2017 Fall Season Volunteer



​(2017-06-27) Keeping the Skills Practices

Greetings Summersill Soccer Club Family,

​Starting Wed, 05 July at 6:30pm, SSC staff is going to begin their "Keeping the Skills" practices every Wed. During the off season, the soccer players tend to lose a lot of the skills they built throughout the previous soccer season. What this practice will do is allow the players of all ages to continue to build upon what they have already learned and better prepare them for the upcoming 2017 fall season. The only gear your child will need to bring with them is their soccer ball, cleats, shin guards, a water bottle, and a positive, ready to learn attitude. Everything else equipment wise will be provided by the club. Some focus points during these practices will be positive ball control, improved footwork, shot accuracy, passing techniques, and goal keeper techniques. Our goal with this off season training is to improve your children's soccer skills while building better teamwork among the players.


(2017-02-17) Message from the NCYSA President

Greetings Everyone,

With the Spring season getting under way this past weekend, now is a good time (maybe late) to remind everyone of a few important items.

   1.  The NCYSA Board of Directors adopted at our recent AGM, the following guideline on players who are sent off from a match due to receiving 2 yellow cards or a straight red.

Players will remove jersey and remain on team bench and be the responsibility of the coach/team. While on the bench, should the player’s conduct warrant it, the referee can then have the player removed from the pitch. Must be with a risk managed team official (team manager, asst. coach, team official). If there isn’t one available, then with a parent.

The State Referee community is aware of this change and will be implementing immediately. If by chance, you have a player receiving 2 yellows or a straight red and this guideline is not followed by the referee, please take a moment and advise NCYSA. This is a Risk Management issue and we need to address any non-compliance.

It’s important to keep this in mind. Should a player or the team of the offending player not comply with this directive, the referee will have the ability to abandon the match, resulting in a win for the opponent.

   2.  NCYSA needs to remind everyone of the No Heading Policy which was adopted beginning with the Fall, 2016 season.

NO HEADING is allowed in any small sided match (12U and younger). In matches for 13U and older, the roster/team could include 12U and younger players. A 12U player on the 13U roster/team, may head the ball. For the player 11U or younger playing on a 13U team or older, if heading occurs by a player 11U and younger, the referee will not stop play and issue an indirect free kick. It would be very difficult for a referee to be able during the run of play to determine if a player that heads the ball is 11U or younger or 12U and older. As stated by the Federation, it will be the coach and parent’s responsibility to “police” a child 11U and younger on heading in a 13U and older match.

 Other Items needing attention:

1.  Foul and abusive language continues to be an issue. NCYSA D&A continues its policing of this issue and typically results in a minimum 2 match sit-out. NCYSA has reminded the Referee community of our efforts and will continue to address this in every match. 

2.  Discrimination:  In June, 2016, NCYSA adopted policy regarding Discrimination. The number of occurrences regarding contemptuous, discriminatory and/or denigrating words or actions concerning race, color, language, religion, gender, origin or sexual orientation continue. Penalties are severe for this type of conduct and I hope you will take steps to ensure all are aware of the policy. Here is a link to the policy.

At our recent Symposium weekend in Greensboro, we also addressed a couple of Risk Management Concerns.

1.  15 Passenger Vans:  NCYSA liability coverage does not apply when organizations use 15 passenger vans.

2.  Portable/Pop-up Tents:  Injuries occur when portable pop up canopies are not properly anchored. If you use pop ups be sure they are anchored sufficiently. The stakes typically provided with the canopy/tent will not be sufficient if the amount of wind is more than a blow. 

NCYSA Staff is available to help with any issue or concern you may have. Please contact us if you have concerns. From NCYSA, we wish you all a very successful Spring season.

Please do all you can to protect your members, players, and spectators.

M.Keith Price
President, NCYSA


(2017-01-18) New Club Partnership

Summersill Soccer Club is proud to announce their new partnership with West Coast GoalKeeping starting this upcoming season. West Coast GoalKeeping is a goalkeeper focused company located in Seattle WA whose goal is to bring the best quality gloves in the world to all Goalkeepers at every level, with a great price! Their gloves have been worn in some of the biggest leagues in the world from MLS, USL, NASL, FA CUP, NWSL, La Liga, SPL, Irish Airtricity, SkyBet Championship, Skrill Pro, League 1, La Liga and many more! West Coast GoalKeeping's gloves are created, designed, tested and then worn by Pro's. You will be wearing the identical glove that is on our Pro's Hands! Every West Coast gloves includes features like: Removable Fingersaves, 4mm German Latex, Free Flex Thumb and comes with a 30 Day Try and Wear Money Back Guarantee! If interested in obtaining more information to assist your teams goal keeper in performing to the best of their ability, check them out at  and contact Chris Lafauvre at


(2016-09-18) US Youth Soccer announces relabeling of age groups and heading restriction recommendations

FRISCO, Texas (Sept. 16, 2016) — The 2016-17 youth soccer season will be a transitional year as leagues, clubs and teams begin to implement the U.S. Soccer mandates. US Youth Soccer would like to outline the relabeling of age group terminology and offer recommendations for implementing the heading restrictions.

US Youth Soccer is in the process of relabeling age groups — moving the word “under” to the opposite side of the numeral to reflect the new player registration by birth year. For example, the Under-10 age group becomes 10-and-Under to clarify that players in the age group can be 10 years old and younger. With this change, the shorthand for labeling age groups will change from U-10 to 10-U.

For those clubs or leagues adopting player registration by year of birth for the 2016-17 soccer year, here is a chart that shows the birth year for that season. Please note that when determining the age group for a season, the year the competition ends should be used. For example, a player born in 2007 would be in the 10-and-Under age group for the 2016-17 soccer year (2017 – 2007 = 10.)

Heading Restriction Implementation Recommendations

The 11-U play group, formerly referred to as U-11, is the group most affected by players age 10 and younger because players turn 11 years old over the range of a year. Therefore, deliberate heading is not allowed in 11-U games.

If a 10-year-old or younger player is playing in an age group older than 11-U (ex: 10-year-old playing with a 12-U team), then that 10-year-old or younger player may not head the ball regardless of the age group in which the he or she participates.

Special note: the overriding principle is that a player age 10 or younger may not head the ball no matter which age group the player plays. This requires education and support from the coach and parent to instruct the player accordingly.

US Youth Soccer suggests that any league that combines 11-U and 12-U for competition should strongly consider not allowing heading in any game in that combined group’s play.

(2016-09-05) NCYSA U12 and under NO HEADING Rules as of 9/01/2016:

NO HEADING is allowed in any small sided match (U12 and younger). In matches for U13 and older, the roster/team could include U12 and younger players. A U12 player on the U13 roster/team, may head the ball. For the player U11 or younger playing on a U13 team or older, if heading occurs by a player U11 and younger, the referee will not stop play and issue an indirect free kick. It would be very difficult for a referee to be able during the run of play to determine if a player that heads the ball is U11 or younger or U12 and older. As stated by the Federation, it will be the coach and parent’s responsibility to “police” a child U11 and younger on heading in a U13 and older match. 


Lightning and Thunder Protocol
After reviewing information from the National Lightning Safety Institute, NCYSA has adopted the following protocol for lightning safety which will go into effect immediately.  No more counting seconds to determine whether to halt play. The new protocol goes like this:

- If you see lightning, clear the field.

- If you hear thunder, clear the field.

-Play will be halted for a minimum of 30 minutes.

-If no lightning is spotted during the 30minutes and/or no thunder is heard during the 30 minutes, play will resume.

-If lightning is seen and/or thunder is heard during the 30 minute period, the clock starts over.

-No play will resume until a minimum of 30 minutes passes with no thunder and/or no lightning.

The North Carolina Soccer Referee Association is in full support of this new NCYSA protocol. ALL NCSRA referees are being notified of this new protocol and are being instructed to impose the new protocol effective immediately.  Thunder and lightning is extremely unpredictable. The threat is too dangerous and it just isn’t worth taking the chance.


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