For our Players, Parents and Families.
We have a few expectations for players, parents and families. Please be sure you read and understand them to avoid any confusion.
- Be on time. We need to maximize the amount of time and effort put into training. If you cannot be at a session, or if you will be late, let your coach know. Early on, rental fees are expensive and time is limited. Be mindful and prepared.
- Be a positive teammate. If there is but one ingredient found in every successful team, it is a strong sense of team. Even through all our efforts to challenge and push each other, you are a team; you are teammates. As long as this remains strong, we can accomplish anything.
- Be willing. Be willing to truly be focused on developing your skills. Be willing to fail, to look bad and to admit when you do not know something. Then, be willing to work on it.
While we again expect a very smooth and supportive effort this season, we want to established expectations for our parents and families. These are every bit as important as the ones we provide our players:
- Be a positive pillar. Your son will be challenged and pushed hard this year. His coach will be both honest and direct as we agree to respect each other as we work together to improve. It will be extremely helpful for you to be there to provide additional encouragement and to be a comfortable pillar to lean on. Support him.
- Coaches will coach. The coach has several years of soccer experience. He has played at high levels and enjoyed a good deal of success along the way. He knows the game and has a plan. We appreciate your enthusiasm but will expect that you do not direct the players, even your son, when he’s on the field. He will focus their heads and ears to be listening to their teammates and their coach, not mom or dad.
- Referees are off-limits. We understand the dynamics of the game and know how to best communicate with the referees. We assure you, we will fight for the safety and well-being of our players each and every game. When you are on the sideline, we expect you will not shout at the referees; as this will only serve to compromise our efforts and put us at risk.
- Positively represent us all. We expect our parents and families to represent our team, our families, your son and the boys of everyone on the team with class, dignity and respect. We do not expect to see or hear of conflicts or angry discussions with other parents (ours or theirs), referees or other players.
- Ask a question, expect an answer. If you ever have a question about what your son should be doing, or how he can continue to improve, just ask. The coach will encourage your son to ask questions when he is confused or needing more direction.
Please know we appreciate everyone’s efforts to provide your son with the opportunity to be playing at this level. We look forward to helping him achieve success and to build confidence. With these simple expectations, we can all remain focused on getting the most out of the season.