A.The Smoky Mountain Middle School Soccer
League is operated by volunteers and all situations involving league rules are
decided by a board based on the information at hand and to the best interest of
the majority of the teams involved.
A.No Player may be 16 at anytime
during his or her soccer season.
B.Smoky Mountain Middle School
Soccer League is limited to 6th, 7th, and 8th
graders.Beginning with the Spring
2014 season, no 5th graders are permitted to play in this league.
C.Schools containing 6th,
7th, and 8th graders: Players must play for the school
they attend.If a player attends a
school that does not field a team, then the player may try out for another team
in the immediate area with prior approval by the league commissioner, and
the school the player is trying out for has held tryouts and has been unable to
fill their roster. The school may not cut any player attending their school in
order to add a player from another school.
D.Schools that have split grades
between 6th, 7th, and 8th graders: A team must
be composed of only 6th, 7th, and 8th
graders.Players that are in the 9th
grade and attend the same school as 8th graders are not permitted to
play in this league.The split schools
must combine 6th, 7th, and 8th graders to form
the middle school team.Players must
play for the school they attend.If a
player attends a school that does not field a team, then the player may try out
for another team in the immediate area with prior approval by the league
commissioner.And, the school the player
is trying out for has held tryouts and has been unable to fill their roster.
The school may not cut any player attending their school in order to add a
player from another school.
E.Home schooled students may
participate in this league provided ALL of the following conditions are
1.They must play on the team for
the public school for which they are zoned or would normally attend.
2.They cannot play on a private
3.If the school for which they are
zoned and would normally attend does not have a team then they will be eligible
for play for the nearest public school with prior approval by the league
4.They can only be added to a roster
if the school has held tryouts and has been unable to fill their roster. The
school may not cut any player attending their school in order to add a home
5.Once all of the above conditions
are met, the home schooled player becomes one of the available players in the
pool and can be placed on any of the teams for that school at the discretion of
F.Girlsmay play on a Boys team in order
to make a minimum roster of 15 players.A team cannot cut boys from the roster in order to make room for the
girls.Girls can only be added to max
out the roster at 15 players.No more
than one third (33%) of a boy’s roster can be composed of girls.Boys are not permitted to play on a Girls
1.Schoolswith multiple teams: Girls cannot
be added to any team if there are enough boys to create a roster of 15 boys on
each team.The first team and subsequent
teams must contain a maximum of 15 boys before adding girls to the last team.
G.No player shall be registered on
more than one team, or play for more than one team at any time during his/her
season including the season end tournament.There shall be no guest players for the season or tournament.
H.A team can declare a maximum of
20 registered players (except when adding girls to a boys team) for the
official game roster and the game roster cannot change after the Add/Drop
deadline.You may register more than 20
players on your team, however only 20 may be designated as game players.All others will be listed as “Practice
Players” and cannot participate in the league or tournament games.The practice players must be indentified on
the team registration form.
III.PRACTICE TIMES, GAMES, AND FIELDS
A.Practice begins February 1st
for the boys spring season and July 1st for the girls fall
season.Insurance is in effect at these
times.Practices times are unlimited
however teams are encouraged to schedule practice times in consideration of
B.Games will be scheduled on Monday
and Thursday evenings.It may be
necessary to schedule some games on other days.All teams may reschedule a game for whatever day and time they can agree
with their opponent in case of a conflict.The home team will be responsible for notifying the referee in the event
of a rescheduled game.
C.Game start times will be 5:30 PM,
however a team may change the start time due to travel complications provided
the opposing team agrees.
D.Regular season games are 35
minute halves with a 10 minute halftime break.The Referee may shorten any halve to allow for completion of the game if
needed.Tie games stand during the
regular season.Games completed to
halftime are considered complete in the event of a necessary game
stoppage.All scheduled games must be
played during the season.Cancelled
games must be rescheduled ASAP.A team
that fails to play a rescheduled game for reasons other than weather will be
penalized by forfeit.Any team that has
refused to play a maximum of three regular season games will be disqualified
for play in the season end tournament.No refund will be given to a team that does not play in the tournament
for any reason.Season end tournament
rules may differ.
E.The HOME team is responsible for
the following prior to the start of each game.
1.Prepare playing field properly
2.Nets, corner flags, size 5 game
ball, and uniform change.
3.Provide a certified center
referee (USSF or AYSO).
4.Assistant referees are
optional.If parents are used, there
must be one from each team.Tournament
games will have full certified referee crews assigned by the league
5.Contact the opposing team at
least 24 hours prior to the start of the game.
F.The minimum field size for all
league and tournament games must be 50 yards wide by 90 yards long.
G.All players must wear shin
guards.No jewelry is allowed. Safety
goggles are permitted and preferred if necessary.If a player wears regular glasses during the
game, a waiver of liability must be shown to the opposing team and the referee
prior to the start of the game.
H.Only the registered Head
Coach and Assistant Coaches for the teams playing the game may be present in
the coaching area. The Team Manager may be present in the coaching area if
either or all of the coaches are not available.No substitutes for coaches or managers allowed.Only the registered players for the game
being played are permitted on the team side of the field.All other individuals must remain on the
spectator side of the field.
I.All rules applying to the game
itself, or not contained herein, or any resulting disputes regarding rules,
shall be resolved under USYSF rules.
IV.POINT SYSTEM AND DIVISIONS
A.The point system for the regular
season division standings will be 3 points for a win; 1 point for a tie; 0
points for a loss.
B.Teams will be grouped in the
regular season based on various criteria including competition history of the
school, location, size, and input from the coaches.
C.Beginning with the Spring 2014
season, there is no longer a junior varsity (JV) division in the regular season
or tournament play.Schools are free to
place 6th, 7th and 8th graders on any team.
D.Team placement for tournament
bracketing will take into account the standings within their regular season
division, points in the division, head to head competition, cross divisional
game results, and goal differential with opposing teams in league play.The tournament committee reserves the right
to move teams up or down from their regular season placement as needed to
create competitive matchups in each tournament division and/or to balance the number
of teams in each division.
A.Good behavior by all parties is
critical to the development of this program and its participants.This is and will continue to be raised as
safe haven for good soccer.Bad sportsmanship
shown by coaches, or observed from parents or players will not be tolerated.The league will not hesitate to punish, or
even remove a team from the league if problems of this nature occur.It is up to each group to make sure that all
interested parties police themselves in this area.The league Code of Sportsmanship and
Behavior policy and form must be signed by both players and parents, and kept
with the team.Please remind parents
that this program is volunteer and not officially affiliated with the schools
administration in any way.Please bring
all comments, conditions, situations and problems to league commissioner
through the coach or manager.Issues
will not be discussed with the parents until it is addressed through the team
coach and/or manager first.Failure for
a team, coach, manager, player, or parent to comply with the Code of
Sportsmanship and Behavior policy can result in warning, suspension, banned
from post season tournament play, or removal from the program.In case of possible team or player removal,
an independent board will convene, review the complaint and make the judgment
for punishment.Please do not take this
lightly and follow up with your individual groups to make sure that all
coaches, managers, players, parents, and fans understand this policy
B.Coaches and managers shall review
the dates and deadlines as set forth by the league.Any team that forfeits the tournament or
drops out of the tournament after the Monday prior to the tournament weekend
is in danger of being banned from the tournament the following year.