Competitive teams are designed for players who are committed to competing in local, regional, and national tournaments, cups, and the most competitive leagues in the state. In order to play on a Competitive team, you are invited to participate following a tryout and/or after having been evaluated by the coaching and director staff. Our annual tryouts take place in May. However, we are always evaluating new players that move to or request a tryout with our club. If you are selected to a team, you will be asked to make an online deposit in order to reserve your spot. If a parent fails to make a payment before the deadline, at the discretion of the coach, your spot on the roster may be replaced by someone on the waitlist. DO NOT DELAY YOUR PAYMENT. Your deposit allows us to start registering our players in the leagues and cups for the upcoming season, as well as secure insurance and training materials. If you delay payment, you are at risk of losing your spot. After the start of the season in August, we will finalize rosters before the declarations are due and can be player movements depending on team spaces or needs.
Competitive teams are evaluated quarterly throughout the season and a multitude of assessment variables. These evaluations are shared with the player and parents to track the player’s developmental progress during the season. Each quarter, we will evaluate on a case-by-case basis any changes to a roster. There may be occasions when a player will be invited to guest play or move permanently to fill a need on a team. Also, players develop differently and certain situations will dictate how the coaches manage their rosters.
Teams WILL NOT be chosen because…
- They are best friends.
- They attend the same school.
- They have a sibling on another team.
- The parents get along and want to keep the group together.
Player selections are based on performance merit. We know that some decisions may not be in accordance with parents’ or players’ opinions, but we ask you to kindly respect the process. If a parent would like to discuss their player’s selection on a particular team, they should speak directly with the coach and the Technical Director.
RESPECT the Fundamental Rules of SOCCER
- RESPECT for the game and fans.
- RESPECT for your teammates.
- RESPECT for the principles of the game and be loyal to them.
- RESPECT for your opponent.
- RESPECT for moral integrity over winning at any cost.
- RESPECT for the team crest of Key Biscayne Soccer Club, its history, and represent with pride.
- RESPECT for the ball, treat it well… and protect it at all times.
KBSC Soccer Player 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 for warm-ups, you are late, but notify your coach.
- Take pride in never missing practice and always giving 100%.
- If you cannot practice, you are still required to attend practice to observe and learn.
- You are expected to act like a TEAM (family) at all times! You will be with your teammates for a 10-month season and it is critical to get along, support, and encourage each other.
- No idle talking. Encouraging your teammates and helping them get better is awesome! Focus on the task at hand. Talking about your weekend plans, not so awesome!
- Offer encouragement and positive energy, and helpful criticism to your teammates. 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 will be 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 teammates 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 the coach of any school functions or exams coming up with at least 2 weeks’ notice.
- Information regarding practices, games, etc. will go out regularly. Be sure to be assigned to the team 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 at practice. You may wear BLUE or WHITE socks that you choose, and be long enough to cover your shin guards.
KBSC Playing Time
- Development FIRST, Competing SECOND, and Winning THIRD. All players will play in regular-season games (certain exceptions may apply). HOWEVER, not all players will have equal playing time. It is important that the coach, player, and parents understand that playing time is based on many factors per any given week, including, but not limited to health and injuries, attendance, skill level, competition match-ups. What is important is that everyone involved understands that playing time will vary and open communication must exist among the coach, player and parents to manage expectations.
- Practice attendance, commitment, attitude, and ability will determine your minutes of play. Playing time is based on the coach’s discretion and may vary according to the game competition and individual player match-ups.
- All players will get to play in tournaments and cups. Meaning you may play in a first bracket game, but you may play fewer minutes or not get to play in a championship game. Again, not all players will have equal playing time, but the coaches must develop all of their players so they can be part of the successes and failures of the team.
- A player will always do what is best for the TEAM as a whole.
- If a PLAYER has a problem with playing time, etc. He or she should speak to the coach and discuss the problem first. Parents should not intervene. Oftentimes, the players understand and will accept conditions that parents may object to. If a player feels that the problem has not been addressed or resolved, the player and parent(s) can request a meeting with the coach and Technical Director to reach a resolution.
- Playing time will not be discussed prior to or during games or practices. A meeting should be requested between the player, coach, parents, and Technical Director in advance to discuss this matter.
KBSC Player Behavior Expectations
- Remember, as a player at any game, you play to ability, enjoy the moment, and do your best to compete; but, you will not intimidate or ridicule your team or the opposing team players, fans, or referees.
- Remember, players make mistakes… praise and encourage your teammates, maintain a positive attitude and try your best to improve each day.
- 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. You carry the KBSC crest and we expect you to show good sportsmanship, and behave with class and integrity.
- 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 players. You show restraint and let the coach address bad calls or taunting from other players. A cool head must prevail.
- Due to COVID-19, no handshakes after the game or high fives during the game to celebrate with players.
KBSC Absentee Policy
If you cannot attend a practice, notify your coach before practice. In the event of an unexcused absence from practice without notifying the coach, they will be treated in the following manner:
- 1st absence with no notification: Reduced playing time
- 2nd absence with no notification: Suspension from the upcoming game
- 3rd absence with no notification: 2 game Suspension
- 4th absence with no notification: Dismissal from the team, pending review of the disciplinary committee
KBSC Missed Game Policy
- Any athlete who misses a game without notifying 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 the disciplinary committee
- Extra conditioning may be used as a form of discipline for any wrong behavior during practices/games.
- Extra conditioning may be used as a form of discipline for not wearing a 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 a behavior probation, suspension from an upcoming game, or dismissal from the team. This may include inappropriate texting or images used on social media.
- Repeat violation of rules may lead to temporary suspension from the team or expulsion.
- If a player has failing grades in school, the coach and parents shall me to evaluate the appropriate action, it may lead to a temporary leave of absence until the next passing progress report.
KBSC Bus/Van & Hotel Policy
- On the way to games, it is important to create a quiet, peaceful environment where players can reflect, meditate and listen to your music with headphones. Respect other players’ space.
- Before each game, you will be required to get dressed and report to a designated, preferably shaded area where you will wait with your teammates. It is important to conserve energy.
- During the hotel stay, players are not permitted to run in the hallway or common areas, play soccer inside the hotel and be disruptive to the hotel guests. If players will be hanging out in the lobby, they must be supervised.
- All players are required to ride in the Bus/Van or Car and leave together to and from the hotel to the game site, unless there is an emergency and a parent will accompany any player that must stay behind. 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 the player’s 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 to replace or repair damages.
- Place the emotional and physical well-being and development of your players ahead of a personal desire to win.
- Respect the integrity and personality of each 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(s) by giving respect, you get respect.
- Do not use profanity or direct vulgar/obscene remarks to players, referees, or other coaches.
- Do not act aggressively towards any individual.
- Be responsible for your players and parents on the sideline, and act appropriately if a player or parent is not following the code of ethics policy.
- Arguments in front of your teammates, coach, and parents.
- Blaming your players for mistakes on the field.
- Gestures or language that insults or offends an official or opposing coach.
- Throwing objects in disgust.
- Make sportsmanship your first priority!