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cOMPETITIVE pROGRAM

Competitive Soccer Program

About the program

Nature Coast competitive soccer program is designed to provide a structured environment for athletes to develop their skills, physical abilities, and competitive mindset through organized and challenging gameplay. The ultimate goal of a competitive soccer program is to prepare athletes for success at a high level of competition, both in their immediate competitive environment and beyond.

The program's purpose is to develop and refine the athletes' technical, tactical, physical, and psychological abilities in soccer, with an emphasis on team play and individual growth. This is achieved through a comprehensive training regimen that includes regular practice sessions, tactical analysis, and competitive matches.

The goals of a competitive soccer program may vary depending on the specific age group or level of competition, but typically include:

  • Developing technical skills such as dribbling, passing, shooting, and ball control

  • Improving tactical understanding and decision-making abilities

  • Enhancing physical fitness, speed, agility, and endurance

  • Fostering a competitive spirit and a desire to win

  • Developing teamwork and communication skills

  • Providing opportunities for players to compete at a high level and showcase their abilities

  • Helping players to progress to higher levels of competition, such as regional or national teams or professional leagues.

Overall, the purpose of a competitive soccer program is to create an environment that challenges players to improve and excel, both individually and as a team. Through hard work, dedication, and a commitment to constant improvement, players can achieve success on the field and beyond.

Cost 

The current cost of participating in the competitive program for Nature Coast is $350.  This cost will be due shortly after being selected for the program.  The payment can be made in full, or installments set by the current board of directors.  Parents/players will also be responsible for the cost of uniforms.  These will need to be purchased through the Capelli team store.  Players can use the uniforms for multiple years if they still fit and there is not a change in uniforms by the league. The Jersey Kit will cost approximately $250. It will include 2 game jerseys, 2 practice jerseys, 2 pairs of shorts, 2 pairs of socks, and a backpack.  

If you have any challenges with making the payments, please contact the league registrar to discuss possible options available. 

Each team will participate in a minimum of two tournaments covered by the registration fee.

Team funds will be used by the discretion of the coach.  Funds typically cover items such as equipment, technical training offered by people outside of the club, referee fees, tournament fees, and fees paid to Nature Coast Soccer Club for administrative and maintenance purposes.

 

Player Commitment

Overall, player commitment is essential for building a successful competitive soccer team. When all players are fully committed to their roles and responsibilities, the team can achieve its goals and reach its full potential.

Player commitment is crucial for a successful competitive soccer team. When players join a competitive soccer team, they are making a commitment not only to themselves but also to their teammates, coaches, and the program as a whole. Here are some of the key aspects of player commitment for a competitive soccer team:

  • Attendance: Players should attend all scheduled practices, games, and team events unless there is a legitimate reason for their absence. They should communicate any planned absences with their coach or team manager in advance.

  • Punctuality: Players should arrive on time for all practices, games, and team events, ready to start on schedule. Late arrival can disrupt the team's preparation and can cause inconvenience to the coach and the other players.

  • Preparation: Players should come to practices and games with appropriate equipment, such as soccer cleats, shin guards, and appropriate clothing for the weather conditions. They should also be mentally prepared to give their best effort and focus on the task at hand.

  • Positive attitude: Players should maintain a positive attitude throughout the season, showing respect to their coaches, teammates, opponents, referees, parents, and all visiting members from other clubs. They should be supportive of their teammates and work collaboratively towards the team's goals.

 

Parent Commitment

Parents play a vital role in the success of a competitive soccer team. A parent's commitment to their child's participation in the team can directly impact the player's performance and the team's overall success. Here are some key aspects of parent commitment to a competitive soccer team:

  • Attendance: Parents should ensure that their child attends all scheduled practices, games, and team events. If there is a legitimate reason for absence, they should communicate with the coach or team manager in advance.

  • Punctuality: Parents should ensure that their child arrives on time for all practices, games, and team events. Late arrival can disrupt the team's preparation and can cause inconvenience to the coach and the other players.

  • Support: Parents should provide emotional support for their child throughout the season, encouraging them to work hard, learn from mistakes, and have fun. They should also be supportive of the coach and the team, volunteering their time and resources to help with team activities, such as organizing snacks or transportation.

  • Communication: Parents should communicate regularly with the coach or team manager, asking questions, and providing feedback as necessary. They should also keep the coach informed of any concerns or issues that may affect their child's participation or performance.

  • Respect: Parents should show respect to the coach, the other players, and their families, regardless of differences in opinions or backgrounds. They should model good sportsmanship and encourage their child to do the same.

  • Finances: Parents should be responsible for paying any fees or expenses associated with their child's participation in the team, such as registration fees, uniform costs, or travel expenses. They should also be proactive in communicating any financial concerns with the coach or team manager.

  • Field Behavior: Parents may not enter the field at any point during the game even if their child is injured.  Parents may not go to the players sideline during the game unless permission is granted by the coach.

 

Nature Coast Competitive Season Games

Teams are selected after tryouts have concluded usually in early May.  At that point the coach will communicate practice schedules and the regular season game schedule when they have the information available.  Historically, high school aged competitive players start their regular season games in late August and younger players start games in Mid-Late October.  The exact number of games is set by FYSA depending on the number of teams in each regional division.  Half of the regular season games will be home and half away.

  • The expectation is that players will arrive for all scheduled games 1 hour prior to game time. 

  • Players are not allowed to wear jewelry.

  • Players must have both their home and away uniform at ALL games.  If uniform colors are too similar the referee can require a team to change before the start of the game.

  • Players must come to the field dressed in the team uniform, shin guards, and cleats.  They will also need to bring water.  Shin guards must be touching the players skin and in cold weather the players jersey must be the top layer.  Socks must be showing if the player is wearing pants.

  • Players/Parents must notify the coach as soon as possible if their child is sick, injured, or unable to compete for any other reason.

  • Playing time is earned by participating in all training sessions.  Attendance can affect the amount of playing time the player receives.  There is no minimum playing time.

Releasing of a player:  A player my be released from the team/club at anytime and must be done in writing.  If a player asked to be released anytime between June 10th to November 30th, such request will be granted provided the player has met all the team/clubs financial obligations and has paid the termination fee of $250.  After December 1st the team/club does not have to release the player.

 

Tournaments

Each team will be registered in the FYSA Commissioners Cup or similar tournament.

Each team will play in two tournaments.  Additional tournaments could require fundraising, sponsorship, or additional costs to the families. 

 

General Rules and Regulations

U9 & U10 – 7 v 7 including a goalkeeper

 U11 & U12 - 9 v 9 including a goalkeeper.

U13 and above - 11 v 11 including a goalkeeper

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