LAKESHOREUNITED Inc., SOCCER CLUB
Rules and Regulations
Since Lakeshore United Soccer Club was founded in 1992, we have enjoyed many successes on and off the soccer field. Some key reasons for our success and longevity have been to communicate clearly with club members, to provide fair playing opportunities and to conduct club business in an organized and fair manner. These club rules and regulations are important guidelines for conducting club operations for continued success in the spirit of this soccer club. Before you agree to become a member of this club, please take the time to read and understand this document.
Club Name and Logo
The club name is Lakeshore United Inc., Soccer Club (as defined in the Club Constitution). The club Shield is below
This logo is for the exclusive use of Lakeshore United Inc., Soccer Club. It may be used on all club equipment and T-shirts, warm up suits, bag, hats, etc. Only this logo can be used. No variation of this logo may be used for any purpose. Only the club Board of Directors may vary the club logo.
Club and Team
Members of Lakeshore United Soccer Club agree to put the Club interests ahead of the team. When decisions are made regarding conflicts between the Club and a particular team, the Club will come first. Club decisions will be made by a majority vote of the Board of Directors. The decisions of the Board will be final and without appeal.
Team and Individual
Members of the Club agree to put the interests of the team ahead of the interests of the player. If conflicts arise between a team and player, the team coach, under the guidance of the Club Board, will be responsible to make decisions for the good of the team. Decisions will be made after gathering all relevant information and with consultations of those involved. The coach’s decisions will be objective and based upon the best evaluation of the facts. Once a decision has been made, the players must agree to abide with the decision.
Lakeshore United Soccer Club is about promoting participation, education, physical development and enjoyment of the sport of soccer in an organized club environment. Participation of our club players, coaches, game officials and spectators should be positive in nature. The Club expects its members to display a high level of sportsmanship and fair play.
All participants in our club are expected to comply with our “Codes of Conduct” as defined in this document.
Lakeshore United Inc., Soccer Club is a volunteer based organization. As such, we rely heavily on our membership for ensuring our club operates smoothly in all functions. Each club team is expected to donate time contributing towards club operations and the overall betterment of the club. Any club member may discuss ways of volunteering time with the Club Board of Directors or emailing the club account.
2. Club Authorities and Procedures
Authority of the Club Board of Directors
The Club Board of Directors shall conduct the business of the Club in accordance with the Club Constitution and published policies and rules of the Club. The Board will also conduct club business pursuant to published rules of other declared authorities and governing organizations.
Authority of Club Appointees
Appointed positions shall manage the business of their role as defined by the Board and shall report on their role and club business where requested by the Board.
Appointees may be requested to review their function with the Board and revise or modify their role if deemed necessary.
Revoking an Appointment
The Board may choose to revoke an appointment from an individual. An appointment may be revoked following a determination by the Board that an appointed person has:
- Misused their position in managing club business for personal gain.
- Managed or interfered with club business outside the scope of their defined responsibilities. Conducted themselves in contravention of published club rules.
- Been unable to perform the required functions satisfactorily.
- The Board will discuss the raised concern(s) with the appointed before making a final determination on the future of the appointed member in their role.
3. General Operations
The Club will own equipment for use by club teams. Club Equipment will be managed by a Club Equipment Manager which will be appointed by the Board of Directors. The Club Equipment Manager will:
- maintain an inventory of all club equipment
- manage the timely delivery and return of club equipment to/from club team coaches
- work with team coaches to determine the required equipment for club teams.
It is the responsibility of the team coaches (and any players in possession of club equipment) to collect and promptly return all club equipment following the completion of their competition.
Team coaches and players are expected to comply with all club equipment policies and to observe communicated return deadlines as set forth by the Board of Directors and Club Equipment Manager. Failure to return club equipment within these terms will be subject to club discipline.
Players will provide their own playing equipment (including soccer shoes).
Practice and game uniforms will be supplied by the club and are considered club equipment.
The Club will provide a goalkeeper equipment for each team.
Fields and Facilities Management
The Club Board of Directors, or a designated appointed member, will manage all field and facility bookings for use by the club. The Club will book required fields and facilities as needed but will observe the guidelines of the membership approved club budget.
Any club member can approach the Board or appointed member with input for bookings or offer assistance to secure facilities, but the club will only pay for bookings as approved by stated club authorities.
The Club will manage the player registration process with the appropriate district and league authorities.
Annual Club membership fee - $50.00 per player.
All other team fees will be determined by the team managers.
4. Team Management
Team Coach Responsibilities
The team coach assumes all team internal and external management responsibilities.
- Acts as official team contact for club, league and district.
- Handles team official functions required at team matches.
- Manages team roster selection in conjunction with other club coaches.
- Provides all team requirements to club, league and district as required, including but not limited to discipline matters.
- Represent the team at club executive meetings.
- Upholds club rules within the team.
- Organizing and conducting team practices.
- Maintaining a safe and positive playing environment for all team members.
- Managing the team lineup and coordinating player callups.
- Managing game day duties for the team.
- Communicating team information to the players including game schedules, practices, carpool arrangements, etc.
The team coach may elect to delegate some of these responsibilities to one or more team managers. Team managers manage any of these responsibilities are expected to perform the role with due diligence that would be expected from the team coach.
The team coach will set team practice policy with agreement of the Club Head Coach. The team practice policy must be suitable for the relative competitive level for the team.
Practices should be conducted in a safe and positive playing environment.
Each team practice should have a plan within the development framework for the team.
It is recommended that practices include segments devoted to physical fitness, individual ball skills and team tactics.
Game Day Duties
The team coach and/or assistants will manage the following game day duties:
- Coordinate availability and setup of required equipment including net, corner flags, game ball, team jerseys etc.
- Facilitating card checking procedures and submitting required game documentation per league rules.
- Manage player substitutions during games, or set a pre-defined arrangement for the players to follow.
- Collect copies of game sheets from game official following match.
- Ensure that all team equipment is collected before leaving field after match.
Conflict Resolution within a Team
There are club procedures for resolving a dispute within a team to ensure all conflicts, problems, concerns and violations are properly and fairly addressed.
An individual can submit a concern or conflict for which they request a satisfactory resolution. The individual should refer to the following line of authority for resolving all disputes within a team.
Until a decision has been rendered by the current level of authority, an individual should not approach the next layer of authority in this conflict resolution process. A decision by any authority level should not take more than 7 days but all club authorities will work with the complainant to address the matter with a timely decision.
Club Head Coach
Club Board of Directors
5. Codes of Conduct
Club Member Code of Conduct
- A member is expected to comply with all club rules, regulations, and policies - including but not limited to discipline, club equipment and registration policies.
- A member is expected to promote sportsmanship both within and outside the Club.
- A member is expected to address any and all other club members in any communications of club and team matters with respect and cooperation.
Standards of Conduct at Club Matches
All players, coaches and spectators are expected to comply with the following conduct expectations before, during and after matches.
1. All participants are expected to convey a positive attitude towards opposing players, coaches, spectators and game officials.
2. Participants will NOT make disrespectful or inflammatory remarks to any players, team officials, spectators or game officials.
3. The team coach is expected to control the behavior of the team’s members and supporters at matches.
4. Team members and supporters are expected to respect the team coach if asked to refrain from inappropriate behavior.
Player Code of Conduct
As a member of Lakeshore United Soccer Club, you are responsible for your own performance and conduct. Honesty, communication and reliability are expected at all times. Players are expected to participate with a positive attitude and to maintain a sense of sportsmanship and fair play.
In addition to other applicable expectations listed above, players are expected to:
1. Respect game officials and their decisions
2. Promptly attend games and practices, and notify the team coach for absences of team functions;
3. Respect other team members and the team coach;
4. Learn and respect the laws of the game
Coach Code of Conduct
As a team coach of Lakeshore United Inc., Soccer Club, you are expected to manage the business of the team and to foster an environment of positive soccer playing experiences. Honesty, communication and reliability are expected at all times.
The team coach is responsible to the players and to the club Board.
In addition to other applicable expectations listed above, coaches are expected to
Manage league and club business responsibilities for the team. Be familiar with these administrative responsibilities.
- Uphold the interests of the team and club.
- Treat game officials with respect and dignity.
- Learn and respect the laws of the game.
- Treat all players with respect and provide fair playing opportunities.
As a team coach, you are the club executive representation to the players. Maintain a positive attitude in victory and defeat and model inclusive behavior to the team members.
Other team officials that represent the team in any administrative functions should uphold their own conduct to the standards of this Coach Code of Conduct.
All red cards are reported to the Board by the team coach present at the game with a report of the incident. A report of each incident will be sent to the Board within 3 days of the match. The reporting responsibility will be considered to be of the appointed team manager where the team coach was absent for the game.
Game sheet irregularity – team Manager/Coach
Fail to appear at a hearing