YOUTH SOCCER ASSOCIATION
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Follow this basic rule and you can’t go wrong:
The Coach Coaches, The Kids Play and You Cheer.
Practices – Please make sure that your player attends. It is very important to have them there and on time. Those players who attend practice the most - understand the game the most. Coaches individually assign the team practice time and location based on their availability as a volunteer. Parents should remain at practice and be available to help the coach if needed in cases when the player is not listening or needs to use the restroom. If you should have to leave the field during practice or game time – make arrangements with the coach or another player’s family in advance. The coach should never have to wait after practice for a late parent.
Players should bring their ball, cleats, shin guards, and water or a sports drink. They should dress in sports attire and appropriate footwear (don’t forget to have them dress for the weather –it can be very cold or very hot during different times throughout the year). The skills that are covered in practice should be practiced during the week to help reinforce the concepts taught. Keep encouraging your child to run to build endurance and to handle the ball using their feet as much as possible. We want to teach basic concepts through play.
Game Day – Rec Games will be held at the EWGYSA complex. Players should be at the field at least 15 minutes prior to the game. Coaches will do their best to rotate the players. Different players have different levels of experience and endurance. The exception is injury or inability to play whole time.
If you need to discuss a concern with a coach – try to do so anytime except games or practices – that is their time with your child and the rest of the team. Coaches have their hands full with set up, take down, warm ups, line ups, and more. Remember that your coach is there as a parent or family member who is dedicated to their child and yours - besides the obligations of real life and jobs… see what your coach sets up as the best time to reach them and best way to talk via phone or email. As a courtesy - Please notify the team parent or coach if you are running late or know that your child will be absent from a practice or game.Snacks - If a team chooses to have snacks that are given out during the game it should be as follows: Halftime – should be a basic fruit for energy and hydration such as sliced oranges or grapes and a sports drink or cold water – not candy or doughnuts or empty calorie foods. The end of the game snack should be a treat and a drink. The snack schedule should be distributed by the team mom.
Discipline – There will be times on the field in which a problem might arise. The coaches will address the situation direct and a consequence will happen. They will involve the parents in the event that they cannot move forward. Unless you are asked to intervene – let them handle the situation and just know that they wipe the slate clean and move past it without holding a grudge. Children make mistakes. Refrain from coming onto the field or making comments unless asked by the coach or referee.
Parent Behavior –We ask that all parents and their guests conduct themselves in a manner that is controlled and is consistent of being a role model for your team. We know that parents are passionate about their child and about the game. We are all competitive in nature but here are some basic guidelines to keep in mind.
· Positive encouragement is good; negative comments are bad. They have no place on the field. Yelling and comments that are not positive are a bad habit that should not be part of the game.
· Cheering is good, but do not yell at your child or anyone else’s child during the game. It can be distracting & what you tell them may be different from what the coaches are saying.
· Be careful with what you say on the field. Be mindful with anything that might be taken the wrong way or hurt someone’s feelings. Remember: this is for fun & these are children.
· Be a good role model & a good sport.
· Do not yell at the referees or say anything bad to or about the other team.
· Never boo the other team or cheer when they make a mistake.
· Smoking is not allowed at the EWGYSA fields.
Schedule – Coaches will be sent the schedules upon completion. All schedules will be available as a PDF on the website and handed out to you at the team meet and greet.
Referees or Game Officials - Keep in mind that the league will assign an official to your games. In the event that we do not have one assigned to it – then the coaches will do their best to officiate the match or assign a parent volunteer. The league is always looking for willing refs that are interested in working with the various divisions that compete in our league. If you know of someone interested in being a ref – have them contact email@example.com.
Reminder – this is a game and the expected level of sportsmanship is not limited to the players on the field – abusive behavior towards an official may result on that person being asked to leave the game and fields. If you have a concern, have the coach address it. Remember that everyone involved is doing the best they can - play ball and have fun. The referee is the one who makes the final decision.
Inclement Weather – Games that are cancelled due to rain are not made up. If it is just a light rain then we will play – plan on playing unless there is a heavy rain. Field conditions are indicated on the website by 8:00am Saturday Morning. Coaches may call you to notify you that the game is off. All games will be cancelled/postponed in the case of LIGHTNING.
Playing Equipment –
*All players must wear proper shin guards to every practice and every game. Hard surfaces of shin guards must be covered with socks. (Referees will check this).
*No shoes with front cleats may be worn (i.e., no baseball or football shoes if they have a front cleat, unless you cut it off). Only rubber cleats are allowed; metal cleats are not allowed. (Referees will check).
*No jewelry, metal devices, or hazardous equipment may be worn. (Casts can be allowed if they are padded & the Referee approves them before the game).
*Each player should bring water or sports drink to games and practices. Avoid soft drinks or Sugar filled juices.
*Each player should have a stitched ball (as opposed to a hard seamless ball) of proper size. (Soccer balls come in 3 different sizes: 3, 4, & 5. The ball size is shown on the ball. Also, look for a stamp that says either “official size & weight” or “FIFA Approved”.
Recreational Soccer is a time in which you should cheer your child on and enjoy the action that takes place on the field for both teams. Keep your cameras ready and welcome to the world of running, kicking the ball, and having fun. Your role is to cheer, smile, and enjoy the season. Never measure your child against another player to check progress – be patient as your child’s skill develops over time and with practice. It is very important to remember that the league is made up of children who will make mistakes as children – be careful not to put adult qualities and adult motives to kids. Let your coach do the coaching - just encourage your child to keep trying.