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Club Guidelines

Game Field and Referee Assignments :

This webpage describes the procedure for finding a game field and game time using the Redwood League website. The old "Manager" role in the Redwood League website is now replaced with "Team Staff".

CYSA Cal Soccer League Administration

1. Select your game fields

Matches (from the CCSL and Norcal schedule) will be loaded into the Redwood League website by the webmaster.  Use this procedure "Game Field and Time Slot Selection Procedure" to select fields for your home games.  Once a field and time is selected, the request for Referees is published with default for "self select", which allows referees to sign-up for your match. You must contact the club referee assignor if you desire to manually assign referees.  Select your fields as soon as possible, as it is more likely to have the best referees requesting your games. League schedules are usually posted in Mid March for Spring and Mid August for Fall. Check the CCSL or Norcal website for league schedules.

IMPORTANT: Once you have secured your field on the Redwood website, you must copy the field, date, and time information back to the League website (e.g. Gotsoccer for CCSL and Gotsoccer/Demosphere for Norcal). This will require you to login using your team account. Obviously this is NOT automatic, at least not until CCLS, Norcal, Redwood and the associated league service providers (e.g. Gotsoccer, Demosphere) decide to technically play nice with each other.

2. Changing a game date/time: While possible, this is bureaucratic so avoid unless absolutely necessary (e.g. get a backup coach if it a coach scheduling issue is causing a potential reschedule). Also, it can incur addtional field and referee costs, especially if completed less than 72 hours before game time.

2.1) Using page 6 of "Game Field and Time Slot Selection Procedure (i.e. this uses Redwood website), check for an available field that has been allocated to Stanford SC. The available fields listed on the Redwood website will be very few after the regular season begins (as most unused fields are returned to the city). If a desired field is found, go to step 2.3, if not then proceeed to step 2.2.

2.2) Go to the City of Palo Alto 'Enjoy Online' Webpage to find an available field in Palo Alto (www.cityofpaloalto.org->Recreation->Enjoy->Facilities). At bottom of webpage is "Facility Availability Search" link which provides an interactive form to find available fields.

2.3) Once you identify an available field and time, you do NOT self-assign it or reschedule it.  You first identify the field and time you want, then email the club game scheduler the following:

- Your team name, age and gender, level (e.g. Hurricanes, U16G, Bronze)
- Name of opponent (e.g., Juventus Lightning)
- Field you want and day&date, time (Greer 1, Sat Oct 12, 2PM)

You will also need to update the appropriate League website. For CCSL, follow the "CCSL Coast Section/Bay Region Schedule, Reschedule, Contact Teams" document instructions.

3.  Identify available fields for scrimmages.

To add a scrimmage, use the same procedure described above (i.e rescheduling a game) to identify an available field. Send an email to the club Game Field Coordinator to reserve the field. Also include the potential opponent and how many refs do you want, i.e. none, center only, center&2 Asst Refs.

4.  Other preparation tidbits

(a) any email request to the club Game or Referee coordinator should include:  Your name, your phone, your team name, team's gender & age (e.g., U11B).   Without this info, you run the risk of delayed response and action.

(b) Know the dimensions and condition of your game fields. For example Greer 2 be an undersized 11v11 field, Greer 1 is a full sized 11v11 field, and Greer 4 may be lined for a full sized 8v8 field.

(c) Remember to have cash in hand at the end of each match to pay refs.  Payscale is located at stanfordsoccerclub.org -> Referees.

(d) Remember to evaluate the refs after every game. Do this within a day or two so it is fresh info.  If you wait too long the system may prevent it.   You will do this at "To Be Provided".  You should evaluate refs for home and away games.  And scrimmages as well.  Score the refs as accurately as you can.  If you don't understand refereeing or the laws of the game well, yoiu should try to learn a little so your scores can be meaningful.  Here is a short article which has links at bottom to the FIFA Laws of the Game which we follow.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Referee_(association_football)

When evaluating refs consider a "3" to mean expectations were met.  Give a 5 if they were completely awesome.  And a 4 for above average or very good performance.  Feel free to give 1 or 2  as appropriate.  But be careful not to vent your frustration about losing  a match when scoring the refs. Try your best to be objective in your scores and comments. Remember the principle of respect.  Refs are human beings (reallly!) and deserve to be treated respectfully whether when you are evaluating them at the keyboard or when you are at a match.  A soccer field is not an excuse to treat someone like dirt. 

(e) If you need to play an away game at a Stanford field (due to field unavailability at the other city), do this only as a last resort.  And don't try to make this happen without involving club game scheduler.  Your opponent will need to be sure to notify their field and ref scheduler too.  And their field scheduler will need to take some action at the website to initiate the change. The opponent should pay for game field cost (usually significant only for turf fields) and the referees.