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Club Terms & Conditions

This is a list of terms and conditions that we expect all players, parents & guardians to abide by.

Club Fees

We expect all Club Fees owed to be paid within the agreed timescales. Nobody should be behind with their subs.

Attendance & Punctuality

We expect players to have a good training and match attendance, and to turn up at the time that their manager has asked them to.

The manager must be informed in advance (with as much notice as possible) if a player cannot attend a training session or match, or is going to be running late. It is completely unacceptable for a player to not turn up to a training session or match without having notified the manager in advance, or to regularly miss training sessions or matches at short notice.

Managers will keep a register of training and match attendance to ensure that players have an attendance rate that's at an acceptable level.

If there are any dates that players can't make training or matches due to holidays or other commitments, the manager must be informed about this with as much notice as possible in order to help them with their planning.

Medical Conditions

The club must be informed about any medical conditions (including learning difficulties) a player has when they are registered with the club. If medical conditions change, the club must be informed about any changes as soon as possible. To notify the club, email registrations@ormskirkfc.co.uk in addition to letting the Manager know.

If a player requires medication (e.g. an inhaler for Asthma), you must ensure that the Manager and coaches have this in a clearly labelled bag with the player's name on, together with any instructions, so it can be put in the team first aid kit in case of emergency.

Contact Details

The player and parent contact details are used for emergency contact reasons, as well as general team and club communication, so it's important that the club has the correct details. The club must be informed about any changes to these contact details as soon as possible. To notify the club, email registrations@ormskirkfc.co.uk in addition to letting the Manager know.

Communication

We expect everyone to respond to messages from managers/the club in a timely manner. Managers may need to find out if players can attend training sessions, matches, friendly matches, tournaments, etc, so will rely on getting quick responses either way from parents/players in order to do this.

Proof of Age

Leagues may request to see a player's proof of age (passport or birth certificate), so this must be available if needed. This is usually asked for when registering with a league, or in the first match a player attends in a league (some leagues do spot-checks).

Kits

All fully-registered Ormskirk FC players will be given free use of a match kit and/or a training kit.

If a player leaves the club for any reason, or when the time comes for a team to get new kits, kits need to be handed back to the club in good condition so they can be re-used.

If an item of kit is lost or damaged, the parent/player must reimburse the club for the cost of a replacement.

Footwear & Clothing

Players should wear football boots and shin pads to matches and training. Players can wear astroturf trainers or football boots on 3G pitches (boots are recommended when it's wet), but must wear football boots when playing or training on grass.

Parents/players should check the weather forecast before they leave the house and wear the appropriate clothing for the weather conditions. When it’s cold, players can wear under-armour/tights/leggings underneath their shorts, extra layers under their shirts, and gloves/hats.

Drinks

Players should bring a still drink to matches and training (the club recommends water). Fizzy drinks and isotonic drinks are not allowed.

Weather

Teams train and play matches in all weather conditions, so please make sure that players are wrapped up and dressed accordingly. Teams will play and train in the cold, the rain, the wind, etc. It's an outdoor sport and a Winter sport, so be prepared for this.

If managers ever feel that it's not safe to train, they will call training off at their discretion, and the leagues and/or referees will do likewise for matches.

Note that the club doesn't force anyone to come to training sessions or matches, so if you think that the weather isn’t suitable or acceptable for your child to train or play in (or it deteriorates to an unacceptable level during the training session or match), then it's up to the individual parent/player to make a final decision on whether to attend or withdraw their child from the session or match. All we ask is that you let your Manager know as soon as possible about your decision.

Player behaviour

We want our players to have fun and enjoy their football, as that’s what it’s all about.

Unlike at school though, it’s not compulsory for the kids be here. We expect the players in our teams to be here because they want to play football, so that means having a good attitude, working hard, and listening to what they’re being told by their coaches.

The better a player's attitude and the more effort and hard work that they put in (and this includes practising at home too, which is very important), the more they’ll develop as footballers.

During matches, when the kids are having a turn as a substitute and are stood on the sideline, it’s their parent’s responsibility to keep an eye on them and make sure that they're behaving, as the manager will be busy concentrating on the match.

We ask players (and other spectators) not to kick balls around on the sideline during matches as they can either end up on the pitch and spoil the game, or get lost. If players need to warm up, then they can do some light jogging or other exercises that their manager can advise them on. We also encourage players to watch the matches so they can learn as much as possible.

Photography and Video

From the FA Photography Guidelines document:

There has been much talk about who is allowed to take pictures of children (under 18s) playing sport and in particular what parents/carers are permitted to do. The FA would like to assure parents, carers, coaches, spectators, players and local media that we encourage the taking of appropriate images of children in football.
The FA: Celebrating Football Through Photographs and Video

By registering with the club, parents & players are giving the club permission to take photographs and/or videos of players at matches, training sessions, and at club events. These will be used on the club's website & social media accounts, club promotional purposes, or as a coaching aid. The club will adhere to the FA Photography Guidelines when publishing photographs or videos in the public domain.

Here are some examples of the sort of photographs the club will publish:

Helping out

Our managers and coaches are volunteers. Without them, we wouldn't have teams. It helps ease the burden on them if parents can help them out on match day and training sessions by helping to setup and take down goals and nets, helping to unpack or pack away equipment, and helping to referee matches if the match officials don't turn up (which happens from time to time).

If you have queries about anything above, or can think of something that should be added, email registrations@ormskirkfc.co.uk.