Sportsmanship, Conduct, and our policies within the Bondurant Soccer Club are many items that we hold imperative to our players and parents.  Please read the below information and let's continue to have a great Season of soccer!

There’s nothing like the elated feeling your children get after winning a game they’ve practiced for day and night. But that good feeling can quickly dissipate when faced with bad sportsmanship.

Youth sports are a great opportunity for kids to build self-esteem and learn the essentials of playing a game. But it’s also an opportunity for parents and coaches to teach the importance of good sportsmanship. While parents cheer for their kids on the sidelines, it’s also imperative for them to be positive role models and strong examples of what it means to be a good sport.

Our kids look to their role models, and when adults and athletes have a win-at-all-cost mentality, it can ruin the game and bring out the worst in everyone.

Play with integrity. One of the most essential lessons a child can learn from sports is to follow the rules. Make sure your team understands the rules and doesn’t break them, even if they have the opportunity to get away with it.

Respect the officials. It’s important to teach not only our young athletes but also our parents and coaches to respect the referees and officials. Our kids have a watchful eye and take notice when parents and coaches are disrespectful.

Be a good sportThis means doing what we can to lift our teammates up and help them reach their potential. Being a good teammate means also being a good person on and off the field regardless of the outcome.

Maintain self-control. Keep your cool, have a positive attitude, and don’t overreact during practice or games. Be encouraging of other players.

Let the coaches coach. Avoid chiming in with your coaching advice for the team, or other parents.  Let those in charge run the plays.

Good Sportsmanship Rules

  1. The "Golden Rule" -- Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. Show respect for the other players and opposition, if you expect it yourself.
  2. Have an understanding and an appreciation of the rules. The spirit of good sportsmanship depends on conforming to the intent of the rule and not look for a loop hole.
  3. Enjoy yourself and encourage enjoyment for others.
  4. Take responsibility for your actions. Don’t blame others for your mistakes or find excuses for poor behavior.
  5. Recognize and appreciate good performances, especially by the opponent. Applause for an opponent’s good play demonstrates generosity and courtesy. It shows a true awareness of the game and athletic ability.
  6. Exhibit respect for the officials. Referees are impartial arbitrators who perform to the best of their ability to make sure the game is played fair and within the rules. Mistakes made by all those involved are part of the game and must be accepted.
  7. Expect proper behavior from your teammates. If you allow a teammate to cheat, to play dangerously, to argue and scream at officials, you are condoning that behavior.

Examples of Acceptable Player and Parent Behavior

  • Shake hands with the opponent before and after the game, regardless of outcome.
  • Cheer and support in a positive manner.
  • Accept all decisions by officials without question.
  • Applaud good plays by both teammates and opponents.
  • Applaud at the end of the contest for the performance of all participants.
  • Encourage all surrounding people (parents included) to display a sportsmanlike behavior
  • Show concern for an injured player, regardless of the team
  • Win with class - lose with dignity.

Remember, good sportsmanship is required by our Code of Conduct. Not following it can result in your removal from the club.

If you have any questions, please contact your Coach and/or a Board Member. Let's have a great season of soccer!


Bondurant Soccer Club has levels for all ages. For the 2021/2022 season, this includes those players born between 2003 and 2017.

We are a 100% volunteer soccer club. We couldn't do all that we do for the kids without your help. Please contact a board member if you have any questions about how you can assist in keeping things going for your player.

If you are looking to use any of the fields at the BSC complex or by Petocka, you must have permission from the club president prior to using them. Waiver forms may need to be completed for your group and it is expected that users will follow the no alcohol/tobacco/firearm guidelines. Also that they will clean up after themselves and pay for any damage done to the property. Anyone who does not have this permission will be asked to leave the fields.

Field usage priority will be given to BSC teams for their practices and games. Please contact our president at if you would like more details.
Safe Sport Training Requirement
IMPORTANT: US Soccer developed the Safe Soccer framework within which all participants in the soccer community, including referees, will play an active role in creating an environment free from emotional, physical and sexual abuse. It is a comprehensive program of policies / process, screening, education / training, reporting, monitoring and enforcement designed to help you detect and report abuse, respond to it, and prevent future occurrences.