Spring season 2018

Spring season is getting underway.  Here’s a list of things to do to get ready:

  1. Make sure your player placement rep knows you want to coach. Figure out your son’s division listed on our home page . The player placement reps will receive messages address to their division, for instance, Parents with player placement questions should use our contact form .
  2. Register your son, and encourage the parents from last year’s team to register theirs too. All registrations are due by March 31, but it doesn’t help us to wait to the last minute.
  3. The president sends out messages to coaches via a mail list on MailChimp. We try to keep this list synched with the list used by your player placement rep, but no system is perfect (as the president learned last year). This year, you can join the mail list-very useful if you are a first-time coach or your email has changed.
  4. All NEW coaches should plan to attend the coach workshop on April 7th, 9am at Summit elementary. .
  5. PRACTICE FIELD SYSTEM HAS CHANGED (for the better?) We’ll send the head coach an email “poll”. You’ll list your top preferred practice times and send it back. Detailed instructions will be sent to you in late March.
  6. Check back here for updates on practice fields, meeting dates, etc.

Three things all coaches and assistants must do:

  • CONCUSSION TRAINING: Coaches and Referees: you need to pass a concussion training course approved by the Ohio Department of Health at least once every three years, beginning in April 2013. SCSA detailed instructions on concussion training
  • RISK MANAGEMENT: Coaches (including assistants) must present a risk management certificate that is valid through the end of the season. Risk management information is completed online by a third-party company through our parent organization, Ohio South Youth Soccer Association. All names are checked against lists of people whose legal history includes violent or sexual crimes.  Start at OYSA Risk Management . To check on your status, click the “log-in” link on the left column. To start a new application, click the “registration” tab in the middle of the page.
  • WATCH A TRAINING VIDEO about sudden cardiac arrest, as required by Ohio law. Apparently you watch this every season that you coach.

PRACTICE FIELDS: Teams have two options: free fields at local schools or renting park district fields

  • Practice Field will use a new email poll system. The form will have instructions on which fields are available. You will find out about your free field before the deadline for park fields. An email was sent out via your player placement rep on Sunday, March 24. Forms are due on March 30th. You’ll receive your field assignment on April 2. DID YOU MISS IT? Email Chris Hovde ( or call 624-9345.
  • Information for park district fields. You will need to turn in pages 2 and 3 of the request form along with your team roster. Forms are due April 4th. Teams that choose to use these fields must pay the park district themselves; the league fee does not cover practices held at APD fields. Make sure your team’s parents are ok with the extra cost.

News from the board

Team sizes: New for spring, we are adopting team sizes recommended by US Youth Soccer. The new games will be

  • Dribblers and Trappers: 3v3 or 4v4 (or one of each) depending on roster size of each team. No goal keeper.
  • Shooters Passers:5v5 (4 field players and one designated goal keeper).
  • Flyers/Wings: 7v7
  • Strikers: 9v9
  • Kickers: 11v11
  • Minors (High School) 11v11 or as registration allows

Preventing sexual abuse: On February 14, 2018, President Trump signed into law the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017. A fact sheet about the legislation is available HERE. The act makes a legal duty of what is common sense: covered adults must immediately report an allegation of child abuse of an amateur athlete who is a minor to: (i) the Center for SafeSport, and (ii) to law enforcement.

Head balls and concussions: The board adopted a new the rules about head balls in light of recent guidelines put forth by US Youth Soccer. Intentional heading is now considered a Dangerous Play for Dribblers, Trappers, Shooters, Passers, Flyers, Wings and Strikers. Starting at the Kickers level, heading is allowed in games, but restricted to 10 head balls during practices.

Respecting referees: We had one double-yellow-> red card issued to a parent on the sidelines of the fall tournament (thanks to the coaches of both teams for clear accounts of what happened at the game). The referee told a parent “not another word,” and he said “word word word!” Please lead by example. You will have issues with bad calls. We don’t think our refs are perfect. We know they don’t get better by having people yell at them during games, instead they quit, and we have to tap younger, less experienced refs. COACHES-please collect feedback from your parents and forward to Steve Petigout or

Coaches Clinics

  • We hold a clinic before the spring season, paired with the pre-season administrative meeting for new coaches.  For Spring 2018: Date April 7, 9 am, Summit Gym. We hold a coaching clinic in the fall. Date TBD.
  • New Coaches Clinic Packet
  • Refereeing classes will be offered in the summer.
  • Ohio South has a new page with info for coaches: OHIO SOUTH COACHING ARTICLES

Team Information Web Page for coaches to enter team name and colors.

Soccer Field Insurance
Download Form

Sample Letter to parents

Download sample letter for Dribblers and Trappers

Form for Coaching multiple teams
Download Form

Skills and Drills
Download information provided in the “Skills and Drills”

Team Uniforms

The league provides cotton T-shirts to all Dribblers and Trappers teams each spring (and to new players in those leagues in the fall). Older teams provide their own uniforms and can chose their own colors. They can buy the cotton T shirts while available for $5/shirt in YS, YM and YL. Other options include having custom shirts printed up by local businesses such as Sports Connection, or from MLS Rec, which sells jerseys that match pro teams for $13. For Dribblers and Trappers, we won’t schedule any games against teams of the same color. For older age groups, the home team must have a back up plan if both teams have the same color (for instance, pinneys or white t-shirts).