The Nashua Youth Soccer League (NYSL) is a recreational, non-profit, volunteer organization that teaches basic soccer skills to children between the ages of 5 and 19 years old. It has been serving the Nashua area 40 years!

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Coach's Code of Ethics

This is the NHSA (New hampshire Soccer Association) code of ethics for coaches. The NYSL expects that every NYSL coach should adhere to these.

In addition to this information, please read the NYSL Playing Rules so you can explain them to, and discuss them with, your child. 

  • The coach must never place the value of winning over the safety and welfare of his/her players.
  • A coach must hold him/herself to the highest standards of behavior. He/she must remember that they serve as one of the most influential role models for their players. Any violations of the player's trust, either in word or action, on or off the field, cannot be tolerated.
  • The laws of soccer were written to ensure the continuous flow of action. These laws have the safety of the players as their primary goal. Coaches must always play within these rules and never seek unfair advantage by teaching deliberate, unsportsmanlike behavior to their players.
  • Coaches must adhere to the letter and spirit of the rules.
  • Coaches who circumvent the rules to gain an advantage have no place in soccer.
  • Eligibility rules must be enforced. Coaches who use ineligible players will be dealt with quickly and severely.
  • Coaches are responsible for their player's actions on the field. Rough house tactics, illegal substitutions and deliberate faking of injuries is prohibited.
  • The coach must behave in such a manner that the principles, integrity and dignity of the sport are not compromised.
  • Officials must have the support of coaches, players and organizations. Public or private criticism of officials demeans the game. Coaches must also refrain from criticizing officials to their players. Criticism of officials or dissent towards officials during the course of the game is strictly prohibited.
  • Coach's behavior must be such as to bring credit to him/herself, his/her organization and soccer in general.
  • Coaches have the responsibility to be as inconspicuous as possible during the game.
  • It shall be considered unethical for a coach to have any verbal dissent during the game with the opposing coach, bench or players. Physically contacting an opposing coach or player in an aggressive manner is considered highly unethical.
  • Coaches will not belittle their players by yelling at them in a negative manner during the course of the game. Such action detracts from the game and negatively impacts the performance of the players and the team.
  • Coaches must remember that they are involved in coaching for the players. They should always have the player's best interest in mind. They should seek to provide an environment where players not only develop as players of the game, but as people. They should never place their own concerns of advancement above those of the players.