Faribault Soccer Association
Approved August 30, 2015
Mission of the Faribault Soccer Association
The missions of the Faribault Soccer Association (referred to as FSA) focuses on the best interest of all youth participants in soccer. FSA helps all youth participants develop their skills as soccer players to the best of their capabilities and to gain an appreciation of the game of soccer as a team player. FSA strives to inspire youthful participants with the fundamental principles of teamwork and fair play, while having a focus on fun.
Board of Directors
The Faribault Soccer Association, we be managed by a Board of Directors, consisting of nine members, each serving 3 year terms. Members are elected at the annual members meeting in October. A calendar year for soccer is November 1 – October 31. Terms of the members of the Board of Directors are staggered so that one-third of the total Board of Directors are elected each year.
Officers to the Board of Directors are elected annually. Officer positions are:
President – Vice President – Secretary – Treasurer
As a member of the Board of Directors, attendance to Board Meetings is important and critical. If a member finds their schedule not allowing them for regular attendance at meetings, and misses a minimum of four (4) in a one-year period, that member will be asked to reaffirm their commitment or resign their position.
Meetings are open to anyone involved within the association. The Board respectfully requests that any visitor wishing to attend a meeting, call the Secretary to be placed on the agenda prior to the meeting date. Visitors will be allowed a maximum of approximately 15 minutes to discuss their item. The meeting will then continue with the normal agenda format. If the item presented by a visitor requires Board action, such action will take place after the visitors have been excused from the meeting.
Annual Meeting Coordinate Team Managers
Fundraising League Representative
Volunteers Team Pictures
Team Selection Process
The Board of Directors will determine the number of teams each year. Teams will be determined each year following the annual registration.
Players will be required to register at the level with their age, at July 31st of each year. The MYSA fields teams on an age basis, with travel teams starting at the U9 (under 9) age and upwards. In the event that multiple teams can be created at specific level, the Board of Directors, in coordination with the coaching staff(s), will determine how to split the players into multiple teams. Due to strict roster guidelines by the MYSA, registration will be limited to a set period of time. Players registering during that timeframe will have the first opportunity to make a team’s roster, over players attempting to register after the registration period. If the number of players registering during the registration period exceeds the limit for one team but does not allow for the creation of multiple teams, the Board of Directors will determine a tryout policy for those players that registered on time to determine which players will complete the roster. It will be up to the coaching staff to decide if the team will over roster players, as this may have a negative impact on the success of the team.
Player Movement Policy
It is the goal of the Faribault Soccer Association (FSA) to give every child who has a desire to play soccer the opportunity to do so. In order to accomplish this we have adopted a policy for players playing on teams outside of their age groups.
ALL DECISIONS MADE BY THE BOARD ARE FINAL
Note: If a player is moved-up to the next level for any reason, that player will need to register the following year at the age appropriate level for that year. A one – year move up does not guarantee moving up in subsequent years.
Playing up (guest players for individual games)
The Grievance Process is intended to provide parents, volunteers, employees and independent contractors access to a process by which complaints, disputes, or other significant concerns can be addressed, reviewed and/or resolved. This process is intended to provide individuals a forum to communicate with the FSA when all other attempts to resolve an issue have failed. Player conduct, attendance, swearing, attitude and other minor items should be handled through team rules:
The Faribault Soccer Association is an all-volunteer organization that relies entirely upon players, parents and friends of the FSA to support and carry out our mission. The success and quality of our program is directly dependent upon each individual's commitment to volunteer in some capacity. Volunteers are our greatest assets and equally important as the financial support we receive through player fees, fundraising and charitable contributions.
Volunteers are needed in the following areas and capacities:
Without adequate volunteer support, our program would suffer which would result in a less than desirable soccer experience for our sons/daughters. Parents are encouraged to seek out opportunities to volunteer. This will give your sons and daughters the most meaningful experience and increase their enjoyment of the game of soccer.
Registration and Player Fees
A general registration will be held for all interested youth. All players must be registered and paid in full by the uniform try on day, unless other arrangements have been made and approved by the Board. Any requests to register a player after the deadline will be considered on a case by case by the Board. The Faribault Soccer Association wants to give any youth who wants to, the opportunity to play soccer. If a family is under financial hardship, payment plans and scholarships may be available. Any Board Member can put a family in contact with the Scholarship Sub-Committee. This Sub-Committee will assist the family with setting up a payment plan for the player(s) as well as help submit a completed Scholarship application. Scholarships are available on a limited basis, with player, team, age level and family maximums. Additional volunteerism will be required in lieu of scholarship assistance. Failure to meet the volunteer requirement could jeopardize future scholarship opportunities.
Board Members, Team Managers, Coaches, Assistant Coaches, and other association volunteers will pay all fees in full and are credited with volunteer hours of service. Special situations may exist, as determined by the Board, which may impact specific fees for players.
Occasionally a player may need to withdraw from soccer for some reason once the season has begun. We recognize that this may happen and we will work with the families to refund them a portion of the fees paid. This includes injuries, illness and family hardships. Any requests for refunds must be made in writing to the attention of the FSA Board of Directors, and it will be taken into consideration at the next scheduled Board meeting. Fees will be refunded on a pro-rated basis depending on when the request is made and costs incurred. All refunds will be considered on an individual basis and all factors will be considered.
It is the Coach’s responsibility to communicate the following to the parents as soon as possible after team selection has been finalized.
1. State your goals and objectives for the coming season.
2. Explanation of expected behavior from players.
3. Discuss desired means of communication between coaches, players, and parents.
4. Discuss planned tournament schedule (number, dates, and locations).
Team Managers Responsibilities
1. In most programs, field time is very valuable because of its limited availability and the number of teams needing it. Obviously, more hours would be great, but perhaps a more practical solution is to make the best possible use of the hours you have. Most important is advance planning by the coach. Plan your practice before you arrive at the field and write it down. This simple, but important, step will do much to insure a successful practice.
2. Be sure you are on the field and leave the field at the proper time.
3. Players are required to wear shin-guards and cleats.
4. Insist that team members attend all practices unless they have a valid excuse. Players should notify their coach or team manager when they will be absent.
5. Only coaches should carry out practice sessions. No extra players should be allowed to practice unless authorized by the head coach.
The FSA provides funds for each team to participate in tournaments in a given season. The FSA will allocate a fixed amount to be used for each team on a yearly basis. Additional tournaments may be attended, but the cost will be divided by all members of the team, regardless as to their participation in the tournament.
The FSA will pay for any District, Regional or State Tournament that teams qualify for during the season. This currently applies to the U11 and above teams for both boys and girls.
Teams are responsible to pay for any additional tournaments that they choose to play. At times this can be a considerable amount due to high registration fees and additional costs of gate fees, hotel rooms, and other travel fees. Teams need to discuss the amount of tournaments that they want to play each season and come to an amount that all families are comfortable with. Other options should be considered when scheduling games such as traveling to a town for a two game series to reduce the cost.
CODES OF CONDUCT
This Code is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of association rules. Soccer players registered to play on a team under the auspices of the Faribault Soccer Association are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that is respectful of others and reflects positively on the association and the Faribault community. All FSA members and spectators are expected to use good judgment and common sense in their behavior consistent with social standards of conduct normally expected in youth athletic settings.
Player’s Code of Conduct:
Consistent with the Association’s core values (listed above), each and every player registered with the Association should:
Parent’s Code of Conduct:
Coaches’ Code of Conduct:
FSA Coaches and Managers will agree to the following…
my players and will maintain my personal integrity and dignity at all times.
refrain from their use at all games, exhibitions, practices and events. I will never coach a
game or conduct a practice under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
behavior or conduct, at any time.
playing fair and doing their best, regardless of the outcome of the game.
physical or verbal abuse in youth sports.
one. I will place the well being of every player above my personal desire to win. I will be
humble in victory and gracious in defeat.
players basic skills, techniques and strategies, and will give all my players the opportunity to
improve their skills, gain confidence and develop self-esteem at practice and in games.
players, colleagues, opponents, parents and spectators.
never dispute, challenge or excessively argue any decisions made by them, or confront any
referee or league official at the field before, during or after the game.
abide by the rules and guidelines, I will be subject to disciplinary action by
FSA that could include, but is not limited to the following:
„hƒnRemoval from program
In the event a situation rises which calls for interpretation, FSA will take into account the best
interest of each athlete, the entire team, the Faribault Soccer Association, and the integrity of the soccer game. FSA board decision will be final.
Player and Adult Guidelines
For the purposes of this document, we will define ADULT as those persons in their roles as coach, assistant coach, board member, team manager or volunteer who works with, for or around PLAYERS. This would include anyone older than the age group they are interacting with; for example, a 15-year old assistant coach of a U-11 team would be considered an ADULT for the purposes of these Guidelines.
PLAYER defines all persons who are members of or play on a soccer team. This definition does include those players who participate at the U-19 level, even though they may be of legal age.
In the example of the 15-year old assistant coach: if s/he is also a rostered participant on a U-16 or higher team, that person is also subject to the guidelines applicable to a PLAYER.
These guidelines recognize that the lines of authority and separation between adults and players must be recognized and respected. Generally, players are children and as such, deserve special protection. These guidelines provide that protection while setting levels of acceptable conduct for adults.
ADULTS must be aware that any physical contact with PLAYERS can be misinterpreted. Physical contact should be limited to that necessary and appropriate to teach a skill, treat an injury, or console or congratulate a player. In the instance of teaching a skill, minimal contact should be involved and none which places the ADULT in a position of power and/or intimidation; for example, taking a PLAYER by the shoulders and physically moving them to another field or body position.
Sexual contact of any kind or type is prohibited between ADULTS and PLAYERS, whether or not contact is consensual. [The exemption to this guideline would be in the event of player/coach spouses or legally-declared domestic partners.]
ADULTS should not socialize or spend time alone with PLAYERS except at games, practices, or team functions. An ADULT in a one-on-one situation with a PLAYER is generally inappropriate.
ADULTS should avoid instances such as driving alone with a non-family PLAYER. However, in the event that a PLAYER remains on a field waiting for transportation, the ADULT should wait with the PLAYER on the field to guarantee the PLAYER’S safety and well-being. (ADULTS should stress with their PLAYERS’ parents the responsibility for safe and timely transportation to and from the field.)
During out-of-town tournaments, a non-parent/custodian ADULT shall not share any sleeping arrangements with a PLAYER or PLAYERS.
ADULTS should respect the privacy of PLAYERS. If shower or changing room facilities are available, schedules should be arranged so that ADULTS and PLAYERS have separate use. If using a changing room, ADULTS should provide privacy for PLAYERS to make necessary preparations before entering for pre/post-game discussions. In addition, ADULTS should not allow others to enter except by the expressed wish of the PLAYERS still present.
ADULTS share the responsibility for the PLAYERS’ health while at practices, scrimmages, and games. ADULTS should have PLAYERS’ release forms and medical kits with them at all times. ADULTS are also responsible for seeing that the field conditions are safe for the PLAYERS and that the field equipment is in good, safe condition prior to the start of any activity.
Head injuries resulting in disorientation should result in a PLAYER remaining out of the game.
ADULTS transporting players must model safe driving techniques and enforce seat belt use with PLAYERS and other vehicle occupants.
ADULTS need to be aware of signs of neglect and abuse (physical, emotional, or sexual) of the PLAYERS. Observations should be reported to the local law enforcement agency.
Offensive and insulting language by ADULTS or PLAYERS is unacceptable. ADULTS should model good communication skills.
Language that is denigrating in nature, content or tone or refers to one’s gender, race, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or religion is unacceptable.
Inappropriate language targeting officials, opponents, or spectators may be grounds for PLAYER penalties or ADULTS’ removal from the game and/or the premises.
Follow current Minnesota State High School League Protocol.
Faribault Soccer Association is a Non-profit organization that relies on donations from corporate sponsors as well as member fundraising. We need these funds to continue to keep player fees to a minimum as well as develop a program that will last into the future.
The following rules will apply to all fundraising that is done for the benefit of the Faribault Soccer Association or it's members. All money collected through any type of fundraising MUST be turned into the Faribault Soccer Association. FSA is tax exempt and Non-profit.
Any donation of goods (i.e. shirts, water bottles) of $250 or more must have a value assigned to the donation. All donations must be reported to the Board.
The board must approve all fundraiser before they begin. Present your plan at a board meeting in person (preferably in writing)
The Faribault Soccer Association has been approved as a 501(c)(3) organization. This designation means that the FSA is both exempt from paying Federal and Minnesota taxes and the donations given to the FSA are normally deductible on the donor's Federal and state tax returns. However, there are several situations where a contribution to FSA might not be deductible. We need to keep these situations in mind when designing out fundraising efforts.