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Monday, July 28, 2014

2014 Homeschool Soccer Update

Yes, there will be a 2014 Soccer Season!
The fields have been secured and planning is underway for the 2014 registration.  
Further information will be added to this blog when we are ready to begin registration.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Soccer Rules! For referees and any interested:
Here are a couple links to basic soccer rules. Please read over them and call or email me if you have any questions. I know there will be a learning curve for some of us. That's ok. Again, don't hesitate to call me (Jamison) at 503-932-1985 if you have questions.

This first link, soccer for parents, has more explanation and is a little more fun to read.

This second link is simpler, shorter and more to the point.

Thank you for volunteering to help this year with homeschool soccer! This is going to be fun! Even if you're a little (or a lot) nervous about being a ref, I'm sure you will have fun too. After a little experience, the comfort level tends to go up quickly. I know mine sure did!
Here are some basics to remember:
Attitude is the main thing.
Use your position to encourage and enforce good sportsmanship.
You are in a good position to instruct and affirm kids, especially but not only, with the younger teams. You are not only there to make official calls.
Use your whistle (and your voice) boldly! The whistle makes an announcement to the whole field, so please blow it loudly and clearly. This helps players, coaches and parents to understand what is going on. This will help you earn the respect of the players too, since an unsure whistle gives the impression of an unsure ref.
Also, you are in charge of timing the game, unless you delegate that to another, so bring a stopwatch or other appropriate timepiece.
And, we will enforce the offsides rule with the 12+ games only. We will instruct kids 9-11 about offsides, but we will not disallow goals because of it.

Finally, our first game day is this coming Saturday. You'll be hearing from me shortly with your game assignments. Again, thank you.