Minnesota TwinStars Academy Rules, Expectations, and Policies
The Minnesota TwinStars Academy Board of Directors and Director of Coaching has adopted the following rules for all players, teams, coaches and parents:
TSA EXPECTS TEAMS:
1.To represent TSA proudly at all times.
2.Team will only wear APPROVED TSA apparel during practice, games, tournaments and any other club functions.
3.To work together and that coaches, players, and parents will each meet their individual expectations as outlined in this handout.
4.To designate a Team Manager to attend periodic meetings and serve as a liaison between the Academy and Team members. Manager will also assist the coach in dissemination of information about team activities (schedules, travel, uniforms, etc.) and address concerns of parents with the coach and/or Director of Coaching, if necessary.
5.To participate in Academy fund raising and volunteer efforts as needed.
TSA EXPECTS COACHES:
1.To exhibit exemplary conduct at practices, games, tournaments and/or any other functions that will represent TSA.
2.To wear all approved coaches training and game apparel
3.To coach clean, skillful, honest soccer.
4.To stress playing hard to win as a team over the winning itself.
5.To work hard on team morale and team concepts.
6.To maximize positive reinforcement and constructive feedback.
7.To minimize criticism or destructive feedback of players.
8.To properly plan every practice to be instructive as well as Fun.
9.To treat referees with respect no matter what the call!
10.To exhibit good sportsmanship win, lose or draw.
11.Lead by positive example
12.To give the team their all.
13.To work with Team Manager to coordinate team operations and activities.
14.To address concerns of parents fairly and appropriately.
15.To involve team parents in all decisions regarding financial obligations (i.e., uniforms, tournaments, travel, parties, team building, etc.) Please remember players join anticipating a set Academy fee. Any additional team cost should be discussed openly with parents.
16.To attended all scheduled TSA coaching classes when possible and continue focus on licensing classes, when appropriate
17.To participate in all coaches’ meetings and abide by TSA & MYSA By-Laws and Expectations.
TSA EXPECTS PLAYERS:
1.To attend all practices and games on time.
2.To stay focused, behave and work hard at practices.
3.To respect all coaches and do as they are told.
4.To not complain about playing time or position.
5.To work and play hard at all times.
6.To respect the referee at all times.
7.To be supportive of all their teammates at all times and only offer constructive criticism
8.To play clean, skillful, honest soccer.
9.To show great sportsmanship at all times
10.To be properly equipped for all practices and games- arrive fully prepared
11.To respect Academy property and equipment.
12.To be properly dressed in approved club apparel for all activities that represent the club
Players who miss practice for no good reason, who misbehave during practices or games, who are disrespectful to their coaches, who exhibit unsportsmanlike behavior during practices or games, may, at the coach’s discretion, find their playing time reduced. Players are not guaranteed playing time. However, players who show up for practices and work hard will get their fair share of time on the pitch.
TSA EXPECTS PARENTS:
- Parents are expected to get players to all TSA practices and events on time. This may also include the option to help facilitate Carpools to get all players to practices, games, and team activities. If a player can’t make it to a TSA practice or event, the Coach must be notified via Phone, Email or Text..
2.To make sure players are properly equipped, including ball, shin guards, and water bottles.
3.To support the coaches and players at all times.
4.To NOT coach players from the sidelines or end lines. Coaches reserve the right to remove a parent from their sidelines
5.To allow coaches to initially assess injuries by remaining on the sideline unless summoned. Your player will appreciate this as well.
6.To never criticize any players, only encourage them.
7.To treat the referee with respect, no matter what the call.
8.To encourage sportsmanship - win, lose or draw.
9.To display appropriate sportsmanlike behavior at all times, keeping in mind that both teams are made up of children and young adults.
10.To remember this is a youth program, not the pros, and above all, we want the game to be FUN for everyone.
11.To comply with TSA & MYSA By-laws and expectations.
12.To follow proper chain of command with all questions, concerns or complaints
13.To participate in the operation of the TSA by volunteering (i.e., placement, registration, team management, committees, board….)
Minnesota TwinStars Academy Competitive Uniform Policy & Dress Code
Minnesota TwinStars Academy (TSA) strives to always project a professional image at all times and ensures that our Academy sponsor/s is represented per our partnership agreements. Every competitive player and their coaches will be asked to adhere to the following practice and game uniform policies. Only official TSA uniform kits, TSA practice gear, and TSA cold weather gear will be allowed to be worn while participating in any TSA event.
Training Session (Practices)
- TSA players need to arrive wearing their TSA training jersey and non-numbered practice shorts.
- The only training jersey that will be allowed to be worn will be the new TSA training jersey with Academy Logo. Coaches will be held fully accountable to enforce this.
- All players should bring their soccer bags, soccer balls, if required by coach, and water and/or sports drink.
- TSA Game uniforms (jersey and short) should never be worn at practice, and such players are to be sidelined by the coach during the entire practice or until they comply with this policy.
- Goalies may also wear their TSA approved keeper jersey.
- During cold weather, players may wear their TSA hoodie and/or TSA warm-up during practice.
- NO school or other clubs apparel may be worn at any time during TSA activities
Field Player Game Uniform
- The TSA primary game uniform is Red/Black jersey, Red shorts, and Red game socks for all games, tournaments and state league play. Alternate game uniform is White/Gold jersey, Gold game shorts, and Gold game socks. (At no time is this combination to be altered)
- When there is a color conflict…if you are the home team, then the alternate TSA game uniform should be worn.
- Players (U9 through U18) will arrive to all games wearing their TSA training jersey and game shorts or pants.
- Players will warm-up in their training jersey, and then change to their game jersey prior to kick-off.
- All players should have both game jerseys and their training jerseys with them, along with their soccer bags, soccer balls if required by coach, and water and/or sports drinks.
- Soccer bags should be lined up neatly on the sidelines during all games. This will represent professionalism and team unity
- Being shirtless or wearing only a sports bra is not allowed for any length of time. This applies while at the fields for practice and games.
- Any team that plays in 3v3, 7v7 or any other small-sided event and uses their official TSA team name must wear their TSA approved apparel.
Goalkeeper Game Uniform
- Goalkeepers should arrive wearing their training jersey and Red game shorts, and then change to their keeper jersey prior to kick-off.
- After the completion of games, or in between tournament and/or state games, players (including goalies) must change from their game jersey to their TSA training jersey.
- Goalkeepers (Full-time) who are established full-time keeper within TSA and have keeper uniforms from the past season that are still in good shape and have proper TSA logos, may continue to wear them. These Goalkeepers will be able to order the new keeper kit in lieu of a field player kit.
Cold Weather Gear
TSA warm-up should be worn to all games/tournaments/practices during bad weather
Note: No school or other club apparel will be permitted on the field for TSA practices, games, events and/or tournaments.
- The following items are considered personal wear items and not required to be TSA - branded soccer shoes (any color)
- Compression/cold weather under-shirts and under-shorts (matching colors preferred, but not mandatory)
- All under-shirts and under-shorts on a team must be of a matching color and only one small manufacturer's logo per garment is permitted. This is mandatory.
- Any tape used to hold socks must be clear or the same color as the sock.
- Headbands, ear warmers, and leggings
Outside Representative Functions
Functions such as club/team fundraisers, volunteer work with sponsors, attending other soccer games, ball boy/girl at college games, etc. are a good opportunity to represent the TSA.
TSA training jersey and cold weather gear (warm-up, TSA hooded sweatshirts and sweatpants) ARE allowed to be worn by players.
Note that players may also wear their TSA training jersey, Warm-up, and hooded sweatshirt outside of practice - i.e. to school, camp, etc.
For travel to tournaments, team dinners, etc., players should wear their TSA training jersey, and warm-up jacket (or hoodie, if team did not purchase Warm-up) as weather allows.
Team Sponsor Policy – NO TSA team will be allowed to post any team sponsors/donation logos on their TSA training jersey and/or uniforms at any time.
Approved items for sponsor/donation logos will be
- Team banner or flag
- Team website or Facebook page
- Team Bags
- Practice shorts
- Sponsor plaques w/team photo
- Sunshades / Pop-up
- Hand out your sponsors business flyer at Recreational games
- Invite your sponsors to games and tournaments
- Player and Coaches are expected to take pride in their appearance when representing TSA
- No TSA team will be allowed to self-produce TSA branded apparel at any time without the approval of the TSA Executive Board.
- Any Reproduction of the TSA logo is strictly prohibited, unless consent has been given by the Executive Board.
Player Release & Refund Policy
Minnesota TwinStars Academy strives to provide a value-based soccer experience for our members and players. As such, our ability to offer quality services and to operate as a going concern is dependent upon our members’ full commitment to the Club and their team and on members paying all Tuition and fees in a timely manner. Our budgets are based on the number of registered players and projected/estimated operating costs based on level of competition, age group, and individual team needs.
Once a player has committed to a team and has met all requirements for registration, it is expected that the player will remain with the Club for the duration of the playing year and that the player and player’s family will be responsible for all Club Tuition and fees.
The Minnesota TwinStars recognizes that many situations and circumstances can develop during a soccer playing year that impact a player’s ability to participate fully with a team and that for many circumstances a player or player’s family may wish to have a full or partial refund of dues or fees returned for lost playing time or other extended absences of participation. Due to the budgetary structure of the Club, we will only provide refunds and/or relief of Tuition and fees under the following circumstances:
- Player relocates his/her primary residence more than 50 miles during the playing season
- Player’s original team has officially folded and all player passes have been collected and returned
In these circumstances, The Minnesota TwinStars will refund, or provide relief for, prorated Tuition and fees based on the number of practices/games the team was scheduled to participate/play (league and tournament) minus any non-refundable amounts.
Concerning a player’s release from the Club during the playing season, the requesting player/family must submit a written request for release stating the basis for such request to the Board of Directors. The decision of the Board will be final in all cases.
Concussion Statement & Policy
The game of soccer, like many other sports, is a contact sport and can, at times, be played in a very physical manner. The inherent risks and dangers of playing soccer include the risk of injury, including concussions, from contact with other players, the ball, field equipment, goal posts, and/or the playing surface. All players and families who participate with TSA programs need to be aware of these risks and are encouraged to seek information on recognizing the signs and symptoms of a concussion.
While TSA coaches and staff are instructed to use good judgment and common sense in identifying and managing players who may be concussed, players and parents/guardians are hereby notified, and need to understand, that TSA coaches and staff members are not medical doctors and cannot be expected to provide a medically based diagnosis of a concussion, or any other injury, to players, nor provide treatment advice for any such concussion or injury.
As such, it is imperative that players and parents/guardians educate themselves in the area of concussions and take a personal responsibility for being proactive in managing the health and well-being of their players and themselves. Players who believe they may have a concussion, whether sustained during TSA activities or not, should communicate their concerns to their coach and should seek appropriate medical attention.
If a player is diagnosed as having a concussion, regardless of its severity, the affected player will not be allowed to participate in training or games until a written letter of release is obtained from a physician.
TSA and its coaches reserve the right to withhold any player from participating in training or games when either deems there is a reasonable possibility that a player is suffering from a concussion or concussion-like symptoms.
What is a concussion? A concussion is an injury to the brain caused by a direct or indirect blow to the head. It results in your brain not working as it should, it may or may not cause you to black out or pass out. It can happen to you from a fall, a hit to the head, or a hit to the body that causes your head and your brain to move quickly back and forth.
How do I know if I have a concussion? There are many signs and symptoms that you may have following a concussion. A concussion can affect your thinking, the way your body feels, your mood, or your sleep. Here are some things to look for:
Difficulty thinking clearly
Irritability – things bother you more easily
Sleeping more than usual
Taking longer to figure things out
Fuzzy or blurry vision
Sleeping less than usual
Feeling sick to your stomach/queasy
Being more moody
Trouble falling asleep
Difficulty remembering new information
Feeling nervous or worried
Sensitivity to noise or light
Table is adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/)
What should I do if I think I have a concussion? If you are having any of the signs or symptoms listed above, you should tell your parents, coach, or other responsible adult so they can get you the help you need. If a parent notices these symptoms, they should inform the coach or executive director.
When should I be particularly concerned? If you have a headache that gets worse over time, you are unable to control your body, you throw up repeatedly or feel more and more sick to your stomach, or your words are coming out funny/slurred, you should let an adult like your parent or coach know right away, so they can get you the help you need before things get any worse.
What are some of the problems that may affect me after a concussion? You may have trouble in some of your classes at school or even with activities at home. If you continue to play or return to play to early with a concussion, you may have long term trouble remembering things or paying attention, headaches may last a long time, or personality changes can occur. Once you have a concussion, you are more likely to have another concussion.
How do I know when it’s ok to return to physical activity and my sport after a concussion? After telling your coach, your parents, and any medical personnel around that you think you have a concussion, you will probably be seen by a doctor trained in helping people with concussions. Your coach and parents can help decide who is best to treat you and help to make the decision on when you should return to activity/play or practice. You should not return to play or practice on the same day as your suspected concussion.