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Thank you for your membership or interest in CGA Academy Soccer Club, LLC, “Art of Soccer”. This handbook is made available so that one can understand our structure, rules, guidelines and the many other aspects of what it means to be a member of CGA Academy Soccer Club. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.
CGA Academy Soccer Club, LLC may be referred to as “CGA Academy S.C.”, “CGASC” or the “Club” in this handbook. CGASC aims to be a premier club that develops players of all ages. We love the game of soccer and more importantly, we love to impart our knowledge of the game to those who are equally as passionate and would like to learn.
What is the “Art of Soccer”? An artist has the ability to express themselves through a chosen medium. Through practice and discovery, through trial and error an artistic style is formed. Through discipline the artist masters self. Through commitment and hard work one prepares the road ahead. Through devotion one’s focus is set on the prize and can’t be led astray. Fun, enjoyment and the challenge of expression is the motivation. By choosing CGA Academy – Art of Soccer – you are choosing the path of the artist. You are choosing to have fun playing soccer and enjoy the challenge of the game. You are ready to accept and learn from the tools that will help you to be successful: discipline, commitment, hard work, preparation, devotion, fun and the enjoyment of the challenge. We are lifelong learners of the game of soccer and we believe in the Art of Soccer. We look forward to working with you to achieve your soccer goals and helping you along your journey.
To better understand how we view soccer, below is a list of our core beliefs:
- We believe that a supportive environment is one that nurtures creativity and views mistakes as an opportunity to gain experience and learn.
- We believe that hard work, discipline and belief are the keys to success and overcoming adversity.
- We believe that a professional environment is one that teaches respect for one’s self and others.
- We believe that through athletics one can learn a trade, gain confidence and establish lifelong friendships.
- We believe in having fun and fostering the love of the game.
Who Should Join CGA Academy SC
CGA Academy is the right club for you if:
- You love soccer.
- You are tenacious and work hard.
- You love to play and have fun.
- You are excited about learning new things.
- Love being a part of a team that works hard to accomplish individual and team goals.
- You would like to play soccer at the highest levels (college or professionally).
As an LLC, the Executive Leaders (owners) of the Club are Carlos Elizondo, George Hahui, Alin Suru and Iulian Apostol. Please read the bios of the Executive Leaders to get a sense of their soccer journey and why they are so excited to be a part of the Idaho Soccer Community. Along with being the Executive Leaders, they will also hold other positions within the club. The following page has a breakdown of the club structure and leadership.
Guidelines for Players and Parents
At CGA Academy S.C., every player is expected to conduct themselves in a manner that reflects positively upon one’s self, family and the club. All players will adhere to the standards below during practices and during games:
Do your best, work hard and have fun.
- Refrain from lashing out at opposing players, parents, spectators or coaches. Even when you have been fouled or someone is taunting you. Controlling your emotions and your reactions is of upmost importance. Fighting and use of mean spirited or foul language is not acceptable behavior.
- Refrain from making comments or gestures that express negative connotations towards the referees. Your focus should be working together with your teammates to achieve the goals of the team. Do not focus your energy on the referee’s decisions. Control what you can control.
- Be respectful toward your teammates and coaches. Disagreements will happen. When one works on a disagreement with respect and a positive mentality, disagreements can help the team solve problems and friendships to become stronger.
- Display good sportsmanship. When you win you do it with respect for the other team. When you lose, you don’t have to like it but you must show respect for the other team. We will shake hands with our opponents and the referees after the game is over.
Players who can’t abide by the above standards may be disciplined by the team coach or by the CGASC Leadership. Helping players to become responsible young adults is important to the club and yes kids will make mistakes. However, the severity and repeated violation of above standards may result in suspension or even expulsion from the club.
Parent Team and Club Support
It is the club’s aim to foster a community of support for the club and for our teams. Your active participation is needed as there are always many moving pieces. It takes a community to help individual players and teams achieve their goals. Please let us know if there is a way that you can help us help our soccer community.
- If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your team manager, coach or CGASC Leadership.
- During the course of a season, one may disagree with a coaching decision. This is natural and it is natural to speak to the coach about it. We ask that you please do this by arranging a meeting. Meeting directly before games (coach is preparing) and directly after games (reflecting, preparing and emotions still high) are not good times to discuss any issues.
- Please do not send long emails or heated ones. Please arrange to speak with the coach, manager or CGASC Leadership in person. It is very easy to misread or misinterpret a message. Especially when you don’t already have an established relationship with that person.
Parent Conduct at Games
- We have to set the right example. Please do not address the referee, opposing team’s players, parents or coaches in a negative, aggressive or confrontational manner. Our kids are watching our behavior and will copy us especially in stressful situations.
- Please refrain from coaching your child during games. Players must be focused on the moment and the instructions that have been given to the team. It can become confusing, frustrating and overwhelming for a player when both parents and coaches are trying to give direction. During games, players must be completely focused on the directions the coach has given the players and the team in order for everyone to be successful.
- Win or lose be supportive to the team and coaching staff. Your coach is 100% committed and devoted to the development of your child and the team. Win or lose they need your support to achieve individual and team goals.
Parent Conduct at Practices
- You are more than welcome to observe your child’s practice and to learn more about the game. However, at no time should you make any comments towards any players or coaches during practice. Practices are a time for coaches to coach, players to learn and for the team to continue to bond. Interruptions can hinder the learning process and add unwanted pressure to coaches and the players.
- Please help players to be on time to all practices. If players are running late, please notify the coach to warn them. If a player will need to miss a practice, please notify the coach as soon as possible. A couple of days’ notice is preferable.
Responsibilities and Conduct of Team Coaches
Coaches of the club are responsible for following the below safety standards at all times. Coaches will:
- Ensure that the playing environment is safe and that all players have the correct gear in order to participate in games and practices.
- Supervise players at all times.
- Not allow bullying of any kind.
- Follow protocols in the event that a player is missing from the game field or practice field (Appendix B)
- Follow the concussion policy and best practices that Idaho Youth Soccer Association has adopted: www.idahoyouthsoccer.org/education/concussion.aspx
- Coaches will follow the heading policy and recommendations adopted by Idaho Youth Soccer Association: www.idahoyouthsoccer.org/education/concussion.aspx
- Obtain their first aid certification and carry a first aid kit with them at all practices and games.
- Coaches will follow the NOAA Standards for Lightning Safety and protocols put in place by the club (See Appendix C).
- Always carry players’ emergency contact and medical release forms.
- In the event of an emergency dial 911.
Coaches love the game and they love to impart their knowledge to players. They enjoy setting individual and team goals for everyone to achieve. They enjoy watching those goals come to fruition over time. Yes they do enjoy winning games, however the process and how you win is of upmost importance. The relationship between a player and coach is one of mutual respect and can last a lifetime.
At CGA Academy S.C. coaches will:
- Design a training environment that is guided by the CGASC curriculum.
- Have fun and nurture the desire to play.
- Teach and model respect, sportsmanship, discipline, preparation and commitment.
- Understand the unique needs and learning styles of each player.
- Design times for the team to bond outside of soccer.
- Build individual and team confidence step by step and over time.
- Keep short term and long term development in perspective with long term. Development of the player the priority.
- Know the laws of the game.
- Strive for the highest levels of soccer education and professional development.
We expect our coaches to be professionals. CGASC Coaches strive to:
- Be good role models.
- Be Respectful to parents and players.
- Model good sportsmanship towards opposing team’s players, parents, coaches and the officials.
- Advocate and discipline the team and individual players when appropriate.
- Be punctual and work hard for the team.
- Be honest.
The Club’s Responsibility to Coaches and Player Development
The club will:
- Recruit, hire and retain the best staff.
- Provide a club wide curriculum that is age specific and that follows initiatives set forth by the U.S. Soccer Federation’s guidelines for player development.
- Provide continuing education opportunities and resources to coaches for expanding their knowledge.
- Support coaches in obtaining and furthering their licensing.
- Provide any additional assistance as needed to help players and coaches develop.
- Network with ODP, colleges and professional clubs in order to showcase teams, players and coaches of the club.
Missing Child Protocol
In the event that a child is missing from the game field or practice field, the following sequence of actions will take place.
- Immediately let the senior CGASC staff member know.
- CGASC senior staff member will blow a horn 5 times in a row. This will signal to everyone that a child is missing.
- Coaches will gather players from their team and have them sit down in a row with the coach standing next to the team.
- Coaches are to double check that all players belong in their group.
- CGASC staff will check all restrooms, playgrounds, parking lots and any other area where the child could have gone.
- If child is not found CGASC staff will call 911.
- Game or practice will not commence until the CGASC senior staff has blown the horn for a continuous 5 seconds.