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RESPECT the Fundamental Word in SOCCER

  1. RESPECT for the game and fans.
  2. RESPECT for your teammates.
  3. RESPECT for the principles of the game and be loyal to them.
  4. RESPECT for your opponent.
  5. RESPECT for moral integrity over winning at any cost.
  6. RESPECT for the team crest of Key Biscayne Soccer Club and its history, keep it going with pride.
  7. RESPECT for the ball, treat it well! … and protect it at all times.

KBSC Soccer Guidelines:

  • Always be on time, completely dressed and ready to begin warm-ups. For games, arrive 1 hour prior to game time. If you are late to warm-ups, you are late.
  • Take pride in never missing practice and always giving 100%.
  • If you cannot practice, you are still required to be at practice to observe.
  • You are expected to act like a TEAM (family) at all times! You will be with your team mates for a 9-10 month season and it is critical to get along with, support and encourage each other.
  • No idle talking. Encouraging your team mates is awesome! Focus on the task at hand. Talking about your weekend plans, not so awesome!
  • You will only encourage and offer positive, helpful criticism to your team mates. We will not yell at each other, berate each other or make others feel bad, if this occurs playing time will be diminished and the appropriate discipline taken.
  • Sportsmanship is a must! We will act appropriately, we will treat the referees and other teams with respect and consideration. We will look polished and put together.
  • Be a player that learns quickly. Be coachable! Have a good attitude.
  • Be a competitor! We are here to have fun and learn, but we also want to give 100% effort.
  • You are expected to be a role model on and off the field. You will be held to a higher standard while you are on this team. Disrespect to coaches, parents, and team mates will not be tolerated. You are a direct reflection of your family, coaches, and the Key Biscayne Soccer Club.
  • Your education comes first. If you need to take care of academics, notify your coach and discuss the situation, plan ahead and inform coach of any school functions coming up with at least 2 weeks’ notice.
  • Information regarding practices, games, etc. will go out on Remind. Be sure to be assigned to the WhatsApp chat.

KBSC Required Practice Attire:

  • All players must have shin guards at every practice.
  • All players must have some type of soccer shoe.  We play on grass or turf fields. We recommend a cleat or indoor/outdoor shoe. It is not required that players have shoes for each type of surface.
  • All players must wear the designated practice jerseys and shorts. You may wear BLUE or BLACK socks that you choose, and be long enough to cover your shin guards.

KBSC Playing time:

  • All players will get to play in regular season games (tournaments excluded), HOWEVER, not all players will have equal playing time.
  • Practice, attitude and ability will determine playing time. Playing time is based on coach’s discretion.
  • All players will get to play in tournaments. Meaning you may play in a first bracket game, but you may not get to play in a championship game. Again, not all players will have equal playing time.
  • I will always do what is best for the TEAM as a whole.
  • If you (the PLAYER) have a problem with playing time, etc. It is your responsibility to come to your coach and discuss the problem first. If you do not feel the problem has been addressed or resolved, then have your parents contact the Director of Coaching.
  • I will not discuss playing time, etc. at games or at practices. Please set up a time to meet with the coach.

KBSC Player Behavior Expectations:

  • Remember, you are at the competition to support and cheer for your team and to enjoy the skill and competition; not to intimidate or ridicule the other team, fans or referees.
  • Remember, players will make mistakes, praise teammates for their attempt to improve themselves.
  • Participating in a game is a privilege, when observing a game from the bench, it is not a license to verbally assault coaches, players, parents or referees.
  • Learn the rules of the game, so that you may understand and appreciate why certain situations take place.
  • Show respect for the opposing players, coaches, spectators and support groups.
  • Respect the integrity of the coaches and officials.
  • Recognize and show appreciation for an outstanding play by either team.
  • During or after a game, you do not insult or attack a referee, parent or other player. You show restraint and let the coach address bad calls or taunting from other players. A cool head must prevail.

KBSC Absentee Policy:

In the event of an absence from a practice without notifying the coach PRIOR to practice starting will result in the following:

  • 1st absence with no notification: Reduced playing time
  • 2nd absence with no notification: Suspension from upcoming game
  • 3rd absence with no notification: 2 game Suspension
  • 4th absence with no notification: Dismissal from the team, pending review of disciplinary committee

KBSC Missed Game Policy:

  • Any athlete who misses a game without notify the coach 1 hour prior to the start of the game, will be suspended from the next game. Exceptions for this rule will be made for illness, family emergencies, or official school functions. School functions must be discussed with the coach prior to the absence.

KBSC Tardy Policy:

  • 1st offense- verbal warning
  • 2nd offense- verbal warning/conditioning/parent contact
  • 3rd offense- reduction in playing time/conditioning/parent contact
  • 4th offense- suspension from upcoming game/conditioning/parent contact
  • 5th offense- dismissal from team/parent contact, pending review from disciplinary committee

KBSC Discipline/Consequences:

  • Extra conditioning will be used as a form of discipline for any wrong behavior during practices/games.
  • Extra conditioning will be used as a form of discipline for not wearing proper uniform during training and/or games.
  • Any discipline issues off the field, such as bullying could result in a loss of playing time and/or Suspension Until Further Notice (SUFN) from the team.
  • If an athlete has been placed on SUFN, that player will assist the coach during training. The same penalty will occur if it happens a second time. The third offense will result in the player being dismissed from the team. It is the coach’s discretion as to whether any other punishment is deemed necessary.
  • Use of drugs, alcohol or having excessive absences, or tardiness from the team, being disrespectful to coaches, or any form of unsportsmanlike conduct can result in dismissal or suspension from the team.
  • Inappropriate use of social media or any form of electronic communication will be considered a violation of team rules and can result in the player being placed on behavior probation contract, suspension from an upcoming game, or dismissal from the team. This does include texting.
  • Continued violation of rules or failing of classes in school will result in the athlete being placed on a behavior/grade probation contract. Violating the contract could lead to dismissal from the team or temporary suspension from the team for a period of time.
  • If you fail a class, for the six weeks, you are ineligible for any games or tournaments until the next passing progress report.

KBSC Bus/Van & Hotel Policy:

  • On the way to games, talking will be kept to a minimum. You may listen to your music with headphones and respect others space.
  • Before each game, you will be required to get dressed and report to a designated area where you will wait with your teammates, quietly, until we get on the bus/van. You will not be permitted to run around the hotel, and be disruptive to the hotel guests. Cannot be in lobby unsupervised.
  • All players are required to ride the Bus/Van to and from games, unless they are with their parents. Emergencies are the only exception. All players and parents will be required to complete the transportation release form for these occasions. A player will not be released to anyone, except a parent without a note from the parent prior to the game. Once the player has been released to this person, KBSC will no longer be responsible for their safety.
  • Any damages or costs incurred in the room or hotel common areas caused by any player(s), the parents will be liable for such cost.

KBSC COACHES:

  • Place the emotional and physical well-being of your players ahead of a personal desire to win
  • Respect the integrity and personality of the individual athlete, remembering the large range of emotions and physical development for the same age group.
  • Exemplify the highest moral character, behavior and leadership. Adhere to strong ethical and integrity standards.
  • Learn the rules of the game and teach them in letter and spirit.
  • Set a good example for players and spectators.
  • Shake hands with opposing coaches and officials before and after each match.
  • Respect the integrity of the official. By giving respect, you get respect.
  • Do not use profanity or other objectionable language.
  • Be responsible for your players and parents on the sideline.

Refrain from:

  • Arguments in front of your team and parents.
  • Gestures indicating an official or opposing coach does not know what they are doing or talking about. Throwing objects in disgust.
  • Make sportsmanship your first priority!
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