PREFACE

It is the purpose of the Franklin Square Raiders Soccer Club to provide as many of the youth of our community with a place to play soccer.  This should be as safe and friendly an environment as possible.  To that end, the following are the current Franklin Square Raiders Soccer Club policies concerning the travel team program.  These policies are in part based on and incorporate by reference the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) Rules.  These policies are intended to be guidelines for all FS Raiders participants and may be interpreted and/or amended by the Board of Directors (BOD) from time to time. 

 

TRAVEL CONDUCT AND RULES COMMITTEE 

The Travel Conduct and Rules Committee will implement the initial review of any complaints, suggestions or questions regarding these rules.  However, the BOD reserves the right to be the final arbitrator in any decision by this committee.  Initial communication involving these rules should be directed to any current Board of Directors member.

 Members 

This committee will compriseof five members.  The president, in consultation with the BOD will select five members and appoint one as chairperson.  Preferably, the selected members would include a Travel coach, the Travel registrar and Head Coach.  If any member(s) has a conflict, the President will appoint an alternate(s) as necessary.

 Duties 

The Conduct and Rules Committee shall act on the following:

 

1)   Any violation of the FS Raiders travel team policies.

 

2)    Any complaints received from the players, coaches or parents.

The parties involved have the right to request to appear before this committee to state their case.  This request must be in writing.  A request to appear form has been provided in the attached APPENDIX.  Please make a copy of the appropriate form, complete it and submit it to the appropriate person.  If you prefer you may download the form from the Raiders web site, FSRaiders.com.

The conduct and rules Committee shall have the authority to impose penalties up to and including suspension, however the BOD will have the final say in all matters.

 

HEAD COACH

            Responsibilities

The Head Coach will be in charge of player development and evaluation; coaching development and evaluation; directing the travel tryouts; suggesting future travel coaches and working with the club trainer and each travel coach to develop a training and practice program specific to each travel team.

He will also be the Club liaison to the LIJSL Technical Director.

 

POLICIES 

GENERAL 

Club Colors 

The Franklin Square Raiders Club colors are Red, Black and White.  All team items associated with the team including, but not limited to, equipment and apparel should reflect these colors. 

            Finances 

The Coach, defined as the person listed on LIJSL form as head coach, of each team must inform the Raider’s Treasurer of who is handling the finances for their team.

The only money to be requested and collected in advance without specific BOD approval is the Raider’s registration fee, uniform fee and tournament fees.  All other money collections, for example, trainer fees, need to be approved by the BOD in advance of their collection.

If the BOD approves the collection of additional monies, the person handling the money for the team must provide the club Treasurer with a “budget” showing how much money is being collected from each player and what that money is to be used for.

All registration fees and tournament entrance fees MUST be paid for by a club check.  There are no exceptions to this rule.

Payment for uniforms is the responsibility of the parents, based on the arrangements the coach or team treasurer makes with a uniform supplier.  The club does NOT get involved with uniform procurement other than to designate that the team select a uniform that is the Franklin Square Raiders Club colors Red, Black and White and submit it to the BOD for approval.

            The coach/manager/team treasurer is responsible for collecting all money for registration and tournaments and turning it over to the club Travel Registrar and Treasurer respectively.  LIJSL registration fees will be paid directly by the club.  The club Treasurer will prepare the checks needed for tournaments and give them to the coach, who will arrange payment.  A check request form has been provided in the attached APPENDIX.  Please make a copy of the appropriate form, complete it and submit it to the appropriate person.  If you prefer you may download the form from the Raiders web site, FSRaiders.com.

 Fund Raising

All team or individual fund raising, involving the use of the Franklin Square Raiders name, uniforms, fields, mailing lists, etc. must be approved in advance by the BOD.  Any customized team apparel or equipment has to be approved by the BOD prior to ordering.  No sponsors name or logo shall appear or be referenced on any apparel or equipment.  A fund raising request form has been provided in the attached APPENDIX.  Please make a copy of the appropriate form, complete it and submit it to the appropriate person.  If you prefer you may download the form from the Raiders web site, FSRaiders.com

 

Publicity 

ALL public announcements or pictures for a Travel team or individual on a travel team MUST be approved by the BOD.  Requests for publication approval should be submitted to the current BOD Publicity member.

A request for publication form has been provided in the attached APPENDIX.  Please make a copy of the appropriate form, complete it and submit it to the appropriate person.  If you prefer you may download the form from the Raiders web site, FSRaiders.com.

           Refunds 

Except for extenuating circumstances, no refunds will be given for registration fees.  If the BOD deems it appropriate to supply a refund, the Raiders out of pocket expenses will be deducted.

PARTICIPATION 

PLAYERS 

Players/Parents Obligations 

It is the players’ and parents’ obligation to see that the player attends practices and games.  They are responsible for transportation to and from practices and all games and tournaments.  If the parents themselves are NOT providing the transportation they should notify the coach of what transportation they have arranged.

Parents should set a good behavior example for the players in dealing with the coach and game referee.  During the season you are bound to run into a bad call by a referee, this is part of the game.  PLEASE REFRAIN FROM YELLING AT THE REFEREE.  No matter how or what you yell he/she is unlikely to change his/her call.  It may also lead to a red card, which may involve a suspension for the coach and a fine, which you will be responsible for.  SEE THE RED CARD POLICY.  The bottom line is that this sends the wrong message to the kids.  You may cheer, whistle, clap and do other things to spur the kids on but please leave the referee alone.

The LIJSL, for each season, sponsors a Sportsmanship Award for the team which finishes with the most “sportsmanship” points in each division.  (SEE LIJSL Sportsmanship Award Program for details)  The Raiders BOD will honor any Raider Travel Team which receives this award

Players who sign up for a team are bound to that team for the entire season.  The player may leave voluntarily at any time for any reason, but WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO REGISTER WITH ANOTHER LIJSL TEAM UNTIL THEY FULFILL THE LIJSL REQUIREMENTS.  (See LIJSL rules)

Each player must make a written commitment to the Raiders for each Fall and Spring season.  This requires each parent to complete and sign the Raiders travel application, for each Fall and Spring season. 

The player’s commitment is to attend all practices, tournaments and games.  He/she must also participate in the open tryouts.  He/she must also not become a disruptive force within the team.

            Parents will be provided an opportunity to evaluate the coach of the team.

            A coach’s evaluation form been provided in the attached APPENDIX.  Please make a copy of the appropriate form, complete it and submit it to the appropriate person.  If you prefer you may download the form from the Raiders web site, FSRaiders.com.

 

           Guest Players 

The Raiders leave the decision of using or lending guest players to the coach of each team.

Coaches are instructed to follow LIJSL rules regarding guest players

             Players Equipment 

            Players are required to purchase the uniform that the coach of the team has made arrangements for with a uniform supplier.  The club does NOT get involved with uniform procurement other than to designate that the team select a uniform that is the Franklin Square Raiders Club colors Red, Black and White and submit to the BOD for approval

 

Players must wear full club uniform (including shirt, shorts and socks) or they will not be allowed to play.  We strongly discourage the use of sweat pants or sweatshirts under the uniform, except in extreme weather conditions.  If worn they must match the uniform color.  No tournament shirts or other “uniform” shirts will be allowed

If the entire team agrees, the players may have their own names on the back of the jerseys.  This has to be unanimous.  No team should have some players with names and others without.

THE RAIDERS PERMIT NAMES ON THE BACK OF JERSEYS BUT WE DO NOT ENCOURAGE IT.

            Player Movement 

The BOD must approve all player transfers, within and outside the Club.  Any LIJSL or other fees, associated with the transfer, are the responsibility of the transferring player.  The transfer request should be made to the travel registrar. 

A player transfer request form has been provided in the attached APPENDIX.  Please make a copy of the appropriate form, complete it and submit it to the appropriate person.  If you prefer you may download the form from the Raiders web site, FSRaiders.com.

            Playing Time 

Except for behavioral or other exceptional circumstances, all players who attend practice & games should receive adequate playing time. This is defined as 25% or more of the game time.

 

Try-outs (Established Teams)  

Each established Raider Travel Team, age U-12 and older will hold open tryouts at a time as designated by the LIJSL.  Any player within one year of the correct age group for each team can attend.  The coach, in consultation with the Head coach or his/her designee will determine if the player within one year of the age group has the physical talent and mental maturity to play up.  This rule does NOT apply to U-14 and older teams.  All players from the existing team must attend these tryouts. 

 

The coach will make his/her selections and inform EACH player who attended the tryouts of his/her decision.

 

Under 11 and Older Teams

 

Once selected for the team, the team will make a commitment to that player for one year.  The coach should periodically inform the player of his /her progress within the team.

The player’s commitment is to attend all practices and games.  He/she must also participate in the open tryouts.  He/she must also not become a disruptive force within the team.

At the end of EACH season (Fall/Spring) the coach must provide each player on his/her team an evaluation of his/her standing on the team.  If the player does not receive this evaluation he/she should report this to the Head Coach.

A player’s evaluation form has been provided in the attached APPENDIX.  Please make a copy of the appropriate form, complete it and submit it to the appropriate person.  If you prefer you may download the form from the Raiders web site, FSRaiders.com.

The Raiders will make every effort to accommodate players in finding an acceptable alternative place to play.

            Registration materials will ONLY be distributed to players selected for the team.

 

Try-outs (New Teams) 

All players from our intramural program will be informed about tryout dates and times.  This will be in October or November for the indoor team and in April or May for the outdoor team.  If possible, it will be announced in the Newsletter, on the Raiders web site, the FS Bulletin and at a coaches meeting.

At the time of the tryouts, both the players and the parents will be informed, that ONLY the designated BOD members will OFFICIALLY inform them about making or not making the team.  The coaches will participate in the selection but will NOT inform the players or parents who was selected for the team(s).

It is RECOMMENDED by the BOD that all team members must be in the CORRECT age group.  However the BOD recognizes that some players with exceptional physical talent and the necessary maturity might benefit from playing up.  In that event the BOD will use the following guidelines:

The coach, player or parent must make an application to a committee designated by the BOD.  That committee will make a recommendation to the BOD and the BOD will make the final determination.

Guidelines for applications

For U-11 and under no player may play up past the end of the calendar year for that age group e.g. for an age group where the youngest player DOB would be 07/31/2010 players born between then and December 31st of that year could apply for an exception

For U-11 and under the team will have no more than 2 players playing up at any one time

 

Application Process;

The coach, parent or player would apply to the BOD or its’ designated committee or person.  That committee will base its decision on the following but not all inclusive facts:

Does the player have the physical talent to play up?

Does the player have the mental maturity to handle playing up?

Are there any other extenuating circumstances e.g. his/her current team level of play has peaked.

Any other factors the BOD/committee may deem appropriate

The BOD may alter or amend these guidelines from time to time.

If there are enough players to form more than one team of boys or girls, either indoor or outdoor, the teams will be formed by a committee designated by the BOD.  The committee will organize tryouts and select the players, forming an “A” team, “B” team, etc.  The committee will solicit and present coach nominees to the BOD.  The BOD will have final approval of the coaches.

 Under 10 

Once selected for the team, the coach will make a commitment to that player for two years.  The coach should periodically inform the player of his /her progress within the team.

The player’s commitment is to attend all practices and games.  He/she must also participate in the open tryouts.  He/she must also not become a disruptive force within the team.

At the end of EACH season (Fall/Spring) the coach must provide each player on his/her team an evaluation of his/her standing on the team.  If the player does not receive this evaluation he/she should report this to the Head Coach.

 

A player’s evaluation form has been provided in the attached APPENDIX.  Please make a copy of the appropriate form, complete it and submit it to the appropriate person.  If you prefer you may download the form from the Raiders web site, FSRaiders.com.

The Raiders will make every effort to accommodate players in finding an acceptable alternative place to play.

COACHES 

Coaches Participation 

Due to time and other constraints, no coach/manager/adult supervisor may be involved in the team administration of more than two (2) teams concurrently.

Coaches Obligations 

Obey and enforce all LIJSL rules and Raiders Travel policies.

Outline team rules and distribute them to parents, players and BOD before each Fall and Spring season.

Enforce these team rules uniformly to all players.

Delegate some team responsibilities to parents, if necessary.

Promote good sportsmanship

Keep attendance for practices and games.

Bring player medical releases, field permits and other equipment (ice packs, first aid kit, etc) to all games and practices.

Make sure players are wearing all necessary equipment (cleats, shin guards etc.) for both games and practices.

Attend Raiders’ coaches meetings and seminars.

Prepare player evaluations and develop a dialogue with both players and parents.

A player evaluation form has been provided in the attached APPENDIX.  Please make a copy of the appropriate form, complete it and submit it to the appropriate person.  If you prefer you may download the form from the Raiders web site, FSRaiders.com.

 

Coaches Selection Process (New Teams) 

A BOD member will solicit intramural coaches to seek interested parties for coaching.  Any BOD member may make suggestions.

 The BOD will select the appropriate number of coaches for the number of teams to be formed.

Every adult who will be responsible for the players in any aspect (coach, assistant coach, professional or volunteer trainer, manager) must complete and return the completed, notarized Adult Supervisor’s Profile form prior to the registration of that team with our club.  An Adult Supervisor’s Profile form has been provided in the attached APPENDIX.  Please make a copy of the appropriate form, complete it and submit it to the appropriate person.  If you prefer you may download the form from the Raiders web site, FSRaiders.com.

 

Once approved, the new coach must complete the LIJSL seminar and any other LIJSL requirements for new coaches.

The BOD MUST approve each and every coach that is registered for a team

 Coaches Selection Process (Established Teams) 

Current Coach may nominate an additional coach.  Any new adults joining the team must complete the Adult Supervisor’s Profile form before they will be considered as a supervisor.  This completed profile and a completed LIJSL supervisor’s pass should be submitted to the Travel Registrar.  The BOD must approve the selection.  Once approved, the new coach must complete the LIJSL seminar and any other LIJSL requirements for new coaches.   

Poaching 

NO Coach, Parent, Assistant Coach, Player, Trainer, Person associated with your team, or BOD member may KNOWINGLY APPROACH any player while he is on the roster of another LIJSL Team.  .  THIS IS POACHING.  The RAIDERS WILL NOT tolerate this.

THIS INCLUDES APPROACHING PLAYERS ON OTHER RAIDERS’ TRAVEL TEAMS

Any NEW player that approaches you or that you approach should be asked immediately if they CURRENTLY PLAY FOR OR ARE REGISTERED WITH A LIJSL TEAM.

IF THE ANSWER IS AYES, TELL THEM YOU MAY SPEAK TO THEM AFTER THE END OF THE SEASON.

IF ANSWER IS “NO” YOU CAN PROCEED TO discuss joining your team.

NO player or players from another CLUB may practice with your team.

If approached about joining another Club or Raider travel team by any Coach, Parent, Assistant Coach, Player, Trainer, or any Person associated with that team, please tell them that you may not talk to them until the current season is over.  If they persist, please report this to any member of the Raiders BOD.

 

Suspensions 

A coach may suspend a player at any time that he/she believes the player has become a disruptive force or has breached the standards of good sportsmanship.  ANY SUSPENSION BY A COACH MUST BE REPORTED IMMEDIATELY TO THE CONDUCT AND RULES COMMITTEE OR ANY CURRENT BOD MEMBER, WHO IN TURN WILL NOTIFY THE COMMITTEE.  The Conduct and Rules committee may review the suspension, and if necessary, overrule the suspension and penalize the coach, if appropriate. 

TEAMS 

Team Names 

All Team names must be approved by the BOD before use.

The BOD recommends each new team submit a list of 3 names in order of preference for the BOD to consider.  This must be done in a timely manner, well before registration.

A request for team name form for this has been provided in the attached APPENDIX.  Please make a copy of the appropriate form, complete it and submit it to the appropriate person.  If you prefer you may download the form from the Raiders web site, FSRaiders.com.

Team Selection Process (NEW TEAMS) 

Coaches

A BOD member will solicit intramural coaches to seek interested parties for coaching.  Any BOD member may make suggestions.

 The BOD will approve and select the appropriate number of coaches for the number of teams to be formed.

Every adult who will be responsible for the players in any aspect (coach, assistant coach, professional or volunteer trainer, manager) must complete and return the completed, notarized Adult Supervisor’s Profile form prior to the registration of that team with our club.  An Adult Supervisor’s Profile form has been provided in the attached APPENDIX.  Please make a copy of the appropriate form, complete it and submit it to the appropriate person.  If you prefer you may download the form from the Raiders web site, FSRaiders.com.

Once approved, the new coach must complete the LIJSL seminar and any other LIJSL requirements for new coaches.

The BOD MUST approve each and every coach that is registered for a team

 

Players

All players from our intramural program will be informed about tryout dates and times.  This will be in October or November for the indoor team and in April or May for the outdoor team.  If possible, it will be announced in the Newsletter, on the Raiders web site, the FS Bulletin and at a coaches meeting.

At the time of the tryouts, both the players and the parents will be informed, that ONLY the designated BOD members will OFFICIALLY inform them about making or not making the team.  The coaches will participate in the selection but will NOT inform the players or parents who was selected for the team(s).

It is RECOMMENDED by the BOD that all team members must be in the CORRECT age group.  However the BOD recognizes that some players with exceptional physical talent and the necessary maturity might benefit from playing up.  In that event the BOD will use the following guidelines:

The coach, player or parent must make an application to a committee designated by the BOD.  That committee will make a recommendation to the BOD and the BOD will make the final determination.

Guidelines for applications

For U-11 and under no player may play up past the end of the calendar year for that age group e.g. for an age group where the youngest player DOB would be 07/31/2010 players born between then and December 31st of that year could apply for an exception

For U-11 and under the team will have no more than 2 players playing up at any one time

 

Application Process;

The coach, parent or player would apply to the BOD or its’ designated committee or person.  That committee will base its decision on the following but not all inclusive facts:

Does the player have the physical talent to play up?

Does the player have the mental maturity to handle playing up?

Are there any other extenuating circumstances e.g. his/her current team level of play has peaked.

Any other factors the BOD/committee may deem appropriate

The BOD may alter or amend these guidelines from time to time.

If there are enough players to form more than one team of boys or girls, either indoor or outdoor, the teams will be formed by a committee designated by the BOD.  The committee will organize tryouts and select the players, forming an “A” team, “B” team, etc.  The committee will solicit and present coach nominees to the BOD.  The BOD will have final approval of the coaches

  

Team Selection Process (ESTABLISHED TEAMS)

 The coach or manager of a team from another club may approach any BOD member and request entrance into the club.  If Poaching is suspected all connection with the applying team will be ended.  That BOD member will report the information to the rest of the BOD.  The BOD will consider the request and make a decision.

The coach from the applying team will be informed of the Raiders travel team policies and his/her acceptance of these policies will be a factor in the Raiders accepting the team.  Other factors will be the team gender, age group, coaches, field availability and any other relevant information.  

 Practices 

There should always be at least two (2) adults on the field with players at all times.  This is for the players and coaches own protection.  (Coaches can assign parents to stay for practices on a rotating basis if there is a problem with 2 coaches being there).

            Teams should only practice or, play games on fields for which the club holds permits.  THESE GAMES OR PRACTICES SHOULD ONLY BE HELD DURING THE HOURS WHICH ARE LISTED ON OUR PERMITS

Players must be properly equipped for all practices and scrimmages.  This includes, but is not limited to cleats, shin guards, NO jewelry and NO hoods. 

 

Team Travel 

The BOD must approve in advance, before making any commitments, financial or otherwise, for all trips and other extracurricular activities of each travel team.

A request for permission to travel form for this has been provided in the attached APPENDIX.  Please make a copy of the appropriate form, complete it and submit it to the appropriate person.  If you prefer you may download the form from the Raiders web site, FSRaiders.com.

Trainers 

Each year, the BOD selects and contracts with a trainer/training organization for use by the clubs travel teams.  TRAVEL TEAMS UP TO AND INCLUDING U-13 MUST USE THE CLUB’S TRAINER.

If a team chooses to supplement that training with services provided by another source(s), the BOD must approve each and every trainer that is involved with a team.

All professional coaches/trainers, paid or volunteer, must provide the club with a copy of their proper training certifications.  These must be current and show that the trainer is in good standing with their associations.

Every trainer, paid or volunteer, who will be in contact with the players in any aspect, must prepare and return in a completed, notarized Adult Supervisor’s Profile form prior to any contact with the team.

 

GAMES 

Field Set Up/Take Down 

It is the responsibility of the coach of the team that has the FIRST scheduled game on each field for that playing date to arrange for the nets and flags to be set up and for the lines to be put down.  If that game is cancelled or moved that coach should inform the next team’s coach that he/she will be responsible for set up.  THIS MUST BE DONE IN A TIMELY MANNER, SO THAT IT IS COMPLETED AT LEAST 30 MINUTES BEFORE THE SCHEDULED GAME TIME.

It is the responsibility of the coach of the team that has the LAST game on each field to arrange for the nets and flags to be taken down and returned to the proper storage area.  They should be placed in the storage area in an orderly manner.

 Forfeits 

Any team that forfeits a game, for reasons that were within their control, will have to pay the LIJSL forfeit fee. 

To help avoid forfeits, the BOD recommends that the teams Under 15 and older have a minimum of 15 players.

 Red-cards 

 Any player, parent, or coach who receives a red card will be responsible for paying any fines assessed or donating time to the club either on the field outdoors or at our indoor tournament.  (One hour of volunteer time equals $10 toward their fine.  Red card fine is usually $50 so this would translate to 5 hours community service)  

Tournaments 

Outdoor

The coach after consulting with the parents and players can participate in any LIJSL or ENYYSA sanctioned outdoor tournaments.  (See finance section for payment)

Indoor

The coach after consulting with the parents and players can participate in any LIJSL or ENYYSA sanctioned indoor league or tournaments.  (See finance section for payment)

State Cup

All teams are encouraged to participate in the State Cup.

Waldbaum’s Cup

All teams are encouraged to participate in the Waldbaum’s Cup

            At the time of requesting a Club check for tournament registration, the coach must submit a written description of the name, location, date and time of the tournament they are applying for.  A copy of the tournament application will fulfill this requirement.

            A check request form has been provided in the attached APPENDIX.  Please make a copy of the appropriate form, complete it and submit it to the appropriate person.  If you prefer you may download the form from the Raiders web site, FSRaiders.com

 

APPENDIX

Revised September 2009

FRANKLIN SQUARE RAIDERS SOCCER CLUB

PLAYING RULES AND REGULATIONS

The rules contained herein constitute the playing rules of the Franklin Square Raiders Intramural Division, by which Division Directors, coaches, spectators and players shall be guided.

RULE 1 RESPONSIBILITIES

A) FIELD DIRECTOR will be a member of the Board of Directors. He or she shall be responsible for the following:

1) In the event of inclement weather, the FIELD Director prior to the start of play shall consult with the president or his/her designee and both will decide to play or cancel the program for that day.

2) The Field Director shall have the authority to suspend play should playing conditions become unsafe due to weather or field conditions.

3) The Field Director shall represent the Board of Directors at the field for than playing day

4) The Field director is empowered to enforce all playing rules as necessary, as stated by the playing rules

5) The Field director shall have a designated assistant, who will also be a member of the Board of Directors.

B) DIVISION CHAIRPERSON shall be appointed by the president and shall have the following duties:

1) Supervise the games in his/her division.

2) Assist the registrar with team formation, draft, late registrations, etc.

3) Enforce the Intramural playing rules.

4) Manage questions regarding player transfers

All coaches are required to address any and all field problems to the Division Chairperson.

C) INTRAMURAL REGISTRAR shall have the following duties:

1) Coordinate all Intramural registrations

2) Coordinate with Division Chairman on drafting of teams, assignment of late registrants, etc.

3) The Registrar, upon consultation with the Board of Directors shall have the authority of capping registrations, as necessary.

The coaches shall refer ALL new players to the Registrar for team assignment. Any violation of this procedure will cause the matter to be referred to the Conduct and Rules Committee.

D) CONDUCT AND RULES COMMITTEE

This committee will be comprised of the Division Chairperson and the Head Referee. The Head Referee shall be the Chairperson of the Committee.

The Conduct and Rules Committee shall act on the following:

1) Any and all cases at a player or coach, who receives a red card during a match.

2) Any serious violation of the playing rules, except Referee decisions, regarding matters of play (other than red cards).

3) Any complaints received from the Division Chairperson and/or Field Director.

4) The parties involved have the right to appear before this committee to state their case.

5) The conduct and rules Committee does have the authority to impose penalties up to and including suspension.

E) Referees

The Referees shall have the following authority during matches:

1) To make all decisions regarding play. (Referees decisions are final)

2) To enforce the rules of play as established by FIFA, U.S. Soccer Federation and as modified and recommended by the U.S. Youth Soccer Association for Intramural play and by the Franklin Square Raiders Soccer Club

3) Suspend the match, when and if, conditions become dangerous.

4) Ensure that players are properly equipped.

F) COACHES

The coaches are responsible for the following:

1) Conduct of the players and spectators (parents) during the match.

2) Ensure their players are properly equipped.

3) Act in a responsible manner.

4) Retrain from using foul or abusive language to any participant involved in the match.

5) Set a positive example for the players and spectators in showing respect for the referee.

6) Ensure all players are registered.

7) Appoint a parent as an assistant coach, on a consistent basis, with assigned duties, i.e. attendance, playing time.

G) SPECTATORS

Spectators are the coaches’ responsibility. They shalt refrain from the use of foul and/or abusive language toward any participant in the match. Spectators shall follow all applicable playing rules as indicated in the rules of play.

RULE 2 GENERAL PLAYING RULES

A) Standings

Standings will be kept for all divisions, except the Instructional Division and Division 1 They are determined as follows:

WIN = 3 points

TIE = 1 point

LOSS = 0 points

All teams, must play all games, irrespective of standings. In the event of a tie (other than a playoff game} after the nine game half season, the following will be used to break the tie:

1) Head to head results. This will only be used if all teams that are tied have played each other.

2) The fewest goals allowed.

3) The most goals scored. No goal differential above 5, in any one game, will count in calculating tie breakers

4) The goal average between the two teams

The club Secretary is the official score keeper for the club. However, both coaches and referees are responsible for recording and submitting scores into the score box at the end of each game.

B) Playoff Games

Playoff games will occur as the last game of the Spring season. The overall winner (both seasons) will be awarded as follows:

1) First place finish in both the Fall and Spring Seasons

2) A playoff match between the Fall season winner and the Spring season winner, if not the same.

The second place team will be determined by:

1) The loser of the First Place playoff game.

2) If there is no First Place playoff game, the team which finishes in Second Place for both seasons.

3) Playoff game between the Second Place team in the Fall season versus Second Place team in the Spring, providing there was no First Place playoff game.

4) Third Place (providing there are six teams in the division).

The third place team will be determined by:

1) Loser of Second Place playoff game

2) Finished second in both seasons, unless bumped by the loser of a Second Place playoff game.

3) Winner of a playoff game between the winner of Third Place Fall season versus winner of Third Place Spring Season.

4) Winner of playoff game between Third Place team Fall season versus next best team record Spring season only if Third Place Spring slot is open due to another playoff game.

C) Playoff Overtime

In the event a playoff game is tied at the end of regulation, the winner will be determined as follows:

A Short overtime period. First team to score wins.

If the teams are still tied at the end of the overtime period, penalty kicks will determine the outcome.

The penalty kicks will be 5 v. 5 and if still tied, 1 v 1 sudden death.

D) Player Equipment

The following is required for all games:

1) Soccer-type shin guards — All Divisions

2} Soccer-type cleats — All Divisions, except Instructional. ABSOLUTELY NO METAL BASEBALL CLEATS.

3) Full uniform (sweat pants may be worn under shorts on cold days, coaches’ option). Uniform shirt must be the outer garment.

The following may NOT be worn for any match:

1) Any type of jewelry, including earrings.

2) Any type or casts.

3) Baseball hats not permitted, except for goal keeper. The goal keeper’s hat must have a soft visor

4) Players wearing hooded sweatshirts under their uniforms must have the hood tucked in.

5) No player is permitted to chew gum or candy while playing in a match.

6) Goal keeper must wear a shirt which will clearly distinguish him/her from players on the field.

Coaches are requested to wear their staff shirt, weather permitting.

Size of Field

The size of the field will be determined as per the U.S. Youth Soccer Association Guidelines.

Size of Goals

The size of the goals will be determined as per the U.S. Youth Soccer Association Guidelines.

Number of Players on Field

The number of players on the Field is dependent upon a few factors, such as:

The number of players registered with the club.

The age breakdown of players registered.

The number of coaches available.

The number of referees available.

The amount of field time the club is permitted.

Ideally, the number of players should be as follows:

Instructional Division: Eight on field, including goal keeper. Twelve on team.

Division I: Eight on field, including goal keeper. Twelve on team

Division II: Nine on field, Fourteen on team.

Division III: Up to 11 on field. Sixteen on team.

The Board of Directors will make the final determination on this, prior to the start of the season.

Ball Size

Instructional Division: Size 3

Division I and II: Size 4

Division III and older: Size 5

Duration of Play

Instructional Division – Thirty minutes practice, and a thirty minute game.

Division I – Two twenty five minute halves with a five minute break between halves.

Division II – Two thirty minute halves with a five minute break between halves.

Division III and older – Two thirty five minute halves with a five minute break between halves.

Game Scheduling

Spring Season — 9 Games

Fall season — 9 games

Rain-outs

When the entire playing schedule is rained out, for a Sunday, these games will NOT be re-scheduled. In the event of a partial rain-out for the Sunday games, these games will be re-scheduled.

In order for a game to be included in the standings, the entire game must be played. Games which are canceled due to weather conditions during the actual play, will not show in the standings, and that game must be replayed.

Awards

All players, regardless of team standing, will get a trophy. Special recognition will be awarded as follows:

Divisions with four teams, a First and Second Place Award.

Divisions with six teams, a First, Second and Third Place award.

Playing Time

It is the rule of this club that each player must play at least 50% of the game. The players must be played at least 5O% of the first half of the match, and at least 5O% of the second half of the match. If a player becomes problematic due to behavioral or substantial amount or unexcused, missed practices, the coach may reduce playing time after discussing this with the Divisional Chairperson

Substitutions

A team shall be permitted to use as many substitutions as it desires in any match.

1) Substitutions may be made, with the CONSENT OF THE REFEREE, under the following conditions:

a) Prior to a throw in by EITHER team.

b) Prior to a goal kick by EITHER team.

c) After a goal by EITHER team

d) After an injury, by EITHER team, when the referee stops play.

2) Substitution of the Goal Keeper – any of the teams players may substitute for the goal keeper provided that the referee has been informed PRIOR to the change being made, and that the change be made during a stoppage of play.

Game Forfeits

The match will be deemed a forfeit under the following conditions:

1) If a team is unable to field the minimum number of players at ten minutes past the scheduled start time match that team shall forfeit the match. Should neither team be able to field the minimum number of players at ten minutes after the match, both teams shall forfeit the match.

2) A forfeit will be recorded with a 1-0 score.

3) The minimum number of players to determine a forfeit is:

a) Instructional Division: Non-applicable

b) Division I – 2 less than the currently established maximum of field players.

c) Division II – 3 less than the currently established maximum of field players.

d) Division III – 3 less than the currently established maximum of field players.

In the event that one team is able to only field the minimum number of players, the other team will NOT be penalized and will play with the maximum number of players on the field.

DIVISION 1 RULE EXCEPTIONS

Division I is still considered an instructional program, therefore, certain violations on game restarts will NOT be immediately penalized as dictated under FIFA regulations. As such, the referee will have full discretion on allowing the re-taking of certain restarts that are not performed according to current FIFA regulations. In order to preserve the continuity of the match, the general guideline will be to allow a team the re-taking of a restart three times before awarding the ball to the opposing team.

A typical, but NOT LIMITED to, situation would be allowing a player to re-take a throw-in that was done illegally or an illegally performed place kick (kick of).

The match referee has the FINAL say as to the number of re-starts that may be taken at any given time.

THIS RULE DOES NOT PERTAIN TO ANY OTHER DIVISION.

Coaching from the Sidelines

Each team will take a position on opposite sides of the field. The Home team shall have the choice of sides and shall stand behind any drawn spectator line, or at least 5 feet from the touch line.

Coaches are permitted to coach from only one side of the field. Coaches may not coach in the area of the goals. Violation of this rule will result in the issuance of a yellow and/or red card to the coach

Spectators are required to follow this rule. If the spectators are found to be in violation of this rule, the responsible coach will be issued a yellow and/or red card

Yellow Card

A yellow card displayed by the referee indicates that a player or coach is being formally cautioned for violation of the playing rules.

A cautioned player will be substituted by another player until that team’s next available opportunity for a legal substitution. Should a team not have any substitutes available, the team will NOT be forced to play short handed and the cautioned player may continue to play according to the laws of the game.

A second yellow card issued to the same player or coach during a match constitutes a major violation, which requires ejection from the match.

A red card constitutes a major violation, which requires ejection of the player or coach from the match.

Linesmen

Each coach shall appoint a linesman for the game. The Linesman shall be instructed in his/her duties by the Referee Under no circumstances shall a non-neutral linesman be permitted to make calls other than the ball In and Out of play.

Goal Keepers Six Second Rule

This rule does not apply to Division I. The goal keeper may walk the ball to the penalty area line and punt or throw. The six second rule does apply to all other divisions.

Protest or Appeals

No match may be protested or appealed regarding Referee decisions.