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FUNdamental SOCCER “Bill of Rights”

Welcome to the FUNdamental SOCCER ‘Bill of Rights,’ a set of essential articles designed to make soccer a positive and enjoyable experience for every young player. Did you know that around 75% of kids quit playing soccer between the ages of 10 and 14? That’s a concerning trend we aim to change.

This ‘Bill of Rights’ is a commitment to creating a soccer environment that keeps players engaged and helps them grow not just as athletes but as individuals. It’s about fostering a love for the game and providing support for players to reach their full potential. Join us in creating a soccer community where every child feels valued, supported, and excited to play.

Article I

Equal Opportunities:

All players, regardless of gender, race, socioeconomic background, or ability, should have equal access to soccer opportunities, facilities, and resources.

Article II

Safe and Inclusive Environment:

Players should participate in an environment free from discrimination, bullying, harassment, or abuse.

Article III Access to Quality Coaching:

Every player has the right to well-trained, knowledgeable, and supportive coaches who prioritize skill development, safety, and character building over winning at all costs. (RESOURCES: Become a Better Coach)(Mental Training in Practice)

Article IV

Ability-Appropriate Competition:

All players should compete against others of similar skill levels to ensure a positive growth experience.

Article V

Balanced Schedules:

Players have the right to a balanced schedule that allows them to pursue other interests, maintain a healthy school-life balance, and avoid burnout.

Article VI

Input and Feedback:

Players have the right to provide input on their soccer experience and to be heard regarding their needs, concerns, and goals.

Article VII

Education on Sportsmanship:

Players should receive education on sportsmanship and the importance of fair play!

Article VIII

Parent and Guardian Support:

Parents and guardians should provide positive encouragement and support without undue pressure or unrealistic expectations.

Article IX

Financial Support:

Financial constraints should not prevent any player from participating in soccer. Financial aid or scholarships should be available when needed.

Article X

Rest and Recovery:

Players should have designated rest and recovery periods to prevent overtraining, injuries and burnout.

Article XI

Lifelong Enjoyment:

The primary goal of youth soccer should be to instill a lifelong love of physical activity and a commitment to a healthy lifestyle.

Guideline I.  Accountability and Reporting

If you witness any action or behaviors that violate the principles outlined, you are encouraged to speak up!

Parents or guardians who observe any violation of these articles should take the following steps:

  1. First, kindly and respectfully address the matter with the individual(s) involved.
  2.   If addressing the issue directly does not resolve the concern, please report the incident to your organization.

Those entrusted with the well-being of our children should be responsible for their conduct, ensuring a safe and enjoyable environment for all!

GUIDELINE: BECOME a BETTER REFEREE

GUIDELINE: SUCCESSFULL ADMINISTRATORS

GUIDELINE: SUCCESSFULL PARENTS

Koach Karl’s Notes:

By embracing and upholding these ‘FUNdamental Rights,’ and ‘Guidelines” I am confident that we can foster a more positive and supportive environment for our soccer players/children. And significantly increasing the likelihood that they will continue enjoying the game For a Lifetime.

Your input and ideas are vital as we collectively refine these principles into actionable ‘Rights’ representing our soccer community’s values and goals. “Join the Cause”

Your Thoughts – Please..!

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