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REC Spring Outdoor League


The Spring Soccer program managed by our very own ATSC coaching staff will concentrate on individual skills development at every training session with games being played weekly. The program is open to players ages 5-14 across four projected age divisions. This 8 week program includes 16 sessions (8 practices & 7 games & 1 season ending division tournament) and runs from week of April 9 through May 26. Registration included Nike soccer jersey.  

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(Regular registration ends April 10th, $20 Late fee will apply after) 

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All practices will be held during week days with games played on Saturdays. Below are the details about the program:

• Boys and Girls between the ages of 4 and 14 years old

• Practice beginning on  the week of April 9th

• Practices Day - Monday to Friday after 6:30pm at the high school field – (younger age groups practice at the earlier time. See more detail below)

• Games – Played on Saturdays. Game schedule will be posted weekly

• Fort Lee High School – Practices and Games will be held*** 

******  THERE ARE NO RESTROOM AVAILABLE DURING GAME AND PRACTICE AT THE HIGH SCHOOL FIELD **********  

FIELD INFO AND RULES

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Program highlights:

• CO-ED age appropriate teams will be assembled with our ATSC colleagues serving as coaches.  When and where applicable girl only teams / leagues will be assembled.
• Families will be informed of their team information on or about March 31st
• Potential fields of play are Van Fleet Field, Fort Lee Middle School, Fort Lee High School
• Practice sessions are generally held throughout the week.  Practices will last for one hour.
• The league games will be played on Saturday mornings through afternoon.  Each team will be scheduled to play one game a week. Games will last approximately 1 hour - the younger children will be scheduled to play their games early on with the older kids taking the later hour time slots.
• The season will last ten weeks with first games being played approximately the second weekend of September.  There will be nine weeks of league play followed by week ten divisional tournaments.  In season scores and standings will not be kept – only tournament play scores / standings count.  
• Team game shirts will be provided to the players by the league conversely families will be responsible for game shorts (black), soccer socks, shin guards and outdoor soccer sneakers.
• Coaches Jonny (jonnylee@atscus.com) and Adam (athomson@atscus.com) will be managing our Recreation Spring program.

Coaching guidelines:

• To provide children with an emotionally healthy and physically challenging atmosphere of good sportsmanship and athletic activity through the game of soccer
• To provide an activity where children have the opportunity to play regardless of athletic skills or family income
• To provide a healthy competitive atmosphere while teaching respect for others, fair play, respect, humbleness in winning, and stature in defeat
• To provide a rewarding and enriching experience for all those adult volunteers who make it work
• To teach teamwork and cooperation
• Only certified coaches may coach or provide direction to the players
• It is the responsibility of the coach to communicate/confirm the game schedule to all of his/her players – the league should be made aware of all players consistently not showing up
• It is the responsibility of the coach to ensure equal playing time amongst all team players
• End of game scores are not posted and there are NO standings kept. The purpose of the in-town indoor soccer program is to have fun and to continue playing soccer during the winter. Even though standings are not kept, when you are leading by six (6) goals, good sportsmanship demands that you play your substitutes - score differentials should not exceed nine (9) goals.  Massacres are discouraging.   We want the children to enjoy themselves and establish doting memories
• Remain positive and upbeat throughout the game – HAVE FUN
• All games end in a PLAYER COACH REFEREE handshake

Parents /Friends guidelines:

• Treat all players (including the opposing players) as well as the opposing coaches, all fellow spectators, the referees and League coordinators with respect 
• Respect the officials and their authority during games and never question, discuss, or confront coaches at the game field, and will take time to speak with coaches at an agreed upon time and place
• Set a good example for the young players who in turn will follow our conduct – no hostility, violence nor engagement in any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct with any official, coach, player, or parent such as booing or taunting; refusing to shake hands; or using profane languages or gestures
• Do not enter the playing surface during the game for any reason unless invited by the referee or a League Board member
• Parents must immediately notify their child's coach if they will be missing a practice or game for a legitimate reason
• Parents are to refrain from interfering by shouting directions at the team during play. Remember the program is for the benefit of the children and not to satisfy family members / friends own ambitions or desires
• Understands the risks. A soccer game is full of mistakes. Playing soccer is a willingness to chance a failure
• Communicate with the coach and create a positive working relationship
• Controls negative emotions and thinks positively
• Provide ample space on the bench area for the coaches and players to sit while managing the game.  Do not crowd the bench area 
• Persons violating these guidelines may result in expulsion from the facility immediately AND subject to additional punitive measures by the league. This violation will include either a written warning from the league, parental game(s) or season suspension, which would prevent the parent from entering any facility during which any soccer practice or game is being conducted
• NO Smoking E-Cigarettes and or Cigarettes allowed at our facilities / fields

Player guidelines:

• Treat all players, both teammates and opposing players, opposing coaches, all fellow spectators, the referees and League coordinators with respect and dignity
• Respect the officials and their authority during games 
• Play by the rules and resolve any concerns without resorting to hostility or violence. Never engage in any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct with any official, coach, player, or parent such as booing or taunting; refusing to shake hands; or using profane languages or gestures
• Players violating these guidelines may result in expulsion from the facility immediately AND subject to additional punitive measures by the league. This violation will include either a written warning from the league, parental game(s) or season suspension, which would prevent the parent from entering any facility during which any soccer practice or game is being conducted

Players Equipment:

• League will supply player game shirts
• League to supply game soccer balls
• Families to supply indoor soccer sneakers, soccer socks and shin guards, black shorts
• NO JEWELERY to be warn during practices and games
• Families to supply player game time water / refreshments

Referee:

• The referee has the full authority to enforce the laws of the game and his decision is final. The referee controls the match. The referee ensures that the ball and players' equipment meets the requirements, acts as timekeeper and stops play for infringement of the laws among several other duties
• Player safety is the number one priority
• Most fouls and misconduct are due to pushing, holding or tripping and result in a free kick. Other ones to watch out for are handballs and charging

Game Information:

• Approximately 10 to 12 players per team dependent upon the division
• Approximately 8 to 10 players on the field per team dependent upon the division
• If the normal compliment of players are not in attendance for a game, that team will play down one less than its competition throughout the game. Additionally, the team with the full complement of players will still be allowed to substitute players in and out.  However, should players arrive later in the game those players can enter the game and play can resume as normal.
• Games are played on Saturdays 12pm – 9pm @ various fields TBD
• Matches will consist of two 25 minute halves, unless the two teams and referee agree otherwise before the start of play. Half-time must not exceed 5 minutes, and can only be altered upon consent of the referee

Game Rules:

• Kick off at the center line will begin a match and start the second half
• A Goal Kick is granted when the attacking team kicks the ball behind the goalie Net line causing a stoppage in play. The kicker cannot touch the ball again until it has left the penalty area and has been touched by another player on either team. The ball CANNOT cross the midline on a fly by a goalie kick. If so, the position will transfer over to the other team.
• The ball is in play at all times unless (1) stopped by the referee (2) ball lands behind the goalie net (3) the ball is out of play
• When the ball goes out of play over the touch line, throw-ins will take place
• Corner Kicks are allowed
• Offside’s will be called
• All kicks are In-Direct
• There are no time outs.  The clock runs continuously (unless of course a player is injured or other major concern)
• Penalty Kicks will be handed out when a player commits a foul in their own penalty area
• Free Kicks will be handed out when a player commits a foul
• Substitutions can be made only when a player comes off and is sanctioned by the referee
• A goal is scored when the whole ball crosses the goal line between the posts and crossbar, provided there is no infringement such as offside, a foul or handball
• The team that scores the most goals wins the match. If the number of goals scored between the two sides is equal at the end of a match, it is a draw
• There are NO standings kept. The purpose of the in-town indoor soccer program is to have fun and to continue playing soccer during the winter. Even though standings are not kept, when you are leading by six (6) goals, good sportsmanship demands that you play your substitutes - score differentials should not exceed nine (9) goals
• There will be divisional season ending tournaments in which Champions are crowned
• An abandoned match is forfeited
• If a goalie touches the ball with his hands outside the penalty area, the opposition is awarded a direct free kick from the point of the infraction.
• Opposing players must be 5 yards away from the ball on a free-kick, a kick in, and a kick off.
• A team may play up to one player more if the opposing team cannot field the required number of players to play the game.  
Field Rules:
Soccer Families,  Please be reminded regarding playing on the Fort Lee High School / Middle School fields / Van Fleet Fields
All fields have been resurfaced and are in pristine condition. We have received permits to use these facilities which on to itself is a privilege.  To this point, the fields must be treated as if they were your own home. We ask that you be reminded of and comply to these basic house rules:
 
1) No Gum - No Seeds on the field of play
2) No Metal Cleats - or any "Cleats" on the High School Track
3) No Bicycles or Scooters , leave them outside the fence, no riding
4) Don't leave siblings unattended to climb on nearby obstacles.
5) Make Sure the Field Is Clean Of Debris - clean up after yourself upon departure
6) NO DOGS ALLOWED ON HIGH SCHOOL, MIDDLE SCHOOL nor VAN FLEET PROPERTIES
7) Please be reminded that there are no open bathroom facilities available at the FLHS field
8) No Smoking of any type at any field of play


** Disclaimer:
The above outline program can change due to unforeseen circumstances like pricing, player, field and league availability but not only limited to this said list. FLSC will endeavor to send reasonable notice to all families for any material program changes.

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