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Wednesday, August 1
Parent Information Sheet

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COACHES MEETING: Wednesday Aug. 1st @ HCMS.
This meeting is for coaches. Parents do not need to attend unless you are coaching. Coaches will get their rosters at this time.
Meeting will start at 7:00 PM.
If you do not hear from your coach by Aug. 10th, please contact your coordinator.
Micro U5-U6: Meghan Marak
CAMSL U7-U8: Bobby Perkins @
Rec U9 and above: Veronica Pinion @
All issues should be addressed with the appropriate coordinator before reaching out to the PGSC Executive Board. Because PGSC is a volunteer ran organization, please allow two business days for the coordinator to reply. If you cannot reach your coordinator, at that time please forward your email to a PGSC Executive Board Member.

WHEN DO PRACTICES START AND WHAT YOU NEED BRING: Practices can start as early as Aug.7th. Players should hear from their coaches by Aug. 10th. Players should wear athletic clothing, shoes or cleats, and shin guards. Players should bring a ball and water.
U5-U8 Size 3 Ball * U9-U12- Size 4 Ball * U14-U18 Size 5 Ball
WHEN WILL THE SEASON START: Games start in September
U9 and above can check scores, standings and schedules at
U7-U8 CAMSL can check scores, standings and schedules at
Micro schedules will be posted at
Parents should sit on opposite side, across from your team.
U7-U19 Must be ordered online through the link on our website.
You must have your child’s jersey number prior to ordering.
Please wait until you have heard from a coach to order!
Cost of this uniform set is about $60.
Micro Uniforms will need to be ordered at time of registration.
Cost of U5-U6 Micro uniform is $45
Micro uniforms are not permitted to have names or numbers.
Proof of birth will need to be provided before the first game. Please email those to if you have not already turned them in.
PGSC is requesting each family to provide the club with (1) 12 pack of named brand soda.
Effective immediately, NO REFUNDS will be issued.
No pets, tobacco, or electronic cigarettes are permitted at the fields.
Jewelry is not permitted.
Children are not to be dropped off and left unattended. If your child is left in the care of someone else other than the parent, please make sure the coach is aware and has a copy of a medical waiver; otherwise medical waivers are not needed.

Thursday, March 16
13 Steps to Being a Winning Parent


    This is a great article for giving some insight on helping your child succeed in any sport they play. 

Thursday, March 16
Bribing Kids Kills the TEAM
Soccer Bribes



Soccer is a wonderful sport and passionate game.  We should always remember that our attitude is contagious.  The referees, the players, the coaches and the fans should come together to match skills.  The other team is our opponent, not our enemy, and thus should be treated with respect.  While winning is important, playing well and fairly is the essence of the game. We will set a good example for our children in their soccer development by adhering at all times by the following:

  • We will not criticize the referee openly or directly before, during, or after games.  Any criticism shall be done in writing, not verbally, to my PGSC representative,
  • We will only give constructive feedback to players.
  • We will cheer at all games in the spirit of fair play and will do our best to cheer regardless of the outcome.
  • We will do our best to teach our players to become students of the game.
  • We will show the quality of our sportsmanship before, during, and after each and every game.
  • We will do our best to have our children prepare for every match.
  • We will support the learning effort of the players, the coaches, and the referees by demonstrating our patience.
  • We understand that improper behavior at a game may result in a parent, coach, or fan being asked to leave the field by the referee or PGSC official, so that the game is not jeopardized by the actions of the parent, coach, or fan.
  • We will leave coaching to the coach during the game.
  • We understand that (upon review of the PGSC officers) can if necessary, suspend our individual priveledge to watch our child play should we behave in a manner that is rude or otherwise offensive.
  • We will do our best to have as much fun watching the game as the players should have playing the game.
  • We will remain, and keep others in our group at least 3 yards off the sidelines of the playing field.
  • We understand that sitting or standing behind the goal line is not permitted at any time.
  • Unless Risk Managed, only Coaches and assistant coaches are to be on the same side as the players. All others are to sit on the opposite side of the field.  




That is a pass back to the goalie. He can't pick the ball up

The intention of the Law for passback to the goalie is for wasting time. It is not meant for all situations where a ball is handled by goalie after a teammate kicks the ball.

In the Opinion of the Referee. Everything you read below is part of the referees decision process. Yet none of the following points are absolute! As the teammate makes the pass the  referee will look at the position of the teammate, his body language, direction of pass, position of goalie, position of other teammates and possibly the strength of kick.

Kicking the ball may be a pass. A pass is when a player directs a kicked ball to a teammate. When the player is passing to the goalie in the penalty area the goalie cannot pick up or handle the ball. Usually passbacks occur from outside the penalty to goalie. Most times, it is clear from the situation that it is a passback.

Kicking the ball may be to clear the ball out of danger. An example: The ball is near the goal. A defender winds up and kicks the ball and clears it 30 years away. Well that was the plan. If she misstrikes the ball and the ball is now rolling towards the goal the goalie should be able pick up the ball. The defender wasn't passing the ball.

Trapping the ball with a foot is not a pass. A corner kick flies in. The near post defender traps the ball with his foot and the ball is on the ground. The goalie should be able to pick up the ball. The defender wasn't passing the ball.

A misplayed pass from teammate A to teammmate B. If, in the opinion of the referee, that Andy was passing to Brian, Brian failed to control the pass, and the ball comes to the goalie he should be able pick up the ball.

Striking the ball with knee, thigh, shin, chest or head. The goalie should be able to touch the ball. A pass, for the purposes of this Law is narrowly defined to be contact with the shoe.

The Not so Clear Times. A pass within the penalty area: The shorter distances can make it harder to know who the pass was intended to. Multiple teammates near where the pass is intended also will make the decision more difficult.

Notice this article uses "should be able to pick up." The enforcement of the Law as intended is not perfect and each referee will apply the Law differently.

Finally, a coaching point! If the ball is dangerously close to the goal, your goalie is not sure if the backpass rule will apply if she picks up the ball, and kicking the ball away doesn't look like the best solution then teach your goalie to grab the ball.

If the goalie is whistled for handling a passback the restart is an indirect kick. There can never, ever, ever be a penalty kick for the goalie improperly handling a ball in his penalty area. Of course, an indirect kick close to the goal itself is an entertaining event and a goal may or may not happen on the restart.

Yet an indirect restart is  better than letting a own goal roll in simply because the goalie is not sure who touched the ball last and was that touch a pass or there was a miscommunication between players.

The ball was kicked before the wall was ready

There are several points to discuss.

First, there is nothing written in Laws about "the wall." The team that commited the foul has no right to set up a wall. In fact, the defending team is required to quickly retreat 10 yards from the ball immediately after the whistle blows. Furthermore the defending team, at the edge of 10 yards or within the 10 yards, cannot move towards the ball until it has been kicked.

The attacking team may choose to immediately restart after the referee places (or indicates the placement) the ball. If the defense is milling around or trying to form a wall then so be it. If the attacker quickly takes the restart from 20 yards and drills it in the back of the net then it is a goal and a smart play. However, if the attacker immediately restarts before all the defenders retreat 10 yards and the attacker kicks the ball to a retreating defender 5 yards away then it is a present for the defenders.

The second point to discuss occurs when the offense is not restarting quickly, allows the wall to form, and the wall is not 10 yards away. If the offense requests the referee to enforce the 10 yards the offense must wait for the referee's whistle before kicking the ball. Again the defense, along the 10 yard perimeter, must wait for the ball to kicked/touched before moving forward toward the ball. These players cannot move forward on the whistle.

She played the ball on the ground. That's not legal.

Players can kick the ball when they are on sitting or lying on the ground.

This misconception comes from how Referees (and in the case of U8 here in Merrimack, Coaches on the field) call Playing In a Dangerous Manner (PIADM) at the younger ages.

When officiating the younger ages Referees tend to be quicker about blowing the whistle when a player falls to the ground, the ball is very close, and there are other players close by (already kicking the ball, within a short step and kick). The safety of the child on the ground is paramount. We don't want a child to be kicked. Certainly, many younger children don't recognize the danger of a player on the ground and will want to kick the ball.

Over time, what gets remembered is "kid on ground he can't play the ball" so blow the whistle.

The PIADM Law does not change as the children get older. However, PIADM does tend to occur less often.

A very dangerous siutation is if one player falls as a another player is kicking the ball. Even if the referee is fast on the whistle the falling player may get kicked.

Finally, the restart for all PIADM fouls is an indirect kick to the opposing team. The child that fell "created" the dangerous situation.

The ball touched his arm. Handball, ref! Handball!

That phrase is heard every weekend at every game. Why didn't the referee blow the whistle?

After reading this we hope you will an understanding of Law about hand and ball contact. This answer is lengthy for something that appears so simple but please take the time to read. Some examples are provided but by no means is this an exhaustive discussion!

The referees hope, after reading this, that the cries from the sidelines will become "the ball touched his arm. Deliberate ref. Deliberate."

Contact between the hand/arm and the ball is not an automatic foul. In fact, most of the handballs that occur during a match are not fouls and must not be called or whistled as a foul.

Furthermore there is no handball foul in the Laws of the Game. The foul is named Deliberate Handling of the Ball (appreviated DHB).

From Laws of the Game - Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct

Handles the ball deliberately (except for the goalie within his own penalty area)

From Laws of the Game - Guidelines for Referees - Law 12

Handling the ball involves a deliberate act of a player making contact with the ball with his hand or arm. The referee shall take the following into consideration:

  • The movement of the hand towards the ball (not the ball towards the hand)
  • The distance between the opponent and the ball (unexpected ball)

There are many points to consider when looking at DHB:

In the Opinion of the Referee. Everything you read below is part of the referees decision process. Yet none of the following points are absolute! A referee will look at ball starting point, trajectory, speed, body positioning, eyes, and arm movements to decide, in the opinion of the referee, if the contact between ball and hand is deliberate and must be called as a foul. The actions of the player can be subtle or outrageous, intentional or accidental.

Deliberate requires knowing. A player must know the ball is approaching. For example: A player begins a run downfield, her arms pumping. Her teammate, from behind, kicks the ball and it hits her in the arm and drops to her feet where she plays it forward. Since the player was looking downfield and the ball came from behind there is no DHB call. The ball landing at her feet is a fortunate happanstance.

Deliberate can be intentional. A player sees the ball, raises his arm and contacts the ball. Or the end player in a wall leans, moves her elbow out as the kick passes and touches the ball.

Deliberate doesn't have to be intentional. A player is trying to chest trap the ball and his arm touches the ball. This is almost always DHB. You may not like this call on the sideline but it is correct.

Proximity must be considered. Two players kick the ball at the same time. The ball goes straight up and hits either player in the arm. In this situation there probably will not be a DHB foul.

Consider another situation. Two opposing players race towards the goal line. The attacker squares up and kicks a crossing pass. The defender, right next to him, stops hard and the ball hits the defenders arm and falls to her feet. DHB? Maybe. Did the defender's arm stay in "natural" soccer position? Or did the defender move her arm just a little bit as the ball approached?

Reflexive protection of head is ok. A hard kick, made at close range, that is blasted towards a player's head. If the player reflexively swats at the ball DHB must not be called. The relex actions to protect other body areas during dynamic play are not given the same absolute consideration.

Deliberate can be passive. If a long kick is made and touches a player's arm and the player made no attempt to avoid the ball then the referee can whistle DHB.

Age level should be considered. At younger ages the players may not understand or recognize the situation as quickly. Therefore they move their hands to protect themselves. One example is a high lofting kick. The player may stand her ground and at the last moment put up her arms and bat at the ball. Many times the ball would not have touched the child at all. Is this reflexive? Yes. Should DHB be whistled? Now we are entering into the question of the age and experience of the referee. Some will whistle, some will not.

Static Protection in a Wall. Players may place their arms to protect their bodies when in a wall. Any ball kicked into the wall when the player has not moved the arm towards the ball as it approaches should not be called for DHB. Reflexive protection of the head is also expected in this situation. However, moving the arm while protecting does require the referee to consider DHB.

Other points know:

Unlike other fouls DHB doesn't require an opponent to be involved. An opponent, teammate, or even the player themselves can kick the ball, then deliberately handle the ball and receive a DHB whistle.

What happens after ball and hand contact is irrelevant. The opinion of the referee only considers the contact of the ball with the hand. What happens afterwards isn't considered. The referee doesn't consider if the handling player "gained an advantage" with the contact.

Denying a goal. Stopping a goal from scoring by DHB is a bad, bad thing to do. The referee has no choice but to send off the player (red card).

Girls may not use their arms to protect their chests during a chest trap.

Goalkeepers can never be called for DHB when in their penalty area. Either they are legally defending the goal or they have commited a foul (picking a ball passed to them from a teammate). Any handling foul on the goalie in her area is an indirect free kick given to the opponents. There is never a penalty kick. Of course, when a goalie has leaves her penalty area the goalie is subject to the usual Laws on DHB. Leaving her penalty area simply means the goalie is a field player wearing a cool shirt.


A letter from the NC Youth Soccer President! Keith Price

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