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Membership Benefits 2016-2017


As the governing body for the sport of soccer in Colorado, it is the goal of the Colorado Soccer Association to provide educational, management, and service support to our member clubs. CSA is the leader and caretaker of the game for the Colorado Soccer community, and it is our hope that we continue to inspire passion, and honor the game for future generations.
The following is an overview of CSA’s new member benefits for 2016-17. Current members, and potential members are invited to learn more about CSA and our commitment to our membership.


Governance and Assistance


•    Provides opportunities and guidance for new startup clubs 
•    Provides mediation for disputes among clubs, players, coaches, and/or referees
•    Provides improved communication between CSA, clubs, and players 
•    Provides marketing and communication assistance and support for clubs 
•    Provides access to easy registration and player management process through GotSoccer 
•    Customer service for all members
•    Consults with clubs regarding club governance, reorganization, and more
•    Serves as the liaison for clubs seeking international clearance for players

Risk Management and Insurance Benefits


It is the intent of CSA to provide a healthy, safe and enjoyable soccer environment for all participants. CSA has adopted the US Youth Soccer Kid Safe Program, which is designed to create a safe environment for all players associated with CSA. We are committed to providing all support necessary for our club affiliates to implement the program. Please see the CSA Risk Management Policy for more information.


•    Assists clubs with legal issues on an as-needed basis especially when issues can have a dramatic effect on all member clubs such as the employee/independent contractor issue for part-time coaches
•    Provides Directors and Officers Liability Insurance coverage for all member clubs
•    Provides General Liability Insurance for all member clubs
•    Provides Accident Medical Expense Insurance
•    Primarily: Secondary insurance for player injuries
•    Provides information for clubs to consider when forming bylaws, rules, and policies
•    Provides clubs the ability to track coach concussion protocol testing through GotSoccer
•    Provides access to clubs to manage coach, player, and referee suspensions at the state and national level

US Youth and US Soccer Federation Liaison


•    Acts as liaison between clubs and USYS and USSF 
•    Provides clarification and implementation advice regarding rules at the state, regional, and national level 
•    Informs and educates clubs on policy, rules, and procedural changes at the national level
•    Advocates for clubs regarding budget, competition changes, and programming

Coaching Education


•    Provides 10+ coaching clinics per year (includes E and D level courses)
•    Provides regular communication regarding best practices and new coaching techniques from Colorado and the nation 
•    Provides requested state youth coaching modules through clubs
•    Provides state Director of Coaching clinics for clubs

TOPSoccer


•    Community-based training and team placement program for athletes with disabilities, organized by a Colorado Soccer Association volunteer
•    Designed to enable the thousands of young athletes with disabilities to become valued and successful members of the Colorado Soccer community.
•    Acts as the liaison between USYS and TOPSoccer programs in Colorado
•    Develops and manages local TOPSoccer events 
•    Promotes and coordinates the TOPSoccer program for clubs throughout Colorado 

Olympic Development Program and Elite Player Development


•    Identifies players of the highest caliber on a continuing and consistent basis, which will lead to increased success for the U.S. National Teams in the international arena
•    Coordinates ODP tryouts and training throughout Colorado
•    Leads ODP team travel to regional and national tournaments throughout the nation
•    Elite Player Development program (EPD) designed to identify potential ODP players prior to becoming eligible for ODP
Tournaments 
•    Sanctions, regulates, and promotes CSA member club tournaments  
•    Assists with regional and national level tournaments when played in Colorado
•    Provides development, management, and execution of several key Colorado tournaments:
•    State Cup 
•    Presidents Cup 
(Regional Championship Entry Fees paid for winning State Cup and Presidents Cup teams)
•    Governor’s Cup*
*(Governor’s Cup slated for late 2016)
•    CSA Cup 
•    Kohl’s Cup
•    Cinco de Mayo Tournament

Leagues 


•    Provides ongoing club and coach communication regarding league structure, deadlines, fees, league changes, and updates 
•    Oversees the management of communication between referees, clubs, coaches, and parents regarding match issues such as red and yellow cards, suspensions, referee feedback and coach feedback 
•    Manages scheduling to avoid coaching conflicts, home games per day, game changes, and other issues
•    Provides management for league play across Colorado 
•    Provides scheduling and match-ups

Grants and Scholarships


•    Provides field and foundation grant opportunities to enhance and promote the game of soccer throughout Colorado 

Marketing and Communication Support


•    Provides membership-wide communication regarding club activities and news
•    Provides free website listing and email newsletter for team tryouts
•    Provides monthly Club Connect email newsletter for CSA members only
•    Provides a vetting process for fundraising opportunities exclusively for clubs
•    Offers marketing support and consultation regarding social media practices, marketing, sponsorships, and event management
•    Manages the CSA partnership program for the benefit of all CSA members
•    Provides state and national promotion of sanctioned tournaments and CSA events
•    Promotes club/team tryouts via website and other communication vehicles


Community Relations Support


•    Manages the relationships between CSA and local, state, and at times, national non-profits to promote positive community interactions between CSA members and the community

Referees and Assignors (In cooperation with the Colorado Referee Committee)


•    Provides oversight and continuing education opportunities for referees and assignors throughout Colorado
•    Provides regular communication between the referee community and the CSA Board of Directors to build a quality referee pool in Colorado
•    Promotes the Colorado Referee Program to the community
•    Leads recruitment and retention efforts for Colorado Referees

Adult Program Member Benefits and Services


In addition to the youth club member benefits, CSA also provides benefits and services for adult soccer players in Colorado.

Insurance and Participation


•    Provides Basic Liability insurance and medical coverage
•    Players without insurance are covered during game time
•    Players with insurance are provided with secondary insurance coverage through the US Adult Soccer Association (USASA)
•    Provides adult player access to USASA-sanctioned leagues and tournaments outside of Colorado
•    Provides adult players the opportunity to participate in state and national cup programs
•    Provides assurance that all current players are registered
•    Provides access to training, education, and evaluation programs for coaches and referees
•    Provides consistent league and tournament rules nationwide
•    Provides an appeals system with an impartial governing body to ensure consistency from region to region, and year to year

Management


•    Provides implementation of the following:
•    League and Team contracts
•    Player registration forms and waivers
•    League rules
•    Membership information
•    Dedicated adult soccer website

Services and Support


•    Provides player registration for any CSA-affiliated league 
(Includes the use of GotSoccer from initial set up of players and creation of player passes)
•    Provides part-time CSA staff member to assist with registration process
•    Provides CSA office support (5 days a week)

 

thBecoming a Member of Colorado Soccer Association

 

th Application for Membership

 

 

*All applications will be reviewed after the February 1st deadline for each subsequent fall year*

 


 
 
 
 

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