And I always got complaints when I would not allow
subs on corners or free kicks, per the old rules.
Which leads me to my postulate: surely someone shall
complain, no matter what the rule, or the call. The
glass is always half empty from some vantage point.
My new technique on coach complaints? On the first "He
wasn't offside" shout, I ask the player to hold the
ball, move to next to the coach, quickly explain our
new emphasis on zero tolerance for dissent because of
our youth refs and retention, and proudly announce
that I have been specifically asked to enforce the
rule because of my personality. I then ask the coach
if we understand each other. Takes about ten seconds,
and off we go to a dissentless (from coaches) game.
Worked well so far. Regards
--- Thomas Ryer <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Go to usyouthsoccer.org. Under the Coaches link
> click on Small Sided
> Those are the official rules for small sided soccer
> U12 and younger.
> Unlimited substitutions at any stoppage. Since they
> play on such a small
> field they added to punt rule so the game wouldn't
> degenerate into the two
> keepers punting the ball back and forth.
> One small problem: Those are not "OFFICIAL" rules.
> US Youth Soccer has
> chosen not to force anyone to play by a standard set
> of SSG rules, so the
> you are looking at are merely recommendations. Like
> all SSG rules, they
> a hoot.
> Jim MacQueen
> Akron, OH
> You are right, I misspoke. These are the
> "recommended" rules. They are the
> rules we use in Wisconsin and I have had problems
> with both coaches and
> parents when I allowed substitutions at odd times.
> One thing I stress in
> any recert clinics I instruct is that the referee
> should use discretion in
> allowing substitutions. If a team wants to
> substitute but if the other team
> wants to take a quick restart, don't hold up the
> game. Allow the quick
> restart then allow the substitution at the next
> Thom Ryer
> Waukesha, WI
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