CRESWELL High School SOCCER, 2006
Commitment and Expectation Sheet
Dear Player and Parents/Guardians:
This letter is provided so that we (the players, parents and coaches of the CHS soccer program) may have a common understanding and agreement about the expectations surrounding each player’s commitment to Soccer.
Soccer is a new addition to the sport offerings at CHS and this addition has been achieved after much dedication and hard work. Dedication and hard work - including teamwork – are the cornerstones to any successful athletic program. In this inaugural season, the coaching staff will focus on learning and building for the future. Having a successful soccer program in the years to come will depend on the foundation we start this season. This is a new beginning for all of us and we will face new challenges, challenges that may stretch our talents and skills. We will face opponents from well-established soccer programs. As we grow in our skills and competence, we will demonstrate the utmost in good sportsmanship,
Your coaches have high expectations of you as a player on and off the soccer field. Remember, you are an athlete, a Creswell High School student, a member of your family AND a member of the Creswell community. Your behavior and your actions are noticed by all. The program expectations are outlined below. Please take the time to read them carefully and to ask questions of the coaching staff if needed. If you believe that you can, and want, to make this commitment, then sign the letter along with your parent or guardian and return it to your coaches. By your signature you are indicating a commitment to abide by these expectations set forth.
Your school work is important! As a student athlete, you must make your school performance a priority, whether in class or in homework assignments. We will have many away games which will result in hours of traveling. You will be expected to manage your time well, so that your athletic activities do not interfere with your ability to perform your best in the classroom. All student athletes must be passing at least five classes in order to continue to practice and compete.
Grades will be checked regularly by school and coaching staff. All students are encouraged to utilize the Study Halls which are available at school. You may check with the CHS office for the Study Hall schedule.
CHS soccer players are expected to demonstrate exemplary behavior on and off the soccer field. As a student athlete, you have the honor of representing your school and your community in neighboring communities. In victory or defeat, nothing matters more than the sportsmanship, honesty and the integrity you bring to the field. Respect for your teammates, your school, your opponents and your community is expected at all times. Being a CHS soccer player is a privilege that you have earned, and that you CONTINUE to earn everyday through your positive behavior and attitude. Remember that whenever you are in public, you are an ambassador of our program – how you present to others reflects on all of us.
Tobacco and illegal substances have no place in an athlete’s regimen. It is the policy of the coaching staff and of CHS that the use of tobacco or any illegal substance is strictly prohibited. The Student Athlete Code of Conduct details the consequences for any violation of this policy. In addition, there may be additional consequences at the team level for any violation of this policy.
Building a team and a successful soccer program takes the dedicated participation of all our members. Players are expected to attend, be prepared for, and be on time for all team functions. Absences will be excused only if the player notifies the coaching staff prior to the absence, and if the absence is for justifiable reasons. Justifiable reasons include any time the player is absent from school for an illness or a family emergency, or for a reason previously approved by the coach. Unexcused absences will not be tolerated, and will be looked upon by the coaching staff as a lack of commitment toward the team. Players should prepare themselves for consequences at the team level in the event they choose to skip practice.
Parents are asked to support the player’s attendance by arranging appointments outside of practice times whenever possible. We understand that sometimes this is not possible. Nonetheless, the player is expected to contact the coach BEFOREHAND to discuss the absence.
Athletes are encouraged to get proper nutrition and rest throughout the entire soccer season, as well as on game days. Soccer players may wear their soccer jersey to school on game days, but it must be worn neatly, with the jersey tucked in to slacks or a skirt. In the alternative, a player may select other appropriate school attire. It is expected that this clothing is clean and neat, and presents the athlete most favorably. Again please remember that you are representing your team and your school.
At this time we plan for players to travel to and from away games by Creswell School District buses that are paid for by our Soccer funds. If buses are not available, the Coaches will be responsible for coordinating drivers to transport the players to and from games.
All parents/guardians will need to complete a permission form in order for their child to be transported to CHS games (this also applies when a parent is driving their own child).
District criteria for driving students to and from games includes:
A) Anyone transporting CHS students in their private vehicle must have District approval, including completing the Release and Liability Form.
B) The driver of the car must be properly licensed to drive and must have provided proof of insurance. Insurance shall meet or exceed minimum requirements as established by the State of Oregon and as set by the district.
C) Drivers may transport up to three players, other than their own child.
D) The vehicle must contain an adequate number for seat restraints for the passengers and the driver.
When traveling on District school buses, players will have appropriate school bus behavior as outlined above and in the Player Handbook. Players and other students will be responsible for cleaning up the bus upon arrival back to CHS.
At the conclusion of the game, a player may be released to a parent/guardian for the return trip home only after the parent/guardian has signed a release with the coach. Parents/guardians wishing to release their student to another responsible adult (at least 21 years of age) will need to obtain written approval by the principal and coach PRIOR to leaving for the contest. The parent/guardian must also speak directly to coach when making this request.
Players are encouraged to express concerns or questions they have with their coach. If a player would like to meet with the coach, this may be scheduled at the player’s request. If after meeting, the player feels that the concern still is unresolved, the Coach will contact the Athletic Director in order to pursue resolution, possibly including a joint meeting with the student, Coach and Athletic Director. Please be advised that no appointments will be made on game days. A copy of the District Grievance Procedures is attached herewith.
Playing an interscholastic sport is an important decision and should not be made lightly. CHS soccer requires a commitment of time and energy, not only from the player, but from the player’s family as well. As a Club Sport at CHS, coaches must plan and arrange for many things. For example, we may need parents to drive players to an away game.
Players, think about whether you are ready to commit to this program, to commit to your teammates. Parents, please think about how you might help your player and the team throughout the season. By signing this form, you indicate that you are committed to the expectations outlined above for the 2006 Soccer season – an exciting season waits for those who are ready!
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Player Signature Parent/Guardian Signature Date
Tony Romero, Boys’ Coach 895-3670
Brandi Wittenborn, Girls’ Coach 895-4306/514-0591
Andrew Humphreys, Boys’ Assistant Coach 914-4042
Thomas Carroll, Boys’ Assistant Coach 895-4911/915-1617