TO: REV Member Parents
FROM: Mark Lehman, REV Member
I recently found a great article, below, titled "What Parents Should Say as Their Kids Perform" that supports my feelings about our roles [as spectators and fans] on game day. I welcome everyone to read this and embrace the message.
(Parent/Guardian must read the following, and sign the Code of Conduct Pledge. Managers will collect a signed pledge from each player.)
Once rosters are received and final payment is submitted by the due date, my player is committed to the Dakota REV Soccer Club for the registered season, will be formally registered with the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association (MYSA) and may not register with another club or organization affliated with MYSA without first petitioning Dakota REV for an Interclub Transfer. The supplemental health and liability insurance benefits from registration of my player with MYSA and Dakota REV may not apply to activities not sanctioned by MYSA and Dakota REV (e.g., indoor leagues). Dakota REV is a competitively-oriented soccer club. Playing time is earned, not given. Players who, over time, do not demonstrate an ability to compete at their team’s competitive level may be released from that team.
Placement on a Dakota REV team is determined by criteria that includes playing ability, level of commitment, availability of playing positions, etc. Dakota REV coaches/evaluators will evaluate players' performance over a period of time before placement on a team. Parents are expected to fill various roles as volunteers for the annual Dakota REV Soccer Tournament.
Additionally, as a Parent of a Dakota REV Soccer Club Player, I/we will set a good example to my/our child in his/ her soccer development by adhering at all times to following Dakota REV Parent Code of Conduct Pledge.
Participating in multiple sports is encouraged as it promotes development both physically and mentally for our youth. It can prevent athletic burn-out but also can be abused where burn out becomes the problem in trying to play too many higher level sports. It’s true that the more athletic individuals typically are the better players.
The key component that we all must be aware of is that playing at the highest level of any sport requires a level of commitment and practice. Youth sports today have become almost year round at the highest levels of competition. Right or wrong, when your child is evaluated and placed on a top level team, it comes with the territory, and the training commitment should not be a surprise. Soccer is a team sport which requires a team commitment. The variation in this commitment is a team to team, coach to coach and player to player decision.
Each individual has their own set of special circumstances physically, financially and their other family commitments. We encourage multiple sport athletes to play at REV but ask that you communicate with your team as to your availability to practice in the off-season and how that will play into the player’s skill development and the teams. If you are unable to make the appropriate level of commitment to this team, we are not saying you cannot play soccer at REV, but playing on a team with a lower commitment level may be a more appropriate decision for the team and the player.