We have enjoyed success with our involvement in youth football and learned that a key ingredient of success is clear, consistent communication between the academy, its teams and coaches, players and parents. This document is one way of explaining, in detail, our expectations of you as a member of Tri-City Football Club and what you can expect from the academy. It will help you identify potential problem areas and at the same time answer questions about the academy’s decision-making process. As you have committed to becoming a member of Tri-City Football Club, please take the time to read the following pages carefully. The Tri-City Football Code of Conduct Form must be signed by the player and a parent to be accepted to the academy. In addition, coaches, team managers, parents, and players will all be required to read and sign the Tri-City Football Code of Conduct.
Players are evaluated throughout the season during practices, scrimmages, and games. There are many terminologies used to categorize and describe football abilities. Present and potential team members are evaluated in four areas:
1) Mental dimensions (character, confidence, discipline, and leadership)
2) Physical dimensions (endurance, strength, and speed)
3) Technical competence (skills, ball proficiency, passing, and receiving)
4) Tactical awareness (runs, movement without ball, anticipation of play)
If you have any questions about the meaning of these terms, please ask the coaches.
Coaches will base their decisions solely on the four areas of evaluation and it is their responsibility to make decisions for the good of the academy and team. Politics, friendships, personal relationships, and financial contribution to the academy or team will not influence these decisions. Your understanding here is important, for just as players have the freedom to select a football academy without unfair pressure and with a full understanding of what is expected, the coach needs the same freedom to work objectively. We will not always agree on issues as sensitive as player evaluation and selection. We hope you will respect our attempt to be objective in these matters.
Tri-City Football players are expected to carry themselves as ladies and gentlemen on and off the field. At tournaments, player behavior is expected to be exemplary on and off the field. As elite athletes, players are further expected to conduct themselves with dignity and respect at home and at school. Disrespect for adults, including teachers and parents, will not be tolerated. Poor behavior by one player is a bad reflection on teammates and the academy.
Part of the commitment to playing for Tri-City Football is a commitment to being able to handle all of the obligations that a student has in his or her daily life. It is expected that all players be prepared to play football at Tri-City Football games and practices. This demands that players do their best in school, and use their time to fulfill their obligations in their primary role as students. Players who are not doing their best in school and/or are not meeting their homework obligations are jeopardizing their position on their team and letting their fellow teammates down. With this understanding, it is sometimes necessary to miss practice due to overwhelming schoolwork. In this situation contact the coach in advance and there will be no penalties.
As a member of Tri-City Football Club, you are responsible for your own performance and conduct. Honesty, reliability, and communication will always be expected. There will inevitably be times during the season when coaches make decisions and players will be instructed to do things they may not understand. During such times, players are encouraged to talk with their coach so they can gain a better understanding of why certain decisions are being made and what is expected of them.
If you have issues or concerns such as the amount of playing time you are receiving, whether you are starting, what position you are playing, etc., please do not hesitate to speak with your coach at the appropriate time. All Tri-City Football coaches have an open-door policy with respect to such issues or concerns and they encourage and expect you to communicate when you have such issues or concerns. You and your coach may not agree on such matters, but you will both have a better understanding of each other and what needs to be done to resolve the matter. If you feel your coach is treating you unfairly, you may contact the academy managing director to investigate the matter.
You are responsible for knowing what is going on with your team. There are times when changes are made (sometimes last minute) to practice and/or game dates, times and/or locations. Most teams communicate primarily by e-mail or whatsapp, so you must check your messages daily. If you are going to miss a practice or game (or arrive late or leave early) you must notify your coach or the designated person at the earliest possible moment. In case of inclement weather, your team has a procedure for announcing field closures.
There is no guaranteed amount of playing time, and there are many factors that can affect the amount of playing time for a particular player. The policy of the academy is that playing time is earned and not given. With that understanding, any player who fully participates to the best of their ability in practice and games should expect to play at least 1⁄2 of every game. The Tri-City Football philosophy is that player development comes before winning games, and players are not able to develop their skills without participation in the games.
Starting positions and playing time are both earned by coming to practice regularly and by working hard, competing, and concentrating during practices and games.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding playing time, please talk with your coach at the appropriate time. If you are still not satisfied, contact the Tri-City Football managing director.
Our attempt with this agreement is to present in clear detail what will be expected of you and what you can expect of the academy, the team, and the coaches. If you are uncertain of what is expected, it is your responsibility to ask one of your coaches. Knowing and understanding these things, your participation in the academy will be positive for you as you develop your football abilities to the highest level possible.
We have high expectations for the academy, the teams, the coaches, and you. So that you and every player in our academy can get the maximum benefit, we need you and every player to abide by the academy bylaws, rules, regulations, and policies. Everyone has problems from time to time and we will make every effort to work with you to help solve any problems that may arise. After we have exhausted all efforts to solve the problem, we will be left with little choice other than to pursue disciplinary action as outlined below. The same procedures will apply to situations where parents or coaches may require disciplinary steps.
The parents of any player recommended for removal from the academy may request to meet with the Tri-City Football managing director.
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