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Respect the Game Program

Respect the Game Program

NEW PROGRAM DESIGNED TO IMPROVE OFFICIATING AND REDUCE SIDELINE ABUSE:

What began as an experimental program in Tucson a year ago, was met with such enthusiasm and experienced such success that AYSA has decided to implement the program statewide on a voluntary basis.

VIDEO THAT DESCRIBES THE PROGRAM

All AYSA players, parents and coaches will sign a new Code of Conduct this Fall promising to end bad behavior and abuse of game officials. Failure to comply can result in mandatory Anger Management and fines. Reminders in the way of signage and trained sideline field marshals reminding everyone to, “RESPECT THE GAME” will be employed to assure compliance.

At the same time coaches will have the ability to evaluate referee performance using the new “Rate-a-Ref” on line program. These evaluations will assist our referee administrators in mentoring and educating referees and rewarding those who exceed standards. Similarly, referees will be encouraged to evaluate the coaches in the new “Rate-a-Coach” program which will assist DOC’s in their education and mentoring of their coaches.

In conclusion, the program is designed to aid in recruiting new referees and properly recognizing and rewarding those who excel.

Be Kind…..on the Sidelines

The spectator’s job is to enjoy the game! Keep comments positive and general, rather than directed at individual players. Be supportive of both teams.

The coach’s job is to coach the players! Additional coaching from the sidelines distracts players and may affect their performances.

The referee’s job is to officiate the game. Respect the difficulty of this position by allowing the refs to work without interruption.

The soccer field is a learning environment for players. Spectators serve as powerful role models for good sportsmanship.

HAVE FUN AND BE KIND!

FIELD MARSHAL INCIDENT REPORT FORM: [Download PDF]

October and November Schedule locked!

October and November Schedule locked!

Dear Coaches, Managers, and Team Contacts,

Thanks much for the feedback you provided about the October and November schedule play dates. The schedule has been adjusted because of feedback I received and it is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT that you look at your schedule again to note any changes that were needed.

I apologize, but I missed some things in the scheduling process that required changes – a fair number on Oct 14 – but there were also a few others scattered over the two months involved. The schedule is now LOCKED through the end of November.

If you need to make a change, there will be a minimum $50 fine. If you wait until less than 7 days before you need to cancel a game, the fine will be $100. If you wait until the day before your game, or you simply fail to show up at the scheduled game, the fine will be $150. All fines will be billed to your club and clubs that do not pay their fines can be placed in bad standing. PLEASE don’t let this happen.

I hope to have the schedule for December play dates published within the next 48 hours and will send another email at that time providing you 72 hours to review the schedule and provide feedback on our feedback form.

Thanks for working with me to make our kid’s soccer experience the best experience possible.

Maggie Barton
PCSJL Scheduling Coordinator

U9-14 PCJSL Schedule (Oct 14 – Nov 18) is live

U9-14 PCJSL Schedule (Oct 14 – Nov 18) is live

Dear Coaches, Managers and Team Contacts,

All games for October 14, 21, 28 and Nov 4, 11, and 18 have been assigned to fields and times. If you are associated with a U9 or U10 team, please remember that you won’t see any games for November or December until after PCJSL re-flights those younger teams and posts the second Play Block for those ages in early November.

Please review the six dates above and provide any necessary feedback using the form that can be accessed at https://goo.gl/forms/dAHY0BUhkXW5c0673 . If you delete this email, you can find the link to this form on the PCJSL web site home page, just above the calendar near the bottom of the page. I will accept feedback for these six dates (please no emails or telephone calls) until midnight on Wednesday, Oct 4. After that time, any change that is made to any play date in Oct or Nov will cause your club to be fined. Please see the PCJSL Administrative Handbook, pg19-20 for information about fines and the process for rescheduling a match that you cancel.

I plan to schedule the remaining three dates (Dec 2, 9 and 16) in the next two or three days and will again provide several days for you to review and provide feedback about those last three dates before locking the schedule.

I look forward to any feedback you provide and will make every effort to work with you and your concerns.

Respectfully,
Maggie Barton
PCJSL Scheduling Coordinator

PCJSL Scheduling In Progress

PCJSL Scheduling In Progress

Dear All,

Some of you may have noticed that games have been assigned to fields and times for Oct 14. I will continue moving through the schedule one date at a time, but I figured I could provide you the opportunity to give feedback starting immediately rather than waiting until all dates through Dec 16 are finished.

As you see things that concern you, I am happy to accept your feedback, BUT I am respectfully asking that you do not call me OR email me with this feedback. I need to stay focused on the scheduling process and having to stop to answer phone calls and/or address a full email inbox prevents me from doing that. More importantly, when I work from different computers/devices, I need to have a centralized place to find the information you are asking me to address. The Google Doc form that we’ve been using for the past two seasons has worked well, so that’s where you need to go if you have a problem to report. Here’s the link: https://goo.gl/forms/QfBgeP9j01P0a4Mz2

Once I start working the problem, I will likely respond to you by email and I will always try to include the game number(s) in the subject line of the email. It is important that you respond back to me using that same email subject line so that we can keep track of the important information. There are currently 565 games in the GotSoccer system for this Fall 2017 event and I cannot keep track of anything without a game number to reference. Please help me by providing this information when there is any kind of issue with a game.

When all games in the schedule are assigned to fields and times, I will send another email giving everyone at least 72 hours for one final look. Then the entire schedule will be locked (Oct 7 is the only locked date right now) and your club will be fined if you need to reschedule. Please refer to pages 19-20 in the PCJSL Administrative Handbook for information about fines and the rescheduling process.

Here’s the link again for the Scheduling Problem report form:

https://goo.gl/forms/QfBgeP9j01P0a4Mz2 .

The text from this email will also be posted on the PCJSL.COM home page.

Thank you all very much!

Maggie Barton
PCJSL Scheduling Coordinator

U9-14 October 7 schedule published (COACHES PLEASE REVIEW IMMEDIATELY)

U9-14 October 7 schedule published (COACHES PLEASE REVIEW IMMEDIATELY)

Dear coaches, team managers and team contacts,

The PCJSL schedule for Oct 7 is published. This date was published so that you can look at it and then I can “lock” it and get it to our referee assignor for assigning. If you see a problem, please email pcjsl.scheduler@gmail.com as soon as possible. I will only accept emails about Oct 7 and try to accommodate concerns until Monday, Oct 25 at midnight. After that, the schedule for Oct 7 will be locked and any changes will cause your club to be fined. Please see the PCJSL Administrative Handbook for information regarding fines and rescheduling games.

I will continue working on the remainder of the schedule (dates from Oct 14 through Dec 16) and hope to publish it next week. The scheduling process is going slowly due to the number of coaches with multiple teams and my attempts to create as few conflicts as possible when scheduling nearly 500 games.

Please remember if you coach more than one team, you are responsible to arrange for another AYSA approved adult from your club to be with your team when you cannot be there. I will make every effort to prevent conflicts, but with 36 of you it is close to impossible to make it happen every week and in many cases it is going to require that you drive from one field complex to another.

***DEADLINE FOR FEEDBACK RE:OCT 7 is Monday, Sept 25 at midnight!!!***

2017 Fall Schedule

Thanks,
Maggie Barton
PCJSL Scheduling Coordinator

U9-14 Flights are Set; Scheduling is underway

U9-14 Flights are Set; Scheduling is underway

Dear coaches, managers and team contacts,

Thank you very much for the thoughtful feedback provided regarding the flighting process. We have been through all feedback forms and made every attempt to adjust the flights in a way that was fair to all teams. Unfortunately, nothing is perfect and we have neither control over how many teams register in any given age group nor how many of those teams are returning with play histories v new teams that are “unknowns.” We simply try as hard as we can to create the best competitive environment possible for the kids. Please know that many hours were spent looking through information provided by many of you in order to do the best job possible.

The scheduling process has started and no further changes will be made to the flights until November when we look at all U9 and U10 games to see if adjustments are needed at those age levels only. At that time, we may also be adding more U9 and U10 teams and those teams will be given only three games for the fall season.

Clearly, due to the “out of format” concerns that had to be addressed earlier this month, we are behind the timeline that was posted on the web site and in our handbook, but I am working as quickly as possible to get a schedule published so that you all have three or four days to review it for errors and I have time to make corrections and then get it to our assignors no later than Sept 30.

Please understand that scheduling 450+ games in this short time frame will not happen without some mistakes, so your attention to detail AS SOON AS I PUBLISH THE SCHEDULE will be greatly appreciated. An email will go out when I publish with a three or four-day deadline to provide feedback. Please don’t ignore this.

Fixing things before we lock the schedule will prevent your club from being fined when you later discover a problem. Once the schedule is locked no changes will be made without a fine being imposed. Please see pages 19-20 of the PCJSL Administrative Handbook for more information about rescheduling, and the fines that are incurred when you need to make a change.

Respectfully,

Maggie Barton

PCJSL Scheduling Coordinator

Preliminary Flighting for U9-14 teams

Preliminary Flighting for U9-14 teams

Dear Coaches, Managers and Team Contacts,

I have just posted the Google Document with Fall 2017 Preliminary Flighting information for all U9-14 teams. Where possible we tried to follow the flighting protocol discussed at pages 16-18 in the PCJSL Administrative Handbook. In one situation (U13 and U14 girls), due to having only two U14 teams sign up, we had to adjust the normal protocol and create a combined U13-14 division so that the two U14 teams would have a place to play. We did this by adding the top three U13 teams to the two U14 teams to create a five team division. PLEASE NOTE THAT NEITHER OF THE U14 TEAMS IS A “PURE” U14 TEAM – there are multiple younger players on both teams.

You can find the preliminary flighting document at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1KVDm6Z6FYmIZ4xJfZk_sPyr0RI6xxqEZjd3008JSYfA/edit?usp=sharing .

It is extremely important that you review this document ASAP because the flighting needs to be finalized quickly. A google feedback form has also been posted and if you have concerns about your team’s placement, you have until Thursday, Sept 14 at midnight to fill out this form. Please DO NOT send emails regarding flighting – use the form. Feedback received AFTER midnight on Thursday, Sept 14 will not be considered in the flighting process.

The Google Flighting Feedback form can be found at https://goo.gl/forms/lGGIA6hGY96nqwPx2 .

Please provide as much detailed information as possible to help the league operations committee make decisions about your concerns; flighting decisions will be made taking all teams and players into consideration. Your understanding will be appreciated if we are unable to accommodate your specific request.

Thanks,
Maggie Barton
PCJSL Scheduling Coordinator

U15-19 Schedule is LOCKED!

U15-19 Schedule is LOCKED!

Dear coaches, managers and team contacts,

The Fall 2017 U15-19 schedule is locked! Changes can no longer be made without causing your club to incur a fine. In other words, if you cannot play a game on a date where you were scheduled AND YOU DIDN’T FILL OUT THE GOOGLE FEEDBACK FORM to notify PCJSL about the problem prior to Sept 1, you will be fined according to the schedule laid out at page 19 of the PCJSL Administrative Handbook, which is posted on the PCJSL web site (and which you all stated you had read before you were allowed to submit your registration for the season. Please remember to look at the schedule again because there were changes made to accommodate a few mistakes and a few cases where I was able to find space for a game that needed to be rescheduled due to the “second tournament” accommodation that we created in lieu of giving teams two black-out dates. (See page 13 of the Handbook).

Where I was unable to find space, the following games were removed from the schedule due to one or both teams needing to reschedule and instructions about rescheduling were provided to the coach/manager who notified PCJSL about the problem:

Sept 9
Game 299 – CDO 99G Blue v FC Sonora Lady Hawks

Sept 16
Game 256 – CDO 03/04G Gold v Freedom 03 Dynamite

Oct 7
Game 317 – TVSC 99B Blue v Fort Lowell Nero 99 Thundercats
Game 286 – FC Sonora Lady Hawks v CDO 01/02G Gold

Oct 21
Game 44 – Fort Lowell 02 Eintracht Eagles v TSA 02G Black

Oct 28
Game 312 Fort Lowell TM Deportivo Mexico v TSA 01B Red

These games need to be placed back on the schedule as soon as possible. There may be some Saturday options available for fields, but you cannot assume the field you see as “open” on the schedule is available – YOU MUST CHECK WITH ME ( pcjsl.scheduler@gmail.com ). Many of your opponents may already have a Saturday game and not be willing to play a double-header, so it may require you to find a field in the middle of the week.

Once you have a field and an agreement with your opponent to play at a specific date and time, please get me that information (do not forget to include the game number in your email) and I will place it on the GotSoccer schedule so that it no longer shows as “Unassigned.” Please remember that PCJSL needs a minimum of one week to assign referees, so don’t send me an email about a reschedule with less than one week left before you want to play.

All teams are expected to play their full six game schedule. Failure to cooperate with your opponent in re-scheduling one of these matches isn’t good for the league and is unfair to your opponent. Please help us get all games back on the schedule.

Thanks to all for cooperating with the creation of this season’s schedule. I look forward to an awesome soccer season!~

Best,
Maggie Barton
PCJSL Scheduling Coordinator