No partial or prorated refunds will be granted for sessions a participant is absent from due to illness, vacation, or any other event that precludes their attendance. Refunds will be granted if you move out of Denver county prior to the start of the season or if your child is unable to participate due to an injury sustained before the start of the season. No refunds will be granted for injuries sustained after the season starts. Refunds before the start of the season, as defined by the first scheduled game/session, and requested in writing will be made minus any expenses already incurred, will be subject to a minium $25-$50 processing fee and must be approved by the Executive Director. All requests for refunds will be directed to the Program Director. No refunds will be granted for previous seasons for any reasons. If your child is not placed on a team, a full refund will be issued. No refunds will be granted after the second scheduled game/session for any reason. No refunds for players who have violated the Player Code of Conduct.
Recreational Games will not be refunded or credited due to games not having a referee. This policy is in effect due to the referee shortage. Parents and coaches may need to volunteer to ref recreational games. Skyline will supply guidelines on how to ref so the volunteers can be more successful.
Right to Refuse Policy
Skyline Soccer Association reserves the right to refuse any participants for any reason.
Failure to Place
Registration of your child, at any time of the registration process, does not guarantee a place in the Program. As we do our best to give as many players the ability to play as possible, there may be instances where your child will be turned away. Such instances include, but are not limited to, the inability to run the program due to lack of players, late registrations, unsuccessful payments, and missing payment deadlines.
Payment Policy | All Programs
– Fees must be paid in full to be placed on a team.
Game Cancellation Policy
Games should not be cancelled without consent from the Skyline program director.
Games will only be cancelled by the Skyline organization for the following reasons:
1. Unsafe playing conditions, including lightning or heavy rain before or during a or game.
Games will not be cancelled for:
1. Cold weather
2. Travel distances
Competitive Teams will be charged the $100 reschedule fee from CSA.
Game Reschedule Procedures
How do you know games are cancelled?
If you think games may be cancelled you can do the following:
1. View the Skyline home page to see if Skyline home fields are open.
2. Call the Skyline Soccer Weather Line at 720.317.2882.
3. If you are the away team and think your game may be canceled, view the opposing clubs website or call the number of the club you are playing against as.
What do you need to do if your game is cancelled for weather?
1. Confirm with the opposing coach that the game is cancelled.
2. Notify your players.
What if you need to cancel your game for other reasons?
After confirming with the other coach, the club office, and your players, you MUST do the following:
1. If you are assigned to put nets up or take the nets down, you need to contact the Skyline program director to tell them they will need to take care of nets that day.
What if you don’t do this?
If you fail to notify the club office at least 48 hours before the regularly scheduled time, you will need to provide cash to pay the referees at your make up game.
How do you reschedule a HOME game?
All notifications must occur one week before the date of the rescheduled game.
1. Call or email your program director at Skyline (303.691.5662) for field availability.
2. Contact the opposing coach to determine a day and time for make up game.
3. Notify the club office of the date, field and time you have chosen with 72 hours.
4. Confirm date wtih opposing once Skyline has approved the rescheduled game.
How do you reschedule an AWAY game?
1. Your coach will need to contact the opposing team or club to have them reshedule the game on the away team’s field and availabilty.
Practice Cancellation Policy
Practices can be cancelled, rescheduled, or postponed by the coach for reasons pertinent to their specific team.
Practices will only be cancelled by the Skyline Organization for the following reasons:
1. Unsafe playing conditions, including lightning or heavy rain before or during a practice.
Practices will not be cancelled for:
1. Cold weather
2. Hot weather
3. Heavy winds
Competitive Team/Player Placement
Each player will be notified via telephone of her/his team placement before, during, or within 72 hours after the last tryout. Families should be ready to respond immediately to 24 hours, once an invitation is made to join a Select team.
A minimum of $300 is due at the time of acceptance onto a Competitive team.
Evaluation will be based on technical, tactical, physical and psychological ability.
Players within the club will be evaluated in three ways:
1. Skyline Staff will be on fields during Saturday matches watching U10 and above games. These evaluations will be used in to enhance our selection criteria during tryouts.
2. Skyline Volunteer Coaches/Jr Select trainers have communication with the Skyline staff about their players on each coaches respective team in regards to player participation, technical ability, tactical ability, ability to follow instructions, and each players willingness to learn.
3. Each individual will have evaluations conducted by members of the Skyline Staff while participating in small sided and large sided games. The Staff’s evaluations will be used to determine each player’s placement.
Competitive players will be given a Player/Parent Handbook at team meetings after tryouts.
Competitive and Jr. Select Full-Year Registration Policy
Competitive and Jr. Select registrations are for a full year, fall through spring. All fees are required to be paid prior to December 31st of the fall season. When registering for the Jr. Select and Competitive program, registrants are committed to a full year with Skyline Soccer Association. If the particpant wants to change organizations between the fall and spring season, Skyline Soccer Association has the right to refuse the transfer, but will not unreasonably hold a player if all fees are paid and a transfer does not significantly harm the current team’s ability to finish the spring season.
Sideline Behavior Policy
Skyline’s has a zero tolerance policy in respect to sideline and coaching behavior. Its motto is WHEN IN DOUBT LET THEM PLAY! Excessive coaching from the sidelines by parents is to be strongly discouraged and only positive reinforcement should be provided to our players by coaches and sideline spectators. It is Skyline’s policy that continued violations of this rule will result in the removal of the individuals from the organization.
Parents/Guardians are expected to be positive role models while on the sidelines during games and practices. There will be ZERO TOLERANCE regarding any interactions from the parents to the referees, coaches, players, or visiting parents. Disciplinary actions will be taken if there are any issues.
Artificial noisemakers are permissible, subject to the discretion of the referee or on-site Skyline staff. If the referee or on-site Skyline staff determines in his or her opinion that an artificial noisemaker is interfering with the administration of the game, the referee shall remove the item(s) before play can continue.
Whistles, air horns, vuvuzelas, cowbells, and electronic amplifiers are prohibited.
Parent Code of Conduct
As a parent/guardian of Skyline Soccer Association player, I agree that:
I will respect the rights, dignity and worth of every player, regardless of their abilities, gender, religion or cultural background
I will not question or criticize the the official’s judgement and remember they are part of the game and will make mistakes as players do
I will respect the decision of coaches, officials and club administrators and teach my player to do likewise
I will focus on and encourage the efforts and performance of all players
I will remember that children learn best by modeling- I will recognize and reward good performance and good attitude by all players
I will remember it’s NOT winning at all cost but hard work and learning that matter
I will remember that my player participates in the sport for their own enjoyment, not mine
I will respect and show appreciation for the coaches who give their time to provide sport activities for my child, understanding that I have a responsiblity to be a part of my child’s development
I will raise any issues or concerns with my players coach or club staff, whichever is appropriate
I will report any inappropriate actions by my players coach, trainer or other adult to the clubs leadership
I will not treat any player in an unfair, unjust, or discriminatory manner
I will not allow my player to play hurt
I agree to honor the game.
Player Code of Conduct
- Attend all practices, games, and team functions
- Be on time. 15 minutes before practice starts and 60 min before games
- Notify the coach in advance if unable to attend or going to be late or leave early
- Respect the game, the officials and the rules
- Respect opponents and spectators in language and actions
- Be a good winner, show respect and class
- Be gracious in defeat, acknowledge opponents victory and don’t blame others for loss
- Exhibit a positive, never quit, winning attitude. Practice on your own
- Abide by coach’s decision on playing time and position
- Speak positively of your coaches, teammates, and yourself
- Approach the coach first with problems or concerns about soccer, the team and you as the player. Do such in a respectful and contributing manner
Players will not:
- Use profane or vulgar language
- Use drugs other than prescribed by a physician
- Drink alcoholic beverages, or use tobacco products
- Leave a game field, training session, or team function without informing the coach
- Disrespect themselves, officials, coaches or teammates. Bully others (see below)
* We (Skyline Soccer) are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all soccer participants so they can learn the game of soccer and the skills necessary to participate in a fun, positive and secure atmosphere. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable and will not be tolerated at any practice, game or Skyline sanctioned event associated with our soccer program. If bullying is reported to any parent or player, they should immediately report the incident to their respective coach or age group coordinator who will ensure the complaint is investigated and dealt with promptly and effectively.
*Bullying is defined as conduct, gestures or comments which are insulting, intimidating, humiliating, hurtful, malicious, degrading or otherwise offensive to a player, group of players or teammates, which create a hostile or intimidating environment. Bullying is harassment, intimidation by means of any gesture, any written, verbal or physical act, or any electronic communication, whether it be a single incident or a series of incidents that results in pain and distress to the victim.
- Tournaments must be approved by the age group Director of Coaching prior to tournament registration
- After receiving approval, the team Manager and Coach should work together to ensure the travel plans are well communicated and best deals are found.
Travel Tournament Team Expense:
- All players will participate in team tournaments. Players not attending are still responsible for their proportionate share of tournament expenses; tournament entry fee and coach travel expense.
- All team expenses are divided equally between all players on the roster. Expenses include, but are not limited to; tournament entry fee, and coach travel including lodging, transportation and meals.
- Guest players will pay 50% of the fee charged to rostered players (expense for tournament entry and coach travel). Guest players must be informed of financial responsibility when invited to participate.
- If the team agrees on having chaperones for the tournament, the chaperones travel expenses (lodging and transportation) are also shared equally by each player including guest players.
In State Tournament Team Expense:
- All players will pay equal share of tournament entry fee and associated tournament expenses, including players not attending.
- For tournaments over 40 miles from our Home field (Kennedy), team players will equally pay for mileage reimbursement for coach. Mileage is reimbursed at the official IRS rate.
Travel & Flight Arrangements
When possible, teams must travel together. When flight arrangements are made, they will be made as a team. The players and coach are expected to travel together unless there are extenuating circumstances that don’t allow an individual to travel with their team. Coach flight will be the same rate as team players flight and cost is split among team.
Teams should attempt to travel as early as possible to get settled in hotel and have a training session and team meeting to cover expectations.
All players and coach will stay at the same hotel. Standard room rate is acceptable. Coaches will stay in the same room level/expense as team and this is the rate that will be covered by the team.
Meal & Gas Arrangement
Coaches will have a $45 a day food per diem. Mileage reimbursement is for travel over 40 miles from Home field location (Kennedy) and is reimbursed at the official IRS rate.
Team Manager Duties
Team managers are an integral part in the overall success of how teams function. Team managers are a volunteer position to assist coaches with the following…
- Establishing a clear system of communication with players and parents. This communication includes but isn’t limited to; practice time and location, practice changes, game schedule and game changes, additional training information, tournaments and an additional point of contact for families to share their attendance, ect.
- Works with Club to make sure team is staying in compliance with league, state and tournament regulations.
- Ensures that all information and materials from the Club and coach are distributed to team in a timely manner.
- The responsibility of team manager is one of facilitator. The team manager is not a coach and should direct all parent and player concerns to team coach. Issue regarding individual players, policies or clubs directions should be directed to appropriate Skyline staff or coach.
- Team manager may also be responsible to report scores for home games.
- Team manager may also be responsible to sign up and collect team fees for tournaments.
Please note, the above list is not a complete list of Team Manager duties. We encourage Team Manager and Coaches have a meeting prior to the start of season to discuss roles and responsibilities. Every coach is different and some prefer to do more or less than others.
Skyline will support team managers by answering questions and sending resources/information to assist as we can. We greatly appreciate Team Managers and the time they put in to support their teams.
At Skyline Soccer, we want to ensure our players are provided the safest environment possible. As such, Skyline is incorporating a Concussion Policy to educate Skyline members about concussions, help prevent concussions from occurring, and identify when a concussion may have taken place.
Per Colorado Senate Law 11-040 passed on March 14, 2011 and put into effect January 1, 2012, youth coaches need to be educated about concussions. It is MANDATORY for all competitive coaches to have completed a concussion training module and have a certificate of completion on file to be updated annually. We strong encourage and send concussion training resources to all non-competitive coaches.
Here are the guidelines Skyline Soccer encourages coaches, players, and families to follow:
1.Learn about concussions! -The athlete, family, and coach should be familiar with the signs and symptoms of a concussion.
2. Identify the signs and symptoms of a concussion – As a member of the sports community; we must recognize the signs of a concussion and check to see if the player is experiencing symptoms of a concussion.
3. ‘When in doubt, take the player out.’ – It is best practice to remove the player from competition if there are signs and/or symptoms a concussion has occurred.
4. Do not let the player return – The player should not return to competition until he or she is evaluated by a medical physician and cleared to play. If a coach or Skyline staff suspects the player is still exhibiting symptoms, they can and will keep the player from activity and request the caregivers get the child examined.
5. Monitor recovery – Players who have experienced a concussion should be allowed to return to participate on a gradual basis or will a medical release from Primary care physician. Player’s should continue to be monitored with the goal that the player will eventually return to full participation at an individual pace. Not all concussions are the same
If a Skyline staff, coach or referee deems a player as having a potential concussion, they are within their right to remove the player from the game. Parents may not override the decision until they have their player evaluated by a physician and released to play.
When a parent registers their player, they agree to the following:
If my child is diagnosed with a concussion during a Skyline Soccer activity or during any other activity, including those outsdie of Skyline Socccer, or if my player has a prior head injury, I will inform my childs coach of such diagnosis prior to the start of the season or before my child returns to play.
Parents and coaches need to be aware of lightning in the area. If lightning is seen, games and practices should be cancelled and/or postponed. If games are past halftime when it is cancelled, it is considered a full game. If games are cancelled before halftime, the game may be made up in its entirety. The head referee does not need concurrence from both coaches to postpone or delay the match.
When thunderheads are building up:
If your skin tingles or your hair stands on the end, a lightning strike may be about to happen. Crouch down on the balls of your feet with your feet close together. Keep your hands on your knees and lower your head. Get as low as possible without touching your hands or knees to the ground.
DO NOT LIE DOWN!
Avoid proximity (minimum of 15 ft.) to other people.
Avoid being the highest object in any area.
If you are on land, find a low spot away from trees, metal fences, pipes, tall or long objects.
If you are in the woods, look for an area of shorter trees. Crouch down away from tree trunks.
Don’t carry anything metal or graphite.
If lightning is seen, games and practices should be cancelled and/or postponed 30 minutes from the last seen lightning strike.
When activities are suspended, the following individuals shall be responsible for the safety of personnel:
1. The head coach is responsible for players and other team personnel
2. Game management is responsible for spectators and support personnel
3. The senior official is responsible for the officiating crew.
Colorado Youth Soccer KIDSAFE Program
By Randy Greenwood CYS Executive Board
What is the KIDSAFE Program? US Youth Soccer has adopted the KIDSAFE Program to promote the health, safety and protection of players in the game of soccer. Colorado Youth Soccer (CYS) and affiliated Clubs have adopted this policy as a matter of governance within the United States Soccer Federation. Even though adoption of the policy is a matter of governance, the practices set forth within the KIDSAFE Program just make good sense.
KIDSAFE promotes the position that reasonable efforts will be taken by Members of USSF, USYSA, CYS and affiliated Clubs to exclude from program responsibilities any person with a legally documented history of child molestation or other record that would bring an unnecessary risk to the health and safety of the program participants.
CYS has adopted a program which requires all coaches, administrators and employees to agree to be subject to a legally sensitive background check before or during the program’s operations. Persons wishing to apply for a position of coach or program administrator within US Youth Soccer, CYS or affiliated Clubs must complete an Employment/Volunteer Disclosure Statement. The information contained within this form is utilized to complete a formal background check of the applicant/volunteer’s history. When background checks yield problems areas additional information is collected and a decision made on retention of the individual. Any person applying for employment/volunteer position within CYS or affiliated Clubs that is found with a legally documented history of child molestation is immediately released. The person’s name and documented history is entered into a State, Region and National data base to prevent the person from applying at another Club.
Although background checks are effective to identify repeated offenders, they are not “fail safe.” Background checks identify those that have been charged and convicted. To address this, the KIDSAFE Program instills education to create a culture of safety from the bottom up. We all have roles in promoting the concepts of KIDSAFE. Education of the risk is based on the following personality traits:
• The fixated, seductive pedophile – may be fixated on age, type. Creates relationships with child and parents. Manipulative.
• Molester – the “nightmare.” May watch and wait. May look for unsupervised children. Not connected with the team. Parents must challenge strangers looking at their children
• Sexual Exploiter – preys on older players. May make sexual behavior part of team culture.
KIDSAFE Basics are segmented into three categories; Coaches, parents and players.
Coaches Education – understanding the basic KIDSAFE role of the coach.
• Coaches should never be alone with a player. Always have another adult or player with you.
• Don’t allow yourself to become a “baby sitter.” Parents have the responsibility to be timely with their player. • Proper conduct with players is essential. Setting a good example provides both soccer and life learning experiences for both parents and players.
• Establish a “buddy system” for players in unfamiliar environments. This applies to training, home/away match sites and tournaments. Players should not be left “on their own” in unfamiliar surroundings.
• Coaches should always keep clear boundaries between adults and players
Parents Education – understanding the basic KIDSAFE role of the parent.
• Have an open dialogue with your children – let them know you respect & believe them.
• Don’t use your coach/team as a babysitter; be accountable to ensure your player is taken to and picked up for training and games without relying on the coach.
• Help your coach be safe. Be there, but don’t interfere.
• Be aware of surroundings and people around your children.
• Talk to your child about the responsibility to behave and then look in the mirror and talk to yourself about the responsibility to behave.
• Don’t compromise your child’s safety.
• Keep clear boundaries between adults and players.
Player Education – understanding the basic KIDSAFE role of the player.
• Trust your instincts – if it doesn’t feel right, leave.
• Use the “buddy system” in unfamiliar environments.
• It’s okay to tell your parents of uncomfortable situations with adults, regardless of who the adult is – Darkness to Light concept.
• Hold your parents responsible and accountable to ensure you’re picked up from practice and other events on time!
• Respect the game & everyone involved in it.
• It is okay to say “no.”
• Keep clear boundaries between adults and players.
Watch for more information on KIDSAFE and Risk Management in future Goal Post Scripts. Our Goal is to create a culture of safety from the bottom up.
Colorado Youth Soccer KIDSAFE Risk Management Warning Signs Protecting the Player from the Pedophile
As a member of US Youth Soccer, Colorado Youth Soccer (CYS) and affiliated Clubs have adopted the KIDSAFE Program to exclude from program responsibilities any person with a legally documented history of child molestation. Coaches, administrators and employees agree to a legally sensitive backgroundcheck before or during the program’s operations. Although background checks are effective to identify convicted offenders, they are not “fail safe” in preventing the potential pedophile or the one who hasn’t been caught. To this point, KIDSAFE instills education to create a culture of safety from the bottom up. Suspect Adult Behaviors – Warning Signs
The behaviors below were summarized from Stop If Now, a national non‐profit organization that focuses on the prevention of sexual abuse against children. For more information visit their website at www.stopitnow.org. The adult:
• Often has a “special” player, maybe a different one from season to season
• Spends most of his/her spare time with player(s) and shows little interest in spending time with someone their own age
• Encourages silence and secrets with players
• Shares personal or private information or activities with the player
• Has secret interactions with specific players
• Spends excessive time to emailing, text messaging or calling the player
• Insists on or manages to spend uninterrupted time alone with the player
• Seems “too good to be true”, i.e. takes player(s) on “special” outings without other adults
Prevention Tips Ralston House Child Advocacy Center is a non‐profit organization in Jefferson County that assisted over 600 abused children in 2008. Ralston House suggests the following prevention tips. • Note if one‐on‐one activities are open and observable • Stay and observe a practice session or two • Parents, talk to your player; check in to see how the training session went • Players, talk to your parents; is an adult making you uncomfortable or pushing personal boundaries • Pay attention; is your player uncomfortable being around a certain adult • Trust your instincts
Soccer is a great sport driven by passion and dedication of those who administrate, coach, volunteer and play. KIDSAFE compliments that passion and dedication by closing the door on a small minority of society who could utilize the sport for possible risk of sexual abuse to the player.
Player/Parent Release of Liability/Medical Release
Upon registration, all parents and guardians must agree to the following authorization and release of liability policy in order for their participant(s) to play within Skyline Soccer Association:
AUTHORIZATION AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY
I, the parent or guardian of the named child, authorize the participation of my child in the Skyline Soccer Association (hereafter called Club) athletic program (hereafter called Program). I understand that this Program is a nonprofit sports program for youth and that my childs participation is voluntary and not essential to completion of requirements of any program, school or government agency. I understand that the Program is conducted by the Club and its volunteers and staff, including parents of other participating children. I further understand and agree that my childs participation in athletic and other activities of the Program necessarily involves the risk of injury and even death from various causes, including but not limited to accidents, falls, strenuous and prolonged physical activity, dehydration, illness, collision or dispute with other participants, weather related injuries, playing area and equipment defects, and negligence of coaches and referees. On behalf of my child, me, and my family, I assume these risks. In consideration of the privilege of my childs participation in the Program, and on behalf of my child and me as parent/guardian, I hereby release, discharge, hold harmless and indemnify, and covenant not to sue, the Club, and all of the Club’s directors, officers, benefactors, employees, volunteers, insurers, agents and representatives, and all other persons associated with the Program (including without limitation any other participating organizations, sponsors, parents, vendors, coaches, officials, teams and other game and event workers, officials, drivers, and organizations) as to any and all claims of my child, me and other family members for personal injuries suffered by my child, property damage, medical expenses, and economic loss arising directly or indirectly out of my childs participation in the Program, and any first aid, medical care or treatment provided to my child in the event my child is injured or becomes ill while participating in Program activities, and excepting claims that may not be released under applicable law. This Release of Liability shall be as broadly construed as allowed by law to include all claims and rights that the child, that I as parent/guardian, and that other family members may have. I am a legally responsible parent or guardian of my child. If any provision of this Release of Liability is deemed invalid, the remaining provisions shall remain in full force and effect. This Release of Liability shall be binding on me, my family, heirs, next of kin, legal representatives, beneficiaries, successors and assigns. I hereby authorize the Club to use, reproduce, distribute, display, and to license others to use, reproduce, distribute, and display, my childs image, and photograph, as well as any video, digital, or audio recording or reproduction, in connection with external and internal communications of the Club for the sole purpose of advancing the Club’s programs, including, but not limited to email communication, website communication, marketing brochures, online marketing, social media and newsletters. By providing your email address, you agree to receive email correspondence from the Club at which time you will have the opportunity to unsubscribe.
I understand that participation in the Program may involve strenuous and prolonged physical activity. I agree that my child is healthy and able to participate in the Program activities. I understand that the Club or its representatives may request health information concerning my child and/or ask my child to undergo a medical exam. If the Club determines that my child does have a physical or mental condition that may affect his/her ability to safely and appropriately participate in Program activities, the Club may determine that my child cannot be permitted to participate. I understand and agree that, while the Club desires that all children will be able to participate, such decisions may have to be made out of concern for the best nterests of my child and other participants.
CONSENT TO MEDICAL TREATMENT
In the event my child is injured or becomes ill in Program activities, and if I, the parent or guardian of the above-named child, am not present to make medical decisions, I hereby give consent for emergency medical care prescribed by a duly licensed Doctor of Medicine, Dentistry, Emergency Medical Technician or Certifed Athletic Trainer. This care may be given under whatever conditions are necessary to preserve the life, limb and well-being of my dependent. I hereby authorize the Club, its staff, volunteers including volunteer parent participants, coaches, assistant coaches, and officials, supervisors and drivers, to arrange for and consent on my behalf to emergency medical and dental care and treatment, including tests and radiological exams, and surgery, and hospital care, and to consent to medications for pain and other conditions as prescribed by medical personnel attending my child. I am responsible for payment of any medical charges or expenses not covered by my insurance or the insurance applicable to my child (if any). Clicking the box below indicates
that all information provided in this form is true and accurate, and that I fully agree to all statements made on the form, including but not limited to the Authorization and Release of Liability, Medical Conditions, and Consent to Medical Treatment. If only one parent/guardian signs this form, the following is stated:I affirm that this form was signed by only one parent/guardian because (1) I am signing for two or more legal parents/guardians and affirm that the information presented in the Authorization and Release of Liability as well as the information in the Medical Conditions section and the Consent to Medical Treatment section has been shared with the other parents/legal guardians and I am the sole signor for the guardians, (2) I am the sole parent/guardian responsible for the care and custody of the child due to death or incapacity of the other parent/guardian or court order, or (3) I have made a good faith effort to obtain the signature from the other parent/guardian but have not been able to do so due to causes beyond my control, and I am not aware of any reason that the other parent/guardian objects to the childs participation in the Program.
Coach Release of Liability/Medical Release
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY.
This release is included in your registration.
AUTHORIZATION AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY
I authorize for my participation in Skyline Soccer Association (hereafter called the Club) athletic program (hereafter called the Program). I understand that this Program is a nonprofit sports program for youth and that participation is at my own will. I understand that the Program is conducted by the Club and its volunteers and staff, including parents of other participating children. I further understand and agree that my participation in athletic and other activities of the Program necessarily involves the risk of injury and even death from various causes, including but not limited to accidents, falls, strenuous and prolonged physical activity, dehydration, illness, collision or dispute with other participants, weather related injuries, playing area and equipment defects, and negligence of coaches and referees. On behalf of me, and my family, I assume these risks. In consideration of the privilege of my participation in the Program, I hereby release, discharge, hold harmless and indemnify, and covenant not to sue, the Club, and all of the Club’s directors, officers, benefactors, employees, volunteers, insurers, agents and representatives, and all other persons associated with the Program (including without limitation any other participating organizations, sponsors, parents, vendors, coaches, officials, teams and other game and event workers, officials, drivers, and organizations) as to any and all claims of me and other family members for personal injuries suffered by me, property damage, medical expenses, and economic loss arising directly or indirectly out of my participation in the Program, and any first aid, medical care or treatment provided to me in the event I am injured or become ill while participating in Program activities, and excepting claims that may not be released under applicable law. This Release of Liability shall be as broadly construed as allowed by law to include all claims and rights that I, and that other family members may have. If any provision of this Release of Liability is deemed invalid, the remaining provisions shall remain in full force and effect. This Release of Liability shall be binding on me, my family, heirs, next of kin, legal representatives, beneficiaries, successors and assigns. I hereby authorize the Club to use, reproduce, distribute, display, and to license others to use, reproduce, distribute, and display, my image, and photograph, as well as any video, digital, or audio recording or reproduction, in connection with external and internal communications of the Club for the sole purpose of advancing the Club’s programs, including, but not limited to email communication, website communication, marketing brochures, online marketing, and newsletters. By providing your email address, you agree to receive email correspondence from the Club at which time you will have the opportunity to unsubscribe.
I understand that participation in the Program may involve strenuous and prolonged physical activity.
CONSENT TO MEDICAL TREATMENT
In the event I am injured or become ill in Program activities, and I hereby give consent for emergency medical care prescribed by a duly licensed Doctor of Medicine, Dentistry, Emergency Medical Technician or Certifed Athletic Trainer. This care may be given under whatever conditions are necessary to preserve the my life, limb and well-being. I hereby authorize the Club, its staff, volunteers including volunteer parent participants, coaches, assistant coaches, and officials, supervisors and drivers, to arrange for and consent on my behalf to emergency medical and dental care and treatment, including tests and radiological exams, and surgery, and hospital care, and to consent to medications for pain and other conditions as prescribed by medical personnel. I am responsible for payment of any medical charges or expenses not covered by my insurance. Clicking the box below indicates that all information provided in this form is true and accurate, and that I fully agree to all statements made on the form, including but not limited to the Authorization and Release of Liability, Medical Conditions, and Consent to Medical Treatment.
Right to Refuse or Terminate Coaches
Right to Refuse Coaches:
Skyline Soccer Association reserves the right to refuse any coaches for any reason.
Right to Terminate Coaches:
Skyline Soccer Association reserves the right to remove any volunteer coach or paid coach for any reason at any time. Additional action may be required if necessary, including banning coaches from attending games as spectators and removing any future coaching rights. If coaches refuse to cooperate, they and their children may be banned from the club immediately and possibly permanently. Any further refusal to cooperate can result in police interaction.
Coach Concussion Policy
Skyline Soccer recognizes the potential danger and long-term health consequences of this often difficult to diagnose form of traumatic brain injury. The policy is intended to provide easy-to-understand guidelines related to players who have been diagnosed with or are suspected of having a concussion.The policy is for coaches, parents and players, but is to be shared with any other adults or participants in Skyline Soccer. At Skyline Soccer, we want to ensure our players are provided the safest environment possible. As such, Skyline is incorporating a Concussion Policy to educate Skyline members about concussions, help prevent concussions from occurring, and identify when a concussion may have taken place.
Skyline Soccer encourages coaches, players, and families to:
- Learn about concussions! -The athlete, family, and coach should be familiar with the signs and symptoms of a concussion
- Identify the signs and symptoms of a concussion – As a member of the sports community; we must recognize the signs of a concussion and check to see if the player is experiencing symptoms of a concussion
- ‘When in doubt, take the player out.’ – It is best practice to remove the player from competition if there are signs and/or symptoms a concussion has occurred
- Do not let the player return – The player should not return to competition until he or she is evaluated by a medical physician and cleared to play
- Monitor recovery – Players who have experienced a concussion should be allowed to return to participate on a gradual basis. Players should continue to be monitored with the goal that the Player will eventually return to full participation at an individual pace. Not all concussions are the same
- Concussions rarely (less than 10% of occurrences) involve loss of consciousness. However, in the event of loss of consciousness, the coach will call 911 or will instruct another adult to call 911
- When, during a session, a player is suspected of having a concussion, the coach will remove the player from the session and will not allow the player to return to play for the remainder of the session. The coach will keep the player out even if the player insists they are “okay” to return
- The coach will inform the player’s parent or guardian of the player’s symptoms as soon as possible. Ideally, the parent will be notified immediately
- When the player returns for a future session, if, based on the coach’s understanding of concussion symptoms, the coach suspects the player is still exhibiting symptoms, the coach will keep the player from the activity
- Please refer to the Skyline website’s policy on concussion management. You can find this information under the policies page at www.skylinesoccer.org. “Coach” refers to all volunteer head coaches, assistant coaches as well as paid Skyline coaches and assistant coaches
Paid Coach Education Policy
- All coaching education reimbursement needs prior approval from the Executive Director. Reimbursement is only for course work and doesn’t not cover travel, meals, mileage, ect.
- Coaches will only be reimbursed for education courses if the coach receives a passing grade. Copy of the license/certificate is to be kept on file.
- Coaches will receive reimbursement upon completion of the next season. For example, a coach who passes a course taken in the summer will be reimbursed at the completion of the fall season.
- For reimbursements that exceed $500, the reimbursement will be paid in two separate payments at the end of the next two seasons. For example, a coach who passes a course taken in the summer for $1,000 will be reimbursed $500 at the end of fall season and $500 at the of spring season.
- Coaches who are reimbursed are required to make a commitment to Skyline Soccer or forfeit all of, or a portion of, any coaching stipend they are set to receive.
- E License – 1 season
- D License – 1 year (two seasons)
- C License or higher – 2 years (four seasons)
Paid Coach Dress Code Policy
All Skyline paid coaches must adhere to the following dress code during home and away games as well as training sessions with their teams.
HOME GAMES: Black Skyline Shirt, Black Shorts and/or Pants
AWAY GAMES: Blue Skyline Shirt, Black Shorts and/or Pants
TRAINING SESSIONS: Blue Skyline Shirt, Black Shorts and/or Pants
(NOTE: All Skyline coach apparel must be returned to the club at time of departure)
Volunteer Coach Education Policy
- Any U6 – U8 Recreational coach who has taken and can provide proof they have completed and passed the F License (in last 2 years) through a qualified state association will have $25 returned when requested in writing to the appropriate director. Recreational players are to be registered and paid for upfront for one season at a time.
- Any U6 – U8 Recreational coach who has taken and can provide proof they have completed and passed the E License (in last 2 years) through a qualified state association will have $75 returned when requested in writing to the appropriate director. Recreational players are to be registered and paid for upfront for one season at a time.
- Any U9 – U18 Recreational coach or Jr. Select non-paid coach who has taken and can provide proof they have completed and passed the E License (in last 2 years) through a qualified state association will have $50 returned when requested in writing to the appropriate director. Recreational Players are to be registered and paid for upfront for one season at a time. Jr Select players should be registered and paid for in full for the full year.
- Any U9 – U18 Recreational coach or Jr. Select non-paid coach who has taken and can provide proof they have completed and passed the D License through a qualified state association will have $75 returned when requested in writing to the appropriate director. Recreational Players are to be registered and paid for upfront for one season at a time. Jr Select players should be registered and paid for in full for the full year.
Coach Code of Conduct
As a Coach or Trainer for Skyline Soccer Association, I will:
Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every player, regardless of their abilities, gender, religion or cultural background
Support all efforts to remove any form of abuse within my team/club and encourage a safe environment
Ensure that any physical contact with others is appropriate to the situation and necessary for the player’s skill development
Refrain from developing close personal relationships with the players outside of the coach/player relationship
Refrain from using abusive, derogatory or offensive language
Impart my knowledge of the game in a respectful and encouraging manner
Respect the decisions of club administrators and game day officials and encourage players to do the same
Always consider the health, safety and welfare of the players
Always consider the health, safety and welfare of the players
Not show favoritism towards talented players[
Build relationships built on trust and respect, not fear
Be a positive role model for all players and parents
Not be a win at all costs coach
Remember that many players participate for the pleasure and friendship, and winning is only a byproduct of the fun
Criticize in private, encourage in public, my team/player’s play
Coach Drug Policy
A reference to drugs includes, but is not limited to marijuana and misuse of prescription medication and alcohol.
Skyline Soccer Association is a drug free organization.
- Alcoholic beverages, tobacco and drugs (including marijuana) are not permitted at any Skyline events, including practices and league games
- No coach or volunteer shall participate in any Skyline Soccer activity while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Smoking or use of tobacco products is not permitted in or around youth sports practices or games
Team Size Policy
Recreational and Advanced League Team Size Policy
Skyline has adopted a Team Size Policy to allow every player who would like to join Skyline the opportunity to play. Skyline Soccer Association has the right to add players to a team in order to fill a roster to meet the minimum player requirement. For example if you have 8 players on a U7 team, Skyline reserves the right to add two additional players to your roster. If we do not have enough players register to meet all teams’ minimum requirement, your team may sit under the minimum roster size. Once your team has the minimum amount of players it will be the coaches choice to accept more players on your roster.
Each age group’s player minimum is as follows:
- U6 Boys/Girls: 8 player minimum (4v4 no GK)
- Suggested 8-10 players
- U7/U8 Boys & Girls: 10 player minimum (6v6)
- Suggested 10-12 players
- U9/U10 Boys & Girls: 12 player minimum (8v8)
- Suggested 12-14 players
- U11+ Boys & Girls: 14 player minimum (11v11)
- Suggested 15-18 players
Coaches shall not refuse players if their roster is under the minimum number listed above. After rosters have met the minimum, it is the coach’s decision on whether to accept more players.
Please note: after teams have been finalized for the season and everyone has been contacted by the coach, Skyline Soccer Association will only remove players from a team’s roster if requested by the player and parents of said player.
Release of Information Policy
It is Skyline’s policy to not release any information regarding any participants team name, practice date, practice time, practice location, game date, game time, game location, coach name, coach contact information or any other information pertaining to the player’s participation in Skyline. This information will only be released to the contact person on the Skyline player’s account. If you’d like this information to be released to additional guardians, please have the main contact person on the account add those individuals to the account or call Skyline Soccer to have us add them.
Skyline develops its referees through a bottom-up approach, providing instruction and experience at the developmental level. Skyline Board members and coaches actively participate in observing and nurturing the referees on the fields.
With experience and growth, referees are promoted to competitive level games which their skills and talents are closely matched to the skills level of each game.
It is the policy of Skyline to have assigned three USSF certified referees for each competitive game. Within the developmental program it is our policy to assign three qualified referees for each home game.
Skyline also offers training at the club level for parents and coaches to learn the rules of soccer and to enable them to center referee and line games.
Referees must be 12 years old by the first game of the season to be eligible for any refereeing duties or any training.
Skyline will make every effort to provide three qualified referees to each home game. Center referees on all Inter-league and Recreational games (U9 and above) will be USSF certified. Referees on U6-U8 games will be club trained. In order to provide these referees, ALL teams are being asked to encourage participation. In the event that a qualified team of officials are not available, the following requirements have been approved in order to provide club trained substitutions.
Competitive teams are to encourage players, parents, and siblings to participate in the USSF referee program. By refereeing, each competitive member can give back to the Skyline Soccer Program.
Intermediate and Recreational Teams (U9-U18)
All U9-U18 Intermediate and recreational teams must provide two volunteers who will attend linesman training and will be available at all home and away games to run the line if requested by the referee.
Recreational Teams (U6-U8)
Skyline utilizes volunteers to officiate the fun games that take place from U6-U8. We offer a “rules class” for volunteers willing to help out with this aspect of our program. We provide a whistle and age appropriate rules.
Forms must be completed in full and a form must be completed for each scholarship recipient. Partial scholarships and payment plans are available. All fees not covered by financial aid are the responsibility of the recipient. Forms must be submitted at the time of registration. All financial aid granted must be paid back before a release to another club is granted.
The Parent/Player Handbook must be read and the last page must be filled out and returned to your coach or the Skyline Soccer Association office prior to participation. Please select a handbook based on the team your child has been selected for.
Medical Release Form
This form is used when submitting teams for tournaments.