Just a reminder to all coaches in the Northwest District that there is a mandatory meeting to review rules and policies and pick up schedules for the fall season this Wednesday, August 31st. GIRLS COACHES will meet from 6:30 -7:30 pm AND BOYS COACHES will meet from 7:30 -8:30 pm. Meetings will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Southbury. You need to be present or have a representative from your team there for you.
The entry level referee program is on hold for now...
The federation is rewriting the entry level modules and does not have a date that they will be available. We hope to have the program running by September 1st, but if the modules are not available by then a decision will have to be made at that time if we will wait for the winter season.
There are many in service sessions throughout the state on the extensive changes to the laws of the game, all leagues, including CJSA are implementing these changes for the fall season. Please encourage the referees in your pool to attend one of these free clinics. Also encourage the referees to re-certify early, the memorandum section of recertification is on the new laws and the referees will need to answer all 20 questions on the new laws to move on in the process of recertification. We make every effort to make sure referees know that the 50 question re-cert test is open book and unlimited time, (they can answer a question each day if they wish), but they have only 2 opportunities to pass the test with an 80. Please make sure the referees in your pool are aware, especially the new referees.
The mandated changes in the size of teams on the field will be effective for the Fall 2017 season. This change is mandatory for teams registered to play in all CJSA sponsored competitions, including State and District Leagues. As part of this player development initiative, U. S. Soccer also announced precise requirements for field and goal sizes. Numerous state and national organizations raised objections to the mandated sizes as both impractical and costly. Modifications to these requirements are being considered by U. S. Soccer with input by technical directors representing the various youth soccer organizations. Changes to the field and goal size requirements to reflect the limitations and variations of available fields are anticipated. Changes to the maximum number of players for each age group are not anticipated.
CJSA ADOPTS US SOCCER BIRTH YEAR MATRIX FOR FALL 2016
Birth Year Age Groups
The change to a calendar year basis for age groups will be effective for the 2016-2017 seasonal year. This change is mandatory for teams registered to play in all CJSA sponsored competitions and leagues, including State and District Leagues. The birth year registration will be reflected by the CJSA Registration System. As is the case today, players may play on a team registered as an older age group but cannot play on a team registered for a younger age group.