to the Troy Youth Soccer League
Welcome to the Troy
Youth Soccer League and to the world of soccer, a universal sport. People
in every country of the world play it. You
and your child are joining over 1,200,000 youth soccer players in the USYS
(United States Youth Soccer). Go anywhere in the world and you will find
someone playing soccer. You can become a part of the local action.
Becoming involved in a new activity can be confusing. At the request of parents and coaches, TYSL
has put together this brief explanation of the game which is designed to assist
new players and their families with their first season with the Troy Youth
Soccer League. It also includes some
helpful information for both beginners and returning players with respect to
the game of soccer, rules and regulations and additional league operating
procedures. If at any time you have
questions, concerns, or suggestions please feel free to contact the TYSL office
or direct your correspondence to the appropriate board member via our website.
Yours in Soccer,
The TYSL Board of Directors
"In a 90 minute soccer game, a player
will run anywhere from 150 to 200 sprints. In that same 90 minutes,
he/she will run four to six miles. He/she will also tackle
opponents an average of 45 times and will have to make more than 200
decisions. During those 90 minutes of play, he/she will be standing still
for only about 50 seconds. All the time he/she will be having fun.
I challenge you to find another PT program that can do all that."
Lt. Col. (Ret.) Bill Charlton, former U.S. Army
Troy Youth Soccer League Player Handbook
Table of Contents
Soccer: the Sport ............................................................ 4
Playing the Game ............................................................. 6
Know Your Rules ........................................................... 7
Foul Play ......................................................................... 8
Fair Play Code ................................................................. 8
Guidelines for Soccer Parents ......................................... 9
Parents Code of Conduct ............................................. 10
Guidelines for Soccer Coaches ..................................... 11
Coaches Code of Conduct ........................................... 12
TYSL Operating Rules ................................................... 13
TYSL Uniform Policy .................................................... 21
What Registration Fees Provide ..................................... 21
Coaching Licenses .......................................................... 21
Referee and Assistant Referee Clinics ........................... 21
Are You Moving? .......................................................... 21
Refund Policy ................................................................ 22
League Registration And Team Formation .................... 22
Ability League ................................................................ 23
TYSL Answers Your Questions .................................... 24
TYSL Board of Directors .............................................. 25
What Is A Good Reason To
Call The TYSL Office? .... 26
Field Map ..................................................................... Back Cover
Enjoy! Learn and have FUN!!!
THE SPORT – The purpose is to score goals.
teams face each other and try to put the ball into their opponent's net.
game is played on a level field similar to a football field, with goals at each
Below are the specific dimensions for a
regulation-size 11 vs. 11 soccer field:
field dimensions and markings are as follows.
K thru 2nd
25-35 x 35-45 yd
6 x 12 ft
3rd & 4th
40-45 x 50-60 yd
10 x 24 yd
6 x 12 ft
5th & 6th
45-50 x 75-80 yd
14 x 35 yd
7 x 21 ft
7th & Up
58-70 x 94-120 yd
18 x 44 yd
8 x 24 ft
Soccer is a simple sport. Little
special equipment is needed. A ball and open space to play are the only
essentials. Soccer shoes with molded
rubber cleats or turf shoes and protective shin guards are required in the Troy
Youth Soccer League, both at practices and games. Additionally, the official TYSL uniform is
required for all game participation.
Each team is comprised of:
Goalkeeper: (Goalie or Keeper) He/she is unique in that
this player may use his/her hands to defend the goal area and to stop the other
team from scoring.
Defenders: Their primary role is to close down the space
and the attack of the opposing team. Their secondary role is to take the
ball away and start the attack in their team's favor.
Midfielders: (Half-backs): Play the most complete game in that
they must be offensive and defensive players at all times. The
midfield (middle ground) is where most attacks begin.
Forwards: They finish (score) in the attack. They must
be willing to come back and aid at midfield to start an attack.
must develop offensive and defensive skills and every player has the potential
to be a scorer. There is no such thing as a fixed space or position in
soccer. Players may interchange positions according to the flow of the
An official's role is to enforce the Laws of
Responsible for acting as timekeeper
Keeping record of the game
Enforcing laws of the game
Stopping, restarting game
Cautioning or banishing offenders
Ending the game
Referees (2) Certified
Responsible for indicating the ball is out
of play and which team has the throw-in.
Assist referee as requested to enforce the
laws of the game.
Raising their flags to indicate any
Referees are paid by the Troy
Youth Soccer League to officiate. They have all received many hours of
training and testing to earn their certifications, retesting every year, and
they, not coaches or parents, are in charge of the game.
Please note that many of the
laws of soccer begin with the phrase "in
the opinion of the referee...” and he or she calls the game
according to his/her opinion of what is occurring on the field.
Two teams face each other on a field of play
that is equally divided. In standard play, the time is divided into
two equal halves.
A player and team control a ball by using six
basic skills: Kicking, heading, thigh trap, chest trap, passing and dribbling.
Kickoff: Officially begins the game, or each half, also
restarts a game after either team scores a goal. A coin toss decides who
kicks off the first half of the game and who defends which goal.
The ball must roll forward to start the game.
In Play: The action is continuous until a goal is
scored, an infraction (foul) occurs, the ball goes out of bounds or an injury.
To restart play:
A throw-in is awarded to the team who did not touch the
ball last before it goes out of bounds on the long sides of the field.
A goal kick is awarded to the defense if the opposing
team's offense touched the ball last before it goes out of bounds on the goal
A corner kick is awarded when the defense touches the
ball last before it goes out of bounds on their goal boundaries.
Infractions: When a foul occurs the referee will stop the
play and award the ball to the team that did not commit the foul.
The referee will end a game
when an eight (8)-goal difference in game score occurs.
KNOW YOUR SOCCER RULES
Corner Kick: The ball must be inside or on the corner arc
before a corner kick is taken. All
opponents must be at least 10 yards from the ball when a corner kick is
taken. A flag is placed at each corner
of the field. It must be at least 5 feet
high and have a non-pointed top.
Goal Kick: The ball is not in play from a goal kick until the
ball has passed outside the penalty area. When a goal kick is being
taken, an attacker may not enter the penalty area until the ball has passed
outside the penalty area
Penalty Kick: If a defender moves into the penalty area
before the ball is kicked and a goal is not scored, the penalty kick is taken
again and the player is cautioned. If an
attacker moves into the penalty area before the ball is kicked and a goal is
not scored, the penalty kick is not taken again and the player is
cautioned. If both a defender and an
attacker enter the penalty area before the ball is kicked, the kick must be
taken again and both players are cautioned.
You cannot play the ball backwards on a penalty kick.
Throw-in: The whole ball must have passed over the touchline
before the ball is out of play for a throw-in.
When a throw-in is taken, the thrower must face the field of play and
part of each foot must be either on the touchline or on the ground outside the
You cannot score a goal directly from a
A player should not be penalized if the ball
him on the arm.
Indirect Free Kick: Dangerous play or obstruction is penalized by an
indirect free kick.
Offside: You are in an offside position
if you are nearer your opponent's goal line than the ball, unless you are in
your own half of the field, or you are not nearer the goal line than at least
two opponents. (One may be the goalkeeper).
You cannot be
offside from a throw-in, goal
kick or corner
You cannot be
offside if you are in your own half of the field.
A referee need
not penalize a player for being in an offside position unless this player is
interfering with the play, or an opponent is trying to gain an advantage by
being in an offside position.
A player, who is
even with the second last opponent, or with the last two opponents, is not in
an offside position.
Ø Assistant Referees are appointed to assist the referee.
A player is
cautioned if he/she is guilty of showing dissent, persistent fouling, entering,
reentering or leaving the field without permission or unsporting
behavior. A player is sent off if he/she uses foul or abusive language,
is guilty of violent conduct, or continues to break the laws after he/she has
A direct free
kick is awarded against a player who trips, kicks or jumps at an opponent.
A direct free
kick is awarded against a player who strikes or attempts to strike, holds or
pushes an opponent. A direct free kick is awarded against a player who
deliberately handles the ball.
Any penalty foul
against the defending team in the penalty area results in a penalty kick.
The lines are part of the penalty area.
It is not the responsibility
of the referee to blow the whistle for every infraction or foul but only those
which result in an advantage for the team or player at fault.
THE FAIR PLAY CODE:
the laws of the game.
respect the referee's decision without question.
fair play at all times.
GUIDELINES FOR SOCCER
The overall purpose is to enjoy the game and the
opportunity to be with your child as he/she learns and participates in the
game. Your positive support and enthusiasm is always an asset to
your child and his/her team.
someone always loses. If you win, do it gracefully, not boastfully.
If you lose, do not allow your child to become negative.
competition, too soon, can slow down a child's progress in skill
development. Allow your child to be a
child and enjoy the game without pressure from you to perform.
Make fun and
technical development your first priority.
Be a good
listener. Make your child feel important
and let him/her know he/she is contributing to a team effort.
rewards. Build an attitude of “the
rewards lie in the fun of being able to play.”
Be available to
kick the ball around with your child when you are invited to do so.
It is your and
the coach's responsibility to maintain order on the sideline.
a. If your behavior is loud, rude, or detrimental to the team,
you will be asked to leave.
b. If you choose not to behave, the referee may choose to
end the game, regardless of the time remaining.
c. Please remember your behavior can have a positive or
negative effect on the children as well as the outcome of the game.
coach will need all the support and help you can offer.
yourself available and volunteer any time you can spare.
Stay and watch
practices and lend your support in a positive manner.
Be prompt in
delivering your child to practice and games in picking him/her up.
with the coach or officials do not belong on the public soccer field.
and positive suggestions should be voiced to the coach and/or league in an
The youth player
should never be present when any discussion takes place.
Please refer to
official laws of the game and the Troy Youth Soccer League Operating Rules for the TYSL
rules of play, disciplinary rules, guidelines, etc. Official laws are
available through bookstores, libraries, referee clinics and the internet. http://www.fifa.com/mm/document/footballdevelopment/refereeing/81/42/36/log2013en_neutral.pdf
Troy Youth Soccer League (TYSL)
PARENTS’ CODE OF CONDUCT
By submitting my child’s registration to the Troy
Youth Soccer League, I hereby pledge to provide positive support, care, and
encouragement for my child participating in youth sports by adhering to this Parents'
Code of Conduct:
1. I will encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating
positive support and by showing respect and courtesy for all players, coaches,
officials and spectators at every game, practice or other TYSL event.
2. I will place the emotional and physical well-being of
my child ahead of any personal desire to win.
3. I will never argue with or complain about a referee’s
calls or decisions, even if the referee makes a mistake.
4. I will not criticize officials, direct abuse or
profane language or gestures toward them, or otherwise question or undermine
their authority. I will not intrude onto the field, stand on the sidelines and
yell at or to the coaches, referees, players or opposing fans.
5. I will support a sports environment for my child’s
team that is free of illegal drugs, alcohol, tobacco, profanity, abusive
language and conduct, which could be deemed offensive.
6. I will expect my child to treat other players,
coaches, officials and spectators with respect regardless of race, creed,
color, sex or ability.
7. I will teach my child that doing one’s best is more
important than winning, so that my child will never feel defeated by the
outcome of a game or his/her performance.
8. I will leave any sideline coaching to the coach while
attending games and practices.
9. I will remember that the game is for my child and not
GUIDELINES FOR SOCCER COACHES:
Coaches hold a unique position of responsibility. As
such, they must be positive role models of character and sportsmanship. The
actions of coaches set a standard, high or low, that their players and parents
will inevitably follow.
Coaches are not
to leave players unattended after games and practices, but must make sure each
child is picked up or has a ride.
Coaches may assign or work this out with team parents. NO child is
to be left at the field without adult supervision.
Teams and their
spectators shall take opposite sidelines; home team has choice of sideline.
time is one-half of each half of the game.
referees, young or adult. Never question
or argue with the referee.
If you are not
satisfied with the performance of the referee, please report your concerns to
The coach is
responsible for the conduct of his/her players and spectators.
You, your players
or parents could be ejected from a game for inappropriate behavior.
behavior continues, the referee may choose to end the game, regardless of time
Coaches must have
the official roster for referee review.
action may result for any coach using players not on his/her official TYSL
No coach or
substitute player is to be anywhere except on the sideline between the 18-yard
completed and signed score sheets must be submitted by both teams to the
referee for his/her signature at each game.
Each team shall
provide one person to serve as linesperson when no league-assigned linesperson
has been provided.
Calling in the
teams Win/Loss/Tie record to division representative must be done by both
responsible to police area and to make sure all debris is properly disposed.
of these rules shall constitute unprofessional conduct and is subject to
disciplinary action by the league.
officials (The Coach, Assistant Coach, Team Manager and Trainer) are
responsible to obtain a risk management card and Heads Up concussion training
from the state association.
Troy Youth Soccer
COACHES’ CODE OF CONDUCT
By agreeing to coach in the Troy Youth Soccer League,
you agree to:
1. Know and follow the rules of the game.
2. Know and follow the rules and responsibilities in the
Troy Youth Soccer League’s blue Player Handbook, and affiliate Leagues Rules
3. Set an example of sportsmanship by treating players,
opponents and officials with respect.
4. Be more concerned about the well being of one’s
players than in one’s win-loss record.
5. Be responsible for the conduct of players and parents
during the game.
6. Attend league meetings and follow league rules.
7. Ensure that all players are given the opportunity to
play half of every game at a minimum
8. Ensure that all players are not left unattended
following games or practices.
Remember that the
game is for the players and not for me.
Conduct Subject to Discipline
Coaches are specifically prohibited from:
1. Using profanity, abusive language, or illicit hand or
2. Negative or haranguing comments towards players during
3. Taunting, derogatory remarks or gestures toward
opposing players, coaches or officials.
4. Questioning the honesty or capability of referees;
arguing with referees or officials.
5. Playing with ineligible players (full team rosters are
available for review at the TYSL office).
6. Inciting players to commit fouls or injure opposing
7. Entering the field of play without the referee’s
8. Coaching between the Penalty area (18yd line in most
cases) and the Goal line, or from behind the goal. (Coaching is to be done
between the 18-yard lines.)
9. Use of alcohol or tobacco at TYSL functions.
TROY YOUTH SOCCER LEAGUE
I. RULES OF PLAY
A. All games shall be governed
by the United States Soccer Federation rules, except as hereinafter amended.
Playing time and game ball size:
Length of Game
Minimum Playing Time
K thru 4th
(2) 25 minute halves
13 minutes per half
5th & 6th
(2) 30 minute halves
15 minutes per half
7th & 8th
(2) 35 minute halves
18 minutes per half
9th to 12th
(2) 45 minute halves
23 minutes per half
will end a game when an eight (8)-goal difference in game score occurs.
C-1. TYSL Field Playing Rules – for all ages
a. The referee must acknowledge
a substitute before entering the field of play.
b. Substitutes must enter from
the mid-field line.
c. There is no limit on the
number of substitutions.
d. Substitutions can be made
only at these times:
1) After a goal is scored.
2) Goal kick by either team.
3) Throw-in by team in possession (substitution can be made by both
teams if team in possession elects to substitute).
4) Limited substitution by either team when play stops for an injury.
5) At half time.
e. Any time a goalie is
changed, the referee must be notified.
a. All 6v6 age groups and up
will take goal kicks from within the goalie box (6 yard line).
b. When a goal kick
is being taken, an attacker may not enter the penalty area until the ball has
passed outside the penalty area.
a. All age groups will
take corner kicks from the designated corner of the playing field.
a. For all age groups up to U13,
all free kicks taken by the defending team occurring within the penalty area
shall be taken from the penalty area line; the offensive team must be 8 yards
from the ball.
b. U13 age groups and up shall
follow FIFA Rules (Law #8).
Keeper (Goalie) Punts
a. For 8v8 age groups and up,
after keeper makes a save, the keeper has 6 seconds to punt or throw the ball
from anywhere in the penalty area.
1. Players must retreat 10
yards on keeper punts.
2. Keeper cannot go beyond the
penalty area line with the ball in his/her hands.
a. Obstructing or charging the
keeper is not permitted.
b. Goalkeepers must wear colors
which distinguish them from the other players and referees.
a. For all age groups and up,
drop balls for incidents that happen within the penalty area should be taken on
the penalty area line closest to the spot.
a. When a player is injured so
that he/she cannot continue play, the play shall not be stopped until the
injured player's team has secured possession of the ball; if the player's team
is in possession of the ball at the time of the injury, play shall be stopped
immediately, unless his/her team is in a scoring position. In the case
where, in the opinion of the referee, a player has sustained a serious injury,
the referee should stop the play immediately.
C-2. Field Playing Rules – MODIFICATIONS for 5v5
offside rule is not enforced.
the ball crosses a goal line and was last touched by an attacker, the game
is restarted with the goalkeeper in possession. Possession is defined as the goalkeeper
holding the ball in his or her hands.
The goalkeeper can throw, kick, punt, or dribble the ball back into
play. Goalkeepers cannot be impeded
while in possession in this penalty area.
pass back rule is not enforced.
4. When the ball crosses a sideline, the game is
restarted with a kick-in for 5v5 and with a throw-in for 6v6.
5. The goalkeeper cannot punt or drop kick the
ball over half-way on the fly. For 5v5,
the goalkeeper also cannot THROW the ball over half-way on the fly, but for 6v6
and up this is allowed. The restart for
an infringement is a kick-in, at the nearest intersection of halfway line and
6. All players must be eight (8) yards
from all restarts.
7. All free kicks (excluding kick-off and corner
kicks) are indirect, except for penalty kicks per FIFA rules. A penalty kick is
only awarded for a foul that takes away an obvious goal scoring opportunity.
D. Home Team
1. Bring nets and corner flags to the field if first game of the
day and return to designated storage box if last game of the day.
2. Put up nets at one end of the field and take
down if necessary.
3. Home team wears red jersey.
4. Provide a game ball that is properly inflated.
1. Must help put up and take down nets and corner
flags at one end of the field.
2. Allow the home team to select their sideline.
3. Visiting team wears blue jersey.
jewelry (including pierced earrings) may be worn. Hard casts or body protection may be
worn by players at the referee's discretion.
players must wear shin guards and appropriate soccer shoes. No shoes
with replaceable cleats can be worn; no steel studs may be showing.
be at field in ample time to be checked by referee; preferably 20 minutes
before game time.
games shall start at the scheduled time.
after 15 minutes, a team fails to field the appropriate number of players
(four (4) for 5v5 and five (5) for 6v6 games, and seven (7) players 8v8
and 11v11 games),
it will be considered the losing team and the opposing team awarded
the points; the score shall be 1-0 in favor of the that was at the field.
team failing to field an appropriate number of players at any time during
the game shall forfeit the game.
the event a game is prematurely terminated by the referee because of
weather conditions, the following shall apply:
half time or later has been reached, the score shall stand as final.
less than one 1/2 has been played at the point of interruption, the game
shall be restarted from that point.
the event a game is prematurely terminated for reasons other than weather,
the Board of Directors shall have the power to either reschedule the game,
order the game to stand as played, or have the remaining minutes played
off at a later date; depending on the cause of the game not being fully
Please understand that rescheduling
should be avoided at all costs, as every rescheduled game will
force a change of plan to MANY MORE people: the entire opposing team, part of
requesting team, and assigned referees.
Pre-season or early requests should also be avoided, because TYSL needs
to be fair and consistent to all coaches at all times.
Request to reschedule games
will be CONSIDERED for the following circumstances ONLY: [a] a DIRECT conflict
resulting from coaching 2 teams, or [b] school/religious/scout
activities that cause the team to not have 5/6/8/11 players for a game. For [b] a team can make no more than 1
request, and can be the opponent in no more than another 1 request (maximum of
Coach’s personal conflict is NOT
a ground for requesting rescheduling
– please ask a parent to sub-coach for such situations. Even for referee
no-show please do your best to ask 1 or 2 parents to officiate the game.
Please follow and
note the instructions/information below when request a rescheduling.
questions, comments or concerns, please e-mail TYSL Executive Director Jerry Ku
at firstname.lastname@example.org. A request must contain and comply
with the following 1) – 5) CORRECTLY completed in order to be considered.
team/age, and game#/date/time, of the game to be rescheduled “from.”
reschedule-“to” date/time/field, which can only be open slots in the Master Schedule
at the time of submission. Teams
involved are responsible to search for open slots, and at least 2 such slots
for the request – [a] or [b] above, and if [b] provide detailed info.
the opposing coach’s consenting
e-mail attached, and
with the opposing coach Cc’d on the requesting e-mail.
above items CORRECTLY completed at least 1 week in advance of both the “from” and the “to” dates.
that TYSL are able to reschedule will show up in the updated Master
Schedule. There will be NO confirmation or denial e-mail.
the season starts, Master
Team Schedule will NOT be updated. The “Field” master
schedule will be updated on an as-needed basis.
cannot cancel a game under any circumstances!
The only exception is when there is a tornado or thunderstorm warning at
the time of game in Troy.
10. Do not reschedule games between the coaches or with the
referee – they WILL be treated as a forfeit for both teams.
U8 and above, winning regular league division championship shall be
the event that two teams are tied for their regular league division
championship, both teams will be considered co-champions and trophies will
be awarded to both teams.
for spring division placement will be in accordance with the procedure for
determining division standings.
K. Procedures for determining division standings
1. Number of points (win = 2, tie = 1, loss = 0).
2. Most wins.
against each other.
4. Goals against.
5. Toss of a coin.
A. Only the Board of Directors may suspend a player, coach, assistant coach,
manager, parent or spectator from further participation in the league for words
or actions deemed detrimental to the league or its activities.
1. Persons guilty of fighting before, during or
after games shall receive a minimum of two (2) game suspensions and possibly
brought before the Board of Directors for disciplinary action.
2. Persons guilty of using profanity by word or
action, or spitting, or threatening gestures against players, coaches,
spectators, referees or any league official shall receive a minimum of one (1)
3. Persons guilty of pushing or striking any
person shall be suspended from league activities and brought before the Board
of Directors for disciplinary action.
person sent off the field by the referee shall receive a minimum of a one
(1) game suspension.
B. Anyone may request disciplinary action of a
person from league activities by sending a letter to the league president
stating the specific reason why the person should be disciplined.
1. Upon receipt of a request for disciplinary
action, but no later than the next scheduled board meeting, the President shall
call a board meeting to decide on a course of action.
2. Should the letter request the disciplinary
action of a member or members of the Board of Directors, the member (s) shall
lose the right to vote on the Board of Directors until the matter of the
member's suspension is settled.
President shall have the authority to suspend any person from league activities
until a meeting of the Board of Directors. The suspension by the
President shall not exceed thirty (30) days in length.
DISCIPLINARY RULES (cont.)
person suspended by the league shall immediately return all league property
E. Yellow Cards
1. Any person receiving a yellow card will be
noted in the league records.
2. Three (3) yellow cards received during a
season will be reviewed by the Board of Directors.
F. Red Cards
1. One (1) red card - next league game
2. Two (2) red cards - review by the Board of
G. If persons receiving red cards or suspension
as above do not leave the field of play and continue to harass the referee, the
game shall be abandoned and the final outcome will be determined by the
Commissioner for the approval by the Board of Directors.
games under the jurisdiction of this league shall be refereed by properly
registered referees approved by the TYSL Board of Directors and the Troy Soccer
Referees Association (TSRA).
B. Substitution of game referee:
1. If the game referee fails to show - attempt to
obtain a properly registered referee at game site, and contact the TYSL office
to inform them of the DATE, TIME, and FIELD.
2. In the event that a properly registered
referee is not available - a third party may be asked to referee with the
concurrence of both coaches and the game shall be official.
3. Should the game referee become incapacitated
during the progress of a game from any cause that would prevent him/her from
continuing the game, follow procedures listed above.
C. Referee Equipment
1. Official uniform with official emblem.
4. Referee flags.
D. The game referee shall be the sole judge on the field of play and
his/her decision shall be final. No protests based on referee judgment
calls shall be allowed.
E. Hazardous Playing Conditions
1. A game will automatically be cancelled when
there is a tornado warning, or a thunderstorm warning at game
time in Troy.
2. The referee, at the field of play, shall
determine if a game is not to be played if the following conditions exist:
a. Thunder and lightning.
b. Severe wind conditions.
c. Extreme heat and/or humidity.
d. Icy field conditions.
e. Heavy rain showers.
f. Extremely wet, slippery, muddy or dangerous
g. Tornado watch.
h. If excessive damage to the fields may result.
F. Referee fees and league assigned Assistant
1. Fees shall be set by the TYSL Board of
Directors and approved by the Troy Soccer Referees Association.
A. Any member desiring to make an amendment to these operating
rules shall submit his/her proposal in writing to the Board of Directors.
B. After review by the Board of Directors, the
amendment will be presented to the league membership at the next regularly
scheduled league meeting.
C. Discussion and voting on the proposed
amendment will take place at the next regularly scheduled league meeting.
D. The amendment will either pass or fail by a
simple majority vote of the eligible voting members present - one vote per
person, maximum of two (2) votes per team, by official ballot.
A. If occasions arise that are not fully covered by these rules,
the Board of Directors has absolute power to decide such cases.
B. In case of dispute between teams, players
and/or officials, legal proceedings cannot be taken without the consent of the
A. The Troy Youth Soccer League, Inc., was formed to provide
intra-city play for youngsters and extra recreation for school age youth;
therefore, donate and devote time to the league the coaches and parents are
very much appreciated, needed..
B. All representatives of the league should keep
in mind that youth soccer is a service to the community. It can only
prosper if we keep the welfare of the boys and girls in mind first.
C. A coach is expected to teach the boys and
girls the rules and regulations of soccer and good sportsmanship.
Swearing is strictly not allowed. Fair discipline is important to a
growing boy or girl. Disputes on the field are to be discouraged.
D. Coaches should stress that
ungentlemanly/unladylike conduct will not be tolerated.
E. Never belittle a boy or girl for not being a
good player. He/she will lose confidence in himself/herself if they are
not able to compete with the rest of the boys/girls on the team.
F. Leading a team to victory should not be
foremost in the mind of a coach if it is done in such a manner that denies any
boy/girl the right to play. This league will not sanction this type of
G. All persons must restrain from drinking
alcoholic beverages while being responsible for boys/girls during coaching
hours or league games. Remember, no alcoholic beverages are allowed at the
field per City of Troy ordinance.
H. A referee is a vital person to the league,
therefore, should be treated with respect. He/she whistles a better game
if he/she is not under pressure. Honor his/her decision and teach your
team to do likewise. Harassment by players, coaches and spectators is strongly
discouraged. Verbal abuse of referees will not be tolerated.
I. If parents offer their help, accept it and
make use of it. Encourage your parent's participation.
J. Coaches establish rules governing practice
and individual team policy, but not to conflict with league rules.
K. All coaches and managers must be at least 18
years of age.
L. All teams shall send at least one (1)
representative to the membership meetings.
M. Coaches are not to leave players unattended
after games and practices, but must make sure each child is picked up or has a
ride. Coaches may assign or work this out with team parents. No
child is to be left at a field by himself/herself.
N. It is the coaches’ responsibility to police
area and to make sure all debris is properly disposed of.
O. Teams and their spectators are to park only in
the designated area.
P. Every coach is responsible for the action of
his/her players and spectators, and is required to take all precautions to
prevent spectators and players from threatening or assaulting referees or each
other, during or after conclusion of the game.
TYSL UNIFORM POLICY
The Troy Youth Soccer League
sells uniforms consisting of, 1 red and 1 blue shirt (required – red for home,
blue for away games), 1 pair of shorts, and a pair of blue socks. Cleats and shin guards are mandatory and are
also purchased by players. It is highly
recommended that each player has a soccer ball (Size-4 for Under-12 and
younger, Size-5 for Under-13 and older).
Players in all age groups will be required to have their shirts tucked
in and socks pulled up over their shin guards at all times during the game.
Referees will enforce this rule for all age groups.
THE REGISTRATION FEE COVERS THESE ITEMS AND SERVICES
Balls for teams, goalie bibs,
Michigan State Youth Soccer Assn., United States Youth Soccer Assn., United
States Soccer Federation, and FIFA affiliation, supplementary medical insurance
for players and coaches at games and practices, replacement of nets, corner
flags, publicity, publications, postage, general printing, payment of qualified
referees and Assistant Referee’s, trophies, SoccerFest for U6 players, coaching
clinics, and office equipment.
“G”, “F”, “E”, and “D”
coaching license clinics are put on by the MSYSA. Our Vice President is the representative to
the MSYSA, and will make clinic information available at the TYSL office. “C”,
“B”, and “A” licenses are USSF clinics.
These licenses are progressive and require the preceding level of
Referee class information is
available at the TYSL office after the first of the year. If you are interested in eligibility, when,
fees, where, please call the TYSL office (248-524-0170) or look at the website:
ARE YOU MOVING?
If you are moving within the
City of Troy or changing your phone number, and/or address it is your
responsibility to notify the TYSL in writing so the changes may be made in our
If a player moves out of
Troy, he/she may continue to play in the TYSL as long as continuous
registration is maintained in the league.
The player’s last Troy address will be the basis for team assignment.
It is the policy of the TYSL
to issue refunds of registration fees in the following instances:
Ø If requested in writing prior to August 1 for
the fall playing season
Ø If requested in writing prior to April 1 for
the spring playing season
Ø If for any reason the child in not placed on
Ø Recruited for the High School team
Refund application forms are
available at the TYSL office. Approved refunds will be paid less a minimum of
$10 administrative fee.
TYSL REGISTRATION AND TEAM FORMATION
Recreational or “House” Teams: All teams
from U6 (kindergarten grade) through U19 (high school), boys, girls and coed,
are formed on the basis of school grade attended and where the player resides
and not on the basis of skill, experience, or ability. Participation is limited to City of Troy
residents and children who are enrolled in the Troy School District’s “School
of Choice” program. Proof of residency
or Troy School attendance and birth certificate or passport is required for
first time players.
When you first register your
child to play in the TYSL, you were asked to identify exactly where you live on
a map of the City of Troy, Section (square mile) and Quadrant (1/4 square
mile). This section number, 1 – 36, and
quadrant letter, A, B, C, or D, are the code that determines your child’s team
assignment. It is your responsibility to notify the TYSL of change of address
and/or phone number in writing as soon as possible.
REGISTRATION AND TEAM FORMATION (cont.)
1. If it is
necessary for sections to be split to form approximately equal size teams, the
sections will be split by quadrants, but quadrants will not be split. (We do not form teams by school boundaries or
subdivisions, but by sections and quadrants, which are clearly lined on maps of
Troy, which are available from the City Treasurer’s office).
2. New teams are
formed every summer, during July, based on the players who are registered for
the Fall season.
3. Teams are
formed to play together for the fall and spring seasons, and cease to exist at
the end of the spring season every year.
If a player is assigned to a fall team, which is the teams he/she will
play on during the spring. The only
Fall team is
Fall team is
filled for spring before a returning fall player registers late for spring
registrants will be added to newly formed or existing teams on a “space
5. All players
will be assigned to teams based on their school grade, not upon size, or
physical ability. No exceptions can be
6. Coaches are
assigned by the Director of Coaching, generally from among team parents who
volunteer to coach. In the absence of
parental volunteers, we may assign former TYSL players (also volunteers) to
these positions. No changes from one
team to the other will be made because of disagreements with volunteer
coaches. Your options are “to play” or
“not to play.”
7. No team
assignments can be changed for assistant coach participation.
8. Refunds must
be requested before August 1 for the fall season, and before April 1 for the
spring season. The only exceptions for this are medical, moving out of town,
and high school varsity and junior varsity soccer participation.
9.The State of
Michigan requires every sport participant to have a Heads Up Concussion form
signed and on record at the TYSL office.
10.TYSL requires a signed Parents Code of Conduct
Teams: (Top Soccer)
1. For mentally
and physically challenged players throughout southeastern Michigan.
2. Players are
assigned to teams on basis of physical ability, limitations, size and age. Please contact the TYSL for League
Secretary’s phone number.
Ability League Teams: (Top
To our knowledge, TYSL’s
Ability League is the first soccer league in Michigan for youth with physically
or educationally certified difficulties.
Our goal is to provide a positive and supportive environment for our members
and to promote exercise and having fun.
TYSL provides player uniform, fields and field equipment, and referees,
at reduced costs. There are no Troy
residency requirements for our Ability League.
Medical release forms must be on file before the first game.
YOUTH SOCCER RECOMMENDATIONS
Ø Opposing parent/coaches and players shake hands after
Ø Participation awards for ALL – No trophies or awards
just to the best team
Ø Parent/Coaches, non-playing players, parents and
spectators should be there to enjoy and encourage the activity of the
Ø No Alcoholic beverages will be consumed or allowed
near the playing field
TYSL ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS:
How do we find out what team our child has been assigned to?
A. A coach will contact the
players on his/her team about the second week of April (Spring) or second week
of August (Fall). If you have not
received a call by the middle of April or August, we will be able to give you
the coach’s name and phone if you call the TYSL office.
Who are the coaches?
A. Your coach is a volunteer
who is typically the parent of another player on your team. TYSL called to locate these coaches as soon
as teams were formed. If there are not
enough volunteers, an email /postcard explaining the situation is sent to all
team parents. If asked about coaching,
talk to us about it. TYSL provides
coaching support and clinics for new coaches.
Additionally, an experienced ex-coach or an older player can help you
learn the ropes. Call the Director of
Coaching to inquire about volunteering and assistance.
TYSL ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS: (CONT.)
Where does our team practice and when?
A. Your coach will decide
where and what time for practice.
Generally coaches chose a park or school grounds in your team area, or
at a team member’s home with a large yard.
ALL TEAMS CANNOT PRACTICE ON PLAYING FIELDS. Most coaches have full time jobs, so
practices are usually after 5:30 or on weekends.
Q. When and where are our
A. Play begins and ends when
the city of Troy allows TYSL to utilize the soccer fields in the city’s parks.
Ø Spring: Games will typically begin in late-April or
early-May. Final games are typically
finished by mid-June.
Ø Fall: Games
begin after Labor Day and end the first weekend in November.
Ø Games are played on Saturdays, Sunday afternoons,
Your coach will prepare a
game schedule from the TYSL master schedule to be handed out. The games are on different fields on the TYSL
field map. Some fields are larger than
other, and teams are assigned to the appropriate size of fields for their age
What about uniforms, etc.?
A. Uniforms (1 pair of
shorts, 2 jerseys and a pair of socks) will need to be purchased by all
players. Soccer shoes and shin guards
are required at all practices and games (available at local soccer, sporting
goods, and shoe stores). Each player
should have his or her own ball for practice (size #4 for players under 12).
Q. Who are the TYSL Board of Directors and what are the responsibilities?
TYSL Board members are volunteers, parents and coaches. Troy Youth Soccer League is a registered
Michigan nonprofit corporation affiliated with the Michigan State Youth Soccer
Association, the United State Youth Soccer and the Federation of International
Football Association (FIFA) and is governed by an unpaid Board of Directors
elected by the voting members of the Troy Youth Soccer League, your
coaches. The positions are:
Promotion & Recruitment
I T Director
Q. How can you contact TYSL if you have questions that we
have not answered here?
A. TYSL can be reached by the
Ø Check our web site at http://www.tysl.org/
Ø Send an e-mail to TYSL@sbcglobal.net
Ø You may leave a message at (248) 524-0170 and someone
will return your call.
Q. What is a good reason to contact TYSL?
A. Any of the following are good
reasons to contact TYSL:
Ø To find out if your child is registered and has been
assigned to a team if other children in your neighborhood have already heard
from their coach. We can easily get your
team name, coach’s name, and phone number for you.
Ø To withdraw a player or to request a refund application.
Ø To inquire how you can volunteer to work with TYSL, to
run for a board position, to volunteer to coach, or to become a referee or
Ø To report your change of address or phone number,
guardian status or correct our data entry errors.
Ø To inquire about purchasing your child a new uniform
Ø To report if a referee does not show up for your game!
Ø Have the date, time, field, and your team name. Report this information on the TYSL voice
mail (248) 524-0170, or by e-mail TYSL@sbcglobal.net. A pattern of absences will
affect continued assignment to TYSL games.
TYSL ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS: (CONT.)
What things can TYSL not assist you with?
A. The following are examples
of items TYSL cannot help you with:
Ø We cannot change teams
1. Because you or your child does not get along with the
coach or other players.
2. Because your child’s best friend is on another team.
3. Because it is to far too drive for practices.
4. Because he/she is bigger, smaller, or in a different
grade or school than the other kids on the team.
5. Because the team is not the same as last spring or
what you expected it to be.
Ø Players will only be moved at the discretion of the
board in order to arrange for a parent to coach a team.
The following are examples of
items TYSL cannot help you with:
Ø We cannot tell you when practices or games are. Please ask your coach.
Ø We cannot guarantee placement with the same coach each
season even though players register through the coach.
Ø We are not medical advisors, social workers, child
psychologists, but simply volunteers elected by your coaches to do these jobs.
Ø We will not do for you something that we are not
prepared to do for every person, parent and player in the league. If you have
questions concerning policy, which are not stated here, please address your
inquiry to the TYSL Registration Director.
You may call the TYSL Office
(248-524-0170) anytime, day or night,
and leave a message on our voice mail, stating clearly your name, phone number
and briefly the nature of the call, and we will try to return your call within
Office hours are limited and
are always posted on the door, on the website www.tysl.org and on our voice mail message.
If you wish to file a
complaint, fully detail your problem and sign it. It will be referred to the appropriate board
member for action. Please write to:
Youth Soccer League –
TYSL Board Member (if needed)
E. Wattles, Suite H
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