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Guidelines / Policies / Information

Mason Soccer Association for Youth (S.A.Y.)

 

Guidelines/Policies/Information

 

S.A.Y. Philosophy

The Soccer Association for Youth (S.A.Y.) was formed to provide an organization within which children could learn and play soccer. The fact that any size player can be successful at the game and that modest expense is required to field a team makes it possible for many children to participate in organized competition. These factors, plus the enthusiasm of the children once they've played the game, have resulted in the rapid growth of the S.A.Y. program. It is the function of S.A.Y. to provide guidance and instruction for participants, and organizational structure to form leagues and schedule games, and to prescribe rules and regulations that will ensure safe, enjoyable, and fair competition.  A youth program should be as its name implies: A Program for Kids. To win at any cost may be an attitude of the highly skilled professional, but it is contradictory to the basic objectives of S.A.Y. The overall objective of S.A.Y. is maximum participation with even competition at various age levels. Your child will play at least two quarters every game. 


Necessary Equipment

Please have your child bring or wear these items to every practice and game (unless asked otherwise by their coach).
     Soccer Shoes
     Shin Guards
     Water Bottle

Soccer Ball:
     Size #3 - Preschool, Instructional, Passers
     Size #4 - Wings, Strikers
     Size #5 - Kickers, Minors, Seniors


Illegal Equipment

Illegal equipment consists of anything hard or metallic. This includes, but is not limited to, hard casts, watches, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, hard hair barrettes, sunglasses, and baseball caps. Players are permitted to wear items such as orthodontic braces or prescription glasses. At no time will a player be permitted to participate in practices or games while wearing illegal equipment.


Uniforms

Your child will receive uniform shirt, shorts, and socks prior to the first game. The cost of the uniform is included in the registration.

Teams

The SAY philosophy is to provide fair competition for all participants. To that end, we are required to randomly assign players to teams. We cannot honor requests to have a child placed with a specific coach, nor can we arrange the draw so that friends/neighbors play on the same team. The exception to this is if the head coach requests a specific assistant coach or a sponsor; in which case the assistant’s or sponsor’s child will be placed on the same team. Requests that a player not play on a particular team/Coach will be honored, provided there are more than two teams in that player’s division. Players will not be placed to accommodate personal schedules - no exceptions.


Coaches

SAY National requires all head coaches and assistant coaches having unsupervised access to children fill out a "Volunteer Application/Screening” Form prior to being assigned any team responsibilities. Forms are available at www.masonsoccer.org. Please Note: SAY rules prohibit the request of both an assistant coach and a sponsor by the head coach, except in the following cases: 1) the head coach or the assistant coach is also the sponsor; 2) the head coach, assistant coach or sponsor does not have a child playing in that division. All requests for pairing of a head coach with an assistant or sponsor must be made by the head coach. The City of Mason requires coaches to attend the coach’s clinic organized by Mason SAY each season.  If a coach is unable to attend the clinic then a N.A.Y.S. Certification is required (coaches are not reimbursed for certification).  Volunteering to coach does not guarantee you will be selected.  If there are more volunteers for coaching than needed for an age group then a blind draw will be conducted to determine the selected coaches.  We try to give each person volunteering a team.  Should you volunteer for two or more teams, you will be placed where you are needed the most.  


Residency

The Mason SAY program is open for all children in the Mason school district, those who attend a Mason School District School, or those attending other schools within the Mason school district. Mason SAY is required by the City of Mason to provide information concerning each player’s residency.

Code of Conduct

The Mason S.A.Y. area has written a Code of Conduct, which applies to all districts playing S.A.Y. Soccer in that area. This document covers players, coaches, referees, and spectators. This document can be viewed on line through the Mason S.A.Y. web page www.masonsoccer.org. If you cannot access this document online, we can provide a printed copy at your request. 

Registration

Registration fees are $82.00 (includes credit card processing fee) for all divisions. There is a $230.00 maximum charge per household.  

Refund Policy

There will be NO REFUND of the registration fee except for the following cases: if a written request to remove your child is postmarked (or sent by e:Mail) no later than 10 days from the final registration date, (player drop forms available at website); your child is on the waiting list and is not placed on a team; your child is injured or becomes ill before the second game of the season and can not participate in any more games; or your family moves out of the Mason area before the season begins.  Refunds will not be given for conflicts due to practice/ game conflicts. 


Division breakdown for age groups

Look under Parents and/or Coaches page for the current Age Matrix.


Co-ed Minors/Seniors League

Mason SAY has a program for all players, male or female, between the ages of 14 through High School graduation. These players will compete in a co-ed league on a reduced-size (Strikers) field. The teams are balanced for age and gender. The focus for this league will be on fun rather than all-out competition. In the past, the league has played 11v11 and 9v9 depending on number of players signed up and number of available coaches. For fall seasons, Minors / Seniors teams will NOT be drawn until after the high school has completed their try-outs in August. This will allow players who are cut from the school teams to register for SAY.


Preschool Academy

The curriculum for our preschool Academy was created by the Challenger Sports Organization. The Academy will be one hour in length on a Friday evening or Saturday afternoon.

 

The Mason S.A.Y. Organization

The Mason S.A.Y. organization consists of five board members: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Member-at-Large. There are also three Trustees (Trustees are non-voting members). These are elected positions. Meetings are held the first Monday of every Month. Meeting locations vary month-to-month.

Mason SAY Volunteer Positions

If you are interested in any of the following volunteer positions please send an e-Mail to Mason SAY at [email protected].


Picture Coordinator - Responsibilities will include establishing dates for pictures, distributing flyers announcing picture dates and times, distributing the finished product to the coach’s coordinators, and being liaison between the photographer and the executive board. 

Uniform Coordinator
- This position will work with the sponsor coordinator and executive board to establish team colors and sponsor assignments. Duties will also include placing the uniform order with the supplier, distributing uniforms to the coaches’ coordinators, and being a liaison between the uniform supplier and the executive board. 

Coaches Coordinator
- There will be one coordinator for each division. This person will be responsible for distribution of pictures, uniforms, and other information to the teams in their division. This is to be used as a central point of contact for the coaches in each division. 

Sponsor Coordinator
- This position will work with the uniform coordinator and the executive board to establish team colors and sponsor assignments, keep records of the sponsors for each season, acquire new or current sponsors for the teams, and collect and forward art work for each sponsor onto the uniform coordinator. 

Signup Coordinator
- Responsibilities will include setting dates for spring and fall player registration, creating and distributing the registration forms to the local schools, and reserving a place for registration day. 

Instructional Coordinator
- This position is in charge of the Instructional program. The executive board will work with you on all aspects of running this program. 

Referee
- We provide training for a $15.00 fee. Players 10 thru 12 will referee Instructional games. Players in the Strikers division and older may also referee. If you are interested, contact Bill Staten at [email protected] 

Division Coordinator
- This position will act as a liaison between their assigned division and the District Rep. 

Practice Times

Practice Days and Times are selected by the coaches. Teams are randomly drawn for fairness and players cannot be moved to other teams to accommodate Personal schedules, no exceptions. 

Game Schedules

Games for all age groups are played on Saturdays with the exception of Instructional age group which may play on Fridays.  There will be 8 games in a season.  Game schedules will be provided to the coaches at the time that uniforms are distributed typically 2 weeks before the first game of the season. 

Playing Up an Age group

Mason SAY does not allow players to play in an older age group.  This is done to allow the maximum numbers of players to play in their own age group. 

VIP Cards

Mason SAY Soccer will offer a $15.00/Family discount for all Premium Members Community Center Card Holders. You must provide proof of Membership Status by entering your membership number when registering online.  No discount will be given without this information.    

Parks

Please remember we are guests in the park.  Help keep it clean by removing all trash after practice and games. Do not leave plastic water bottles on the ground; please put them in the proper cans placed about the park. Please do not leave the park, if your child is practicing.

 

Waiting List

If you sign up late, there is no guarantee of placement.  Players on the wait list are placed on teams when a player on an existing team drops out of the program.  You will be contacted via e:Mail when your child is taken off of the wait list.  The number of children on the waiting list is not given out, nor is the placement of your child on the waiting list.  You may request in writing/email to have your child removed from the waiting list at any point in time. All player drops require a written permission from a parent.  This can be an email or the form provided on the website.  You will not be charged through the website or your check cashed until your child is taken off of the waitlist.  

Proof of Age

Is required at the time of sign up or mail in/e:mail.  The form will not be accepted without Proof of age (i.e. passport or birth certificate).