Category Archives: Policies

Weather Policy: Games

Recreation play weather policy:

We play in the rain and cold. Unless fields are closed, all teams are expected to play their games as scheduled.

If fields are closed, all games on those fields will be cancelled/postponed.  Field closures will be announced by 7am on the morning of the game, or 4:30pm for Friday night games.

Players are allowed to wear pants, hats, gloves, and long-sleeves under their jerseys. Please dress your player appropriately for the weather.

Field closures will be announced on our website.

Travel and Academy have a slightly different weather policy regarding cancelled games and reschedules. Please speak to your team manager for details.

Concussion initiatives & heading for youth players

Implementation guidelines for U.S. Soccer’s Player Safety Campaign

Concussion initiatives & heading for youth players

CHARLESTON, S.C. (March 14, 2016) – US Club Soccer is clarifying the following implementation guidelines for U.S. Soccer’s Recognize to Recover Player Safety Campaign, specifically as it relates to concussion initiatives and heading for youth players:

  • The Federation is recommending, and US Club Soccer is requiring immediately, new rules as it relates to heading, as follows:
    • Players in U-11 programs and younger shall not engage in heading, either in practices or in games.
    • Limited heading in practice for players in U-12 and U-13 programs. More specifically, these players shall be limited to a maximum of 30 minutes of heading training per week, with no more than 15-20 headers per player, per week.
    • Clubs should be aware of circumstances in which individual consideration is needed. For example:
      • A 10 year old playing at U-12 or older should not head the ball at all.
      • An 11 or 12 year old playing at U-14 or older should abide by the heading restrictions in practice.
    • Referees should enforce these restrictions by age group according to the specified rules. Referees will not be assessing the age of individual players on the field; they will enforce the rules for the age group.
  • Leagues and organizations are free to set their own standards, as long as the minimum requirements outlined above are met.
  • In adherence to these new requirements, referees have been instructed by U.S. Soccer of the following rule addition: When a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick (IFK) should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense. If the deliberate header occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred.
  • Modified substitution rules also took effect Jan. 1, 2016, as follows: Any player suspected of suffering a head injury may be substituted for evaluation without the substitution counting against the team’s total number of allowed substitutions during the game.
  • US Club Soccer strongly recommends that all coaches, staff members, parents and players watchU.S. Soccer’s concussions in soccer overview video.

RESOURCES:
As previously communicated, other player safety guidelines and mandates have been implemented by U.S. Soccer, such as guidelines regarding the number of healthcare professionals at major tournaments. For more details, please review the resources linked below.

Fall soccer

Registration for fall rec soccer opens Monday, 6/29/15 at 6a.

Welcome to fall soccer with CSC.

– Registration for fall Academy & Travel teams closes Friday, June 26th at 6 p.m.. If you have any questions or issue with registration, please contact christiansburgsoccer@gmail.com with player name, DOB, and team as soon as possible. Practices for travel and academy teams are expected to begin the middle of August. Please contact your team manager for specific details.

– Fall rec registration opens 6/29/15 at 6a and will remain open until Thursday, 8/6/15 at 5p. Registrations received after the close will incur a $15 late fee.  Please make sure you register before the deadline; Due to the large number of players we have each season, we have been unable to accept late registrations in most divisions.

  • The fall season will last for eight weeks. Practices for U8+ will begin two weeks prior to the first weekend of games.
  • All of our rec coaches are volunteers. Please consider volunteering your time this season. Contact Michelle Ireland, christiansburgsoccer@gmail.com, with any questions.
  • All players are required to have shin guards, athletic shorts/pants, ball, and water bottle. PreK is allowed to wear athletic shoes, ALL OTHERS MUST have cleats. No exceptions.
  • Team rosters will be available during the two weeks AFTER the close of registration.
  • Practices:
    U8, one 60 minute weeknight practice
    U10, one 75 minute weeknight practice
    U13, two 75-90 minute weeknight practices
    U18, two 90 minutes weeknight practices
  • The Club provides a team jersey and one pair of soccer socks to each new player. Returning players will use their jersey from last season if placed on the same team.
  • The season fee is $50, payable at the time of registration via credit cards only. There will be a late fee of $15 after 8/6/15 5p.
  • The scheduled ending date for the season is the end of October, with the following two weekends reserved for make-up games.
  • If games are cancelled, announcements will be made on our website, Facebook and Twitter pages by 6am.
  • Coaches make the call on practices and will contact their teams individually.
  • Any questions or concerns during the season, please feel free to contact Michelle Ireland at christiansburgsoccer@gmail.com

Have a great fall season!

 

Four & Four

We’re four games into the season and we’ve got four points from Dennis to get us through the rest of the season.

1. New River Engraving has been a CSC sponsor from the start, and is once again offering special trophy deals for the soccer teams. They do excellent work and we would appreciate that coaches or team parents contact them for their end-of-season trophies.

2. Locations for K and Pre-K games for Oct. 27th should be released next week. There may be a few Friday night practice locations that need to be cancelled to accommodate the K games, as CPS and CES will be closed that night.

3. Games need to start on time and end on time. While warming up on the field may be customary, it is not necessary. If it is game time, the game needs to start. If there are refs and they won’t start the game, report it to me. Games also need to end on time, especially U8 games which are coach-reffed and have 40 minutes of play in an hour-long spot. Warmups can be abbreviated, quarter breaks need only be 1 minute long, etc. Which brings us to Issue # 4 . . .

4. There was a completely avoidable confrontation on a soccer field this weekend. As a result, an assistant coach and two parents will be instructed not to come to any soccer field this weekend. The assistant coach entered the field of a live game after it went past the scheduled time. Two parents laid hands on coaches when a post-game conversation/argument occurred. Without going into detail about the incident, the touching of a coach or ref is a sure-fire way to get a suspension. The unwelcome touching of a person is known in Virginia as Assault & Battery, and it has no place anywhere on a soccer field or near the children. Let’s get in the newspaper for pictures of kids with smiles on their faces playing soccer, not for a couple of parents engaged in schoolyard antics.

Weather cancellations – Policy

With rain expected today, this is a good time to refresh all families on our rain policies: For practices, the coach for the individual team makes the decision but must not play within 30 minutes or thunder or lightning. If a coach ignores this, parents should pull their player and contact me. This is an unwaivable SAFETY consideration. Two Texas soccer players were killed by lightning earlier this year. Whether the field is wet or not, no teams should be practicing or shooting at a goal in the penalty box unless it is a scrimmage. Teams can move and secure goals in other locations. This is the only way to keep the key part of the field in good condition for the entire season. CSC will make the call on games. For the Friday night games, a decision will be made approximately 4:00 p.m. For Saturday morning games, the decision will be made approximately 7:00 a.m. For games in Blacksburg, check www.nrusa.org.