Welcome to ISC! As a parent of an ISC player, you will have the opportunity to support your child with increasing their fitness and making new friends. You will certainly meet some great new people and learn more about the greatest sport in the world.
Medical Release Form:
Need a medical release form for your player? You will need to fill out either the WYSA or the US Club form depending upon what program you are in. For Arsenal teams- check with your coach to find out which form your team needs to complete (it depends on whether your team is in the PSPL or not – if so, you would fill out the one for US Club).
Click here to download the WYSA Medical Release form (U9 and up Rec teams and some Arsenal teams).
Click here to download the US Club Soccer Medical Release form (All U5-U8 Rec teams, all Gunners teams, and some Arsenal teams).
What team should your player be playing on? Here is the age group chart for 2014. Players are allowed to play up a year with prior approval, but are never allowed to play down unless there are exceptional circumstances.
How to be a great soccer parent…
Help us to uphold the ISC Way:
- Sportsmanship – respect for all involved
- Openness – no barriers to playing -all ages, genders and abilities
- Community – Represent the club well and be a force for good in your community
- Competition – within and without – not winning, but living up to one’s potential
- Education – Always improve – and share your brilliance
- Remarkable – Love the sport, excel, and do remarkable things – seek the best within you
Rules for Spectators
Keep POSITIVE support, encouragement, cheer leading and general screaming and hollering to a MAXIMUM on the touchlines.
When the players are working hard, they need and deserve everyone’s best POSITIVE encouragement and support. They need to know you’re there and that their effort is appreciated. Most teams have a tough enough time developing a sense of teamwork and achievement at the same time the players are gaining experience and skill. They DO NOT need to hear YOUR anxiety piled on top of their own when the game is going poorly. If you really want to make things worse, crank your voice up a few notches and shout “Get it outta there!”
DO NOT CRITICIZE referees or players of either team for any reason.
If the referees really ARE doing poorly, they may get angry or offended by critical spectators and that may make things tougher for the team. If they are good at what they do, they will ignore you, or perhaps ask you to leave the field. Either situation is at best distracting and at worst reflects poorly on the team’s overall sportsmanship.
Publicly criticizing players on your team can really hurt team morale. They will already have an EXCELLENT idea what their weaknesses are from their coaches and teammates. They will not need reminders from their families, friends and other spectators.
The players for the other team are also trying hard and in truth are probably no meaner or nastier than players from your team. Criticism is simply poor sportsmanship and leads to unnecessary bad feelings on and off the field. The unfortunate spectacle of a supposed adult shouting insults at a child on a soccer field is merely disgusting. Soccer is a game, not a war.
Don’t coach players from the touchlines, or for that matter while THEY are on the touchlines.
In most leagues, coaching from the sidelines is frowned on, and rightly so. Soccer is different from most sports in the US, because it is a game of the players. Coaches are supposed to intrude as little as possible.
If you feel a child is not doing what should be done, tell the coaches, not the player. As parents occasionally discover, a player may be doing EXACTLY what the coaches have instructed. Either way, a parent can help a player’s athletic development much better working together with the coaches, not independently.
Give the players, coaches and referees room to work.
Many organizations have rules which require that spectators on the touchlines stay in an area between the penalty boxes, and keep all parts of their bodies (even outstretched feet) at least one yard behind the touchline. Do not crowd the touchlines for any reason and stay away from the goal area to avoid interfering with those involved in the game.
Remember, IT’S ONLY A GAME.
Don’t forget, YOUR attitude on the touchlines can affect the mood and success of the team. If the coaches think that your touchlines activity is hurting team performance in any way, they should promptly advise you, hopefully without ruffling any of your feathers. Be tolerant. Emotions run high during games, and feelings are easily hurt.
Nevertheless, any spectator, whether parent, friend or player, who persists in inappropriate touchlines behavior after being warned by the coaches should be asked to leave the vicinity of the field. Coaches should not argue with parents at the game. If YOU want to talk about the game, call the coaches later at home or get them aside after the game.
Don’t be one of those parents…
Suddenly, the girl bursts into the kitchen. “Careful! CAREFUL! Put in some more butter! Oh my goodness! You’re cooking too many at once. TOO MANY! Turn them! TURN THEM NOW! We need more butter. Oh my! WHERE are we going to get MORE BUTTER? They’re going to STICK! Careful!…CAREFUL! I said be CAREFUL! You NEVER listen to me when you’re cooking! Never! Turn them! Hurry up! Are you CRAZY? Have you LOST your mind? Don’t forget to salt them. You know you always forget to salt them. Use the salt. USE THE SALT! THE SALT!!”
The mother stares at her. “What’s wrong with you? You think I don’t know how to fry a couple of eggs?”
The daughter calmly replies….”I just wanted to show you what it feels like when I’m trying to play soccer.