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Frequently Asked Questions: Games & Schedules

Questions

·  When do you play games?
  How do I get to Heartland Fields?
  What happens if it rains on game day?
  What is the make-up game procedure if games are rained out?
  Do you keep score?
  How will I know my player's game schedule?
  How do I find a specific field for a game?
  Where should the parents and friends sit to watch a game?
  Where should I park on game day?
  This is my first exposure to soccer - what are the rules?


Answers
  When do you play games?

Games are played every Saturday during the season. Depending on the number of players registered (and the number of teams we have), games are usually scheduled between 9:00am and 4:00pm. We make every attempt to schedule the games for the younger players for the mornings. The high school age players typically play afternoon games.

 

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  How do I get to Heartland Fields?

NYSA is located at the Heartland Soccer Park. The Heartland Soccer fields are located off McGavock Pike and Fernbrook Drive. For your convenience, we have a map here to help you find us. In addition, you may click here to obtain driving directions from Google (link opens in a new window) - enter 3135 Heartland Drive as your destination.

 

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  What happens if it rains on game day?

At NYSA, we don't let a little rain keep us from playing soccer. We will only cancel games in the event of a thunderstorm or if there is standing water on the fields, or rain combined with cold temperatures. We also do not cancel games due to cold weather. If it's cold outside, players are encouraged to wear sweatpants, a sweatshirt or jacket (MUST be worn under their soccer jersey), and even a hat and gloves.

The Commissioner will make the decision to cancel games due to weather. If the decision is made to cancel games, we will post a notice on the front page of our website and send out an e-mail to the entire league. So that we can provide as much notice as possible to all of our coaches, referees, players, and their families, every attempt is made to have the decision made and the notices out by 7:30am on Saturday morning.

If the weather is questionable and you don't see an e-mail or a notice on the web site, assume that all games will be played as scheduled.

 

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  What is the make-up game procedure if games are rained out?

In the event that games are cancelled due to rain, the coaches of the teams scheduled to play each other should get in contact with each other to schedule a make-up game. Obviously, make-up games cannot be scheduled for Saturday mornings, but in most cases can be scheduled for Saturday afternoons or week-day evenings. Please contact your coach regarding making up game(s).

Coaches: If you need a referee for a make-up game, please e-mail us at info@nysa-soccer.org with the age division and date & time of the scheduled make-up game. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to provide a referee, but we will make every effort. Due to the work and/or school schedules of our referees, it is much easier for NYSA to provide referees for Saturday afternoon games than it is for a week-day evening game.

 

 

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  Do you keep score?

Since NYSA is a recreational soccer league we do not keep scores or standings. We strive to teach the kids good sportsmanship and the game of soccer.

We know that realistically a child that can count will probably know the score however we do not encourage them to announce it to the team, or the opposing team. If they ask you if they won you should ask them “Did you have fun?” If they say yes then that is all that is important.

 

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  How will I know my player's game schedule?

Game schedules are usually finalized about a week before games begin and are distributed to the coaches. Your coach will then provide copies of the schedule to members of his/her team. In addition, the schedules may be viewed anytime online through SportsManager. Click here to be directed to the SportsManager site.

 

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  How do I find a specific field for a game?

Every effort is made to clearly mark each field as to it's field number. The signs are generally placed on one goal. All of our fields are grouped by age - the younger the player, the smaller the fields.

Click here for a map of our fields in Acrobat PDF format. If though you should have any trouble finding a specific field, please stop by the Board Building - one of our Board members or a referee will be glad to direct you to the proper field.

 

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  Where should the parents and friends sit to watch a game?

Parents, friends, and family should sit on the side of the field that is opposite the benches (the benches are for our players). Also, spectators should sit at least three feet from the sidelines so that our referee may clearly see the sidelines and so that our players have room to throw/kick the ball in. Only players, the coach of each team, one assistant coach for each team, and referees should be on the "bench" side of the field. In addition, no one is permitted to sit or stand along the goal lines at the ends of the fields or behind the goals.

 

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  Where should I park on game day?

NYSA is very pleased to have plenty of paved parking for our players and their families. Please see our map of the fields to view the parking areas.

Please DO NOT park on the street or in the coves - the Metro Nashville Police department will ticket and/or tow your car. Also, DO NOT park in front of the double gates, or in the grass in the entryway at the double gates. Do not park in front of the yellow gate at the entrance to the grass area. This is the only way to get Emergency Vehicles onto the fields.

 

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  This is my first exposure to soccer - what are the rules?

First, we would recommend that anyone new to soccer read through the NYSA Baffled Parents Guide to Soccer (PDF). You'll find a lot of information about the basic rules of soccer, fouls, etc.

For a more detailed look, please see our page containing the modified FIFA rules for each age group at http://www.nysa-soccer.org/rules.htm - simply click the link for your child's age group.

 

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