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Chattahoochee Cougars 2021 Soccer Handbook

By NK, 01/21/20, 7:15PM EST

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 Chattahoochee Cougars
2021 Soccer Handbook

 

Welcome to the Club

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.

 

Now that you've made the team…

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

Parent Support

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:

  1. 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.

  2. To cooperate with and support the coaching staff.

  3. To supply supplementary items and equipment that the coaches and this organization have agreed will enhance the soccer program.

  4. To sponsor any program to further the financial support of the team.

 

Funding

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:

  1. Join the Chattahoochee High School Booster Club if you haven't already done so.

  2. 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. 

  3. 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.

Academics and Alcohol, Tobacco and Drug Policy

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

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.

Actions and Attitudes

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.

 

Varsity Letters

In order to receive a varsity letter for one year's participation in CHS Soccer, the following criteria must be met:

  1. Complete the season in good standing (see notes below)

  2. Compete in two (2) varsity games (Boys)

  3. 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.

 

Good Standing

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

Communications

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  

(Menu>Athletics >Spring Sports >Your Team

 

2021-22 Board and Team Managers

Adam Ardis Co-President - Girls aardis1@yahoo.com
Rebecca Kimber Co-President - Boys rebecca_kimber@hotmail.com   
Jennifer Reed-Askey Vice President - Girls reedgirl1@hotmail.com 
Grace Hughes Vice President - Boys gzhughes1@gmail.com
Ericka Valencia Treasurer erickavge@yahoo.com
Christine Rogers Secretary christinerogers1565@gmail.com
Paul Fike Member at Large paulfike@gmail.com
Andres Angel Member at Large andresangelgil@gmail.com
Jessica Stokes Member at Large jessica.stokes@outlook.com
     
2022 Team Managers TBD    
Girls Varsity    
Girls Junior Varsity    
Boys Varsity    
Boys Junior Varsity    

 

 

 

                         

2021-22 Coaches & Administration

Boys     Girls    
Les Meenan Varsity Head Coach meenan@fultonschools.org Michael Sinco Varsity Head Coach sincom@fultonschools.org 
Eduardo Coloma Varsity Assistant Coach eicoloma@aol.com      
Mark Balskey JV Head Coach balskeyma@fultonschools.org    Nina Litte JV Head Coach littlen@fultonschools.org

 

         
Chris Short Athletic Director shortc@fultonschools.org      
Michael Todd Principal toddm@fultonschools.org      

 

Chattahoochee Soccer Coaches Profiles

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. 

 

Chattahoochee High School Soccer Booster Club Bylaws

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 

  1. 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. 
  2. To cooperate with and support the coaching staff. 
  3. To supply supplementary items and equipment that the coaches and this organization have agreed will enhance the soccer program. 
  4. To sponsor any program to further the financial support of the team. 

Article III: Policies 

  1. The Club shall not seek to direct or control the administrative policies of the school or interfere with the coaching staff. 
  2. The Club may cooperate with other organizations and agencies, provided it makes no commitments which bind its membership unless such commitments are approved by the membership. 
  3. The Club shall abide by all Chattahoochee High School Athletic Association policies and procedures which shall take precedence over these by-laws should conflicts develop. 

Article IV: Membership and Dues 

  1. Membership in the Chattahoochee High School Athletic Association is a prerequisite for membership in the Soccer Booster Club. 
  2. In addition to membership in the Chattahoochee High School Athletic Association, members of the Club must support the Chattahoochee Soccer Booster Club at the minimum level prescribed by the Chattahoochee High School Athletic Association. 
  3. The amount of annual membership dues shall be set by the Chattahoochee High School Athletic Association. 
  4. Membership dues are based on a per family membership. 
  1. A family is described as a group of individuals related by blood, adoption, custody, legal process or marriage living under one roof. 
  1. Membership status may be obtained by any interested persons who have paid dues at any time during the fiscal year. 
    1. All memberships shall terminate at the completion of the Club's fiscal year.
    2. The fiscal year of the Club shall end May 31st of each year. 

Article V: Meetings  

  1. Meetings of this organization shall be held at times, dates, and places as determined by the Executive Committee and all subcommittees. 
  2. The annual meeting shall be held on or before June 1st. Members in good standing shall have at least ten (10) days notice of the annual meeting. The purpose of the annual meeting shall be to: 
    1. Receive year-end reports by members of the Executive Committee and all subcommittees. 
    2. Elect the Executive Committee for the following year. 
  3. Special meetings of the Club may be called with a petition to the Executive Committee signed by ten (10) members in good standing of the Club specifying the date and purpose of the meeting. Members in good standing shall have at least ten (10) days notice of special meetings. 
  4. Special and/or general membership meetings may be called by the President, upon two- thirds (2/3) majority vote of the general membership, or upon a two-thirds (2/3) majority of the Executive Committee. 

Article VI: Quorum 

  1. Any action taken at a meeting or special meeting, including the general membership meeting, shall be by a simple majority vote, unless stated otherwise in these bylaws. A simple majority vote is defined as one half (1/2) of the total votes plus one (1) of those present at the meeting. 
  2. A quorum of the Executive Committee shall consist of five (5) members of the committee. C. Proxy voting or splitting of a single vote is not allowed. 

Article VII: Officers and Their Elections 

  1. The officers of the Club shall be a president, vice president, secretary and chief financial officer. 
    1. Officers shall serve for a term of one (1) year and shall remain in office until their successors are elected. 
    2. No officer shall serve more than two (2) consecutive terms in the same office. 
  1. Officers shall be elected at the annual meeting. 
  2. The term of office shall begin June 1st and end May 31st. 
  3. Officers-elect shall have authority to plan, budget, and make appointments to the executive committee, but will work within the budgetary process of the current year until the beginning of their own term. 
  4. A vacancy occurring in any office or committee of the Club, excepting that of the president of the Club shall be filled by the Executive Committee for the remainder of the term. 
    1. If the office of president becomes vacant, the vice president shall assume the duties of the president and the Executive Committee shall elect a new vice president. 
    2. . Any officer elected to fill a midterm vacancy shall serve one the unexpired portion of the term and then must stand for reelection within the guidelines of these by-laws. 
  1. A nominating committee of at least three members shall be elected by the Executive Committee at least thirty (30) days but no more than sixty (60) days prior to the date of the annual meeting. 
    1. The committee shall choose its own chairperson and operate independently of the Executive Committee. 
    2. The committee shall report, in the notice of the annual meeting, the name of at least one nominee for each position on the Executive committee. 
    3. Nominations may be made from the floor for any of the officer positions. 
    4. In all cases, consent of the nominee must be obtained before his or her name is placed in nomination. 

Article VIII: Duties of Officers 

  1. The President shall preside at all meetings, shall be a member ex officio of all committees, except the nominating committee, and shall perform other duties that usually pertain to the office. 
  2. The Vice President shall act as an aide to the President and shall perform the duties of the President in the absence of that officer. The Vice President shall monitor the fund raising and membership efforts of the Club. 
  3. The Secretary shall keep the written records of membership, attendance, and minutes of all meetings of the Club and shall perform other duties of the Club as may be delegated to him or her. 
  4. The Chief Financial Officer shall work with the school administration, the Chattahoochee High School Athletic Association, the coaching staff, and the Fund Raising Committee Chairperson to develop a proposed budget of expenditures for the Club's fiscal year. 
    1. The Chief Financial Officer shall submit the proposed budget to the Executive Committee for approval at the second meeting after the annual meeting. 
    2. The Chief Financial Officer shall collect all funds for deposit with the Chattahoochee High School Athletic Association, monitor all receipts and expenditures and maintain an independent record of the accounting kept by the Chattahoochee High School Athletic Association treasurer. 
    3. The Chief Financial Officer shall prepare monthly and annual financial reports for review at club meetings and as required by the Executive Committee. 

Article IX: Executive Committee 

  1. The Executive Committee shall consist of the officers of the Club, the chairpersons of the standing committees, the immediate past president of the Club and a minimum of two members elected at-large, one (I) each representing the boy and girls combined soccer teams. 
  2. Each member of the Executive Committee must be a member in good standing of the Club. 
  3. The term of office for the Executive Committee shall commence on June 1st of the current year and end on May 31st of the following year. 
  4. If any office becomes vacant during the year, the Executive Committee is empowered to elect a new member to fill the unexpired term. 
  5. At-large members of the Executive Committee shall be elected at the start of the soccer season. 

Article X: Committees 

Standing Committees shall be: 

  1. Membership -which shall solicit membership according to these bylaws and maintain an accurate list of members, which shall be available at all meetings in which voting takes place, and have its plan of work approved by the Executive Committee. 
  2. Special Events -which shall plan, coordinate and execute any special activity undertaken by the Club, including but not limited to the end-of-season soccer awards banquet, spring kick-off and Senior's Night. 
  3. Fund Raising -which shall assist in the planning, coordination and execution of all fund raising activities undertaken by the Club and act as an advisory body for special committees created for said fund raising activities. 
  4. Field Management -which shall coordinate use of the concession stands, PA systems, announcers, and time clock for all home soccer games and assist in the coordination of developing and maintaining a quality pitch. 
  5. Publicity -which shall plan, coordinate and execute an ongoing publicity program for all soccer games and activities. 

Article XI: Amendments 

  1. Any proposed amendments to the by-laws shall be referred to a bylaws committee. 
  2. These bylaws may be amended at any meeting of the Club by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the members present provided that thirty (30) days written notice has been given to the members that bylaw changes will be made at the meeting.