2014-2015 Membership Guide
Premier RCL/WCDA Players
Dear Spokane Soccer Club Shadow Premier RCL/WCDA player,
Welcome! Congratulations on joining the finest youth soccer club in greater Spokane! We are a competitive club focused on 4 Pillars of Success:
Development | Competition | Community | Enjoyment
Please read this entire document with your parents so you all understand what is involved to start your season in good standing. You must complete the following steps within 1 week of accepting your roster membership:
1. Register online with SSC Shadow, pay club dues, RCL League fee, field rental fee and Washington Youth Soccer/US Youth Soccer membership.
One registration process and fee collection to make things easier for our families!
**A $50 late fee will be added to your club dues if you do not register and make initial payment 10 days after the coach sends you the information to register. This is due to the amount of time and resources needed to track down families that do not register or make an initial payment in a timely fashion.
Club dues support the on-going operations of the club. 85% of our budget is spent on coach/staff compensation and taxes; 15% is spent on financial assistance and club operations (equipment, education, insurance, website, phone, office materials, online registration and credit card processing fees, etc.).
SSC Shadow is committed to making youth soccer affordable for all players and offers limited financial assistance to help offset club dues. Requests for club dues financial assistance may be made during the SSC Shadow online registration process within one week of accepting your roster spot; late registrations will not be considered. Assistance is inclusive; players at any age group or level of play are welcome to apply. Financial assistance awards are based on the number of applicants and available funds. Recipients must remain in good standing at all times and requests are held in strictest confidence.
If you have questions about online registration, please contact Club Assistant, Bryan Olson.
Over 110,000 players belong to Washington Youth Soccer and over 3 million youth players are members of US Youth Soccer, the largest member of the US Soccer Federation - the governing body for soccer in the United States. Your membership includes liability/secondary insurance coverage through Washington Youth Soccer.
2. Complete the WYS Medical Release Form
Give to your team manager at your first team practice. Your coach and manager will keep a copy of this information at all practices and games in case of emergency.
3. Provide proof of your birth date (For players new this year to SSC Shadow!)
Email a copy of your certified birth certificate OR U.S. passport to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Certified birth certificates may be obtained from the county of birth. For players born in Spokane County, visit the Spokane Regional Health District, 1101 W. College Avenue.
4. First Team Account Payment
To offset coach per diem, travel expenses and tournament registrations, team account funds are collected throughout the season. Amounts vary by team and are managed by your volunteer Team Treasurer, with oversight by the SSC Shadow Bookkeeper. Team Tracking Sheets will be emailed periodically to parents showing deposits and credits for all team members for the season. Make checks payable to SSC Shadow and turn in to your Team Treasurer.
5. Offset your expenses through our Player Sponsorship Program
Offset your club dues or team expenses by pursuing financial sponsorships from family, friends, and businesses, through our Player Sponsorship Program. As you find donors interested in supporting your soccer, have them complete the form and mail their donation to the club! Make sure your name is listed on the form so your account is credited properly.
Download the Player Sponsorship Form here
Potential Player Sponsorship Letter Template:
City, State Zip Code
Playing soccer is one of my passions and favorite sports. As a member of the ____ team of the Spokane Soccer Club Shadow, I am asking for your consideration of a tax-deductible sponsorship to support my soccer experience. I am excited to be a part of a club that focuses on youth soccer development, competition, community and enjoyment.
This year, club dues are $___, plus uniform and team expenses. Club dues cover coaching costs, equipment, field rental, and organizational expenses. It is my hope, with your assistance, that I can raise funds to offset my club dues. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law. Spokane Soccer Club Shadow is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization; EIN #20 8739886.
Add a personalized paragraph here about your tryout experience, past playing experiences, your teammates, your coach, your favorite thing about soccer. (Tell YOUR story!)
If you are able to help, please complete the enclosed sponsorship form and return to SSC Shadow at your convenience. Make your check payable to Spokane Soccer Club Shadow and list my name in the memo line.
In return, we will list your company information on our website. It will include information you provide us - a link to your web page, physical address and contact information. You will also receive a confirmation letter of thanks for your records.
We encourage all the members of our club to support the businesses and individuals who support us. Thank you for your consideration. If you have any questions regarding Spokane Soccer Club Shadow, please visit our website or contact me at _______.
Your Name here
6. Get jersey number assigned by your coach
SSC Shadow coaches assign jersey numbers to avoid duplication within each age group.
Consult your coach and team manager to confirm your jersey number before you order your uniform kit!
7. Order Nike uniform through Eurosport
Uniforms are purchased every two years, so plan for growth!
Eurosport is our uniform vendor and orders are made online at www.soccer.com. Players will order online and pay Eurosport directly. Sample sizes will be made available so players can find the right fit before they order. Stay tuned for uniform information!
8. Communication to and from SSC Shadow
SSC Shadow relies on email for its main mode of communication. We work hard to keep our website (www.spokanesoccerclubshadow.org) and Facebook pages updated. We will email you our Shadow Review newsletter and Stoppage Time news flashes throughout the season.
Provide us a working email addresses you check regularly when you register with SSC Shadow so we can stay in touch! Contact information you share with SSC Shadow is confidential. We promise to never share, sell or rent contact information to any outside party!
9. Information from your coach
Your coach will share expectations for practices, tournaments, league play, State Cup, etc., as well as their coaching philosophy, goals and how they will communicate with the team. Our coaches are simply outstanding! No finer staff exists in the region. Please follow their lead, ask questions and get to know them. Understanding that 95% of them hold full-time jobs outside of SSC Shadow coaching, please thank them often for giving their evenings and weekends to coach you.
If you, as a player, need to visit with your coach, you need to do so in person. You are welcome to have your parents with you, but you need to voice your own issues and concerns; this is YOUR experience to manage. We are here to help you grow and learn how to advocate for yourself in a supportive way. In order to do that, we want you to communicate with us openly, honestly and early, if issues arise. If you meet with your coach, but still have unresolved issues, your second contact is Technical Director, Abbas Faridnia. Your final contact is SSC Shadow Board President, Wayne Butler.
If your parents have an issue or grievance with your coach or team, please ask them to sort out them out right away, instead of taking them to the sidelines and other parents. If your parents are coaching you or your teammates from the sidelines, please ask them to stop, relax and enjoy the game. Remind them that soccer should be fun and that you have a professional coach to train and direct how you play!
10. Get Player’s Practice Schedule
SSC Shadow does not own soccer fields. We rent from the City, County and privately-owned facilities. In addition to your outstanding sportsmanship, all players and parents are expected to be wonderful stewards of the facilities provided to us, leaving them in better shape than we find them!
We know you are busy and need to plan ahead. We work diligently to schedule practices as far in advance as possible, but there are many factors to consider:
95% of our coaches have jobs elsewhere and we try to work around those schedules as best as possible.
Fields allocations are not always consistent and may pose challenges.
There are other users at the fields, including high schools.
Fields can close for whatever reason. In cases of inclement weather, SSC Shadow follows these school closure policies:
Practices in the City of Spokane will be cancelled if Spokane School District 81 is closed.
Practices in the City of Spokane Valley will be cancelled if Central Valley School District is closed.
Craven’s Coffee Warehouse has been made available to our club at no charge for many years - we heartily endorse their coffee and thank them for their sponsorship!
11. Learn about team business, League Affiliations & tournaments
Parent volunteers serve as Team Managers and Team Treasurers on every Premier RCL/WCDA team. They provide clear communication and to allow the coach to focus on coaching. Parents, please keep their contact information in your cell phone, read their emails, reply promptly and thank them for their time!
SSC Shadow Leagues & Affiliations
12. Review your Club Policies
Learn your policies regarding Player Safety, Playing Time, Injury, Lightning Safety, No Pay/No Play, Refunds, Tournaments, Guest Playing, Player Sponsorships, Fundraising, Email/Texting/Social Media, Website Privacy & Security and Logo Use.
13. Additional member benefits
* Open Practice Policy!
Club success shows that players who seek training opportunities in addition to their team trainings will progress faster in the game. When field space and coaching coverage allow, the club’s practices are “open” to all interested players in the club. Player’s must seek permission one week in advance from the coach whose training they will visit.
* APEX Physical Therapy Wellness Tips - From Head to Toe!
Wellness Articles: On injury prevention, nutrition, hydration, and stretching to keep you moving on the soccer field.
Free Injury Screenings: As schedule and availability allow, APEX PT staff offers free injury screenings to SSC Shadow players at their offices.
14. Contact Us
General questions: Call Peggy at 509.850.7787
Questions about coaching or levels of play: Call Niko at 509.869.6176
Spokane Soccer Club Shadow
P.O. Box 18176
Spokane, WA 99228-0176
Thank you for joining SSC Shadow! With your roster acceptance, you and your family have given your word that you are fully committed to your team for the entire 2014-2015 season - from tryouts to the end of the State Cup tournament. You have made a promise to your teammates, their parents, your coach and club that you will represent yourself and SSC Shadow at the highest levels of commitment as you develop into a better soccer player.
We appreciate your commitment of time, loyalty, finances and support. In return, we pledge our expertise, education, loyalty and passion for the game. Together, we will take you to the next competitive level of your game - having fun and working hard along the way!
Go SSC Shadow!
Abbas Faridnia Wayne Butler
Technical Director Board President
Our Community Vision
By working together within a player-centered philosophy, Spokane Soccer Club Shadow offers the highest quality coaching, training and competition available in greater Spokane. We focus on each player’s long-term development and passion for soccer. We keep things straightforward for parents to alleviate confusion. We keep expenses as low as possible. We are committed to honest leadership, collaboration and transparency.
Spokane Soccer Club Shadow is a non-profit club serving greater Spokane’s premier, select and developmental soccer families. We offer the highest standards of youth soccer advancement, delivering a unique package of development, competition, enjoyment and community by expert, certified coaches.