Guidelines, Rules, Policies and Procedures
Club Rules and Policies
Please read this and understand it as we believe this extremely important. We believe soccer should be fun. This is the main reason that children come to play and it will be the main reason that they will want to stay. As their skills develop, there will be individuals that will take training more seriously, but ultimately they have one common thread and that is that they enjoy playing the game. Our challenge is to never to lose sight of this fact. Do not suck the fun out of the game for the families, coaches and especially the kids.
The program is designed to offer real VALUE by providing club players a coach designed developmental program to successfully compete at all levels of competition, from local competitive programs to national identification programs. Our goal is to make BSC one of the best youth development soccer programs
While the club, staff and its volunteers are happy to provide the VALUE of this program to all that participate within it, we expect them to return that VALUE back with dedication, commitment and hard work. We also expect an equally high level of conduct and respect from all who participate in our program. Please familiarize yourself with the program including the Club’s Guidelines, Rules, Policies and Procedures.
General Codes of Conduct
We believe the primary focus of this program is the development of our players as responsible and productive individuals first, and as soccer players second. As such they get their cues regarding this from us. Our primary focus is in the long-term individual player development and team success is a secondary goal. Soccer can be a very passionate game and sometimes that brings out the worse in us. To make sure that we continue to meet the goals that those that participate get the most out of this program, here are some guidelines that we need to follow:
- Let the coaches coach. This is what you pay them to do. You do not go into your child’s school and instruct your kids from the side. Treat it similarly and please give the coaches the same respect.
- Let the players play. They are trying to apply what they are learning at practice. We are not concerned with them making mistakes. They learn from their mistakes as well as their successes on the field. We do not expect them to be perfect. They cannot absorb multiple instructions about a specific event that has passed. It is also distracting and can be counterproductive to the desired goals of the coach. We want them to be independent thinkers on the field.
- Let the refs ref. Most refs are volunteers and they are also prone to error. Yes they can affect the game, but yelling at them for this does little to change the call and can alienate them. It also sends the wrong message to our players that this behavior towards the refs is acceptable. We need to control the things that are under our control, and the referee is not one of those things.
- Stay positive. Restrain from negative comments about your child, another teammate, another player, the other team, their parents, the coaches or the refs. Negative comments and attitudes do nothing but kill team chemistry, which is often essential to youth team success.
- Do not interrupt the coach during practices or games. If you need to discuss something with the coach, make an appointment. They are willing to get feedback, take suggestions, and hear issues that you may have but do not distract them from their appointed tasks. I have seen parents wait until their child’s practice is over to go talk to a coach and interrupt the following team’s practice. This is neither appropriate nor respectful.
- Bad behavior has consequences. If we hear of situations where a parent is acting in contradiction to our stated goals and the guidelines set forth herein, we reserve the right to suspend them or expel them from the program. We want everyone involved to be proper role models and a good reflection of our program. We have a zero tolerance policy where bad and/or violent behavior is concerned.
- Respect and Honor the game. Remember that as players that you represent BSC, its board, the coaches, your parents and yourself. Respect the game, the rules, the coaches, game officials, BSC, your parents, your teammates, the other team and your self. Do not tarnish the game of soccer, the club, your team, yourself and/or your family. Behave reasonably, honorably and respectfully.
- Maximum Effort, Dedication and Commitment. The pursuit of excellence requires commitment, dedication and hard work at home, practices and games. Continue to work both on and off the field to improve and do not fear making and learning from mistakes on the field.
- Bad behavior has consequences. When a player acts badly they can be penalized, warned, carded and/or ejected from games. More serious infractions may also include game suspensions from the league. The club also takes this seriously. If we hear of situations where a player is acting in contradiction to our stated goals and the guidelines set forth herein, we reserve the right to suspend them or expel them from the program. This can be in addition to the penalties that are required by the league. We want everyone involved to be proper role models and a good reflection of our program. We have a zero tolerance policy where bad and/or violent behavior is concerned.
Our coaching staff is of the highest quality and as such, we hold our coaches to a high standard of behavior. They are paid professionals and we expect the highest level of conduct from them.
- Be Positive: Keep in mind that mental growth of the player is as important as their physical growth. Players need to have positive feedback to develop self esteem and confidence as well as an appreciation of the game. The program needs to be enjoyable as well as challenging. We want to make sure that we help players develop a profound love for the game – the same love that brought you to and kept you in the sport.
- Be Prepared: Proper preparation needs to be done prior to training session and games. You need to be prepared with a detailed work plan or game plan in order for our players to get the most of your training. Be punctual. Players are learning this behavior from you so it is imperative that you show them that example and respect.
- Be Professional: Coaches are paid professionals and should conduct themselves in that manner at all times. They should be aware of the laws of the game and rules, policies, and guidelines of the club, league, and soccer associations. Coaches should work in a cooperative manner with club officials, coaching partners, game officials, parents and players to create the best environment possible for our participants.
- Be a Role Model: Remember coaches are role models, and they have not only a professional duty, but a social and moral responsibility to our players. They set the standard of behavior and sportsmanship for others to follow. It is the goal of the coaching staff to create opportunities for their players to develop as complete players and human beings. This includes treating game officials, other coaches, other players and spectators with respect and decency.
- Bad behavior has consequences. If we hear of situations where a coach is acting in contradiction to our stated goals and the guidelines set forth herein, we reserve the right to suspend them or terminate their contract for cause. This can be in addition to the penalties that are required by the league. We want everyone involved to be proper role models and a good reflection of our program. We have a zero tolerance policy where bad and/or violent behavior is concerned.
As a result if anyone is witness to acts which violate these CoC and standards, please let us know. If you have issue with a BSC coach, manager, parent or player; we encourage you to resolve it with that person. If you cannot, please submit your issues to our club’s Conflict Resolution process.
Player Participation Policy
Player selection will be made by the coaching evaluations of the player pool from Team Formation Sessions (TFS) or tryouts. While some of the TFS are done by a group of coaches to help provide an unbiased evaluation of the player pool, the team head coaches have the sole and final authority for selection of players for their team(s). There are many variables that coaches evaluate for the selection of players on their team.
Playing Time and Position
Development takes a long time and requires dedication and is not something that can be realized instantly. Trust the coaches and do not be concerned about game results, playing time, or positional assignments. There are many factors that may affect a coach’s decision regarding a player’s playing time and position, including performance, dedication, and behavior. Game importance and/or individual game situations may also influence that decision. The best way to be a complete soccer player is to understand the game and sometimes that may be to watch the game or to play other positions. Again TRUST the coaches – they know what they are doing.
Player movement between teams and age groups is a necessary tool for player development within our youth soccer program. We want to encourage free and unobstructed movements between teams, the partnership organizations and strategic alliances. While it sometimes can be controversial and emotional, these movements are typically done for the best interest of the player. Our goal is to place the player in the best environment for their continued and proper development. This includes movements back and forth from the individual teams and the regional/national team programs; and from these teams in different age groups. These movements will be based on the coaches’ evaluation of an individual player’s dedication, commitment, work habits, technical ability, situational understanding and overall performance.
Occasionally, there may be reasons for player movements during the season after the TFS. In this case, player movements will not be allowed without approval of the Director of Coaching. Ultimately, we want to create an open structure where player movements can be done easily and more often, where players are not confined by an individual team or age group.
Our interest is the proper development of the individual soccer player and that includes playing at a level that is commensurate with their skill regardless of age. We think that there are some benefits in “playing up” as well as playing “age pure.” We will not deny the opportunity to play up if deemed appropriate by the coaching staff. In general, a player will only be allowed to play up if it can be demonstrated that both the player and team will benefit from this player playing outside their age group. The player must play a significant role on the team at the highest level. It is our opinion that players will get more out of playing at the highest competitive level regardless of their age group. The Director of Coaching will make the decision regarding the possibility of playing up on a case-by-case basis. Even if allowed, the coaches may revisit the appropriateness of this situation at the start of each season. If it is found that it is no longer in the best interest for a player to be “playing up,” they will be reassigned to an appropriate age pure team.
School is a top priority. We understand that academic demands and functions will from time to time intrude on a players’ participation. Academic non-performance can also limit access to the program. For a player to play at the higher levels, their performance in school can have as profound an impact as their performance on the field.
BSC does not require that its players only play soccer exclusively. We believe that your child should have the ability to experience other things that they may desire to do, including but not limited to other sports. However, this is also an extremely competitive year-round soccer program with a strong developmental focus, and to get the most out of it, attendance is necessary. Players/families that do wish to participate in other events, sports or extra-curricular activities need to properly prioritize and manage their time. While we do not prevent players from enjoying other activities, there are consequences to missing practices and games. It should be clearly understood that the development of both individual skills and cohesive teamwork are best achieved through attendance. If conflicts do arise with other activities and attendance becomes an issue, coaches may elect to play less qualified but more committed players in lieu of these players more prominently in game situations. This may also occur in situations where the player may make games even after poor attendance.
BSC has expectation that certain playing seasons should take precedence over other activities and will require that participation in this program is a priority during that season for the players on these teams. If it is not clear which season that is, please discuss with your coach. BSC Teams typically take some breaks in between seasons, but this is different for each team. Please consult with the team manager and/or coach and understand the demands before accepting a position on that team.
Parent Participation Policy
Whether it is helping the coaches, the administrative staff, refereeing, team volunteer or just providing a carpool ride; parents play a very important role in the successful operation of the club. As team volunteers or as coaching assistants, it is extremely important that when performing these tasks, we do so in promotion of the goals of the club, coach and team and not for our own individual agendas. Teams are the responsibility of the coaches and while a parent volunteer may provide substantial assistance to the coach in daily operations, coaches are the sole recognized authority of the team.
As much as we like to lay the responsibility of this on our players, they need to learn this from their parents until they are in control of this. When the players rely on you to get to practices and games, please make sure that they are punctual and prepared. Understand the individual protocols for practices and games that are defined by the team’s coach.
Players are expected to attend all practices, team camps, scrimmages, games and planned tournaments. Tournaments are especially important in promoting the team, establishing rankings, tournament acceptance, and showcasing players. Conflicts may occur from time to time that may prevent a player’s participation. Cases involving tournament attendance should be discussed with the coach. If a player cannot participate for any reason, the coach and team administrator should be notified at least 24 hours prior to the event.
Fees paid directly to the club are not refundable for any reason. Fees will be collected at the beginning of each season, and players will not be registered or allowed to participate until their payments are up to date. In general, if any player that elects to leave a team or is injured for a portion of a season is not entitled to any refund. If a team ejects a player for cause, then the player is also not entitled to a refund. If there is a disagreement with the enforcement of this policy in a specific case, it should be brought to the attention of Conflict Resolution.
The coaches are independent contractors that are paid through the club and are not employees of the individual teams or the club. Copies of a sample contract are available upon request. Please contact the club for a copy.
Coaching assignments will be made by the Director of Coaching. In general, a coach will remain with any respective team for a period of approximately 3-years. This may be shortened or extended based on what is deemed to be in the best interest of the team as determined by the Director of Coaching.
Salaries are based on the experience classification of the coach and the team stage. Coaching a BSC team is a big commitment, and coaches may be restricted in the total number of other coaching commitments. This will be decided and dictated by the Director of Coaching on a case by case basis. The minimum terms of the typical contract for the coach’s obligation to an individual team will be for a minimum of 2 years or as defined specifically in their contract.
The development program is designed to be OPEN and so coaches may use other coaches freely from within the program as a resource for their teams as desired. As such, teams may experience other coaches in the training, scrimmages, tournaments and games. This allows some flexibility in adjusting to conflicts. It also allows for means to get different training methods, specialized training focus and alternative views to assist in the continued development of the team.
There may be situations that prevent coaches from attending practices and games. If a conflict arises, make arrangements for a suitable substitute from the club coaching staff or coordinate with the Director of Coaching. Do not use team parents to fill this capacity unless they have the qualifications and have been designated as assistant coaches for those teams. Make sure that your substitute is aware of your goals and desires for the missed session/game. Regardless, provide reasonable notification to the team in advance of this situation and make sure that it is clear that the substitute has the authority and is acting as your agent.
The health and safety of the players are the responsibility of the coach during tournaments, games and practices. Make sure that there are proper signed medical release forms for all the players and that those are present during your sessions. It is recommended that coaches become certified in basic first aid and CPR.
Communication is an important tool for the success of any coach and team. Coaches need to be able to communicate clearly with the players and parents. It is important to have conferences with the team to establish and set the expectations and goals of the team every season. Encourage discussions regarding any feedback concerning a player or the team, but do not let these discussions interrupt your effective coaching of your teams. Remember the more people know, the easier it is to manage the team.
Coaches need to perform player evaluations. Feedback about a player should occur constantly through practices and games, but coaches are required to perform Formal Player Evaluations at the completion of each league season. You may use the Player Evaluation Form supplied by the club. These evaluations should be discussed formally in conference with player and/or parent following the club Conference Protocols.
Minimum Level of Performance
Based on the developed curriculum, a minimum level of performance will be required for each team based on age group. It is the responsibility of the coach to make sure that their team and players meet or exceed this minimum level of performance. Standards will be discussed with the coach prior to acceptance of a team. Coaches will be evaluated at the end of each year based on completion of obligation and successfully meeting this established standard.
The focus of our program is development and this cannot be achieved without a knowledgeable and dedicated coaching staff. While most of our coaches hold a national license, we encourage them to take continuing education courses, league-sponsored education programs, club-sponsored coaching seminars, and advanced licensing courses.
Good Coaching Partner
Be courteous and respectful to our partner teams and their coaches as well as to each other. Do not discuss a team that you are not coaching with parents on that team. This leads to misunderstandings. Defer any comments or questions from that parent to the coach of that team.
We will also be sharing fields with other users, as such coaches need to make sure that the fields are left in the same or better condition than prior to our use. Cooperate and respect the other coaches that are using the fields at the same time and those that are coming after.
Small group, specialty and/or individual player training or clinics for any club players shall be coordinated through the club program offerings. Private trainings sessions that are not scheduled and coordinated through the club are not allowed to be done on our available field allocations or any apparently unused field spaces. There are a number of liability and risk management issues regarding violation of this policy. If a coach, as an independent contractor, has the desire to do private training sessions, we strongly recommend that they do this elsewhere and outside of Burlingame Park and Recreational field spaces. Regardless, any permit fees and insurance requirements for these field spaces should be secured by the contractor independently from the club. The contractor performing this work is not considered a representative of the club, and as a condition, should not wear any club gear nor represent themselves as BSC staff in this regard. Violation of this policy will be reviewed and intentional non-compliance will lead to termination of working contract for BSC.
It is the coach’s obligation to meet the terms of the contract and understand the policies set forth herein. If the coach is acting with willful misconduct, and in contradiction to the contract and/or the policies herein, BSC reserves the right to terminate the contract of any coach for cause at any time.
The generic concept of fair play is a fundamental part of the game of soccer. It represents the positive benefits of playing by the rules, using common sense and respecting fellow players, referees, opponents and fans.
The FIFA Fair Play Code from the “My Game is Fair Play” program encapsulates all of the sporting, moral and ethical principles for which FIFA has always stood and for which it will continue to fight in the future, regardless of the influences and pressures that may be brought to bear. The ten golden rules not only serve as a credo for FIFA as world football’s governing body, but they also reinforce the sense of fraternity and cooperation among the members of the worldwide football family. As a part of this organization, BSC also supports this concept. The ten golden rules:
- Play fair
- Play to win but accept defeat with dignity
- Observe the Laws of the Game
- Respect opponents, team-mates, referees, officials and spectators
- Promote the interests of football
- Honour those who defend football’s good reputation
- Reject corruption, drugs, racism, violence, gambling and other dangers to our sport
- Help others to resist corrupting pressures
- Denounce those who attempt to discredit our sport
- Use football to make a better world
Fair Play has a fundamental role in sport and there is a need to apply it to all sporting activities, especially children’s activities. Children need strong values to grow up with, and football, being a team sport, makes them realize how essential discipline, respect, team spirit and fair play are for the game and for life.
We promote diversity in our program and throughout the league. Soccer is the most popular sport in the world and we strongly believe in the value of this diversity for both the players and the program. We are committed to providing an environment of fairness and equitable treatment of everyone, regardless of race, religion, social/economic standing, color or creed. We have a zero tolerance against any acts of discrimination in violation of this goal.
Violence or any abusive conduct against any coach, parent, spectator, game official and/or player will not to be tolerated. In certain cases, this behavior may constitute assault and may be subject to civil penalty and arrest. Penalties from the club may be in addition to any penalties that are required by the league. We have a zero tolerance regarding this behavior. Please review the Zero Tolerance Policy.
Drug and Alcohol
BSC is a drug and alcohol free program. We take an active role to prevent drug and alcohol abuse. We have a zero tolerance with any behavior involving use of alcohol and illegal drug use whether by a player, parent or coach. Please review the Zero Tolerance Policy.
As this is a youth program, we need to make sure that we are not using foul or abusive language. Coaches and parents are examples to the players, and the older players are examples to our younger players.
Zero Tolerance Policy
We want everyone involved to be proper role models and a good reflection of our program. Any incidents of misconduct will be dealt with though Conflict Resolution. They will review the infraction and determine the appropriate course of action. Persistent violation will also not be tolerated. Penalties from the club may be in addition to any penalties that are required by the league. These penalties may include a warning, suspension or expulsion from our program.
Whether player evaluations, feedback, discussions or grievances; individual conferences between coaches and parents/players need to follow the following protocol:
|Stage||Age||Conference between Coach and:|
|Development Stage||U08-10||Parent only|
|Team Stage||U11-14||Parent and Player|
|Recruitment Stage||U15-18||Player Only|
These meetings shall not interfere with practices or games. Initial communication can be made through email, but conferences need to be made by appointment.