General Policies & ProceDURES
PLAYER RESPONSIBILITIES POLICY
As a member of the Club, you are responsible for your own performance and conduct. The Club expects its players to be honest, reliable, and committed to their individual development and the development of the Team. Players are encouraged to communicate openly and freely with coaching staff and their parents about all matters affecting their ability to train or play in games. This includes any injuries, additional commitments, or any other external factors that may affect a player’s performance. At all times, members of the Club are expected to maintain a positive team attitude and a personal sense of sportsmanship and fair play.
Players are expected to work on soccer skills outside of regularly scheduled club practices. Youth players need to get the most out of their touches on the ball year-round, whether on a formal or informal basis, in order for them to maximize their development. Specifically, players are expected to practice, in their own time, the skills and techniques learned at training so that they return to the next session able to execute the technique with greater confidence and precision.
Players are expected to be on the field, dressed in the full training uniform (including cleats, shin guards, and drinking water) and ready to train by the scheduled start time for each training session. Players should be well hydrated and should use the bathroom as necessary before the start of practice. Players should not eat a big meal less than 2 hours before practice; a small healthy snack is preferable.
Players are expected to arrive 50-60 minutes before the scheduled kick-off time for each game. Players should be dressed in full uniform and ready to warm up no later than 35 minutes before kick-off. Players should be well hydrated and should use the bathroom as necessary before the start of every game. Players should not eat a big meal less than 3 hours before a game; a small snack is preferable.
Players are expected to play to the best of their ability at all times. Players must compete aggressively but fairly. Players must show respect for the rules of the game, opponents, officials, their teammates, and most importantly, themselves. Players who are not on the field are expected to sit and watch their teammates from the bench. Players are expected to support and encourage their teammates and to refrain from yelling out negative criticism at any time. At no time should a player challenge or criticize the decision of an official.
Players must not object to or question a tactical decision (e.g. a player’s position) by their coach before or during the game. If a player wishes to understand the coach’s decision, the player (or parent) may speak with the coach after the game or at the following practice and not at the game. The coach will always provide an honest explanation about his or her decision-making.
Players are expected to have all up to date required club apparel in order to participate in practices and games with their team. Uniform, clean, and well-fitted apparel is crucial to team unity and professionalism.
Players are competing at all times for starting positions and playing time. There are many factors that can affect the amount of playing time for a particular player. Players must earn their positions by coming to practice, training hard, and displaying an attitude of commitment to their individual development.
Minimum playing time guidelines:
equal playing time for all players
7v7, 9v9, 11v11: 15-minute minimum for all players
Nutrition and rest are the responsibility of the player with the support and guidance of the parents. We expect players to eat nutritious, healthy food in a timely manner so as not to interfere with their performance at practices or games. If you have any questions about proper nutrition, please ask your team coach. While nutrition and diet may not have a significant effect on players under the age of ten, it is very important that players establish good eating habits, knowledge of nutrition for athletic performance, and an overall healthy lifestyle from a young age.
OFF THE FIELD
Players of the Club are expected to carry themselves with pride, discipline, and self-respect both on and off the field. As athletes, players are further expected to conduct themselves with dignity and composure at home and at school.
Part of the commitment of playing for the Club is a commitment to handling the obligations that a student has in his or her daily life. The Club encourages and promotes academic achievement and recognizes that academics plays a vital role in the overall development of well-rounded athletes. Players who wish to play at any collegiate levels must also possess a sound academic record. It is expected that players will do their best in school and will manage their time in order to fulfill their obligations in their primary role as students.
PARENT RESPONSIBILITIES POLICY
Parental support and involvement in a player’s development through the Club are essential. Parents must be equally committed to their child’s participation in the Club and ensure that players attend all trainings, games, and other team functions.
SCHEDULING CONFLICTS & COMMUNICATION
We understand that there will be times when scheduling conflicts are unavoidable and other commitments will prevail. The Club requires your communication, planning and understanding so that we can minimize conflicts. The Club will present a periodic schedule to allow you time for planning. When a parent or player has an unavoidable conflict, the Club expects timely communication to see if we can make any necessary adjustments. The team coach and Club will make final decisions about scheduling after careful consideration of your needs and those of the Club.
Parents must attend seasonal parent meetings. The purpose of these meetings is to facilitate a direct and continuous flow of communication between parents and coaching staff. The objective of the parent meetings is to ensure that parents understand the objectives and expectations of Club coaching staff. Similarly, these meetings are a time for coaching staff to understand the expectations of parents.
At each meeting, coaching staff will provide feedback about the team’s progress, and will set out the training objectives and update parents on the team’s schedule. These meetings are also a time for parents to ask questions or express any concerns they may have so we can proactively address them.
Grievances or complaints about training matters should be directed to the Team Coach. If the matter cannot be resolved by the Team Coach, the coach will present the grievance or complaint to the Director of Coaching. The Director of Coaching and the Director of Operations have the authority to resolve all matters. All grievances and complaints should be resolved within Club Policies and Procedures. If there are no clearly applicable rules, policies, or procedures, the Director of Coaching and Director of Operations will make the final decision.
The Club has a strict policy against parents coaching from the sideline. Expressions such as “go”, “shoot”, “pass”, “kick it” or “send it” are interpreted by players as instructions and are not desirable. Players are expected to implement certain techniques and make tactical decisions in games. Players are given specific instructions by their coaches who have particular knowledge of every player’s ability and the team’s overall objectives or strategies for the game. Instructions by parents, while well-intentioned, often confuse players, particularly when such instructions conflict with the coach’s instructions. This is counter-productive to a player’s development and to the success of the team as a whole.
The Club also has a strict policy against yelling, complaining, or criticizing referees or other game officials during or after games.
Parents must refrain, at all times, from criticizing players or “moaning” with disappointment when a player makes a mistake. Players know when they make mistakes (especially bad ones). Mistakes are an important part of a player’s education of the game and individual development. The Club teaches players how to recover from mistakes (both physically and emotionally) and how to capitalize on mistakes as part of the player’s learning process.
Please respect the decisions of the team coach and do not vocalize any negative remarks, whether to other parents or players, about coaching decisions. The Club’s first priority is the long-term growth and development of its players as individuals along with their soccer ability under pressure. There will be times when coaches make decisions and players are instructed to do things that parents will not understand. At the younger ages, team and player development will be given greater priority than winning. Parents must understand these objectives and conduct themselves in a manner consistent with this philosophy in order to maintain a healthy team environment. Playing only to win, without focusing on individual player development or the development of the team as a whole, will ultimately hamper the process by which players develop into competitive athletes.
MENTAL TOUGHNESS BY PLAYERS AND PARENTS
The Club believes in and teaches players the benefits of mental toughness. Players will develop the ability to manage their emotions and maintain their focus through a variety of conditions outside of their control. Coaches will teach players to overcome adverse conditions such as poor refereeing, name calling, foul language, dirty play, cheating, poor weather, negative behavior by parents or opponents, etc. We expect our players (as well as our coaches and parents) to have the same mental toughness.
Parents will exercise good judgment and conduct themselves in an exemplary fashion on all soccer related occasions. Parents will not harass referees or opposing players and parents. Constant dissent from parents toward referees does harm to the team and is not in the spirit of the game. Improper behavior will not be tolerated and removal from the match and from the club may be enforced. In general, parental behavior both on and off the field that is detrimental to team and /or club spirit or interfere in achieving team and/or club goals may result in removal of BOTH the player and parent from membership in the club.
CFS reserves the right to take video and photography of all players in practice and game setting to utilize for online media platforms, and for advertising, marketing, and other promotional material.
Joining Community First Sports Club is a commitment to the Club and to your Team. By accepting the position offered and completing registration documents, you are obliged to pay the full program costs. Financial commitments are as follows:
Competitive Teams: Commitment to take part and complete payment for two or three of the seasons during the seasonal soccer calendar (Fall, Winter, and Spring seasons).
Development Teams: Commitment to take part and complete payment for a single season of soccer.
Additionally, we understand that we will share in team expenses above and beyond the club program costs, to cover entry fees to additional tournaments beyond those covered by season fees and travel costs associated with attending these events.
The team may seek and receive donations or fundraise to defray these expenses as well. I understand that all funds collected will be credited to a club account to be used for such club expenses. These funds remain with CFS should the player decide to leave the club.
Any families in need of financial assistance must submit a Scholarship Application one (1) week prior to the regular registration deadline. All on-time applications will be considered by the CFS Scholarship Board
Our Competitive and Development teams have a NO REFUND POLICY. Please make sure you understand all required commitments before registering to join CFS.
Behavior by the parent or player in contravention of the above policies and procedures and/or deemed inappropriate by the Club Administration will result in disciplinary action which may include but is not limited to the following:
Issue a letter of reprimand
Place on probation with such special conditions as deemed appropriate
Suspension for a defined period of time deemed appropriate
Disciplinary action may be extended to include all family members
Parents are asked to give time, money, and support to our program. Your comments and suggestions regarding your team are considered with great respect and your support is crucial to the team concept. However please understand that the final decisions regarding what is in the best interest of the entire team ultimately rests with the Team Coach, Director of Coaching and Director of Operations.
"As a member of a club, I realize that my son/daughter is part of more than just a team but a member of an entire club organization committed to excellence in soccer education; and that membership is a privilege not a right; and as part of that membership I agree to commit to the club's vision, mission, and goals and will contribute to its implementation and success". “We agree with the conditions set forth in this document and pledge our full support in promoting Community First Soccer, our team, and the ideals that have been established. Failure to adhere to these conditions set forth can result in the possible suspension or dismissal from the club.”
By completing the registration process for any Community First Soccer program, you are agreeing to all the applicable General Policies & Procedures.