It is the mission of Inverness Soccer Club to foster the development of local youth through the sport of soccer. We are dedicated to providing our participants with a fun, high-quality soccer experience that encourages sportsmanship and a love of the game through the development of player, coach, referee and team. Inverness Soccer Club is a RECREATIONAL/INSTRUCTIONAL League. Our primary function is to provide a positive soccer experience for our player’s participants.
Our program is based on the following concepts:
Respect For All Persons:
All of our members are equally important and will be treated with respect and fairness without regard for age, ethnicity, gender or social status.
Fundamentals, Skill Instruction, Tactical Instruction
Player development within a fun and age-appropriate environment is one of our primary missions. Our younger groups are taught primarily individual skills, with less emphasis on tactics or winning. Our club employs and will continually refine a set of learning goals for all ages.
We will provide a physically and emotionally safe environment for our members.
Coaches play an instrumental part as both teachers and role models. We offer our volunteer coaches a professional coach’s clinic during our coaches meeting. So that there is no misinterpretation or misunderstanding, there is an emphasis on the philosophy of SPORTSMANSHIP superseding all others. This applies to all coach’s actions while on Park District property during and after play and as a representative of ISC.
Inverness Soccer Club recognizes the importance of qualified referees. Officials are provided regular opportunity for education and professional development. Input from officials is welcomed by the Board. Players are taught to respect the referees by the example of parents and staff, coaches and board members. IT IS NEVER APPROPRIATE TO DIRECT ANY CRITICISM TOWARDS THE REFEREE. Nor, is it appropriate to vocally question a referee’s call to either the players or those in attendance. ISC uses youth referees. Even though they are certified by IYSA they are in a learning process and subject to make procedural and interruptive mistakes. It is never appropriate to “engage” a referee during or after the game.
We believe membership in Inverness Soccer Club is a family affair. We rely on our members to volunteer as coaches in order to provide quality programs for our kids. We hope that our families will enjoy their membership in our soccer community.
The development of the game of soccer in our community is best accomplished through our affiliation with larger soccer governing bodies, including the Illinois Youth Soccer Association and the US Youth Soccer.
Inverness Soccer Club is governed in a fair, open and inclusive manner. Club business is conducted according to our bylaws by a volunteer board, and by providing numerous opportunities for all members to actively participate.
We endorse the Illinois Youth Soccer Association’s codes of conduct for players, coaches, parents and referees. Many controversies could be avoided if we all were good sports in winning as well as in loosing. ISC has no team standings and there are no playoffs. There is no benefit in winning big over the other team of players except for our own egos as adults. If the match is uneven, use the opportunity to give some less experienced players a chance to improve their skills.
Good of the Game:
Our goal is not only teaching our players the game of soccer and having fun, but also demonstrating the principles of good sportsmanship and teamwork. We hope to nurture a love of the game in the children of our club and enrich the community of ISC. We hope the skills and knowledge our members learn will endure, allowing our players to continue to enjoy and participate in this global sport throughout their lives.