Cannon Soccer Club & Vicksburg Soccer Org.

VSO Documents

VSO/CSC Legal & Governing Documents:                                  

  VSO/CSC Binding Documents:

   

FAQs


  1. What is Vicksburg Soccer Organization (VSO)?
  2. How old does my child need to be to play on a VSO soccer team?
  3. How are teams formed?
  4. Are VSO teams co-ed or boys and girls play separately?
  5. How do I find out about VSO tryouts?
  6. Can I request a specific coach or a team?
  7. Can my child move-up (play-up) or change teams?
  8. What kind of time commitment can I expect if my child is to play on a VSO soccer team?
  9. When and where are VSO training sessions held?
  10. How much does it cost to play on a VSO recreational soccer team?
  11. What does my participation fee cover and how does it compare to neighboring clubs?
  12. What do VSO recreational uniforms look like?
  13. How many games are played during a typical season?
  14. How do I find out if a game or practice is cancelled?
  15. How do I find out if the fields are closed?
  16. What happens if a game is cancelled?
  17. Will my child play in every game?
  18. What is the normal pathway of addressing coach-parent-player questions, concerns, or issues?
  19. Where can I find out more general information about VSO?

  1. What is Vicksburg Soccer Organization (VSO)?
    ANS:
    The Vicksburg Soccer Organization (VSO) is a Division III (recreational) soccer program officially registered within MSA (Mississippi Soccer Association). VSO also offers competitive soccer environments in the form of Division I and II programs through the Cannon Soccer Club. To read more about the club, its history, mission statement, as well as the offered programs, see our Club Info ==> About Us page on tab links above.

  2. How old does my child need to be to play on a VSO soccer team?
    ANS:
    VSO fields teams in the U4-U19 age brackets. The age group year begins on January 1st and ends of December 31st. Hence, any boy/girl this is at least three (3) years old at the commencement of the season, is old enough to play.

  3. How are teams formed?
    ANS:
    Registration is conducted through an on-line registration system, via our website. Announcements of registration dates, times and fees can be found on the VSO website. We also send out e-mail notifications. (Please make certain VSO has your current e-mail address to promptly receive correspondence) Registration is twice per year, corresponding to a Fall and a Spring Season, which normally commence in September and February, respectively. VSO recreational teams (as well as U8 and U10 academy teams) are formed on our side, though we try to accommodate every request as much as it is feasible (e.g. playing with friends).

  4. Are VSO teams co-ed or boys and girls play separately?
    ANS:
    All VSO teams up to and including U6 age group are co-ed (mixed gender teams). Starting at U8 and older, teams/leagues are separated by gender.

  5. How do I find out about VSO tryouts?
    ANS:
    VSO recreational teams, as well as U8 and U10 academy teams do NOT hold any tryouts. We accept every player regardless of their ability level and background in soccer.
    If one is interested in more competitive soccer, under the guidance of professionally licensed coaches, you should look into our Division I/II program (Cannon Soccer Club). The tryouts for our Division I/II teams are held once a year in June.

  6. Can I request a specific coach or a team?
    ANS:
    While we try to accommodate most requests in terms of team placement, in terms playing on the same team as your friend(s), or under a particular parent-coach, we cannot always guarantee that every request will be materialized, due to various constraints.

  7. Can my child move-up (play-up) or change teams?
    ANS:
    Any request to change teams or play-up an age group has to be made in writing to the club administration, and reasons for the request have to be explained in detail. The Club will review the request and consult the appropriate board members, including the Director of Coaching and Player Development, and the decision will be made on case-by-case basis. Note that there are many factors that will influence the decision, such as: player's well-being, fitting within a particular age-group, physical and psycho-social characteristics of the player, as well as the ability level of the player.

  8. What kind of time commitment can I expect if my child is to play on a VSO soccer team?
    ANS:
    VSO recreational teams normally train once per week and play one to two games on a weekend. The players in the U8 and U10 age groups train in an academy (pool) training format. The younger VSO recreational teams (U4-U10) play all of their games at the home fields (Bovina) and normally do not travel to any out of town games/tournaments. For U12 and up there is normally some out of town travel involved.

  9. When and where are VSO training sessions held?
    ANS:
    VSO recreational teams train once per week at the home fields (Main Complex Bovina, Exit # 11 from I-20). The U8s, U10s and U12s train in academy (pool) format in larger groups, under the guidance of a professional coach from the Coerver® Coaching organization and the Academy Director. The training schedule for our Academy age groups (U8,U10,U12) is normally released a week or two before the season begins. However, in the past U8s have been training either of Tuesdays or Thursdays, U10s were on Mondays, and U12s on Fridays (… to be confirmed though).
     
  10. How much does it cost to play on a VSO recreational soccer team (fees may change annually, so email the club at info@vsosoccer.org to the latest fee breakdown)?
    ANS:
    VSO has the following price breakdown for each (Fall or Spring) 2016-2017 season for its recreational teams.  There is a $5.00 discount if you register early.
    - U4  ==> $55.00 (with Early Bird) + $25-$30  for uniforms (parent can elect to keep last year's uniform during registration)
    - U5  ==> $55.00 (with Early Bird) + $25-$30 for uniforms (parent can elect to keep last year's uniform during registration
    - U6  ==> $55.00 (with Early Bird) + $25-$30 for uniforms (parent can elect to keep last year's uniform during registration)
    - U8  ==> $75.00 (with Early Bird) + $25-$30 for uniforms (parent can elect to keep last year's uniform during registration)
    - U10 ==> $80.00 (with Early Bird) + $25-$30 for uniforms (parent can elect to keep last year's uniform during registration)
    - U12 ==> $85.00 (with Early Bird) + $25-$30 for uniforms (parent can elect to keep last year's uniform during registration)
    - U14 ==> $85.00 (with Early Bird) + $25-$30 for uniforms (parent can elect to keep last year's uniform during registration)
    - U16 ==> $85.00 (with Early Bird) + $25-$30 for uniforms (parent can elect to keep last year's uniform during registration)
    - U19 ==> $85.00 (with Early Bird) + $25-$30 for uniforms (parent can elect to keep last year's uniform during registration)

  11. What does my recreational league participation fee cover and how does it compare to neighboring clubs?
    ANS:
    All game/referee fees, player registration with the state association, and player insurance, as well as professional training provided by our partner Coerver® Coaching for U4, U5, U6, U8, U10, and U12 age groups. In addition, if you elect to receive a uniform at the time of registration ($25 fee), you will receive two jerseys, two pairs of shorts, one pair of socks, which we allow you to recycle and keep it for subsequent years without forcing you to buy a new uniform every year.

  12. What do VSO recreational uniforms look like?
    ANS:

       
     


  13. How many games are played during a typical season?
    ANS:
    A typical recreational season is about 8 weeks long and most age groups (U4-U10) will play one game per week.

  14. How do I find out if a game or practice is cancelled?
    ANS:
    With the introduction of a new online registration and team management portal, VSO has brought its lines of communication to the next level. Any cancellations and/or field closures will be posted on our website and will be communicated via email. In some cases, we will also send out a text message (SMS), provided you have signed up to receive text message (SMS) alerts. To sign up you need to text the word 'bluesombrero' to 84483, after online registration is complete. In addition, we invite you to LIKE us on Facebook (vsosoccer), so that you stay up to date with the latest updates.

  15. How do I find out if the fields are closed?
    ANS:
    On the home page you will see a button for latest FIELD STATUS updated daily around 12 noon.

  16. What happens if a game is cancelled?
    ANS:
    Normally games will be rescheduled to be played either during the week, or the season might get extended.

  17. Will my child play in every game?
    ANS:
    The simple answer to this is - yes. There are, of course, external factors that influence playing time, such as potential disruptive behavior of a child. Nevertheless, VSO advocates equal playing time among all of its programs and children, without any prejudice to one's ability level or prior game/playing experience.

  18. What is the normal pathway of addressing coach-parent-player questions, concerns, or issues?
    ANS:
    We always encourage to have open lines of communication among players, parents and coaches. If there are questions or concerns, there should be first addressed directly with your coach. If the issues cannot be resolved, the next point of contact is the Director of Coaching, who will serve as a mediator and provide guidance to reach a consensus. 
     
  19. Where can I find out more general information about VSO and Cannon programs?
    ANS:
    To read more about the club, its history, mission statement, as well as the offered programs, see our Club Info ==> About Us page on tab links above. 

Parent & Player Code of Conduct

 
Code of Conduct for Soccer Spectators/Parents & Players

PARENT'S CODE OF CONDUCT
The essential elements of character-building and ethics in sports are embodied in the concept of sportsmanship and six core principles: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and good citizenship.  The highest potential of sports is achieved when competition reflects these Pillars of Character.   I therefore agree:
  • I will not force my child to participate in sports.
  • I will remember that children participate to have fun and that the game is for youth, not adults.
  • I will communicate with my child's coach about any physical disability or ailment that may affect the safety of my child or the safety of others.  I will make every effort to have my child attend practices and games and will communicate with my child's coach if my child will be late or absent.  Good communication between parents and coaches leads to a more positive experience for all involved.
  • I will learn the rules of the game and the policies of the league. Knowing the rules of the game will help with development and will help to minimize disagreements.
  • I (and my guests) will be a positive role model for my child and encourage sportsmanship by showing respect and courtesy, and by demonstrating positive support for all players (on both teams), coaches, officials and spectators at every game, practice or other sporting event.  I (and my guests) will not engage in any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct with any official, coach, player, or parent such as booing and taunting; refusing to shake hands; or using profane language or gestures.  I will not encourage any behaviors or practices that would endanger the health and well being of the athletes.
  • I will explain to my child to play by the rules and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility or violence.
  • I will explain to my child to treat other players, coaches, officials and spectators with respect regardless of race, creed, color, sex or ability.
  • I will explain to my child that doing one's best is more important than winning, so that my child will never feel defeated by the outcome of a game or his/her performance.
  • I will not ridicule or yell at my child or other participant for making a mistake or losing a competition.
  • I will emphasize skill development and practices and how they benefit my child over winning. I will also de-emphasize games and competition in the lower age groups. I will promote the emotional and physical well-being of the athletes ahead of any personal desire I may have for my child to win.
  • I will respect the officials and their authority during games and will never question, discuss, or confront coaches at the game field, and will take time to speak with coaches at an agreed upon time and place.   
  • I will demand a playing environment for my child that is free from drugs, tobacco, and alcohol and I will refrain from their use at VSO Soccer games..
  • I will refrain from coaching my child or other players during games and practices, unless I am one of the official coaches of the team.
  • I acknowledge that the coach of my child's team is responsible for my behavior and I will therefore respect the coach's authority.  I also acknowledge that the coach is a volunteer.

  • PLAYER'S CODE OF CONDUCT
  • Work hard to improve your results.
  • Be a team player- get along with your teammates.
  • Learn teamwork, sportsmanship and discipline.
  • Be on time for practices and games.
  • Learn the rules, and play by them. Always be a good sport.
  • Respect your coach, your teammates, your parents, opponents and officials.
  • Never argue with the official.  Know the Zero Tolerance Policy!
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