The boys soccer program at Spring Lake Park High School is focused on the growth and development of all participants. First as a person, second as a student and third as an athlete.
The goals of this program include:
- Development of personal integrity, good sportsmanship and a sense of commitment to task and team
- Development of skills and strategies particular to the sport of soccer, as well as a positive approach to athletic competition
- Development of a competitive spirit and lifelong interest in soccer
- Development of an understanding of the importance of the maintenance of physical fitness and living a healthy lifestyle
Philosophy: The boys soccer program at Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony High Schools is concerned with the growth and development of all participants. First as a person, second as a student and third as an athlete.
The goals of this program include:
- Development of personal integrity, good sportsmanship, and a sense of commitment to task and team.
- Development of skills and strategies particular to the sport of soccer, as well as a positive approach to athletic competition.
- Development of a competitive spirit and lifelong interest in soccer,
- Development of an understanding of the importance of the maintenance of physical fitness and living a healthy lifestyle.
Membership: The Varsity squad will consist of the top 16-21 soccer players, grades 9-12 at Spring Lake Park/St Anthony High Schools. All prospective players will be evaluated, in terms of skill level, work ethic and ability, in the first week of practice and then continually throughout the rest of the season. Players may be moved between squad levels throughout the season.
There are 4 levels of boys soccer teams. The "C" level squad consists of boys in the 9th grade that do not qualify for Varsity. 9th graders that do not qualify for Varsity will not be considered for the “B” or “JV” levels. The "B" level squad consists of 10th & 11th graders that do not qualify for “JV” or “Varsity,” the "JV" squad consists of 10th – 12th graders and the “Varsity” squad consists of 10th - 12th graders, as well as exceptional 9th graders.
Dress Code: All participants in Spring Lake Park/St Anthony Soccer Program will wear uniform game attire in compliance with Minnesota State High School League rules. This precludes the wearing of undergarments that extend beyond the length of the uniform shorts and shirts - unless otherwise approved by the coaching staff. It should also be noted that, in accordance with league rules, players are not to wear headbands, jewelry, etc. Any player who fails to comply with established dress codes will forfeit his opportunity to play in that day’s contest.
Conduct/Language/Respect: Participants in this soccer program are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that reflects this program's philosophy. The following rules apply to practice and game/field situations.
- Verbal or physical abuse of teammates, opponents or officials will not be tolerated. Use of offensive/abusive language or abusive behavior may result in the suspension of a player until a full review of the situation can be made.
- Verbal or physical abuse of a coach may result in termination from the squad.
Attendance: Varsity soccer candidates are required to attend the twice-daily practice sessions that begin the soccer season. Players who miss these practices (due to family vacations, etc.) will not be considered when the varsity squad is selected, and will be placed on the Junior Varsity team until the coaching staff has an opportunity to assess the skills and conditioning of those players who missed these early sessions. Varsity players are required to attend all practice sessions throughout the season.
All players are expected to be on time and to attend all practices and games. Players need to receive prior consent from their coach for anticipated tardiness or absence. Players who are tardy or absent from practice or games without prior consent will be dealt with on an individual basis by his coach.
Players will not be excused from practice or games in order to meet employment obligations. The coaching staff recommends that student athletes refrain from holding part-time or full-time jobs during the soccer season.
Disciplinary Detention/Academic Tutoring: A player who misses a practice because he has been assigned to after-school detention will be suspended for the next scheduled contest. Absence or tardiness due to academic tutoring will be excused provided the player has secured the consent of his coach.
Team Rapport: A player whose attitude, manner, or behavior proves to be a detriment to the team will be apprised of the situation by the coaching staff. A plan will be devised to remedy the situation. Should repeated intervention be required or proves to net unsatisfactory results, the player in question may be suspended from the team, pending a meeting with the coaching staff, the athlete, and the athlete's parents.
Sub-Varsity: All team rules herein stated apply to all levels of the Spring Lake Park/St Anthony Boys Soccer Program.
Uniforms/Equipment: All uniforms and equipment are property of Spring Lake Park/St Anthony Athletic Department and must be returned in the same condition they were received. Normal wear is expected. Uniforms/warm ups are not to be worn for practices. Player borrowing a soccer ball for the season does so with the understanding it will be returned or replaced if lost. All equipment will be cleaned and returned within one week after the player’s final game.
Coaches Availability: Team members or parents who wish to communicate with the coach regarding specific concerns should contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a meeting. The coach will return parents' calls at his earliest convenience.
Player/Parent Concerns: Any player concerns should be brought to the coaching staff by the player, first and foremost. We will not discuss player concerns with the parents prior to speaking with the player regarding said concerns. We are trying to teach the players the ability to advocate on their own behalf. If, after discussing with the coach, the player does not feel the issue was resolved or addressed in a satisfactory manner, we will then meet with the parent to discuss if desired. All parent discussions regarding player issues should be done in the presence of two coaches. Lastly, coaches will not discuss player issues directly following a game, and instead will set a time that works for both parties.