Rock Soccer Safety Procedures

Rock Soccer Club is committed to providing a safe environment for children and young adults can develop their soccer skills and enhance their love for the sport.  All players are to feel comfortable and welcome during this development.  The club has approved the following safety procedures designed to reduce safety risk.  Given the nature of the sport, it is not possible to establish procedures for all types of risk and players are reminded of the risk waivers signed during enrollment.  The Rock Soccer Board and Coaches reserve the right to interpret these procedures on a situational basis.

Kidsafe Focus

The Rock Soccer Club is member of the Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association (WYSA).  All coaches are licensed by WYSA which includes a biennial background check.  All coaches are required to maintain their WYSA license and those costs can be covered by the club.  All team managers and board members will undergo background checks biennially.  Biennially, the coaching staff and board review the parameters and guidelines of the Kidsafe program.  The RSC Vice President position is responsible to ensuring all aspects of the safety program and training are met by the end of the 4th week of every season.  In the event that a new coach cannot obtain his/her license due to class availability, the background check will be completed by the 4th week.  The status of all required training and background checks will be reported in the board meeting notes.

Concussions and Sports Injuries

Given the nature of the sport of soccer, all players are at risk to a range of injuries.  The coaches strive to create a safe environment for age specific drills and game play however injuries can and do occur.   It is essential that parents maintain current contact information with the coach and team manager in the unfortunate instance of an injury.  Many coaches have a first aid background and all coaches will participate in concussion awareness and protocol training bi-annually.  Out of the abundance of caution, the coaching staff reserve right and will remove players from games and practices due to their assessment of any actual or potential injuries.  For an acute injury the coaches will attempt to contact the parents but will transport/arrange for transport and treatment using the insurance information provided at the beginning of the season.

Parents are encouraged to review our website for more information on sports related concussions.  http://www.rocksoccerclub.org/concussion-information-and-other-rsc-player-documents/ 

Bullying

The Rock Soccer Club is committed to ensuring that children feel welcome in the club.  If any player feels like they are being bullied, it is to reported to the coach or a board members.  The disciplinary actions will be as follows: First offense – The coach or board members will talk to all the kids involved in the incident and a warning will be given.  The coach or board member will document the discussion and provided it to board.  Second offense – the coach or board members will let the child(ren) and the parents know that the bullying behavior occurred again including specific details.  Parents will be required to respond in writing to the coach or board member.  This exchange will be documented and provided to the board. Third offense – will result in a 1 game suspension.  Fourth offense – will result in removal from the league for the season.

 

Horseplay and Disruptive behavior

RSC desires the practice and game experiences to be fun and rewarding for all participants.  Excessive horeseplay or disruptive behavior interferes with the coaching staff’s ability to instruct and develop new skills while putting players at additional risk.  The disciplinary actions will be as follows: First offense – The coach will issue a verbal warning.  Second offense – The coach will ask the player to remove him/herself and sit down for 10 minutes.  Third offense – The coach will ask the player to sit out for the balance of the practice/game and the coach will have a conversation with the parents.  Further occurrences will be address by the coach and coaching director with the parents which could include removal for the season.

 

Code of Conduct: Player, Coach, and Referee Respect

 

The Rock Soccer Club is a member of the The Madison Area Youth Soccer Association (MAYSA).  We use an abide by the MAYSA Code of Ethics & Conduct is intended to help all stakeholders become the best they can be. MAYSA stakeholders include players, teams, parents, coaches, clubs and administrators. All are challenged to not only meet a high standard of sportsmanship, Fair Play and respect for the game but to set a high standard regardless of the actions or behavior of others. All participants are encouraged to be familiar with the FIFA Laws of the Game and any US Youth Soccer, Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association or MAYSA adaptations. In addition, all participants are expected to show the utmost respect to referees at all times and abide by MAYSA’s No Tolerance Policy for Referee Abuse (see Section 8 of Policies & Procedures). Participants need not agree with the decisions of referees but are fully expected to accept and abide by the decisions. No individual may confront a game official at halftime, during the game or post game for any reason other than to retrieve player pass cards, shake hands or say “thank you”.

 

Players & Teams

  1. Shall be respectful to opponents, game officials, spectators and the field of play itself before, during and after every training or match.
  2. Shall never use profane language, taunt opponents or attempt to injure an opponent in any manner.
  3. Shall embrace the Spirit of the Game and the joy of competition over winning and losing.
  4. Shall understand that the post-game handshake is an important symbol of sportsmanship & appreciation for the opponent and that it is mandatory.

 

Coaches

  1. All coaches and assistant coaches are required to have, and be capable of presenting to the game official, a Coach Pass issued by the Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association.
  2. Must have a strong understanding of the FIFA Laws of the Game and any adaptations.
  3. Shall emphasize the importance of participation, value of competition and player development over winning & losing.
  4. Shall be familiar with the following policies: Club Pass, use of Guest Players, and MAYSA’s No Recruitment Policy, as well as the Concussion Information provided on the player registration form and MAYSA website.
  5. Are responsible for the actions of their players and spectators before, during and after a match. Coaches are expected to consistently ensure a safe and supportive environment for players on both teams and referees.
  6. Shall be aware that only the team’s coach is permitted to provide feedback regarding referee performance. Referee feedback may be provided in a succinct and constructive manner via the maysa.org website on the feedback form provided. Links are also available at maysa.org.

 

Parents & Spectators

  1. Are encouraged to cheer for sportsmanship and good plays, no matter who makes them.
  2. Will abstain from the use of tobacco products and alcohol in the areas immediately surrounding the field of play, and will respect the rules of the practice and game venues generally.
  3. Will respect the team’s designated coach and minimize confusion among players by abstaining from  coaching from the sideline.
  4. Will interact in a cooperative and positive manner with the parents & spectators from the opposing team.
  5. Are encouraged to review MAYSA’s document on recommendations and guidelines to sideline behavior.

 

Club Administrators, Directors and Other Staff

  1. Will work cooperatively with MAYSA leadership and staff with respect to the registration of players, placement of teams, scheduling and other administrative duties.
  2. Will actively help MAYSA communicate its goals & policies and meet deadlines.
  3. Will promote the growth of soccer throughout MAYSA, irrespective of club affiliation.

Any players, coaches, parents or administrators who violate the MAYSA Code of Ethics & Conduct or its intent may be subject to any or all of the following: a formal/written warning, suspensions ranging from a single game to a lifetime ban or other sanctions at the discretion of MAYSA Competitive Committee.

 

MAYSA reserves the right to apply the “Common Sense Rule” to any actions by players, coaches, parents & spectators and club administrators which may not be specifically addressed by the Code of Ethics & Conduct. The MAYSA Board of Directors and Staff will also be expected to hold themselves accountable to the MAYSA Code of Ethics & Conduct.

 Grievance Procedure

Rock Soccer Club has established a written grievance procedure.  This procedure is to be referenced by parents and coaches in the event of a dispute regarding behavior, safety, conduct or any other complaint. RSC Grievance Procedure.