ABE Policies

Updated Tuesday January 7, 2020 by ABE Soccer Association.

ABE POLICIES
 
Please scroll down this page to read through all of ABE's Policies as contained in this table on contents:
  • Consent to Play and Spectate
  • Player and Parent/Spectator Code of Conduct
  • In-House Volunteers and Clearances
  • PAWest and SafeSport
  • Registration Fees
  • Parent Volunteerism
  • Refund Policy
CONSENT TO PLAY AND SPECTATE
PARENTS AND/OR GUARDIAN AND SPECTATORS ASSUME ALL RISK AND HAZARDS INCIDENTAL TO THE PLAYER’S PARTICIPATION, SPECTATOR'S BEHAVIOR ON ABE GROUNDS, AND ANY AND ALL RISK AND HAZARD ASSOCIATED WITH ABE SOCCER, ITS GROUNDS, EVENTS, GAMES, AND PRACTICES. I HEREBY RELEASE ABE, ITS BOARD OF DIRECTORS, AND ANY OF ITS AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL FROM ANY DAMAGES ARISING FROM INJURIES, BEHAVIOR OF SPECTATORS, EMERGENCY MEDICAL TREATMENT, OR INCIDENTS OF AN ACCIDENTAL NATURE.  I ALSO UNDERSTAND THAT PHOTOS OF REGISTERED PLAYERS MAY BE TAKEN AND THAT MY REGISTRATION GRANTS MY PERMISSION FOR MY CHILD TO APPEAR ON THE ABE SOCCER WEBSITE, ABE SOCIAL MEDIA, AND ADVERTISING FOR THE SOCCER CLUB WITHOUT RESTRICTIONS OR COMPENSATION. 
 

ABE SOCCER ASSOCIATION PLAYER AND PARENT CODE OF CONDUCT

 

PLAYER CODE OF CONDUCT

I HEREBY PLEDGE TO PROVIDE POSITIVE SUPPORT BY FOLLOWING THE ABE SOCCER ASSOCIATION CODE OF CONDUCT

 

  • I will play for fun and enjoyment of the game. I will work hard to improve my soccer skills. I will always be a good sport.
  • I will be a team player, get along with and cooperate with my coaches and teammates.
  • I will respect my coaches, teammates, parents, opponents, and referees.
  • I will not argue with the referee.
  • I will not use any profanity or foul language at practices or during games.
  • I will not, under any circumstances, participate in physical violence or threats of physical violence before, or participate in any unwanted touching that is not consistent with typical soccer gameplay during or after any game or practice.
  • I will not, under any circumstances, participate in any put-downs, name calling, or bad sportsmanship, during or after any game or practice.
  • I will not use alcohol or illegal drugs.
  • I will obey the laws of the game and play within the spirit of the laws.
  • I understand that failure to comply with these CODES OF CODUCT may result in players being suspended or expelled from ABE Soccer Association for the remainder of the session without refund and will be considered when and if the player desires to register for future sessions

 

PARENTS CODE OF CONDUCT

I HEREBY PLEDGE TO PROVIDE POSITIVE SUPPORT, CARE, AND ENCOURAGEMENT FOR MY CHILD BY FOLLOWING THE ABE SOCCER ASSOCIATION CODE OF CONDUCT

 

  • I agree to support the ABE Soccer Association and their teams in requiring players to abide by the Players Code of Conduct.
  • I agree to have a parent/legal guardian attend all practices and games and be attentive to my child’s needs outside of the soccer field such as injury or the use of the bathroom as these are not the responsibility of our volunteer coaches
  • I will not use or possess alcohol, illegal drugs or weapons while attending ABE Soccer practices and games.
  • There are to be no pets of any kind at gaming venues.
  • There is no smoking on the ABE Fields, Spectator Seating Areas, Grounds, or at the Concession Stand
  • I will not under any circumstance shout abusively at my child or any other child.
  • I will not under any circumstance shout abusively or threaten any physical abuse to any coach or referee.
  • I will not dispute any call made by the referee; and I understand that the ABE Soccer Association may sanction any spectator who verbally abuses or assaults a child, coach, association member, parent, spectator, or referee.
  • I will not coach my child or other children from the sideline during the game.
  • I will only make positive comments to the players and it is understood that coaches and not parents shall provide instructional input during games.
  • I understand that the game is for the children not for the adults.
  • I understand that parents are responsible for the behavior of all of their team’s guests/spectators and that they shall act in accordance with the Code of Conduct.
  • I understand that parents and spectators are not to be on the sidelines of the fields with the coaches.
  • I understand that parents are responsible for the behavior of their child during practices and games and that a parent or child’s failure to comply with these CODES OF CODUCT may result in their child being suspended or expelled from ABE Soccer Association for the remainder of the session without refund and will be considered when and if the child desires to register for future sessions
 
 
IN-HOUSE VOLUNTEER CLEARANCES
 
All board members, coaches, and volunteers need to obtain clearances prior to being involved with ABE Soccer.  A copy of your clearances must be given to the ABE Board to be held securely with them. This is required due to the PA Child Protective Services Law in the State of Pennsylvania. In addition, no one shall be allowed to be on the sidelines during a game, sub for a coach, or lead a practice without these clearances.
  
  
Volunteers must provide the following by emailing a copy to the ABE President to file securely:
  • State Police Criminal Record Check
  • PA Child Abuse History Clearance
  • if PA resident for at least the past 10 years... a complete and notarized Volunteer affidavit
  • if PA resident for less than the past 10 years... FBI Criminal Background Check
 
OBTAINING CLEARANCES
 
If you are volunteering with us, or any PA organization that works with children, you can obtain the proper clearences by following these steps:
 
1.  PA State Police Report - Select Volunteer
     PA State Police Criminal Record Checks can be obtained online by visiting the State Police web site:   CLICK HERE 
 
2.  Child Abuse History Report
     PA Child Abuse History Clearances can be obtained online by visiting the PA Child Welfare web site:
     CLICK HERE
 
3.  Volunteer Qualification Affidavit (PDF) - CLICK HERE
 
4.  FBI Criminal Background Check 
     To request an FBI Fingerprint Clearance - https://uenroll.identogo.com/
     The code is: 1KG6ZJ
     Please Note: Approximate cost $22.00 and the link will take you to a page managed by IdentoGo for the state of PA to help individuals attain an FBI Clearance
 
PA-WEST & SAFE SPORT
 
All Coaches and volunteers that participate in our Travel Soccer Program with PAWest are required to have not only the PA State Required Clearances, but are also required to be cleared through SafeSport, a child-safety sports training program. SafeSport's training modules discuss youth athlete training, issues of misconduct in sports, and helps insure children have a possitive and safe sport experience. This is mandated by PAWest, a Youth Division of US Soccer. SafeSport is free for ABE Volunteer Coaches and is highly encouraged for our In-House Coaches as well. If you are a volunteer coach, you can sign-up for SafeSport Here. An access code is required for the free training module and certificate you will receive. Please contact our Travel Director via email for the access code.
 
REGISTRATION FEES

PLAYERS WILL NOT BE ASSIGNED TO A TEAM OR PERMITTED TO PRACTICE WITH AN ABE TEAM UNTIL THAT PLAYERS REGISTRATION IS PAID IN-FULL.

PAID IN-FULL IS DEFINED AS; CREDIT CARD, CASH, or CHECK – A check must be cleared though the bank of issue to complete the registration process. Checks retuned to A.B.E.’s financial institution, for any reason, will delay that player’s participation in A.B.E. activities. 

ABE VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENT

 (Approved October 2018 and Effective January 1, 2019)

ABE is implementing a volunteer requirement in order to help the organization grow for the future, have funds to update and maintain fields and equipment on a regular basis, and to help spread the workload of the organization.  Starting in the Spring 2019, families registering to play in-house/recreational soccer with ABE are required to pay a fee of $20 per family, per season.  This fee will be collected upon registration and reimbursed after one of the following volunteer opportunities is completed.

1. Coaching:

  a. Register to coach with ABE, through SI Play.

  b. Obtain and submit PA Criminal and PA Child Abuse to PA West.  Note:  FBI Fingerprinting is required if you have not lived in the state of   PA for the last 10 consecutive years.

  c. Run one, one hour practice weekly throughout the season.

  d. Be present at soccer games.

2. Concession Stand:

  a. Work a total of 1 hour in the concession stand.

  b. Hour may be completed all at once or on different days.

  c. The 1 hour must be completed by the adult parent/or guardian.

      **We love our pre-teen volunteers.  However, to the volunteer requirement must be fulfilled by an adult parent or legal guardian.

  d. A concession stand sign up will be sent electronically.  You may also select this volunteer option upon registration or contact the concession stand board member directly to sign up to volunteer. Families can choose available dates and shifts from the electronic sign up that will be sent out via the email you provide.  Please note, all shift sign ups are first come first serve.

3. Various Other Needs:

  a.  From time to time there will be various other needs that the league will have.  These may include Soccer Fest help, etc.

  b. These needs will be communicated via email and our Facebook page.

4.  Unable to Volunteer

  a. Families unable to volunteer will not be reimbursed the $20 collected during registration.  This money will be considered a donation and used for the above expenses.

ABE will reimburse families week 4 and at the end of season.  If your volunteer requirement has been met between weeks 1-4 you will be reimbursed week 4.  Otherwise, you will be reimbursed at the end of the season.

 
REFUND POLICY
REFUNDS WILL ONLY BE GIVEN TO ANY PLAYER THAT REQUESTS REFUND THREE WEEKS PRIOR TO THE FIRST SCHEDULED GAME OF THE SEASON.  $20.00 OF THE REGISTRATION IS NON REFUNDABLE.  NO REFUNDS FOR LATE REGISTRATION