The development within any discipline is a long term process, no more true than in youth sports and especially a highly technical game such as soccer. It is important that we as a club and members keep our focus on the long term vision of the player, team, and club in order to provide our players with the environment, experience, and opportunity to grow as possible. All Players, Parents, and Staff will adhere to the following in order to be part of Alchemy Soccer Club:
● The players responsibility in the process is to play, have fun, and improve
● The player must embrace their role in the team and the club
● The player will respect him/herself, teammates, parents, opponent, referees, and coaches
● The player must be coachable
● The player understands that playing soccer for Alchemy is a privilege and not a right and thus will adhere to the player’s code of conduct to remain a part of the club.
● The coaches responsibility in the process is to coach and teach the players.
● The coach determines the information that must be delivered and how it must be delivered
● The coach makes all decision as it relates to the players development within the team and club context
● The coach will set an example with regards to code of conduct in training and matches
● The parents responsibility in the process is to support the player, coach, team, and club
● The parent provides transportation to the team activities
● The parent provides financial support to the player
● The parent ensures that the player is in a productive and safe environment
Being the parent of an Alchemist is different than being with a community soccer club. Being a successful part of the development process requires understanding of what affects the player and some things the player might go through. Parental reaction in adverse circumstances has a significant, and direct impact on the speed of players development and ultimately on the success or failure of the player. Support your child as a parent, let experts coach your player as an athlete.
● Expect frustration and disappointment from the player at times
● Expect ups and downs throughout the process
● View success through the lens of your player’s individual player development (using left foot, defending hard, communicating to teammates, scoring a goal, etc) not via results
● Be supportive vs. critical of the coach, program, team and player
● Fostering player maturity and responsibility vs. blame, player accountability
● Frequently remind the player of the long-term process
● Foster individual accountability and create an environment for your player to associate hard work with success
The following are some basic guidelines to follow as a parent:
● Communication should come from the player, not the parent if at all possible (no agents!)
● Never watch training from a distance that allows the player to be aware of your presence
● Never approach the coach in an emotional state immediately following training or games (please allow 48 hours to address any issues you may have).
● Never criticize players, coaches, or referees – it destroys, relationships and chemistry
● Never coach or yell from the sidelines. Your responsibility is to support the player, coach and the team
The long term value of the athletic experience is dictated by the relationships that grow from it, and the life lessons learned. These relationships and experiences only develop after certain standards and expectations are met. Players that embrace the standards and expectations will have a tremendous experience on and off the field, will have the most likelihood of success in achieving their personal goals and will be positively developed through this process. If you disagree with the philosophy of Alchemy, it may be in the players’ best interest to seek a new opportunity. We look forward to continuing to work with the Alchemy players and parents and building a special soccer community.