RECREATIONAL PROGRAM POLICIES
1- Code of Conduct: By enrolling your child or yourself in our program, you are agreeing that the player - and parents and guests where applicable - will abide by the following Player and Parent Codes of Conduct:
For all Players and for Parents/Guardians of Players under 18:
· I / we will not engage in any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct with any official, coach, parent or player, such as booing, taunting or using profane language or gestures.
· I / we will respect the authority of referees; will never criticize, contradict or interfere with referees or coaches at the field; and will speak with coaches privately regarding any concerns.
· I / we will demonstrate and encourage good sportsmanship by showing respect and courtesy, and by expressing positive support for all players, coaches and officials.
· I / we will adhere to the policies of all facilities including: water only (no other beverage or food) on artificial turf; no pets anywhere at schools or other fields that do not allow them; no parking in prohibited areas.
· I / we also agree that if we or our guests fail to abide by the Regulations, we may be subject to disciplinary action which could include a ban on supporters from attending games, or expulsion of the Player.
Additionally, for Parents/Guardians of Players under 18:
· I / we will remember that youth soccer programs are for the players, not for parents and other adults.
· I / we will teach children to play by the rules, and to resolve conflicts without resorting to hostility.
· I / we acknowledge that, in children’s leagues, team coaches and club officials are not responsible for the supervision of any child; I/we will supervise any child young enough to normally require adult supervision.
NTSC will observe a very low tolerance for inappropriate behaviour or interference by players, parents or spectators and will deal harshly with infractions that come to its attention. Parents are reminded that they are spectators only and are in no way participants in the game.
2- Player Eligibility: Recreational programs are age-based and open to all members of the community, regardless of skill or experience. Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first- served basis. For insurance and liability reasons, any player who is not officially registered may not participate in any soccer activities.
3- Player Attendance: Players may not be absent from more than 4 games in any one session, except under special circumstances. Players should notify their coach of any absence ahead of time. Any player who is regularly and unduly absent may be removed from the roster, at the Club’s discretion.
4- Withdrawals/Refunds: All withdrawals/refunds must be requested in writing (email: email@example.com; fax: 416-924-4965). A full refund (a $30 admin fee will apply) will be made for any withdrawals received by February 28 (spring) or May 8 (summer). 50% of fees paid will be refunded for withdrawals received by March 31 (spring) or June 5 (summer) after which no refunds will be issued except for certifiable medical reasons reported within 7 days of a diagnosis. For other programs, the refund deadline is 4 weeks prior to the start of that program.
5- Equipment: Team equipment issued to coaches (including ball bags, pylons, pinnies and goalkeeper shirts/gloves) remains the property of NTSC and must be returned at the end of the session. Only league officials are permitted access to the field house at Eglinton Park.
6- Uniforms: Player uniforms remain the property of NTSC during the session. Players leaving the program must immediately return the complete uniform to their coach. Players must wear their full uniform, shin-guards and proper footwear at each session. No jewellery is allowed, including pierced earrings. In inclement weather, players may wear sweaters underneath their jersey but no player, other than the goalkeeper, is permitted to wear long pants. The goalkeeper is permitted to wear a hat. No player is permitted to wear anything which, in the opinion of the referee, endangers the safety of themselves or any other player – this includes metal cleats, hard casts and braces with hard surfaces.
7- Referees: The referee has full authority on the field and his/her decisions are final. The referee may eject from the field and its vicinity any person who is interfering with the game in an inappropriate fashion. Coaches, players and spectators are not to argue or question decisions during the course of play, and are expected to display an attitude of respect towards referees. Referees are not required to provide their names or other identifying information. Any concerns regarding referees should be directed to the head referee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
8- Laws of the Game: All games will be played in accordance with the NTSC Laws of the Game.
9- Expulsions/suspensions: Any player who is shown the red card is automatically suspended for their team's next game. NTSC will investigate red card incidents to determine if further disciplinary action is necessary, and will so advise the coach. The coach will ensure that a suspended player does not participate in a match. If a team fields a suspended player, both the player and coach will be subject to further sanctions.
10- Weather/rainout policy: In some instances, games will be cancelled ahead of time by the Club due to weather or field conditions. In most cases, this decision is made at the field by the most senior referee present. For more details, please read the NTSC's Weather/Rainout Policy.
11- Player Injury: Any player injured during play should never be moved in any way (particularly in the case of potential head, neck or spinal injuries). If they are unable to do so after a reasonable time, a coach should call 911 or solicit a qualified physician from amongst the spectators if available. Any serious player injuries must be reported to email@example.com. Failure to advise the Club in a timely manner may result in ineligibility for OSA insurance coverage.
12- Good Sportsmanship: Good sportsmanship is fundamental to sport. Swearing, verbal or physical aggression, bullying, malicious teasing or excessive argumentativeness on the part of any participant toward any other participant (players, coaches, parents, referees or other spectators) is unacceptable. Immediately after the final whistle, all players and coaches from both teams will line up at the middle of the field and shake hands.
13- Community Courtesies: Players, coaches and spectators are asked to pick up litter from the field. Some facilities have policies prohibiting pets, food and beverages other than water. Failure to abide by these policies will endanger the Club's permit status and its ability to provide programs. Where dogs are permitted (city parks only; never at schools), ensure that they are on leashes at all times. Cars must be parked legally and courteously in all areas in and around the neighbourhood of fields.
14- Equal Time Rules: Each player is entitled to an equitable amount of playing time regardless of skill. Coaches are to provide this “equal time” to each player, to the best of their ability.
- Shifts should be of roughly equal duration.
- No player may play more than one shift in excess of any of their teammates.
- In the U6 to U11 divisions, all players on the sidelines must be shifted onto the field every shift change (with the exception of player injury).
There is no limit on the number of shifts a player may play in a row in a particular game, as long as the above criteria are met.
For goalkeepers, the following options are available:
- One player may act as goalkeeper for the entire match; or
- Two players may play as goalkeeper, splitting the game in half. When either of them is not goalkeeping, they will be substituted according to the Equal Time Rules; or
- The goalkeeper position may be treated the same as any other position, with players shifted in and out as per the Equal Time Rule for the entire game.
Any player who wishes to play goalkeeper at any point in the season should be given the opportunity.
Coaches must not seek to gain advantage by overplaying their best players, nor should they favour any particular player for any reason. Coaches are expected to keep shift records on a rotation sheet throughout the game, and to make it available to the referee, convenor or any NTSC official upon request.
15- Equal Time Violations: Coaches are encouraged to discuss perceived violations with one another, as these are often innocent oversights. Any coach who believes an opposing team is deliberately violating the policy should immediately report this to their convenor, noting the numbers of specific players who may have been over- or under-played. Referees have no jurisdiction over the Equal Time Rules; concerns regarding this rule should not be addressed to them.
If a team is found to have deliberately attempted to circumvent the Equal Time Rules, the following disciplinary action will apply:
- For a first offence, the team shall have 3 points and 3 goals deducted from their total in the standings.
- For a second offence, the team shall have 5 points and 5 goals deducted from their total in the standings, and the coach shall come under disciplinary review by the Club.
- For a third offence, the team shall have 7 points and 7 goals deducted from their total in the standings, and the coach will face sanctions, up to and including expulsion.
During tournaments for ages U9 and older, coaches must provide rotation sheets for all games in order for their team to receive their prizes. Referees will be advised to watch for Equal Time violations and immediately report them to a convenor or league official. Any coach found to be violating the Equal Time Rules during tournaments will face disciplinary sanctions.
16- Dismissal: NTSC reserves the right at any time to dismiss for the session or permanently expel from the Club's programs any player, parent or coach for their failure to abide by these regulations. While NTSC prefers not to punish players for the actions of their parents, if a parent is banned from attending games and refuses to comply, the Club reserves the right to dismiss the child from the program as well.
The NTSC Laws of the Game represent an important complementary resource to these regulations, and may be accessed by clicking here.
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