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COACH, MANAGER, AND PLAYER POLICIES

UPDATED – 4-13-21

Code of Conduct

SoCal Premier / WCASL Codes of Conduct

The following code of conduct expresses what is expected of you as a player, coach, manager, and/or owner participating in a SoCal Premier/West Coast Adult Soccer League (“SCP/WCASL”) Soccer League. SCP/WCASL holds its teams, players, coaches, managers, and owners to a code of conduct and feels it is equally important that all know their responsibilities both on and off the field.

WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE VALUE

TEAMS

SCP/WCASL values commitment, competence, community and character both on and off the field. As a league, we believe that a team’s full commitment to competition will not only help the league’s success but will also contribute to that teams players’ personal ability to continually improve, as well as the team’s quality of play.

Athletes play soccer to experience joy, to learn, to express their passion for the game, and to be a part of the larger soccer community. In doing so, they represent the league, their club & team, coach, and community.

Teams are expected to field a team for every scheduled game. If a team cannot field a team due to unforeseen circumstances, then a team representative is required to notify a SCP/WCASL official as soon as it is possible to do so. Any change requests must be made 30 days in advance. SCP/WCASL only allows for game reschedules in the event of participation in a sanctioned state or national soccer tournament.

SCP/WCASL expects its competitors to maintain a high level of sportsmanship and fair play. All participating in SPC/WCASL must show respect for the game, the coach, teammates, opponents, and the authority of the referee and his/her assistants. This is demonstrated as follows:

PLAYERS

Will play within the laws of the game and spirit of the game
Are expected to be on time (meaning arriving at the requested time, not when the match starts) and prepared for matches and training sessions

Will display self-control in all situations and will not use foul or abusive language at any time; before during or after a match or training session

Shall compete to the best of their ability, have a positive attitude and encourage others to do the same.

Negative comments by players will not be tolerated. The team manager/coach/owner should speak to the player to make sure they understand what is acceptable and what is not. Failure to uphold these codes of conduct will result in warnings. The first offense is a warning and should be used to educate the player. The second offense can result in a game suspension, and the third can possibly be expulsion from further participation in SCP/WCASL

Will show respect towards the referee and his/her assistants as well as towards the opponents. They will not harass, abuse, or berate a referee for any reason.

COACHES / MANAGERS / TEAM OWNERS

SoCal Premier / WCASL Financial Responsibility

A TEAM ADMIN (coach/manager/owner) has sole-responsibility for the prompt payment of all costs associated with the league, including, but not limited to:

  • Annual and seasonal team fees for league
  • Game-day referee fees
  • Team bond
  • Field fees for home games
  • Disciplinary fees for red carded players, team discipline, etc.
  • Any and all other expenses incurred by the team are necessary to uphold the minimum standards of the league are the team coach/manager/owners responsibility.

Soccer is the players game. The paramount concern of coaches is the holistic development, welfare, enjoyment and safety of their players.

Coaches bear responsibility for teaching their players to strive for success while playing fairly, observing the Laws of the Game and the highest levels of sportsmanship.

Coaches shall treat officials with respect and dignity and shall teach their players to do the same. Our opponents are worthy of being treated with respect. Coaches will model such respect for opponents and expect their players to do likewise. In both victory and defeat, the behavior of a coach shall model grace, dignity and composure.

Coaches shall adhere to the highest standards and the regulations of the institutions they represent: their teams, clubs, SCP/WCASL, US Club Soccer, USASA, and USSF.

Coaches have a responsibility to promote the interests of soccer, including treating media with courtesy, honesty and respect.

Coaches shall model inclusive behavior, actively supporting cultural diversity while opposing all types of discrimination, including, but not limited to, racism and sexism, at all levels of soccer.

Coaches are responsible for taking an active role in education about, and prevention and treatment of, drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse, both in their own lives and in the lives of their players.

Coaches shall refrain from all manner of personal abuse and harassment of others, whether verbal, physical, emotional or sexual, and shall oppose such abuse and harassment at all levels of soccer. Coaches shall respect the declared affiliations of all players and shall adhere to all guidelines and regulations on recruiting established by the governing bodies having oversight of their teams and leagues.

Coaches / Managers / Team Owners are not to approach any players on another SCP/WCASL team to attempt to recruit them from that team. If there is interest in a player you must approach the team’s coach/manager/owner to ask permission to invite the player to join your team. Coaches shall seek to honor those who uphold the highest standards and principles of soccer and shall use appropriate protocol to oppose and eliminate all behavior that brings disrepute to the sport -violence, abuse, dishonesty, disrespect and violations of the Laws of the Game and rules governing competition.

Agreement to Participate

Assumption of Risks

SPRING/SUMMER 2021 Season – March 2021 thru August 2021:

SoCal Premier sanctioning and coverage policy; Liability policy only for the league. No Medical Insurance is provided for members of SoCal Premier/WCASL. You agree to play at your own risk.

Physical activity, by its very nature, carries with it certain dangers and risks that cannot be eliminated regardless of the great care taken to prevent or minimize harm. SCP/WCASL is for the sport of soccer and soccer games following the standards and rules set by FIFA and the USSF. Small variations on the substitution rules and format are provided for based on the amateur status of the competitions. These activities and competitions (games) involve strenuous exertions of strength using various muscle groups, some involve quick movements involving speed and change of direction, some involve potential contact with equipment, fixed objects (e.g. goals), other participants (including participants that are older or younger and who may be larger or smaller in terms of weight and height) and various surfaces types, and others involve sustained physical activity that places stress on the cardiovascular and nervous systems. The specific risks vary from one activity to another, but in each activity the risks range from (1) minor injuries such as cuts, bruises, muscle strains and sprains, to (2) major injuries such as broken or fractured bones, concussion or lost teeth, to (3) catastrophic injuries, such as heart attacks or fractured skull or those that cause disfigurement, loss of mental capacity, loss of sight, speech or hearing, paralysis or death.


In addition, by participating in the SCP/WCASL Leagues, Participant may be exposed, or expose others, to contagious and potentially harmful or deadly disease such as COVID-19, influenza, common cold, chicken pox, meningitis or measles. Participant will also be exposed to risks while traveling (such as in vans when traveling to and from competitions, social events or the airport), exposure to large crowds (such as at a competition) and exposure to risks related to receipt of treatment for any physical or mental conditions. Participants and Parent/Guardian (for those participants under the age of 18) have read the previous paragraphs and (1) understand the nature of the activities in the SCP/WCASL, (2) understand the demands of those activities relative to the physical condition and skill level of Participant and (3) appreciate the types of injuries and illnesses and risks related to treatment for any physical or medical condition which may occur as a result of participation in the SCP/WCASL. Participant and Parent/Guardian (for those participants under the age of 18) hereby assert that participation in the SCP/WCASL and use of their facilities and services is voluntary and that Participant and Parent/Guardian (for those participants under the age of 18) knowingly assume all related risks. Acknowledgment of Rules and Standards of Conduct: I understand that SCP/WCASL has rules and standards of conduct. I agree to abide by these rules and standards for the safety of all participants, staff, guests and employees.

Acknowledgment of Understanding: Participant and Parent/Guardian (for those participants under the age of 18) have read this agreement to participate and fully understand its terms. Participant and Parent/Guardian (for those participants under the age of 18) acknowledge freely and voluntarily signing the agreement to participate and intend the signature to signify a complete assumption of the inherent risks of participating in or observing activities for SoCal Premier to the greatest extent allowed by law in the State of California. In signing this assumption of risk agreement as Parent/Guardian (for those participants under the age of 18), I acknowledge that I am consenting to Participant’s participation in SoCal Premier and acknowledge that Participant and Parent/Guardian (for those participants under the age of 18) expressly assume all inherent risks of the activity.

I have read the previous paragraphs and I know, understand, and appreciate these and other risks that are inherent in this event. I hereby assert that my participation is voluntary and that I knowingly assume all such risks 

Waiver

In consideration of the SCP/WCASL accepting the registration of Participant in a SCP/WCASL league soccer team and services of the SCP/WCASL, Participant and his/her Parent/Guardian (for those participants under the age of 18), on behalf of Participant’s heirs, next of kin, personal representatives, and/or assigns, promise not to sue or bring any action against SCP/WCASL, US Club Soccer (“USCS”), its affiliated companies, or any of their members, directors, officers, employees, volunteers, sponsors, independent contractors of agents, and release each of them from all liability in connection with all claims for (1) personal injury or illness (including death) and (2) damage to, or loss or theft of, property (including personal items, car and money), arising from Participant’s enrollment in or participation with SCP/WCASL. This release shall include claims relating to: receipt of medical care or treatment for any physical or mental condition; use of facilities, services, premises and equipment; exposure to inclement weather; and Participant’s negligence, willful misconduct, or criminal behavior; involvement in accidents.

You represent that you are in appropriate physical condition to participate in the physically demanding program which is part of SoCal Premier activities (the “Activity”). Further, in consideration for the opportunity to participate in the Activity, you covenant with SoCal Premier, LLC. (“SCP”) & West Coast Adult Soccer League (“WCASL”) that you will not sue or bring any legal action or proceedings against SCP/WCASL, any of SCP/WCASL’s sponsors, legal representatives, successors or assigns, or any of the employees, officers, agents or directors of any of the foregoing (collectively, “Releasees”) for or on account of any injury, death, damage or loss (collectively, “Losses”) that you may sustain or suffer by virtue of, arising out of, or related to my presence at or participation in the Activity.

You acknowledge that your presence at and participation in the Activity is without assumption of responsibility or risk of any kind by SCP, and SCP does not make any warranties of any kind with respect to my presence or participation. You are fully aware of the risks and hazards connected with the participation in this Activity, including physical injury or even death, and herby elect to voluntarily participate in said Activity, knowing that the associated physical activity may be hazardous to you. You assume the risk of all conditions, dangerous or otherwise, arising from your presence at and participation in the Activity, and waive any and all specific notice of the existence of such conditions.

You further agree that in case of any action being brought for you or on your behalf on account of any Losses arising out of your presence at or participation in the Activity, you and/or your estate will be personally responsible to, and agree to repay to, SCP/WCASL and/or the Releasees and hold each of them harmless against any amounts recovered in connection with any such action and all related costs incurred.

It is your expressed intent that this waiver shall bind the members of your family and spouse, if you are alive, and your heirs, assigns and personal representative, if you are deceased, and shall be deemed as a release, waive and discharge of the above-named Releasees.

You understand that while participating in the Activity, you may be photographed, videotaped, or otherwise recorded and you agree that the Releasees may use your name and likeness (in any form and without regard to any alterations) in photographs, videotapes, audio tapes and other media, without any consideration to you or to any third party.

You understand that while participating in the Activity, you may be photographed, videotaped, or otherwise recorded and you agree that the Releasees may use your name and likeness (in any form and without regard to any alterations) in photographs, videotapes, audio tapes and other media, without any consideration to you or to any third party

You acknowledge that you are 18 years of age or older, or that you are the Parent / Guardian of the “Participant”. Your registration for the Activity indicates acknowledgment and agreement with the foregoing.

You have carefully read the foregoing and understand the contents thereof.

Publicity Consent

Participant and Parent/Guardian (for those participants under the age of 18) consent to all recording, photographing and filming of Participant and all agree that SCP/WCASL can use these recordings and images at any time and in any manner without payment to, or additional consent of Participant or Parent/Guardian (for those participants under the age of 18).

Indemnification

Participant and Parent/Guardian (for those participants under the age of 18) also agree to indemnify and hold harmless SCP/WCASL, USCS, and its affiliated companies and each of their members, directors, officers, employees, volunteers, sponsors, independent contractors and agents, from all claims and amounts related to legal and other action brought against SCP/WCASL for damages caused by Participant (i.e. for damages incurred while fighting with another participant) and to reimburse SCP/WCASLr for any expenses incurred for claims brought against SCP/WCASL as a result of Participant’s enrollment in or participation with the SCP/WCASL Soccer Leagues, to the extent those damages are attributable to the gross negligence or willful misconduct of Participant.

Severability and Venue:

Participant and Parent/Guardian (for those participants under the age of 18) further expressly agree that this waiver is intended to be as broad and inclusive as is permitted by the law of the State of California and that if any portion thereof is held invalid, it is agreed that the remaining portion of the waiver will continue in full force and effect. Also, Participant and Parent/Guardian (for those participants under the age of 18) agree that all disputes must be resolved using binding arbitration and take place at the office of the American Arbitration Association located nearest to Los Angeles, California.

Acknowledgment of Understanding

Participant and Parent/Guardian (for those participants under the age of 18) have read this waiver and fully understand its terms. Participant and Parent/Guardian (for those participants under the age of 18) understand that Participant is giving up rights, including the right to compensation for injury resulting from negligence of SCP/WCASL. Participant and Parent/Guardian (for those participants under the age of 18) acknowledge that they are signing (whether in digital signature, digital check box, or print form) the agreement freely and voluntarily and intend their signatures (whether in digital signature, digital check box, or print form) to be a complete and unconditional release of all liability to the greatest extent allowed by law. Signing (whether in digital signature, digital check box, or print form) this waiver as Parent/Guardian (for those participants under the age of 18), I acknowledge that I am consenting to Participant’s participation in SCP/WCASL and represent to SCP/WCASL that I understand all risks are expressly assumed by Participant and myself and all related claims are expressly waived in advance, other than claims not covered herein.

Photo Release: I authorize the WCASL/SCP, and/or parties designated by the WCASL/SCP, to use my photo for sale or reproduction in any manner that organization desires for advertising, display, audio-visual, exhibition or editorial use 

Acknowledgment of Understanding: I have read this waiver of liability, assumption of risk, and indemnity agreement, fully understand its terms, and understand that I am giving up substantial rights, including my right to sue. I acknowledge that I am signing up for this league and will abide by the agreement freely and voluntarily, and intend by registering as a player/staff for WCASL/SCP to be a complete and unconditional release of all liability to the greatest extent allowed by law.

YOUTH
NPL West Player and Coach Registration

For ECNL Member Clubs, register players here:

See here for detailed instructions of the registration process:

US Club Soccer member organizations:

This year has been like no other in the history of American youth soccer, and we understand that everyone at every level of the game has been affected in some way. We have been heartened by the commitment to do things the right way, which our members have consistently shown. It has been challenging to us all, but we applaud our members for always remembering the responsibility that each of us has to the health and safety of our players, coaches, referees and staff.

Now that the new governing season is underway, and players are returning to practice fields, and in many parts of the country to regular league play, it’s more important than ever that we all keep in mind some key points, particularly with regard to registration:

Staff registration is required for anyone who has regular contact with Youth Participants.
This includes coaches, administrators and others, and is applicable even if your organization is only conducting in-house, small group or virtual training. For player health and safety reasons, all eligibility requirements must be completed and current for the registration to be valid. For more information, please visit the Who Must Register and Staff Registration web pages.

Player registration is required of all participants in US Club Soccer.

Insurance. Without registration, member organizations and participants are not included within the US Club Soccer-provided robust liability and excess participant accident medical insurance coverage. Member organizations place themselves at major risk when incidents occur uninsured.

Other considerations. Other valuable considerations such as risk management assistance, and access to the US Club Soccer and U.S. Soccer adjudication process for disciplinary issues or complaints, are associated with registration.

U.S. Soccer Policy 212-1 requires that every participant in every affiliated organization be registered with at least one U.S. Soccer Organization Member, such as US Club Soccer. US Club Soccer member organizations who have not registered their players and staff but are partaking in training, competition or other related activities with outside insurance are in violation of this policy.

COVID-19. The latest information can be found at usclubsoccer.org/coronavirus, including resources, FAQs, and more.

The US Club Soccer registration process is connected to various safety measures and checkpoints. We appreciate your diligence, professionalism and commitment to safety.

REFUND POLICY. In the event a league/season is cancelled (due to COVID-19 or otherwise) SCP LLC will keep a 5% admin fee if league/season cancelled in full (no games played at all). If league/season is shortened then a refund will be given by pro-rating the fee by the number of league/season games not played minus the 5% admin fee.