KCU PARENT MANUAL
The Kansas City United Soccer Club started in 1993 when two teams coached by Jim Schwab and two teams coached by Emilio John joined together to create the Attack Soccer Club. Over the years the Club grew and its teams gained Regional and National Recognition. In 2003, the club merged with four teams coached by Preki, the former US National Team, MLS All Star. The Club, at Preki’s request, adopted the name Rangers. In 2005, Preki became the Assistant Coach of the MLS soccer club Chivas, becoming head coach of Chivas in 2007. In 2006, the Club was approached by teams and coaches in different parts of Kansas City, requesting to join us. The Club’s management believed it was time to change the name of the Club once more to reflect our commitment to players throughout the region and as homage to the different clubs that have joined with us. Today the names of those clubs are found in the team names; names like Kansas City United Attack, Kansas City United Rangers, and Kansas City United Pace.
During the decades the Club has existed, there have been many constants. First and foremost is our commitment to the individual player. Every premier club in Kansas City, and there are many good ones, has as a stated goal player development. We are also committed to player develop, but development means to us the individual player takes precedence over the team. When we need guidance we ask, "What is best for the players?" Conflicts will arise. There are times when our coaches will make decisions that will cost wins so that our players can develop. We know from years of experience developing players yields great teams and great players when it matters.
Second, we are also committed to a high standard of ethics. WE FOLLOW THE RULES. It is that simple.
Third, we will not let money or cost stand in the way of a player having an opportunity to play the game at a high level. About ten percent of our budget every year goes to scholarships for players. Scholarships are awarded based solely on financial need. As a club we have always run a deficit that has been made up by generous contributors. We are not here to make money.
Our Club is about the players. We need your help to make this all possible. As parents, you have a great amount of control. You ultimately pay the bills. You bring your child to practices and games, making them on time or late. You see whether they are prepared. You set the tone and can be either a force for a positive or terribly negative experience for your child and the other children you meet.
This booklet is design to answer your questions, explain the game and establish the rules we expect you to follow. These rules are for the benefit of the players, for they are why we are involved.