Member Update: What you need to know for your 2017 spring season

Member Update: What you need to know for your 2017 spring season

Feb. 22, 2017

Dear members:

As you prepare for the spring season, we want to provide a few important tips and reminders.

U.S. Soccer’s birth-year registration mandate & small-sided games regulations:
U.S. Soccer has clarified its Player Development Initiatives in this February 2017-dated presentation to clearly define what it considers mandated vs. strongly recommended.

Birth-year registration and small-sided games regulations are among those mandated by the Federation. US Club Soccer, along with other major youth soccer organizations, mandated birth-year registration to its members in August 2016. A season matrix is available here.

The presentation also includes mandated small-sided standards for 4v4 (pages 19-23), 7v7 (29-31, 34-39) and 9v9 (45-50). Please note that the small-sided game guidelines will be mandated by August 2017, per page 51 in the presentation.

And, while U.S. Soccer “strongly recommends” its Concussion Initiative, US Club Soccer has required the following as it relates to deliberate heading:

  • Players in U-11 programs and younger shall not engage in heading, either in practices or in games.
  • Limited heading in practice for players in U-12 and U-13 programs. More specifically, these players shall be limited to a maximum of 30 minutes of heading training per week, with no more than 15-20 headers per player, per week.
  • Clubs should be aware of circumstances in which individual consideration is needed. For example:
    • A 10 year old playing at U-12 or older should not head the ball at all.
    • An 11 or 12 year old playing at U-14 or older should abide by the heading restrictions in practice

Staff registration with US Club Soccer:
Please remember that all three of the following steps are required in order for coaches/staff members to be registered with US Club Soccer:

  1. Sideline Sports Doc-US Club Soccer online course (must be completed by the coach/staff applicant)
  2. Background screening in SportsEngine (must be completed by the coach/staff applicant)
  3. Must request and receive passcard (competitive staff) or confirmation of registration (rec staff).

Completing the first two steps but not obtaining registration/a passcard is not in compliance with US Club Soccer’s policy. More information can be found on the Staff Registration web page.

Goal safety:
US Club Soccer expects its members to ensure safe training and competition environments. This includes the installation, use and storage of all movable soccer goals. US Club Soccer recognizes the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Guidelines for Movable Soccer Goal Safety as a preferred resource for goal safety.

Players First resource:
Positive Coaching Alliance, a Players First partner, has a wide variety of digital resources for all roles in youth sports: leaders and administrators, coaches, parents and players.

Positive Coaching Alliance is advancing the pillars of Coaching Development, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety, and aims to develop “Better Athletes, Better People.”