Commitment--Syosset Soccer Club Travel Teams
Welcome to Syosset Soccer Club’s (SSC) Travel Program. Teams in this program will face many challenges in the upcoming year. To meet these challenges and enhance the spirit of teamwork, each Travel team is dependent upon their respective teammates and parents. Both are required to fulfill their obligations regarding practice, games, potential fundraisers and other necessary duties involved in the participation of this program. It is unreasonable to expect our players to be fully committed and to take their roles seriously if the parents are not contributing 100% as well.
This shall serve as a guideline of expectations, for each family, that are financial and performance based. It is intended to render advanced notice of the obligations and commitments to team parents and players. Understanding these obligations and commitments is imperative. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. If everyone adheres to the expectations listed below, our program will run more efficiently and fairly for everyone involved. Please read and understand each item before signing this form.
I. Performance Expectations:
- Each player is expected to attend all scheduled practice sessions. For your child’s safety, failure to attend practices may affect the amount of playing time your child receives. The coach is committed to playing those who, he feels, are conditioned and aware of the team routines established during practice. Conditioning goals are set by the Training staff and are expected to be met prior to any player receiving playing time in a league game or tournament.
- The two practice sessions per week will usually last ninety minutes but could possibly go longer.
- Effective communication is crucial to the overall success of the individual teams and the program. Players are required to contact the Team Administrator or Coach if they are unable to attend practice, games or other scheduled events. Advance notice is needed as absences negatively affect the whole team as well as game and practice plans.
- Each player should bring the following to each practice: water bottle, age appropriate sized soccer ball (U10-U12 Size 4, U13+ Size 5), soccer cleats, and shin guards.
- Parents are welcome to attend and watch all practices from a non-distracting distance. For practices to operate efficiently it is necessary for parents to not come on to the actual playing field.
B. Playing time:
- Playing time rules can be found on our website under the Program Details section. Every effort will be made by the teams’ professional coach to meet the playing time rules. Every effort will be made to follow these rules, however, playing time may be affected and will ultimately be determined by practice and game attendance.
- Playing positions are solely the coach’s decision.
- If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s position placement, playing time or overall development, please contact your Team Administrator to schedule an appointment with your team’s Coach. The Coach and Head of Coaching, or the Coach and the Division Commissioner, or the Coach and Team Administrator are required during the meeting. Any issues or appointments regarding your child will not be discussed for at least 24 hours before or after any game.
- If you would like to discuss what your child needs to work on to improve their skills and knowledge of the game, please make an appointment with the Coach, through your Team Administrator.
C. Parent/Guardian Conduct
- Parents are expected to conduct themselves with class and dignity when attending games. Parents are encouraged to be positive, giving words of encouragement rather than criticism or instruction.
- Parents are not to address referees, any player or coach in any negative way.
- The Coach, Administrator or Referee may require the removal of a parent that is causing any disruption on the playing field or sideline. Failure to leave without incident may result in disciplinary action.
- Parents are allowed only on the parent sideline during the game and half-time. Proper viewing etiquette is between midfield and the top of the 18 yard box just opposite your team.
D. Player Conduct
- It will be demanded that each player respect every facet of the game; coaches, teammates, officials, and their opponent, on and off the field. Retaliation to opponents, teammates or referees verbally or physically will not be tolerated. Sportsmanship is not requested but demanded.
II. Financial Expectations:
- Fees for our Travel Program can range from $900-$1400 per child per seasonal year, depending upon how many children are on the team’s roster. Fees, such as professional trainer’s fees, winter training and tournament fees will be collected by and managed by the Team Administrator. The seperate club registration fee of $150 goes towards: player insurance, field maintenance, insurance, field lining, facilities rental, equipment, professional fees, electronic services as well as general and administrative fees.
- Fees are not a la carte. Should you miss a practice, games or winter training, there is no reduction or refund of fees already paid or owed. Team fees and expenses are due promptly when requested by the respective team administrator. Failure to pay said fees and expenses in a timely manner may result in disciplinary action, including, but not limited to suspension from the team’s activities.
III. Parent & Player Commitment:
- I understand that I if I am chosen to participate on a SSC Travel team, I am committing to being part of that team. As such, I will take my responsibility to my team seriously. I understand that I am expected to attend all team practices, games and tournaments – This includes games and tournaments on weekends, and holiday weekends.
- I understand that the commitment I am making is for the Fall and Spring seasons – from August through the end of June. I will limit my other activities to avoid conflicts with the commitment I am making to my Travel Soccer Team. I understand this includes other town or school sports.
- The SSC does not intend to discourage participation in other school or town sports activities. We are only asking that you seriously commit to your Travel team so that your absence does not hinder your team.
- I understand that there may be occasions when, due to injury or extenuating circumstances, I will not be able to participate. Although those situations will be rare, I agree to be honest with my Coach and Team Administrator and notify them as far in advance as possible.
- I understand that my absence from practices, games or tournaments negatively affects my teammates and impacts the overall success of my team, and may potentially reduce my playing time. I further understand that my record of attendance will be interpreted as a measure of commitment which will be used as one of the factors of consideration for placement on future SSC travel teams.
- I understand that my conduct at practices, games and tournaments is a reflection of me as an individual as well as my team, my Club and the town in which I live. I will follow the instructions of my coach concerning conduct.
- I will, at all times, demonstrate good sportsmanship and be a positive role model to those around me. I will conduct myself in a manner that brings credit to my team and to me.
I have read, understand and agree to abide by these and other guidelines as outlined by the SSC.
Mission Statement of SSC’s Travel Teams
The Club will provide a positive and healthy environment that allows for all current and future players the opportunity to develop and maximize their soccer skills in fun and challenging situations. Specific objectives to be accomplished include:
- Allow players to have fun playing the sport;
- Provide high level, instructive coaching;
- Provide highly trained coaches that have a passion for the game & experience working with youths;
- Challenge each player’s abilities so their highest potential is achieved.
The environment and situations created would also permit the development of important life skills that would be retained once they have left the soccer field. Specific objectives include:
- Encourage long lasting friendships among players, coaches, and parents;
- Teach the value of teamwork, discipline, and sportsmanship;
- Teach the players how to handle adversity with integrity and character.
LIJSL Code Of Conduct
1. Be positive, this is a VOLUNTEER activity for your child.
2. Remember – these are CHILDREN playing a GAME.
3. Please SUPPORT your child and their team, despite the outcome.
4. Refrain from instructing any players during the course of a game.
5. Set a GOOD EXAMPLE for your child and his/her teammates.
6. Refrain from commenting on the shortcomings of ANY player.
7. Support the coaching staff in their efforts to have a POSITIVE and ENJOYABLE experience for all.
8. Do not question or comment on any calls made by an OFFICIAL.
9. Discuss any concerns with your child’s coach privately, away from the game.
10. CHEER for good plays made by EITHER team.
11. I understand that abusive, unruly or other inappropriate behavior may result in my being asked to leave the field and upon further review may result in my membership being revoked.
12. I understand that misconduct/inappropriate behavior by the sidelines can result in my child’s coach being cautioned (yellow card) or removed (red card) by the referee which could result in substantial fines assessed to the coach/ club and/or the game in question being forfeited.
For the sake of all the children, please set a good example and encourage positive, appropriate behavior from your sidelines.