CORE VALUES Beliefs Decisions Behaviors 1. Work hard to win every play. 2. Ensure that your actions enhance team cohesion. 3. Build relationships by communicating and listening. 4. Have a learning mindset and be process oriented. 5. Compete every day and improve fundamentals making yourself and others better. 6. Be in the moment. Fully engage, and enjoy your drive!
ACADEMICS POLICY The first priority of all student athletes is their own pursuit of academic excellence. Coaches periodically check in with the student-athletes to make sure each is reaching his academic potential and taking care of business in the classroom. All members of the soccer program must maintain at least a C average (73) in all classes. If you have any questions, please contact the coaches.
Soccer participants must also meet the academic requirements of both the MIAA and Shepherd Hill in order to be eligible to compete. No exceptions.
ATTENDANCE POLICY Team members are expected to attend all games, practices, meetings, classroom sessions and organized team activities. Not attending these events will potentially result in suspension or ineligibility.
1 Unexcused Absence: Player is ineligible for the 1st half of upcoming game
2+ Unexcused Absence: Player is ineligible for one game and may face additional discipline.
The coaching staff must be made aware of all absences from team activities prior to the absence.
All absences will be considered unexcused unless approved by Head Coach.
Unexcused tardies are treated individually at the discretion of the Head Coach.
Habitual absence or late arrival could lead to immediate dismissal from the team.
Students must be present for school in order to be eligible to participate in that day’s practice or game. If the practice or game falls on a Saturday, this attendance rule applies to the preceding Friday. Students are considered absent from school if they arrive after 11:00 AM or get dismissed prior to 11:00 AM without returning. Students serving In-House areconsidered ineligible for athletics for the day that they serve.
EQUIPMENT PROTOCOL Team members are responsible for the equipment and clothing issued to them. These items include all uniform items and practice jersey. Only school issued equipment and clothing must be worn during scheduled games and practices.
Weekly and Game day equipment responsibilities will be posted and must be adhered to rigorously.
Equipment issues should be resolved prior to all game days.
It is the responsibility of the player to wash all clothing (issued and personal) in a timely manner. Uniforms must be cleaned for each game. Practice bibs must also be washed regularly.
Players are expected to only wear equipment and clothing issued to THEM. Players will not be allowed to participate in any team activity if they are wearing equipment or clothing issued to another teammate, and it will be considered an unexcused absence and treated accordingly. Habitual offenders will face potential consequences.
Team members should be prepared for any type of practice scenario, EVERY day. Keep in mind the soccer teams practice on grass and the turf, but players should always have soccer flats or running shoes on hand. Soccer socks and shin guards must be worn during practice unless otherwise specified by the coaching staff.
Team members will not be allowed to participate in the weight room without sneakers. If a player is unable to participate due to not having the proper footwear, it will be considered an unexcused absence and treated accordingly.
GAME DAY PROTOCOL
Varsity starters and game day schedule will be posted in the locker room on the morning of each game. When the schedule says mandatory report time, that means players must be IN the locker room at that time. Any taping, treatment, etc. must be done prior. Being tardy for the game or pre-game preparations will jeopardize playing time.
All team members are expected to travel to and from road games with the team on the school buses. Prior permission is needed from the Head Coach for any alternative travel plans.
All undershirts/leggings that can bee seen under uniform must be the exact same color as the uniform being worn. No sweatshirts or hoodies are allowed under jerseys. Players should wear the issued uniform socks for games and NEVER for training.
Players are to observe the "No cleats on the track" and the "No cleats in the building" rules.
HAZING POLICY There is absolutely no hazing allowed by any player. Hazing is cause for immediate dismissal from the team. If any team member feels they are being mistreated, hazed, or bullied, he should contact the Head Coach immediately.
LOCKER ROOM PROTOCOL It is the responsibility of ALL players to keep the locker room clean. Please be accountable for your own mess. Keep all personal items and equipment in your assigned locker. No equipment should be placed on top of the lockers.
Inappropriate or profane language and music lyrics are prohibited in the locker room at all times.
Observe all equipment responsibilities.
All cleats are to be put on outside and are to be removed prior to entering the building. Only enter the building using the tennis court entrance. Team members should not walk through the cafeteria when leaving/returning from games or practice.