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East Suburban Soccer League
Woodville, Ohio

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Scheduling Meeting on March 14th 



Ramblings of a soccer fan:

As I was driving to work the other day I was reminded of the June 2, 2010, Major League Baseball game between the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers.  For those of you that don’t recall (or don’t really care), Detroit’s pitcher, Armando Galarraga, had pitched the perfect game through 8 and 2/3 innings.  He was facing his 27th Cleveland batter of the evening.  Cleveland’s Jason Donald hit a ground ball between first and second base, Detroit’s first baseman, Miguel Cabrera, fielded the ground ball and threw it to Galarraga, who was now covering first base.  Galarraga caught the ball, with his foot on first base, a step ahead of Donald reaching first base seemingly closing out the perfect game.  Unfortunately, the first base umpire called the runner safe thus costing Galarraga the perfect game, which, as an aside, would have been the first ever perfect game pitched by a Detroit Tiger pitcher.  (As a side note, the next Cleveland batter grounded out and Detroit won the game 3-0.)  In the firestorm that followed the call there was an outcry for expansion of instant replay in baseball, there were those that wanted the call overturned thereby giving Galarraga his perfect game in the record books, many called for the umpire to be fired, the umpire received threats, etc.

The thing about this situation that stands out to me, and I think is relevant to the ESSL, youth soccer and youth sports in general, is how angry everyone was at this umpire.  We seemingly expect perfection from umpires and referees and become incredibly angry when they are not perfect and don’t see what happens on the field the way we see it.  Worse yet, we often jump to the conclusion that the referee missed the call/made a bad call on purpose because he/she has something against my team. 

An umpire/referee has an incredibly difficult job.  Not only does the referee have to make split second decisions regarding the play on the field, often times, he or she has to do so while being yelled at by fans and coaches for both teams.  The coaches and fans of a specific team most often believe that their players are being fouled or that the majority of the calls are going against them, while the other team’s coaches and fans, who are watching the same game, often believe just the opposite.  It is in this difficult environment that the referee must work.  He/she makes calls based on his/her judgment and on what he/she sees.

Please make sure to respect the referees during your child’s game.  Yes, sometimes they will make mistakes.  They may even make a mistake that costs your child an opportunity to score a goal, but before you go crazy yelling and screaming on the sideline, take a moment to think about which action has the longer term adverse effect on your child and the other children playing in the game – the referee making a mistake or you blowing up on the sideline, embarrassing your child and scaring many children who really just want to play a game with some other children.

Just a little note about the situation referenced above, at the time the umpire made the call he was absolutely convinced he had made the right call.  Later, after seeing the instant replay and finding out he had, in fact, missed the call, he was devastated.  He personally apologized not only to Armando Galarraga, but also to Detroit’s manager, the entire organization and to their fans.  Sometimes people make mistakes.

ESSL Philosophy

The East Suburban Soccer League and it's membership are affiliated with the national organization of The Soccer Association for Youth (SAY). It is their philosophy to provide an organization, within which children can learn and play soccer. The East Suburban Soccer League provides recreational soccer to children of any skill level. There are no try outs and all players play at least 50% of each game. One major goal is for all participants, players, coaches and spectators to have fun. Please remember the East Suburban Soccer League has a "0" tolerance policy in regards to language, fighting and unsportsman like conduct. All Participants, including parents, are urged to display good sportsmanship and remember that in the East Suburban Soccer League, We play soccer "for the fun of it."

The East Suburban Soccer League Board meetings are open to the public. The Board meets the 2nd Wed of each month at 6:30p.m. The location of the meetings change from month to month. Please contact an ESSL board member to inquire about location should you wish to attend a meeting.

The East Suburban Soccer League is made up of all volunteers, if you would like to volunteer or need more information please feel free to contact any Board Member or your District Representative.

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