Mini Soccer Information
Prior to the start of every season the District sends game schedules and a VYSA Mini Guide to the Clubs for their mini teams. Discipline is rarely reported at the mini level but when it is the VYSA Mini Coordinator deals with the issues on a case-by-case basis and when required forwards incidents to either the VYSA Boys’ Discipline Chair or the VYSA Girls’ Discipline Chair. Direct any problems or complaints to the Mini Scheduler and they will be followed up right away.
Worthwhile noting are the following items covered in the VYSA Mini Guide:
- Coaches must realize they cannot enter the field of play unless invited by the referee and that includes the Mini game.
- Coaches must understand that they cannot question the referee's interpretation of the Laws of the Game.
- Coaches must understand they are responsible for making sure their parents do not enter the field of play and do not question or attempt to instruct referees.
- Coaches must continually remind parents that they should be giving positive encouragement to the players, and not criticizing or yelling at them, the referee or making negative comments about the other team
- Please also advise your team’s supporters not to approach the referee or any child on the opposing team.Young referees will make mistakes. It is very important to be supportive and patient with them, and prevent sideline criticism by supporters.
- Please note: In keeping with the BCSA Discipline Guidelines, disciplinary action will be taken against the offending team official should the referee report excessive disputing of calls or referee harassment.
- The referee is in charge of the game. This authority is total and should not be challenged. The referee is under no obligation to explain his actions. The referee may report after game misconduct.
- Team officials are responsible for the behaviour of their fans. Speak to your fans before the referee has to request you to do so. If requested by the referee to control sideline behaviour, a team official could be reported for failing to use best efforts to comply with this request.
A reminder to the team officials at the younger age levels:
“A coach’s mission is essentially to convey knowledge and social skills to young players. To achieve this, the coach must understand children’s characteristics and take into account age and skills. In short, the coach must teach through encouragement and achievement. “Play” is children’s main activity, an essential need and innate in all children. Thus the main objectives of soccer at these ages are to introduce children to the practices of soccer through play” Measured in the context of the physiological, emotional and mental developments that take place during childhood, it is essential that players be permitted and even encouraged to make mistakes. This is the only way they can achieve the practice required to refine their ball control and decision-making skills in a competitive setting. Some coaches will always want to win at all costs, regardless of whether or not there are league standings. This is an unfortunate reality of community children’s sport. However, the LTPD approach to competition below U12 provides the best overall incentive for coaches and players to focus on broad-based player development instead of a “win at all costs” approach.
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