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Club Philosophy

Player Code of Conduct

  1. Respect people and property – you are an ambassador for yourself, your family and the club.
  2. Give 100% all the time, maximum effort is a minimum requirement – take pride in your performance at all times (home, school, training, games, etc.)
  3. ALWAYS be on time; punctuality is critical for life.
  4. Pay complete attention to the coaching staff.
  5. Wear the appropriate training gear.
  6. Warm-up and cool-down before and after training and games.
  7. Take the initiative and help with equipment during practice. Do not wait to be asked.
  8. Get a good night’s sleep prior to games.
  9. Learn the rules of the game.
  10. Respect your parents and appreciate their support.
  11. Have a positive attitude, both on and off the field.
  12. Maintain academic standards in school.
  13. We do not tolerate taunting or using foul or provocative language with opponents, teammates, coaches, officials, or spectators.
  14. Leave places better than you found it (training fields, bench areas at games, etc.).

Parent Code of Conduct

  1. Support your player's desire to play their chosen sport.
  2. Have your player at training and games on time and prepared to participate.
  3. Encourage players from the sidelines; do not coach or give playing instructions from the sidelines.
  4. Be respectful of all players, coaches, officials, opponents, and other spectators of all sides.
  5. Demeaning or disrespectful behavior or comments at games, training sessions, and meetings will not be tolerated and may result in the parent being dismissed from the premises.
  6. Training fields and game sidelines are off-limits to all parents unless explicitly invited by coach.
  7. Refrain from coaching against the team coach's strategy and/or publicly questioning coaches' decisions; speak directly with the coach.
  8. Allow 24 hours to pass after a game before approaching a coach about their game decisions.

Inappropriate topics to discuss with a coach or other player

  1. Playing time
  2. Position assignment
  3. Team strategy, formation, style of play
  4. Other players on the team

How We Do It

Principles for the PLAYERS:

1.  Make correct decisions under pressure - Players must be aware and know what decision to make in all areas of the field in and out of possession.
2.  Keep the game simple -  Do not force situations, dribble too much, or be careless with the ball.
3.  Be reliable in possession - Players must value possession of the ball and retain possession in a variety of situations.
4.  Accuracy and quality of the pass - Passing must be accurate with the correct weight.
5.  
First touch - Make a clean, controlled first touch taking the ball away from pressure into space.
6.  Awareness - Players with and without the ball should constantly be scanning the field of play.
7.  1v1 ability - Encourage the desire to regain possession in defense and have creativity in attack to beat defenders.
8.  Individual transition - Players must react quickly when possession changes.
9.  Shooting - Be aware of the goal, players are encouraged to shoot if appropriate to do so.
10. Take Risks - Mistakes are part of soccer and the game is a learning process. Players are encouraged to take risks at the right time in training sessions to increase the speed of play and technical competence the coach must encourage this.

Principles for the TEAM:

1.  All players must attack and defend - Players must be involved in the game as a unit.
2.  Numerical advantage - Soccer is a game of numbers where we try to create a numerical advantage in attack and avoid a being in a numerical disadvantage in defense.
3.  Width, Length, and Depth - Teams must have length, width, and depth when in possession to have a creative and safe possession.
4.  Triangle principle and passing options - The player in possession of the ball must receive constant support and have at least two passing options.
5.  Speed of play - Quick movement of the ball can create 2v1 situations.
6.  Movement off the ball - Find the best available space to create passing options for the player in possession of the ball.
7.  Pressure as a unit - The unit must stay compact to reduce the space available for opponents to play.
8.  Transition - Improve transition by reducing the number of passes needed to arrive at the target area or opponent’s goal when necessary.
9.  Take initiative during the game - Team breakdowns will occur. The team must be capable of adapting to new situations and imposing its own style of play during the game.
10. Respect everyone, fear no one - Players must have confidence in their own ability and their teammate’s ability and demonstrate this to opponents.