The Fall 2019 Equipment Pickup has been scheduled for Tuesday, August 27 in the equipment room at the back of the north concession stand at Iowa City Kickers Soccer Park, 4400 Soccer Park Rd. If you are coaching a Kindergarten through 2nd grade team, please come between 6pm and 7pm. If you are coaching a 3rd grade through high school team, please come between 7pm and 8pm. Rosters, schedules, player awards, balls/cones, goalie jerseys, and uniforms for players grades 3 and up will be available. Equipment handout will be held rain or shine. If you cannot attend on this date, please make arrangements to send a representative from your team.
A clinic for new and returning 2nd grade coaches will be held from 6:30 to 7:00 pm on August 27. Please pick up your equipment before attending the clinic.
HEAD COACH BACKGROUND CHECKS
Criminal background screening on Head Coaches is conducted by an outside third party which specializes in such work, and overseen (in specific instances) by a screening committee, a subset of a the Kickers board. This is executed in an effort to protect the children who participate in organized soccer activities.
The criminal background screening is MANDATORY.
If you are returning coach who has already completed a background check during a previous season, you will be notified when it is time for you to be rescreened.
All Head Coaches must sign a Release Form for Criminal History which gives Kickers the right to check criminal history records. This is executed directly through a secure site administrated by Protect Youth Sports - a partner of the National Alliance for Youth Sports.
Click on the Protect Youth Sports logo below to send your release form.
No other personal information (e.g. work history, financial, credit, etc.) is checked or researched. The company executing background checks has agreed to such terms contractually, and confirms such direction annually. The company does not forwards any individual's information to the club when no issues are discovered.
In the event information surfaces via the background check, a screening committee will review such background check information to determine coaching eligibility. Only members of the screening committee will review data obtained. All information is strictly confidential and will not be made public under any circumstances. All criminal history record information will be destroyed at the end of the current Kickers season.
The following offenses will result in automatic disqualification:
- Any sex offenses regardless of the time past since offense occurred
- Any felony offenses within the past 15 years
- Any misdemeanor violence offenses within the past 7 years
- Any misdemeanor drug or alcohol offense within the past year or multiple offenses within the past 5 years
- Any other misdemeanor within the past 5 years which would be considered a potential danger to children or is directly related to the volunteer functions of the applicant
In an effort to further improve the grassroots soccer environment for both players and coaches, US Soccer has restructured the foundation of its coaching license pathway. The new Grassroots Licensing Courses, which replace the F and E License Courses, offer an a-la-carte approach meant to empower coaches with education that is relevant to their specific coaching needs. The Grassroots Licenses will help coaches ensure fun, enjoyable, and developmentally appropriate environments for their players. All new Kickers coaches should complete the cost-free introduction to the Grassroots Coaching Module provided by US Soccer.
COACHES CODE OF ETHICS
Each coach will be required to sign the Kickers Code of Ethics. Any deviation from this code may result in a review of future coaching privileges.
This Code of Coaching Ethics has been developed to clarify and define standards of ethical and moral behavior from coaches affiliated with the Iowa City Kickers Soccer Club.
ARTICLE I - RESPONSIBILITIES TO PLAYERS
1. Coaches shall not place the value of winning over the safety and welfare of players.
2. Coaches shall instruct players to play within the Laws of the Game and within the spirit of the game at all times.
3. Coaches shall not seek unfair advantage by teaching unsporting behavior to players.
4. Coaches shall not encourage, condone, or tolerate inappropriate behavior from players in any situation.
5. Coaches shall not encourage players to violate any Law of the Game or any rule of tournament competition established by Kickers.
6. Coaches shall not discourage, deter, or deny players the right of advancement to participate in training or competition at a higher level.
7. Coaches shall direct players to seek proper medical attention for injuries and to follow instructions received from health care professionals regarding treatment and rehabilitation.
ARTICLE II - RESPONSIBILITY TO OPPONENTS
1. Coaches shall afford to opponents the respect expected by the Law of Game and the spirit of Kickers competition.
2. Coaches shall not encourage, condone, or permit any player to engage in conduct with the intent of causing injury to an opponent.
3. Coaches shall not engage in any physical or verbal confrontation with any opposing player, coach, referee or spectator.
ARTICLE III - RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE GAME
1. Coaches shall be aware of the Kickers Laws of the Game and shall adhere to its letter and spirit.
2. Coaches shall provide instruction to players on the meaning and application of the Laws of the Game.
3. Coaches shall accept the responsibilities of team leadership and shall be accountable for the conduct of the players and spectators affiliated with their teams.
ARTICLE IV - RESPONSIBILITY TO REFEREES
1. Coaches shall extend respect and courtesy to referees.
2. Coaches shall not incite players or spectators into conduct towards referees that is contrary to the Laws of the Game.
3. Coaches shall not make demeaning or derogatory comments or gestures directed towards any referee.
4. Coaches shall use their influence and authority to deter inappropriate conduct by spectators towards referees and opponents.
ARTICLE V - RESPONSIBILITY TO THE KICKERS ORGANIZATION
1. Coaches shall comply with all rules, policies, and procedures established by Iowa City Kickers.
2. Coaches may not allow a prospective player to participate in practices or games until such time as the club has formally notified the coach of the player’s team assignment.
3. Coaches may not offer reserved spots on their team, regardless of whether or not the player has played on the team in the past.
CONCUSSION AWARENESS TRAINING
HEADS UP Concussion in Youth Sports is a free, online course available to coaches helping to keep athletes safe from concussion. It features interviews with leading experts, dynamic graphics and interactive exercises, and compelling storytelling to help you recognize a concussion and know how to respond if you think your athlete might have a concussion.
If you wish to use a field at the Iowa City Kickers Soccer Park on Mon-Thursday, reservations must be made with the City of Iowa City. Practice reservations cannot be made for Saturday/Sundays. Click on the ICPR logo to set up an account with the City and reserve a field.There is no charge to Kickers coaches reserving a field at the soccer park for practice. Practices can be held at any other city park or green space without making a reservation. Schools can be another location for practices. Policies vary from school to school. Check with your school secretary to see if a reservation is needed. The City will begin taking field reservations for Fall 2019 at 8:00am on August 28. Please contact Jeff Sears at firstname.lastname@example.org or 319-356-5100 for questions on field reservations at the Kickers Soccer Park.
Early fall closing hours for the park due to darkness:
- October 1-6 the park closes at 6:45pm
- October 7-13 the park closes at 6:30pm
- October 14-31 the park closes at 6:15pm
The park hosts cross-country meets on 9/5, 9/12, 9/16, 9/23, 10/10, 10/15, 10/17, and 10/24. Only fields 1-2 may be available on these dates.