Freshmen Soccer is an exciting experience with the SWHS Lakers. The challenges of a new school and friends can be a lot and we hope being part of Lakers Soccer helps to make their freshmen year great.
Things to keep in mind:
B-squad and C-squad practices are at Pershing Field. Players are able to walk to practice after school. There are few sports lockers at Southwest so plan for players to store their gear in their school lockers and change in the restrooms prior to practice.
Games will usually be at Armatage Park (W 57th St. & Penn). This may adjust some as the lights will allow games to go later into the evening so some games may be at other venues.
Buses. Meet at Beards Circle behind the Link to load and unload. Players must ride bus home unless a form is submitted to the AD 24 hrs prior to the game.
Buses are scheduled through the district and efforts are made to make sure they run smoothly but sometimes challenges occur and we all do our best to keep problems to a minimum.
Schedule. Not all schools we play have enough teams to match our program so sometimes the schedule will change on short notice. We strive to keep this to a minimum but be prepared for adjustments through out the season. The Team Parent and website are usually the best sources of communication on schedule issues.
Squads. SWHS Lakers fields 4 full squads of players; Varsity, JV, B Squad and C Squad. The squads are not solely based on grade level but are based on the coaches’ evaluations at tryouts and throughout the season. Players are able to move between teams to fill needs and to recognize players’ improvements in practice and play.
Uniforms are provided by the district and are issued by the school. They need to be returned at the end of the season.
Communication: All communication should be done by players to the coach.
In the case of injury/sickness parental involvement is acceptable.
If your player has concerns/issues, please encourage her to speak with the coach.
Please choose an appropriate time to speak with the coach involved. When approaching a coach please do so with the intent of resolving the concern/issue positively.
Before or after a game is not the appropriate time to approach a coach about an issue, the procedure is:
Talk to your player first, the “issue” may have, and in most circumstances, will have been addressed and solved between player and coach already.
Wait 24 hours.
E-mail the coach, leaving the best way to contact you (e-mail or phone).
Coaches will follow up in the appropriate manner.
If a meeting is needed, the player, coach and parent will be present.
If a concern/issue cannot be addressed and resolved, it will be referred to the Athletic Director.
Parents play a big role in the success of our program your willingness to Volunteer is essential to the continued quality of Women’s Lakers Soccer. District funding is minimal for our sport. The difference is made up by contributions from the school and the work of the booster club.
Each year we ask each player’s family to make a suggested donation to the booster club. These funds go to pay for coaches, equipment and support the teams needs.
There are a couple of opportunities for players to help fund raise to support the program. A car wash, usually a Chipolte night and a Ben & Jerry’s night. The later two are more show up and eat to support the program. The Car wash is usually based on working with your team at the wash and preselling tickets to family, Friends and Neighbors.