Developing Competitive Youth Soccer in Eastern Ontario

Developing Competitive Youth Soccer in Eastern Ontario

ERSL/SOSA League Coaches Meeting May 2012 Agenda Introduction Communications East Region Cup Schedules Team Section Website Discipline Questions

Communication model Inbound Outbound Parents & Players Directors Coaches League Admin Club Rep

Coach (cc Club Rep & President) League Admin Director Parents & Players ERSL 10th Anniversary The ERSL is 10 years old this season and we will be commemorating this milestone with player badges and game balls for all teams. The badges will be made available to the teams at the

preseason meeting and can only be signed out by the team or a club representative for all teams. An email to Dawn ([email protected] ) informing me of who will be picking up for the club will be required. Pre season statistics 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 # of Clubs 23

23 24 26 34 30 -

- # of team applications 201 191 206 699

711 573 608 544 # of withdrawn teams

32 31 30 104 109 119

75 107 # of current teams 178 175 180

595 603 592 510 501 2

1 3 39 23 - -

- # of teams yet to activate Getting ready for the new season The ERSL operates extensively via the web site and email To prepare your team for the season you need to: Activate your account Ask up to 3 others to also activate their account Enter your team roster, DOB and OSA # Enter your staff that may be on the Bench (max 4)

Enter your players shirt #s Familiarize yourself with the web site tools Cup Overview The ER Cup East Region Cup Entry Procedure Every team in the ERSL is automatically entered into the ER Cup. Any team not wishing to enter the cup must email the ERSL ([email protected]) no later then May 15th at 5pm.

The random draw will take on Friday May 18th and will be posted on the website May 18th. An email will be required to be sent to [email protected] with any potential conflicts for tournament dates by May 15th. East Region Cup Schedule Final dates are fixed There is some flexibility for the earlier rounds First round will be during a week game when there are no regular league games scheduled. 2nd round teams will have 3 weeks to arrange the games Semi-final will be last weekend in August (August 25 th/26th)

Finals will be 3rd weekend in September (Sept 15th/16th) East Region Cup Finals The league office will organize the U17/18 cup finals Sunday August 19th 1 host will be sought for Cup finals Cup (U13 U16) Sunday September 16th Clubs who wish to host a final must submit an application by June 30 th 2012 Hosts will receive $500 plus expenses from the ERSL for hosting a final

Player Eligibility 5. A player may play for one (1) team in the ER Cup. Play up permits are permitted, but are restricted to players from the Level 4 division in the same age division or any level younger age division or a Club's house league. Managing your schedule Schedules Draft schedule will be published May 8th Please review your teams schedule and report any issues to [email protected]

Between May 8th and May 14th we will correct the draft schedule Final schedule released May 16 no changes possible after this date The rules for requesting changes to the schedule are covered in the next slides Changes will occur over the next week as problems are identified So continue to check your schedule Please pay special attention to game fields and game nights they may vary from your usual Season will start Monday May 21st Managing your schedule You are responsible for managing your schedule

Schedule Changes SOSA / EODSA Games Games between SOSA and EODSA teams will be left on the regular weekday game night Teams cannot refuse to move a SOSA / EODSA game to a weekend If Teams cannot play a SOSA / EODSA game on the weekend they contact [email protected] and the game will be moved to December 31 Teams have 2 week to set a new date for the game - the game must be played before Sept 9th 2012 Schedule Conflicts If the two teams cannot agree on a date e) If the teams cannot agree on a date within 14 days of the approval of the request to reschedule, the team

responsible for the reschedule shall report the problem by email to the ERSL and include emails documenting their attempts to reschedule. The ERSL will determine if the teams have made reasonable attempts to reschedule and the following action will be taken: i. Both teams made reasonable attempts - the ERSL will request three dates from the Home Team and request the Away Team to select one of the three; ii. Home Team made reasonable attempts - the ERSL will request one date from the Home Team and schedule the game; iii. Away Team made reasonable attempts - the ERSL will request one date from the Away Team at their home field and schedule the game; iv. Neither team made reasonable attempts - the ERSL will schedule the game and inform the teams providing a minimum of 7 days notice.

Rescheduling g) An Under 18 team may request to move games scheduled for after August 20th, due to the departure of players for college and university. These requests must be submitted within one week of the draft schedule being released. h) All teams may request to move weekday games scheduled between EODSA and SOSA teams for the entire season. These requests must be submitted within one week of the draft schedule being released. i) All teams may request to move weekday games scheduled before the fourth Friday in June where the one way travel time exceeds 75 minutes one way. These requests must be submitted within one week of the draft schedule being released. Travel time is calculated by using and entering the Club's home address for the Start address and the address of the game field for the End address. Rescheduling cont j) A team is scheduled to participate in an ER Cup game 24 hours prior to a scheduled ERSL game and the said Team provides at least seven (7) days notice to the ERSL Administrator that it requests to have the game postponed. k) If Canada Day falls on a regular game day, all teams may request to reschedule the game. These requests must be submitted within one week of the draft schedule being released. 2012 July 1st is a Sunday so will only affect Under 21 teams.

Reschedule Requests See the Reschedule Policy in the About section for the complete details Each team is entitled to ONE reschedule The only exceptions to the ONE rule are in the Reschedule Policy which in summary is an Ontario Cup game or you have two or more National or Provincial players who will be absent Reschedules must be made via the web site tool, and must be made 6 complete days before the date of the game. A Game scheduled for Monday May 21, 2012 would require notification by midnight Monday, May 14, 2012. The tool only show games meeting the criteria Weekend games cannot be rescheduled. There is an opportunity prior to the season to

change weekend games. The only exception will be if teams wish to combine games on one weekend to lessen travel. In this case both teams must agree if it is after the season has begun. Do not make deals with your opponent. Your opponents views will have no outcome on the decision. Arranging a rescheduled game 4. Process for Setting the Rescheduled Game Date/Time a) The rescheduled game shall be rescheduled within 14 days of the approval of the request to reschedule and must be played before the division end-of-season date as defined

in the Bylaws. The last two (2) regularly scheduled games must be played before the originally scheduled game date. b) When a game is rescheduled for any reason the ERSL will appoint one of the teams as being responsible to complete the reschedule process. Under normal circumstances the following shall apply without the ERSL notifying the teams: i. Request to Reschedule Team Choice or Other Reasons - the team requesting the reschedule shall be responsible for rescheduling; or ii. Reschedule by the League - the Home team shall be responsible for rescheduling. c) The teams work together to agree on a date.

d) Once the game is agreed upon: i. the Home team then sends an email to the Away team with the details: game number, new game date, home team, away team, field, start time. ii. the Away team forwards the email to the league at [email protected] (cc the Home team). The ERSL now has confirmation from both teams that the date is acceptable. Note: If this process is not followed the game will not be scheduled/rescheduled. End of Season date The End of Season is Sunday September 9th, 2012 No games will be played after this date except for games postponed or abandoned within 7 days of the end of season date The outcome of any games un-played will be decided by the league

Team Section - Website Team Section Once you log in to the website as Team Staff there are many things you can do and need to do. Well cover the essential things. Game Sheets print game sheets Suspensions view suspensions Game Report complete game reports Playing Up Permits request / cancel / see status of PuPs Add to Squad add players to team Modify Squad modify player info

Delete Player delete a player Shirt Numbers update to show on gamesheets Player Privacy individually select the privacy level for a Player Modify Scorer modify the scorer for a game Modify Shutout modify who got the shutout Change Uniform change uniform colours Request Reschedule request a reschedule Maintain Team Data The majority of communication with Clubs and Teams is through email maintaining up to date contact information is essential 24.08 The e-mail shall be deemed to have been received by Teams:

a) May 1 to September 15 - 72 hours after transmittal of the e-mail b) September 16 to April 30 - no e-mails will be sent to teams other than for informational purposes Players and Staff

Players and Team Staff are entered on the website so they can be printed on the game sheet The ERSL is required to verify players and staff are eligible to play To be eligible to play, both players and staff must be registered with the OSA

Anyone listed on the game sheet is deemed to have played in the game It is your responsibility to ensure only registered players and staff are on the game sheet Play Ups Play Ups

Details on who is eligible are contained in the Rules and Regulations It is your responsibility to ensure that the player you request to play up meets the eligibility rules If you play a player that is ineligible it will result in a discipline hearing

Only players typed on the game sheet are eligible to play No additional PuP form is required as the Play Up is printed and identified on the Game Sheet The exception is for Temporary Registration Permits (playing from Club to

Club) and obtained from District Association House League Call-Ups House League players to be used as Call-Ups through the website Added by Club Administrator Once added they will be available for teams to request as call-ups Play Up Permits Play Up Permits House League selection

Play Up Permits The Coach clicks Submit and an email notification is sent to the Club Rep Play Up Permits The approval status is displayed for the Coach Play Up Permits Game sheet lists Play-Up players Call Up Permits

l) If a player is registered as both a competitive player and a recreational player, he/she may only be called up from the competitive team. m) If a player is registered to a team playing in an age division which is older then their true chronological age, they may be called up to a team in an age division equal to their true chronological age, provided that the team to which they are being called up plays at a higher level then the team to which the player is registered.

(As an example - A true U14 player is registered to a U15L5 team. That player may be called up to a team playing at U14L4, U14L3 and U14L1. In short, age correct, level up.) Game Sheets Game Sheets Before each game you have to create a set of game sheets These are only available via the web site The Game Sheet is the official document of the game so please ensure you complete the form accurately and completely, and make sure the referee also completes their section accurately Initial having done card check

ALL bench staff shall sign the game sheets If staff or players are not on the game sheet they cannot be on the bench If players or bench staff are absent, please cross them off the game sheet Give the game sheets to the referee at least 15 minutes before kick off Game Sheets Select the Players Select the players for the game sheet Note: the PuP player is shown If you do not require the PuP you will need to go to the PuP page and delete the PuP

DO NOT add PuP players to your roster Game Sheets Select the Staff Only 4 Staff can be on the game sheet and on the bench You can have more than 4 Staff sign up for your team Card Inspections Card Inspections

Card inspections are not optional and MUST be carried out before kick off If a player does not have their ID Card / Player Book they are ineligible to play SOSA teams with Player Books do not require Team Roster Reports (the Player Book shows the team) If an EODSA team does not have their Team Roster Report as well as their Player ID Cards, the team is ineligible to play Any issues, have the Referee mark them on the game sheet, make sure you get a copy at the end of the game and fax it to the ERSL office You cannot stop a player from playing, however, issues noted on the game sheet will be investigated by the ERSL and will lead to discipline as required Team Staff ID Cards

Team Staff ID Cards The OSA is now issuing ID Cards / Books for Team Staff The ERSL does not have a rule requiring the checking of Team Staff ID Cards / Books Clubs, not the ERSL, are responsible for selecting capable Team Staff for each game Game Sheets The game sheets have been modified to list the card offences The Referee will indicate on the game sheet the offence Hearing requests must be submitted within 48 hours but now the players

and coaches will know what the potential discipline is Any coaches ejected during a game also have 48 hours to ask for a Hearing do not return to the field. Game Reporting Following the game, collect your copy of the game sheet from the referee Use this report to enter the game report via the web site You must submit your report within 24 hours As soon as both coaches have submitted a report the standings are updated So if your result is missing dont contact the league contact your opponent

Game Reporting Rule In the past many have been negligent in reporting game results so there is an amended Rule 10.01 Each Coach shall be responsible for entering the game report, including the score, cards issued by the Referee as well as the Referee assessment on the ERSL website within twenty-four (24) hours of completion of the game. If the game report is not entered within seven (7) days, the Club shall be fined $50 for each occurrence and the ERSL will utilize the game sheet received from the Referee to complete the game report.

Game Feedback Game feedback from coaches will continue for 2012 The ERSL will monitor the feedback and assist Clubs in correcting inappropriate conduct

The ERSL will monitor the feedback and assist Districts in improving referee performance Clubs will be able to access feedback on their teams in the Club section Protests If you wish to play a game under protest you must inform the referee prior to the kick off and ask him to indicate this on the game sheet Following the game you must submit the protest fee within the time stated in the Bylaws (48 hours)

You will be notified if your protest is valid or not 20.06 No protests pertaining to the decision of the game official shall be entertained. 20.07 Objections to field conditions, goalposts, balls or team colours, shall not be considered as grounds for a protest. Coach Certification Coach Certification Coach Certification

In accordance with the OSA rules, all Team Head Coaches and Team Assistant Coaches, coaching teams that are playing in the ERSL are required to have completed the Community Senior coaching certification course. Coach Certification Coach Certification

In accordance with the OSA rules, all Team Head Coaches and Team Assistant Coaches, coaching teams that are playing in the ERSL are required to have completed the Community Senior coaching certification course. The Respect in Soccer certification is now part of the minimum OSA requirements to be a coach or assistant coach of a competitive team. The following link provides further information on coaching requirements.

There is now a tool available to help Clubs verify if a coach has the required Respect in Soccer certification. Discipline Discipline The OSA Discipline policies and procedures are used in the OSA There are 2 processes

Discipline by review (DBR) Discipline by hearing (DBH) Following a red card the player can request a hearing within 48 hours of the game, otherwise a discipline by review occurs The league may also request that the individual attend a hearing Coach Ejections Discipline

In previous years, the ERSL has always required coaches to come to a hearing Some of the OSA discipline rules covering a coachs ejection, permit DBR and do not require a hearing In 2012, the ERSL may elect DBR, where permitted

Therefore, if a Coach wants a hearing, it must be requested in accordance with the rules (within 48 hours of the game) Once DBR takes place, there is no appeal or ability to request a hearing Discipline by review (DBR) The ERSL Discipline Committee will review all red and yellow card reports and issue a suspension according to the OSA policy

The most common suspensions are shown on the web site You can not appeal the outcome of a DBR decision In 2012, if the OSA rules permit, the ERSL will use DBR is possible Discipline by hearing (DBH) Discipline hearings are held every week in Ottawa (if required) and every 2 weeks (if required) in Kingston At least 3 people will sit on the panel You have to pay a $50 fee to request a hearing. It is only returned if the individual is found not guilty You can appeal the outcome of a DBH decision

Suspensions The league will tell you when a player is suspended Do not sit out a player and then expect that to count in a suspension A coach will receive email notification of a suspension giving instructions of how he can retrieve the letter from the web site The game sheets will also indicate all suspended players on your team Where disciplinary action results is a suspension, the suspension shall not commence prior to seven (7) calendar days from the issue of the notice of discipline. For example, a player issued with a suspension notice on Friday would serve the suspension for the game(s) scheduled on or after the following Friday. 2012 ERSL Rule Changes

ERSL Rule Changes cont 9.8 Any Team that fails to produce a game sheet or its OSA Registrant Books or OSA ID Cards and OSA Team Roster Report will be subject to fine as per the published schedule of ERSL Fines. The team Officials may also be required to attend a Discipline Hearing. 9.8.1 A team that produces its game sheet or the OSA ID Cards for its players but

fails to present the required OSA Team Roster Report to permit the checks as per 9.1 will be subject to a fine as per the published schedule of ERSL Fines. The opposing team could accept to play the game under protest and this shall be noted on the game sheet. The team that failed to present the OSA Team Roster Report at the scheduled game shall have two business days to present the Team Roster Report and the player ID Cards for inspection during the regular business hours of its respective District Association or will be deemed to have forfeited the game. SOSA League Rule Changes U9 and U10 divisions there will be no standings posted on the website.

Questions Any questions? Adjournment Have a Great Season

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