San Marcos Youth Soccer
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San Marcos, CA 92079
Question: It's very near the end of the game and Team A is losing to Team B.
Team A has a throw-in near the benches and is pressing very hard to equalize the score. As Team A's player begins to take the throw-in, Team B's substitute goalkeeper, sitting on the bench, throws another ball into the field to prevent the restart.
The referee correctly identifies the goalkeeper, shows the red card, and sends him off for the misconduct. Now here's the issue.
Some referees are opining that a substitute is considered "bench personnel" while at the bench. Therefore, the GK is sent off for "irresponsible behavior."
I argue that a substitute is a substitute, not bench personnel. As such the substitute GK can only be sent off for one of the seven reasons stated in Law 12 -- and "irresponsible behavior" is not one of them.
Answer: Neither the substitute goalkeeper nor any other player may be sent off for the offense of "irresponsible behavior." He may only be cautioned for unsporting behavior, unless something else occurs during the period following the initial cautionable misconduct of throwing the extra ball onto the field.
This was made clear in a position paper of March 22, 2006, on "Management of Behavior in the Technical Area." The pertinent quote from that paper Is: ",. . . in match conditions where spectators are not allowed near the immediate area of the field (for example, restricting spectators to stadium seats or behind barriers), the persons allowed in or near the field are strictly limited to players, substitutes, and team officials. For purposes of this memorandum, anyone officially allowed in the technical area who is not a rostered player or substitute (or substituted player) is a team official."
Thus, no player (including substitutes and substituted players) may be sent off for "irresponsible behavior." Such persons are not "bench personnel" and are thus not subject to the same treatment as team officials (coaches, trainers, medical personnel, etc.). Players (including substitutes and substituted players) may be sent off only for one of the seven reasons listed in Law 12, which covers players, etc.
Cal South E-News | April 2012 REFEREE EDUCATION | April 20, 2012
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
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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.
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!
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.
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.