Lonestar is honored to be chosen among the top 46 clubs from 19 states in the county, recognized by US Club Soccer as a Players First-licensed club.
"Upon a comprehensive review, it’s been proven that Lonestar provides an exceptional, player-centered environment and upholds the high standards of the Players First license," notes Kevin Payne, CEO/Executive Director of US Club Soccer.
Being a Players First-licensed club is a commitment to establishing and maintaining the best environment for the players and families. "Lonestar Soccer Club is a leader and an example for other clubs to follow in the South Central region and in the nation."
Brian Monaghan, Executive Director of Select Soccer, adds, "Being recognized by US Club Soccer as one of the top 46 clubs in its organization is just reward for all Lonestar coaches and players as they continually strive to be leaders in the community for overall success in player and club development."
Below is a letter directly from the CEO/Executive Director of US Club Soccer:
With great pride, I’d like to inform you that Lonestar Soccer Club has been recognized as a Players First-licensed club. After a rigorous application process, your club has proven to provide an exceptional, player-centered environment and upholds the high standards of this license.
Being a member of a Players First club signifies that you are a part of a club that is providing support in five key areas: Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety. It also means that your club creates a positive, holistic experience for every child participating in the club.
On our website, you will now find the Philosophical Commitments of a Players First club:
• Players First™ represents a club’s commitment to placing the long-term interests of each individual player at the heart of every decision in structuring, operating, and managing a club.
• Players First™ represents a club’s commitment to providing a holistic approach in player development for all of your players, recognizing that the soccer experience must include lessons and opportunity both on the field and off.
• Players First™ represents a club’s commitment as professionals in youth development to expect ongoing learning, education and development from all staff members in order to ensure that players have the benefit of best-in-class information and resources in teaching and training young athletes.
• Players First™ represents a club’s commitment to engage with and educate parents to help them understand and embrace the appropriate expectations and roles for them in their child’s overall soccer and athletic development experience.
The ultimate goal of Players First licensing is to create and maintain this culture in youth soccer and your club is now officially one of the national exemplary leaders.
We thank you for being a part of this culture and movement in youth soccer. The most important individuals involved in Players First clubs are the parents and families, and we deeply appreciate your support.