Working with "Outside" Groups
With many different "outside" of school activities available for middle school students, middle school coaches do have the right to make decisions on how to deal with student/athletes that would like to participate in both programs at the same time (school team and "outside" group team). In some situations the Senior Administrator for Athletics may recommend a way of working with "outside" groups, but the ultimate decision must be made by the coach/athletic director/principal of each middle school.
With that in mind, we have met with the Capital Area Soccer League (CASL) trying to develop an opportunity for a student/athlete to play in both (middle school and classic soccer teams) without penalty.
In a cooperative effort between Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) and CASL, a recommended agreement has been developed. This agreement was reached for the benefit of the middle school aged soccer playing student/athlete who choose to participate in both programs at the same time (CASL classic teams and middle school soccer). Both parties have reached this final recommended agreement:
- Monday will be for CASL classic team players with practice at 4:30pm. CASL classic team players will be expected to be at CASL combined training. These players are not required to attend their middle school soccer practice. (Middle school soccer make-up games would take precedent over the CASL classic team practices. It is recommended that make-up games not be on Mondays).
- Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday will be WCPSS middle school soccer days. There will be a CASL combined technical session on one of these days per week. This session will not begin until 6:00pm to assure no conflict with middle school practice and games.
- Friday will be for CASL classic team players. CASL classic team players will be expected to be at CASL combined training. These players are not required to attend their middle school soccer practice.
This schedule will allow players to compete for a CASL classic team and their middle school team without overly taxing them physically or mentally. CASL will instruct their families that it is their decision (the family) as to whether it is in the best interest of their children to participate in both programs.
Adopted December 2, 2004