Sterling Soccer Club

Parents FAQs

QUESTIONS FROM PARENTS

How come the coach made my child sit out when we were a goal behind? My child is the best player on the team!
In the recreational leagues, the goal is to develop each player and to give equal playing time (and not for the coach to take all measures to win each game). Consequently, the most experienced players will be rested various quarters throughout the season in an equitable manner along with the less experienced players.

I do not agree with the way the coach runs the team and conducts the practices.
The coaches are unpaid and have volunteered considerable time to coach the children. Occasionally, a parent has agreed to coach due to a lack of volunteers and in order to allow the children to keep a team. It is not reasonable to believe that all parents will have the same coaching style. If you can provide the coach with constructive suggestions, this should be done away from the practice field and the kids. If you feel that the coach's behavior is inappropriate towards the children, contact the Club Administrator.

The coach sometimes tells my child to stop scoring.
In the recreational leagues, it is considered improper to run up the score if one team is proving to be considerably dominant. In order to keep the score within four to six goals, the coaches will often: require the players to achieve a certain number of passes prior to scoring, pull additional players back on defense, and/or have additional players rest.

My child is a natural striker. Why does the coach insist on rotating him to every position?
The recreational league policy is for coaches to rotate the players at the various positions to give them opportunity and experience at each. Children are best developed if they learn (and have practice at) each position. There will be time to focus on particular positions in older age groups and higher level leagues.

How come my child always plays the same position?
The league policy is for coaches to rotate the players at the various positions to give them opportunity and experience at each. You should notify the Club Administrator.

How come my child sits out more than the other children?
The recreational league policy is to let each child play approximately the same number of quarters over the course of the season. Although it is not possible to give each child exactly equal playing time each game, the result should be worked out over the course of the season. If this is not the case with your team, contact the Club Administrator.

My coach seems upset when I pick up my child 10 or 20 minutes late each practice. He doesn't understand my busy schedule. I have suggested that he could drop off my child at my house so he doesn't have to wait for me. Am I being unreasonable?
Yes.

My child cannot make it to the practice times for the team that they have been assigned.
Sterling Soccer is aware that nearly every child in the league participates in other school and athletic activities and that parents are chauffeuring several kids to various locations. Unfortunately, it would be impossible to coordinate each child's schedule while selecting teams and keeping league parity. Therefore, these types of requests cannot be granted.

If it works out that your child really must miss one of the practice days, the coach will understand.

We will be out of town for picture day. What can we do?
It would be impossible for us to coordinate team picture times with every family's schedule. In order to best accommodate each team, we try to schedule the picture time to be held directly before or after the team's match that day. If you are out of town that day or otherwise cannot attend picture day, it might be possible that retaking of individual photos can be coordinated with the photographer.