Mill Creek Optimist Soccer Club, Clayton, IN - Parents Only


Pullen Insurance was recently advised of a fatality which was caused by an unsecured portable goal.  This most unfortunate event occurred during school recess at a local Arkansas elementary school.
While this loss is not connected with US Youth Soccer or any state association, portable goal safety policies and procedures need to be an integral part of a club’s risk management loss prevention program.
“The Indiana soccer family invests thousands of hours every year to provide fun, safe, soccer activities to nearly 60,000 soccer playing members.  The accident, that resulted in the death of nine-year-old Jonathan Nelson of Arkansas, is something that all of want to avoid.  Please allow me to urge each club to implement a disciplined process that checks, rechecks all goals on a regular basis as well as educates all members of the dangers associated with an unsecured goal.  A few dollars and a few minutes can prevent your community from experiencing a similar tragedy.” Dave Guthrie, Executive Director said.
Key elements of a portable goal safety program are as follows:
-  All portable goals must be inspected prior to any activity taking place on the field to assure that portable goals have been secured.
-  Coaches need to communicate with players and their parents the dangers of unsecured portable goals to include horseplay at and around portable goals.
-  Supervision of players
Spring, along with another soccer season, will be here shortly.  Please get this most important message out to your clubs & coaches.
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What’s a handball?

It is when a player (other than the goalkeeper inside his own penalty area) deliberately handles the ball with any part of the arm from the finger tips to the top of the shoulder.

However, a hand ball foul should not be called if: (1) a player is instinctively trying to protect himself from injury or (2) the player did not deliberately touch the ball but the ball hit his arm & he did not move the arm toward the ball.

So, not every ball that hits a player's hand or arm will be called as a handball.


What in the World is Off-Sides? (U12, U14, U18)

What is Off-Sides?  That's such a good question! 

First thing to remember is that a number of people don't quite understand this rule.  It is enforced to keep the offense from positioning a player in front of the goal all the time.  It is also only enforced is our U12 - U18 divisions.  There are no off-sides in U6, U8 or U10.

A player cannot be in an offside position when he is on his own half of the field (i.e. the half his goalkeeper is on), on a goal kick, on a corner kick or on a throw-in.

As simply as possible, a player is offside when (#1) he is nearer to his opponents' goal than BOTH the ball and the second last opponent at the moment the ball is "played" or kicked by a teammate. The other part of this rule states that (#2) the player must be involved in "active play" by either gaining an advantage, or interfering with play, or interfering with an opponent.


Some 'FYI's' to remember:

This rule is a very hard rule to call during the game.  The Assistant Referees need to be watching closely to see where everyone is when the ball is kicked.  Even the best referees in the world miss these calls.  So, during a game, I suggest that we don't argue with the referee over these calls.  You can comment -- just don't argue!  :o) 


Soccer Rules Explained for Parents!


Division Rules

3v3 and 4v4 Soccer Rules.doc
U6 & U8 Rules

6v6 Soccer Rules.docx
U10 Rules

Soccer for Parents - Various Resources

Soccer Pocket Guide
Parent Education (IYSA)
Resources for Parents

Sponsorship Letter

Sponsor Letter.pdf

Related Pages

Parents Only

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