Parents of team members are a vital part of the Altitude FC player development program. Your commitment, dedication and energy is the foundation upon which our programs succeed and grow. Thank you for all you’re doing for your children. You set the tone for your kids, and that’s why we strive to build the parent-coach and parent-referee relationships that create for great youth development, on and off the field.
Altitude’s program uses soccer to develop leadership, communication, tenacity, sportsmanship and other attributes that your children can apply to all other facets of their lives.
Our vision is part of the larger US Youth Soccer program. We recommend reading their publication, US Youth Soccer Parent’s Pocketbook Guide to Soccer as a primer to introduce you to the larger framework Altitude FC works within. The guide, along with the pages and links on the Altitude FC website provide information to help you and your children have fun, learn more about soccer, and stay safe on the field.
Safety is a primary concern. In 2011 the Colorado General Assembly approved the “JAKE SNAKENBERG YOUTH CONCUSSION ACT.” Jake was a football player who likely received a concussion in one game, and a week later played again without first being approved by a doctor to return to play. During the second game, Jake was knocked unconscious and passed away from his injuries. This legislation requires that all coaches, volunteer and paid, complete training in concussion recognition for players between the age of 11 and 19 years of age.
Altitude FC requires all coaches, regardless of the age of players, to complete concussion recognition training before they begin working with their teams. Training records are maintained by Altitude FC.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed a training kit titled “Heads Up, Concussion in Youth Sports.” The program can be completed in English or Spanish and is offered free-of-charge from www.cdc.gov/ConcussionInYouthSports. At the end of the training, participants complete an exam that reviews materials and tests the participant’s knowledge of concussions. Parents are encouraged to complete the training as an added precaution.