Things to Think About...
The decision to enter the Training Program should not be undertaken lightly. There are many factors to consider - commitment, personal comfort and cost amongst them.
Entering the Academy requires the complete commitment of player and parents and a significant amount of time and energy dedicated to soccer.
Players will be immersed in a positive and intense environment of like-minded athletes. The priorities of the technical director will be to ensure that each player in the program develops to their full potential. There will not be unreasonable pressures on the players to win games and collect trophies, but the program will challenge them to identify and develop their weaknesses, as well as to grow as individuals and athletes.
Players will be expected to conform to rigid standards and rules that will be set by the Academy Head Coach. These rules will be outlined in the Player Handbook that every student receives at the beginning of the year.
By paying the registration fee in the Academy, parents are not buying their players guaranteed 50% game-time in any game. Issues of health (injury), and discipline will prevail. Players must EARN their spot on the team. Players must attend practices, show up on time, attend team events, want to play, not break team rules, develop and display acceptable attitudes in games and practices, etc. - all issues of discipline. In terms of communication, the Academy technical director will communicate clearly and quickly with players and their parents on the issue of reduced game-time due to injury or discipline.
We are committed to exposing our brightest young talent to highly qualified, licensed, professional, paid coaches. The technical director and coaches will do their utmost to expose our Academy players to future academic and athletic opportunities through our contacts in the soccer world and through fellow academies.
CSSE Injury Reporting Form
CSSE Travel Consent Letter
A coach should help to improve the performance of the players (and the team) both physically and psychologically.
The position of coach is demanding and multi-faceted. Parent, teacher, counselor, disciplinarian, organizer...these are some of the duties demanded of the coach. Players want to play and learn and they also want to do so in an enjoyable environment.
Shaping the lives of young people is a large responsibility, affected not only through what we teach, but also the way we teach. The "process" of learning is at least as important as the "product". In addition to what they learn about soccer, children may learn to be better people. You may be overwhelmed by your influence, but you accept that influence when you assume the position of coach.
To develop players, you must have a sound knowledge of the game. This knowledge relates to skill, technique, tactics, fitness, and Laws of the Game. Coaches are, generally, knowledgeable about some of these aspects, but weak in others. Good coaches are always seeking new ideas to develop their knowledge of the game and players. As coaches, we must try to find out what potential a player has so that we can develop that potential and make the player the best player he or she can be.
The Primary responsibility of a youth soccer coach is to help the young player to have fun, learn and improve. We (coaches) coach for the joy and success of the players - and no other reason.
Parent's comments and actions carry a great deal of weight with our kid's even if we don't realize it. The attitude and actions shown by parents at games towards their child, the opposing team, the officials and the coaches can influence a child's values and behaviors in all sports. Criticism of their play, disrespect for the officials and the opponents by parents can bring stresses to a game that is supposed to be fun. We hope you will keep these few things in mind when you are at our games and practices:
• “Positive encouragement is good; negative comments are bad.”
• “Cheering is good, but do not yell directions to your child or anyone else’s child during the game.” It can be distracting & what you tell them may be different from what the coaches are saying.
• “Be careful not to say anything that might be taken the wrong way or hurt someone’s feelings. Remember: this is for fun & these are children.”
• “Be a good role model & a good sport”.
• “Do not question the referee's judgment or honesty.” Most are doing their best and like all of us they make mistakes once in a while.
• “Please realize that “Hand Balls” and “Off Side” plays are often judgment or point of view calls by our officials. They may not see the situation from your point of view. The more refereeing they do the better the calls will become.”
• “If you have a concern or question for the coaches about the practice, the game or something that has happened please feel free to approach us before or after the game or practice. We don’t always see the things that parents do from the sidelines during the games or practices.”
• “Accept the results of the game.” Encourage your child to be gracious when they win and when they lose use it as an opportunity to work towards bettering their skills for the next game or practice.
• Always play by the rules.
• Never argue with an official. When a call is disputed, I’ll let the coach or team captain handle it.
• Remember that I’m playing because I enjoy the sport. Winning is fun, but so are many other things about the sport.
• Work at achieving my personal best and to not get discouraged if it’s not the best.
• Show appreciation for good plays/performances, even by opponents.
• Control my temper and not be a show-off.
• Play fairly at all times.
• Come fully equipped and prepared for each and every training session.
• Remember that how I practice is how I play so I understand my attendance at practice is mandatory.
• Encourage my teammates at all times and let the coach do the “coaching”.
• Not use bad language, harass or abuse, verbally or physically, opponents, coaches, officials or spectators.
• Respect my coach and their staff (without whose time and efforts I would not be able to play).
• Arrive on time and prepared for every game.
• Show respect for my team’s opponents because without them there would be no game.
Besides being well mannered, polite and courteous, the athletes are expected to be responsible for their behavior at all times.
Not only the CSSE Coaches and staff, but also any potential National Coaches and/or scouts will be watching you and your team at any time. Athletes should take pride in the fact that they have made these academy travel teams.
1. Whatever you, as an athlete, do at any time should be influenced by the question "How will what I am saying or doing reflect on the image of myself, the CSSE and our team?"
2. Whenever the team is together, we request that you not wear scruffy jeans or boxer shorts. Dress as a team, appearance and manners at all times are everything. (Walking shorts, cotton pants, etc, are acceptable).
3. Clothing is to be kept modest and of good taste. T-shirts with suggestive or obscene wording will not be considered appropriate.
4. Just as obscene writing on T-shirts is inappropriate, obscene language will also not be tolerated.
5. Attendance at all team functions, meetings, team meals, etc, is compulsory.
6. Players are to be punctual for all meetings, practices and functions. You are expected to be assembled fifteen (15) minutes before any scheduled meeting time. Example; if we are meeting at 11:00 am, you are to be in the assigned meeting place ready to go no later than 10:45 am.
7. We encourage all athletes to use a journal to make general training notes and write down all meetings, practices, important dates, etc.
8. We suggest you check your equipment, uniforms, clothes, etc. in order to help you be organized for regular practices, exhibition games, and trips. Make a List.
9. Being organized will help you to be prepared and on time.
10. If you have any problems with something (or someone), you are asked to talk with one of the coaches or managers immediately so that a solution can be reached. Harassment, in any way shape or form, will not be tolerated.
11. Curfew times will be strictly adhered to. (If required, bed checks will be carried out).
12. No "Boom Boxes" or "Ghetto Blasters" will be permitted. They usually disturb others who may not have your taste in music. I-pods or walkmans are permitted.
13. Due to the fact you are all under the age of 18 there will be absolutely no:
consumption of alcohol
tobacco products allowed of any kind
Non-prescription drugs, not already approved by the coaches.
Leaving pre-assigned rooms after curfew, for any reason.
14. While traveling with the academy teams you will not be permitted to leave the team (to visit with relatives, parents, family friends, etc. unless approved by team head coach).
15. The only possible exceptions will be considered:
if you provide a signed letter of permission from your parents
and if you have the permission of the team's Head Coach
and all these steps are done prior to leaving Winnipeg
16. Remember, your first priority in this program is to train hard and learn to play the game. Visiting and site-seeing are a nice side-benefit.
17. We do not anticipate, nor do we want, any problems during the season or while traveling. However, if a situation does arise, and the coach or the manager feel it warrants sending the athlete home, your parents will be contacted and the athlete will be sent home "AT THEIR PARENTS' EXPENSE!"
18. Athletes will be requested to sign and adhere to the declaration.
19. Parents will be requested to sign and adhere to the declaration.
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