SPHS Boys Soccer Handbook

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Philosophy of the program

  • Provide an environment conducive to learning lifelong lessons through the sport of soccer, while emphasizing a positive playing experience and instilling core values of discipline, teamwork, safety, respect, humility, and integrity.  Furthermore, our season is about more than wins and loses; it's about learning and improving on our skills in every practice and game, and adding new skills all the time.

Team Rules

  • Play according to the laws and spirit of the game

  • Be on time and be prepared for matches and training sessions

  • Display self-control in all situations.  Never use foul or abusive language – before, during or after a game or training session.

  • Train and play to the best of your ability, have a positive attitude, and encourage others to do the same.

  • Respect the opposition.  Treat them as you would like them to treat you.

  • Respect the referee.  Never dispute his/her decisions.  They are only human and they make mistakes, just like you.

Attendance Expectations

  • Practices/games

Players are expected to attend all practices on time.

There are a few of exceptions:

  • Doctor's appointment

  • School events/functions, make up school work, or studying for a test

  • Family (wedding, funeral, illness, etc.) 

  • Consequences for not meeting expectations

No consequences for excused absences.

Consequence of unexcused absences:

  • A first offense will result in a game suspension

  • A second offense will result in dismissal from the team

Behavior Expectations

  1. During a game

    • Treat the officials (referees and administrator), opposing players, coaches & managers, and all spectators with respect.  

    • Refrain from verbal dissent.  All questions involving a call must be addressed with respect by a captain

    • Zero tolerance for profanity or discrimination

    • Maintain good sportsmanship prior, during, and at the end of the match

  2. During a practice

    • Respect coaches and teammates

    • Zero tolerance for discrimination

  3. Consequences for not meeting expectations

Consequences for not meeting expectations will be based on the severity of the infraction.0 to 2 games suspension in addition to the suspension assessed by the school or WIAA.Repeated infractions will result in dismissal from the team.

Team selection criteria, process, and placement

Try out will be conducted using clearly defined player assessment/evaluation guide lines to fairly place each player into a level appropriate teams classified (i.e. Varsity, JV Red, JV White, etc.).


See attached documents for specific detail

Player assessment/Evaluation Criteria:

  • Character

Coachability, leadership, confidence, responsibility, dedication, determination, and work rate

  • Athleticism

Agility, strength, speed, and endurance

  • Technical

Dribbling, passing, receiving, juggling, and finishing

  • Tactical

Field Awareness, Principle of Defense, Principle of Offense, and Match Management

Lettering policy

All players securing the final varsity roster for the playoffs will be eligible for the Varsity letter

Practice and game schedule

  1. Practices:       4:00 – 5:30 PM weekdays (except for game days)

  2. Games:           See SPHS Boys Soccer events calendar

Special dates and events

  1. Summer Training – Captains Practice (optional)

There is a link to the SPHS Boys Soccer Summer Training Schedule

Under the Calendar tab at below website:

    1. High School Training Camp (optional)

      • July 23rd thru July 25th @ 6:00 - 7:30 PM at the Sheehan Park

      • July 26th thru July 27th @ 6:00 - 7:30 PM at the High School (WIAA Contact Days)

    2. High School Pre-Season Soccer Camp (optional)

Provider:        Wisconsin Elite Soccer Academy

Coaches:       National Level, College Level and Madison Area High School Coaches

Date/Time:     August 6th – August 9th @ 4:00 – 8:00 PM

Location:        Oregon Fields, Jaycee park

Cost:               $150.00                     

Registration: https://wi-esa.com/


  1. High School Tryout:

August 13th thru August 17th


Any issues with decisions need to follow this order:

  1. First the Athlete should meet with the coach.

  2. The parent can set up a meeting with the coach, parent, and athlete.

  3. The parent can set up a meeting with the athletic director, coach, parent, and athlete.


Expectations of coaches by players

  1. Set clear goals and guidelines for team and players

  2. To attend practices and games

    • Have a clear topic for the practice

    • Have a clear game plan for the match

  3. To equally manage (be responsible and fair) all players and staff

  4. Provide player evaluation (both strengths and weaknesses) at the end of season


Expectations of parents

  1. Support the team and coaches

  2. Respect the decisions made by the referees

  3. Respect the opposing team, coaches, managers, and spectators

  4. Utilize the suggestion box to provide during season feedback.

  5. Provide objective evaluation of the coaches at the end of the season.  This feedback is essential in improving the program.   


* Players and parents must sign acknowledgement sheet that will be in the back of every handbook before they can participate.

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