SCCL Recruitment Rules

By placing your club into the SCCL or SCCL Premier WEST or SCCL Premier EAST, your club is considered to be in automatic acceptance of the League rule, policies and procedures. The SCCL’s philosophy is that a league should exist to complement the player development that is happening at the club level.

The SCCL is designed to provide the most appropriate environment for game play to assist the elite clubs in the Southeast to provide the optimal development environment for their players. As such, all participants must conduct themselves to the highest standard at all times.

Adult participants – coaches and parents – are expected to be role models for the young players involved in this league and should exhibit good sporting behavior regardless of result.

In addition to the SCCL League’s stated bylaws, rules and policies the SCCL has introduced a code of ethics to cover the recruiting of players:

1. Coaches are not allowed to contact any players from another SCCL club during regular season play. Contact may only be initiated by a coach during the stated time frame for try-outs.

2. If a player initiates contact with a coach during regular season play, the coach must ask the player if they are committed to another SCCL club. If so, then the player will be asked to inform their current club of their intent to try-out for another club before any further action may be taken. Players may not attend training sessions as a "guest" whilst playing for another SCCL club. The SCCL expectation is that clubs will communicate clearly and honorably through this process.

3. SCCL clubs are not allowed to acquire teams from another club within the SCCL to bring into their own organization. Club mergers do not fall into this category.

4. SCCL clubs will adopt a 12 month non-compete rule where a current SCCL coach is employed by another SCCL club. This means for 12 months the newly appointed coach cannot work in the same age and gender of his/her previous club unless the coach moves residence outside of the current region – or unless there is prior permission from the former club.

5. The official League date for contacting a player to try-out will be May 1st.

6. All SCCL clubs will be allowed to hold try-outs on or after May 1st

* These dates are subject to change, and it is recommended that clubs in the same market coordinate their tryout schedules for the good of the game.

If an SCCL member is alleged to be in violation of these ethics they will be required to stand before the SCCL Soccer Ethics Committee. The Committee will be made up of at least 3 and no more than 5 club members. Any coach, manager or club official who is found to be guilty of breaching the code of ethics may be suspended from participation in all SCCL activities for the current and subsequent season of play.