Columbus United Soccer ClubUnited Policies
Policy on Playing Up
Approved by the Columbus United Advisory Group Oct. 2010.
It is typically permissible for a player to play up one age group—for example from a 2002 team to a 2001 team. However, the parent/guardian can not ask or demand that their player do so. The coach, in consultation with the DOC, makes the decision of whether a player can play in an older age group.
It is typically permissible for a player to play up two age groups—for example from a 2003 to a 2001 team. However, the parent/guardian can not ask or demand that their player do so. The coach, in consultation with the DOC, makes the decision of whether a player can play in an older age group. Playing up two age groups should only be done when a player is both physically and technically ahead of the other players in their birth year. It should only be undertaken in very special situations. In general it should not be undertaken if the player has a team in their age group that provides player development opportunities for the player.
The decision to “play up” should only be based around the needs and ability of the player. It will not be allowed to avoid a particular coach, team, or other player. It will not be allowed purely to help a team fill its roster.
Playing up three age groups is not allowed.
Policy on Coach Selection
Approved by the Columbus United Advisory Group May 2009
A head coach that has performed in an acceptable manner as determined by the DOC shall have the first choice to coach the team the following year. A head coach in an older age group will have the first opportunity to coach if another head coach “moves up” into that age group.
Head coaches are responsible for picking their assistant coach. The DOC can only deny this appointment for substantive reasons.
If a team does not have a returning head coach the individual who served as assistant coach will have first choice for the head coaching position—upon approval of the DOC.
When a team has an open coaching position (defined as not having either a returning head or assistant coach) individuals interested in coaching the team should submit their request to the DOC. The DOC will make the decision and is the final arbiter.
CSO/Columbus United Teams Requesting Guest Players Policy
Guest Player Policy Between CUSC and Starkville Soccer Association/Impact Teams
Guest player between CUSC players/teams and SSA/Impact players teams has been streamlined through a partnership between the two organizations. Please note the following modifications for guest play between CUSC and SSA:
a. there will be no time requirements on guest player requests
b. request will be made and approved between the coaches of the respective teams without the need for DOC approval
c. coaches/managers will be responsible for acquiring and returning needed documents such as player cards etc. Any lost items will be the responsibility of the coaches involved in the request.
Dispute Resolution Policy
Approved by Columbus United Advisory Group Oct. 2010, Updated CSO Board July 2018
Players or parents who have a substantive dispute with a coach, assistant coach, manager, or other team official (hereafter referred to as “coach”) should follow the following dispute resolution protocol.
1. The individual should first approach the coach and clearly and politely express the nature of their concern. The coach should be given the opportunity to resolve that dispute at the team level.
2. If the complaining individual is not satisfied with #1 they should take their complaint to the CSO Board Member for Competitive Soccer.
3. If the complaining individual is not satisfied with #2 they should take their complaint to the Director of Coaching. The DOC shall be considered the final arbiter at the club level.
These steps do not apply to the following:
1. Criminal activity. Any criminal activity should be reported to law enforcement.