Jamaica Plain Youth Soccer provides a safe and sportsmanlike atmosphere for the youth of Jamaica Plain, Roslindale and surrounding Boston neighborhoods.
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JPYS Academy Behavior Expectations
The JP Youth Soccer Academy strives to develop passionate and skilled soccer players by offering an inclusive, fun-first program focused on soccer education for boys and girls, ages 7-10 (first through 4th grades).  The Academy was established to advocate the enjoyment of soccer and the patient development of fundamental skills.
We need your help ensuring that our Academy is safe and fun for all of the participants from those new to the game to the most experienced players.
We understand that players in grades 1 to 4 are children who are energetic, often very competitive, and prone to make mistakes. All of us are responsible for helping the children learn appropriate behavior during practice and games.
Player Behavior Expectations

  • Respect the safety of all players
    • Play under control.
    • No reckless play.
    • Take responsibility if you hurt another player by mistake.
    • Never try to hurt another player.
  • Be a good sport
    • Celebrate your teams success.
    • Do not taunt or tease any players.
    • Never swear, curse, or call other people mean names.
  • Play soccer
    • Have fun.
    • Play with energy and spirit.
    • Follow the rules.
    • Do not cheat.
    • Follow the directions of the coaches.

Coach, Field Volunteer, and Adult Spectator Expectations

  • We all must hold all of the children to high standards of behavior, while at the same time understanding that these are young children who will make mistakes and need adult guidance.
  • Coaches/Field Volunteers deserve our thanks and support. And they must also intervene quickly when children do not follow the guidelines.
    • For minor errors; pull player aside and quietly remind him or her of the rules.
    • For unsafe play, unsporting language or actions, you are encouraged to send the child to sit out for 5 minutes with their adult.
      • Briefly explain the reason for this action to the adult.
      • The player must check in with you before re-entering the activity.
    • Persistent or extreme behavior (this should be extremely rare)
      • Send child to their adult and do not allow the player to return for the session.
      • Briefly explain your reasoning.
      • Contact the 
  • Parents/guardians/responsible adults are expected to be at the field for all practices and games.
    • It is difficult for volunteers to manage other people’s children’s behavior. You know your child be active when needed.
    • Support the decisions of the field volunteers and coaches. Reinforce the message that they are giving and help your child improve her or his behavior.
    • If a child is not following the guidelines their adult should calmly remove the child from the activity and remind the child of expectations before allowing the child to return to the activity.
    • If a child continues to misbehave their adult should take them home. They will be welcomed back at the next event.

Chris Hoeh
JPYS Academy Director