Policies & Procedures

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We believe there is a place for every child who wants to play soccer at Rise SC. We adhere to FIFA’s Fair Play Code. Our players are taught to play fair and respect the laws of the game, as well as their opponents, teammates, referees and families. We play to win, but accept defeat with dignity and always promote a positive experience. We expect our board members, coaches, administrators, volunteers, parents and players to be ambassadors for Rise SC and the game.

Competitor clubs, players, parents and referees will judge us by how we behave on the sidelines. We expect appropriate sideline behavior from our board members, coaches, administrators, volunteers, parents and players, all of whom should maintain a positive and encouraging demeanor. Parents and players from competitor clubs and referees are not the enemy.

By registering your player to participate in Rise SC, you and your player agree to adhere to the Rise SC Commitment and Conduct Policy (Code of Conduct). Although the Code of Conduct does not cover all the policies of the Club or address all potential issues, it addresses several matters that arise with regularity.

Committment and Conduct Policies (Code of Conduct)

PLAYERS

Exhibit 100% effort and a positive attitude at all training sessions and games.

Be prepared:

  • Arrive at all training sessions and games at or before the time designated by your coach or team manager. Notify your coach and team manager in advance of any absences.
  • Dress appropriately in the proper uniform or training kit including appropriate footwear.
  • Bring your gear, including cleats and/or flats, shin guards, an appropriately-sized and inflated soccer ball and water to all games and training sessions.
  • Be match ready: get adequate sleep and nutrition prior to each game.
  • Demonstrate good sportsmanship at all times towards opponents, referees, parents of opposing players, teammates and coaches.

Non-compliance with any of the above may result in appropriate disciplinary action up to and including reassignment or removal from the team.

PARENTS

Parents play a special role in fulfilling the needs of and contributing to the development of children–and not just their own children. Through encouragement and good example parents and guardians can help assure that all Rise athletes learn good sportsmanship and self-discipline. To this end, the role of each Rise parent or guardian is very simple: behave as a parent, not as a coach or referee. In addition to supporting their sons and daughters in fulfilling their player commitments, Rise parents are asked to commit to the following:

  • Pay your player’s fees on time and in full.
  • Keep your household information up to date including current address, phone numbers and email addresses.
  • To the extent that your player relies on you for transportation, ensure that they arrive on time for all for all training sessions and games.
  • Wait 24 hours following the end of any game or training session before approaching a Coach, Team Manager, Club Official or volunteer to discuss a complaint or concern arising from the game or training session.
  • Don’t be a sideline ref or coach:
    Avoid direct communication – verbal or non-verbal – with Rise players and coaches during training sessions and games.
    Avoid communication of any kind with referees and opposing players and coaches during or after games.
  • Avoid the use of profanity and abusive language of all kinds at all events which involve or relate in any way to Rise, its players or coaching staff.
  • Avoid the use of alcohol or tobacco at all Rise SC activities.
  • Observe all rules applicable particularly to parents and to spectators in general as promulgated by the gaming league(s) in which your player participates.
  • Any reproduction of the Rise SC logo, design or tagline without written consent from Rise SC is prohibited. Trademark on the Rise SC logo and tagline are pending.

Failure of a parent to comply with the above may result in disciplinary action including but not limited to exclusion of the parent from attendance at any Rise events.

USE OF RISE SC FIELDS

Rise SC fields are for the private use of Rise SC and its partner organizations. Use of Rise SC fields for any purpose, including (but not limited to) scrimmages and private training sessions, without prior written authorization from Rise SC is strictly prohibited. Violations are subject to the sanctions as detailed in the RISE SC Handbook.

LEVEL OF PLAY

The Rise SC coaching staff exclusively decides teams’ leagues and brackets.

PROCEDURES FOR PLAYER VIOLATIONS OF THE CODE OF CONDUCT

If a team manager determines that a player demonstrates unsportsmanlike or inappropriate conduct at a game or training session, the manager can take any of the following actions:

  • Immediately remove the player from the practice or the game.
  • Refer the matter to the executive director for review and possible sanction. A Rise SC official will investigate and determine what, if any, sanctions will apply. Sanctions may include, but are not limited to, a warning, suspension, probation and/or dismissal from the Club. Our procedures will be in accordance with all state and/or local guidelines for participation and promoting the mission and values of Rise SC. In all cases of disciplinary sanction, our executive director’s decisions are final and not subject to appeal. Players suspended or dismissed will not receive refunds.

PROCEDURES FOR PARENT/GUARDIAN VIOLATIONS OF THE CODE OF CONDUCT

If the team manager determines that a parent or guardian violates the Code of Conduct at a game or training session, the manager may take any of the following actions:

  • Direct the offending parent to leave the field.
  • Remove the player of the offending parent from the practice or the game and direct both parent and player to leave the field.
  • Refer the matter to the executive director for review and possible sanction. The matter will be investigated and what, if any, sanctions apply will be determined. Sanctions may include, but are not necessarily limited to, a warning, suspension probation and/or dismissal from the Club. Rise SC procedures are in accordance with all state and/or local guidelines for participation and promoting the mission and values of the Rise Soccer Club. The executive director’s decisions are final and not subject to appeal.

PROCEDURES FOR ADDRESSING GRIEVANCES

If an issue concerns you, please follow the procedure described below. Contact information for coaching staff members can be found on this website.

If the issue concerns the team (which includes parents) on which your player plays or concerns your player directly:

  1. Discuss the matter with your player’s team manager.
  2. If that fails to address the issue, then direct the concern to your player’s coach.
  3. If you feel your team manager or coach has not addressed your concerns adequately, contact the boys or girls director of coaching.
  4. If, after speaking with the director of coaching, you feel the issue has still not been addressed adequately, you may then contact the executive director.

If the issue concerns a team manager:

  1. Talk to that team manager, if possible.
  2. If that’s not a viable option, then talk to the coach.
  3. If you feel the coach has not addressed your concerns adequately, then contact the appropriate boys or girls director of coaching.
  4. If, after speaking with the director of coaching, you feel the issue has still not been addressed adequately, you may then contact the executive director.

If the issue concerns a coach:

  1. First talk to the team manager, if possible. If that’s not a viable option, then you may talk to the appropriate boys or girls director of coaching.
  2. If, after speaking with the director of coaching, you feel the issue has still not been addressed adequately, you may then contact the executive director.

If the matter concerns the Executive Director:

  1. First, talk to the executive director, if possible. If that’s not a viable option, then you may contact the club president.

Code of Conduct Violations:

Any violations of the Code of Conduct or other applicable Club agreements or policies will be referred to the executive director for investigation and potential sanctions. Such sanctions may include, but are not necessarily limited to, a warning, suspension,
probation and/or dismissal from the Club. The decisions of our executive director are final and not subject to appeal.

These procedures were created to ensure that Rise SC meets the needs of its families in an open, consistent and objective manner. If you feel that any unusual circumstances hinder or are outside the scope of these procedures, please contact the executive
director or club president.

PLAY-UP POLICY

As a general rule, Rise SC players play within their natural age group. Exceptions to this general rule are at the sole discretion of the Executive Director.

LATE TEAM FORMATION AND TRYOUT

In some cases, Rise SC may need to merge age groups to form a hybrid team or may have a player who moves to the area after teams have been formed. If all age-appropriate teams are formed and there is not a roster space available in the player’s natural age group, the player could play at the next age group, assuming space is available, and only after being evaluated by our coaching staff and approved by the executive director. Such players are required to be evaluated within their natural age group the following season.

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