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Youth Board Approves Tournament Rules
At the November 2013 Youth Board meeting the rules for the State Cup and Open Tournament were approved.
There were no significant changes to the State Cup rules except for the addition of the national policy on uniforms that is outlined below. The Cup entry fee will remain the same.
The Open Tournament is making a couple of notable changes. The levels of play will be distinguished by medal names as the tournament adds an open level of play allowing teams from out-of-state and classic to enter; those teams and travel teams seeking a more challenging level of play will compete in the new Platinum Division. The tournament will now offer a bracket for the U10s that will crown a champion as well as the festival format. The volunteer requirement has been excorcised from the rule. The tournament fee was increased by $25.00.
US Youth Soccer National Championship Series Policy Change
The US Youth Soccer Board of Directors approved a policy change to the National Championship Series rules policy 241 Section 3 subsection (e) at its September meeting. The policy becomes effective immediately.
The now policy reads, “At every level of the National Championships competitions, a player or team official at a game site to participate in a game or associated activity of the competitions may only have on the outer wear of the player or team official a name, logo, or other identifying mark of a youth soccer organization that is US Youth Soccer, a State Association, or other member of US Youth Soccer, a member of a State Association, or an organization that is a member of an organization that is a member of a State Association. A name, logo, or other identifying mark of any other youth soccer organization must be removed, replaced, or covered before the player or team official may continue to remain at the game site for the game or associated activity.”
In this policy, the language “or associated activity” was added. Essentially, the policy requires all coaches, managers, club administrators and players of a team competing in the State Cup, Regional Championships, or National Championships to have all garments that show logos, names, or other identifying marks to be those of the club affiliated with PA West Soccer while they are at the competition site. The new language further specifies in addition to the game site that it is required for all associated activity of the competition.
An example of enforcement would be explained this way. The player, coach or administrator’s club is the General Butler Vagabonds, as specified by their affiliation with PA West Soccer, the aforementioned club members can’t wear jackets, warm-ups, uniforms or other apparel that is those of the Butler Generals. Further, this not only applies to the matches but at all times the individuals are at the game site or other functions related to the competition like awards ceremonies, informational meetings, and the tournament draw. A player or coach/administrator failing to comply or rectify the problem would be required to leave the game or event site.
The Open Tournament Committee is looking for volunteers to assist with the 2014 PA West Soccer Open Tournament. Volunteer opportunities include set-up, tear down, and t-shirt sales. Email the Open Tournament if you are interested in volunteering during your time at the Open. You can volunteer to help as much or little as you wish. Best part of a rewarding experience!
Region I Presidents Cup To Come To Western PA
PA West Soccer will host the Region I Presidents Cup in 2014 and 2015. The Region I Presidents voted at their summer meeting to award the Memorial Day weekend tournament to PA West Soccer. The annual competition sees its winners advance to the US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup.