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YARMOUTH-DENNIS SOCCER CLUB BY-LAWS

Section 1 ELIGIBILITY

In order for a player to be eligible to participate in the Yarmouth-Dennis Soccer Club, that person must be a resident of the Towns of Yarmouth or Dennis, either as a full- time or part-time resident. Any request for a waiver of this rule must be made in writing and approved by the Board of Directors.

Section 2 REGISTRATION

Players shall register with the YDSC and pay registration and participation fees. YDSC may set registration deadline dates for both Fall and Spring seasons. If deadlines have passed, players will be accommodated according to the Late Registration procedure.

Refund Policy:

Recreational Soccer Spring and Fall:

Prior to registration:                                                100% refund (excludes uniform)

After Meet the Coach Night,

but before 1st game:                                                 Fee refund minus $25 No refund

After 1st game:                                                        No refund

Travel Teams:

Before Team Declaration as

determined by the SCSL (December):                        100% refund

After Team Declaration:                                             No refund

Section 3 LATE REGISTRATION

Players who do not register before registration deadlines shall be registered and placed on a time-ordered Late Registration Waiting List maintained by the Recreation Director. Every attempt will be made to place players in the YDSC soccer program.

Section 4 UNIFORMS

Players on a team shall wear uniforms selected by the Board of Directors. Cutoffs, jams and visible boxer shorts are not allowed. The ordering of uniforms will be coordinated by the Uniform Coordinator.

Section 5 PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

Each player in the Under 8 Leagues and older must wear shin guards or will not be allowed to play. Shin guards should not be exposed. The wearing of shin guards, though not mandatory, is encouraged for the Under 6 League.

Mouths guards are encouraged for all players.

Section 6 SPORTSMANSHIP GUIDELINES FOR CONDUCT FOR COACHES

Soccer is an opportunity to provide children with an opportunity to have fun in a group environment. The role of the coach is critical in this process.

Tips on how a coach can have a positive influence on the development of players:

  • Set the tone with parents.
  • Think of your team as a class and the practice as a classroom.
  • At the "classes", the only teachers are the coaches.
  • Hold a team meeting before the start of the season to review rules, expectations for player and team support by parents, sideline behavior, respect for referees and coaches and respect of opposing players.

  • Lead by example

  • The team will reflect your individual personality type. If you are calm, respectful and positive , so will the players.

  • Focus on growth and not on the game results.

  • The most important measuring device for a coach is in the teams ability to progress as both individuals and as a team collectively.

  • If there is a continued focus on the development and progression of the team and the children, the wins and results will take care of themselves.

  • Let your players dictate their level of competition.

  • Create opportunities where players can dictate their willingness to compete.

  • Build time into practice where players can play without constant structure and instruction.

  • Be respectful of the referees. As the lead educator in the game, players and their parents will respond to the way you deal with referees. Take time to address the entire group on this subject and hold yourself to a high standard.

  • Many referees at the youth level are learning and need positive reinforcement to maintain their interest in the sport.

  • Section 7 SPORTSMANSHIP GUIDELINES FOR CONDUCT FOR PLAYER

  • Soccer is a chance to get with your friends and have fun as a group. If you feel like you are not having fun, talk to your parents about what makes you feel this way.

  • PLAYERS PLEDGE: I pledge to play fair and be respectful of all players, coaches and referees and to learn and enjoy playing soccer.   

  • In order to become a better player, you need to:

  • Keep an open mind.
  • Take time to practice on your own what you learn from your coach.
  • Become a better player by becoming a better teammate.

  • Measure your progress by what you have learned. Do not compare yourself to other players, you are all different.

  • Help and encourage your teammates, don't coach, don't be critical, everyone makes mistakes.

  • One of the best things to learn through soccer is how to become an important part of a team.

  • Show respect to your coaches who are taking time to teach you.

  • Show respect to all referees, because they are figures of authority on the game field.

  • Appreciate the time and energy your parents have spent to provide you with this opportunity.

  • Respect your opponents by playing within the rules of the game and playing fair.

    Section 8 SPORTSMANSHIP GUIDELINES FOR CONDUCT FOR PARENTS

    Soccer is meant to provide your children with an opportunity to have fun in a group environment. In order for your children to benefit from the experience, you need to be an active supporter in the process of learning.

    Too many parents are thinking about what they want their children to become. Playing youth sports is an opportunity to provide your child with a forum to learn. Personal growth and achievement can not be forced, it can only be encouraged.

    How to help your child succeed:

  • Support the coach
  • Think of the coach as your child's teacher.

  • It is easy to get emotional in a game but remember that it is confusing to a child to have many adults yelling different things to them.

  • Focus on encouragement.

  • Recognize what your child is trying to do , not the result.

  • Making mistakes is part of learning.

  • It is the coach's responsibility to focus on specifics and the parent's responsibility to praise their child's effort.

  • Encourage your child to work on skills at home, in the backyard or with friends in a non-team environment.

  • Take some time to play with your child.

  • Don't be critical of your child's teammates.

  • Focus on supporting and helping your child's progress above all else.

  • Support the referees. Referees, like players, are constantly learning from their experiences in the game.

  • Let participants dictate the level of the competition.

  • Recognize the benefits of your child's participation on a team. Everyone lives and works in a group environment. Being a team member is one of the greatest benefits offered to our children.

  • Leadership, commitment, goal orientation, preparation and learning are afew qualities your children can benefit from in a positive sport-learning environment, whether in victory or defeat.

    Section 9 CORI

    All coaches, volunteers and board members are required to complete a CORI check in accordance with Massachusetts Youth Soccer regulations and the State of Massachusetts requirements. No adult may have contact with non-familiar children of the club without a completed CORI check. This by-law specifically excludes coaches from conducting practices, clinics or attending games as a coach without a CORI check completed and clearance given by Massachusetts Youth Soccer. The exact procedure for completing the CORI check is prescribed by Massachusetts Youth Soccer and must be implemented by YDSC. In general there must be at least one CORI administrator, who is a volunteer for the club, and is responsible forreviewing and implementing the CORI procedure.

    Section 10 DISCIPLINARY ACTION

    Part A Any player, coach or referee can be disciplined for unbecoming behavior including fighting, intimidation, bullying, disrespecting authority and use of foul language.

    Part B If problems between parties arise that cannot be mutually resolved, the Board of Directors will be convened to hear and hopefully, resolve the situation.

    Upon receipt of a written complaint, a hearing will be scheduled involving the complaining party and the person(s) involved in the unbecoming behavior. The President of the YDSC will preside at this hearing.

    Part C The disciplinary action that can be taken include but are not limited to:

  • One week suspension from games or practice

  • More than one week suspension from games or practice.

  • Removal from team for balance of season.

    Part D The Board of Directors shall determine, by vote, the disciplinary action to be taken.