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Parent Information

 

Parent Code of Conduct

Soccer is a wonderful sport and a passionate game. We should always remember our attitude is contagious. The referees, the players, the coaches and the fans should come together to match wits and skills. The other team is our opponent not our enemy and thus should be treated with respect.

While winning is important, playing well and fairly is the essence of the game.

 

I/we will set a good example to my/our child in his soccer development by adhering at all times to the following:

• We will not criticize the referee openly or directly ... during or after games. Any criticism shall be done in writing (to the MESL Board of Directors), not verbally.

• We will only give positive feedback to players.

• We will cheer at all games within the spirit of fair play and shall do our best to cheer the effort regardless of the outcome. We will be mindful in "lopsided" games where cheering our own "winning" team might be misunderstood.

• We shall do our best to teach our players to become students of the game.

We shall find the "little successes" that our children have during each match.

We shall show the quality of our sportsmanship during and after each and every match and help our child remember to thank the referee after the match without regard to the result

• We shall do our very best to have our child prepared for every match.

• We shall support the learning effort of the players, the coaches and the referees by demonstrating our patience.

• We understand that improper behavior at a match may result in a parent being asked to leave the field by the referee.

• We shall leave the coaching to the coach during match. We shall do our best not to give our child instructions during the match.

• We understand that (upon review) the MESL can, and will if necessary, suspend our individual privilege to watch our child play should we behave in a manner that is rude or otherwise offensive.

We agree to do our best to have as much fun watching the game as the players should have playing the game.

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(signature) Father Mother Date

Zero Tolerance Policy

All coaches, all assistant coaches, all players, and all spectators shall support the referee before, during, and after the match. Failure to do so undermines the referee's authority and could create a hostile environment for players, the referee, coaches, assistant coaches, and all spectators, including participants in other matches. Consequently, MESL has adopted the following rule:

NO ONE IS TO ABUSE THE REFEREE DURING THE MATCH!!!!!

Coaches/Assistant Coaches - Allowable Communications:

During the match:

 Responding to a referee initiating a communication

 Making substitutions

 Pointing out emergencies or safety issues

At the end of the match:

 Asking a referee to explain a rule(s) in a polite and positive way

 Giving polite and friendly feedback to a referee

ABSOLUTELY NO SARCASM, NO HARASSMENT, AND NO INTIMIDATION!!!!!

Penalties:

1st Minor Infraction - Referee should ignore

2nd Minor Infraction - Referee should issue a verbal warning

3rd Minor Infraction - Referee should issue an ejection (Red Card is not displayed)

Spectators - Allowable Exceptions:

During the match:

 Responding to a referee initiating a communication
 Pointing out emergencies or safety issues

Penalties:

1st Infraction - Referee should stop the match and ask the coach to quiet the
     offending spectator (s).

 2nd Infraction - Referee should stop the match, give a verbal warning to the
     coach, and ask the coach to warn the spectator that the next infraction will be an 
     ejection or the referee will abandon the match.
 
3rd Infraction - The referee shall instruct the coach to direct the spectator to
     leave the field. The referee should abandon the match if the spectator does
     not leave the field.

Communications among players and referees are governed by the FIFA Laws of the
Match.

REFEREE SUPPORT

Everyone, especially coaches and assistant coaches, shall provide support to the
referees at all times.

1. Coaches are responsible for assistant coaches', players', fans', and their own
behavior.

2. Any coach who does not comply with a referee's request to deal with a fan shall
be issued a misconduct as deemed appropriate by the referee.

3. Anyone responsible for the verbal or physical assault of a referee prior to, during,
or following a match will be subject to review by the Board of Directors.

4. Any team/town that refuses to provide the name and address of the responsible
person(s) for the verbal or physical assault on a referee will be subject to review
by the Board of Directors.

Finally:

It is and always will be the coach’s responsibility for the safety of his/her players. The
coach always has the authority to stop play and remove his team from the match (either temporarily or permanently) if he/she feels conditions are unsafe. A parent (obviously) also has the authority to remove his/her child from an unsafe situation. If the situation warrants it, please do it, while also abiding by the zero tolerance policy. A coach also has recourse regarding a referees’ performance via a formal complaint through the league.

MANCHESTER EAST SOCCER LEAGUE

U6 DIVISION

PARENT INFORMATION

1 of 2 Updated: 03/10/03

I. The Game

Regular Season Games

The main focus for the U6 division will be on playing and having fun with the ball. There will be no scores kept. The practices/instructional games will begin the first week of September and continue into mid October. Each session will last approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes and will meet no more than twice a week. (usually on a Wednesday evening and Saturday).

II. Personal Equipment

Each player is required to bring mandatory equipment to each practice and game. This equipment includes: Size #3 soccer ball, shin guards, mandatory hard athletic supporter (boys) and soft cleated soccer shoes or sneakers. (NOT BASEBALL OR FOOTBALL CLEATS).

Recommended but optional equipment includes a water bottle and mouth-guard.

During the game season, players must, in addition, wear the full uniform provided by the League including: shirt, shorts and socks. Socks are worn over the shin guards and shirts are to be tucked-in. Uniforms will be distributed prior to the start of the game schedule.

In addition, some articles are strictly prohibited. No jewelry may be worn at either practices or games. Medical neck chains and bracelets can be worn, but must be taped, (please inform referee of the medical situation). Players should be discouraged from having ears pierced during the season as earring studs or ornamental studs can not be worn and referees are not allowed to make exceptions. Barrettes and plastic headbands are not allowed although

the players are allowed to tie hair back with rubber bands or "scrunchies." Bandanas are considered forms of adornment and therefore are prohibited. Hard casts are not allowed.

III. General Rules

Parents

Parents are to stay on the opposite side of the field (away from the bench area) and are not allowed behind the goal line. Only coaches and assistants are allowed in the bench area.

Please understand that the coaches are responsible for all players on their team. All players must be either on the playing field or sitting on the bench. This will avoid distractions for the players and keep them focused on the game.

Smoking is not permitted inside the fenced-in area that makes up the playing field and parents seating area.

inside the fenced-in area that makes up the playing field and parents seating area.

No pets allowed. For the safety of the players, we request that pets be kept from the fenced in area that makes up the playing field, the parents seating area and concession stand area while players are on the field. This time also includes pre and post game activities.

For the safety of the players, we request that pets be kept from the fenced in area that makes up the playing field, the parents seating area and concession stand area while players are on the field. This time also includes pre and post game activities.

No one may play, congregate or hang out behind the goals while a game is in progress!

The kickboard may not be used when games are in progress.

MANCHESTER EAST SOCCER LEAGUE

U6 DIVISION

PARENT INFORMATION

2 of 2 Updated: 03/10/03

Referees

Referees are volunteers. They spend a great deal of time being trained so that your children may play and be safe. Please treat them with respect. Your child’s coach is responsible for your behavior as a spectator and if you behave inappropriately toward a referee, the referee has the right to end the game, which could result in a forfeit for your child’s team. The referees in the U6 division are usually the coaches and assistants.

Parent Responsibilities

MESL is completely run by volunteers. Each parent has the MINIMUM responsibility of volunteering at least one game in the concession stand for each child in the league. There are many other areas where the league needs assistance. If you are interested in getting involved, please speak to your child’s coach or a Board Member.

Fund Raising

Each player is expected to participate in the league fundraiser. We would like you to understand that although MESL plays on city parks, ALL OF THE FIELD MAINTENANCE

IS PAID FOR BY THE RECREATIONAL LEAGUES THAT USE THE FIELDS.

Fundraising dollars are used to maintain and improve the fields and facilities.

Cancellations

Notification of a cancelled game can be found on the MESL website at: www.mesl.org or by calling 626-7833. In the event of a cancellation, your child’s coach should also contact you.

Note: Training is available for anyone who is interested in becoming a coach, assistant coach and/or referee. If you are interested, please sign up at registration or contact one of the Board members before July 1st.

U8 Division Parent Information

I. Playing Time

Regular Season Games

Regular season practices will begin in August. Practice for the U8 players will be held at the Manchester East Soccer fields (Padden Field) and McDonough School field. Games will begin the first week of September. All games will be played at the Manchester East Soccer field. The U8 fields are located in front of the concession stand The length of the game is four 8 minute periods. Half time will be five minutes. Each player MUST play at least half of each game to ensure proper rotation and to develop the necessary soccer skills for which the league was designed. In addition, each player should be taught to play each position (i.e., goalie, forward, mid-field, fullback) and be rotated to each position on a regular basis to ensure a thorough understanding of that position in relation to the other positions on the field. No player may play more than half the game in goal.

If you have a concern about your child’s playing time, speak to your child’s coach. If the
issue is not resolved, speak to your Division Manager or any Board Member.

II. Personal Equipment

Each player is required to bring mandatory equipment to each practice and game. This
equipment includes: Size #3 or 4 soccer ball, shin guards, mandatory hard athletic
supporter (boys) and soft cleated soccer shoes (NOT BASEBALL OR FOOTBALL
CLEATS). Recommended but optional equipment includes a water bottle and mouthguard.

During the game season, players must, in addition, wear the full uniform provided by the League including: shirt, shorts and socks. Socks are worn over the shin guards and shirts are to be tucked-in. Uniforms will be distributed prior to the start of the game schedule. In addition, some articles are strictly prohibited. No jewelry may be worn at either practices or games. Medical neck chains and bracelets can be worn, but must be taped, (please inform referee of the medical situation). Players should be discouraged from having ears pierced during the season as earring studs or ornamental studs can not be worn and referees are not allowed to make exceptions. Barrettes and plastic headbands are not allowed although the players are allowed to tie hair back with rubber bands or "scrunchies." Bandanas are considered forms of adornment and therefore are prohibited.

Hard casts are not allowed.

Note: Training is available for anyone interested in becoming a coach, assistant
coach and/or referee. If you are interested, please sign up at registration or contact
one of the Board members.

III. General Rules

Parents

Parents are to stay on the opposite side of the field (away from the bench area) and are not allowed behind the goal line. Only coaches and assistants are allowed in the bench area. Please understand that the coaches are responsible for all players on their team. All players must be either on the playing field or sitting on the bench. This will avoid distractions for the players and keep them focused on the game.
Smoking is not permitted inside the fenced-in area that makes up the playing field and
parents seating area.

No pets allowed. For the safety of the players, we request that pets be kept from the
fenced-in area that makes up the playing field, the parents seating area and concession stand area while players are on the field. This time also includes pre and post game activities.

No one may play, congregate or hang out behind the goals while a game is in
progress! The kickboard may not be used when games are in progress.

Referees

Referees are volunteers. They spend a great deal of time being trained so that your
children may play and be safe. Please treat them with respect. Your child’s coach is
responsible for your behavior as a spectator and if you behave inappropriately toward a referee, the referee has the right to end the game, which could result in a forfeit for your child’s team.

Parent Responsibilities

MESL is completely run by volunteers. Each parent has the MINIMUM responsibility
of volunteering at least one game in the concession stand for each child in the league.
There are many other areas where the league needs assistance. If you are interested in getting involved, please speak to your child’s coach or a Board Member.

Fund Raising

Each player is expected to participate in the league fundraiser. We would like you to
understand that although MESL plays on city parks, ALL OF THE FIELD
MAINTENANCE IS PAID FOR BY THE RECREATIONAL LEAGUES THAT USE
THE FIELDS. Fundraising dollars are used to maintain and improve the fields and
facilities.

Cancellations

Notification of a cancelled game can be found on the MESL website at: www.mesl.org or on Facebook. In the event of a cancellation, your child’s coach or team parent should also contact you.
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