Outdoor Soccer (u6-u15) Policies


Weather Cancellation Philosophy

Caution is recommended when deciding to play in extreme heat and/or during unstable storm conditions. Responsibility of players rest with the parent/guardian and as such the parent/guardian must make the ultimate decision as to whether their child will come to the field and/or play.


Extreme Heat

Programs will run regardless of temperature and/or humidex. During extreme heat coaches will break for additional water breaks.


Rain, Thunder & Lightning

Programs will run in the rain.

In cases of unstable storm conditions programs will be cancelled at the field using the Flash to Bang 30/30 Rule” method. With this method the seconds are counted from the time a flash of lightning is seen until a clap of thunder is heard or vice versa. When this number is 30 seconds or less, the program is cancelled and evacuation of the field will begin immediately. Programs may not be re-started for at least 30 minutes. If "Flash to Bang" is 30 seconds or less between 5:15pm and 6:45pm, the 5:45pm programs are cancelled. If "Flash to Bang" is 30 seconds or less between 6:15pm and 7:45pm, the 6:45pm programs are cancelled. If "Flash to Bang" is 30 seconds or less between 7:15pm and 8:45pm, the 7:45pm programs are cancelled. Cancelled programs will be called by the Program Supervisor using whistles and/or air horn. Classes cancelled due to thunder and lightning will not be made up.


Field Closures

Programs operate on rented properties and may be closed for reasons outside our control. City of Hamilton & BGT Sports Park may close their grass fields due to rain and/or field conditions and turf fields may be closed due to flooding. If facilities are closed games are cancelled and will not be made-up.


Make-up Policy

Due to the nature of the facilities, schedules and outdoor programs, missed practices/games are not able to be made-up.


Field Safety​

Fields are rented from third parties who maintain varying degrees of cleanliness and safety. Although we make reasonable efforts to provide a safe environment there is still risk and parents/guardians are required to monitor their "non-participating" children while at the facilities. In particular, parents/guardian are asked to keep their children away from the pond at Redeemer, out from under the bleachers at STM, and off goal posts, nets & fences at all facilities.


First Aid Supplies

First aid kit supplies may be found in the large marked bin near the blue tube area and contains band aids, cold packs and other supplies. U12 & U15 coaches have basic First Aid kits with band aids and cold packs on their bench.


Player Equipment

SHIN PADS

  • Mandatory shin pads for players (covered by socks or track pants).
  • Players not wearing shin pads will be asked to leave the field of play.

BRACES & CASTS

  • Sport-specific (light weight, smooth, soft exterior, plastic) and (bubble) wrapped (metal and plaster) braces & casts are acceptable if they provide sufficient cushion and safety to other players.
  • Aggressive, sloppy and/or dangerous play while wearing a brace or cast is not acceptable. Players wearing a brace or cast assume all liability to the safety of themselves and all other participants as a result of their choice.

JEWELRY

  • Necklaces, bracelets and chains must be removed.
  • Removal of all piercing and body jewelry is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED for all players. Referees will not turn away players with taped piercings and body jewelry, however, if a player wishes to play with jewelry (however concealed) they assume all responsibility and liability to the safety of themselves and all other participants as a result of their choice.

EYE WEAR

  • Active Sports Eye wear with a head strap is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED for players who require corrective eye wear. Referees will not turn away players who do not have Active Sports Eye wear, however, if a player wishes to play with glasses they must have a head strap and they assume all responsibility and liability to the safety of themselves and all other participants as a result of their eye wear choice.

CLOTHING

  • Head coverings may be worn although it is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED the fabric of such be elastic and tight fitting so as not to become a strangulation and/or tripping hazard. Players wearing head coverings during play assume all responsibility and liability to the safety of themselves and all other participants as a result of their clothing choice. Referees will not turn away players who wear head coverings.
  • Shorts, track pants and/or leggings are the preferred clothing while playing soccer, however, players may choose to wear alternate/additional clothing during play as long as the player is clearly identifiable as to which team they belong and have their number clearly visible on their back. It is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED that if a player wears a skirt, the length should not fall below the ankle and be appropriately designed and worn so as not to become a tripping hazard. Players wearing skirts during play assume all responsibility and liability to the safety of themselves and all other participants as a result of their clothing choice. Referees will not turn away players who wear skirts.

Memberships

Facility memberships expire on August 31st. They are non-refundable and must be renewed annually.


Waivers

Players must be registered with a completed waiver to play.


Cancellations

  • Fees are non-refundable; withdrawal prior to the first day of the session will result in a credit less an administration fee of $75.
  • Memberships are non-refundable.

Age Requirements & Playing Up

Players may play in a higher division if they wish, and girls may play in any boys league.


Coach Requests

Coaches are predominantly College & University students with ever-changing schedules. We ask our coaches to commit for the full season but this is not always possible and occasionally coaches will change mid-session.

Coaches are assigned to our programs based on availability, experience and program needs. Assignments are done just before each new session. You may request a specific coach but it can never be guaranteed.


Friend Requests

Players may make one reciprocal friend request where both players request each other. Multiple friend requests cannot be accommodated to allow coordinator to fairly balance teams.


Discipline & Fines

RED and YELLOW cards are at the discretion of the referee. Any youth player receiving a RED card is automatically suspended for the next game. Prior to returning to play, the player and parent/guardian must arrange and meet with management to discuss the incident and to secure permission to return to play. Failure to meet automatically extends the suspension. No credit is due for any missed games as a result of referee or league discipline.


Behaviour Expectations

Repeated inappropriate behaviour may result in expulsion, and loss of deposits and payments from the facility, leagues and programs. Soccer World reserves the right to refuse future registration to these persons and/or teams.