2014-2015 Membership Guide
U9/U10 Pre-RCL Program Players
Dear SSC Shadow U9/U10 Pre-RCL Program player,
Welcome! Congratulations on learning the SSC Shadow Way and joining the finest youth soccer club in greater Spokane! We are thrilled to have you be a part of our thriving program. We are a competitive club focused on 4 Pillars of Success:
Please read this entire document so you understand what your membership includes. To start your season in good standing, you must complete the following steps by Friday, June 6:
1. Register with SSC Shadow here
All players must create a NEW account, even those who participated last year.
Two payment options:
- Pay $295 in full.
- Make a $95 deposit and make four additional payments of $50.
Club dues include club, association and league fees and practice field fees. Additional costs for your Nike uniform (shorts, jersey and socks), tournaments or optional futsal/indoor league. Club dues support the on-going operations of the club. 85% of our budget is spent on coach/staff compensation and taxes; 15% is spent on financial assistance and club operations (equipment, education, insurance, website, phone, office materials, online registration and credit card processing fees, etc.).
SSC Shadow is committed to making youth soccer affordable for all players and offers limited financial assistance to help offset club dues. Requests for club dues financial assistance may be made during the SSC Shadow online registration process within one week of accepting your roster spot; late registrations will not be considered. Assistance is inclusive; players at any age group or level of play are welcome to apply. Financial assistance awards are based on the number of applicants and available funds. Recipients must remain in good standing at all times and requests are held in strictest confidence.
If you have questions about online registration, please contact Club Assistant, Bryan Olson.
Over 110,000 players belong to Washington Youth Soccer and over 3 million youth players are members of US Youth Soccer, the largest member of the US Soccer Federation - the governing body for soccer in the United States.
2. Complete the WYS Medical Release Form
Give to your coach at your first training session in August. Your coach will keep a copy of this information at all practices and play days in case of emergency.
3. Order Nike uniform AFTER July 1!
SSC Shadow is a Nike Club and our uniform vendor is Eurosport (www.soccer.com). Players will order online and pay Eurosport directly. Sample sizes will be made available in July so players can find the right fit before they order. Stay tuned for more information!
4. Get your Practice Schedule
U9/U10 Program training begins mid-August and there will be optional trainings throughout the summer. Training opportunities and schedules will be emailed to registered participants. Following our risk management policy, we do not post practice schedules or play day times on social media pages.
Field & Facility addresses here
SSC Shadow does not own soccer fields. We rent from the City, County and privately-owned facilities. In addition to your outstanding sportsmanship, all players and parents are expected to be wonderful stewards of the facilities provided to us, leaving them in better shape than we find them!
We know you are busy and need to plan ahead. We work diligently to schedule practices as far in advance as possible, but there are many factors to consider:
95% of our coaches have jobs elsewhere and we try to work around those schedules as best as possible.
Fields allocations are not always consistent and may pose challenges.
There are other users at the fields, including high schools.
Fields can close for whatever reason. In cases of inclement weather, SSC Shadow follows these school closure policies:
- Practices in the City of Spokane will be cancelled if Spokane School District 81 is closed.
- Practices in the City of Spokane Valley will be cancelled if Central Valley School District is closed.
5. Consider our Player Sponsorship Program
Offset your club dues by pursuing financial sponsorships from family, friends, and businesses, through our Player Sponsorship Program. As you find donors interested in supporting your soccer, have them complete the form and mail their donation to the club! Make sure your name is listed on the form.
Download the Player Sponsorship Form here
Potential Player Sponsorship Letter Template:
City, State Zip Code
Playing soccer is one of my passions and favorite sports. As a member of the ____ team of the Spokane Soccer Club Shadow, I am asking for your consideration of a tax- deductible sponsorship to support my soccer experience. I am excited to be a part of a club that focuses on youth soccer development, competition, community and enjoyment.
This year, club dues are $___, plus uniform and team expenses. Club dues cover coaching costs, equipment, field rental, and organizational expenses. It is my hope, with your assistance, that I can raise funds to offset my club dues. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law. Spokane Soccer Club Shadow is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization; EIN #20 8739886.
Add a personalized paragraph here about your favorite thing about soccer. (Tell YOUR story!)
If you are able to help, please complete the enclosed sponsorship form and return to SSC Shadow at your convenience. Make your check payable to Spokane Soccer Club Shadow and list my name in the memo line.
In return, we will list your company information on our website. It will include information you provide us - a link to your web page, physical address and contact information. You will also receive a confirmation letter of thanks for your records.
We encourage all the members of our club to support the businesses and individuals who support us. Thank you for your consideration. If you have any questions regarding Spokane Soccer Club Shadow, please visit our website or contact me at _______.
Your Name here
6. Communication to and from SSC Shadow
SSC Shadow relies on email for its main mode of communication. We work hard to keep our website (www.spokanesoccerclubshadow.org) and Facebook pages updated. We will email you our Shadow Review newsletter and Stoppage Time news flashes throughout the season.
Provide us a working email addresses you check regularly when you register with SSC Shadow so we can stay in touch! Contact information you share with SSC Shadow is confidential. We promise to never share, sell or rent contact information to any outside party!
7. Review your Club Policies
Many of our policies don’t relate to our Developmental program, but we do encourage you to be aware of them as your child grows into a Select or Premier player. We have taken great care to address policies regarding Player Safety, Playing Time, Injury, Lightning Safety, No Pay/No Play, Refunds, Tournaments, Guest Playing, Player Sponsorships, Fundraising, Email/Texting/Social Media, Website Privacy & Security and Logo Use.
8. Additional member benefits
* APEX Physical Therapy Wellness Tips - From Head to Toe!
Wellness Articles: On injury prevention, nutrition, hydration, and stretching to keep you moving on the soccer field.
Free Injury Screenings: As schedule and availability allow, APEX PT staff offers free injury screenings to SSC Shadow players at their offices.
9. Contact Us
General questions: Call Peggy at 509.850.7787
Questions about coaching or levels of play: Call Niko at 509.869.6176
Coaching or player-related questions
Financial questions about club dues or online club registration
Operational and administrative questions
Spokane Soccer Club Shadow
P.O. Box 18176
Spokane, WA 99228-0176
Thank you for joining SSC Shadow! We are excited to teach you the great game of soccer in a friendly, safe, educated and enjoyable environment. We appreciate your commitment and desire to learn. In return, we pledge our expertise and passion for the game. Together, we will take you to the next competitive level of your game - having fun and working hard along the way!
Go SSC Shadow!
U9/U10 Program Director
Our Community Vision
By working together within a player-centered philosophy, Spokane Soccer Club Shadow offers the highest quality coaching, training and competition available in greater Spokane. We focus on each player’s long-term development and passion for soccer. We keep things straightforward for parents to alleviate confusion. We keep expenses as low as possible. We are committed to honest leadership, collaboration and transparency.
Spokane Soccer Club Shadow is a non-profit club serving greater Spokane’s premier, select and developmental soccer families. We offer the highest standards of youth soccer advancement, delivering a unique package of development, competition, enjoyment and community by expert, certified coaches.