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The Club & Parent Expectations

When you signed up your son or daughter for club soccer, you no doubt had certain expectations of what your child and family would get from the experience. You undoubtedly expected

2016 Midco Cup is back on, relocating to Spearfish

UPDATE: Registration is OPEN at this link – looks like it was opened at about the same time this post when live. Kudos to Jeremy Tosaya & Jason Wear for

Soccer605’s 2015 A Boys Elite Eleven Named

Elite Eleven

We are pleased to announce the final select team of 2015 – the A Boys Elite Eleven! Congratulations to all Elite Eleven Players, Player of the Year, and Coach of

Announcing Soccer605’s Elite Eleven AA Boys for 2015

Soccer605's Elite Eleven

FINALLY! Congratulations to Soccer605’s Elite Eleven AA Boys, Player of the Year and Coach of the Year for 2015! Making these selections is getting more and more difficult each year.

2015 Elite Eleven Girls A Team Announced

Soccer605's Elite Eleven

The A girls division of South Dakota High School Activities Association soccer is getting more and more competitive each year. That makes choosing our Elite Eleven “dream team” of players

The Club & Parent Expectations

soccer parentsWhen you signed up your son or daughter for club soccer, you no doubt had certain expectations of what your child and family would get from the experience. You undoubtedly expected your child would have fun, stay active, learn new soccer skills, learn how to take direction from the coach, learn how to work together on a team, and many other life skills. How well your expectations and that of your child are met depends not only on the Club, but on you as the parent. There are parent’s expectations of the club – and then there are “parent expectations” of the club. Undoubtedly every club has their expecations of parents, but they may not all be spelled out clearly, to help parents understand if they are meeting those expectations. The following article was borrowed from the Sparta United Soccer Club of Utah – you might find it helpful!

Parents Expectations

The parents are an integral part of the Club support system.  It is important that parents observe the guidelines established by the Club, Leagues and the National Governing Body (USYSA, US Club Soccer, etc.)

I Will….

  • soccer parents on sidelinesBe encouraging, supportive and affirmative in regard to my child’s play on the field
  • Respect officials and accept their decisions
  • Support the coach, manager and the team
  • Volunteer my services and talents to the team and the Club when possible
  • Familiarize myself with the Laws of the Game
  • Comply with the rules, policies and procedures of the team, club, leagues and UYSA as they apply to me
  • Follow and obey the Problem Solving Procedures
  • Act in the spirit of the game. Support all players on your child’s team and do not criticize ANY player. Do not criticize the opponents, their parents, coaches or the official

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  • Engage in dissent directed to an official
  • Engage in any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct with any official, coach, manager, player or parent
  • Interfere at any time with the duties and responsibilities of the coach or manager
  • Act in any way that is detrimental to the team or The Club

There will be no coaching.  No matter how good your intentions, we insist there be no shouting instructions to your child.

  • Let the coach run the team. Attempting to coach or instruct our child from the sideline is distracting and counterproductive for the player.
  • Your vocal support and positive encouragement are welcome

Nurture independence and responsibilityyouth_soccer

  • Make it your child’s responsibility to pack their own uniform in their soccer bag
  • If is appropriate, please have your child communicate directly with the coach about issues, concerns, conflicts or simply missing upcoming practices or games
  • Players should be reminded to take responsibility for their own performance and to not place blame on others
  • You will provide your child with another opportunity to behave independently of your scrutiny
  • This “responsibility taking” is a significant part of maturing. Your child’s handling of these tasks on and off the field complete his/her  “ownership” of all aspects of being a soccer player
  • Monitor your child off of the field. Their representation of the club goes beyond the field
  • Keep an eye on your child to make sure that they are handling any stress resulting from their participation with the club effectively
  • Ask your child to focus on the execution of skills and themes addressed at practice i.e. collecting and passing balls, combination play, shots on goal, successful tackles

Uphold your commitments

  • Foster an environment focused on development, enjoyment, and good sportsmanship
  • Fulfill your financial commitments
  • Support and maintain the Club’s philosophy on youth development
  • Fulfill your team and the Club’s expectations

Problem Solving Procedure

Remember, there is a time and place for everything. If you need information or wish to ask questions concerning coaching decisions, arrange a meeting with the coach.  Concerns or criticisms are welcome, but should be expressed away from training sessions and games. Every effort will be made to address problems or concerns of our members in a fair and consistent manner.  In the event of a disagreement the following procedure should be followed when addressing concerns

24 Hour Rule

24 hour ruleGames are extremely emotional for players, parents and coaches.  Parents and coaches should not discuss individual player problems concerning the team or their child for 24 hours following a game or training session.  This allows all a cooling off time and opportunity to discuss the child without the emotion of the game or training session as well as avoid regrettable public confrontation.

Step 1– Discussion with Team Coach: The member first discusses his/her issues or concerns with the coach.

Step 2– Discussion with respective Director of Coaching: If after discussing the issue with the coach the issue is not resolved, he/she can present the issue to the appropriate Director of Coaching.

Step 3– Discussion with club Director of Coaching or club Technical Director: If the member is not satisfied with this discussion, it can then be presented to the club Director of Coaching or the club Technical Director. This will be the final step to resolve the situation before the matter goes to the Executive Board.

2016 Midco Cup is back on, relocating to Spearfish

Midco Cup WhiteUPDATE: Registration is OPEN at this link – looks like it was opened at about the same time this post when live. Kudos to Jeremy Tosaya & Jason Wear for getting it up live right away!

Just as we were getting ready to report last night on the sad news and circumstances leading to the cancellation of the 2016 South Dakota State Soccer Association State Recreational Tournament – the Midco Cup – we got news that the tournament was BACK ON! The tournament will still be June 3-4-5 but instead of Rapid City, it will be in Spearfish. Not sure why the relocation to Spearfish, but happy to report the Tournament WILL PROCEED! Jenny Ness & Spearfish Soccer will do a wonderful job hosting the event.

Now folks – coaches, team administrators, association organizers, parents – here’s the very important part: If you were lamenting the cancellation of the state tournament, then you darn sure better support and participate in the event now that it’s back on! As soon as we get the link to the revitalized registration we will share it on all of oyr social media. Please DON’T WAIT until the last minute to register – we urge you to get it done, so organizers can get the schedule done, get the fields and goals arranged, and the referees assigned. That kind of thing shouldn’t have to happen overnight.

And to the office folks – Jeremy & Jason – at SDSSA: We urge you to do whatever you have to do to get the registration re-opened RIGHT NOW. If you can’t get League One (or whoever it is) to do that, then come up with another immediate solution for registration. The event is just over 3 weeks away – there’s no time to dilly dally!

The State Rec Tournament used to be the bread basket of youth soccer in South Dakota – the event from which all soccer blessings flowed, the fertilizer for the expansion of the game across the state – both horizontally and vertically. We will take a nostalgic look back at the Midco Cup/Kohls Cup/State Rec Tournament, talk about what we learned about the reasons for the initial cancellation, and speculate about the future of the event in an editorial tomorrow. You are invited to share your memories and comments as well – watch for it!

Soccer605’s 2015 A Boys Elite Eleven Named

Elite Eleven

We are pleased to announce the final select team of 2015 – the A Boys Elite Eleven! Congratulations to all Elite Eleven Players, Player of the Year, and Coach of the Year!

Each year, there are a handful of players beyond the 11 that we would have liked to include as well, but as the title says – there are only eleven. And if we went to 15, there would be three or four more we (and you) would have liked to include. So we will continue to keep it as is. And we know you too would love to see this year’s A Boys Elite Eleven take the field as a team. See the team and the coach at 2015 A Boys Elite Eleven!