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FAQs

General Information

What are NCYSA State Office Hours and physical address?

Monday - 11:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday-Friday - 9:30 a.m.  - 4:30 p.m.

136 Manley Avenue
Greensboro, NC 27407

NOTE: During the COVID-19 pandemic, the State Office is physically closed, but staff is working from home and can reached via email.

Where Can I Find a List of NCYSA Members?

You may our current members under ABOUT in the main menu, or you may click here, enter a zip code of the area you are interested.

When Do the Board of Directors Hold Their Meetings?

NCYSA Board of Directors Meetings are held twice a year. 

You may also view minutes and agendas from the past two years by clicking the link above and using the right-hand menu on that page.

Registration

How Is My Son/Daughter Registered as a Part of NCYSA?

Each local association registers its players with NCYSA.  NCYSA produces the player passes and rosters and sends them to the local association.  As part of a player’s registration, supplemental insurance is provided should a player incur an injury in a NCYSA/USYS sanctioned event.

What is the Validation of a Pass?

NCYSA issues new player passes to the association registrar each seasonal year.  The registrar meets with each player - confirming the player’s name, photo, date of birth, and jersey number are accurate on the pass. Once that process is completed, the player is bound to that team for the seasonal year. 

How Can a Player Leave a Team? We are Moving Across the State.

Any time a player needs to leave a team during the seasonal year, the parent needs to contact the coach first and then contact the registrar to obtain a release form. The release form must be signed by the parent and returned to the registrar.  The registrar then sends the release to NCYSA for processing.  Once processed, the parents will receive a copy of the release and cover letter.  The player and parent may not talk with/participate with a new NCYSA association until parents receive a copy of the processed release. The player may subject to a 2-game sit out and additional fees if the player was a classic player moving to a classic team in another association.  Parents should contact the local registrar for information.

Can a Player Play on More Than One Team?

Yes, but there are restrictions as to the gender, age group and level of play and dependent on the local association’s rules for dual rostering.  A player on two teams may not play for more than one team on a given day. Example:  player is dual registered on a 14U team and a 15U team.  Both teams have a game on a Saturday.  Player and coaches must choose on which team he/she may play.

My Son/Daughter was Born Outside of the US and I have Been Asked to Complete Additional Paperwork. Why?

FIFA, the  international governing body for soccer, requires that any foreign-born player, must complete paperwork.  This paperwork   is sent ONLY to US Soccer Federation and FIFA. Contact your local registrar for the proper forms to complete.

We Live on the Border of NC and Another State and My Son/Daughter Wishes to Play in the Other State for League Play.

Players who wish to play league play in another state must complete an Interstate Permission Form and pay the fee of $10.  The form may be obtained on the NCYSA website. Once parent completes the form and makes the payment, NCYSA will then send the form to the other state for its approval.

*Beginning with the 2020-21 season payment may be made by credit card, but parents will need to contact NCYSA for the link for payment.

**Players wishing to play in another state for the fall but wishes to return to NC in the spring must complete the Interstate Permission form to return to NC.  If the player was a rostered player on an NCS Cup team in the other state, the player may not participate in NCYSA NCS State Cup.

My Son/Daughter Wants to Guest Play for a Team From Another NCYSA Association in a Tournament.

The guest coach should contact the player’s regular coach first to ensure that the player’s team does not have a prior commitment. The guest team will use the NCYSA Guest Player Form for Out of Association Players and have both coaches sign and the home association registrar stamp and sign form. The team on which the player will play must be a registered team with a USYS member.

My Son/Daughter Who is on an NCYSA Team has been Asked to Guest Play for a Team Outside of NC in a Tournament.

Parent must complete the Interstate Permission Form and submit it to NCYSA.  NCYSA will send the form to the guest team’s state association for its approval. Note:  Parents must make sure that the guest team is a US Youth Soccer team and not registered through another youth organization.

Risk Management

Who Must Complete a Risk Management Application?

Every coach, volunteer, team manager, administrator, director, officers, tournament director volunteer, and employee of each member association and of NCYSA.   Referees are required to register with NCSRA.

Only risk management approved individuals may participate with a member association or the referee association. Only approved individuals may be present on the team’s side of the field.

Individuals under the age of 18 involved with youth soccer players must register with the risk management program.

*NOTE- only individuals 18 and older will be subject to a background check.

Who Must Complete SafeSport Training?

Everyone that completes a Risk Management application is also required to complete the Sexual Abuse Prevention Training as required by federal law.

Minors will complete the age appropriate training module instead of the full adult training.

When Do I Complete a Risk Management Application?

EVERY year you intend to participate with a NCYSA soccer program. This informs your organization and NCYSA of your desire to volunteer or serve.

PLEASE NOTE: Registering in the system DOES NOT grant immediate approval. A background check must be performed, and the resulting report reviewed (if there is a reviewable matter) before approval is granted. Background checks are performed every other seasonal year.

Your risk management liaison will know when it is time to conduct a background check once you have registered in the system.

Registration for the next seasonal year begins in April of each year for the following fall and spring seasons.

When Do I Complete SafeSport Training?

Every year.  The link to the US Center for SafeSport will be included within your Risk Management application, including the appropriate link for minor aged participants.  The initial course can take 60-90 minutes to complete.  Refresher courses will then be required each following year.  Refresher courses take 15-30 minutes to complete.

You will upload your SafeSport certificate of completion to your Risk Management application each year. 

What Information Do I Provide When Registering for Risk Management?

The following information is REQUIRED:

First and Last Name, Date of Birth, Social Security, Green Card, or Visa number, Gender, Address, City and County of Residence, State, Zip Code, Home phone number, and email address.

Previous addresses are required if you have lived less than 5 years at your current address.

You must answer all questions truthfully.  FAILURE TO PROVIDE TRUTHFUL, ACCURATE, ANSWERS TO THE QUESTIONS ON YOUR RISK MANAGEMENT APPLICATION AND ON ANY SUPPORTING INFORMATION PROVIDED ON YOUR RISK MANAGEMENT APPLICATION COULD RESULT IN THE IMMEDIATE DENIAL OF YOUR RISK MANAGEMENT APPLICATION.

YOU MUST ASSIGN YOURSELF TO THE MEMBER ASSOCIATION YOU WILL BE PARTICIPATING WITH EACH YEAR.

Other information:

Only the NCYSA Risk Management Coordinators and NCYSA Risk Management Administrators have access to SS, Green Card or Visa #’s. The local associations DO NOT have access to this information nor does the remainder of the NCYSA staff.

Minors (Under Age 18) Registering with Risk Management

Anyone under the age of 18 who wishes to volunteer or to assist with a team must register with the risk management program.

The registration form requires a parent or guardian to submit information.

A background check is not performed until an individual turns 18 years of age. It is the responsibility of the Association’s Risk Management Coordinator to submit individuals for a background check when their 18th birthday occurs.

Minors must complete Youth Athlete Abuse Prevention Training provided by the US Center for SafeSport that is appropriate for the age of the minor volunteer, not the age of the players the minor will be working with at that association.

What is Safe Sport?

NCYSA and all amateur sports organization are required by law to provide training to volunteers and minors regarding Sexual Abuse Training and Safe Sport provides that training.

What is Sport Gait?

NCYSA and all youth sports organizations are required by law to educate its membership regarding concussions, and to monitor potential TBI when participating on municipal and county properties.

Sport Gait will assist in helping you monitor your players and keep them and their families notified of potential injuries.

Discipline and Appeals

How are Sanctions Determined for an Ejection?

The D&A Chairman (Larry Taylor) and D&A Administrator (Mark Moore) will receive an electronic copy of all ejections, via the Official Report (Match Report/Referee Supplemental Form) in the State Office as they are entered online by the Referee.

The Chairman will make a determine of Sanctions based on the information contained in the Official Report. In some cases, additional information is gathered in order to determine a fair sanction.

After, the D&A Administrator will contact the family of the ejected player (or the coach), as well as the local association staff with the ejection information, and the determining sanction.

There are additional documents detailing this in the EDUCATION links on the right hand side of this page.

The Wrong Player was Ejected from a Match. What Can We Do?

Thankfully, this does not happen very often, but sometimes, a mis-typed report, keyboard error, etc., and it may show up incorrectly.

It is important that everyone remain calm! 

This document will explain the process in correcting this issue, should it arise.

NOTE: This pertains to REPORTING the wrong player ejected. For example, if #2 was ejected, but the referee noted on the Match Report #22, we have a procedure to address. 

However if #22 commits a incident on the field and the Referee ejects #2, this will be problematic as it's the opinion of the Referee at that time #2 be ejected.  ONCE PLAY HAS BEEN RESTARTED, THAT EJECTION WILL STAND. (The Referee has the option of reversing their decision BEFORE allowing play to restart.)

What is Recruiting?

Recruiting is any enticement to have a registered player with one association, move to a different association, outside the open recruiting period.

Whether it is an Association Officer, Coach, Parent or Player . . . by word, email or written document . . . on the field, at home watching TV with friends or at the beach . . . the enticement to have a player from one association move to another association is forbidden.

The "Open Recruiting Period" is:

  • Girls 15U-19U - January 1st - July 31st.
  • Boys 15U-19U - The Monday after State Cup Finals - July 31st.
  • Boys and Girls 14U-and younger - There is NO open recruiting.

There are documents linked at right under the EDUCATION link giving detailed information on recruiting.

We Don't Agree With a Referee's Decision on an Ejection.

An ejection is "in the opinion of the referee" that the individual was involved in misconduct that warranted the ejection. It is not a protestable act.

However, your Coach and/or Director of Coaching can be proactive. Send an email to the Discipline and Appeals Administrator - Mark Moore - immediately after your match with details of the ejection and any statements from individuals who WITNESSED the ejection and the act of misconduct.

That information "could" play a part in the sanctioning decision by the D&A Chairman.

Soccer Symposium

When is the 2021 NCYSA Soccer Symposium?

The Symposium is generally held the weekend AFTER the United Soccer Coaches/USYS National Conventions, and the weekend BEFORE the Super Bowl (providing those dates remain steady).

However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2021 Symposium will be held over several days/evenings in December and January as a virtual event. Details will be posted on this page later this fall.

 

Who Attends the Symposium?

The Symposium consists of workshops in the following areas:

  • Administrative (Presidents, Risk Management, D&A, Registration)
  • NCSRA Referees and Assignors
  • NCASA Adult Soccer
  • Coaching Education

The topics are generally attended by invitation from their respective organizations.

Due to the 2021 Symposium being held online, there may be other workshops and classes of interest to our membership. Details coming later this fall.

Is There a Charge for the Symposium?

Most workshops and sessions are free to the attendees/invitees. Please keep checking this page for details.

What Topics are Offered at the Symposium?

Please check the current Symposium Event List for the latest information (to be posted later this fall).

Workshops, mandatory meetings and other topics of interest will be presented over 2 or 3 weeks during the day and evening. All workshops are online.

The Symposium will end with the NCYSA Annual General Meeting. That date will be posted soon.

If the Symposium is virtual, will there still be "Goodie Bags"?

Yes, but it will be done differently this year. Those who normally get goodie bags will get theirs either in the mail prior to the Symposium, or the gifts will be sent electronically.

In addition, there will be door prizes, gifts and trivia questions held during the workshops throughout the event where attendees can win neat prizes.

Renew Your Membership

When is Our Association Renewal Due?

Renewals are due June 1 each year.

Please email Wendy Burns with questions.

How Can We Pay for Our Renewal?

You may pay online via credit card, or you may mail a check to NCYSA.

NC Youth Soccer
PO Box 18229
Greensboro, NC 27419

Please include the name of your association on your check!

Association Fee:  $100

Scheduling League Fee:  $250

 

Recreation

What is a Publix Road Show?

North Carolina Youth Soccer is committed to providing soccer coaches with up-to-date theoretical and practical knowledge, so coaches across NC can ensure that players develop to their full potential by creating the ideal environment for all youth to grow and excel through soccer.

The hope of this opportunity is to reach into all our soccer communities and make connections that will be long lasting.

Please visit the Publix Road Show page. You may email Jamie McLeod for more information.

What are Recreation Meetings?

We will host Recreation specific meetings and webinars, both in person and virtually  each season to discuss topics of interest, share ideas and keep in touch with each other.

Please visit the Meeting page at right and email Keri Jones for more information.

What is TOPSoccer?

The Outreach Program for Soccer is a community based program for players with special needs and disabilities. 

Please view the TOPSoccer page at right and email Keri Jones for more information.

Where Can I Find the Field Dimensions for Small Sided Games?

NCYSA encourages the use of US Soccer Player Initiatives guidelines for Small-Sided games.

 

How Much are Referee Fees for Games?

You may find the Referee Fees linked here.

Classic

Safety Guidelines for Fall Return to Action

Complete Document Linked Here

For organized games across the state, the following recommendations are adapted from U.S. Soccer PLAY ON Phase III Grassroots Recommendations Guide, updated July 8, 2020, and should be followed as appropriate for local and field conditions and player age groups.

Participating in Competitions & Tournaments:

1. Teams should consider participating in local or regional single-day, outdoor events to avoid travel and especially avoid overnight stays.

2. If travel is required to an out-of-state tournament, NCYSA permission to travel rules will apply. If clubs want travel authorization, a letter to NCYSA from the club president is required, stating they have reviewed safety plans and approve travel.

Returning from an out-of-state tournament, teams and spectators should consider a quarantine of 14 days based on conditions.

Field Considerations:

1. Field markings should consider wider sidelines for spectator and participant spacing for the next field, even if slightly narrower fields result.

2. Field markings should include social distancing spacing reminders for both sides of the field and allow additional spacing between opposing team spectators at midfield and between opposing teams on the player side. Fields without adequate spacing may require shifting start timing to prevent crowded bench or spectator areas. Benches should be removed or not used.

3. Signage may be used to remind spectators and participants of key protocols, entry and exit paths, and limitations on spectator numbers.

Warm-Ups:

1. Warm-ups should not begin until previous teams have left the field and equipment has been cleaned and sanitized. Spectators and players should remain in their vehicle until the teams from the prior game have left the field area. Allow for extra time between games to accommodate as necessary.

2. Competition warm-up recommendations should follow training recommendations, such as:

a) Coaches should not be within six feet of any player

b) Progressions between warm-up drills should be set up prior to players arriving to field. The players should not touch any equipment.

c) In general, maintain as much social distance as possible during warm-up activities.

3. Participants should avoid intentionally touching each other before or after competitions. This includes celebrations such as hugs, high-fives, or huddles.

4. If game balls are used during warm-up, they should be re-sanitized before the game.

Referee Considerations:

1. Fields should still be walked pre-game.

2. Physical items (nets, goals, corner flags etc.) should be inspected visually.

3. If issues are identified – for example a goal net needs to be repaired or an object needs to be removed from the field of play – the referees should sanitize his or her hands after managing.

Referees should maintain at least six feed distance when communicating with their referee crew, players and coaches. If a fourth official is present, they should maintain six feet distance when communicating with coaches, players or their fellow referees. If a fourth official’s table is provided, the referee should check that it is six feet away from either bench or coaching area. The fourth official should wear a mask for the duration of the game.

Pre-Game Activities:

1. The coin toss should be socially distanced. a. Only one referee and one representative per team should take part in the coin toss. Only the owner of the coin should touch the coin. Referees can choose to skip the meeting and use other methods. 7 b. All participants involved in the coin toss should wear a mask, following recommendations that masks should be worn at all times excepting moments of physical exertion.

2. No pre-game handshakes shall take place.

3. Uniform/jewelry checks should be visible checks only, maintaining 6-ft between the referee and player.

4. Electronic pass procedures should be followed.

5. Team pre-game meetings should be kept brief.

a) All participants should wear proper PPE (personal protective equipment) and endeavor to maintain space between themselves and others. Prolonged proximity, even with masks should be avoided.

b) Huddles should be avoided. Benches should not be present, and if they are, not used.

Game Time:

1. Players and coaches at the bench, as well as referees at the fourth official’s table, are reminded to wear PPE for the duration of the game.

2. No handshakes, high fives, fist bumps, chest bumps, huddles, group celebrations, etc., should take place, including when goals are scored, or when substitutions are leaving or entering the field.

3. The following modifications to substitutions protocols are suggested:

a) When subbing into the game, players should maintain distance from the referees and other players who are also subbing into the game.

b) If a player is subbed out of the game, the player should stand at least six feet away from other individuals while recovering before putting on facemask.

4. For throw-ins, active players should collect the ball.

5. Masks may be worn during play, but medical advice should be considered by parents and players, as many cautions have been discussed. Masks should pose no danger to the wearer or other players.

6. Clean and sanitized balls may be readily available for use, in the case of the ball not being easily retrievable. It is the responsibility of the home team or competition organizer to supply sanitized balls.

7. When possible during breaks in play, consider making sanitized balls available to replace used game balls.

8. Avoid delays in start of play, so that players do not have pro-longed periods of standing in close proximity. For example, encourage all participants to conduct free kicks and set plays with efficiency so players do not have prolonged periods in shoulder-to-shoulder defense walls.

Spectator Responsibilities:

1. Practice: No spectators on the fields or sidelines for practices. Remain in parking lots or areas away from the fields of play. Local facility rules will apply.

2. Game: The state mandate of a maximum of 50 spectators per field must be followed. Phasing in of spectators (ex. no spectators or 1 per player) is at the discretion of the host club.

3. The spectator areas should be marked at social distancing intervals. Additional spacing from the sideline is recommended.

4. Masks should be worn to, from, and before games. Stationary spectators may remove masks only if alone or in the presence of their family unit. Masks should be worn if spectators leave the area.

Hydration / Cool-Down / Sanitation Breaks:

1. Competition organizers are strongly encouraged to consider and follow the necessary steps for approval to incorporate hydration / cool-down / or “sanitation” breaks during games.

2. Consideration should be taken to incorporating these at the mid-way point of any half lasting thirty minutes or longer.

3. During this break:

a) Players should hydrate while socially distanced. This will also provide the brief opportunity for cooling down, which may not happen throughout the game while efficiency is enforced in game activities.

b) Players should sanitize their hands.

c) The hosting competition can sanitize game balls for use during the game.

Halftime:

1. During halftime, referees, players and coaches should maintain at least six feet distance. 8

2. All players and coaches should be wearing proper PPE. If a player needs to recover before participating in halftime activities, player should stand 12 ft away from other individuals while recovering before putting on their face covering or mask.

3. Players should sanitize their hands.

4. Coaches should limit the amount of time the entire team is near the bench area at one time.

5. Referees should sanitize their own equipment (whistle, flags, etc.).

Considerations In The Case Of Injuries:

1. As able, the Referee should keep a six-foot distance from the injured player while determining if medical attention is necessary

2. If needed, allow a coach or medical professional from the injured player’s team to enter the field and attend to the player. The coach/medical professional should wear PPE and gloves. The Referee should remind other players to keep their distance from each other, and the injured player, during the break in play. Players should not congregate.

Post-Game:

1. No post-game handshakes should take place. Consider other forms of sportsmanship or instituting new acknowledgement traditions, such as clapping, etc.

2. If a referee needs the coach’s signature for a roster, place the paper down on the end of the bench and step away to have them sign it.

3. Teams should pack-up and immediately leave the field following the game, exiting at the designated exit point. Post-game meetings should be kept brief, if any meeting is held at all. All participants should wear proper PPE and endeavor to maintain space between themselves and others. Prolonged proximity, even with masks, should be avoided. Huddles should be avoided.

4. Do not have a team snack that is shared among the team members.

5. Players should not take off any equipment until they have left the facility.

6. Teams should clean up bench area so that it is clean of ALL trash.

7. Competition hosts should ensure all equipment, including benches, balls, flags, etc. are sanitized.

8. Spectators are encouraged to maintain social distancing following the game while waiting for their child. Dependent on field layout, spectators may need to wait further away from the field.

9. Referees should leave field immediately following the game and referee duties have been completed assuming they have no other games to officiate. Referee debrief sessions should be a conducted in a space where the referees can social distance but still in view of the game field. If referees are working later in the day, the referee should stay away from other individuals, may consider departing the facility or using their personal vehicle as a place to take a break in between games.

Inclement Weather:

1. Facilities should have a plan in place in the event of inclement weather. As this plan may be different from pre-COVID-19 protocols, it should be adjusted and then communicated with all teams in advance of competitions. If inclement weather is forecasted, consider posting protocols at all entrances and arrival/check-in locations. Social distancing must be observed during any shelter-in-place or evacuation protocols. PPE should be worn and participants should not take off their equipment during the delay.

2. Encourage all participants and spectators to return to their vehicles in the event of inclement weather. When possible, individuals in the car should be limited to members of the immediate family. If nonfamily members must be present in the vehicle, everyone in the vehicle should wear PPE. If possible, have a back-up option for those who were dropped off or do not have a vehicle on-site. This location should only be used as a last resort. The number of people in these locations should be predetermined and posted on the wall. In accordance with the Safe Soccer Framework and the U.S. Center for SafeSport policies and guidance, a minor and an adult who is not the minor player's parent/legal guardian may not be alone in a room together.

3. If inclement weather is forecasted, depending on the size of the field complex, the competition hosts may consider taking a conservative approach by communicating game delays or cancellations well in advance of game time. 

How Can We Place Our Team Into the Classic League?

If your team is currently playing for a member NCYSA Association, contact your President and/or Director of Coaching. They will provide the path for your team to enter the Classic League.

The Classic League is for NCYSA member teams only.  For questions, please email Colby Morton.

Where Can We Find Our Standings and Schedules?

NCYSA uses Sinc Sports for our scheduling and standing program. You may use the link at right or click here for their website. (www.ncysaclassic.com) 

My Team Information is Wrong in Sinc Sports. How Can We Fix it?

Please email Colby Morton. She will assist you in updating your information.

Our Score Was Entered Incorrectly in Sinc Sports . . .

Please email Colby Morton. She will assist you in verifying or correcting the score.

We had an Issue of Misconduct at our Match.

Please send an email to both Colby Morton and the Discipline Appeals Administrator, Mark Moore. They will get in touch to follow up.

Inquiries should be by the Coach or the Director of Coaching of your local Association.

Note: Not every situation is a true act of misconduct or D&A issue, but NCYSA will help you to sort it out.

 

How Much are Referee Fees?

You may find the Referee Fees linked here. 

Challenge

How Much are Referee Fees?

You may find the Referee Fees linked here. 

NCYSA Youth Academy

How Can I Enter Teams into the Youth Academy?

First, your local Association must become a Youth Academy Association. Please email Bill Furjanic for details on how your association can be a part of the Youth Academy.

What Ages Play in the Youth Academy?

The NCYSA Youth Academy is offered for players ages 7-12. Please email Bill Furjanic with any questions.

What is the NCYSA Youth Academy?

The NCYSA Youth Academy offers age-appropriate training concentrating on development over winning. Please see the Benefits page in the right hand links or click here.

What is the Academy Showcase?

The Academy Showcase is held twice per year, at the end of the Fall and Spring seasons. The Showcase is for any Youth Academy team to attend. Scores are not kept and teams have the opportunity to play other Youth Academy teams they may not have seen in regular season.

TOPSoccer

How Do I Enroll My Child in TOPSoccer?

Players will need to enroll with a local TOPSoccer Program. For a list of ones in our state, please click here.

What Age Groups can Participate in TOPSoccer?

TOPSoccer is designed to meet the needs of individuals from ages 5 to 21 with physical and/or mental disabilities.

Email Keri Jones if you have questions.

How Many Times Per Week Will My Child Play in TOPSoccer?

TOPSoccer activities are generally once per week during the TOPSoccer season, but will be up to the local, individual program.

ODP - Registration

2020-21 ODP Age Groups

The 2020-21 ODP program is for players born in the years 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2009. *Players born in 2010 may register to be evaluated with the 2009 age group.*  Players must be registered with NC Youth Soccer Association (NCYSA) in order to register for evaluations. If your child is not registered currently with NCYSA or their name is not found when registering, there could be several reasons:

  • Your child plays on a team that is not registered with NCYSA (contact your local association's registrar)
  • Your child's team plays in the spring ONLY (contact your local association's registrar)
  • Your child's info is entered incorrectly in the NC Youth Soccer database (contact your local association's registrar)
  • Your Child is playing in a youth club that is not a NCYSA Member Association. You can complete NCYSA direct registration for your player at the same time that you register for ODP by clicking "Add New" when the red box pops up. *Please note, there is a separate $10 direct registration fee that will be added to your ODP registration fee.

NOTE: FIFA now requires International Clearance for all players born in a foreign country, including US citizens born abroad. Please read the USSF Minimum ITC Requirement document attached here for more information. If you have additional questions, please contact the NCYSA Registration department.

When does Early Bird Registration end?

The deadline for early bird registration ends on October 31, 2020. This is a firm deadline. You can still register online after the October 31st deadline for ODP evaluations however the price will increase. Online registration will be accepted until 11:59pm on the Wednesday prior to your child's age group’s first evaluation session date. The online registration link for NC ODP will be available on our website once registration is open. Walk-up registration is not encouraged but will be accepted during the evaluation phase ONLY for each specific age group.

What is included in ODP Registration?

The ODP Registration fee includes attendance to two (2) ODP Evaluations, two (2) dri-fit numbered ODP Shirts which players will use for the ODP Evaluations and throughout the year at trainings and events, a Techne Futbol Soccer Training App subscription for the 2020-21 ODP Cycle, access to ODP webinars as well as secondary player insurance.

What are ODP Evaluations?

After registration, a player will attend their Age Groups two (2) ODP Evaluations to train, compete and be observed by the Age Group Director & ODP Staff. During the evaluation process, ODP Staff has access to the players name and jersey number ONLY. Club information is not provided to the Age Group Director or the ODP Staff during Evaluations.  Following the final ODP Evaluation session for an age group, players are either selected to continue or are released from the ODP Program for the year.

When are ODP Evaluations?

Evaluation dates and locations can be found by viewing the ODP calendar located under the Calendar tab on both the Boys and Girls ODP pages. Exact locations will be posted once the sites are confirmed. The 2009 age group will be divided into Regions (East and West) throughout the state. During the registration process, 2009 players will select which Region they wish to participate in and will then attend evaluations/trainings at that Region's location. All other age groups (2004-2008) will attend evaluations/trainings at a central location.

What if my child is unable to attend one of the ODP Evaluations?

Players are expected to attend both evaluation sessions. If a player is unable to attend one (1) or both evaluation sessions, they can still participate in the ODP process. All players who desire to be considered for the ODP program must be pre-registered for evaluations and will be evaluated based on their performance at the evaluation session(s) they attend. 

If your child would like to participate in the ODP program but has conflicts for both evaluation sessions in their age group, please contact ODP Director John Trice at john@ncsoccer.org prior to registering.

How do I change my child's attendance status for an ODP Evaluation?

We understand the Fall season may bring with it some uncertainty for player availability. When registering, please do your best to answer the attendance questions. You will receive an attendance link 2 weeks PRIOR to your child's first evaluation session to notate their attendance for ODP evaluations. If their attendance changes WITHIN the 2 weeks leading up to evaluations, please email ODP Administrator Keri Jones at odp@ncsoccer.org.

What Occurs Following ODP Evaluations?

Following ODP Evaluations, players are selected to participate in Teams for our first event, the January Subregional Event hosted in North Carolina.  Through the ODP Selection Results tab, players will be notified of one of the following:

  • The ODP Jersey numbers will be posted of players invited to attend the January Subregional Event
  • The ODP Jersey numbers will be posted of players selected as Alternates for the January Subregional Event and invited to continue participating in the ODP program for the current cycle for consideration for future Events
  • If a player's ODP Jersey is not listed, they have been released from the ODP program for the current ODP cycle.  They are permitted to return to be evaluated at the beginning of the next ODP Cycle.

ODP - FAQ

What is the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program?

The US Youth Soccer ODP Philosophy
To identify players of the highest caliber on a continuing and consistent basis, which will lead to increased success for the U.S. National Teams in the international arena.

Purpose
The US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program was formed in 1977 to identify a pool of players in each age group from which a National Team will be selected for international competition; to provide high-level training to benefit and enhance the development of players at all levels; and, through the use of carefully selected and licensed coaches, develop a mechanism for the exchange of ideas and curriculum to improve all levels of coaching.

What are the Benefits of Participating in US Youth Soccer ODP?

1. Development as a player. The opportunity to train and play with the best player's in one's age group.
2. Quality instruction from nationally licensed coaches.
3. Quality competition. Games against other state association ODP teams.
4. Exposure to regional and national team coaches.
5. The opportunity to represent one's state, region, or country in competition.
6. Exposure to college coaches.

How are Players Selected?

Players are selected on the basis of open tryouts. These tryouts are conducted by state association coaches who are recognized for their ability to identify and train players with superior skills. Some state associations combine scouting techniques and invitations to certain players with the open tryouts. Players are evaluated on the four components that make up a soccer player:

1. Technique
2. Tactics
3. Fitness and Athletic Ability
4. Psychological Component (attitude)

Who can participate in ODP?

The 2020-21 ODP program is for players born in the years 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2009. *Players born in 2010, may register to be evaluated with the 2009 age group.*  Players must be registered with NC Youth Soccer Association in order to register for ODP Evaluations. 

What are ODP Evaluations?

After Registration, a player will attend their Age Groups two (2) ODP Evaluations to train, compete and be observed for by the Age Group Director & ODP Staff. During the ODP process, ODP Staff has access to the players name and jersey number ONLY. Club information is not provided to the Age Group Director or ODP Staff during evaluations.  Following the final ODP Evaluation, players are either selected to continue or are released from the ODP Program for the year.

Is Financial Assistance Available?

Financial assistance is available for those that demonstrate a need. Families that need to apply for financial assistance can request an application by contacting Keri Jones, ODP Administrator, at odp@ncsoccer.org. *Please note that all players – regardless of their need for financial assistance - may be required to pay a portion of their registration fees. Applications that are not complete will not be submitted to the ODP Scholarship Committee; they will be returned to you for completion and re-submission prior to being considered.

Financial assistance is accepted on a rolling basis as we understand that people’s situations can change unexpectedly, however we strongly suggest completed applications be received by our staff ASAP. Financial assistance is not retroactive and will only apply to fees accrued after your application has been approved. Please apply early as funds are limited.

How much does it cost to play ODP?

2020-21 ODP Fee Structure

Registration
Early Bird Registration - $100.00 (deadline is October 31st)
Registration - $125.00 (Online Registration closes Wednesday prior to each Age Group's first Evaluation)
Late Registration - $150.00 (Walk-up Registration)

Training Sessions (upon selection)
$50.00 per session

Subregional Events (upon selection)
$200.00 - $240.00 per event
 

South Region ODP Camp (upon selection)
$600.00 **this fee is paid directly to US Youth Soccer South Region ODP**

Is there Goalkeeper Training?

Yes, Goalkeeper specific training is a part of the ODP Evaluations and Training Sessions.

If I am released from North Carolina ODP, can I participate in ODP in another state?

No.  Players can tryout/participate in one state only for each ODP season.

ODP - Attendance/Payment

Attendance Standards

Players are expected to attend all evaluations, trainings, and events they are invited to; however, our staff realizes that conflicts may arise. Not attending an ODP date is never held against a player; it simply limits their observation opportunities.

Payment Policy

Payment for ODP Training sessions is required regardless of whether a player is in attendance or not (unless training session is listed as optional on the ODP Calendar). Failure to adhere to this policy can result in being released from the ODP program for the current season.

Payment for Subregional Events is due ONLY upon acceptance of invitation.

Helpful Payment Tips

  • Payment is due no later than 9 AM the Monday prior to training.  Attendance is notated during the payment process.
  • Payment can be made online, over the phone by CC or by mailing in a check. PLEASE DO NOT PAY AT THE FIELD.
  • If your player's attendance status changes once you have confirmed attendance and completed payment, please email Keri Jones, ODP Administrator at odp@ncsoccer.org
  • Payment for training sessions is required, whether a player is in attendance or not, to stay in the ODP Program. *Similar to Club dues, ODP fees are required regardless of attendance as budgeting plans for field usage, staff and equipment are pre-determined.

Piedmont Conference

What is the Piedmont Conference?

The US Youth Soccer Piedmont Conference is one of 13 Conferences under the US Youth Soccer Leagues Program in the Multi-State Tier. The Piedmont Conference consists of teams primarily from North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. The top teams in the Conference will earn advancement to the US Youth Soccer Regional Championships, part of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series, as well as a chance to earn a coveted spot in the National Tier of the Leagues Program, the US Youth Soccer National League.

How Does a Team Qualify for the Piedmont Conference?

Tournament Administration

How Can I Host a Tournament?

NCYSA will sanction events and tournaments that are hosted and sponsored by their local Association. There are several criteria that must be met. Please email Joette Kivett with details.

Why Do I Need a Notification to Travel?

A Notification to Travel is needed by USYS teams when traveling out-of-state to other Sanctioned Events and Tournaments. This assures that you're playing other USYS members, that you and your opponents have the proper insurance, and the event itself is properly covered. 

You do NOT need a Notification to Travel for:

  • State Cup Games
  • In-State Tournaments
  • USYS Regionals/Nationals
  • Presidents Cup Regionals/Nationals

 

Become A Member

How Can My Soccer Organization Become A Member of NCYSA?

Level I applications (Recreation level of play with NC Youth Academy & TOPSoccer programs) are accepted at any time throughout the seasonal year.  The initial application for New Membership shall be for only membership at the Recreation level of play. These applications will be evaluated and approved by the staff of NCYSA.

Level II/III (Competitive level of play) applications are voted on twice a year at NCYSA’s Annual General Meeting and Mid-Year Board of Director's Meetings.

Please view the pages on the link above for information and email Joette Kivett with questions.

What are the Benefits of Joining NCYSA?

NCYSA offers three levels of play - Classic (competitive), Challenge (a competitive step above Recreation), and Recreation.

As well, we offer access to the Olympic Development Program (ODP), TOPSoccer (a special needs soccer program), Soccer Across America, and the NCYSA Youth Academy (a structured learning environment for ages 8-12, with an emphasis on development). 

NCYSA also offers association visits by State Staff and Administrators to help and meet with you and your membership.

Please see the BENEFITS page, linked at the right.

Does our Organization Need to be an Official Non-Profit?

Yes, you must have a Determination Letter from the IRS, like a 501(c)(3).

When Do We Have to Get Documentation to NCYSA?

Level I applications (Recreation level of play with NC Youth Academy & TOPSoccer programs) are accepted at any time throughout the seasonal year.  Paperwork needs to be sent to the NCYSA Office, PO Box 18229, Greensboro, NC  27419.  

Level II/III (Competitive level of play) applications are voted on twice a year at NCYSA’s Annual General Meeting and Mid-Year Board of Directors Meetings Upcoming deadlines are below.  Paperwork needs to be sent to the NCYSA Office, PO Box 18229, Greensboro, NC  27419.  

NCYSA Annual General Meeting – Sunday, January 24, 2021

Level II/III (Competitive) applications - November 25, 2020 = 60 days prior
Mergers & Development of Umbrella Groups - November 25, 2020 = 60 days prior

  NCYSA Mid-Year Board of Director’s Meeting – Saturday, June 5, 2021

Level II/III (Competitive) applications - April 6, 2021 = 60 days prior
Mergers & Development of Umbrella Groups - April 6, 2021 = 60 days prior

 

What Documents Are Needed to Apply?

Those documents can be found here.

NCYSA Has Your Application - What’s Next?

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS MUST BE RETURNED TO NCYSA
PO Box 18229 - Greensboro, NC 27419

  • New Member Application, with Fee
  • New Member Questionnaire
  • Officers Commitment Form
  • Articles of Incorporation and ByLaws
  • Association Rules
  • 501 (c)3 Determination Letter

What if We Wish to Become a Conduit Member?

You will find documents with those details here. You should email Joette Kivett for details on how to become a Conduit Member.

Medical, Health and Safety

Health and Safety. If there is no thunder present, can I get struck by lightning?

From the website: How Stuff Works:

https://science.howstuffworks.com/nature/climate-weather/storms/safe-from-lightning-if-not-thundering.htm 

"And the deal really is that simple: If you do hear thunder, you're absolutely at risk for a lightning strike. That is, you're as at risk for a lightning strike as one ever is."

"A lightning bolt can travel a great distance. Strikes have even been known to occur 25 miles from the bolt's cloud of origin."

So the short answer is YES. If you don't hear thunder, it's because it's too far away to hear.

Health and Safety. What's the big deal if a kid hangs on a goal?

Between 1979 and 2017, there have been 42 deaths and 59 injuries involving soccer goals. 

Please read the materials on Goal Safety using the links at right.

Health and Safety. How much water should I drink when it's hot outside?

If you took a lean, 180-pound body and drained all of the water from it, you'd be left with about 55-pounds (USYS Document on Hydration).

This document, as well as others are on the Heat Related Links at right, and have good information on how to treat Heat Related training and injuries.

Referee Findings

Referee Misconduct - March 2013

Referee Misconduct – March, 2013

During a tournament but not during a match, referee A made unwanted physical contact with referee B’s midsection. Referee B was unexpectedly pulled away from the person they were speaking with and referee A, who initiated the contact, continued to walk to the game referee A had to officiate.  A complaint of misconduct by a referee toward another match official was filed by referee B.

Findings of the Panel

  • Referee A acknowledged the accuracy and veracity of the events as described in the complainant’s report, which led to a violation of USSF Policy 531-10 (Misconduct of Game Officials), Section 2(A) Misconduct at a Match.

  • The panel considered this incident to be the equivalent of assault against a match official.

 

Sanctions

  • Referee A is suspended from officiating within the USSF for 3 months from the date of the incident. This is consistent with the sanction for referee assault outlined under USSF Policy 531-9 Misconduct Toward a Match Official.

  • Referee A must prepare a short speech/presentation for delivery at the 2015 NCYSA Annual General Meeting. The presentation must recap the assault and how it has affected their position as a referee.

  • Referee A cannot officiate in this geographic area for any competition within USSF jurisdiction for a period of 2 years from the date of the sanction letter. 

Misconduct of Game Officials - November 2013

Misconduct of Game Officials – November, 2013

After a high school match, a USSF referee had threatened the referee crew by saying “You're the worst (paraphrasing). You be real careful driving home.  We wouldn't want you to die in a car crash. Yeah, you might not even make it out of the parking lot."  

Note: NCYSA is acting as an affiliate of the USSF and not as NCYSA in this case.

Findings of the Panel:

  • The referee in question did not provide any proof of inaccuracy of the Match Official’s report, did not attend the hearing, and did not provide any witnesses. An initial response was requested to be used as defense via text message to a Panel member over an hour into the hearing
  • Under USSF Policy 531-10 (Misconduct of Game Officials), Section 2(B) Misconduct Away from a Match a violation had occurred
  • Under Policy 531-11, Part III – Standards of Conduct, Subpart C – Code of Ethics for Referees a violation had also occurred

Sanctions:

  • The referee in question is banned from all USSF activities in any role, be it spectator, coach, player or match official until December 31, 2016. 

Referee Abuse - March 2012

Referee Abuse - March, 2012

A referee (a minor) ejected a coach from a match. After being told to leave the field, the coach responded, "F*** you man, Did you get this S*** from a cereal box?” Coach then threw his whistle and said "I’m going to see you after the game.” As the referee was signing the match report, he approached him again. An Association Official had to physically step in to intervene. The referee was then escorted to the concession stand area under instruction by an Association Official. The referee waited for about 10 minutes before the Official said it was fine for him to leave. The referee was walking towards his car when the coach pulled up in a truck and provoked the referee and his mother. Coach made hand gestures and revved his engine, then sped off. The referee and his mother was unsure if he had left due to buses in the parking lot. The referee and his mother was escorted out by the Association Official.

Findings of the Panel:

  • After being sent off from a match, the coach returned.
  • Coach approached the referee at the conclusion of the match

Sanctions:

  • Coach was suspended from being a team official in any capacity with an NCYSA team until May 31st, 2013. He may only participate as a spectator.
  • Coach was placed on probation until May 31st, 2013. Any further report of misconduct will result in being issued a stadium band, and would prevent him from being present at any NCYSA matches for the remainder of the probationary period, even as a spectator.

Referee Abuse - May 2012

Referee Abuse - May 2012

Findings of the Panel:

  • Player spoke to the referee at the conclusion of the match in a way that is socially unacceptable
  • Players actions did not rise to the level of referee abuse as defined in USSF 531-9
  • Player violated NCYSA’s Code of Conduct which states that debasement of referees by anyone is unacceptable conduct

Sanctions:

  • Player was suspended for one match for violating NCYSA’s Code of Conduct
  • Player was required to complete eight (8) hours of community service within LYSA before October 31st, 2012.

Referee Assault - March 2012

Referee Assault - March, 2012
Team official pushed referee in the chest after not receiving a call.

Findings of the Panel:

  • Person initiated contact with the referee by stepping into his path and placing his hands on his chest after not receiving the desired call for a foul.
  • Actions were a violation of the USSF Policy 531-9, Referee Assault

Sanctions:

  • Person was suspended from all NCYSA events for three (3) months from the time of the incident
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Referee Assault - February 2012

Referee Assault - February, 2012

Player initiated contact with the referee

Findings of the Panel:

  • Player initiated contact with the referee by approaching the referee and grabbing his jersey
  • Actions were in violation of USSF Policy 531-9, Referee Assault

Sanctions:

  • 3 Month suspension from all NCYSA events from the time of the incident.

Falsification of Records - November 2012

Falsification of Records - November, 2012

Allegations were filed against an Association Official for violating NCYSA Bylaw 204, Section 6, Falsification of Records, as well as NCYSA Code of Conduct.

Findings of the Panel:

  • Documents were created with the unauthorized us of the NCSRA logo
  • Falsely charged Association for "Assignor fees/charges”
  • Endorsed and cashed checks made out by Association to NCYSA, USYS, and a false entity named NCSF (NC Soccer Federation), without any authorization from these organizations and kept the funds.
  • Created fictitious email strings outlining a "referee grading program” allegedly established by NCSRA in order to support claims for funds from Association. No such program was ever established by NCSRA
  • Created fictitious email strings purported to be between yourself and NCSRA in order to support your claims for funds from Association

Sanctions:

  • Suspended for five (5) years from all NCYSA activities, including holding a position within an Association, as a coach, team official, and/or spectator.
  • Must make restitution to the Association, to the satisfaction and approval of the Association Board (or its successor organization)
  • After the five (5) year suspension concludes, and the Association indicates to NCYSA that person has made satisfactory restitution, person may reapply for membership to NCYSA. Reinstatement is contingent upon you successfully satisfying the NCYSA Risk Management process.

Referee Assault - 2011

Referee Assault, 2011
Referee Assault Supplemental was filed against Spectator. Spectator allegedly came onto the field after the game and pushed the referee from behind as he was still directing the players to their benches. Spectator then started to yell at the referee. Spectator then continued to approach him.

Findings of the Panel:

  • Contact between Spectator and the referee occurred.
  • Spectator entered the field of play and deliberately approached the referee in an aggressive manner.
  • After the physical contact took place, Spectator proceeded to verbally abuse the referee.
  • Spectator’s actions were a violation of the USSF Policy 531-9.
  • The panel determined that Spectator’s action intended to bring about a result which would invade the interest of the referee in a way that is socially unacceptable. Unintended consequences of the act are irrelevant.

Sanctions:

  • Spectator was suspended from all NCYSA events for eighteen (18) months.
  • Club must document to NCYSA how it will educate the coaches, players, and spectators in order to mitigate the potential for situations similar to Spectator’s. Failure to submit the documentation by that date will result in Club being assessed a fine of $1,000. (This is in accordance with NCYSA Bylaw 204, Section 2, which makes associations responsible for the conduct of their members.)

Referee Assault - 2011a

Referee Assault, 2011
Player pushed an opponent in the back, the referee got in between Player and opponent so as to calm the situation and talk with Player. Player was alleged to have then pushed the center referee with both hands in the chest.

Findings of the Panel:

  • Contact between Player and the referee occurred.
  • Player raised his hands as the referee approached, but it was unclear if Player initiated contact or if the referee initiated contact.
  • Player’s actions were a violation of the USSF Policy 531-9.The panel determined the contact between Palyer and the referee was unintentional. As a result, the panel determined Player’s action of raising his hands as the referee came forward was a physical act not resulting in bodily contact initiated by Player, as described under the referee abuse standard of USSF Policy 531-9 rather than the referee assault standard.

Sanctions:

  • Player was suspended for one match for the initial red card, and three additional matches for Referee Abuse.

Spectator Findings

Spectator Misconduct - 2011

Spectator Misconduct, 2011
NCYSA received a report stating that Spectator came onto the field during an altercation between two players, put a player in a headlock and began swinging at the player.

Findings of the Panel:

  • Spectator entered the field of play without the permission from the referee.
  • Contact between Spectator and a player from the other team occurred.
  • Spectator’s actions were a violation of NCYSA’s Code of Conduct policy.
  • The panel determined that the contact between Spectator and the player from the opposing team was intentional, regardless of its intended nature.

Sanctions:

  • Spectator was immediately suspended from all NCYSA sanctioned events for the remainder of the 2011 season through the 2012 spring season.

Spectator Misconduct 2006

Spectator Misconduct, 2006
4 Spectators were involved in a fight on the sidelines at a match. A stadium ban was initiated immediately following the incident at the next match, in which only one adult associated with each team (that being the team’s coach listed on the official roster) is allowed at the match. Other adults were allowed in the Complex parking lot only. A hearing was scheduled to address specific spectator’s actions.

Sanctions:

Spectator #1:
Spectator was suspended for four matches. He must also serve a two-year probationary period, during which he may attend his son’s matches. During the probationary period, any violation of NCYSA rules or Code of Conduct will result in double (8 matches) the original four-match sanction in addition to any new penalties stemming from the violation that broke the probation.
Spectator must also write a letter of apology to the children on both teams.

Specator #2:

Spectator was suspended for two matches. Spectator must also serve a six-month probationary period, during which he may attend his son’s matches. During the probationary period, any violation of NCYSA rules or Code of Conduct will result in double (4 matches) the original two-match sanction in addition to any new penalties stemming from the violation that broke the probation.
Spectator must also write a letter of apology to the children on both teams.

Spectator #3:

Spectator was suspended for two matches. Spectator must also serve a six-month probationary period, during which she may attend her son’s matches. During the probationary period, any violation of NCYSA rules or Code of Conduct will result in double (4 matches) the original two-match sanction in addition to any new penalties stemming from the violation that broke the probation.
Spectator must also write a letter of apology to the children on both teams.

Spectator #4:

Spectator was suspended for two matches. Spectator must also serve a six-month probationary period, during which she may attend her son’s matches. During the probationary period, any violation of NCYSA rules or Code of Conduct will result in double (4 matches) the original two-match sanction in addition to any new penalties stemming from the violation that broke the probation.
Spectator must also write a letter of apology to the children on both teams.
Son of Spectator #1 and Spectator #3:
Must write a letter to NCYSA explaining what he has learned from the incident.

Son of Spectator #2 and Spectator #4
Must write a letter to NCYSA explaining what he has learned from the incident.

Spectator Misconduct - 2011a

Spectator Misconduct, 2011
Supplemental match reports filed by the referee and assistant referee contain allegations of referee abuse and referee assault.The report stated that after being sent off, the coach said, "I hope you die” to the referee. At that point, the referee terminated the game. Parents from the club continued to harass the referee by saying things such as, "I hope you get killed”, "you suck ref”, and "you are a horrible ref”. Separately, the assistant referee alleged that the coach ran up and placed his hands on the AR’s chest, and continued his verbal complaints.

Findings of the Panel:

  • The allegation of you touching the Assistant Referee after the match was terminated was inconclusive, and determined to be unintentional if such action occurred.
  • Your verbally abusive demeanor towards the referee encouraged your spectators to behave inappropriately.
  • Your actions were a violation of the USSF Policy 531-9.
  • The panel determined that your actions of loudly yelling at the referee and confronting the referees after you were supposed to leave the complex following your ejection were in violation of the referee abuse standard of USSF Policy 531-9.
  • An unidentified spectator from the club was determined to have said to the referee "I hope you die in a car crash on the way home,” which is grounds for an NCYSA disciplinary hearing.

Sanctions

  • The coach was suspended for one match for the initial send off, and three additional matches for Referee Abuse.
  • Coachmust make a brief presentation at the annual NCYSA Southern Soccer Show in January, explaining Referee Abuse and the coach’s role in controlling the conduct of their players and spectators.
  • A stadium ban was enforced at the following match, in which no parents or spectators from the team will be able to attend.
  • A stadium ban will remain in effect for the remainder of the fall season for all parents and spectators from the team until the parent/spectator that made the comment to the referee, "I hope you die in a car crash on the way home” is brought forward. This parent will be subject to a hearing held at the NCYSA Offices in Greensboro at a future date.
  • Your association must document to NCYSA how it will educate the coaches, players, and spectators in order to mitigate the potential for similar situations. Failure to submit the documentation will result in the club being assessed a fine of $1,500. (This is in accordance with NCYSA Bylaw 204, Section 2, which makes associations responsible for the conduct of their members.)
  • The Club chose to appeal the stadium ban sanction for the remainder of the season based on the aspect that the sanction imposed by NCYSA was excessive to the point of being arbitrary and capricious
  • The appeal panel concluded that the stadium ban imposed for the remainder of the season was excessive, and lifted the sanction. However, they recommended that a board member from the club be present at the remainder of the seasonal games.

Ineligible Player Findings

Ineligible Player - Mulitple

Ineligible Player – November, 2013

A club’s head registrar reported that a Challenge level player had been participating with a Classic team for 3 matches. The player was registered to play Challenge with NCYSA but not Classic. The club was found in violation of NCYSA Rules Section 3, Rule 1, Part 3. Allowing ineligible players to participate in a match is not only a competition issue, but a risk management issue. The risk management aspect is that using an ineligible player potentially voids the insurance coverage provided to all players, coaches and match officials. The club was given two options: to pay a fine of $1,020 or to attend a hearing. The club chose to pay the fine.

Ineligible Player – November, 2013

A report was received that a player who was unregistered with NCYSA and ineligible by age played in 6 matches with a U10 girls’ Recreation team. The club was found in violation of NCYSA Rules Section 3, Rule 1, Part 1. Allowing ineligible players to participate in a match is not only a competition issue, but a risk management issue. The risk management aspect is that using an ineligible player potentially voids the insurance coverage provided to all players, coaches and match officials. The club was given two options: to pay a fine of $1,200 or attend a hearing. The club chose to pay the fine.

Ineligible Player – November, 2013

A club’s head registrar reported that an ineligible player had been participating with a U14 Recreation team. The player in question was not registered with NCYSA and ineligible to participate. The club was found in violation of NCYSA Rules Section 3, Rule 1, Part 1. Allowing ineligible players to participate in a match is not only a competition issue, but a risk management issue. The risk management aspect is that using an ineligible player potentially voids the insurance coverage provided to all players, coaches and match officials. The club was given two options: to pay a fine of $450 or to attend a hearing. The club chose to pay the fine.

Illegal Player, 2011
Club brought forth details regarding one of their coaches that provided false birth certificates for players in order to have them play on his team. The panel found that these allegations were true. Based on the statements provided by the club President, and his summary of events, the panel determined that the actions were sufficient to find violations.

Findings of the Panel:

  • When an illegal player plays in a match, the insurance for every player in the match is voided. The decision to allow the player to play put all the players at risk and is unacceptable.
  • The panel did, however, recognize that the club reported their own internal error. This reassured the panel that the club recognized the seriousness of the situation, and that the club will attempt to avoid similar situations in the future.

Sanctions:

  • The Club was issued a $900 fine. $225 of this finewas payable immediately. However, the remaining $675 is suspended, provided that all Club players are registered legitimately with NCYSA through December 31st, 2012.
  • The coach is suspended through June 30th, 2013. He will not be able to hold a coaching, team official, or club official position within NCYSA until after this suspension is lifted.
  • The coach must complete the E-License course through NCYSA in order to return to coaching after June 30th, 2013. If this course is not taken, he will not be eligible to coach within NCYSA.

Recruiting Findings

Recruiting - 2013

Recruitment – September, 2013

A parent had sent texting solicitations to parents of their former association regarding tryouts at their current association.

The current association in question was believed to have guaranteed a coach to families from the coach’s former association.

Findings of the Panel:

  • According to NCYSA rules regarding recruiting, a violation by the parent occurred. The association in question did not commit a recruiting violation.
  • Texting solicitations concerning tryouts at the association in question by the parent had been sent to some families of their former association.  

Sanctions:

  • The parent needed to submit a sincere, contrite apology letter to their current association for putting them in the position of possibly facing a recruiting violation. In addition, they had to submit a sincere, contrite apology letter to their former association for texting other members about joining another association. Both letters had to also demonstrate a review and understanding of NCYSA’s rules and policies. These letters had to be sent by October 18, 2013 with NCYSA copied on them.
  • Failure to complete this sanction, as well as any other violation of NCYSA’s rules, bylaws or policies would result in a suspension for the parent from all NCYSA activities for a season. If this violation occurs during a season, they will be suspended for the remainder of the season as well as the following season. 

Recruiting - 2013a

Recruitment – July, 2013

Mass email was sent out through an association’s database regarding tryouts; some recipients were members of another association.

Findings of the Panel:

  • According to NCYSA rules regarding recruiting, a violation occurred.
  • Email solicitations and announcements about programs and tryouts of the association in question had been sent to some families of another association that were not affiliated with the association in question through their database. 

Sanctions:

  • The association in question had to clean up its email database that was used by removing all recipients that are were not current members. This was done by September 15, 2013 with a final list of who remained in the database and their email sent in to NCYSA. This information was then compared to what NCYSA had on file (i.e. rosters, office staff, coaches) to ensure that both databases were comparable. If there was more than one e-mail address associated with a member (e.g., player, mother, father, etc), there needed to be an indication of the affiliation.
  • Failure to complete this sanction within the specified timeframe would result in a fine to the association in the amount of $800.

Appeal of Recruitment from July 2013 – October, 2013

Association in question appealed the panel’s decision.

Findings of the Panel:

  • The appeal panel affirmed the Panel decision for the violation and confirmed that NCYSA Rule VI Part 3 (shown as section 8.2 in the Discipline & Appeals manual) was applied correctly. They, like the Panel, agreed that there was “an effort” to recruit, regardless of the result. Therefore, nothing was remanded back to the Panel. 

Recruiting - 2013b

Recruitment – July, 2013

A parent, whose child participated on an indoor soccer team comprised of players from multiple associations, was asked by other parents of the team about their association’s program. The parent proceeded by sending out an e-mail regarding U14 tryouts to them.

Findings of the Panel:

  • According to NCYSA rules regarding recruiting a violation occurred.
  • The parent in question had sent an e-mail to a number of players on their child’s indoor team after receiving a request from the coach for additional information about the association’s use of Premier UK soccer instructors.

Sanctions:

  • The association had to prepare and distribute to all club members by e-mail (coaches, parents and players) information about recruiting – what can be done and what can’t be done. They then had all club members submit a signed acknowledgement of the materials to the club. When the e-mail was sent to club members, NCYSA Discipline and Appeals was copied along with all recipients. This information was prepared and distributed by September 30, 2013. Signed forms were returned by October 15, 2013.
  • Failure to complete this sanction within the specified timeframe would result in a fine to the association in the amount of $700. 

Recruiting - 2009

Recruiting, 2009

A Club accused a Recreation Coach of illegally recruiting NCYSA carded players by means of a mass email. In Coach’s email, he stated that the individuals should consider signing up with his association when many of them were registered with other associations.

Sanctions:

  • Having stated that Coach was not briefed on recruiting rules (or any NCYSA rules) before assuming his coaching duties, the panel believed that he was perfectly positioned to help assure that recreation coaches are made aware of the rules. Therefore, Coach’s sanction was to create a presentation (PowerPoint?) which discusses his case and the importance of knowing recruiting rules (especially parents, players and individuals that deal with NCYSA carded players). This presentation must be submitted to the hearing panel members for their approval before it is presented. Once the presentation is approved, he must coordinate with NCYSA to convene 10 local recreation programs and give his presentation to either the President or an appointed individual from the association. Each individual will then report to NCYSA stating that they were in attendance. This presentation may be given in either a group session or in multiple individual sessions, based on the convenience of the associations to which he will be presenting.
    • This must be completed by October 31, 2009 or you will be in direct violation of this sanction. 
  • ​Coach will also have to give this presentation at the NCYSA AGM – D&A meeting – . This will help get the message across to associations around the state about the importance of keeping their recreation programs compliant.

Unfulfilled Sanctions Findings

Unfulfilled Sanctions - 2011

Unfulfilled Sit-Out Requirement, 2011
Coach failed to follow the requirements set forth by NCYSA following his ejection from a match, in which he was required to fulfill a sit out at the next scheduled match. Coach allegedly coached his team’s next match on Sunday. Coach arbitrarily decided to sit out his team’s match on the following Sunday instead.

Findings of the Panel:

  • Regardless of Coach’s intentions and reasons, he knowingly violated the rule requiring a next match sit out after having been sent off at a match.
  • The panel believed that while Coach looked into alternatives, he failed to exhaust all options within his Club in finding an alternate coach for his team’s next match. The panel members appreciated his desire to find his own solution to a problem of his making, but ultimately the club has a responsibility to see that teams have qualified club officials (e.g., those who have been through the NCYSA risk management process successfully) at each match.

Sanctions:

  • Coach was suspended from his next regular season match in which he was the head coach of an NCYSA team.
  • Club was issued a fine. This fine was 100% suspended as long as no member of Club (player, coach, team or club official, spectator) is found in violation of NCYSA rules or code of conduct regarding failure to abide by any automatic or NCYSA imposed sanctions through May 31, 2012. If any violation is found, this fine would be payable immediately.

Code of Conduct Findings

Code of Conduct - 2012

Code of Conduct - October, 2012

A coach came onto the field to tend to an injured player and began berating a 14 year old referee about not making a call. A spectator from the opposing team came onto the field to confront the coach’s behavior, and allegedly threatened the coach.

Sanctions:

  • 3 Match suspension for both the coach, as well as the spectator.
  • Both the coach and spectator are required to attend an NCYSA meeting and describe to attendees in detail their actions at this match and why they were inappropriate both from an NCYSA Rules and policy perspective and also as adults responsible for the development of youth.

Discrimination Findings

Racism - 2010

Racism, 2010

Player addresses an opponent as "A Dirty Sanchez” as noted in the referee’s supplemental report.

Findings of the Panel: 

  • The panel members felt the player used the comment as a direct racial slur towards his opponent.


Sanctions:

  • Must issue two separate letters of apology (one to the player and one to the team).
  • The club was issued a fine, which would be suspended as long as no member of the club (player, coach, team or club official, spectator) was found in violation of NCYSA rules or code of conduct regarding any racial issues through the end of the following season.
  • Club must create a policy for all their members to address racism and other forms of abuse. This policy must be approved by the panel members and sent out to all members of your association. FIFA Law states that the player is required to sit out a penalty of five games.
  • The panel decided to impose a mandatory one game sit out. The remaining four games were suspended as long as the player wasn’t found to have made any racial remarks or gestures through the end of the following season. If the player was found to have made any racial remarks or gestures in that time, the remaining four game suspension would be in place immediately.

Ejection Findings

Violent Conduct with Intent to Injure - 2013

Violent Conduct with Intent to Injure – May, 2013

A referee noted on the match report: “Player jumped into the defender’s back from approximately 4 yards away with his knees drawn up to his waist and hit the defender in the middle of his back. The defender had his back turned to the attacker when the contact happened. The defender was defenseless to protect himself. Giving the seriousness of the foul, it warranted a red card for violent conduct. I was 7 yards from the play when the foul took place.” NCYSA gave the player the choice of accepting a 6 game suspension for Violent Conduct with Intent to Injure or attend a hearing.

Findings of the Panel

  • Contact between players occurred.
  • The player in question went into the tackle, taking the other player down without the ball but it was unclear as to whether the player in question had intent to injure.
  • The panel determined the contact between the player in question and the other player was not intent to injure, but included an aggravating condition. As a result, the panel determined the player in question’s action was worthy of a sanction greater than the minimum for violent conduct, but less than the sanction called for under Rule 6, Section 6 and written in the Discipline & Appeals Manual.

Sanctions

  • The player in question was suspended for one match for the initial red card, and two additional matches for Violent Conduct, for a total of 3 matches. Any matches the player in question already sat out counted toward satisfying this sanction. 

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Recreation Coaches Best Practices

Holistic Culture

 

“Every child deserves a champion: an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists they become the best they can possibly be”

- Rita Pierson

Why?

Children need to feel comfortable in their environment in order for enjoyment and development to occur

How?

  • Enjoyment- Understand the needs of your players. Incorporate Free Play and Small-Sided Games into training to help facilitate the ability for children to express themselves
  • InspireBe encouraging, supportive and energetic to ensure that your children fall in love with the game of soccer. Allow players the autonomy to make their own decisions
  • Consistency- Hold children accountable based on expectations/values set. Treat all players the same
  • Empower- Create an atmosphere where everyone (Parents and Players) feels a part of the group. Keep clear lines of communication with the children and parents. Take the time to listen to your players and provide autonomy in the decision-making process
  • Vulnerability- Be vulnerable in a way that allows the children to get to know who you are, so they are more likely to become comfortable expressing themselves. Model desired behavior in everything that you do and help children understand that it is ok to be wrong. An impasse can be an opportunity to build relationships.
  • Safety- All children should have a safe learning environment that is free from physical harm, intimidation, harassment, and bullying. Click here for a list of items to assist with checking safety properly. 

"Catch Them Being Good"

               "Over-Coaching is the worst thing you can do to a player"        

-Dean Smith, former basketball coach, University of North Carolina

                                                           

Brian McBride: Advice to Youth Sports Coaches

Why?

It is important that the children build confidence and a positive self-esteem to allow them to grow as soccer players and people

How?

  • Celebrate when children do something good on the field or exemplify one of the values set at the beginning of the year
  • Allow children to make mistakes as this is how we learn
  • Positive Reinforcement- Stay away from “Negative” coaching
  • Instill Belief- Send a personal email to the parent letting them know you see them (the player) working hard and provide some encouragement moving forward
  • Observe and assess the children while they Play

 

 

Get to Know Your Team

“Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we are all in this together.” 

– Brené Brown

Why?

We never know what a child is going to remember or what they may be going through at this point in their life 

How?

  • Greet each child as they arrive, ask them how their day is going
  • Take the time to speak to a player before and after training to discuss whatever it is, they would like to discuss (do this on the field in view of the parents)
  • Ask them to finish the sentence, “One thing I wish my coach knew about me that would help them coach me better is…” on a notecard (some may be silly, but others will provide insight to the child’s personal life and struggles they may be experiencing)
  • Allow the children to get to know you, BE VULNERABLE

Understanding Developmental Needs

U6 

Developmental Goals

“The ball is playing with me…I am playing with the ball”

  • Learn Fundamentals and Techniques of the game 
  • Understand the purpose and structure of the game, direction of play and basic rules
  • Develop imagination
  • Explore Physical Abilities

How?

Activity based games that emphasize exploration and experimentation

Why?

  • It is important at this age that children develop a sense of ambition and responsibility
  • Allow the children to explore within the limits of the game and support their choices
  • This will help each child develop self-confidence and feel a sense of purpose

U8

Developmental Goals

  “Playing with my friends”

  • Learn the basic understanding of attacking, defending and transition by playing together
  • Build upon Developmental Goals from U6
  • Explore Physical Abilities
  • Learn to get along with others
  • Create a positive vision of one’s self

How?

  • Creating activities that are focused on the goals of Attacking and Defending and how to accomplish them together
  • Ball experiences in game-like situations with attention on the individual’s qualities

Why?

  • At this stage of development children are starting to compare themselves with their peers
  • Stay positive and encouraging as this is important so they do not feel inferior

U10 

Developmental Goals

“Playing as a team”

  • Learn the basic understanding of attacking, defending and transition by playing as a 7v7 team
  • Understand that my actions and decisions affect others (teammates and opponents)
  • Build on Developmental Goals from U8
  • Develop creativity with and without the ball
  • Experiences in game-like situations for attacking and defending individually and as a team
  • Learn to get along with others
  • Create a positive vision of one’s self

How?

  • Create game-like activities that allow children the opportunity to work together and make decisions 
  • Support child’s creativity and decision-making through positive reinforcement 
  • Give the children opportunity to recognize each other at the end of training or games, “Does anybody want to recognize a teammate for demonstrating one of our values today?”

Why?

  • At this stage of development children are starting to compare themselves with their peers
  • Stay positive and encouraging as this is important so they do not begin to feel inferior

U12

Developmental Goals

“Playing my role and position for the Team”

  • Learning the fundamentals given his/her role, position, and tasks in the 9v9 team
  • Gain an understanding of the meaning of my role, position and task in a team
  • Build on 7v7 Developmental Goals
  • Learn to get along with others
  • Create a positive vision of one’s self

How?

  • Create game-like activities that allow children the opportunity to work together and make decisions 
  • Allow children to become familiar with a specific position to help them understand their role and build confidence before moving them to a different position
  • Support child’s creativity and decision-making through positive reinforcement 
  • Give the children opportunity to recognize each other at the end of training or games, “Does anybody want to recognize a teammate for demonstrating one of our values today?”

Why?

  • At this stage of development children are starting to compare themselves with their peers
  • Stay positive and encouraging as this is important so they do not begin to feel inferior

 

U13 - 19

 

Developmental Goals

“Being the best player I can be for my role and position within the team”

  • Learning the alignment of the roles, positions, and designated tasks in the 11v11 team
  • Gain an understanding of the meaning of role, position and designated task in a team
  • Experience of the alignment of position specific task execution during defending and attacking
  • Ability to problem-solve through decision making both offensively and defensively

How?

  • Set up games that allow children to explore and problem solve
  • Give children the opportunity to take control of their own development
  • Be encouraging and allow the children to make mistakes

Why?

At this stage of development kids are fundamentally trying to find out “who they are” 

Parent Engagement

“The secret to success is good leadership, and good leadership is all about making the lives of your team members or workers better”

-Tony Dungy

Why?

  • Parents want to be a part of their child’s development
  • Parents care for their child and want to know what is going on

How?

  • Communicate, Communicate, Communicate
  • Speak to Parents when you see them at training and the games
  • Pre-season Meetings- 
    • Communicate your philosophy
    • Get to know the Parents
    • Allow Parents to set expectations for you and themselves as a parent group
    • Have them set goals for their Child at beginning of the season
    • Review the Parents Tips and Tricks
    • Educate Parents on Why Children Play Sports – From a Child's Perspective
  • Send weekly emails 
    • Communicate the upcoming schedule
    • Share with parents what you worked on in training, so they know what to look for in that weekend’s game
    • Discuss how you feel the previous game went with a brief (few sentences) recap
  • Be approachable
  • Allow them to help with duties that may arise 
    • Halftime and Postgame snacks and beverages,
    • Organizing and planning
    • Tracking their child’s development during a game (ex. How many moves did your child attempt?)
  • Educate Parents on the Laws of the Game based on the age I am coaching

Child Centered

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”

– Maya Angelou

Why?

Every coach’s main goal is to create a positive environment where kids develop a love for sports and want to continue playing after the season has ended

How?

  • Create a safe space for children both emotionally and physically
  • Children should be at the forefront of all decisions made whether it be political, administrative or coaching related
  • Always be respectful and encouraging in your communication
  • All-Inclusive- Accept everyone for who they are, make every child feel like the MVP. All Children should enjoy themselves
  • Know what players want from you as the Coach- From A Child’s Perspective
  • Ensure that every individual exit training having learned something, soccer or life related
  • Put them in situations where they must work together to solve problems- Let them figure it out
  • Model desired behavior in everything that you do
  • Adopt a holistic approach 

The Quality Coaching Framework

  • Competence- refining the technical, tactical and sport-specific performance elements
  • Confidence- developing an athlete’s self-belief and self-worth, as well as their resilience and mental toughness
  • Connection- building social bonds between teammates, coaches and parents
  • Character- developing the moral character of athletes, such as empathy, respect and integrity so that the person is also a positive role model for their peers

Set Expectations

" To find yourself, think for yourself"

- Socrates

Why?

When expectations are set everyone is aware of what is expected of one another and can now hold each other as well as the coach accountable 

How?

  • Hold a team meeting at the beginning of the season to discuss expectations
  • Have the team come up with “What makes a great teammate…” (these will be your expectations/ core values)
  • Allow the children to set expectations for you
  • By allowing the children to set their own expectations and the expectations for the coach you are including them in the process 

 

Give the Game Back

 

“Fearlessness is not only possible, it is the ultimate joy. When you touch non fear, you are free”

– Thich Nhat Hanh

Why?

We learn by doing; evaluating, analyzing, and reflection on our experiences helps develop competencies and improve behavior.

How?

  • When planning a training session, do everything we can to include as much play as possible
  • Use the Age Appropriate Methodology
  • My main Coach’s Tool Kit options are:
    • Observation- This practiced coaching skill, allows the players to play the game while the coach observes and takes note of how the players are preforming. As you are watching a training session or game take note of player actions related to the topic you are or have been working on. 
    • Positive Reinforcement- When a player or the team performs a positive action, let them know that you noticed. This Coaching Tool should be used to assist in inspiring and motivating the players
    • Guided Discovery- Ask questions to challenge players to think about their actions. Check for understanding by having the players give you the information. Reflect on what was discussed before moving on. 
  • Let the children own the games by allowing them to make their own decisions without fear of criticism
  • Allow children to make mistakes and see how they respond the next time in a similar situation
  • Ensure that all children ENJOY their experience

COVID Information

Links and Webinars

Return to Action Webinar - June 26, 2020 - Boxley Llewellyn

CDC Considerations for Youth Sports - Information for your consideration and review.

CDC Youth Sports Program FAQs

Coping Skills to Help Players Adjust to the New Normal - Tina Taylor, MA, LPCA, NCC
A copy of Tina's powerpoint can be viewed here!
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To contact Tina or to visit her website or social media platforms, please click here!

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Symposium Schedule

December 8-9-10, 2020

Time Tue, Dec 8, 2020 Wed, Dec 9, 2020 Thur, Dec 10, 2020
10:00 a.m. TBA NCYSA Youth Academy DOC Meeting ODP Topic 1
John Trice, NCYSA Assistant Technical Director
12:00 p.m. TBA TBA TBA
6:00 p.m. TOPSoccer Class
Keri Jones, NCYSA TOPSoccer Administrator
Coaching Education Class I
Bill Furjanic, NCYSA Technical Director
TBA
7:30 p.m. TBA President's Meeting
Marvin Bishop, NCYSA President
Registrar Committee Meeting
Jane Llewellyn, NCYSA State Registrar
       

 

January 19-20-21, 2021

Time Tue, Jan 19, 2021 Wed, Jan 20, 2021 Thur, Jan 21, 2021
10:00 a.m. Promotion/Relegation Meeting
Colby Morton, Assistant Director Classic; Larry Taylor, VP Classic
Director of Coaches Meeting
Bill Furjanic, NCYSA Technical Director
TBA
12:00 p.m. TBA TBA TBA
6:00 p.m. Risk Management Meeting
Wendy Burns, NCYSA Risk Management Administrator; Bob Singer, NCYSA Executive VP
Classic /Challenge Councils Meeting Head Registrar Workshop
Jane Llewellyn, NCYSA State Registrar
7:30 p.m. Discipline and Appeals Meeting
Mark Moore, NCYSA Deputy Director; Larry Taylor, D&A Chairman
Recreation Council Meeting
Keri Jones, NCYSA Assistant Director Recreation; Rick Pierce, NCYSA VP Recreation
 
       

January 26-27-28, 2021

Time Tue, Jan 26, 2021 Wed, Jan 27, 2021 Thur, Jan 28, 2021
10:00 a.m. TBA TBA TBA
12:00 p.m. TBA TBA TBA
6:00 p.m. TBA TBA NCYSA Annual General Meeting
Marvin Bishop, NCYSA President
7:30 p.m. TBA TBA TBA
       
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