BEAR CREEK HIGH SCHOOL TEAM MISSION AND TEAM PURPOSE:
The Bear Creek Soccer program mission is to enhance the academic experience of the student through participation in athletics. Through participation in athletics students develop habits and skills that promote success on and off the field. Students pursue excellence in the classroom as well as the field by training and competing with the team honoring the program, the game, the school and the community at all times.
BEAR CREEK HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER VALUES
1. Excellence: This value refers to giving ones best, on the field of play and in life without over emphasizing comparative performance yet still being determined to reach one's personal objectives. It is not only about winning, but also about participating, making progress against personal goals, striving to be and to do our best in our daily lives and benefiting from the healthy combination of a strong body, mind and will.
2. Respect: This value represents respect for one's self and one's body, respect for one another, for rules as well as the environment. It refers to a fair play attitude athletes should have and commit to. Bear Creek soccer players should demonstrate supreme respect towards peers, teachers, facilities, and community members at all times and with all actions help shine a positive light on our program.
3. Friendship: This value refers to building a peaceful and better world through solidarity, team spirit, joy and optimism in sport. Athletics inspire people to overcome political, economic, gender, racial or religious differences and forge friendships in spite of these differences. This means forming meaningful relationships with teammates as well as opponents. Soccer is a special human experience that helps unite people while at same time contributes to the eradication social issues like poverty, disease and racism. The corner stone of the sport lies in its ability to create friendship through competition; it truly is the world’s game.
Playing time on the varsity level is not shared equally it is an awarded privilege not a right. The varsity team is a competitive team. Playing time is based on performance and ability, at the coaches discretion. BC soccer coaches will commit to honest and fair evaluation of all players. Disgruntlement should be restrained as it produces a poisonous environment and hampers the players and teams ability to achieve its potential. The value of the player should not be based on playing time as participation in the program is special by its self and goes well beyond minutes played in a game. Team selection will be based on what is best for the overall success of the program. It is a fluid situation, players may swing between levels for both game play and training sessions, they may train with one level and play with another. All players are expected to maintain a positive attitude and look to contribute their best to help the program achieve maximum success. Coaches will not compromise the success of the team for any individual and with all decisions will do what is best for the program. The TEAM always comes first.
BC coaches will not discuss any issues before, during or after games. Coaches commit to the 24 hour rule any issue that needs to be addressed should follow the chain of command. The door is always open but the chain needs to be used starting with scheduling. This protocol is designed to both empower the player and create an environment conducive to constructive communication.
1. Player to Team Coach
2. Player to Head Coach
3. Parent and Player to Head Coach
4. Parent and Player to Head Coach and Athletic Director
Parents are critical and influential to the success of the program. The guidelines in the partnership include a team comes first mentality, respect for all players, coaches, opponents, referees and all BC stakeholders. Parents promote love for players win lose or draw while encouraging effort and character development through participation. BC encourages parents to support all participants with positivity.. Parents are encouraged to refrain from negative commentary during games to officials, coaches, opponents, faculty and set the standard for behavior this includes refraining from giving instructions to players or team during games. The BC soccer program highly values parent involvement but we encourage the parent to parent and leave the playing and coaching to players and coaches.
ALL PRACTICES FOR ALL TEAMS ARE MANDATORY. ALL BCHS SOCCER PLAYERS ARE EXPECTED TO HAVE 100% PRACTICE ATTENDANCE RECORDS. THIS INCLUDES FRESHMEN. PLAYERS ARE EXPECTED TO WEAR CLEAN bc PRACTICE GEAR & FULL EQUIPMENT AT ALL TIMES, BE ON TIME & COMMUNICATE WITH COACHES IF LATE OR ABSENT.
Absences from practice excused
Allowed 4 per season on all levels. (exceptions: Dr. notes, prior to practice calls or emails from parents, coaches discretion)
On the third absence, the coach will have a meeting with the athlete and will give the athlete the opportunity to earn back 1 absence. If they reach five after the earn back, they will be dismissed from the team.
Most common unexcused reasons for missing practice:
• Dentist appointments (Best to schedule these in the summer or winter)
• My sister/brother is in town from college and my parents want to have an early family dinner (All the players and coaches make sacrifices and miss family time to be a part of the BCHS soccer program).
• I have to work. (Not during soccer practice)
• My old coach let me just show up for games. (Clearly they had low expectations)
• Academics are very important in our family, my child needs to study today. (Academics are very important to the coaches too. Please study before or after practice. If you need assistance finding a tutor, feel free to contact Coach Plyler for a recommendation.)
• But it was a holiday. (No holidays for the players or coaches until after the season.)
Examples of consequences of missing practices, team meetings , events and games:
• “Old School” Methods – The whole team does extra running and conditioning
• Suspension from game participation
• Movement to a lower level team
• Suspension from the program
All student-athletes are responsible for knowing the practice and game schedule. There are last minute game changes during the season. These are posted “I DIDN’T KNOW” is not an acceptable excuse.
The coaches reserve the right to make changes to the practice schedule during the season — including adding before school in the morning or night practices.
Exams and homework
Student-athletes must schedule their study and homework times around practice and game schedules. Players are not excused from participation to study for exams and do homework, unless they are on academic probation. Student-athletes must maintain the required academic standards to participate in high school sports. Learning to schedule study time around practice and game time is an important life skill to learn.
BCHS provides a certified trainer. All injured players must be seen by the BCHS certified trainer or bring a note from a doctor to be “excused” from training. Injured players are expected to attend practices and games and act as assistants to the coaches and program as needed.
Information provided by Boulder High School Head Coach Hardy Kalisher undefeated men's state champions