Long Valley United Soccer Club
LVUSC Mission Statement
LVUSC exists to serve the community of Long Valley and welcomes those from other communities who wish to enhance their technical and tactical soccer skills through a competitive team environment. LVUSC will provide an environment in which young athletes will develop the skills necessary for success on the field and beyond, including sportsmanship, fair play, leadership, character, and team work, thereby helping our young athletes to achieve their full potential. The Club will provide facilities for and strive to deliver the utmost in professionalism from its coaches, trainers and representatives. Equally important,the Mission of the players and parents is to represent The Club in keeping with the rules and conduct becoming the game, just as the Club represents the best interest of its players. LVUSC's Board of Directors will act as the liaison to the governing boards of the state and various leagues in which The Club participates.
· The Club will endeavor to initiate, develop and nurture ties with our constituents and the community.
· LVUSC will strive to be a unified club in all apects of development, games and tournaments.
· The Club strives to field a minimum of two teams per gender for each small sided age group (U8-U10) and one team per gender for each full sided age groups (U11 - U18). In addition, the Club strives to include as many LV residents as possible in the travel soccer program.
· The Club supports the continued development of our players and coaches through the use of professional trainers.
· The Club will work to ensure that we are providing a safe, competitive environment for our players and visiting teams. We want Long Valley to continue to be a place other teams want to come and play.
· The Club will smoothly integrate new teams into the club.
B. Guiding Principles
In order to attract and develop Long Valley athletes who are interested in soccer, the LVU aims to maximize the delivery of the above mentioned travel soccer benefits. To achieve this, the LVU will use the Guiding Principles listed below for directing the normal affairs of the Club. The Principles are listed in order of priority.
1. The safety, well being, and self esteem of an individual club member supersedes all other considerations. While there is risk in all sporting endeavors, the LVU will conduct game and practice activities to minimize injury to participants.
2. The program will be "open" and fair to all township residents. Appropriate communication of all tryout and meeting notices will be given.
3. The LVU will expect and demand the development of attitudes of good sportsmanship throughout all LVU activities. Appropriate disciplinary action will be applied to any situations where good sportsmanship is not displayed.
4. The LVU will strive to form single birth year teams (per NJSYSA divisional age group guidelines). Annual tryouts will be held to identify the strongest players in each age group. Tryouts may result in changes to a team’s roster and this is considered part normal team development.
5. The Club will strive to maximize the number of youth offered the benefits of travel soccer. Coached are expected to evaluate all tryout participants and make recommendations to the LVU Board on the feasibility of forming additional teams within NJSYSA divisional age groupings.
6. The LVU will recruit and select coaches to maximize the benefits cited above and to achieve the preceding Guiding Principles. It will encourage its coaches to obtain the highest level of expertise possible (highest license level) and in addition will provide training courses and materials along with a skills progression guideline for each age group.
7. Teams fielded will be the most competitive possible subject to the preceding Guiding Principles.
C. Rules and Opinions of the Board of Directors of the Long Valley United Soccer Club
The LVU is affiliated with the United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA) through our membership in the New Jersey State Youth Soccer Association (NJSYSA). As such, we are sanctioned by these organizations and are governed by the laws and regulations of the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).
Subject to the laws of our governing bodies and the Guiding Principles as set forth by the Long Valley Soccer Club (LVU), the Club has established the following rules and opinions regarding team formation, tryouts, player selection, and head coaches.
The Board of Directors forms all teams for the LVU. Teams are formed by the appointing of a head coach and the selecting of players for the official roster, not necessarily in that order.
1. All LVU teams are formed anew each year.
1. Head coaches are selected by interview.
1. Player rosters are selected by tryout.
In general, teams are formed in the spring to begin play the following fall, when official rosters take effect (September 1). Additional teams may be formed for the spring or summer from tryouts held in the fall or winter. By NJSYSA policy, team rosters are in effect from formation, through august 31.
Two specific age distinctions are routinely used in sanctioned play: divisional groups (which span two years) and single birth year groups. League play follows divisional groupings, while tournament play, including State Cup, usually follows single birth year groupings. The LVU follows these guidelines and forms teams based first on single birth year groupings and then on divisional groupings. To provide the highest level of competition possible, the Board will roster a primary team at each single year distinction, comprised of the strongest players for that age group. To maximize the number of players given the opportunity to play, additional teams will be formed with player selection based on the following priorities.
1. The strongest single birth year team(s) possible.
1. The strongest division team (mixed birth year) possible.
1. The maximum number of players in a division.
Separate teams will be formed for boys and girls.
The Board of Directors may designate committees or representatives to conduct tryouts and form teams. Usually tryouts are performed and rosters are made by the head coach responsible for the primary team in the age group, other head coaches of the age group and their assistants. The primary team coach being in charge. The Board of Directors is however ultimately responsible and may overrule and selections.
Separate tryouts will be held for boys and girls of each distinct birth year designation as defined by NJSYSA (August 1 to July 31). Prospective players are considered to be trying out for LVU teams in general and not for a specific team.
Any prospective player wishing to try out for an older age team must receive approval from the Board prior to tryouts unless he or she was grandfathered from and has remained with the old birth year age grouping (1983 or older), or is trying out for the next older team to play with the team of his/her school grade.
No prospective player may try out for a younger team.
The head coach is the official representative of the LVU for his/her team and must be sanctioned on the NJSYSA roster. The head coach is responsible for the activities and actions of his team including coaches, players and parents. He/she is responsible to the Board of Directors and the officials of any event in which his/her team participates. All LVU coaches (head, co-, or assistant) must be approved by the Board.
1. All LVU teams are formed anew each year. Annual tryouts are conducted to identify the strongest available players in each age group. These tryouts may result in changes to a team’s roster and this is considered part of normal team development.
1. Prospective players try out for LVU teams in general and not for a specific team.
1. The LVU will strive to form single birth year teams (per NJSYSA divisional age group guidelines).
1. Any prospective player wishing to try out for an older age team must receive approval from the Board prior to tryouts unless he or she was grandfathered from and has remained with the old birth year age grouping (1983 or older), or is trying out for the next older team to play with the team of his/her school grade.
1. No prospective player may try out for a younger team.
1. Notice of tryout date(s) and times will be published by the Board. No changes will be made to the published schedule without Board approval and public notice.
1. The Board of Directors may designate committees or representatives to conduct tryouts and form teams. For most age groups:
o The head coach of the primary team in the age group will be in charge of the tryout.
o All other head coaches and assistants within the age group will assist.
1. The Club will strive to maximize the number of Long Valley youth offered the benefits of travel soccer. Tryouts for divisional age groupings will be scheduled at the same time and all coaches within the division will meet and agree the feasibility of secondary teams (for both single birth and divisional age groupings).
1. No notification of tryout results (team rosters) will be made prior to:
o Board notification as to the feasibility of secondary teams.
o The end of the current season (last scheduled game for all LVU teams).