|We have developed a hopefully comprehensive (38 page) Parent Handbook of the RAGE competitive soccer program. We hope you will refer to it whenever you have questions about policy or procedures.
As your club has grown in complexity, the Technical Staff and volunteer Board members find that we are asked frequently for explanations of policy. This Handbook is intended to provide the detailed explanations you need. Without a Handbook, the time spent addressing these questions, all of which are valid, has grown to the point of compromising Staff’s ability to perform their primary function. We appeal to you to utilize this document FIRST to find answers, then use e-mail to communicate with Staff or the Board. Our purpose is not to build a wall between us, but to provide for much greater efficiency in our primary love: teaching your daughters how to play soccer.
MISSION STATEMENT:The Pleasanton Rage is an all girls soccer club that makes team and player development its central focus. We offer challenging programs at all levels that demonstrate a strong commitment to the development of the whole player including the technical, tactical, physical, and psychological areas of our player’s development within the team environment.
|I need to contact my coach or someone on Staff or the Board.|
|How is RAGE different in its approach to soccer?|
|The so-called “four pillars of soccer” are physical, technical, tactical and psychological. We believe we do a great, and sometimes unique, job in teaching soccer. Read Page 13 of the Parent Handbook|
|My daughter is only seven. What is the program like now that she will be having some professional training?|
|RAGE has an innovative program to expose your daughters to professional training and taking responsibility on the soccer field, but without the pressure of truly competitive soccer. Feeling a need to win is inappropriate at this age. Having fun is essential. See Page 17 of the Parent Handbook|
|What is the RAGE approach to player development?|
|The best soccer education begins with learning technique (juggling, speed ladder, dribbling, passing and receiving, 1v1, 2v2), with much less emphasis on winning. See Page 14 of the Parent Handbook|
|I would like to have my daughter try out for a competitive team. What do I need to know and what should she expect?|
|We call tryouts placements for a reason: placement on the appropriate team for her. This is a complex subject, possibly full of tension for all concerned. PLEASE read Pages 6 and 26. There are expectations for attendance at practices and games. Read Page 24 of the Parent Handbook|
|My team is going to certain tournaments. Why these, why not more (less)?|
|The Technical Staff, in consultation with the coach, will determine which tournaments a team will enter, based on cost and desired benefits. Read Pages 27 and especially the article on Page 32.|
|How is my daughter doing on her competitive team?|
|Always talk to the coach. If you are unclear about the process of evaluations, read Page 26.|
|Why are there players from other towns on our D1 Premier competitive teams?|
|RAGE is one of the few area clubs that offers a consistent and comprehensive program through the high school years. Our competitive program is ranked among the top in the country. That fact alone will attract players who seek the additional challenge of a leading club. Unfortunately that may lead to Pleasanton girls being “dropped” from a team. We feel a moral responsibility to provide the best alternative competitive teams that are suited to all of our players’ abilities. We promise to maintain very strong AC and D3 programs. Read Page 21.|
|What is expected of ME at practices and games?|
|We ask every parent and player to read and sign our Code of Conduct. We expect behavior that is an appropriate representation of your club and your community. That means show respect for your team, the opposition and most definitely the referees. Read Page 6.|
|I want to vent issue a complaint about this club.|
|We want to hear from you. Yes, we really do. Please send the appropriate person an e-mail. In addition, we ask you to participate in a survey near the end of the League season. This survey is absolutely confidential and cannot be held against your daughter. However, we really hope you will provide us with a thoughtful solution to your concerns. As part of that, we would encourage you to be an active participant in the RAGE club by volunteering to help. Please read Page 18.|
|This Handbook does not answer my questions|
|The Handbook will be edited with new issues frequently. E-mail our competitive VP, with suggested topics for inclusion at firstname.lastname@example.org.|
Parents are vital to our organization. Support your child, your coach, and the referees. Encourage your child to respect the referees and coach.
- Not force an unwilling child to participate in sports.
- Remember children are involved in organized sports for their enjoyment.
- Teach your child always to play by the rules.
- Teach your child that hard work and an honest effort are often more important than a victory.
- Help your child work toward skill improvement and good sportsmanship in every game. Your child will then be a winner even in defeat.
- Do not ridicule or yell at your child for making a mistake or for losing a game.
- Set a good example. Children learn best by example.
- Applaud good plays by your team and by member of the opposing team.
- Do not publicly question referee judgment and never their honesty.
- Recognize the value and importance of volunteer coaches, referees and officials and give them their due respect.
- Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from youth sporting activities.
RAGE has insurance for uncovered medical costs through CYSA for Rec and US Club for Competitive