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Eugene Southside Soccer – Parent/Player Handbook
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Our commitment is to achieve excellence in player development, teamwork, and sportsmanship by providing the highest quality programs for club members in a fun, challenging, and safe environment.

Introduction
This document has been put together for the benefit of parents who have players in the Eugene SS Soccer program. It should first be noted that the running of a soccer club is much like running a business. This sentence is not meant to convey arrogance but it is meant to impress upon people that the people operating ESSC are familiar with the soccer business. We are governed by OYSA/OPL and Club Policies. Parents should appreciate that we make decisions based on what is best for the club, the teams in the club, and the players within the club.

The Relationship Between the Club, Team, and Individual
Within the framework and operation of ESSC the developmental requirements of individual players come before the needs of the team or the club.

However, due to the fact that we are required to operate within a team and club structure it does at times become necessary for ESSC to elevate the level of importance of the team and winning.
It is with relief that instances such as this do not occur very frequently. One of the goals of the club is to develop soccer players and this is a long-term process. The club and the team are the tools, which we use to develop players.

Statements of Purposes and Principles
The purpose of the ESSC soccer program is to offer those interested players a quality of coaching and a level of inter-club competition reasonably necessary to develop their individual skills and their understanding of individual and group tactics, team strategies and laws of the game to the fullest extent possible. This program is designed for players wanting a level of instruction and competition greater than those offered in other programs or with out the pressure that may come with larger clubs.

- The program will, periodically, but no less frequently than annually, identify via open tryouts, those persons between the ages of 10 and 18 when age appropriate teams are available.
- This program, like most others, should not discourage any candidate regardless of geographical residency, from trying out because the candidate has not previously participated in the program. It is recognized that children develop physical and mental attitudes at different rates.
- A team is a partnership among the coaches, the players and the parents in which each partner has both rights and responsibilities.
- It is assumed that all players and parents participating in the Program will be motivated by the desire for competition and success and, accordingly, that they will commit the time, energy, and financial resources necessary to provide their team and the coaches a reasonable opportunity for a successful season.
- The primary objective of the Program is to develop players individually and as members of a team.

Club Goals
To become a leader in the development of soccer players and all around individuals within the State.

To further build the necessary skill development of each player, for the next level, whether in classic, high school, collegiate, ODP or professional.

To consistently compete at both the highest level and in the best interest of each team.

To create an environment that enhances opportunities for college admissions and college scholarships.

To teach players the importance of academics and good citizenship over athletics.

To teach club members that there is a difference between excellence and winning. Excellence is lasting and dependable while winning is not. Those who are patient will eventually realize that excellence eventually leads to winning.

Player Eligibility
A player must meet the following requirements to become a member of a Classic Team:

1. Meet OYSA/OPL rules regarding players.
2. Participate in a general or supplemental tryout.
3. The player has no outstanding debts to ESSC
4. A child may “play up” in a higher age group but must tryout in both his/her age groups as well as in the higher one. Special consideration will be made for those players who are attempting to “play up” with their grade level versus their age level. Anyone with questions should contact the Director of Coaching.

Conflict/Disagreement
It is important to understand that this is where conflict between the coach/club and the parent can arise. Parents almost always look at situations from a ‘what is best for my kid’ perspective. The club and the coaches mainly look at situations from a ‘what is best for the club, the team, and the players within the team perspective’.

Soccer is a team sport so it is important to appreciate that when you become part of a team you also forego some of your opportunities individually. Commitment and dedication is imperative for great success.

If you have an issue that is of concern it is recommended that you talk to the coach. This is the easiest way to resolve an issue as the coach will know why they are making decisions. It is important to speak with your coach if you have an issue. Email is okay to clarify facts but a meeting in person is better if an in depth discussion is going to be entered into.

Types of issue
Roster Size

There is no specific number the club sets for a roster size. Maximum roster size is 18 players for games. The club shall use its discretion to set minimum roster size. Ideally with a team that plays 11v11 then a minimum roster number will be around 15 players. The club reserves the right to roster anywhere between 13 and 26 players per teams.

Games and Playing Time

ESSC players are not guaranteed a specific amount of playing time. However, the philosophy of ESSC is to develop strong, highly skilled and competitive players and teams. Thus, the coach will make a conscientious effort to ensure that all players are given an opportunity to develop and compete during league play. When ESSC plays competitive games against tough opposition, our goal is on “learning to play at our best” and learning from competing against the best. All players on occasion will have a poor game or difficult time with a particular opponent. When this occurs, and you do not get the playing time you expect, it is ESSC expectation that you will learn from the situation and work to improve those areas of the game that need improvement. Parents and players should understand that development takes place on the training field, the game field, and on the sideline by watching the game. Play time is also earned.

In order to prepare yourself to compete at your most optimum level please understand the following:
- Players will be expected to be at the field, dressed ready to play, between 45 minutes and one hour prior to the start of the game. The exact time will be specified by your coach.
- Get adequate rest, especially the night before a game. And when traveling, follow the curfew policy.
- Take special care of your nutritional needs, especially hydration with water.
- Treat all current injuries appropriately.
- Consistently play as hard as you can and stay focused. Make good decisions and have a positve attitude. What you do off the field can affect you on the field. You represent yourself, your family and your Team at all times.
- Maintain drug and alcohol free. Including smoking.

All times and locations for all league and tournament games will be provided by the team manager and/or on the web site.

Players will be expected to attend every game except in highly unusual circumstances. As with practices, players must notify the coach or team manager if they will be unable to attend a game.

If you have an issue with a situation from a game it is highly recommended that you do not approach the coach right after the game. Instead it is recommended that you wait, let some time elapse, and then speak with the coach at a later time. Confronting the coach when you are emotional and upset is not a good time and is not recommended.

Position

As mentioned previously soccer is a team sport. Due to this players should expect to play where the coach puts them. In an ideal world players would have an opportunity to play in a number of different positions however we do not train enough for players to do this and given the amount of training time we have it would likely be detrimental to development to play players in different positions. Every position on the soccer field is important. As long as they commit to attend as many training sessions as possible all players will develop.


Practice Policy
ESSC Practice Policy is the essence of ESSC’s success. We demand excellence from the ESSC coaches, and we expect the ESSC players to be willing to make the same commitment.

ESSC understands that many of our players have additional interests and demands on their time, but we believe it is imperative that every effort be made to attend each scheduled practice session. Talk with your coach.

All players are expected to attend all training sessions. In the event a player must miss a training session, please contact the coach or team manager prior to the training session.

Each of the ESSC sessions is important. Make sure you send water with your child to each practice. It is vital for players to replace liquids lost through perspiration.

The standard ESSC training uniform should be worn for all training sessions. All uniforms should be purchased prior to the start of the season. Every player, without exception, must wear shin-guards.

All participants should place their equipment bag next to the assigned training area for that session to keep the training environment from becoming cluttered.

Player Movement

Over the course of the season the club may choose to move players from team to team. Players develop when they are playing at a level where their ability level fits in. Any player movement will be decided upon by the team coach and senior club staff.

Things you should not talk to the coach about are, but not limited to:

Team details – Formation, playing time of players, style of play of the team, and so forth, Regardless of your experience in the game of soccer.

Player positioning
Everyone should appreciate that soccer teams require different players to play in different positions in order for the team to operate effectively. Not all players are suited (for different reasons) to play in all positions. The coach will make every effort to develop well rounded players but at the classic level it is not realistic to expect a player to play in every position over the course of the season. While for a few players this may be possible for most it will become detrimental to their development. Over the course of a season all players will develop by being involved in training sessions and games.

Tournaments and Travel
ESSC values tournament travel as an intricate part of the developmental process for every player and team. All ESSC Classic Teams will be encouraged to participate in competitive tournaments throughout the State, Region and Country.

When traveling to tournaments, ESSC Classic teams will travel as a Club. The goals and policies of ESSC are as follows:

1) To build a “Sense of team unity”;
2) To create exposure for college opportunities; (dependant of tournament)
3) To create opportunities for State, Regional, and National recognition, such as ODP.
4) To individually mature and develop as a team by competing against the top-level competition in our State, Region and Country.
5) To allow teams and players to prepare for different stages of the season.
6) Teams traveling will have curfews set by each Individual coach based on team’s playing schedule.


Role of the Parent
To have a successful Classic program, there must be an understanding and cooperation among parents, players, and coaches. A player’s progress will depend to a great extent on this relationship. With this in mind, ESSC asks parents to consider this section a crucial factor to the success of the Club.

If your daughter is selected and chooses to commit to the ESSC Soccer Club, your commitment is also necessary. If players are to make a quality commitment to the Club and their Team, Parents must see to it that Players attend all possible Club and Team functions (practices, meetings, games, etc.) and to follow club policies. There will be times conflicts cannot be avoided and other more important events occur. The Club requires your communication, planning, and understanding so we can minimize conflicts. It is the Club’s responsibility to present a periodic schedule to allow time for your planning. When Parents or Players have an unavoidable conflict, the Club expects timely communication to see if the Club or Team can make the necessary adjustments.

With our goal being player development, ESSC asks that parents support the coaches and their decisions. A player will develop to their highest ability when he or she trusts the coach. Every coach is committed to motivate, teach, and constructively evaluate each player’s performance. Recognize that coaches use their experience to best develop a player. Each coach has a different approach to the game, and his or her philosophy may not match that of a parent. ESSC expects parents to respect the coaches’ decisions.

In addition, parents are asked to act as a spectator and not as a coach. Attempting to coach your child from the sideline is distracting and counterproductive. While at games, parents must refrain from criticizing the calls and performance of the referee. The players and the coach need the parents and spectators to be supportive. Your vocal support and positive encouragement are welcome after a good play. “Go” and “Shoot” are interpreted as instructions and as such are not desirable. Players are to be given only one set of instructions by one voice before, during, and after practices and games. For this reason, the Club insists the Director of Coaching or Team Coaches be the only voice at all games and practices. No one other than those listed on the official game roster may sit on or near the team bench before and during games.


Problem Resolution
If you have an issue with your team coach then you should first talk to your team coach. Your team coach will have an understanding of how and why they operate the team in the manner that they do.

If you have an issue, please talk with the club (Coach or Team Manager). Please refrain from burdening fellow parents with your issues. This approach is not encouraged because of the effect it could have on the team. We would prefer that issues are dealt with individually. To simply bother other parents with your issue can make them uncomfortable and may cause conflict within the club. If you have an issue please let the club know.

Fees
Please check with ESSC for your current fees. Monthly Fees Cover:
• Insurance, including travel.
• Field rentals, maintenance & Equipment
• Administrative expenses

The monthly fees do not include uniforms or any tournament fees or costs incur when traveling.