Amherst High School Soccer Player
The Amherst Advantage – “Play Like You Mean It ”
Inspired through Personal Motivation
The Amherst Soccer Player responds positively to external motivation. However, her strength and
inspiration is derived primarily through personal motivation. The Amherst Soccer Player has a
burning desire to achieve success and is driven to be the best she can be.
Performance Follows Attitude
The Amherst Soccer Player’s performance is shaped through a positive attitude. While the
performance of others is inhibited by anxiety and a fear of failure, the Amherst Soccer Player’s
performance is bolstered through courage and confidence. The Amherst Soccer Player
demonstrates positive self worth always striving to build up his teammates.
The Amherst Soccer Player is an honest player. He strives to do everything right all of the time.
He takes no short cuts and does not cheat in practice or in games. While others save it for just the
game, the Amherst Soccer Player challenges himself to get better every day. He holds himself and
his teammates accountable to the highest standards.
Pride in the Uniform
The Amherst Soccer Player takes tremendous pride in wearing the soccer uniform. He has deep
respect for the history and tradition of the program and for those who have previously worn the
uniform. The Amherst Soccer Player considers it an honor and privilege to wear the uniform; and
he recognizes the responsibility that goes with this honor. Only the highest standard of
performance and the best effort is acceptable. When the Amherst Soccer Player takes the field
wearing the green and gold colors, he holds his head high never hoping to win, but rather always
expecting to win. After all, he is an Amherst Soccer Player.
WINNERS MAKE IT HAPPEN, LOSERS LET IT HAPPEN!
Soccer is a team sport and focus on individual statistics or simply oneself can be dangerous to the
team accomplishing what they have set out to do.
The Disease of Me
THE DISEASE OF ME = THE DEFEAT OF US
Six Danger Signals of the Disease of Me:
1. Chronic feelings of under appreciation – focus on oneself.
2. Paranoia over being cheated out of one’s rightful share.
3. Leadership vacuum resulting from formation of cliques and rivalries.
4. Feelings of frustration even when the team performs successfully.
5. Personal effort mustered solely to outshine one’s teammate.
6. Resentment of the competence of another – refuse to admit his contribution.
“The most difficult thing for individuals to do when they become part of a team is to sacrifice; it is
much easier to be selfish.”
Coach Pat Riley
In order for the Amherst Soccer team to achieve success this season, a winning attitude must be
developed throughout the entire program. There are five components of a winning attitude:
1. HARDWORK This is a result of consistent effort, not effort every once in a
while. A consistent work ethic allows one to become stronger
mentally, resulting in increased confidence. To be successful
one must be confident in themselves and their teammates.
2. DISCIPLINE This is doing what you are suppose to do, when you are
suppose to do it both on and off the field. Having composure
on the field when the game is on the line is a sign of discipline.
All successful teams have discipline and most unsuccessful
teams lack discipline.
3. COMMITMENT We need players to be committed EVERYDAY of the season
and during the off season. This is commitment not only to
your team, but also to your family, to your studies, and to
your friends. Holding each other accountable is very
4. TEAMWORK Everyone must play as one unit. The good of the team needs to
come before an individuals desire. Selfishness is a cancer that
can kill any team. Each program, from its most to least
talented player has a role to fulfill and each player needs to
accept its role within the framework of the team. Each player
needs to work to their maximum potential to benefit the good
of the team.
5. IMPROVEMENT No one is ever good enough that they cannot improve their
game. Players either get better or worse, they rarely ever
stay the same. Every individual and every team must strive
to improve daily or that person or team will regress in ability.
What is a team?
1. A TEAM has players who think more about “WE” then “ME”.
2. A TEAM has players who will willingly and energetically play ANY POSITION in
which the coach places them in, in order to benefit THE TEAM.
3. A TEAM has players who respect each other, and give each other reasons (through
action, not words) for respect.
4. A TEAM has players who willingly follow team rules, so as not to bring about action
that may interfere with team goals and achievement.
5. A TEAM has players who are truly happy when teammates get recognition and
awards, and display their happiness.
6. A TEAM is made up of people who work to be the best they can be at everything
7. A TEAM is made up of enthusiastic, positive leaders, whose example leads to other
enthusiastic and positive team members.
8. A TEAM is made up of people who will sacrifice personal glory and joy for TEAM
glory and joy.
9. A TEAM is made up of everyone, not just the top players. Our team is a program
made up of the freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
10. REMEMBER THERE IS NO “I” IN TEAM!!!
MUCH MORE CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED WITH A LARGE GROUP OF AVERAGE TALENTED
INDIVIDUALS WHO PLAY AS A TEAM THAN WITH A SMALL GROUP OF HIGHLY
TALENTED INDIVIDUALS WHO PLAY FOR THEMSELVES. IMAGINE WHAT CAN BE
ACCOMPLISHED IF A HIGHLY TALENTED GROUP PLAYS AS A TEAM!
1. To make soccer fun, enjoyable, and memorable.
2. To develop a sense of TEAM, good sportsmanship, individual and team
3. To develop players through meaningful quality training sessions and high
4. To treat players fairly but to keep the team the top priority.
5. To commit to develop AMHERST into a respected program throughout
the state of Ohio.
1. To train at the highest level possible, give 100%.
2. To improve individual soccer skill, physical fitness, and emotional control.
3. To gain a better understanding of team tactics.
4. To represent AMHERST with pride and respect.
5. To commit and follow the CODE OF CONDUCT.
1. To support your daughter.
2. To support the program by attending games and cheering in a positive manner.
3. To show the rest of the state that Amherst has the best fans.
4. To understand that soccer is a team sport and that the success of the program
should always come first.
D. TEAM OBJECTIVES
1. Junior Varsity
A. To have fun and develop a life - long love for the game of soccer.
B. To develop a team concept and play within the framework of the team.
C. To understand the purpose of the JV team and work to be ready for the next level.
D. To improve the technical aspect of their game.
E. To understand the various formations that will be played during the season.
F. To wear the AMHERST jersey with pride and respect.
G. To have each player play as much as possible
H. To improve the tactical aspect of soccer and make better decisions as a player.
I. To continue to improve the technical aspect of the player’s game.
A. To have fun and develop a life - long love for the game of soccer.
B. To challenge players in practice that will sharpen their skills for competition.
C. To focus on team first, putting the success of the team ahead of the individual success.
D. To continue to work on and improve the players’ technical and tactical ability.
E. To win all home games.
F. To win the SWC Championship
G. To win the OHSAA Division I State Championship.
H. To wear the AMHERST jersey with pride and respect.
I. To play the players in each game if possible, playing time is not guaranteed it must be
A: STUDENT ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY
To be academically eligible for participation in co-/extracurricular activities, a student must receive
a passing grade in a minimum of 5 one credit courses ( or the equivalent) the preceding grading
period. To be eligible for soccer the grading period that counts is the fourth grading period. Varsity
players also may be affected by the first grading period based upon how far the team goes in the
The following criteria needs to be meet to be eligible.
A. Pass all class and earn 5 credit’s the preceding grading period. Your final
grades do not count toward eligibility, it is only what you earn during the
B. If a player receives an “F”, they must have a 1.7 GPA for the grading period
and pass 5 credits.
(please keep in mind that physical education is counted as a quarter credit.)
If a player is academically ineligible the Athletic Director will contact you with a letter and
I will also contact you and your parents with a phone call. Let’s do all that we can to see
that this is not a problem for our team.
B: OTHER ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
1. Athletes must be in attendance a minimum of ½ of a day to be eligible for
extracurricular participation that day. Students must attend school on game
day at least until 11:21 or check into school by 11:21 to be counted as a ½ of day.
2. Athletes must have on file in the Athletic Office an updated OHSAA physical card,
emergency release form, and an Amherst Code of Conduct. The physical card and
emergency release are needed before a player may even start practice. The Code of
Conduct must be signed before an athlete may be able to play a regular season game.
3. To remain eligible an athlete must follow the Code of Conduct, which is enforced for an
entire year or until the next Code of Conduct is signed. This must be completed each
year of participation at Amherst High School.
4. If the varsity team is still playing into the second grading period, then first quarter grades
will be used to determine if an athlete will remain eligible.
IV: PLAYERS RESPONSIBILITIES AND GUIDELINES
1. To be respectful of the AMHERST jersey and tradition. You are representing yourself, school,
team, and family.
2. To come to preseason fit.
3. To come to preseason ready to play. Do not rely on the first few days to regain your touch on the
ball. Try to take advantage of the open fields that will be held during the summer.
4. To give a total effort in every practice, this is where you earn your playing time.
5. To respect all members of the Amherst soccer program. TAUNTING and HAZING will not be
tolerated and it is illegal.
6. To respect the coaching staff and volunteers. If you have a problem with a member of the staff it
needs to be handled in an ADULT MANNER.
7. To follow all team and school policies, in and out of school and on and off the field.
A. If you have an after school detention, you must serve it and not use practice or games as an
excuse as to why you cannot serve the detention.
B. If you have to serve an in-school suspension you will may not be permitted to practice or play that
day. It depends on how many days you are suspended. If you are suspended just one day,
then you will be able to play. If you are suspended more than one day you WILL NOT BE
PERMITTED TO PLAY UNTIL YOUR SUSPENSION IS OVER. If you do not serve your
entire day of suspension and you leave early, you’ll be issued another day and that means you will
not be able to practice or play.
8. No ear rings or other jewelry can be worn at practices or games.
9. If you have long hair, follow OHSAA guidelines in terms of hair devices. No abnormal hair color or
hair styles will be permitted. Abnormal hair color or styles shows a person wants to be an individual
and this is a team sport.
10. Cell phones are permitted in your game bag, but they must be turned off. Phone calls are $ .50 at
school, so having a cell phone is understandable. You will not be permitted to talk on them before a
game or on the bus ride back to school. If you need to call for a ride home, you can do so once we
return to school.
A: TEAMS AND SELECTION
1. There will be two-three squads: Varsity & Junior Varsity A & B
2. The varsity will consist of no more than 20 players for the regular season. The ideal number
is 16 for the regular season. During the state tournament 22 players will dress for varsity.
2 - A: Seniors must MAKE the varsity team, they will not be allowed to play JV.
2 - B: Any underclass may move down to the JV if they do not receive enough playing
time. It is more important to play and improve than to just sit on the bench and
say you are on varsity.
3. The JV teams will be made up of freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. The ideal number is
1. All players will receive a schedule of all practices, scrimmages, and games.
YOU CAN HAVE ANYTHING YOU WANT - - IF YOU WANT IT BADLY
ENOUGH. YOU CAN BE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO BE, HAVE
ANYTHING YOU DESIRE, ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING YOU SET OUT
TO ACCOMPLISH - - - IF YOU WILL HOLD TO THAT DESIRE WITH
SINGLENESS OF PURPOSE. . .
1. Players must provide their own transportation to all practices and home games.
2. Amherst City Schools will provide bus transportation to all away scrimmages and games.
All players MUST ride the bus both ways. We want to develop the concept of team. A team
travels together. This is especially important after a loss. There are two exceptions to this
A. If a player gets hurt during the game and the trainer feels it is best for that
player to ride home with their parents.
B. If a player presents a signed note from his parents to the head coach before
the bus leaves stating why it is necessary for them not to ride the bus home.
We are sensitive to the fact that players have homework, but players should
bring their work with them and they can work on it on the bus. We do not
want to make a habit of players leaving after their game.
3. While on the bus to and from games, all players and managers must follow all school and
team policies. Any violation of the rules will be dealt with by the head coach, Athletic
Director, and Assistant Principal.
4. Bus departure times will be stated to the athlete. The bus will depart at that time and not
wait for a player running late. If a player misses the bus, they will see a GREAT reduction
in playing time or may not play that game.
5. Bus arrival time back to the school from a game will be stated to the athlete. Parents need to
make sure they are there to pick up their player. The coach will not leave until all players
have been picked up and it is a nice courtesy to be there for the bus. All coaches are
adults who have work to do that night and have a family they want to visit with.
1. ALL practices are mandatory, unless the coach states otherwise.
4. Regular season practice will start at 3:00 and end at 5:00. The coach will announce any
changes in the practice schedule. A strength maintenance will be put into place by Coach
5. Players that are sick during preseason and will miss practice need to call their coach. DO
NOT HAVE TEAMMATES RELAY MESSAGES. If you are sick and have to leave school
call your coach and let them know you will not be at practice or the game.
6. PLAYERS ARE EXPECTED TO BE AT PRACTICE ON TIME. A good rule to follow
is to be dressed and ready to practice 15 minutes prior to the start of practice. Players
should juggle or play keep away with teammates, do not go out and strike the ball on goal
or for distance until we have stretched. PLAYERS LATE FOR PRACTICE WILL SEE
A REDUCTION IN PLAYING TIME. IF THE PLAYER IS A STARTER THEY WILL NOT
START THE NEXT GAME. Practice is important and it is important to be on time.
7. Players with an unexcused absence from practice will see a reduction in playing time.
Serving a detention after school is considered unexcused. Players that have more than
one unexcused absence from practice may be suspended or removed from the team.
8. A player must notify their coach if they know they are going to miss practice. It is the
players responsibility to contact the coach. Do not send a message with a teammate. The
coaching staff will determine if the absence is excused or unexcused.
9. Players that miss practice for vacation with their parents ONLY or church retreats may see
a reduction in playing time. Going on vacation with friends during the preseason or season
will be counted as an unexcused absence. This may also jeopardize your place on the team.
10. Players who miss practice because of family matters may see a reduction in playing
the player is a starter they might not start the next game. The coaches realize family matters
occur and must be attended to. Each situation will be evaluated by the coaching staff and
the player will be notified prior to the next game what their playing status will be.
11. WORK SCHEDULES MUST BE ADJUSTED AROUND PRACTICE AND GAMES.
MISSED PRACTICES, SCRIMMAGES, OR GAMES WILL NOT BE TOLERATED
BECAUSE OF WORK. THIS WILL LEAD TO SUSPENSION OR REMOVAL FROM
12. All players will wear soccer shorts, shin guards, and reversible shirt to practice
each day. All players MUST KEEP THEIR SHORTS PULLED UP.
13. There may be practice ON LABOR DAY MORNING.
The coaches will discuss this and notify the athletes.
E: GAME DAY
1. In order for a player to be eligible on game day, an athlete must be at school for ½ of the day.
2. Seniors/team Captains will decide how the athletes will dress the day of a game.
3. For away games, the bus leaves promptly as scheduled. A player who misses the bus or
makes us wait will see a dramatic reduction in playing time. All players need to be ready
for the bus when it arrives.
4. On days of home games, JV need to report at the time stated by their coach. The players
are responsible for bringing all their own equipment and uniforms to each game.
VARSITY GAME DAY GUIDELINES
1. Report to the stadium and watch the JV game as a team.
2. Game shoes should be cleaned. If you wear replaceable boots, make sure you
have extra studs.
3. Players that need to be taped will need to report to the stadium early and have
the athletic trainer tape them with enough time to be ready for warm-ups.
4. Players not dressed and ready to step onto the field by the stated time
will not start or will see a reduction in playing time. It is a MUST that you are
mentally ready to play and being mentally ready to play is being on TIME.
5. Players will wear their warm-up T-shirt for every game.
F: UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT
1. Every player must supply his own boots and shin guards.
-We recommend that players have both molded and screw-in boots.
2. Amherst will supply home and away uniforms and warm-ups.
3. Players will be issued game socks. There is a fee for socks. This is a school
policy. If you lose or forget your socks, you will need to buy new ones if I have them
4. Each player will receive a T - Shirt, which will be worn for scrimmages and warm-ups.
You may need to purchase the T - Shirt.
5. You must wear the game socks issued to you, all socks must match which is an OHSAA rule.
6. Varsity and Junior Varsity players must have their uniform in game shape before a match.
7. There will be an end of the year meeting for all players to turn in equipment. Equipment
must be cleaned and in good shape. Players will be charged for any lost equipment or
damaged equipment. ALL EQUIPMENT MUST BE TURNED IN BEFORE THE
BANQUET TO RECEIVE ANY TYPE OF HONORS OR AWARDS.
G: TEAM CAPTAINS
1. Team captains will be selected by a combination of player vote and coaches decision.
2. Each team will have at least one team captain. On the varsity, any member is eligible to
be a captain; it is not for SENIORS ONLY.
3. The captain will lead the team in warm - ups and assist the coach in any way necessary.
4. The captain will act as a liaison between the players and coach if that is necessary.
5. The captain can lose his privilege of being captain if they violate team guidelines or the
Amherst Code of Conduct.
H: AMHERST CODE OF CONDUCT
Amherst City Schools has a Board of Education approved Code of Conduct. The Code of
Conduct is a yearlong contract that both parents and players must sign in order to be eligible
for extracurricular activities. The Code of Conduct contains expectations that all AHS Athlete’s
are expected to follow. Players will not be permitted to play in any scheduled events until the
Code of Conduct has been signed by both the player and parents. The Code of Conduct is in
effect for one full calendar year. Players that violate the Code of Conduct in the off season
will still be held accountable by Amherst City Schools.
I: OHSAA PLAYING TIME GUIDELINES
Each team is allowed to have four scrimmages, one preview, and 16 regular season games. The
OHSAA breaks each game down into halves and by the number of games played during the week.
This is used primarily on the JV and varsity level. The rule is that no player my play more than
three halves in one day and not exceed nine halves in one week. For example: if a JV player plays
the entire JV game he may still play one half for the varsity that day. The OHSAA says that if you
play the entire half or just a few seconds it counts as one full half played. All three teams keep a
statistic book if for no other reason than keeping an official count of halves played. Any violation of
this rule could result in a forfeit of that game.
J: OFF-SEASON ACTIVITIES (these are opportunities available to all players. No
off-season activities are mandatory, but they are encouraged to help you become
more prepared for the start of the season.)
1. WINTER LIFTING & OPEN GYMS: Winter lifting and open gyms will begin after the start of
the new year. The schedule the team will follow will be outlined. Coach Kuncel will oversee the
time spent in the gym and weight room. It is up to the athlete to show up. She will put you on a
program to develop overall strength not to turn you into massive individuals. The lifting will be
held in the weight room and will normally lasts about 40 – 45 minutes. Open gym will be held in
an available Gym and is simply an opportunity to kick the ball around with your high school
teammates. All players must wear shin guards and wear indoor shoes, We play on the gym floor
and must take care of it. Those athletes not involved in a winter or spring sport need to make
every effort to attend lifting. This is how you get better as an athlete.
2. SPRING/SUMMER CONDITIONING – Spring and summer conditioning begins in early April.
Players will meet in the South Gym lobby and condition at the school and through local
neighborhoods. In order to have a successful preseason, players need to come into preseason fit.
Spring and Summer running builds a fitness base, which will enable you to have a more
successful preseason. Players will condition in groups according to fitness ability. All players
begin at different fitness levels and freshmen are not expected to be able to run with seniors, but
if they can they will. Running is based upon time. The first couple weeks will consist of 20
minute runs and followed by conditioning/resistance training. The time will gradually increase
throughout the summer. Spring and Summer conditioning has been very successful in building a
fitness base and reducing injuries that occur in preseason due to fitness level. All players are
encouraged to attend and if you are not able to attend you are expected to condition on your
3. OPEN FIELDS – We will schedule players to meet at least once a week at the practice fields for
open fields. We simply get together and play. Open fields are a good way to continue to work on
your touch. It is also a good way for freshmen to get to know upper classmen, which will make
preseason less intimidating for you.
4. SOCCER CAMP – There will be a camp scheduled during the summer months. The camp runs
for one week and is generally held in the evening. AHS makes no money off of this camp. The
cost of the camp will be determined by attendance and based upon what Amherst is charged to
have the camp. This camp has been a huge success with the players. It is challenging and fun.
The coaches will certainly work the players hard and focus on individual skill and team play.
The AHS coaching staff does not coach at the camp, they are strictly there in case of an
emergency and to watch some good coaches conduct sessions. Players are NOT evaluated at this
time, however recommendations by the camp coaches will be given. This camp is open to all
players interested in playing soccer at Amherst. Players will be divided according to skill level,
the camp coaches may move some players around, but that is solely their decision.
5. SUMMER TOURNAMENTS/SCRIMMAGES: There will be a couple summer tournaments or
pick up games against other schools. Player selection to these events is difficult. The coaching
staff does not want to mislead any player about their potential role during the upcoming season.
Players included in the tournaments should not assume they have made varsity, while players not
included should not assume they have not made varsity. Player selection for these events will go
a. All returning varsity players
b. All players who trained with varsity during the season
c. By grade level
Attendance to off-season activities is also a determining factor in selection to these summer
games. If a senior has not attended any summer activities or very few, she may not be
invited to play in the tournament, while a sophomore who attends everything may be invited
(providing the list of upper classmen has been exhausted).
VI: AWARDS AND BANQUET
A. LETTERING REQUIRMENTS
1. Attendance to all practices and games.
2. Participation in 50% of halves available during the entire season, which includes the
3. Compliance with all team rules and the Amherst Code of Conduct
4. Attend all team functions, including the BANQUET.
5. These guidelines are for VARSITY players only.
6. The head coach has the ultimate say in who letters
All non-letter winners on the Varsity and JV will receive a certificate.
B. LEAGUE, COUNTY, AND ALL-DISTRICT
These are individual awards, which is NOT the focus of our program. You should not play soccer to
solely win individual awards. Your success as a player is not based upon individual awards, but team
success. The nature of our society today is to present individual awards within the team concept.
Players now judge their success based upon the awards they have received instead of the success
attained by the team. All-County, All-District, and All-State are picked by coaches from around the
area and state and not solely by the Amherst Coaching Staff. We understand that there may be
disappointment when awards are announced but individual awards WILL NOT be discussed at any
time by the Amherst Coaching Staff.
There will be an end of the season banquet at AHS. This is a team banquet and all players are
expected to attend. They should wear appropriate attire for such an event. JEANS, SHORTS, T-
SHIRTS, ETC are not considered appropriate attire for a banquet. The evening will start with the
Coach addressing all student athletes about the fall season. She then hands out Team Awards to the
athletes. Each squad have time to honor its teams athletes and celebrate their season. The focus of
the banquet will be on the entire program. It is not appropriate to confront the coaches at the
banquet if you have an issue. You will need to call the coach at a later time. The Athletic Director
has made it very clear to the coaches not to discuss any parental concerns at the banquet. This is a
time to celebrate the season not to voice displeasure. PLAYERS THAT FAIL TO ATTEND THE
BANQUET WILL HAVE TO SEE THE VARSITY COACH TO PICK UP ANY INDIVIDUAL
VII: RED AND YELLOW CARDS
1. Players who receive a yellow card will immediately be removed from the game as required by the
OHSAA. It is the coach’s discretion if that player should return to the game.
LANGUAGE IS A YELLOW CARD OFFENSE; IT WILL NOT BE TOLERATED FROM A
MEMBER OF THE AMHERST SOCCER PROGRAM.
2. Two yellow cards means the player is disqualified for the remainder of the game. This is like fouling
out in basketball. Two yellow cards are no longer a red card. The player is out the rest of the game,
but she can be substituted.
3. A direct red card by an official is an ejection and the OHSAA will suspend the player two games.
The player that is suspended is not allowed to sit on the team bench or enter the locker room until
the game is completed. The player is not permitted to ride the bus to any away games. They
must also pay to enter the game. The coaching staff does expect the player to attend the game
even if they are suspended. If a player receives two red cards in one season the OHSAA will remove
the player from the team for the remainder of the year. That player will no longer be eligible for
any type of honors.
4. A yellow/red card is also an ejection from the game. This is done for poor sportsmanship such as
taunting. The player is suspended two games by the OHSAA, but he can be replaced and the team
does not have to play short.
5. Any Amherst soccer player that receives 5 yellow cards in one season will be suspended one game
by the coaching staff. If that player receives any more yellow cards that season they will have to
meet with the Athletic Director and Head Coach for disciplinary action. If the player receives his
fifth yellow card in the last game and they are an underclassmen they will be suspended for the first
regular season game.
VIII: PARENTS SECTION
1. Any parent that has a concern needs to first address it with the coach of that team. If they are
unhappy with the result then they need to discuss it with the varsity coach. If your concern is
with the varsity coach and you are unhappy with the result, then contact the Athletic Director. I
understand the concern of some parents, that they would rather not talk with the coach, for fear
the coach may hold it against their daughter. Please be assured this will not happen. When a
parent talks with a coach, that coach generally gives the player a closer look to make
sure they have not missed anything. Our objective as coaches is to put the best 11 players
on the field. Parent discussions with coaches will NEVER be held against the player.
2. If you would like to talk with a coach you will need to call the Athletic Office to schedule an
appointment or leave a message so they can return the call. The phone number is (440)988-4433.
It is not appropriate to talk with any coach before a contest, at halftime, or after a contest. It is
also not appropriate to confront a coach at practice. The coach has responsibilities to his team and
that will take priority with NO EXCEPTIONS.
3. If you must call a coach at home, PLEASE call before 10:00 pm. Please be considerate of other
family members who have work or school the next day. Do not call the coach at home to discuss
playing time, this should be done during school hours. The coaches will not discuss other players
during a conversation, we will only talk about your daughter.
4. Please be careful what you say during a game. You never know whom you are sitting around. It
does our program no good to have parents talk badly about our own players. It is hard to develop a
team concept when parents talk badly about our team or team members.
5. Parents have the right to be unhappy about a coach’s decision. We as coaches understand that is
part of the territory of being a coach. There is an avenue, which parents can take to discuss
problems. We ask that you do not express you frustration about the coach to his wife or children
they have nothing to do with a decision a coach makes and need to be left out of the situation.
IX: COLLEGE SOCCER
As the varsity coach, I will do anything I can to help a player find a college to continue their playing career.
There are several things that need to be done by the player and their parents.
1. Be realistic about your ability and what colleges you can play at.
a. Dream high, but dream clearly about what level you can play at.
2. There are several different levels of collegiate soccer. Listed below are the different levels at the college
level and what a fully funded program can offer. You need to take into account not many programs are
fully funded, there are very few in Ohio that are fully funded. Many universities will take a scholarship
and divide it among several players. Each year that scholarship can be renewed, this renewal can be for
more money or on rare occasions for less money.
a. Division I – can offer up to 9.9 scholarships and plays a spring season consisting of several
b. Division II – can offer up to 9 scholarships and plays a spring season consisting of several games.
c. Division III – offers NO athletic scholarships and plays one spring game with several practices.
d. NAIA – can offer 12 scholarships and plays a spring season with some games and practices.
3. You first need to determine what you would like to major in college, this will help you start to select
colleges to start with.
4. It is important in your junior year to take the ACT/SAT in late spring, you will want test scores to share
5. At the start of your senior year, meet with a guidance counselor and fill out the NCAA clearing house
information. You can check out the NCAA website about the clearinghouse. The address is https://
6. If you are playing club soccer, you will want to contact colleges during your junior year and share with
them your tournament and club schedule. Your will also need to share with them your high school
7. You will want to put together a playing resume, include my name and phone number as well as your club
coaches name and phone number.
8. In your first initial process, contact many different coaches and keep all doors open. You can narrow
things down during your senior year.
9. It is a good idea during your junior year, maybe during spring break, to visit different colleges. You will
want to get an idea of what a Division I, II, III, and NAIA campus looks like. This will also give you a
good feel for college. Anytime you visit a college, contact the coach and let him know you will be on
campus. It is important to follow up your visit with an e-mail thanking the coach for spending time with
you. Dress appropriately, you do not need to wear a dress, but look presentable.
10. If any coach contacts you and provides you with a questionnaire, fill it out and send it back. It is again
very important to keep all your doors open until you make your final decision. A questionnaire sent by a
coach does not always mean they are recruiting you, they are sending out letters of interest. It is
important to fill this out, but remember many players receive that information, if you are interested in
the school, you should send an e-mail, letter, or phone call to let the coach know you are interested.
11. The most important thing you need to remember is that college coaches will not come knocking on your
door. College soccer has limited budgets and you must do the majority of the work. You need to take the
first step and make the colleges aware of you. You need to follow up with college coaches and make sure
they realize you are very interested.
12. If you are interested in a school, look up their website. Take a virtual tour of school and look at the
soccer website. Look at the roster and see how many seniors they currently have and how many
freshmen are listed. It is important to realize that you may have the skill to play at the level the school
plays, but they may need only certain players. It is important not only to find a school that you are
comfortable with but one that needs players. You also need to decide if you are comfortable red-shirting
a year or is playing right away important to you. The bigger programs have a tendency to red-shirt
players their freshmen year.
13. I will help you any way I can. I will call coaches and help you with your resume. If I call coaches, I will
always be honest about your ability to play for them. I have to be honest, I cannot afford to try to push a
player onto a school if I do not believe that player can play there. I will also be honest with you about
what level I believe you can play at. Division I college is very competitive and difficult, it takes a special
player to play at that level. My honesty with you is not meant to discourage you, but to help
appropriately place you with the best possible school.
THINGS PLAYERS SHOULD DO AT EACH GRADE LEVEL TO GET READY FOR
Meet with the counselor and review schedule.
Take challenging courses. Prepare for the following:
3 Social Science
2 Foreign Language
Find an extra-curricular activity and stick with it.
Attend a college fair in your area and take a college tour at a campus nearby.
Get more involved with your extra-curricular activities.
Sign-up for the PSAT and/or the PLAN.
Explore various summer opportunities: Internships, jobs, volunteer work, and college summer
programs for high school students.
Meet with your counselor and consider taking AP, Honors, or Accelerated courses.
Take the SAT/ACT
Read about majors and careers: Use counselors, parents, and teachers as resources.
Explore financial aid calculators (College Board)
Develop a list of 15 – 20 colleges that interest you and get information on application process.
Attend college fairs and visit the colleges on your list. Ask for a tour and interview.
Over the summer, work on the college essay.
Take the SAT/ACT early in the year.
Narrow your college list to 10 or less and make note of their deadlines, application requirements.
Visit those colleges if you have not already done so.
Ask for recommendations.
Pay attention to deadlines: Early Action, Early Decision, Regular Decision
Attend Financial Aid sessions offered in our area.
COMPLETE APPLICATIONS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
X: OHSAA SOCCER GUIDELINES
The OHSAA Sportsmanship Committee has adopted the following guidelines.
A: PLAYERS: TO PROMOTE SPORTSMANSHIP ALL PLAYERS SHOULD
1. Possess knowledge of the standards.
2. Possess knowledge of the penalties for violations of the standards.
3. Respect opponents, contest officials, and coaches.
4. Be concerned with and practice good sportsmanship at all times including practice.
B: SPECTATORS: TO PROMOTE SPORTSMANSHIP ALL SPECTORS SHOULD
1. Possess knowledge of the standards.
2. Possess knowledge of the penalties for violations of the standards.
3. Respect opponents, contest officials, and coaches.
4. Recognize that the contests are for the student athletes.
5. Be concerned with and practice good sportsmanship.
6. NOT ENGAGE in a discussion, yelling, or other inappropriate behavior with an official,
opposing athlete, fan, or coach.
7. Unless asked to leave the stands by a coach or administrator, the spectator should remain
in the stands the entire contest.
XI: HOW TO TALK TO THE MEDIA
We are very fortunate for good coverage from the Amherst News Times, The Morning Journal
and the Chronicle Telegram. There are times after games they will want to talk to certain players.
There are several do’s and don’ts when talking with media.
We should keep in mind the follow things:
1. We should never criticize our opponent.
2. Do not speak negatively about the officials.
3. Do not say anything that can be used as bulletin board material.
4. Do not come up with excuses if we lose other than saying that we simply did not play well or up to
5. Do not forget we are a team and do not forget to offer praise to them.
6. Be honest about how you played, do not make it out like you are some kind of superstar.
7. Be humble.
8. Enjoy being interviewed, but do not let it go to your head.
A GREAT ATTITUDE IS NOT THE RESULT OF SUCCESS; SUCCESS
IS THE RESULT OF A GREAT ATTITUDE!