The Indian Hill Recreational Soccer program is a community based, volunteer run SAY soccer program open to children who live in the Indian Hill School District.

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Spring 2018 Indian Hill Recreational Soccer Coaches Meeting

March 13, 2018


Leagues Cincinnati Hills SAY (8U – 12U) (

Say North (14U +)

Instructional IH


Indian Hill Soccer Website

- Team Information on the website

- Use the Website for communication

- By March 15 - Season welcome message broadcasted to team

- Changing / cancelling practices – Follow instructions and can broadcast to the team

- Email communications from website – team page

- Coach Tab contains:

- Season Points of Emphasis

- Rules of Say

- Website Quick Reference for Editing / Cancelling Practices and Posting a Team Bulletin


Remember the times-two policy!

- Practice schedules have been populated to your team site

- Use your best judgment if it rains, but please stay out of the goal areas if they are muddy.

- Every practice you should have:

- Concussion Certificate

- First aid kit

- Medical release forms (available on Website)

- Charged cell phone


- Keep Practices fun

- Have a ball at each player’s feet as much as possible.

- Try to avoid lines, laps or lectures

- Catch the kids being good


WEBSITE CANCELLATION: To cancel practice, go to your team site and click on the event from your

schedule, there will be a box to check to Edit the event, click edit and change the “Status” to “cancelled” in

the dropdown and select to notify members and managers then an email and text will be sent to the team,

field coordinator, challenger coordinator and the challenger trainers

Times Two POLICY:

Rec policy now states that at each practice at least 1 coach who has been cleared through the background

and at least 1 other adult must be present. If you cannot meet this requirement. This will be strictly

enforced and randomly monitored. The Challenger trainers will have been checked as well but do not rely

on them to run the practice we need a coach.

PARENT MEETING - League has asked all parents to sign Parent code of conduct. Each parent acknowledged

and agreed to the code of conduct when they registered. We recommend reminding / review the Code of

Conduct with them and that we will hold each parent accountable.

Please help us with communication of the roster assignment policy as your parents reach out regarding

schedules. No changes to the rosters will be made. Parents confirmed and agreed to the policy at


** We will be using trainers from Challenger this season – Diego and 2 others to TBD

- Trainers begin April 2, 2018 and will be with us until May 19, 2018.

- Your practice schedule on your team site will indicate what nights your team has the trainer (be

sure to cancel practice on the website to ensure the trainers are notified)

- Interested in Hosting a coach – let us know!!


Game Schedules

- Schedules will be populated before break on your team site

We will send an email notification when the schedules are up

First games April 7, 2018 and the Season Ends weekend of May 20, 2018


Rain Policy - If the game has not started, Rec Commission will call games. After the game has started,

it is the referee decision.

CHSS Make-up Games Policy

District Presidents are to handle all make up matches in a timely manner. The coaches are NOT permitted to

reschedule games. The Presidents of each district will communicate the official make-up game to their

respective districts once rescheduled and the game is official. The league then officially enters the make-up

game in the system so everyone parents, coaches, refs and so on are informed. Games can only be rescheduled

by your District soccer organization due to weather or due to a school or religious event that

causes a team not to have the minimum number of players required.


Posting Game Scores - All game scores must be posted by Sunday evening the weekend of the game on

your team site. Go to your team site, click on the Results tab, select the game from your schedule, and

enter your team’s score and your opponents score in the fields provided and click submit.

ROSTERS: The League will provide signed Rosters which you will need to have with you at all games.


- Remember the ref is in a tough place, we tell them to respect authority figures, then ask them to be the

authority figure controlling the field. That creates a conflict when a coach yells at a ref (especially if they

are young). If you have a problem with a ref (especially Passers and Wings) discuss it with the ref after the

half or the game in calm teaching way or elevate concern to George, Shellie or Christian. Catch them being

good! We want to hear what they are doing well too! Feedback always helps.

- Home coach pays both referees before the game (I2 – $15, I3 -$20, 8U - $20, 10U / 12U - $25, 14U - $30,

16U - $35). If there is only 1 ref, they get both fees.

- Checks for ref fees should arrive before the first game

- GAME CARDS – each home coach will also be given Game Cards to provide to the ref before the game and

both teams will have to sign the card after the game. Ref will retain the cards for the league.

Rule Reminders

- I1 – Program for 3 – 4 year olds

Sessions: 1 hour (Times vary)

Season starts: April 7

Clinics run by Challenger coaches

Players use a size 3 ball

- I2 - Open to all/only entering fall Kindergarten Students

Practices: 1 practice per week at coach’s preferred time slot

Games: Bethel Fields - Saturday’s; 8 minute quarters

Season starts Saturday, April 7, games 9 or 10am

Games will be refereed

Coaches may be on the field to instruct

Designed to be an introduction to the game and rules without stringent application of the rules.

Players use size 3 ball

5 v 5 No goalies

Equal playing time - all players must play a minimum of 2 full quarters

- I3 Open to all/only entering fall First Grade Students

Practices: 1 practice per week at coach’s preferred time slot

Games: 8U Fields - Saturday’s; 10 minute quarters

Season starts Saturday, April 7 at 9 or 10am

Games will be refereed , Players use size 3 ball

Coaches encouraged on the field to instruct esp during restarts – throw ins, goal kicks…

8U Prep league, encourage strong skill development, understanding of game play and rules with

more stringent application of the rules – follows ALL 8U rules.

6 v 6 (including goalkeeper)

Equal playing time - all players must play a minimum of 2 full quarters


- 8U 6 v 6 (including goalkeeper) – 10 minute quarters

- No off-sides - Unlimited throw-ins

- No direct Kicks - No penalty kicks

- Referees will instruct - Goal kicks midway in box - Size 3 ball


- 10U (8 v 8 including goalkeeper) – 24 minute halves (NEW)

- The pass back rule does not apply in 10U

- Goal Keeper can drop the ball and pick it up again

- Size 4 ball

- Change sides at Half

- 12U (9 v 9 including goalkeeper) – 30 minute halves

- F-bomb = automatic red car

- Slide Tackle from behind is Yellow or red depending on amount of contact

- Size 4 ball

- Pass Back Rule Applies – indirect kick spot of the foul

- 14U (11 v 11 including goalkeeper) – 15 minute quarters

- SAY NORTH League

- F-bomb = automatic red card

- Slide Tackle from behind is Yellow or red depending on amount of contact

Size 5 ball

- 16U + (8 v 8 including goalkeeper) – 20 minute quarters

- Same as above for Strikers on cards

- SAY North (different league from CHSSA)




No limitations on Substitutions

Home Team responsible for ref payment and wearing pinnies

Throw In (ball can spin)

Game duration – 2 minute between quarters, 5 minutes at half

Teams will switch sides according to division

All players must play at least 50% of the game.

Kick offs....the ball no longer has to go forward directly off kick offs. The ball can now be played

directly back.

Lindsay’s Law – Sudden Cardiac Arrest: was included in registrations, but coaches must complete during



Official Rosters and Roster Checks:

• Each coach will receive a final official signed roster prior to the first game.

• A copy of your official team roster MUST be with the coach at ALL games

• Failure to show your roster at a roster check results in a game forfeit. Game will be played.

• If you have an illegal player on your team, the game will be an automatic forfeit. The illegal player may not

play, but the game will be played.

• Coaches may ONLY request roster checks prior to the start of the game (kick-off). Referees may conduct

roster checks at any point in the game…but not at the request of the coach.

Uniforms and Equipment

- No casts no matter how much bubble wrap you put on it.

- Braces (not the ones on the teeth) are ok if there is not exposed metal or hard plastic.

- No piercings, bracelets, necklaces, watches.

- Shin guards must be inside the socks not over the socks and then the socks pulled down to cover the guard.

- Uniforms will arrive the week of the first games You will be notified to pick up.

- Balls and Pinnies - pick up in rec office

Indian Hill Recreation Commission Background Check Policy

The Indian Hill Recreation Commission board, through much deliberation and diligence, has opted to

outsource our background check efforts to a national agency that has served such organizations as the US

Olympic Committee, Crossroads Church here in Cincinnati, and The National Youth Sports Association, which

is a member of U.S. National Parks and Recreation Association.

- Red Light/Green Light confirmation with Jack Alley

Completely confidential

Multiple security certifications noted on the secure website

Takes about 10 minutes to complete; 2 – 3 week turnaround

Coaches Meeting - thanks for coming!



Cincinnati Hills SAY Coaches Points of Emphasis

Lightning/Thunder Policy:

• At either the sound of thunder OR sight of lighting, games will be immediately stopped and fields need to

be cleared of all participants (coaches, players, referees and spectators)

• Games may be restarted 30 minutes after the last sound of thunder or sight of lightning. Fields equipped

with lightning detectors - wait until the detector has sounded.

Shortening of Game Times:

All games need to be played to their full allotted times.

• Referees may shorten or cancel games within SAY policy or the Laws of the game at his/her discretion

League Requirements:

• Coaches are not permitted to add any player to his/her team (practice sessions or games) that is not

officially listed on his/her officially signed team roster.

• There must be at least two adults present (at least one certified coach) at every practice.

Game Management:

• Encourage good sportsmanship from your players and demonstrate it via your own conduct. Greet the

other coach and praise the efforts of players on both teams.

• Read and understand the laws of the game. At passers, there are no direct free kicks and players may

retake throw-ins as many times as needed. At the Wings and above levels, it is critical that you clearly

understand the laws covering off-sides, handling (hand balls), fouls and misconduct and advantage.

• Shouting and/or yelling at players is not permitted. Abusive/aggressive language will not be tolerated and

will result in a caution (yellow card). Positive instruction only.

• A maximum of three coaches are permitted on the sidelines at any time.

• A minimum of one certified coach MUST be present at a game and/or practice and a minimum of two

adults at practice.

• Coaches are not permitted on the field during game time without permission from the referee.

• Coaches must stay between the half-way line and 18 yard line (outside of the penalty box) during game


• Each player MUST play a minimum of half the game (2 quarters).

• Referee calls are not to be questioned in a dissenting manner during game time. Any questions or

clarifications may be addressed respectfully between quarters or at the end of the game.

• If there are any spectator issues, referees are instructed to work through the coach to bring these to

resolution. Refusing to do so will result in a caution (yellow card) and potential send-off (red card).

• A player who has been issued with a red card (send off) needs to leave the field and is not permitted to

participate in the rest of the game. The player also receives an automatic one game suspension.

Importantly, that player must stay with his/her team on the bench. The team will need to play “short” for

the rest of the game.



The SAY National Concussion Policy consists of two very distinct procedures. This policy is required for ALL

coaches and officials regardless of their age and/or status (i.e. Head coach, Assistant Coach, Head Referee,

Assistant Referee, etc.). These procedures are designed to comply with recently passed legislation

concerning concussion in youth sports. It will be necessary to complete a concussion training course every

three (3) years.

STEP 1: The first portion of the SAY National Concussion policy is the taking of a FREE online training

course. ALL coaches and referees MUST complete this training course prior to participating in the any SAY

activity whether it be a practice or a game situation.

There are two approved options for the FREE online training program consists of two approved options,

either of which is acceptable:

The FIRST APPROVED OPTION is provided by the National Federation of State High School Associations

Concussion in Sports – What You Need to Know, which can be found


The SECOND APPROVED OPTION is through the Center for Disease Control and their Prevention Heads Up

Concussion in Youth Sports Online training program, which is


After completing either the FIRST OR SECOND APPROVED OPTION, you will need to print out your

personalized "certificate of completion” and keep a copy with you at ALL SAY related functions (especially

referees, as you may be required to show your personalized certificate to the appropriate SAY authorities

prior to being allowed to officiate any games).

STEP 2: The second portion of the SAY National Concussion policy is the Removal-From and Return-to-Play

procedure. Any athlete exhibiting signs and symptoms of concussion either during a practice or during a

game MUST be immediately removed. This athlete MAY NOT return to play nor participate in any SAY

activity on the same day that he or she has been removed (even if a written medical clearance is provided).

In addition, the athlete is not permitted to return to play or participate in any SAY activity until he or she has

been assessed and received written clearance by a physician or by another licensed health care provider. A

Return-to-Play note must be submitted to the coach prior to allowing the athlete to participate in any

activity with the athlete’s team, whether it be a practice or a game situation.

All of SAY’s member Areas and Districts are responsible to monitor and track their coaches and referees with

regard to their individual compliance with this policy. For those SAY members playing spring seasons, this

policy must be implemented with the coaches and referees having completed their mandated online training

prior to April 26, 2013. Those SAY members operating a fall season program must have their coaches and

referees complete their individual online training prior to starting practices.

Listed below you will find helpful links regarding signs and symptoms of concussion:


Key Points for a Suspected Concussion

For Coaches and Referees when Removing a Player from the Field of Play

When dealing with a player who has a suspected concussion, there are three key points that all SAY

league officials, coaches, referees and families should follow.

STEP ONE - Coaches, Referees or SAY league officials MUST REMOVE from play an athlete exhibiting the

signs and symptoms of a concussion during practice or a game.

STEP TWO - The athlete cannot return to play on the same day that he or she is removed after exhibiting

symptoms of a concussion.

STEP THREE - The athlete is not permitted to return to play until he or she has been assessed by a doctor or

licensed health care provider approved by the Youth Sports organization and received written clearance.

Upon SAY National Office or State Department of Health's request, Areas and Districts must be able to

produce evidence of compliance with this obligation, including producing a written release. SAY National

office strongly encourages Areas and Districts to implement a protocol to ensure compliance with this


The signs and symptoms of a concussion during a practice that may be observed by a Coach or Referee may

include but are not limited to:

1. The athlete appears dazed or stunned.

2. The athlete is confused about assignment and position.

3. The athlete forgets plays.

4. The athlete is unsure of game, score or opponent.

5. The athlete moves clumsily.

6. The athlete answers questions slowly.

7. The athlete looses consciousness even briefly.

8. The athlete shows behavior or personality changes.

(sadness, nervousness, feeling more emotional)

9. The athlete cannot recall events before or after the hit or fall.

The signs and symptoms of a concussion that an athlete could report may include and are not limited to:

1. Any headache or "pressure" in head (How badly it hurts does not matter)

2. Nausea or vomiting

3. Balance problems or dizziness

4. Double or blurry vision

5. Sensitivity to light and or noise

6. Feeling sluggish, hazy foggy or groggy

7. Concentration or memory problems

8. Confusion

9. Does not feel right

10. Trouble falling asleep

11.Sleeping more or less than usual

Reference Ohio Department of Health Concussion sheet for Youth Sports Organizations.