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Club Rules

Introduction

One of the key ingredients for a successful Club is to provide clear, consistent communication between the club, the coaches, the players and the parents. This document explains our expectations for all members. Please read the following carefully.

Family Participation

Crossroads is a non-profit organization and is largely a volunteer-run organization. The club relies on the help of family volunteers to serve in critical roles such as team officials, league representatives, and Directors on the Crossroads Board.  Parents are asked to help in supporting Crossroads by way of taking on a volunteer role at either the team or club level (e.g., field marshal, concession worker, age-group commissioner, team sponsor, etc.).  Any and all support is vital to the success of the team and the development of the players on it.

Code of Conduct

To positively affect the mental, physical, and emotional development of all involved in the sport of soccer, Crossroads Soccer Association has developed rules of conduct. These rules apply to ALL members of the Club, regardless of playing level.  Anyone participating in the Club (e.g., registering a child with the Club, joining a team, participating in training, agreeing to coach, watching a game, traveling with a team, serving on the Executive Committee, volunteering at an event, etc.), becomes a member of Crossroads Soccer Association, and therefore acknowledges and accepts these rules.

Crossroads Soccer Association Parent shall:

  • Ensure your child attends practices and games
  • Respect and abide by the rules, policies and procedures of the game, team and Club by familiarizing yourself with the Laws of the Game; Do not interfere with the duties and responsibilities of the coach or manager
  • Conduct himself/herself in an appropriate manner consistent with the Club’s goals of promoting integrity and good sportsmanship
  • Respect the decision of the officials
  • Treat others with fairness, decency, and respect by using encouraging, supportive and positive comments to all players
  • Refrain from using intimidating, harassing, offensive and insulting language at a player, official, parent or Coach at any Club activity. Never use noise-making or amplifying devices
  • Discuss matters regarding your child – only at a time mutually agreed upon by the coach or manager – never prior to, during, or directly after a game
  • Allow coaches to coach
  • Make only positive comments from the sidelines
  • Make an effort to attend games
  • Remain at least six feet behind the sidelines and across the field from the players.   Do not stand behind the goal posts or goal line.

Crossroads Soccer Association Player shall:

  • Attend & be prompt to all games & practices
  • Notify the coach or team manager if they will be tardy or unable to attend a game, training session, or team meeting
  • Wear all required equipment (shin guards, proper shoes & uniforms)
  • Train & play to the best of their ability
  • Respect their coach, elders & opponents
  • Respect all officials and accept their decisions without question
  • Have a positive attitude & never quit
  • Win and lose with class and a positive attitude
  • Show good sportsmanship
  • Provide only encouraging words to fellow teammates
  • Immediately report any injury to coach
  • Learn and obey the laws of the game

Crossroads Soccer Association Coach shall:

  • Seek to expand your knowledge of the game by attending clinics or coaching courses provided by the club
  • Use age-appropriate training methods and topics to match the players abilities and comprehension levels
  • Create the appropriate balance between the players’ technical development and  match play results
  • Teach players to strive for success while playing fairly, observing the Laws of the Game and the highest levels of sportsmanship
  • Win and lose with class and a positive attitude
  • Obtain permission from referee to modify # of players on field when game is being dominated by either team
  • Have the safety of your players as your first priority at all times
  • Treat officials with respect and dignity; and teach your players to do the same
  • Treat opponents with respect and expect your players to do the same
  • Take an active role in education about, and prevention and treatment of, drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse, both in your own life and in the lives of your players
  • Refrain from all manner of personal abuse and harassment of others, whether verbal, physical, emotional or sexual
  • Conduct practices on designated age-appropriate fields only

Levels of Play

Crossroads Soccer Association allows players to be placed on teams that compete in one of two levels of play:

Recreational Level

  • Players are generally placed on the age appropriate team (school and teammate request are met when possible if submitted prior to deadline).
  • Players are guaranteed a minimum play time of 50%.
  • Parents or siblings typically coach recreational teams.
  • Recreational teams typically practice 1 day per week and play 1 game per week.

Academy Level

  • Crossroads’ Total Soccer Academy (“TSA”) involves professional training and more touches for players.
  • There are 2 programs within TSA: Junior Academy (ages 6-8) and Academy (ages 8-10).
  • Players are generally grouped in “pools” instead of teams.  These pools change throughout the year based on performance (at discretion of Academy Director).
  • Players are guaranteed a minimum play time of 50%.
  • Academy coaches include college coaches and college soccer players.
  • Academy pools practice 2 days per week and play at least 1 game per week.

Competitive Level

  • Play is at a higher level of competition. It is developed for play at top skill set level.
  • Teams travel to play other equally skilled LSA teams within Louisiana, and may play in in- and out-of-state tournaments.
  • Player selection is based on ability and team requirements.
  • Player is expected to make soccer their priority sport for the fall and spring seasons.
  • There is no guaranteed minimum play time (no 50% rule) for Competitive players.
  • Professional coaching is provided for two to three practice session each week, tournaments, league games, and friendlies.

Practice Fields

Crossroads has some of the most beautiful soccer fields in the state.  In an effort to maintain the beautification and availability of these fields, we employ the following rules:

 

Total Soccer Academy and PRIDE teams have practice field priority (i.e., assigned field space each week).

Recreational teams may use the Johnny Downs Sports Complex, the O’Hearn Mathews Soccer Complex, or the Ward 9 Sports Plex for practices. Facilities are on a first-come, first-served basis.    Additional complexes may be added to Crossroads’ existing insurance policy by submitting an email request (director@cenlasoccer.com) that includes facility name and address.

Scrimmages may occur at Johnny Downs if fields are available, but teams should make a request in writing (email) to director@cenlasoccer.com at least 24 hours in advance to get approval.

During the season, lights will be turned on at O’Hearn every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evening. Teams needing lights for practice on other nights should make a request in writing (email) to director@cenlasoccer.com at least 24 hours in advance.