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.

Schools, Potty Mouths, and Weather – Oh my!

1. We play on school fields with the cooperation of the schools. That can be jeopardized by families and players leaving trash behind at practices or games. We had a report of a number of items of trash being left behind at Belview Elementary this weekend. Please be sure we leave the fields with everything you (and your child) came with.

2. There was a report of abusive language being used in a game involving a CSC and a NRU team. Please advise players that abusive language and actions can result in suspensions. Players who believe they are being targeted by that behavior should immediately inform their coach, who can inform the refs.

3. The weather forecast suggests that some practices could be at risk tonight and tomorrow. Coaches determine whether to cancel practices unless there is a field condition that warrants closing the entire field. If there is rain and a wet field, stay out of penalty boxes. This includes a prohibtion on scrimmages that would take players inside the penalty box. A bored goalie on a wet field is highly dangerous to that area.

Week of 9/10 – quick bits from Dennis

1) If you play an interleague game with NRU, please confirm that our schedule and the posted schedule on www.nrusa.org do match. If they do not match, the teams will not be at the right location. Please notify me by Wednesday night if you see a discrepancy.

2) Kindergarten soccer has a 2 Maroon teams and 2 Red teams. One of each is based in Riner and one of each is based at East Mont.

3) Parent shirts are selling briskly but will end Sunday afternoon in order to be ready for Thursday, Sept. 20th and before the 3rd scheduled weekend of games. If you want to purchase a parent shirt (or grandparent shirt, etc), please go to our website to order.

Just one more set of helping hands needed.

We still need one more volunteer for the Fall 2012 season. If your child has a practice at CPS on Thursday nights, please consider volunteering to re-paint the fields during your child’s practice. Now that the lines are measured, it only takes about 20 minutes to re-paint. We supply the striper and the paint. It is very easy to accomplish and we’d be ever so grateful if you could help up with this task.

First week of play – Message from the Club

We hope you had a good first week of play. If there was a problem, let Dennis know now so he can try to fix it. We did have an interleague schedule problem with one U13G game involving the purple team. If your team is ever scheduled to play an NRU team, please compare your schedule with the one posted on www.nrusa.org. If you see differences, contact Dennis. We are now aware that NRU shifted all U13G game times at CMS in error, and that will have to be fixed this week, so we are aware of that glitch.

If any teams still need uniforms or socks, please contact Dennis ASAP. The final shirt order is scheduled Monday if we don’t have the shirt in stock. We are aware that the Lime Kindergarten team needs one more shirt but we’ve not heard of any other shirt shortage.

If you were on the waiting list, we will be processing refunds for waiting list paid registrations this upcoming week.

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.

Cancellation policy

We play in the rain UNLESS (1) there is thunder/lightning, (2) damaging to the fields, or (3) combined with cold weather that makes it too uncomfortable to play. If your game is in Blacksburg, check http://www.newriverunited.org for cancellations.

We post updates on cancellations at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday or by 4:00 p.m. on weekdays.

Required equipment

Every player at every age division is required to wear shin guards. Shin guards are to be worn under the socks. Each player should also have an age appropriate ball (Pre-K through U-8 size 3, U-10 size 4, U-13 and above size 5) and water at each game and practice. Cleats are recommended for U-8 and above and are optional for Pre-K and K.

Call for volunteers

Call for volunteers: CSC provides a framework for youth to play soccer, but it needs parent support to make it work. Below is a listing of a number of areas where parents can volunteer this season. Some are calls for one-time help; others are for the season.

1) Signs: If you see that a CSC sign is still up and can take it down along with the two posts and take to our office at 70 E. 1st St, please do so and e-mail me where it came from.

2) Fields: CMS2 and the U18 field will be marked at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, weather permitting. 3 volunteers are requested.

3) Trash: Here is a bureaucratic head scratcher: CMS will not empty trash cans on CMS fields. If you have a truck, and see a full trash bag sitting next to the fence, please consider loading it up to take to the dump. DO NOT complain to the school. We are fortunate to have the fields and do not want that jeopardized.

4) Lining fields: If your child’s team has a Thursday night practice on CPS, FBE, or CMS, consider contacting me to paint the lines. It is easy once the lines have been originally marked,m and gives a parent something to do during practice. Teams practicing on Thursdays need to make way for the line painters.

Finally. we have record numbers and significant field limitations. We are working to remedy that, with GSBC field scheduled for full opening in the spring, and a renovated Depot Street field expected to open next fall. Until then, space is tight, so please cooperate with teams that you are sharing space with.

Thank you.

Youth recreation and competitive soccer in Virginia's New River Valley