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Outlined here are general guidelines for expected behavior at PPA functions from Players, Coaches, and Spectators. For a more detailed breakdown of the roles and relationships between these figures in youth sports, and what is expected from them, please refer to the "Roles and Relationships" section on the resources page by clicking the back arrow above.


Two of the World's best (Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez) settle in to watch their kids play


  • Be supportive of the players

    • Encourage both your player and their entire team when cheering on the sideline.

    • Understand that these players are young and still developing, they are not professional athletes and will undoubtedly make mistakes. Help them walk away from the season with high confidence and self esteem by positively encouraging them even when those mistakes happen.

  • Exhibit good sportsmanship at all times

    • Treat the opposing team’s players and parents, along with the coaches, referees, and officials, with respect.

    • If a parent is disrupting the game by yelling at another parent, player, coach, referee, or any of the above he/she will:

      • Be given warned by the referee or a club official to stop 

      • (If behavior continues) he/she will be asked by PPA Staff to leave the sideline and wait for their player in the parking lot

  • Stay positive, both in your comments and body language

    • Do not boo or yell at any point during, before, or after a match.

    • Teach your player how to handle adversity after a loss.

    • Refrain from acting out in a way that would portray anger, disappointment, or negativity.

  • Do not sideline coach or ref the game. No instructions! Only Encouragement!

  • Do not interrupt a game by coming onto the field/court or coming to the players' bench.

  • Please refrain from coaching the players during the match, this tends to lead to confusion and does not help the players’ technical development.
    • Leave the coaching up to the coaches and the refereeing up to the referees.

**Those who cannot abide by these principals will be asked to remove themselves from the sidelines**



  • Exhibit good sportsmanship at all times

    • Your actions reflect The PPA as a whole. Wear your PPA jerseys with pride and act in a manner you and your family will be proud of.

    • Shake the hand of each member of the opposing team including the coach and the referees after each match.

    • Do not use vulgar language at any point before, during, or after a match.

    • Be respectful of the referee at all times.

    • Play with a positive attitude and give your best effort at all times.

    • Be modest and humble when you win and be gracious when you lose.

  • Be a good teammate

    • Use positive language when talking with your teammates.

    • Be supportive when your teammate has made a mistake. Be encouraging and understanding how you would want to be treated.

    • Any disagreements between players will be handled by the coaches, and if necessary, parents will be brought in as well.

  • Be a good person

    • The PPA employs a holistic approach, driven by core values like Passion, Integrity, Camaraderie, Creativity, Kindness, Drive, and Excellence, in order to create great athletes and even better people.​

    • We respect others, we respect our fields and facilities, and we respect ourselves.

**Those who cannot uphold these principals will not be invited to participate in The PPA**



  • Sportsmanship

    • When coaching a practice, clinic, or a game you are representing PPA and your actions reflect the PPA community.

    • Be supportive towards your players at all times and be understanding when they make mistakes.

    • All coaches should be focused on the growth of the player and creating a fun and enjoyable experience.

    • Coaches are responsible for the sportsmanship of the players. If a player is disrespectful in any way it is the coach’s responsibility to bring it up with the player or his/her parents and come to a decision on how to handle the situation.

    • Coaches should refrain from using vulgar language at all times.

    • Teach your team how to be humble after a win and how to hold their heads up high after a loss.

  • Handling Parents and Referees

    • Be the role model for all spectators. When they see you act positively and demonstrating good sportsmanship they will follow.

    • Be patient when dealing with a disruptive parent and offer your help on how you can help them resolve their problem.

    • Understand that referees make mistakes and usually the calls balance out.

    • The referee is focused on calling the game and coaches should not yell at the referee during the run of play. If you have a problem with the referee or a call then find a stoppage during the game to have a quick discussion. If there is a major problem then the situation will be discussed after the game.

    • Be helpful towards the referee and help to manage the game in complete fairness to both teams.

  • Safety

    • The safety of the players is the first priority of the coaches at all times.

    • Coaches need to make sure their players are wearing the appropriate equipment and check the playing facility.  

    • Coaches need to make sure they have the necessary first aid equipment at practices and games to deal with potential injuries.

    • Coaches need to make sure they have appropriate contact information on hand in the case of emergency

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