Players Corner


As an ACYS Spirit United player you have the opportunity to exemplify the heart of a true champion – someone who honors God with their words, attitudes and actions; always does their best and inspires others around them to be better.

Remember, whether at practice or in games, when you wear the ACYS Spirit United uniform, your conduct not only reflects on yourself, but on the whole team and on the club. Show others your best and be an inspiration!

Each ACYS Spirit United player is expected to do their part in promoting standards of excellence by:

• Always playing to the best of your ability

• Abiding by the rules of the game

• Playing fairly – no cheating, cheap fouls, complaining or wasting time

• Showing respect to your coach – listening and following direction, speaking respectfully, being on time for practice and games

• Showing respect to your teammates – encouraging them and building them up, not disparaging or tearing them down with words or actions

• Showing respect for the other team – playing to the best of your ability, not trash talking, shaking hands at the end of the game. Always take the high road, regardless of the other team’s behavior!

• Showing respect to the referee – speaking respectfully at all times, not arguing/complaining, shaking hands with the referees and thanking them at the end of the game

• Always demonstrating good sportsmanship, especially when the other team is not. Be a positive example!

Players should review the ACYS Spirit United Code of Conduct standards on a regular basis, and intentionally practice the principles. These principles are a key component to not only becoming a better player, but in equipping you to successfully handle a variety of situations in life.

Players who show a lapse in judgment regarding conduct will be subject to corrective measures in the form of any of the following actions, depending on the behavior:

• The player may be required to apologize to a teammate, opponent, coach, or referee.

• The player may receive a verbal warning from the coach or club official.

• The player may be substituted during a game.

• The player may be suspended from training and/or games.

• In serious cases, the player may be asked to leave the club. If asked to leave the club, there will be no refund; membership dues for the entire club year will be required in full.'>niroworld / 123RF Stock Photo


Mandatory Coach Meetings - ACYS may require the participation of coaches to attend ACYS related meetings. These meetings are integral to the success of ACYS. Coaches unable to attend these meetings may be required to watch a video of the meeting or listen to an audio tape/cd in order to participate as a coach.

Game Conduct
All ACYS & GCF League Games will be conducted within the current FYSA rules, FIFA laws of the game and decisions of the international Board in effect prior to the ACYS annual meeting with exceptions as noted below:

ACYS responsibility 
Our goal is to encourage young people to be the very best they can be for the Glory of God. ACYS will do its best to provide a safe place for children to play sports, guidance and training for volunteers, and will maintain an atmosphere of excellence and integrity.

Duties and responsibilities of coaches, officials, spectators, parents and other volunteers 
· To conduct themselves in a “Christ like manner” at all times while on, near or off the playing field.
· To prepare, train and coach their team to the best of their ability.
· To encourage clean fair competition and good sportsmanship at all times.
· To uphold the rules and regulations of ACYS, FYSA and FIFA as they apply.
· To participate in positive coaching that builds-up and encourages players.

Coaching Requirements

  1. Coaches must read and sign ACYS Covenant and Statement of faithSee seperate tab for Coach covenant.
  2. Coaching from the sideline is restricted to coaches on the player side of the field/court only. Sideline coaching should be minimal and limited to two coaches from each team operating behind the sidelines and between the two penalty areas. For Basketball only one coach is permitted to stand during play. For soccer, each coach on the sideline during a match must have an official FYSA coaching pass or be listed on the ACYS roster.
  3. Coaches Cautioned or Ejected from field Coaches cautioned and/or ejected from a game or sports complex will receive a minimum one game suspension and be reviewed by a disciplinary committee. Based on the severity of the infraction a longer suspension or dismissal could be recommended by the committee. Only by a majority vote of the ACYS executive board can a coach be removed from his position.
  4. ANY substantiated criminal act against a child is grounds for immediate dismissal and/or disqualification as a coach Each coach must complete an FYSA coach’s registration prior form to league play. As a condition of the completed form each coach must provide a social security number for the purpose of a FDLE background check.

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