Dear San Carlos United Family,
We are delighted that you have chosen our club as the platform for your son/daughters soccer development. As a club we are committed to giving the players we work with the best environment for them to be successful.
Our core values all stem from our mission statement. We want our players to feel safe, to be passionate about the game and to work hard to develop their talent. We believe in sacrificing short-term success for long-term development & we believe in respect for all.
I hope you enjoy watching your soccer player grow, develop and have fun as much as I do.
San Carlos United – Director of Coaching
SCU Mission statement
Our club’s mission is to give competitive youth soccer players in our community, a positive learning environment to have fun, reach their potential as soccer players, and grow as individuals.
To better understand how we view soccer, below is a list of our core beliefs:
- We believe that a supportive environment is one that nurtures creativity and views mistakes as an opportunity to gain experience and learn.
- We believe that hard work, discipline and self-belief are the keys to success and overcoming adversity.
- We believe that through athletics one can develop skills, gain confidence and establish lifelong friendships.
- We believe in having fun and fostering the love of the game.
We have developed a curriculum for San Carlos United, which is available to view here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1IjQEwdVKdIXw2t0nPRHFnL-SHJVEOxTDTESTGtrQwpo/edit?usp=sharing
Our curriculum supports coaches in their mission for long-term player development.
We don’t believe wins and losses develop or define players but we do believe in competition and giving the players the correct level to develop at the fastest possible rate. Coaches via human nature will always attempt to win a game the team is playing in and so will the players. However we will not put short-term success ahead of long-term player development.
Guidelines for Players and Parents
At San Carlos United players are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that reflects positively upon one’s self, family and the club. All players will adhere to the standards below during practices and during games:
Do your best, work hard and have fun.
- Refrain from lashing out at opposing players, parents, spectators or coaches. Even when you have been fouled or someone is taunting you. Controlling your emotions and your reactions is of upmost importance. Fighting and use of mean spirited or foul language is not acceptable behavior.
- Refrain from making comments or gestures that express negative connotations towards the referees. Your focus should be working together with your teammates to achieve the goals of the team. Do not focus your energy on the referee’s decisions. Control what you can control.
- Be respectful toward your teammates and coaches. Disagreements will happen. When one works on a disagreement with respect and a positive mentality, disagreements can help the team solve problems and friendships to become stronger.
- Display good sportsmanship. When you win you do it with respect for the other team. When you lose, you don’t have to like it but you must show respect for the other team. We will shake hands with our opponents and the referees after the game is over.
Players who can’t abide by the above standards may be disciplined by the team coach or by the SCU Leadership. Helping players to become responsible young adults is important to the club and yes kids will make mistakes. However, the severity and repeated violation of above standards may result in suspension or even expulsion from the club.
Parent Team and Club Support
It is the club’s aim to foster a community of support for the club and for our teams. Your active participation is needed, as there are always many moving pieces. It takes a community to help individual players and teams achieve their goals. Please let us know if there is a way that you can help us help our soccer community.
- If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your team manager, coach or SCU Leadership.
- During the course of a season, one may disagree with a coaching decision. This is natural and it is natural to speak to the coach about it. We ask that you please do this by arranging a meeting. Meeting directly before games (coach is preparing) and directly after games (reflecting, preparing and emotions still high) are not good times to discuss any issues.
- Please do not send long emails or heated ones. Please arrange to speak with the coach, manager or SCU Leadership in person. It is very easy to misread or misinterpret a message. Especially when you don’t already have an established relationship with that person.
Parent Conduct at Games
- We have to set the right example. Please do not address the referee, opposing team’s players, parents or coaches in a negative, aggressive or confrontational manner. Our kids are watching our behavior and will copy us especially in stressful situations.
- Please refrain from coaching your child during games. Players must be focused on the moment and the instructions that have been given to the team. It can become confusing, frustrating and overwhelming for a player when both parents and coaches are trying to give direction. During games, players must be completely focused on the directions the coach has given the players and the team in order for everyone to be successful.
- Win or lose be supportive to the team and coaching staff. Your coach is 100% committed and devoted to the development of your child and the team. Win or lose they need your support to achieve individual and team goals.
Parent Conduct at Practices
- You are more than welcome to observe your child’s practice and to learn more about the game. However, at no time should you make any comments towards any players or coaches during practice. Practices are a time for coaches to coach, players to learn and for the team to continue to bond. Interruptions can hinder the learning process and add unwanted pressure to coaches and the players.
- Please help players to be on time to all practices. If players are running late, please notify the coach to warn them. If a player will need to miss a practice, please notify the coach as soon as possible. A couple of days’ notice is preferable.
It is our belief that youth soccer players may want to pursue other activities outside of Soccer at SCU. We believe that players should fulfill childhood ambitions and we simply ask that if other activities conflict with soccer you speak to your coach. It is important that the coach be aware so that they can offer you feedback on how best to support the player’s development while incorporating other activities. Issues such as overuse of a player, injuries and general safety are our biggest concerns.