Puget Sound Premier League - Information & Policies
Wednesday, 30 January 2008
The primary focus of a successful soccer league is to promote the joy and fun of the game and to offer a safe venue for players to express themselves and develop their skills. The focus of this league will be to offer the player, their families, coaches, teams and clubs open and diverse fall and spring leagues. Puget Sound Premier aims to promote a healthier, less costly and more logical way to play year-round soccer.
We believe a league that supports competitive open play and clubs that believe in player development is vital, ethical and missing.
We believe a primary focus of soccer coaches, teams and clubs is to develop children as people first and players second.
We believe individual player development is the club’s primary responsibility and team success is a secondary but important goal.
We believe the players, parents, coaches, teams and clubs will benefit from playing in a league that promotes and expects this behavior from its participants.
We believe the Puget Sound Premier League offers a league that supports players, parents, coaches, teams and clubs in this endeavor.
We believe a league should be governed by simple administrative procedures that provide players, teams and clubs flexibility in the player development process. The league aims to offer high-level competition with multiple divisions of play, promotion and relegation.
We believe players, teams and clubs seeking high-level competition should have a place to play. We believe a league should have promotion and relegation to ensure players and teams are, as much as possible, playing against appropriate levels of competition. We believe in an open league, one where independent teams, small and big clubs, are all welcome to compete against each other at their appropriate skill level.
Club player passes
We believe clubs should have the ability to move players up and down within their club using a club player pass.
We believe clubs should have the ability to make changes game to game due to illness, injury, vacation, changing ability, practice attendance, commitment or because a player has dedicated his/her summer to practicing on their own.
We believe having a flexible roster is not only healthy for players, teams, clubs and families but also reflects a realistic understanding of the changes occurring in players, families, teams and clubs over a 12 month period.
Year-round league play
We believe the soccer world has shown weekly competition combined with weekly practices and appropriate breaks provides players, teams and clubs with the best opportunity for player development.
We believe it is beneficial, less costly, more enjoyable, more family friendly and better for player development to have players, teams and clubs competing in year-round league play.
We believe playing games each weekend in a league against opponents of similar strength will allow players, teams and clubs to limit costly tournament participation which unnecessarily increases costs to be spent on food, lodging and travel.
We believe playing two competitive games in a day is not ideal but necessary given the size of the league and the necessary scheduling issues and complications.
In pursuit of Excellence
We believe the pursuit of a high skilled, high-level athletic activity should be encouraged and soccer is a healthy choice.
We believe the studies revealing the pursuit of high-level athletics helps teenagers excel in school, stay fit, avoid drugs and alcohol and builds self esteem.
We believe encouraging a fuller, more intense involvement with the sport actually increases the likelihood a young person will remain in the sport for the rest of their life.
Choices and common sense
We believe in the common sense of parents who are best suited to choose their children’s level and location of participation in any activity including soccer, and most often, will make the best choice for the children.
We believe children placed, by parental choice, under the guidance of skilled professional soccer coaches and an unbelievable number of skilled volunteers, are, most often, benefiting immensely from the lessons offered by participation in a high-level soccer learning environment.
We believe soccer is joy, passion, beauty and emotion. It is creative, competitive, athletic and infectious. It brings diverse people and cultures together to play the world’s favorite pastime. Above all, soccer is fun, and it should be played, watched, enjoyed and followed every day with passion.