2021 Soccer Handbook
Congratulations on your successful tryout! Soccer is a competitive sport, and athletes have been assigned to teams based on tryouts, dedication at practice and performance at the games. There is the possibility for both upward and downward mobility, and this as well as playing time is assigned solely at the discretion of the coaches.
The coaches and the Soccer Booster Club are dedicated to helping each team compete to the best of their ability. We understand that students may have jobs and other interests, but these should not stand in the way of practice or competition. The Chattahoochee Soccer teams require commitment of time and energy, and the following priorities should be observed.
1st priority: Academics
2nd priority: Soccer
3rd priority: Other Chattahoochee Activities
4th priority: Non-school related activities
The way parents and members of the community can support the Chattahoochee Soccer team is to join the Chattahoochee Soccer Booster Club. Our goals are:
To promote and support the boy and girl soccer programs of Chattahoochee High School and to foster the association of all its athletes' families and friends.
To cooperate with and support the coaching staff.
To supply supplementary items and equipment that the coaches and this organization have agreed will enhance the soccer program.
To sponsor any program to further the financial support of the team.
It is important to remember that beyond the two head coach supplements, Fulton County provides no funding for high school athletics. The only source for funding is the revenue generated by the Booster Club, so each family’s participation in fundraising and volunteer activities to support the team is essential! We need every family to:
Join the Chattahoochee High School Booster Club if you haven't already done so.
Pay team fees, see separate player specific financial statement for details. If you are unable to do so, please contact your athlete's head coach to let them know.
Sign up to volunteer for at least two team activities.
100% participation in the Soccer Booster Club is expected. Your support is critical to the success of our teams and our athletes.
Every soccer player should clearly understand that s/he is expected to abstain from undesirable activities that are not compatible with and are counterproductive to the athlete and to the welfare of the team. If you are found in violation of school or GHSA policies that relate to school attendance, academic performance, alcohol, tobacco or drugs, you are liable for suspension and possible immediate expulsion from the team.
Practice schedules are updated periodically on the hooch soccer website at www.hoochathletics.com or communicated by your coaches. Coaches will communicate any last minute changes directly to players. Changes in these will be emailed (or sent via Remind), when possible, or announced during school for last minute changes. Practice is essential for achieving team goals. Both parent and athlete should understand that missing practice for any reason could disrupt the training schedule of the team. If for some reason an athlete needs to miss practice the athlete should contact the coach no later than noon with the message. Please coordinate any planned absences as far ahead of time as possible with the appropriate head coach. If an athlete is injured, they must still attend practice unless excused by the head coach or under rehabilitation. Any illness or injury should be reported to the trainer or the coach immediately.
A positive attitude is a prerequisite to success. Nothing less will be tolerated. We encourage discussion with the coaches if a parent or player is confused, does not understand, or has a complaint about something. These discussions should usually take place outside of practice. Consider a 24 hour cooling off period before approaching a coach in the case of complaints. Please act respectfully and exhibit good sportsmanship at all times. We expect our athletes to give teachers complete respect at all times. Good sportsmanship and respectful behavior go hand in hand. Disciplinary problems will not be tolerated and will be dealt with promptly on a case-by-case basis.
In order to receive a varsity letter for one year's participation in CHS Soccer, the following criteria must be met:
Complete the season in good standing (see notes below)
Compete in two (2) varsity games (Boys)
Have been, in the judgment of the coaches, on his/her way to completing the varsity letter requirements when an injury or illness prevented completion. This is at the discretion of the coaches. Those athletes that complete the season in good standing and do not attain a varsity letter will receive a certificate of participation.
Things that may keep an individual from finishing the season in good standing include, but are not limited to:
Persistent tardiness to practices or games
Absences without prior approval of the coach
Disrespect towards others
Use of alcohol, tobacco, or any illegal substance
Any activity or attitude that can be considered detrimental to the team
Coaches will do most of the day to day communications with players at practices regarding practice and game times and other requirements as well as communicating with players via text messages, emails, or other communication apps.
In addition, please familiarize yourself with the website for your team and check there often for updated news items, game schedules, rosters, and photographs. On the front page of each team is also a news item that shows upcoming key events and dates. This is updated frequently during the year.
To view rosters, schedule and more please navigate to :www.hoochathletics.com
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|Adam Ardis||Co-President - Girlsfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Rebecca Kimber||Co-President - Boysemail@example.com|
|Jennifer Reed-Askey||Vice President - Girlsfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Grace Hughes||Vice President - Boysemail@example.com|
|Paul Fike||Member at Largefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Andres Angel||Member at Largeemail@example.com|
|Jessica Stokes||Member at Largefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|2022 Team Managers TBD|
|Girls Junior Varsity|
|Boys Junior Varsity|
|Les Meenan||Varsity Head Coachemail@example.com||Michael Sinco||Varsity Head Coachfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Eduardo Coloma||Varsity Assistant Coachemail@example.com|
|Mark Balskey||JV Head Coachfirstname.lastname@example.org||Nina Litte||JV Head Coachemail@example.com|
|Chris Short||Athletic Directorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Les Meenan - Varsity Boys Coach
Coach Meenan is in his 22nd year with the Cougar Soccer program. He coached the boys junior varsity for one year and is currently in his 21st year as head varsity boys coach. He grew and developed the team to a national ranking the last few years! The team was ranked #1 in the nation in 2006 and finished in 2011 as AAAA Georgia State Champs and #32 in the national High School ranking. He was the Georgia State coach of the year in 2018 and Chattahoochee are the current 6A state champions for years 2017 and 2018. Les teaches physical education at Webb Bridge Middle School and he played professionally in Ireland before coming to the United States. During his college days at Southern Indiana, he played soccer and served as team captain for three years. While in Indiana, he also coached high school, club, and ODP soccer. He is supported by his wife Nichola and his 2 sons Ciaran and Darragh.
Michael Sinco – Varsity Girls Coach
Coach Sinco is in his third year with the Cougar soccer program. He has 7 years of experience coaching soccer. His first team was the JV Girls at Sequoyah High School for one year during his student teaching under Coach Jeff Bramlett. His next three years came at Creekview High School coaching the JV boys team under Coach Shawn McClellan. He stopped coaching soccer to take over the Girls Cross Country program, which quickly rose to consecutive top 3 finishes in state. In this time, he earned both Region and County Coach of the Year honors. Michael has been instrumental in the growth of the girls soccer player pool at Chattahoochee. He also is the founder and Head Coach of the Jr. Cross Country program at Taylor Road Middle School. Michael lives in Canton. His wife teaches at Sixes Elementary which is where his two sons, Xavier (8) and Grayson (7) are students.
Eduardo Coloma – Varsity Boys Assistant Coach
Coach Coloma is in his 16th year with the Cougar program. He was part of the team that obtained the Chattahoochee’s 2011 AAAA and the 2017 and 2018 6A State Championships!. He played high school and college soccer in Lima, Peru. Coach Coloma also played in NJ, at Bergen Community and Montclair State University. He holds a USSF National “C” Coaching License, a diploma from the Brazilian Federation and Coaches Association from Sao Paulo, Brazil as well as a Coaching Certificate from the Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio (Italian Soccer Federation). He is also a State Referee Emeritus. He has retired from his position as International Senior Manager from UPS. Coach Coloma coached and trained many teams at Roswell Santos Soccer Club since moving to Roswell in 1996, he was named RSC Select Coach of the Year in 2011.
Mark A. Balskey– Junior Varsity Boys Coach
Coach Balskey is in his 1st year with the Cougars Soccer Program. He has coached in Ohio for 27 years. He has coached at Centerville High School and Beavercreek High School in Ohio. In 2017, he helped Beavercreek High School win their first State Championship. He has also coached several select teams and ODP in the Ohio area. Mark teaches at River Trail Middle School. He holds a USSF national "D" license.
Nina Little – Girls Junior Varsity Coach
Coach Little is a new teacher at Chattahoochee this year, teaching Chemistry and Earth Systems. She has 13 years of experience playing soccer at the club level, majority of those years were at UFA. Coach Little grew up in the Milton area and now lives in Woodstock. Prior to teaching at Chattahoochee, Coach Little attended Georgia College and State University where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Chemistry and Master's in Teaching Secondary Education. She played club soccer at GCSU for three years and became the co-captain for her last two years.
Article I: Name
The name of this organization shall be the Chattahoochee High School Soccer Booster Club, designated in these bylaws as the Club.
Article II: Objectives
Article III: Policies
Article IV: Membership and Dues
Article V: Meetings
Article VI: Quorum
Article VII: Officers and Their Elections
Article VIII: Duties of Officers
Article IX: Executive Committee
Article X: Committees
Standing Committees shall be:
Article XI: Amendments