FC Boston Scorpions Club Policies

Player fees families are responsible to pay the fees set by the club on the timetable set by the club. If/when a family fails to pay the player fees the player may be made ineligible until the fees are caught up.  

Player Fee Reduction or Waiver

FC Boston, upon written request, will consider whether to reduce a players fee for the playing year.  Families must complete a request form and provide most recent tax returns to verify income.  Financial relief is based only on financial need. Very few, if any, players will receive a full reduction of fees. Form available on request from club Treasurer. 

Refund Policy

FC Boston player fees are typically non refundable.  FC Boston's Board may grant an exception at the sole discretion of the club Board should they decide that special circumstances warrant an exception.

Fundraising Policy

FC Boston teams are free to fundraise in any reasonable manner.  Fundraising projects are done by teams outside the umbrella of the club.  Money raised belongs to the team, any money lost would be the team’s responsibility. 

Teams need to obtain club approval for each fundraising project prior to commencing from either the Boys or Girls Director, including the fundraising plan and purpose.  Fundraising teams must use the correct FC Boston logo, colors, and fonts.  Teams should contact the club if they are unsure about the logo, fonts, and colors.  Teams should avoid using similar fundraisers.   Teams should market to groups outside the club as much as possible.  Teams should not do any fundraising that conflicts with the FC Boston fundraisers. 

Dual Rostering Policy

It will be against FC Boston policy for any FC Boston player to be a member of another club or to play regularly with another club while simultaneously a member of FC Boston.

Rationale

  • Scheduling conflicts.
  • ’Single voice’ development compromised.
  • Exposure to tampering.
  • Blurred loyalties
  • Negative affect on team morale.
  • Exhaustion/injuries.
  • Possibility of both clubs playing each other

Youth soccer, town travel soccer, school soccer and ID programs are not considered other clubs for the purpose of this policy. 

FC Boston does not prohibit play with the above organizations. We do expect that FC Boston players will make FC Boston their first priority.

Violation of the section that prohibits a player from joining a second soccer club will be cause for release from FC Boston without refund. 

Attendance

FC Boston players are expected to attend training.  Players are expected to let their coaches know if/when they will be absent.  Unacceptable attendance may cause loss of playing time.  

Playing Time

Because of certain league requirements that the boys program are bound by we will address boys and girls separately. The principles are similar.  

All teams  Factors that are used to determine playing time are attendance, effort, attitude, skill and effectiveness.  FCB has a parallel policy that requires that players attend training regularly or be subject to reduced playing time.

Girls

ECNL and NPL team players playing time will depend on the relative importance and the difficulty of the particular game.  In ideal circumstances, which sometimes occur, players would play equally.  Some games are more important and/or difficult than others and players abilities vary so coaches need to make decisions. FC Boston ECNL and NPL girls coaches are instructed to give all players as much time as possible while still trying to win games. ECNL and NPL team coaches make the playing time decisions for their teams with the understanding that an important goal of FCB is for all players to have a positive playing experience. ECNL and NPL will be playing the best teams in the Northeast and beyond.  The highest levels of youth soccer demand that a teams core players play large sections of challenging games.

Rationale for ECNL and NPL teams - these teams seek to play opponents at the highest premier level.  Players, coaches, parents, administrators, college recruiters and alumni all want the Elite teams to be successful on the field. To achieve that goal teams must compete to win while also trying to develop all players and maintain a cohesive team. 

ECNL and NPL team playing time suggested guidelines:

  1. Playing time during league season, averaged over the course of the season, will be no less than 45% for U14 and younger players.  Players U15 and older will be more subject to coaches decisions, but will play at least 33% of games in normal circumstances.
  2. Playing time during second tier (local) tournaments will be no less than 50% if possible for all teams.
  3. Playing time during major tournaments will be at the discretion of the coach, 33% playing time will be the minimum goal for these games as well.

In College Showcase tournaments all ECNL and NPL coaches are expected to showcase players on the team equally. 

Regional NEP teams can expect, in normal circumstances, to play at least 50% of each game in league and tournament play. 

Rationale for Regional teams - Regional teams are more developmental in nature but still very competitive.  Players who are attending practice and giving effort should expect to play no less than 50% of any game.  Some Regional teams can be very competitive and can sometimes be competing at levels almost the same as a DAP/ECNL/NPL team.  If so then the coach can tilt his playing time a bit toward that of the DAP/ECNL/NPL team policy. If a team is determined by the Director of Coaching to be a highly competitive Regional team then a meeting will be scheduled by the Director of Coaching and the team coach prior to the season to discuss the amended playing time policy.

FC Boston Regional team playing time guidelines:

  1. Playing time during league season, averaged over the course of the season, will be no less than 50% for all players.
  2. Playing time during second tier (local) tournaments will be no less than 50% if possible for all teams.
  3. Playing time during major tournaments such as State Cup, Jefferson Cup, PDA, or WAGS will be at the discretion of the coach. 33% playing time will be the minimum goal for these games as well.

Notes....

The younger the team the more likely that the coach will need to keep in mind that the players need to play to develop.

Out of State travel - Players who are traveling out of New England for a tournament will play significant time in that tournament, minimum 33% of any tournament.  If the coach believes that this may not happen he/she should inform the players’ parents in advance. 

All FCB coaches are asked to use their best judgment and not forget that children’s feelings and self esteem are at stake.  A player who is likely to play less than his/her teammates will be far more likely to understand and accept that role if it is explained ahead of time and the player shown that they are indeed important to the team’s success.

FCB recommends that coaches take advantage of games which present appropriate times to ’even out’ inequities which may be the result of games played under extreme competition.

All FCB players should be developed equally at training. All players should be given great opportunity to earn playing time by competing during training.

Players on FCB teams may request to play on the team at the next level down if they are dissatisfied with their playing time.

Tournaments

If a tournament is included in the teams player fee someone from the club will apply the team to the tournament and pay for the tournament. 

If a tournament is not included in the player fee, teams should apply and pay for that tournament on their own. 

The families of the players attending a tournament will pay the travel and lodging expenses of a coach who attends any tournament that requires travel over 100 miles and overnight stays. 

If a coach has two teams attending the same tournament they will split the coach travel costs.

Playing Up

Players aged U11 and older will be assigned to their age appropriate groups. Players may request a waiver from this policy based on either special or unusual circumstances or superior playing ability (player would be an impact player on older team). The  Boys or Girls Executive Directors will decide requests after recommendation by Regional Director.

Sideline Behavior of Spectators

FC Boston asks that all parents and other fans act appropriately.  Commenting negatively on teammates, loudly criticizing referees, engaging opposing parents in unfriendly discussion, negatively addressing coaches or players from other teams is all inappropriate. Lastly there should be no coaching by parents from the sidelines. Encouragement is of course appropriate. 

We just ask that you use your best judgement and remember during the contests that it is the players who matter. It is usually best to just cheer positively, and with dignity, for your team and children. Even though FCB has had remarkably few negative spectator incidents (great job so far) we would make it a point to ask that you not do these things:  

  1. Comment negatively about any player(s).
  2. Harass the referees.
  3. Coach the kids tactically or position them, it is very distracting for them.
  4. Draw negative attention to yourself or the club.
  5. Make the atmosphere uncomfortable for anyone else.
  6. Approach a coach with a complaint after a game. Wait at least a day.

We want to congratulate you for the exemplary behavior you have demonstrated so far. Thank you. 

Bringing Concerns forward

Any questions or concerns, should follow the chain of command as described below:

1. Team Manager

2. Head Coach

3. Regional Director

4. Executive Director of Boys or Girls

5. Board of Directors (in writing)

24 hour rule

Never approach a coach in anger or frustration.  Never approach a coach after a game or at any time when you are emotional.  Wait a day. This policy is not negotiable, families are expected to respect it.  Please wait until the appropriate time where rational discussion is more possible and lashing out less likely.

Assistant Coach’s Role on Game day

Some teams have assistant coaches. Assistant coaches generally help head coaches during training and prior to games. In some cases assistant coaches may stand in the place of a head coach who can’t be at the game. During games it is important for only one coach to be making the tactical instructions to players on the field.  Assistant coaches should refrain from participating in the tactical and individual coaching of players during games. Head coaches must have the full attention of the team during games and the possibility of conflicting or confusing information must be eliminated.

Assistant coaches should also avoid addressing the refereeing crews. 

Each team will have their own dynamic between coach and assistant coach(es) concerning team warmups, GK preparation etc... but the head coach should be the only person making tactical instructions to on field players during games.

All coaches should dress appropriately during practice and games. FC Boston gear should be worn at games.

Traveling to Tournaments
There is a right way and a wrong way to travel to tournaments. We would like our club to know how to ’travel well’ and we would like to be recognized as a club that does travel well. Here are some of the things that it is important to do the ’right’ way.

All players/families should stay in the same hotel at away tournaments. Any change from this should be approved by coach. If possible all FCB teams should stay in the same hotel if more than one team attends. Communicate with the other teams attending about this in advance. Staying together makes it easier to communicate with people about changes. Staying in the same hotel increases the team building aspect of the experience, an important factor.

Get the rest that you need.  There is a temptation to stay up late because you are on ’vacation’. Remember that to play well your body needs sleep. You also cannot think, act or react as well when you are tired, all important aspects of how well you will play. Remember that your teammates have spent a lot of time, money and effort to get to the tournament and that they are counting on you.  Your playing time could well suffer if you aren’t prepared to play, devaluing your tournament experience. Your team coach may give a curfew time. If your coach does that you are expected to honor it. If your coach doesn’t choose to give a curfew time use your best judgment. Eight hours of sleep is best. If a player shows up unprepared to play the club will support a coach that does not use that player as much, including when a players family decides to get up at 5AM and drive 3 hours to an 830AM game to avoid a hotel night. 

Get the nutrition that you need.  Players absolutely need to eat and hydrate properly. Their bodies use a lot of energy during tournaments considering all the travel and play. Eating fast food will be a negative, eating appropriate foods will be a positive. We would suggest that players start eating and drinking properly days in advance. This is something that the parents really need to make sure about.

Don’t bring negative attention to yourself, your team or the club. Running around the hotel noisily is annoying to the other people in the hotel. Wearing a club game shirt or warm-up suit while doing so brings negative attention to your team and the entire club. Remember that people will see what you do. Act appropriately.

Arrive to games between 45 mins and 1 hour early depending on what your coach asks. Warm up together and in earnest. Look sharp. Look like a team.  Driving 3-4 hours or more to a game tends to make players less effective. If/when that happens the coach may choose to reduce playing time. 

Teams should consider supporting the other club teams. When that happens it is a tremendous positive for the team that is playing and it creates a very favorable impression of the club...FC Boston, your club.

Good luck at your tournaments.  They can be one of the most enjoyable experiences you will have during your club career. They can also be very disappointing when things don’t go well. Awareness of pitfalls, preparation and common sense can help you increase the chances that your tournament experience will be great.

High School Soccer and other sports

FCB recognizes HS soccer as an important aspect of the FCB players lives. In the absence of playing opportunities in Massachusetts for U15 and older players we support participation in HS soccer by FCB players, with the exception of some boys teams who are subject to certain rules restricting play. 

During HS season HS players who are practicing and playing with their HS teams are discouraged from attending their FCB team practices. Players who attempt to do both seriously risk overuse injuries, exhaustion and poor grades. HS players are encouraged and expected to attend games on Sundays as a means to stay connected to the team through the season. These players may/may  not play, coaches decision. The FCB team coach should use good judgment as to how much a HS player should participate if they appear tired/injured. If a player is fit they should be treated as any other player with strong attendance is treated.

During HS season no attendance will be kept for players participating with their High Schools. FCB attendance records should begin when the HS season ends.

Winter and Spring HS sports are discouraged but not prohibited. If an FC Boston player participates in winter or spring HS sports absences resulting from that will have consequences from minor to major, relative to how often games or practices are missed. The players that are attending regularly will be the players that teams rely on and will form the team around. 

Lightning

This policy is intended for the safety of the players and any other young people that may be around. Any and all FCBcoaches present are responsible for its implementation. Parents are free to make decisions for themselves but while a player (even a player with a parent present) is at a club practice or game, even with a parent, they are expected to respect the policy.  When the fields are cleared every player is expected to be under shelter in a car or building.  Even if a parent is present and feels like standing outside the players may not.  The players can come back out when practice is resumed.  Do your best to keep everyone safe.

All individuals have the right to head for cover in order to seek a safe structure if the person feels in danger of impending lightning activity, without fear of repercussions or penalty from anyone.  

  1. When thunder is heard or lightning is seen, clear the field(s). All FC Boston coaches and staff are expected to enforce this player safety policy. Players can return to fields 20 minutes after last visible/audible lightning. 
  2. Every coach is responsible for their team if alone. Any FT FCB employee may make the decision to clear fields for any club group present at any time. All coaches and players must immediately respect that decision.
  3. When there is no access to buildings, use vehicles. If a safe building is available, use it.
  4. Wait until weather clears before returning to fields. If in question err on the side of caution.

Handicap Parking Policy

FC Boston requests that families do not use HP parking spaces to drop off players, idle or park.  It is illegal and is also disrespectful to HP people who actually need those spaces.  Please respect this policy at all facilities that FC Boston is using for practices or games.  

Fred Marks

781-831-0904

scorpionssoccer@aol.com