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Coach Responsibilities and Ethics

Silver Lake Soccer Club (SLSC) expects all of its volunteer coaches to read and understand all team and coach responsibilities and ethics detailed in the first few pages of the North County Youth Soccer Association (NCYSA) Procedures and Rules of Competition.

Coaches are also expected to have read and understand the Code of Ethics section of that document provided by Washington Youth Soccer.

Medical Release Form
Coaches are expected to have a signed medical release form for each player at all times including practices and games. This form is necessary if an emergency happens while players are in the coach's care. Hand out this form during the first practice and have players return it completed by the next practice. This form does not need to be notarized.

Please help us update our birth date verifications. SLSC is currently in the process of asking parents to verify birth dates if we do not have a current record--even if they have played previous seasons.

Concussion Education Information
All Silver Lake Soccer Club Registered Volunteers and Participants are required to review the WYS Concussion Information during registration. This information is also available here for your reference.

Coach's Concussion Resource Information

WYS Soccer Concussion Education Website


Season Outline

Age Group Coordinators
Each age group, e.g. U-09 Boys, has an assigned Age Group Coordinator (AGC) volunteer. This person is responsible for assigning you as coach and assigning players to your team. They are also your primary contact with the club. Know your AGC. A list of the AGC volunteers can be found under the Board of Directors link. If you need contact information please email one of the board members. If you have questions about your team, adding or removing players from your roster, game day, rules of competition or anything else ask your AGC.

2022 Practice Schedules / Field Layouts
Practices are typically two one-hour sessions on Mon/Wed or Tues/Thur with the possibility of a Friday two-hour session instead and, depending on field location, run from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM (see the request form). During the month of August, the Everett School District has limited the use of some fields. There are currently over 100 teams that will practice and must be split into available fields during that time--SLSC may also use weekend time to be able to cover all requests.

Keep in mind that requesting a practice time of 6:00 PM or later on a non-lighted fields will run into daylight issues in the month of October--SLSC can not accommodate requests to make up that time lost.

Practices will run August 1st through October 31st.
Practice Request Information will be issued by the Rec Coaches Meeting July 21, 2022.

If you need the Honey Bucket and Goal Lock codes contact your AGC. Please be sure to lock these resources up if you are the last one using them.

If you are practicing at an Everett School District field or will be playing home games on one, you may need a key to get access to the parking area and/or field. Keys can be arranged by contacting the club VP Operations.

Game Schedules
Game Schedules and Coach Contact Information is provided via the NCYSA website. When schedules are available, your AGC will contact you with information on how to access your team's schedule.

When schedules are available, the can be viewed online at the North County Youth Soccer Association Schedules site.

Requests for game changes: Game schedule changes are difficult to manage, so we encourage only those requests which are reasonably unavoidable--e.g. no coach is available, a previously scheduled external function like Homecoming, college entrance tests, or other large group related events has dropped too many players to field a team. We strongly discourage game change requests for reasons such as the time is too late or too early or to work around a Seahawks or Sounders game. If your request, falls within these recommendations, please send a request to James Calvert to examine what time and location is available. It would help if the coaches involved have already discussed a few potential dates that could work. Please allow enough time for a few back and forth iterations to find a suitable change leaving enough time to schedule referees if possible.

Game Day Preparation
Season begins September 10th/11th, 2022

Coach Contact
The home coach is expected to contact their opponent coach prior to each game confirming field location and time. This is also a great time to find out if there are conflicting jersey colors and to exchange team names. All necessary contact information will be provided on the NCYSA website discussed in the schedule section above. Schedules occasionally change, this coach contact prevents travelling long distances to find out the field or time changed--it happens more often than you might think. If your opponent is the home coach and has not contacted you by Thursday before the game, don't hesitate to call them first.

Roster
As described in the coach responsibilities, the coach should provide a roster to the referee and opponent coach. You will be required to provide an official roster that was generated by our BONZI registration system. Your AGC will be delivering these to you via email. If you do not provide an official roster to the referee, you will be automatically given a yellow card caution regardless if the referee actually displays it.

Everett School District Field Access
If you have home games at an Everett School District field, you may need a key to get access to the parking area and/or field especially if you have the first game of the day. Keys can be arranged by contacting the club VP Operations. For 2018, Gateway Middle School is the only field we are using that requires a key.

Jewelry
The Laws of the Game specifically prohibit players from wearing any jewelry (or decorative object) of any kind--including earrings, studs, bracelets, wrist bands/ropes, etc... Medical Idenitification bracelets and necklaces are allowed. The referee should not have to ask you or the players to remove these items. Coaches should teach players to simply not wear these items to games. You are also not allowed to tape over newly inserted earrings to get around this issue--they must be removed. It would be best if players did not get new piercings during the soccer season.

Casts
North County Youth Soccer Association strictly prohibits all recreational soccer participants from playing while wearing any form of cast or splint. Do not ask the referee if it is okay--they do not have that authority and risks negating player insurance.

Game Score Report
To promote the spirt of the game and the best learning experience for younger players, scores are only kept and recorded for U-10 age groups and above. U-10 records will not be displayed and will only be used to help place teams into appropriate divisions for the next season. Each coach is required to report the score of each game on the North County website. Contact your AGC if you need assistance with this.

Team Photo Day
Silver Lake Soccer Club has again teamed up with Northwest Sports Photography (NSP) to take team pictures. This year's date is Saturday, September 24th 2022 at James Monroe Elementary School. NSP will send a packet to each team's head coach containing individual player package information. An appointment on photo day will be set up by each coach using the NSP website. This is an optional event--you are welcome to have photos taken by parents.

Game Travel Information
U8 and U9 teams are expected to continue playing in the South end of North County Youth Soccer Association including teams from Everett, Irish Soccer Club, Terrace Brier and Mukilteo.

All other ages U10 and up are expected to play within the North County Youth Soccer Association including teams from Everett, Irish Soccer Club, Terrace Brier, Arlington, Granite Falls, Lake Stevens, Lakewood, Marysville, Sky River Soccer Club, Mukilteo, Whidbey Island, SnoKing (Edmonds area), Snohomish and Stanwood.

Day Of Game Information
See the Day of Game matrix on the Silver Lake Soccer Ages 7 to 19 page.

Equipment

Club Uniform Order Information
Recreational teams are responsible for their own uniform orders. A coach or a designated team parent/manager is expected to collect sizes, jersey number requests and payment from each player. A single order is then made through Score Sports. SLSC suggests collecting individual payment from parents via the many options available today--check, paypal, venmo, etc... and then using a personal credit card to make the order. Keep in mind that Score will add shipping and handling to your order. Most players will only need the Silver Lake Kit 1-1-1. Other equipment is available and can be purchased through the Score Sports website if desired.

Place your team order using the Score Sports Online Store.

The recommended club colors are the SIL/BLK option as shown on this page. Score Sports provides help for finding uniform sizes. See this page: https://scoresports.com/size-charts

Based on past experience orders should be submitted by August 15th to have a chance for delivery by the first game of the season. Orders made after this date--even if Score Sports indicates they can be delivered in a week--typically don't arrive in time. So please order as soon as possible


Alternate Jersey Information
Teams from age groups U-10 and below, often play other Silver Lake Socer Club teams. When this happens both teams will have identical uniforms. Also, other soccer clubs occasionally have uniform colors that are similar to the SLSC uniform. Colored pinnies are a quick fix for this type of issue. Previously, Silver Lake Soccer Club has assisted with ordering a t-shirt in an alternate color that would help this situation, however the demand for this was low enough that SLSC is dropping that option. You are free to pursue other alternatives with your team, but think pinnies for the home team should work just fine.

Coach Store - Equipment Ordering
Our store manager is Jen Bogdan. Complete the 2022 slsc equipment order form and email it to [email protected] .


Each 8U coach will receive a starter package consisting of four 9" cones, four youth pinnies, one mesh ball bag, ten 2" disc cones and one First Aid Kit.

9U to 19U Coaches receive a $35 credit in the coach store to add to their equipment each year, use the link above to see the order form.

Rules

Game Formats/Rules

The Silver Lake Recreational Soccer Program is played according to the laws put out by FIFA and amended by NCYSA. Washington Youth Soccer uses a "small sided standards" soccer experience for age groups U-12 and under where specific laws of the game, such as field size, number of players, free kicks and more have been modified to allow the best learning experience for each of those age groups.

US Soccer has updated the small sided standards several times along with their Player Development Initiatives. The following link will hopefully be kept up to date by US Soccer with the latest information, however the North County YSA Rules of Competition supercede this information based on when they were able to implement changes--there may be differences between the two. US Soccer Player Development Initiatives.

If you would like to become more familiar with the Laws of the Game you might be interested in this document, Laws of the Game Made Easy from US Soccer.

A summary of the rules of competion for all age groups playing in NCYSA can be found at their website rules page where you can download the latest.

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