VSC Competitive Soccer Policies
Vernon Soccer Club
Travel Competition Program Guidelines
Coach Selection: VSC strives to provide the best learning environment for kids throughout our club. To that end, we strongly suggest that anyone interested in coaching in our travel program contact the Competitive Director as early in the process as possible. Early notification allows the Competitive Director, in conjunction with the Vice President, to encourage appropriate coaching instruction and evaluate the prospective coach in available settings. Coaches are strongly encouraged to comply with the recommended coaching licenses and are required to complete their E license by the end of their first year coaching.
Current coaches should notify the Competitive Director of their desire to continue with the team by April 1st of the seasonal year. The Competitive Director, in conjunction with the Vice President, shall evaluate all interested persons and present to the Board at or before its June meeting, the names of all head coaches recommended for the Fall Season contingent upon tryouts and player selection.
Open positions and all assistant coach positions shall be filled following the June travel team tryouts and prior to the fall season. The Competitive Director, in conjunction with the Vice President, shall again present recommendations to the VSC BOARD OF DIRECTORS for their approval.
At no time shall a coach oversee a VSC team match without prior Board approval and required CJSA OR CJSANED background check. Any adults assisting with team practices shall also submit to mandatory CJSA OR CJSANED background check. No individual shall assist with any team practice without the express approval of the VSC BOARD OF DIRECTORS.
Player Selection: VSC Competition Team (s) will be primarily selected from registered VSC players. Any guest players must be approved by the appropriate Competitive Director and according to CJSA OR CJSANED governing rules. All sanctioned travel competition teams must be approved by the VSC BOARD OF DIRECTORS.
Tryouts will be held, by the end of June for the sanctioned age groups from U8 through U14. The emphasis will be to make even aged teams a priority (u-14, u-12, u-10). When there are an abundance of kids efforts will be made to best suit the children and the club by either consideration of odd age groups or second teams at an even age. All existing club members will be notified of the scheduled tryouts through the VSC website, blast email system and other means, as available. Any player who will miss the scheduled tryout(s), for any reason, must notify the VSC Comp Director prior to the first scheduled tryout session. Candidates missing scheduled sessions may still tryout at the comp Director’s discretion via an independent evaluation prior to the official start of the season (i.e. first match).
To add players to an existing roster following the first match of any VSC sanctioned season, a separate tryout must be held and noticed through the same means as the original tryouts and include all interested parties.
Players selected for participation on a sanctioned travel team are on that team through a complete playing season, unless removed for disciplinary reasons or at the parent’s request. The playing season for VSC runs from August 1 until June 30th the following year.
The roster for each Competition Team shall comply with CJSA OR CJSANED standards.
Policy on Age Appropriate v. Grade Appropriate Team Selection: Determinations on team assignement will include both age appropriateness and grade appropriateness and represent what is best for the child, the club and the team.
A parent may petition for his/her child to play in a higher age bracket. The Competitive Director, in consultation with the affected coaches and Training Director, shall act upon such request. The full VSC Board of Directors, whose decision is final, will hear any appeals.
Tryouts Process: Practice plans for all VSC travel tryouts will be established by the Competitive Director, in conjunction with the Vice President. Tryouts will utilize primarily small-sided situations and physical testing to determine the roster.
Each age group tryout shall be directed the Comp Director or designee. The Comp Committee Chairs (Comp Director and Vice President), in conjunction with the Rec director will make final roster decisions and team decisions. They will seek input from coaches and other evlauators.. They shall receive input from independent evaluators, assigned by VSC, including, but not limited to written evaluation forms from the tryout. No player is guaranteed a roster spot based on a prior year’s participation.
Participation in a VSC travel tryout presumes acceptance of position on travel team, if offered. Due to the complicated process of forming multiple travel teams, a decision not to accept may impact large numbers of other children. If there is any chance that a roster spot will not be accepted, parents are urged to let coach know at the tryout. No refunds will be made to individuals offered a roster spot on travel who choose to play premier instead or does not accept the travel team/coach as offered.
Multiple Teams at Age Group: At our younger ages, it is often the case that we have enough travel level players for more than one Travel Competition team. In these cases, the Competitive Director shall appoint a single individual as the head coach for that age group. The head coach will oversee and coordinate training and team selection throughout the year. Players may move between squads, as allowed by CJSA OR CJSANED rules. Each team will have a head coach rostered for games, but fundamentally report to the head coach of the division.
Through U-10, every effort will be made to create team of equivalent strength competitively. Beginning at U-11, if competitive opportunities are available, the VSC Board may form teams based on level of play, as long as they do not have to compete in the same division or against mutual opponents.
Teams may play in additional tournaments, at the discretion of the coach and the Competitive Director. The registration cost of such additional tournaments shall be borne by those players who participate in such events.
Premier v. Travel: Many of the youth in our club choose to play Premier or Developmental Premier in addition to their VSC playing experience. Conflicts are going to arise, but the Club and coaching staff will work to minimize them wherever possible. Premier games and practices shall not take precedence over VSC games and practices. Clear and early communication between coaches, parents and players can help alleviate potential concerns as our kids look to balance their schedules. It is however a requirement that at all age groups a child playing must practice with his VSC team at least 50% of all practices and 90% of all games or they may forfeit the roster spot and fees paid. Exceptions for illness, injury or other extenuating circumstances should be communicated by the coach to the competitive committee for approval.
Uniforms: Travel Competition Team uniform costs will be borne by individual players. Uniforms and supplemental materials will be ordered centrally through the club. All players participating at Travel tryouts should get fitted for appropriate gear to facilitate ordering should they make the squad.
Replacement uniforms and accessories may be purchased directly through VSC.