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San Marcos Youth Soccer
P.O. Box 627 
San Marcos, CA 92079
Tel: 760-621-0650
Fax: 760-621-3243

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GROUNDS FOR PROTEST

Question: Clearly, a coach could theoretically protest any game, but does the USSF offer any guidelines to leagues regarding what might make a game truly "protestable?"
Or to re-word it: What type of referee errors might be grievous enough to result in a protested match being replayed?
We have differing schools of thought. Some here would say that any misapplication of the law, such as an incorrect restart, would qualify.
Others would pose that the error must directly impact the outcome of the game, for example, not allowing a goal scored from a corner would be a referee misapplication of the Law which directly impacts the outcome. Whereas, awarding a corner kick when it should have been a throw-in, and then the corner results in a goal, would be an indirect impact. The players had the opportunity to mediate that misapplication of the Law.
Of course, leagues prefer not to incur the expense of replaying any games at all. That financial concern aside - are there any guidelines for how a coach or league board might determine if a protest is worthy on the basis of the referee's performance alone?
Answer: There are no national standards for protesting the result of the game and the acts of the referee. Traditionally there is only one reason to protest the decision of the referee, and that is solely for a decision that is counter to the Laws of the Game. In other words, a situation where misapplying the Laws does indeed affect the game or where a referee clearly sets aside one of the Laws of the Game.. There can be no protest on a matter of referee judgment.
Equally traditionally, many protest committees pay no attention to the facts of the case, no matter how rationally reasoned and presented.

Cal South E-News | April 2012 REFEREE EDUCATION | April 20, 2012

Quick Notes on Players

  • Shin guards are required at all practices and games.
  • It is very important that players, boys and girls both remove their jewelry before and during  practices and  games!  Some examples: earrings, necklaces, bracelets,  NO exceptions are allowed, this is for the safety of all players.
  • Sunglasses are not allowed except for medical prescriptions.  We recommend the use of sports glasses.
  • Casts of any sort are not allowed in play at practices or games.  You must get a signed release from the players Doctor or legal guardian before the player returns to play.
  • If a player is bleeding or has blood on themselves or on their uniforms, players will not be allowed on the field of play. 

 

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What should a Team Contact List have

Here is what you will need to create your team contact list:
  • Coaches name’, telephone, email address
  • Assistant  Coaches’ name, telephone, email address
  • Team Parent’s name, telephone, email address
  • Player’s name
  • Parents names  
    • Phone numbers – home & cell (optional) 
    • Email Addresses (optional)
Hand out a copy to all players and coaches.  You may want to have a couple of extra copies available just 
in case.

Keep Parents Informed

During the season, it is important that you keep your player’s parents informed.  Having a reliable team contact list helps!  You, the Team Parent, will be the primary team contact.  Updates will be emailed to you so please make sure we have your email address.  Update should be shared with your team.   It is your responsibility to inform your team and prepare them for all upcoming soccer events such as snack day, concessions and picture day.

You should also help the coach set a positive tone for the team.  Remind parents that coaches coach and parents cheer.  Remind them to be courteous to the referees, and pick up trash after practices and games.

Remember this is all about the kids having fun.

Team Pictures

Picture forms will be available one week before and on the day of picture day and will need to be filled out regardless if you are or are not purchasing additional photos.  Your scheduled picture time will be posted on the SMYS website, and team parents will receive an email informing you of your scheduled picture time.  Your entire team must be there in full uniform (except shin guards) and ready to go 30 minutes before your scheduled time! 

Coaches, team parents, and sponsors (if they choose to participate) are included in the team picture.  Be ready, wear your team colors or team shirt, and smile!

Picture packets:

  • 3”x5” individual photo
  • (1)3” button photo
  • (4) Wallets
  • 5”x7” team photo
  • Folder with league name and date

You do have the option of purchasing additional photos.  Magazine covers, buddy pictures, trading cards, posters, etc… will be available to purchase on picture day from the photographer.  Parent must fill out an additional form for additional photos.

Pictures will be distributed within 4-6 weeks after picture day. 

Important Safety Information - Hot Days

We can almost guarantee that there will be a few hot, high temperature game days.  Here are a few tips to help you and your team stay safe.      

  • Sunscreen before Games, Re-apply if necessary! Sunscreen should be sweat proof to avoid getting it in the eyes during the game.
  • Keep your players hydrated.
  • If you can, bring shade.
  • Cool wet towels are a good way of cooling down.

If you are concerned about a player suffering a heat related illness, please contact the referee, board member or notify the coach. Some things to look out for if you have a concern about a player:

Heat cramps:  It is the mildest form of heat illness, and it usually occurs before or after exercise affecting only the specific muscles used.  No medical attention is required.

Symptoms- thirst, chills, clammy skin, throbbing heart, muscle spasms, and nausea

Treatment- First, move the child to the shade and remove excess clothing.  Have child drink 4-8 ounces of water or sports drink.

Heat Exhaustion:  More serious than heat cramps and may need medical attention.  This results from a reduced blood volume due to excessive sweating, which causes the blood to pool in the arms and legs, causing the child to feel dizzy or faint.

Symptoms- Nausea, extreme fatigue, reduced sweating, headache, shortness of breath, weak and rapid pulse, dry mouth.

Treatment- Move the child to a cool place.  Have the child drink slowly 16 ounces of fluid such as water or sports drink for every pound of weight lost.  Remove sweaty clothes and place ice/ice pack behind the child's head.  Seek medical attention if there is NO improvement.

Heat Stroke: If a child is suffering from heat stroke, call 911 immediately.  Heat stroke is a life threatening illness where the body's temperature/regulating process stops functioning.

Symptoms- Sweating, hot and dry skin, swollen tongue, visual disturbances, rapid pulse, unsteady gait, fainting, low blood pressure, vomiting, headache, loss of consciousness, shock.

Treatment- Call 911 and remove sweaty clothes.  Cover child with ice packs, immerse child in cold water if possible or rub with alcohol.  If the child is in shock, elevate feet. 

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End of the season party

It is up to you and your team to decide if and where you choose to have your team party. A great way to the end the season is with a team party. Some prefer to have their party at a restaurant, have a potluck at a team member's home, or order a couple of pizzas and meet at the park. Talk to your team and decide what works best for you. If your sponsor is a restaurant, you might want to have the team party there to show your support. Whatever you decide to do, make sure you split the cost among all your team members.

This is also a great opportunity to thank your coach/asst. coach. Remember that they have spent a great deal of time over the last 12 weeks support the team and players. Purchasing a gift is not required! If you do choose to purchase a gift(s), again, please divide the cost among your team. Please keep in mind that some players may be on a very tight budget

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Coach Information

Thank you for volunteering to be a coach for the youth of San Marcos. Your time and dedication are greatly appreciated. Your players will remember you long into their adulthood and some may even model their coaching style after you.

Coaching Requirements:

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What is a "E" License anyway?

The "E" License is an entry-level course which is mandatory for all competitive coaches. This 18-hour course combines field and classroom instruction in intermediate coaching and teaching methodology. This is a Pass/Fail Course.

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