Recreation Program Philosophy
The Recreational Program is geared towards providing a fun, competitive soccer environment for kids. All kids are welcome and CSL strives to make it a positive experience for the players and their families. Age Groups for the Recreational Program are: Socceroos- 4 & 5 year olds, Under 8’s, Under10’s, Under 12’s and Under 15’s. The age cutoff for each age group is in line with the school cutoff of August 1st so the kids call play with their schoolmates.
Winning is not the #1 goal of the Program and there are no playoffs at the end of the season. Coaches (and parents) are encouraged to teach good sportsmanship, self-reliance, and teamwork. The emphasis should not be on winning, but on team participation and self-improvement in skills, coordination, and strategy. Recreational Programs should always be about fun first while teaching the skills to improve at the game of soccer.
The goal of every youth soccer coach should be to provide every player with opportunities to reach his maximum potential in the game of soccer. Coaches must balance fun and discipline according to the ages and ability levels of their players. Coaches should evaluate players’ strengths and weaknesses in such areas as size, speed, physical strength, endurance, coordination, ball control, and tactical abilities-the ability to read and understand the game of soccer.
The league places the game of soccer ahead of any desire to win in the Rec Program. Coaches are expected to control their players and their sideline during games. Abusive or disrespectful behavior is not tolerated. Continual disregard of these philosophies can result in disciplinary action by the League that may include the suspension or expulsion of either the coach or the player. Family members and fans are also expected to act with respect and good sportsmanship while at games and practices.