Need everyones help to make sure field areas remain clean and safe.

It has been noted that players have been leaving used plastic water bottles and caps as well as food and candy wrapers on the ground at various field locations. Everyone is reminded that trash on the fields can cause injuries to players. Parents, coaches we need to clean up our problem. Also please bring trash bags to remove orange skins. Finally rocks and sticks that our less intrested fans throw on field surfaces have also become a problem that risk injury to players. We are asking all spectators to pick up all debris and trash and remove it from our field locations to keep the kids safe. If you see something that does not belong please pick it up. Thanks in advance.



For everyone's safety, Do Not Exceed 5 MPH when driving into the GHYSA field complex, Watch for Chlidren.

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Parents’ Responsibilities

1. Provide transportation to and from all practices and games ensuring that the player is prompt (on time or early) not only in arriving but also in departure.

2. Lend the young players your support in a positive manner. Do not point out their mistakes, leave that up to the coach; instead, emphasize their accomplishments and efforts. Be positive. Never criticize.

3. If unable to attend the practices or games teach children not to talk with or leave practices or games with strangers.

4. Ensure child brings equipment to and from all soccer games and practices when appropriate.(Water Bottle with water, Ball, Shin guards and socks, Proper foot wear, Proper clothing based on the weather)

5. Be available to kick the ball around with your child!

6. Avoid material rewards. Build the attitude that the rewards lie in the fun of playing.

7. Be a good listener. Make them feel important and let them know that they are contributing to a team effort.


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Players’ Responsibilities

1. To arrive at practice and games on time.

2. To bring proper equipment to each practice and game.

3. To treat teammates and coaches with respect.

4. To play within the intent of the rules.

5. To tell the coach if they will miss a game or practice.

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Player Equipment
Encourage each player to have his or her own ball and to use it often, not just during team practice. Players will not derive maximum benefit from practice unless they each have their own ball for warm-ups and individual drills.
Soccer balls come in a variety of sizes, each designated by a number:
•size #3 - smallest standard size, for the youngest players (U-6 to U-8).
•size #4 - intermediate size, appropriate for U-9 through U-12.
•size #5 - largest standard size, for U-13 to adult.

See the League rules if you are uncertain which size is specified for players in your age group.

An absolute requirement for games, should also be worn for all practices. The pull- “legging” type with foam padding protecting the front of the leg from ankle to shin is an excellent shin guard. Shin guards with plastic inserts offer additional protection, especially for the older player. Consider wash ability when selecting a shin guard. The shin Guards should be completely covered by the socks.

Recommended, but not absolutely required by the league. Baseball or football type shoes with square or rectangular cleats are not legal for soccer. Soccer cleats for most recreational play must be rubber or molded plastic (no metal cleats), and no less than 3/8 inch in diameter. Sneakers may be worn.

WATER BOTTLE (with identifying marks on it)
Fresh water should be available to your players at each practice and game. It is easier for the coach if each player provides his or her own water bottle.

Shirts and socks are provided for each player by the league. See the parent letter for a description of the well dressed soccer player. Player will need to provide thier own shorts and as the weather turns cooler sweat suits. Team jersey will be worn outside of any cool weather clothing. No alterations are to be made to uniforms (e.g. names). Non-uniform clothing is allowed based on weather conditions, but uniforms must still distinguish teams.

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Avoid Muscle Cramping
Athletes need more potassium to replace that lost from muscle during exercise and the smaller amount lost in sweat. Low potassium can cause muscle cramping and cardiovascular irregularities. Eating foods high in potassium can prevent these symptoms. One cup of orange juice, or a banana is sufficient to replace the potassium lost during one to two hours of hard exercise. Sport drinks are poor sources of potassium.


Apple: raw 1 large
Applesauce:1/2 cup
*Banana: raw 1 medium
Blueberries:1/2 cup
*Cantaloup: 1/2 cup
Grapes: 10 medium
*Honeydew melon: 3/4 cup
*Nectarine: raw 1 medium
Orange: raw 1 medium
Orange juice: 1 cup   
Peaches: raw 1 medium   
Pears: dried, cooked, unsweetened 1/2 cup
*Raisins:1/4 cup
Strawberries: 1 cup
Watermelon: raw About 1 3/4 cups diced

We won' cover vegetables, meats and dairy sources.

US Youth Soccer Athletic Nutrition for Young Athletes

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Nutrition Pyramid
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US Youth Soccer Eating to Play Article

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Powering the muscles

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Inform kids about good nutrition.

Soccer players need energy, which comes from food, to achieve and maintain top-notch athletic performance; young athletes need even more energy to fuel growth and development.

Carbohydrates provide the primary source of energy for the high intensity nature of soccer, insufficient carbohydrates can result in fatigue and decreased performance.

Carbohydrates can be found in starchy and sweet foods, such as rice, breads, cereal, pasta and vegetables, as well as, fruit juices, frozen yogurt and sports drinks.

Players should eat at least a small meal 2 to 4 hours before the game to prevent "starving" the muscles of the fuel they will need.

Bring foods and drinks for a snack break during the game to supply energy for the second half of the game.

The after-game celebration should include carbohydrate- rich food to replenish and re-fuel tired muscles.

Carbohydrate-rich foods should make up 55-65% of the total calories in the diet.

Young players need 200-300 grams of carbohydrates per day; teens need 300-400 grams or more, depending on the level of activity.

Amounts of carbohydrates in some food:

Bagel: 35-40 grams
Sports drink: (8 lf. Oz.) 15-20 grams
Granola Bars: 10-20 grams
Orange: 18 grams
Frozen yogurt bar: 10-20 grams
Toasted oat cereal: (3/4 cup)12 grams

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Prevent Dehydration

If you see any World Cup action, you may recall that players were given water from the sidelines during the games. Young players can learn from this example. Adequate hydration is one of the simplest but most important things players need to feel and perform well.

Kids dehydrate easier than adults. A 90-lb. Child can begin to feel ill after losing as little as a pint of fluid; and can approach life-threatening heat stroke after losing a quart. In hot weather that's easy to do.

Thirst is not a good indicator of the need for fluids. Often, kids don't feel thirsty until after they are dehydrated.

Kids should get into the habit of taking fluids to every game, and every practice, without exception.

Kids should drink fluids frequently, and in small amounts, during play - especially in hot or humid weather.

Water, sports drink and diluted fruit juices are all good choices for fluid replacement during play.

Caffeine, found in some sodas, removes water from the body, and should be avoided for immediate fluid replacement.

Care should be taken that kids do not contaminate common drinking containers by putting their hands into water containers to scoop out water or ice, or by passing around a common drinking bottle.

NEVER withhold fluids from kids; thirst won't make them tough, it will just endanger them. Do not tell kids to just "wet their whistle" or "take a sip!"

There is no magic to orange slices at halftime, especially since some kids don't like them. Plain, cool water, in whatever amounts they want, will do players the most good.


U.S. Soccer Federation Issues Guidelines to Prevent Dangerous Heat Illness in Young Players

5/8/02 11:55 AM

CHICAGO (Wednesday, May 8, 2002) – Children are more susceptible to heat illness than adults. With this in mind and summer heat approaching, the U.S. Soccer Federation – the governing body of all soccer in the United States – has taken a leadership role to develop and distribute Youth Soccer Heat Stress Guidelines for youth coaches and parents.

The goal is to help prevent the potentially deadly effects of heat illness among the 14 million U.S. children who play soccer.

The guidelines provide coaches with an overview of the latest research and information regarding: 1) the physiological factors and soccer-specific factors that place young athletes at risk for heat illness, 2) heat illness prevention techniques and 3) the signs and symptoms of dehydration and heat illness.

"As a U.S. Soccer coach for more than 20 years, I think it’s critical to educate coaches, parents and young players about heat illness, which is the most preventable sports injury, " said John Ellinger, head coach, U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Soccer Team.

To ensure the key points from the guidelines are memorable for coaches, parents and kids, the U.S. Soccer Federation has developed the acronym – G.O.A.L. – which stands for:

* Get acclimated – active kids' (and adults') bodies need time to gradually adapt to increased exposure to high temperatures and humidity. During this eight to 10-day acclimation process, it’s especially important for kids to drink enough fluids.

* On a schedule, drink up – thirst isn't an accurate indicator of fluid needs. Young athletes should be encouraged to drink on a schedule or at regular intervals before they become thirsty.

* Always bring a Gatorade – especially during games and practices in the heat, replacing electrolytes and providing energy is crucial to keeping kids safe and going strong to enjoy their games.

* Learn the warning signs of dehydration and heat illness – if someone becomes fatigued, dizzy, nauseous or has a headache during exercise in the heat, have them stop, rest and drink fluids. Seek medical attention if symptoms persist.

Fluid Guidelines

As one of the best means to preventing heat illness, the U.S. Soccer Federation recommends parents and coaches ensure children are well hydrated before practice and games. During activity, young athletes should drink on a schedule – before they feel thirsty – and consume five to nine ounces of fluid every 20 minutes (a child who weighs less than 90 lbs. needs five ounces of fluid and a child weighing more than 90 lbs. needs nine ounces of fluid).

"It’s crucial that kids drink enough fluids before, during and after activity," said Oded Bar-Or, MD, a contributor to the development of the guidelines and professor of pediatrics and director of the Children’s Exercise and Nutrition Centre at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. "Research we conducted shows that when drinking plain water, children don’t drink enough to avoid dehydration. Compared to water, kids will drink 90 percent more of a flavored sports drink with electrolytes like Gatorade to fully rehydate. It’s important parents and coaches have these types of fluids available for children during activity."

The U.S. Soccer Federation Youth Heat Stress Guidelines were developed under the consultation of Oded Bar-Or, MD, professor of pediatrics and director of the Children’s Exercise and Nutrition Centre at McMaster University and Bill Prentice, PhD, PT, ATC, professor of exercise and sports science and trainer for women’s soccer at the University of North Carolina.

The U.S. Soccer Federation plans to incorporate the Youth Soccer Heat Stress Guidelines into its coaches’ curriculum that will reach thousands of youth soccer coaches across the country.

Founded in 1913, U.S. Soccer is one of the world's first organizations to be affiliated with FIFA, the Federation Internationale de Football Association, soccer's world governing body. As the governing body of soccer in all its forms in the United States, U.S. Soccer has helped chart the course for the sport in the USA for 88 years. In that time, the Federation's mission statement has been very simple and very clear: to make soccer, in all its forms, a preeminent sport in the United States and to continue the development of soccer at all recreational and competitive levels.

For additional information about the U.S. Soccer Federation, please visit its Web site at

Additional Resources:
U.S. Soccer Federation Youth Soccer Heat Stress Guidelines US Soccer Guidelines
Quick Tips for Parents, Coaches and Young Athletes US Soccer Quick Tips
Sweat Fact Sheet Sweat Fact Sheet

The League Parent Letter

Dear Parents,

Welcome to this year's youth soccer season. Soccer is the most widely played team game in the world. It is the most popular spectator sport, followed avidly by hundreds of millions of fans. Soccer is a simple game. It can teach the principals of teamwork and sportsmanship and that is important in life. But most of all its a lot of fun. We will need your help in order to assure safe play and assist in the administration of the team. Parents can help by assisting at practice, keeping time at games, acting as the team parent and assist in tracking rotations. Parents can also volunteer to help paint fields. Parents will need to provide water and high-energy snacks for their players. In past seasons the Team Parent would make a schedule assigning a family for each game that brings oranges and grapes for all the children. This practice of taking turns has proven to be the best way to provide children with energy by removing the distraction of various snacks and it also promotes team building. If you want to do something different discuss it with your coach at first meeting. Also please help us set a good example and be role models, we don’t want to emphasize winning, we want to stress having fun and learning soccer and good sportsmanship.

Also we are asking your help in keeping the field areas clear of trash and debris. Please remind your friends and family to pick up everything and keep the fields clean. Further the league is asking that smokers do not smoke on or around the fields. It's not fare to the kids to have them line up to pick up butts that are discard on the fields. Also note the use of products that contain alcohol are NOT permitted at any GHYSA activity.

Remember the season runs through summer into fall please consider the weather in dressing the players. Sweat suits are usual a good idea for cooler weather but safety equipment must still be worn and the team shirt should be on the outside. A well dressed soccer player has a T-shirt tucked in to a loose fitting pair of shorts and shin guards with a pair of heavy soccer socks over the guards, finished off with a pair of soccer rubber cleats or sneakers. Players may not use spikes from any other sport; soccer cleats are uniquely designed as to not injure opposing players. Players are not allowed to wear any jewelry. It is mandatory that children have a set of shine guards to protect them from injury during practice and games. It is recommended that each child have an age appropriate soccer ball (U-6 & U-8 size 3, U-10 & U-12 size 4, U-13 and up size 5), and a water bottle filled with water. The team will provide a team jersey and socks to be used for games and practice scrimmages.

Coaches will referee the game when no league referee is available. The coaches have a 100% participation goal, which is 50% of game time but reserve the right to remove a child from play for safety issues like an injury to the player or children causing injures to others.

Our goals are:

1. Teach basic fundamentals of soccer and demonstrate the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship.

2. Make new friends and MOST IMPORTANTLY TO HAVE FUN!

Thing you can do to help your player get the most from his/her experience:
1. We encourage you to learn more about the game. The league rules and other material provided by the league can be viewed on our web site. A parent page has been added to our web site. Please feel free to review this material if you have questions about rules or league philosophy, contact your coach.

2. Let your children watch soccer on TV or attend local games. Watching high school, college or professional games will provided them with a chance to learn about the game. Children will choose role models and attempt to emulate their performance and improve their own ability to play and understand the game.

3. When time permits practice at home. Bring the ball with you day to day it doesn’t take much time or space and it really does help. Remember that it should be FUN not work. Better players learn by touching the ball often and gain understanding how to move the ball with both feet.

4. Check us out on the Web at for the latest news and announcements.

Your coach will contact you when practice starts. Practice is scheduled on the same day, location and time each week. Coaches will contact you to hold a parent meeting to give you a chance to ask questions and allow them an opportunity to explain the way the season will happen. Parents please be prompt throughout the season. Field time is limited due to the number of teams using the field. If you can’t make practice or a game let your coach know so they can plan accordingly.

It is strongly recommended that an adult accompany each child at both games and practices, coaches are volunteers who want to teach the children soccer they are not baby sitters. If it is necessary to leave your child at practice you must notify the coach and identify the person, other than parents who are picking up the child.

You will be provided a schedule for all games and the schedule will be posted on the web site. There will be a team pictures, which will be taken at Community Park Field for all age groups. The order form must be completed prior to arrival for photos, see your coach for the form. Payment must be ready prior to arrival for photos. Your Coach will direct you of any last minute changes to the plan. Have your player at the location dressed at least 10 minutes before scheduled shoot time. If you have questions about the photo shoot call John Bender Photography at 1-800-538-8575 or (570) 421-1052. Bender Photography arranges the schedule for team pictures.

If you have any questions please contact your Team Coach.


REFEREES, COACHES and PARENTS together have an enormous impact on the lives of thousands of youth soccer players in the United States. Each parent must be accountable for his actions and teach his own son or daughter to do the same. Referee's, coaches and parents form a trio of role models from which many of our young men and women learn behaviors that they will carry into adulthood. Cooperation, respect and maturity among the adults in soccer will encourage those qualities in the players. Please attend THE PRESEASON PARENT MEETING (your coach will contact you where and when).

If you feel you want to be involved in the program VOLUNTEER. Volunteer to coach. Volunteer to help the coach. Volunteer to become a referee. Volunteer to paint the lines on the field or help to set up equipment at the start of the season. We are all Volunteers and without our efforts the program does not exists. We need your help so become one of us so that the children can continue to play in a positive, fun experience. Your participation in the program is welcome. Indicate your willingness to participate on the registration form.

GHYSA would like to thank the vast majority of parents that support the goals, philosophy and spirit of our organization in creating a positive, fun environment for the children to learn the game of soccer.
Unfortunately each year we have had a problem with a small group or isolated individuals that together do not understand the organizations philosophy and persist in creating a negative environment for our children. Greater Hazleton Youth Soccer Association has adopted the following position in order to provide a positive environment for all children involved as participants in the GHYSA soccer program. We are asking all parents to commit to supporting the GHYSA philosophy and below listed expectations.
GHYSA philosophy can be view on our web site at
Parent who do not support the philosophy and expectation may effect their children's opportunity to participate in the program and may effect the parents opportunity to participate as a spectator. Violation incidents that are not supportive of the organizations philosophy and expectations will be investigated by the board of GHYSA.


1. Show respect to players, coaches, referee's, other parents and spectators. Expect your own children to be respectful. Support the coach’s and referee’s decisions. While their decisions might not always be agreeable to all participants and spectators, THEY ARE FINAL. No useful purpose is served by shouting disagreement or derogatory remarks. If you think you can do a better job we always need volunteers and you are welcome to become a referee or coach. Serious problems involving coaches or referees should be brought to the attention of the Age Group Commissioner after the game. A list of age group commissioners is on our web site under the League Officials section at

2. Recognize the commitment the coach has made verses whatever reason you have chosen not to help coach the team. The coach has made a commitment that involves many, many hours of preparation beyond the hours spent at practices and games. Recognize his commitment and the fact that he is NOT doing it because of the pay! Try to remember this whenever something goes wrong during the season. If you take issue with the way your coach is handling the team. Do not involve your children in the issue. It distracts them from learning. Rather discuss your issue with your coach in a non-public and in a non-threatening way as adults. Be supportive of your coach; Example: Be sure the player attends practices; Pick him/her up on time. Volunteer to help with what the coach ask. Encourage fair play at the game, practice and at home. Attend games and practice. Soccer is a team sport. The team needs your child's participation.

3. Cheer in a positive way or be quiet at games. Remain calm and have good manners. Do not make loud, offensive remarks. Do not emphasize winning rather encourage and appreciate effort. We want to stress having fun and learning soccer and good sportsmanship. Youth sports can be stressful to players and the last thing they need is a critic. Be a cheerleader for your child. Focus on the positive things they are doing and leave the correcting of mistakes to the coach. Let them know you support them without reservation regardless of how well they play. During games, leave the decisions to the players, coaches and referee's. Concentrate on praising other peoples children during games. Do not criticize other peoples or your own children it only produces negative emotions in the children and other parents. Smile, enjoy the game.

4. Help in keeping the field areas clean of trash. Remind your other guest to maintain our fields green and clean. If a litter problem is present we will have to line the children up and walk the field areas down to pick up trash either before or after the game. All GHYSA fields must be clean.

Coaches will be asking you to signing to acknowledging you have read, you understand and agree to support this pledge and the GHYSA philosophy.

This Site as a Resource

Parents feel free to check out this site. Phone your friends spread the word. We have included all the information you need. The volume of phone calls about information already contained on the site has become a problem. Help us be more effective. This year we are implementing a change. We are asking your help. Please view the site to keep abreast of league policy and current happenings. We will announce league information on the league news page as it becomes available. Further we will provide you a way to communicate back information when necessary. Please remember league officials are volunteers who like you are very busy. That being said, feel free to e-mail us to identify any problems your having.

Parent Resources on US Youth Soccer Web Site

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Soccer is Changing

US Youth Soccer is recommending all state organizations convert to a system of play know as "small sided soccer". We at GHYSA began converting our program to small sided soccer for U-6 and U-8 age groups a few years ago with much success. Please view the below presentation from Tom Goodman National Director of Coaching US Youth Soccer. It explains the concept very well. You will need a powerpoint viewer or powerpoint program installed on your computer to view the presentation. See the home page for directions on how to download freeware from microsoft to view presentation.


Changing to Small Sided Soccer

Small Sided Games Handbook

Small Sided Games Manual

Why Play Small Sided Games Slide Show

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