they make errors. We want everyone to show respect for officials, even when you disagree with the call.
T is for Teammates A big part of soccer is the team. Being with teammates should be fun. In life you will often be part of a team, and it is important to learn to work together. We want our players to feel a commitment to each other as teammates and to agree to always play as hard as they can in practice and games. We want our players to encourage and support each other on and off the playing field.
S is for Self Some people only Honor the Game when their opponents do, but we want to Honor the Game no matter what the other team or its fans do. We want our players to Honor the Game even when others aren’t because we set our own internal standards. And we live up to them no matter what. We have so much respect for ourselves that we would never do anything to dishonor the game.
It is a proven fact that a large number of children quit sports before the age of 14 because it stops being fun. Castro Valley Soccer Club wants players and families to enjoy the game for the long term.
If effort is rewarded first, and players are allowed to learn and grow from their mistakes, they will be able to play at their highest potential because they will learn while enjoying the game of soccer.
With guidelines developed by Positive Coaching Alliance, the members of our Club will learn what Honoring the Game means and we will all be able to strive to make the game a positive experience for all.
We ask that parents and spectators please allow the players to play and the coaches to coach – your job will be to watch and enjoy the game in silience – the only sounds we would like to hear are the players talking to each other and APPLAUSE from YOU!
The Castro Valley Soccer Club would like to thank the Castro Valley Sports Foundation for their generous grant donation to help CVSC offset the cost of the Postive Coaching Alliance program.