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INTRODUCTION

This manual is for all teams within Orangeville Minor Soccer’s Travel Team Program, including Competitive Travel, Recreational Select and Recreational All Star.

The intent of this manual is to assist new and existing coaches with the operation of a travel team within Orangeville Minor Soccer Club.  It is our hope that this will be used as a guide to enhance the overall awareness and understanding of any rules and regulations that pertain to any travel team within our club.

These rules and regulations have been authorized by the club’s Board of Directors and may be subject to revisions, additions and/or deletions from time to time.

General Rep Team Information - All travel teams shall be subject to the policies outlined in the Club’s Constitution unless otherwise indicated in the manual.  The objective of the Travel Team Program is to enter one competitive team in each age division for the Boys and Girls program.  It is our intent to begin teams at the league minimum age for both boys’ and girls’ teams.  The Goal is to maximize “The Player” abilities and Development within OMSC.

Any persons wishing to form a team outside of the established club guidelines will need to make a formal application (per Selection Process guidelines) to the Board of Directors showing that the team is a viable option without possible detriment to an existing OMSC Travel Team and will enter play in the lowest level AT THE AGE REQUESTED.

If warranted, with the final approval of the Board of Directors and the Director of Travel Teams, with guidance from the Head Coach, may choose to enter a second team in an age division of a competitive league.  Alternatively, the Director of Travel Teams, with the final approval of the Board of Directors, may choose to withdraw a team from a competitive or recreational league if it is deemed that not enough interest exists to maintain the team in a reputable fashion.

Where any omissions may exist in this document – OSA guidelines will apply.

TEAM CLASSIFICATIONS & DEFINITIONS

Competitive Travel Team (Rep) - A Competitive Travel Team is a team for which the players are selected on the basis of their ability.  There are “team try-outs” and “player cuts”.  The player must “make the team” based on her/his ability.  Only the players who “make the team” are registered with the Club and assigned to this team.
The team plays in a Competitive Club League (OSA Level 1-5) which consists of other Competitive Club Teams.  The Club reserves the right to determine at what level a team plays.

Recreational Select Team/Mini Soccer (U10 and under) - A Recreational Select Team is a team for which the players are selected on the basis of their ability.  There are “team try-outs” and “player cuts”.  The player must “make the team” based on her/his ability.  Only the players who “make the team” are registered with the Club and assigned to this team.

The team plays in a “Multi-Jurisdictional Recreational Club League” (OSA Level 6) which consists of other Recreational Select Teams.  Rosters may not exceed 18 players for Recreational Select Team and 14 players for Mini soccer.

Recreational All-Star Team - A Recreational Club League All-Star Team is a team of all-star players from the same division in a Club League (OSA Level 7).  The players do NOT register with the All-Star Team.  The players are already registered with the Club and have been randomly assigned to the teams in the Club’s House League.  A Recreational Club League All-Star Team Must be open to all players at that age group and try-outs held if necessary.
This team does not play in any league but is formed to play exclusively in tournaments for Recreational Club League All-Star Teams.

Development Team (U8) - A development team will consist of a maximum of a 30 player roster made up of house league players.   OMSC will offer both a Boys and a Girls team.  Development teams will travel to local festivals from time to time throughout the outdoor season.  Players participating in this program will be chosen to play in festivals equally from the 30 player roster.  A max of 10 players may attend each festival.

HEAD COACH SELECTION PROCESS

General Information - The Director of Travel Teams will organize a s Rep Coach Selection Committee, with a minimum of 3 members (2 must be voting board members).  No member of the Selection Committee may be applying to coach a team.  The Selection Committee shall choose all Team Head Coaches for teams falling within Orangeville Minor Soccer's Travel Team Program.

The selection committee reserves the right to hold interviews with each applicant.  All members of the Selection Committee are to submit proposed questions to be asked in the Interview to the Director of Travel Teams at least 1 week prior to the Interview.  The Director of Travel Teams will select the questions to be asked.  The Director of Travel Teams will provide a copy of the list of questions, along with a copy of the coaching application, any coach evaluations for the coach involved and any grading criteria to be used in advance of the interviews to each Committee Member.  All Committee Members are expected to take notes during the interviews for discussion after each interview is completed.  All Committee Members will meet to select the Team Head Coaches within 2 days of completing the interviews.  

All successful candidates for Team Head Coach will be informed, in writing, by the club.  The criteria and/or reasoning for the selection shall not be published or made public.

Any selection that is made by the selection committee may be appealed to the Board of Directors.  The decision of the Board of Directors, in this case, shall be deemed final and indisputable.

All Team Head Coaches MUST attend training and information sessions presented by the Club throughout the year.

Competitive Travel Teams (Rep) plus Mini Teams (U9/U10) - All individuals wishing to coach a Competitive Travel Team must submit their formal application to the club by the 3rd Friday of August each year.  Each application must be in the approved format.  Any deviance for this format may immediately disqualify the applicant.

Development Team - All individuals wishing to coach a Development Team must submit their application to the Club by the 3rd Friday of August each year.  Each application must be in the approved format.  Any deviancy from this format may immediately disqualify the applicant.

Recreational All –Star Team - Requests can be submitted at any time throughout the year.  This team is geared to tournament play at the cost of the team.

Any coaches looking to create a new Travel Team for an outdoor season must submit a New Team Proposal to the Club prior to December 1st.