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Parents Code of Conduct

Overview

Colton America is dedicated to the long term development of the players in this club, both as soccer players and as responsible, productive people.  As parents you have a significant role to play in the success of this mission.  The following is a guide of the expectations that we have for you to ensure that you, and everyone else's child has the best possible experience. 

Sport is often championed as a great way to learn character.  This is the case only if the adults associated with the experience model and encourage positive behaviors. Your child will learn social skills, team building, discipline, goal setting and conflict resolution among a myriad of other important life skills all within the context of playing a game.  Your child will also have to learn to deal with failure; the team won't win every game, your child won't play every minute, your child will miss shots, let in goals and may not make the team they want during tryouts.   Sadly, life is not without setbacks or disappointments and learning to deal with these in a healthy way, at a young age, can be a huge help when faced with real issues as a teenager or adult.

Remember: You are your child's biggest role model in learning how to act and interact with others.  Your child is going to watch you closely, often without your notice, and will mimic the behaviors that you display.  Strive to behave in ways that you would want your child to.  We will teach, and hold your child to, high standards of behavior and we expect your support in that mission.

 

Club Mission Statement

Colton America is a youth soccer club committed to developing youth soccer and youth soccer players throughout the Inland Empire. Colton America is a player-centered club that focuses on age appropriate technical, tactical, physical and psychological development with the end goal of facilitating the player reaching his/her own potential. Colton America and its staff/coaches, embrace their position of influence in young people's lives as an opportunity to mentor, guide and model behaviors conducive to producing positive, healthy and productive members of society. Colton and its staff/coaches at all times act ethically and with the best interests of its players paramount.

Colton is committed to hiring, retaining and developing the preeminent coaching staff in the Inland Empire. Colton provides support, guidance and oversight for all staff coaches and additionally provides appropriate professional development opportunities to encourage continuous growth.

Colton America is committed to becoming synonymous with, and representative of, the best of the Inland Empire and soccer, and conducts itself with the utmost integrity at all times.


Contact Information

Director of Coaching                     name,

email

Phone #

 

Soccer Operations Manager        Name

                                                             email

                                                             phone #

 

Youth Academy Director               Name

                                                             email

                                                              Phone #

 

Financial Obligations 

It is the intent of Colton America to provide an affordable playing opportunity for all members and every effort will be made to minimize unnecessary expenses.  In order for Colton America to meet its financial obligations, it is important that all players also meet their financial obligations to Colton America.

  1. I am responsible to pay the annual membership fees for the year once committing to a CASC roster unless I have written Director of Coaching approval to suspend my monthly fees by submitting the "Intent to Drop" document to the CASC Soccer Operations Manager.
  2. I am obligated to pay scheduled fees based on my child's team which are due in full on the 1st of each month.
  3. A player whose account has remained past due on the last day of the month will have his/her player I.D on hold.
  4. A player's account must be in good standing (not past due) in order for him/her to participate in CASC benefits such as, player identification programs, CASC training sessions, position specific training sessions, annual tryouts, etc...
  5. A player's account must be in good standing (not past due) in order for him/her to be released to another Club.
  6. The season may extend beyond the average period due to State, Regional, or National Cup participation; in such case, monthly CASC fees will extend as appropriate.
  7. Parent and player signatures are required in order to participate.  If a parent or player fails to complete any obligation or violate the Codes of Conduct, the child's players pass may be pulled; preventing the child from participating in upcoming games, tournaments, or training sessions, or in more severe and/or repeat instances, the player and family may be dismissed from CASC.
  8. I understand that if my child's account is more than 90 days past due the account will be sent to collections. 

 

Interactions with other parents

  1. All interactions with other parents on the team must remain cordial at all times.
  2. Avoid criticism, or anything that could be construed as criticism, of other players on the team.
  3. Avoid criticism, or anything that could be construed as criticism, of the coach.
  4. Avoid any criticism of parents in earshot of other parents or players on the team.  Including your child.


Practice

  1. Have your child at the practice location, properly attired (footwear, shin guards, weather appropriate clothing, and club practice shirt) with a suitable ball ready for practice to begin.
  2. Have a responsible person prepared to take responsibility of your child immediately after practice.
  3. Make sure that the coach is aware in plenty of time of any time your child will miss, be late for or leave early from practice.
  4. If you choose to remain to watch practice:
a.  Do not interfere with practice in any way.
b.  Do not interact with players or coaches once practice has commenced.
c.  Remain at a discrete distance from drills.
d.  Remain at a discrete distance from the players' water break area.
e.  Discourage your child from interacting with you during the session.

Games

  1. Have your child at the game location, properly attired (footwear, shin guards, uniforms, etc.) with a suitable ball ready for warm up to begin.
  2. Do not enter the coaching/bench area once warm up has begun.
  3. Restrict all communication with your child to encouragement and congratulations.  Avoid ANY coaching.
  4. Comments to other players may only be encouragement/congratulations.
  5. Do not communicate with the officials
  6. Communication with supporters of the other team must remain cordial at all times.
  7. Do not communicate with players from the other team.
  8. Remain away from the team until the coach releases the players.
  9. Have a responsible person prepared to take responsibility for your child immediately after the game.

 

Conflict resolution

     1.  Playing time

a.  Make sure you are well versed in the playing time policy in the club manual.
b.  Make sure you are aware of the coach's playing time policy as presented to you in the preseason meeting.
c.  Ask your child why he/she may be suffering diminished playing time.
d.  Call the coach on the phone and politely ask why your child played less than you expected.
e.  If this does not rectify the issues contact the President and request a meeting.
     2.  Other parents
a.  Avoid being in locations that may exacerbate the conflict before it is resolved

 

Disciplinary procedure

In the case of a parent breaking this code of conduct the discipline procedure is stated below

  1. For minor infractions, parent will be reminded of the expectations by the coach via email.
  2. For major or repeated minor infractions a meeting will be arranged with the Coach, parent and President in attendance. Witnesses or witness statements will be used as applicable.  Possible disciplinary measures are listed below in a potential order of severity.
a.  Written warning.
b.  Probationary period.
c.  Suspension from location of practices/games of parent.
d.  Suspension from practices/games of player.
e.  Removal from club.

 

* Conflict of interest Policy:  Any club staff member or advisory board member will recuse themselves from any proceeding that directly involves their business interests or a member of their family.


Appendix 1

Try out Policies

Try Out Policies

All players will tryout in their age group unless previous written permission has been received from the President.  Below are the criteria that will be used to determine whether permission to tryout in an older age group will be permitted.

  1. School graduation year:  the President will automatically allow anyone to try out in their school year group.
  2. The best interests of the development of the player.
  3. The best interests of the development of the other players in the club.

All of the above still require the player to tryout in their own age group and contact the President in advance.

The below criteria will be used to determine which team the player trying out up will play for:

      1.  The best interests of the player
a.  Projected playing time on the older team.
b.  Physical suitability to play on the older team.
c.   Social aspect of playing on either team.

      2.  The best interests of the other players  
a.  Positive and negative impact on the other players on the younger and older teams.

The President, in discussion with the relevant coaches, will make the final determination of which team the player will be offered a place on.

Note:  Players not requesting to tryout up may be encouraged to do so by the President if it is deemed to be in the player's best interest.  Additionally, players not trying out or making the roster for an older team may still have opportunities to train and/or play with older teams throughout the season.

 


 

Appendix 2

Playing time Policies

The over-riding priority of the Colton America Soccer Club is to develop all players to their potential.  To that end the following playing time policies exist.  Coaches may have their own team playing time policies but must adhere to these below.

U9-11

All players will receive equal playing time

  1. We do not expect our coaches to be mathematicians, so this may mean a variation of a few minutes here or there.
  2.   In a tournament situation coaches may decide to make playing time even over the course of the tournament rather than game by game.
  3. Any minutes earned as goalkeeper will not necessarily count as minutes in playing time calculations.
  4. Coaches may make reasonable adjustments to playing time based upon disciplinary issues, timekeeping issues or lack of effort.  These will be addressed to the parent and player before the game where possible.

 

U12-14

All players will play in every half.  All players will play at least a half.

  1. Specialized goalkeepers who split halves may not play in each half.
  2. Coaches may make reasonable adjustments to playing time based upon disciplinary issues, timekeeping issues or lack of effort or attendance.  These will be addressed to the parent and player before the game where possible.

 

U15-18

Playing time is a reward that must be earned through commitment to practice and performance in games.  All players will play in every game.

  1. Coaches may make reasonable adjustments to playing time based upon disciplinary issues, timekeeping issues or lack of effort.  These will be addressed to the player before the game where possible.
 

 

 
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