Team Handbook

Ross Lady’s Soccer Philosophy

The Ross High School Lady’s Soccer program is committed to excellence. Everything we do as a program reflects upon ourselves, our family, our school and our community. We will strive to be the best individual players and teammates we can be. Through commitment and hard work we will not only build our soccer skills, but also strong character, integrity, sportsmanship, responsibility and the importance of working as a team.



Soccer Player Expectations

Each Player Will…

  1. Always conducts herself in a manner that is a positive representation of Ross High School and the Ross High School Soccer team.
  1. Strive for excellence in her academic studies, which requires attending all classes, and arriving on time.
  1. Give her best effort during practice and games.
  1. Treat teammates, coaches, opposing players, referees, and parents with the utmost respect and consideration.
  1. Be on time for school, practice, bus trips and games.
  1. Abide by Ross High School athletic training rules—no use of mood-altering chemicals (non-prescription drugs, illegal drugs, alcohol, or tobacco).
  1. Be responsible for letting her coach know in advance (at least… beforehand) when she is unable to attend a practice or a game. And accept the consequences.
  1. Put the best interests of the team ahead of own interests.
  1. Budget and schedule her time to give appropriate attention to all areas of her life, including soccer, school, and family.


“Talent is never enough. With few exceptions the best players are the hardest workers.” Magic Johnson


“To perform consistently you must prepare consistently. Act the way you want to become until you become the way you act.” –Gary Mack



Practice: Practice is essential. It is crucial to improve your individual skills as soccer players, and team skills to build the strongest team possible. Indeed, practice is merely a rehearsal for the big performance, the game. Practice is also a fun way to explore the game of soccer and build relationships with other players and the coaching staff. We will commit to practicing like we play, which includes persistent focus and limited downtime.

As a high school athlete, part of your responsibilities includes managing your time, so that you are able to give adequate attention to each area of your life. This means taking care of schoolwork at appropriate times and honoring the commitments you’ve made.

It is a team and school policy that an athlete must make every possible attempt to attend all classes. You will not be able to practice or play in a game if you have an unexcused absence that day from school.

Practice Times: Practices during the school week will most likely start at 5:30pm. You must be on the field and ready to start practice at that time. This means you must be dressed appropriately with your cleats and shin guards on at 5:30, so that we don’t waste any time. Practice will end at 7:30. Those who wish to stay after practice for extra help can make prior arrangements with your coach, and we will be happy to address any skills you would like to work on.

Players are expected to be at all practices, strength training sessions, and games. Please try to schedule doctor, dentist, or any other appointments after school or weekends if possible.

If for any reason you are not able to be at a practice, strength training session or game, you MUST notify your coach before the event. Coaches may be called or texted on their cell phones.

***** If a coach is not notified before the practice, strength training session, or game, it is considered an unexcused absence*****

Missing Practice/Game Policy

When you miss practice, it affects the whole team. Practice is a time to learn how each player plays and to learn other player’s strengths and weaknesses. If you miss a learning opportunity at practice you will not be prepared to use that specific technique or skill in the next game. Practice time is valuable, as it is limited.

When you miss a practice, your absence may affect your playing time. It is up to the coach to determine how much of your playing time is affected. (ex. If you are a starter, you may not start.)

Excused absences include, but are not limited to: Illness, Family emergency, Soccer-related doctors’ appointments, etc.

Note: If you are sick, do not come to practice. This is considered an excused practice and you will not be penalized. If you are sick for a long period of time and your fitness is affected, your playing time will be affected until you catch back up with the team. Again, you must notify your coach ahead of time (before a game or practice) if you are sick.

Note—Each case, including excessive excused absences, will be reviewed individually and the decisions made by the coaching staff are final.

Being late for an event: If a player is late for practice, the player will make up the conditioning missed at the end of practice and the coach will decide if the situation warrants further action. If the player is late for a game, bus departure, team functions, etc. the player will not start in the next game and the coach will decide if the situation warrants further action.

Missing School/Classes

A student may not participate in a practice or game if she has an unexcused absence of any class during the day. You must also be at school for ½ of the day unless the absence is pre-arranged with the school.


Academics are essential to your success in life and in soccer. There may be periodic grade checks by coaches to ensure that student-athletes are staying committed to schoolwork. Playing time may be adjusted to allow students to “catch-up” on missing work. However, student-athletes are expected to honor their commitment to Ross Soccer and budget their time in such a way that they can attend every practice and game.

We will abide by the guidelines set by Ross for students who are ineligible to compete in sports. I will also send all ineligibility notices home with the student-athlete to be seen by a parent. The parent must call or text me, acknowledging they have received the ineligibility sheet before the player is allowed to participate in future games and/or practices.

  1. JOBS

Some players attempt to keep part-time jobs during the soccer season. This is strongly discouraged. With school work, the intensity of the season, and the need to spend time with your family and friends it becomes almost impossible to fit a job in to your life.

If, however, a player does have a job, it may NOT interfere with practices, games or team functions. Players have made a commitment to the program and their teammates and are expected to preserve that commitment.


Each of you have made a commitment to refrain from smoking, drinking alcoholic beverages, or taking, buying or selling prescribed or illegal substances. This is a serious commitment you have made to yourself, teammates, parents, and coaches and should not be taken lightly.

As an athlete, this is a year-round commitment, not just during the soccer season or school year. Remember, what is right and wrong is not to be determined by what other people do or whether an individual is caught. Make wise choices and encourage others to do the same. The choices you make today may impact your future. Consequences will follow school guidelines.

  1. GAMES

AWAY GAMES: School buses will take players to and from all away games. Players are expected to show support for their peers even when not playing in the same contest. Varsity players are expected to support Junior Varsity players as much as Junior Varsity players are expected to support Varsity players.

All players must ride the team bus to and from the game. Exceptions must be authorized by a person in administration PRIOR to the bus leaving for a game in special circumstances.

HOME GAMES: Each individual coach will inform players as to the necessary arrival time to allow for pre-game and warm-up.



The philosophy of Ross Lady’s Soccer Program is to play competitively in every game. This means that not every player will receive equal playing time. On the Varsity team, some players may receive no playing time. However, a player on the sideline also has a crucial role in the game. She needs to be prepared physically and mentally to play when called upon and to encourage her teammates to do their best. On the Junior Varsity team, some players may receive more playing time than other players, but every player will see the field during every game; unless there is an underlying issue such as injury, ineligibility etc.

Playing time is always up to the coach. Questions for the coach about how to earn more playing time should not be made during a game day. Queries about playing time may be brought to the attention of the coach at the next practice time. In addition, players seeking more playing time should ask coaches about specific ways to improve her own skills. Questions or arguments related to other players or other leagues (summer/club soccer) are strongly discouraged and may not be answered. In addition, playing time will only be discussed with the player in question, and never the parent.


Participating on the varsity team for more than half of a varsity season is the minimum requirement for a varsity letter. Exceptions will be made at the head coach’s discretion due to special circumstances.

If there are any violations of the Ohio High School League Rules regarding chemical use or conduct in the school or community during the soccer season, the athlete may not letter and may not be allowed to finish the season.


If you are having a problem with practices, teammates, etc., you are encouraged to talk to your coach about it first. If it is not resolved, a meeting will be set up with your parent present. If the conflict is still not resolved, the issue will be referred to the athletic director for resolution.

Exemplary behavior should be shown at all times when representing Ross High School and the Ross Community. During games, parents and fans should also demonstrate appropriate behavior. Inappropriate behavior will be dealt with accordingly when it occurs at the games or practices. Parents may be asked to leave if their behavior is disruptive to the team.


Parents are expected to have a positive, supportive influence on their daughter’s soccer experience and all dealings involving Ross Soccer. Objectionable behavior by parents of high school athletes is all too common. It adversely affects coaches, referees, the game and, most importantly, the players. The Ross Lady’s Soccer program will not tolerate any negative behavior by parents at any time.

Appropriate concerns to discuss with coaches:

  1. The treatment of your child mentally or physically
  1. Strategies to help your child improve
  1. Concerns about your child’s behavior

Issues which are not appropriate to discuss with coaches

  1. Playing time
  1. Team strategy
  1. Other athletes

If a situation arises which requires a conference between the coach and parents, it is important that all parties involved have a clear understanding of the others position.

Please do not attempt to confront our coaching staff before, during or after a game or practice. These can be emotional times for both the parent and the coach.

(24 hour notice when at all possible)