This NSL monthly newsletter summarizes the month’s news and notes from various league constituents. In this edition:
- Executive Director News
- Technical Director News
- Marketing News
- Policies, Procedures, & Operations
Executive Director News
The NSL fall season is in full swing and we have been encouraged by the level of play and the passion from all our member teams. It’s been great to see the enthusiasm of the players, coaches, and parents as we near the halfway point of the season. Keep up the great work!
We are currently developing a new league structure for 2018 which will feature both elite and premier divisions. More information on the format and benefits will come after the NSL AGM to be held on 1/22/18.
The newly designed NSL website will be launched on November, 1 and we’re excited to provide all our members an improved platform to showcase news & success stories from around the league. An announcement will be made on our social media accounts once the site is launched.
Northeast Soccer League | Compete, Develop, Succeed
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Technical Director News
Thanks for everyone’s efforts over the course of the fall season and it’s been great to meet so many coaches and teams over the course of the season on the sidelines as I visit games. There have been some great performances and thank you for the encouraging words and constructive input on what we need to do to push the league forward.In the last newsletter, I referenced our commitment as a league towards improved ethics and code of conduct from everyone involved in the league. I want to reinforce that our Coaches Code of Conduct stresses the following;
Parental behavior by both teams and behavior by the CLUB’S coaching staff was poor. The game had to be stopped to tell the CLUB’S coach to stop shouting outbursts onto the field at the referee and far side AR2. The coach was not dismissed but still showed poor behavior. In the second half, the game needed to be stopped so the referee could warn the spectator side that they were not permitted to shout and yell at the referee or the assistant referee. After an offside call by the AR2, a parent was dismissed for shouting at the Assistant Referee and yelling at the referee, “You suck!” The game was stopped, the parent was directed to leave the field, and they complied. The game continued and finished without any further dismissals/removals.
In the 74th minute, I dismissed a spectator from the CLUB for using abusive language. AR2 reported repeated insults directed at her throughout the half. The parents kept cursing at the AR, and when the parent said “you’re a worthless piece of shit” the AR turned around. The parent then repeated it saying, “yeah you heard me” and said it again. The AR called me over, one parent walked away, and I ordered the other to leave. Play restarted with a throw-in.
I am sure that anyone who reads these comments will agree that they are wholly unacceptable and have no place in our game. For coaches who face the challenge of dealing with parents of this kind or even clubs that have coaching challenges, I would suggest you ask those involved to imagine that the official is their own child. How would they then feel if their own child was spoken to in the same way?Let’s all make a commitment to be the league where the behavior referenced above is never accepted, expected or condoned!
All the best for the rest of the fall season.
Technical Director Maple Soccer
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