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Running Up the Score
Frankly anything over a single-digit margin -- 9 goals -- is unacceptable, and we strongly advise that long before it gets to that margin you take steps to stop the goal-scoring. There are lots of things you can do, such as making your players shoot only after a certain number of passes, shooting only with their off-foot, shooting no closer than the edge of the penalty box, backpassing, etc. The kids may complain but will learn a lesson in sportsmanship in the process.
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Practice and Non-registered Players
League approved postponed games, other than U9 and U10 games, must be played within three (3) weeks of the postponement or by the end of season, whichever comes first (this includes unscheduled holiday weekends). TBS games must be scheduled by the end of week three (3) of the season and played by the end of the season, unless otherwise specified by the Board of Directors. Postponed games for U9 and U10 divisions need not be rescheduled or made up. However, both teams may elect to reschedule and make up a postponed game as a “friendly”, without notifying the League or obtaining a League-assigned referee.
A. Provision of Two Reasonable Dates; 4 Days Notice.
For make-ups and TBS games, if the coaches cannot agree to a date, the home team must provide the visiting team with two reasonable dates and times, and the visiting team will select between the two dates. Such “two reasonable dates and times” must include at least one Saturday, and the times of the games must be reasonable in light of the age of the players, travel distance and school and other recognized conflicts. Copy of a letter with the two dates and times listed must be faxed or e-mailed to the League office by the club representative of the home team identified to the League. To schedule the actual make up or TBS game, the League office must be notified four (4) days before the game via fax or e-mail. A fine of $10 per day (up to $100) will be imposed against teams not meeting make-up rescheduling or TBS scheduling dates.
B. Failure to Provide Two Reasonable Dates
Failure of the home team to provide two reasonable dates or failure of the visiting team to select one of the two dates and times will result in a forfeit against the offending team. Dates for make-up and TBS games are Saturdays and weekdays. Sundays can be used for make-up and TBS games only in unusual circumstances and with approval of the teams included and with the permission of the League.
C. Status of Scheduled Make-Up and TBS Games
Once a make-up or TBS game has been scheduled, it has the same status as a regular League game, and cannot be rescheduled except for reasons permitted by Rule 1 of this Article (i.e., field pulls, ODP or State Cup).
2. Certain Notifications
In the event permission has been granted to reschedule or postpone a scheduled game, as provided above, the League will notify the Referee Assignor. The home coach will notify the opposing team of the change.
3. Need for Referee
Teams can agree to play a makeup or TBS game without an assigned referee, except for boys’ High School division games, and except for boys’ U14 division games at which the coach of one of the teams shall decline to play. Again, this rule does NOT override the four (4) day notice requirement (see Rule 3).
4. Cancellation Less Than 24 Hours Before Game.
If a make-up or TBS game is cancelled less than 24 hours before game time – except in the case of a rainout – a forfeit or double forfeit will be declared and the team or teams responsible for such cancellation will be liable for referee costs.
5. Unapproved Postponement or Rescheduling.
Any team or club that postpones or reschedules a game without League approval will be fined $100 plus referee costs. Any team that does not meet a make-up rescheduling or TBS scheduling date will be fined $10 per day, up to $100 for that game.
6. Adherence to Postponement Procedure.
If teams postpone a game in a manner contrary to these Rules, a forfeit will be declared against both teams. The League will not recognize any make-up or TBS game that is not rescheduled in accordance with these Rules or with League approval.