POLICY AND PROCEDURES
The mission of the travel program is to establish a competitive youth soccer program and promote passion for and knowledge of the game of soccer by developing youth soccer players through appropriate competitive level competition. We aim to develop higher level youth soccer players technically, tactically, mentally and physically while building self-esteem, confidence, sportsmanship and teamwork. We strive to develop an environment for each player that is fun, positive and educational.
Vice President of Travel - is responsible for the overall management of the travel program. This includes;
Insuring coaches understand and live up to mission/policy of the Club.
Organizing and communicating schedules of all travel related activities including league registration, practice times, outside training, coaches meetings, etc.
Representing the best interest of the club at league meetings.
Providing a feedback mechanism for the coaches.
Working to improve the overall level of the travel program/teams performance
Election process is as described in the Club By-Laws
Election criteria- In addition to being given clearance to coach by EPYSA (i.e. a current disclosure form should be on file with the club), coaches will be selected based on past coaching experience, current coaching licenses, philosophy consistent with the club’s mission statement, references and feedback the club might already have received.
Licensing Requirements- The club encourages all of its travel coaches to hold appropriate State and/or National level coaching licenses.
All travel coaches should hold a minimum of an “E” license or equivalent by the beginning of their U-10 season
It is the desire of the club to continue the development of the coaches through the pursuit of the “D” level licenses or equivalent. The club will reimburse 100% the cost of such licensing courses to coaches who present a copy of their registration and license certificate upon completion of the course.
Expectations of Coaches- The principle role of the coach is to develop the technical and tactical skills of the players on their team. At each age level there are certain basic skills that should be evident at the end of a season. These should be developed in conjunction with the director of coaching.
It is expected that coaches will attend monthly board meetings and all travel coaches meetings.
Each coach is expected to communicate regularly and openly with the parents of the team regarding their respective expectations of each other, the players and the team.
Behavior/Sportsmanship- The coach serves at the discretion of the Soccer Club Board of Directors. He/She should act as a role model for his team and their supporters. The coach is responsible to coach within the framework of the mission and goals of the club.
Disciplinary action- The club officers can at any time review any issue concerning a coach to determine whether they should remain in the position. Based on but not limited to feedback from parents, witnessed performance, league sanctions, or other conduct not in line with the mission and goals of the club.
Dismissal Procedures- upon being notified of a possible coaching issue, the Vice President of travel will notify the coach in question and document the discussion. The coach will then be given the opportunity to respond in writing to the vice president of travel. If necessary, the vice president of travel will convene a review committee consisting of at least 3 travel coaches who will collect information on the coaching issue and make a recommendation to the club officers. The club officers shall decide at this time whether the coach shall continue through the remainder of the season or be removed immediately.
Number of Teams – Historically, the club has been able to support 1 boys team and 1 girls team at each age level U-9 and up in the fall season. Additional teams can and will be supported as determined by the interest level shown from year to year. Any teams formed subsequent to the (A) team; (B), (C), (D) etc. will be classified asdevelopmental teams.
All players participating in a try-out must sign a waiver with the club for insurance purposes.
All youth players trying out must attend at least one of the open try-outs.
If there are not enough players for an (A) team there will not be a (B) team. By the end of the second tryout there must be a cumulative minimum of 25 players for U-9 & U-10 and a minimum of 32 players for U-11 and up in order to form more than one team. The Vice President of Travel and Director of Coaching must approve any exceptions to the above.
The (A) coach selects the players he/she would like to roster. Once this roster has been filled, the next highest coach selects from the remaining tryout attendees to fill his/her roster. This procedure continues until all teams’ rosters for the age group have been filled.
A player who decides not to play for the travel team to which they have been selected, he/she can choose to play in the Club’s Intramural program or request a refund of their registration fees. Any exception to this policy is at the discretion of the coach who selects the player. Players not chosen for a position on a travel team are placed in the intramural pool.
Any player who expresses an interest in playing Travel after the completion of the open try-outs must contact the coach of the (A) team.
D. The Vice President of Travel and Director of Coaching must approve any exceptions to the policies enumerated in Clauses A, B or C above.
Each team may be asked to provide volunteers from time to time to assist with club duties to actively support the needs of the club.
All players must be registered players with the club. Refer to the current Fee Schedule.
The current fee for Travel Players is determined each year by the Board of Directors. This fee helps to defray the costs of league registration, uniforms, referees, insurance, etc.
Secondary players within the club will need to pay for all additional pass and roster fees.
Secondary players from outside the club will be responsible to pay a fee designated by the current fee schedule.
No player will be permitted to get a player pass until ALL fees due the club are paid.
All tournament fees will be the responsibility of each individual team.
Practice schedules for field times at all club fields are determined by a schedule determined by the Vice President of Travel. The Vice President of Travel will take into account the specific requests of all coaches, but coaches must also recognize that there are limitations on field space & time, and that compromise is often necessary.
Travel team practices and games will be coordinated with the intramural program to avoid conflicts. In the event of a conflict, the coaches should 1) refer to their schedule and then 2) use some common sense.
Assistant Coach (2)
Club policy requires that all players on a roster be given adequate playing time.
It is the coach’s responsibility to properly set expectations regarding playing time at tryouts.
Donations may be made directly to a team’s general fund, but the use of the club tax ID is not permitted.
Any fundraiser is generally acceptable but the safety and welfare of our children should be kept first in mind.
Teams are asked to inform the Board of Directors of any fundraisers to minimize conflicts with activities, dates, club activities, etc.
It is recommended that each team open a checking account with 2 required signatures to manage and maintain the team’s finances. The club will not provide its tax ID number for individual team use. An accounting of the use of team funds should be shared with all parents at seasons end.
The club provides uniforms for players on the active roster who are registered players with the club. If a coach chooses to bring in guest players for tournaments, etc. it is the team’s responsibility to order the necessary uniforms in advance and pay for same out of team funds.
The club does not standardize or mandate any particular style or manufacturer. Individual teams are free to purchase jackets, warm-ups, etc. as their teams (and funding) decide appropriate. Colors should be consistent with the club colors of red and black with white or gray used as a neutral or outlining color.
Tournament participation is encouraged by the club and is at the discretion of the coach and his/her team. Tournaments are considered an excellent opportunity to expose teams and players to additional levels of competition and can provide additional positive publicity for the club.
Coaches, beginning in the fall, should notify the club of the tournaments they are participating in and the results. The purpose of this is to enable the travel program to publish information on team performance on the website or in the PSC newsletter. This can be shared with all travel players, coaches, parents, local high school coaches and ODP personnel.
Two new game balls per season in the appropriate size are provided.
Each coach will be given a set of corner flags and is responsible for setting up his/her field at the beginning of each home game. Corner flags will be repaired or replaced as needed.
Club patches are available for tournaments through the Director of Equipment.
The club provides referee fees to the individual coaches for one league in the fall season when the league schedules are published.
The club may withhold referee fees when coaches/teams are in arrears for any funds or documentation due the club such as, registration money, uniform costs, rosters, etc.
Referee fees for tournaments and other leagues are the responsibility of the team.
This is a standardized form issued by the club that identifies insurance coverage for an individual player and provides authorization for a coach or team manager to seek emergency medical treatment for a player if required and a parent or guardian is not present. The form is typically required for participation in any tournament. This form must be signed by at least one parent.
The club generally participates in one Soccer League. Any team wishing to play in a different league other than the majority will be responsible for all correspondence, attend all required meetings, complete all required paperwork, etc. Coach must also communicate all necessary information back to club through the Vice President of Travel.
A team that joins additional leagues will be responsible for all financial considerations of that league including team registration, referee fees, etc.
Each year the league seeds the registered teams into divisions based on prior year records, tournament records, etc. The Vice President of Travel is the contact for all communication regarding seeding with the leagues.
Each coach will make his/her preferences known in accordance with the timetable provided by the league. Support for the requests in the form of standings, scores of games against common opponents in a requested division, tournament results, etc. should be included in the request.
Each league assesses fines on teams and coaches for various infractions. Coaches are responsible for paying the fines!
Spring soccer leagues are encouraged but are at the discretion of coaches and their teams. Anyone playing in the spring must inform the Vice President of Travel in order to insure field space.
Indoor leagues and tournaments are at the discretion of individual coaches and their teams.