COACHES/PARENTS
 
  Cincinnati East SAY thanks our coaches and parents for making this volunteer organization possible. 
Cincinnati East SAY embraces the SAY Soccer philosophy. This is a recreational league that emphasizes fun, maximum player participation, player development and sportsmanship. That philosophy is reflected in the SAY Soccer Rulebook, which we invite you to review on the SAY Soccer national website (saysoccer.org). These rules (and there are many) are designed to ensure some fundamentals:

· all players, regardless of their ability, get equal playing time (at least half the game); 
· all teams are formed in a blind draw (no stacking, no skill based levels, e.g. "A" Team and "B" Teams);
· sportsmanship is paramount (player control, keep the score in check, no non-roster players)
· positive conduct is expected by all (hand shakes, no derogatory comments, etc.)

Please see the Home page for summary information on Cincinnati East SAY, player eligibility, seasons, age Divisions and links to national and state SAY websites. The SAY Soccer national website is also full of great information for coaches and parents.

We are developing additional materials for coaches and parents. The current game procedures are listed below for coaches.

· Game Procedures - PDF
· Coaches Guide (to come)
· Parent Tips/Responsibilities (to come)

Game Procedures
field status hotline - 513 369-8036
**PLEASE KEEP OUR FIELDS CLEAN -- PICK UP YOUR TRASH**

Nets
Coaches check nets prior to each game. Refasten if necessary. Stakes may be needed at St. Rose and Linwood. Nets stay up entire season. Do not move goals at Armleder for practices, they are fragile.

Referee Fees
Each team pays one referee before the start of the game. Please bring exact change. See Forms section for current fees.

Teams and Coaches
The teams shall be on one side of the field between the center line and the penalty box line. Each team on one end. Coaches may only coach between the center line and their penalty box line.

The parents will be on the other side of the field. Parents and spectators are not allowed to sit behind the goal or the end line. They must stay 18 yards behind the end line during the game. This rule will be strictly enforced. The coaches are responsible for the parents behavior at all times during the game. If a parent is out of line and the referee asks the coach to deal with the parent, the coach is responsible to ask the parent to leave if necessary. 

**COACHES ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL PLAYERS AND PARENTS BEHAVIOR.**

Referees
At the passers and wings levels the teams do not keep score and the Referees are in training. It takes many seasons to become a good referee. We have a lot of young Referees quit due to abusive parents and coaches. 

** DO NOT CRITICIZE THE REFEREES. DO NOT LET PARENTS CRITICIZE THE REFEREES.**

At the strikers and above we compete in the Fall. At this level, we try to place the experienced referees. Still a lot of them are still kids so let them do their job. Every time you critique a referee you disrupt their concentration. Refereeing is a tough task with people yelling criticisms. 

**CONTROL YOURSELF AND YOUR PARENTS. REMEMBER THIS GAME IS FOR THE KIDS TO HAVE FUN.**

Game Cancellation
There are no cancellations after the schedule is released (except for extenuating circumstances to be approved by league officials). If a game is "canceled," the team that canceled is responsible for paying both assigned refs and staying with the refs if they are youth and watching the nets to avoid theft during the scheduled time of the game. No make-ups for spring; in the fall it is a forfeit for the canceling team.

Cincinnati East Say will not schedule make-up games for the spring season. In the fall season, the Executive Board determine if games are considered forfeits for the canceling team, or to be re-scheduled.