McKinney Soccer Association offers recreational soccer for ages 3-19. (See our “Adult Programs” page for ages 19 and up.)
SPRING REGISTRATION starts in late November with the season starting Late February / Early March.
FALL REGISTRATIONS starts in mid May with the season starting Late August / Early September.
For children that are too young to play with MSA, please check out the Soccer Shots program on our Other Soccer Programs tab.
McKinney Soccer is always looking for volunteers! For more information and other volunteer opportunities please contact us at email@example.com.
- Youth Registration
- Academy Registration
- McKinney Academy
- Camps and Programs
- Refund Policy
- Returned Checks Policy
- Uniforms / Jerseys
- Playing Up an Age Group
- Team Formation
- Special Requests (NTSSA Rules)
- Gear and Ball Size
- Number of Games
- Makeup Games
- Jewelry Policy
- BaylorScott & White Sports Care - Medical Advice
- Respect the Referees
- Youth Forms
- NTSSA Rule 3.11 Discipline
SPRING ’20 YOUTH REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED
WAITLIST OPENS MONDAY 01/13/2020
SPRING 2020 REGISTRATION RUNS: 11/18/2019 through 1/6/2020 (ONLINE or In Person)
SPRING 2020 SATURDAY WALK IN REGISTRATION: 1/4/2020 (10:00am – 4:00pm) at the MSA office
SPRING 2020 LATE Registration Runs: 1/7/20 through 1/10/20 $15 late fees will apply – (1/10/20 is the last day for sign ups)
SPRING 2020 WAIT-LIST Registration: January 13th through January 24th 2020 Any Players registering during wait-list registration are placed on the Wait-List and are NOT guaranteed a spot on a team, this includes returning players along with any new players to MSA. You may register for the wait-list either online or in person. Once you are placed you will be asked to pay any and all fee’s including Late Fees.
MSA is now using Stacksports for registration! NEW players will need to create a NEW Account with the stack software system to register. RETURNING players from the spring 19 season need to use their current user name and passcode with stack to registrar. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns.
Academy Fall 18 & Spring 19 Registration – $20 for the year (July 18 through June 19).
Only applicable for the U7 through U10 age groups. Players only participating in academy play and not recreational may click on the link below to register for Academy. This registration does not apply for McKinney Academy Players. Please see the McKinney Academy Tab above.
After you complete your registration, please print the North Texas Academy form, fill it out, sign the consent to play and medical treatment sections and send it to MSA so it can be finalized and signed off by a registrar. You can email it to Charity Paoli at email@example.com.
McKinney Academy Team Page
The MSA 2017 Fall UAL U9 Boys team with Coach Adam.
McKinney Academy was founded in the fall of 2016. Since then, the Academy has grown to 8 teams between the U7-U10 age group. The McKinney Academy is an opportunity for ALL boys & girls to enjoy advanced professional training right here in McKinney. Our Academy teams compete in neighboring Academy Leagues against club Academy teams from across DFW within the North Texas Academy League concept.
The McKinney Academy teams are selected through an open practice process which occurs twice a year, prior to each season. Once in May, ready for the fall season and another in November, ready for the spring season. The selected players will be required to play for a recreational team within McKinney Soccer Association to be eligible for the Academy.
All our Academy teams play on a Sunday and are currently playing in the ‘PIT+ League Elite’. To follow their progress, please click on the link: PIT+ League Elite.
What happens after U10 Academy?
At U11 age, our players have the opportunity to progress in to competitive soccer and be apart of McKinney Soccer Club. Our U11 boys are currently representing the association in Division 1 of the ‘Plano Premier Invitational League’, having qualified through a placement tournament. If you wish to follow their progress, please click on the link: PPIL Division 1
If you have any questions on our programs, contact our Director of Coaching:
The McKinney Soccer Association is pleased to continue our official partnership with UK Elite for our Camps and additional Training programs. Please review the details below for Friday Night Lights, training camps, and other available programs.
Your kids will be home for the summer soon! Are you ready? Do you have activities planned?
Here’s your first opportunity for Soccer Camp 2019.
Train, Compete and Grow with UK Elite.
Individuals and teams welcome – Group Discounts available!
UK Elite Soccer Camps
Camp Dates: June 17th – 21st | July 22nd – 26th
Ages: 3-14 yrs.
Location: Al Ruschhaupt Soccer Complex, 1986 Park View Avenue, McKinney, TX 75070
Registration Link: www.ukelite.com
Academy Open Practice
I am happy to announce the times and dates for the Spring 2020 FCUSA TX MSA Academy open practices.
To register for the open practices, please follow the link below:
**Registration for the open practice is FREE**
Once you follow the link please ensure you click on the following program:
The open practices will be held on:
Tuesday, November 5th
Thursday, November 7th
Player born 2014-2011 are required to play recreational soccer within MSA to be eligible for the spring 2020 academy season.
Craig Ranch Soccer Complex – Field #7
6375 Collin McKinney Pkwy, McKinney, TX 75070
Dates & Times
Times will remain the same on both dates (Tuesday November 5th/Thursday May 7th):
Age Group/Birth Year
U7/2014/13 Boys & Girls
5:45 – 7:00pm
U8/2012 Boys & Girls
5:45 – 7:00pm
U9/2011 Boys & Girls
7:15 – 8:30pm
U10/2010 Boys & Girls
7:15 – 8:30pm
Open Practice Structure
- Attendance at a minimum of 1 FCUSA TX MSA Academyopenpractice is mandatory for new players to be considered for a Spring 2020 FCUSA TX MSA Academy
- New players are welcome and encouraged to attend both openpractices.
- In the interest of a fair openpracticeprocess, there will be some current (Fall 2019) FCUSA TX MSA Academy players in attendance.
- Openpracticeswill include ball mastery activities, core soccer techniques, small sided scenarios and scrimmages relevant to their playing format.
Following the open practices, parents will be informed on their child’s performance and future within the FCUSA TX MSA Academy via email no later than 2 weeks after the final open practice.
If you have any questions ahead of these open practices, please don’t hesitate to get in contact.
MSA Coaching Director
You will receive field details once you register.
Friday Night Lights
Spring Dates: TBD
- Once you have registered and you choose to not to play there will be a $25 administrative fee assessed for all refunds prior to the first game . No refunds thereafter. Late fees are not refundable.
City of McKinney residents –
U4-U5 $95 – (includes 1 uniform and 1 ball all Fall players)
U6-U8 $95 – (includes 1 uniform for all Fall players)
U9-U10 $95 – (includes 1 uniform for all Fall players)
U13/14 $95 – (Games played with Frisco/Allen)
U16/U19 $95 – for all players. (Games played in Plano)
Non-residents – add $10.00 U5-U14 players.
Late registration – add $15.00.
These are league fees only – Uniforms are provided for all U4-U10 players in the fall and for only new U4-U10 players in the spring.
Each child needs an age appropriate soccer ball, shin guards and legal shoes (baseball / football shoes with cleats on the front tip are NOT ALLOWED.)
Returned Checks Policy
Checks returned to MSA as uncollected will be charged an additional $25. Payment must be made by money order or cash. Players will not be placed until payment has been settled.
Uniforms / Jerseys
U4-U5 soccer ball/uniform is provided by McKinney Soccer for all players in the fall season and only for NEW players in the spring. (Jersey, shorts & socks).
U6-U10 Uniforms are provided to all players for the fall season and only to NEW players in the spring. The coach will hand them out at a practice prior to the first soccer game. (1 uniform per year). Please note that in the Fall the uniforms are pre-ordered so please work with what is ordered.
U11 & Up – Your child’s coach will inform for you where to purchase your uniform.
Playing Up an Age Group
All players that “play up” a league are required to specify on the registration form at time of registration. Players can only play up one age group.
Teams are formed based on age and geographical area. Placement is based on availability. We cannot guarantee placement on a team by location or school. Players are placed on teams after registration closes by your league director.
NEW players are placed in the unassigned/draft player pool for team placement.
RETURNING PLAYERS from the most recent season have first priority to return to the team they played on the previous season. If a returning player wishes to be placed on a new team, you must register as an unassigned player and you will be put in the draft. Please note in the record that you would like a new team.
Returning players that skipped a season and wish to return to their original team can do so only if there is space available on the roster after registration closes. You must register on time into the unassigned pool and place a request in the notes.
Special Requests (NTSSA Rules)
- Play with a sibling: players may request to play with a sibling.
- Play up one age level: Players can play up one age level. Players cannot play down.
- Bring a Friend – A returning U4-U8 player may request to play with a friend who is registering to play soccer for the first time. Placement is subject to availability and other teams roster needs.
- Bring a Friend: U13 and older players, who are new, did not play last season or whose team disbanded may request to play on a specific team. Placement is subject to availability and other teams roster needs.
NO special requests based on a player’s skill or ability. NO special requests for carpooling, playing with a friend, team or coach.
Gear and Ball Size
All Players must provide their own equipment. You must purchase shin guards and the appropriate size soccer ball prior to your child’s first practice (U4, U5, and U6 will receive a ball). It is MANDATORY that shin guards be worn at all games and practices at ALL age levels. Soccer cleats are optional; baseball cleats with a toe-cleat or metal-cleats are NOT allowed.
Age Group Ball Size
U8 and Below Size 3
U9 through U12 Size 4
U13 and Above Size 5
Number of Games
While MSA plans for and schedules 8 games for each team, MSA cannot guarantee all 8 games will be played each season. Conditions outside of our control, such as the weather, may force us to eliminate games in order to meet the time requirements provided to us by the City of McKinney.
We at MSA will always do our utmost to get all the games played each season and will strive to minimize any inconvenience when these situations arise.
Thank you from the MSA Staff and Board.
All Players must provide their own equipment. You must Practice days, times, and locations are set by the coach of your team. MSA does not regulate when or where your team practices. Since we do try to place the players on a team close to home, we often hope you are able to practice close to home. Any conflicts on practices should be resolved with your coach.purchase shin guards and the appropriate size soccer ball prior to your child’s first practice (U5 and U6 will receive a ball). It is MANDATORY that shin guards be worn at all games and practices. Soccer cleats are optional; baseball cleats with a toe-cleat or metal-cleats are NOT allowed.
If games are cancelled due to bad weather or bad field conditions, the homepage of our website is updated with our field conditions.
Plano, Frisco, and Allen fields may also be checked via their soccer association websites.
In the case of a rain out, games will be rescheduled for a Sunday or weekday evening in the future. The schedules will be updated on the MSA website as soon as possible. Our site is updated daily and it is your responsibility to check when in doubt.
Jewelry cannot be worn by players during games except for medical or religious purposes – in this case they must be taped to the body. Earrings, necklaces and bracelets must be removed. Band-Aids/tape cannot be placed over newly pierced ears during games. Every parent signs a jewelry waiver during registration acknowledging this policy.
U8 & Under will receive participation medals at the end of the season.
U9 & Above– top three teams in each division will receive place medals.
Your coach will distribute trophies to the team at the end of the season.
BaylorScott & White Sports Care – Medical Advice
MSA is proud to announce that Baylor Scott & White Sports Care will once again be sponsoring the association. A trainer will be out at the fields on Saturday’s free of charge for players to evaluate bumps and bruises. If you need help finding a physician, please contact our local Baylor Sports Care representative: Shelby Truesdale: shelby.truesdale@BaylorHealth.edu.
Heat Illness: Recognize, Prevent, and Treat
Definition: Heat stroke is the most severe form of heat illness and is a life-threatening emergency. It is the result of long, extreme exposure to the sun, in which a person does not sweat enough to lower body temperature. The elderly, infants, persons who work outdoors, people with mental illness, obesity, poor circulation, and those on certain types of medications or drinking alcohol are most susceptible to heat stroke. It is a condition that develops rapidly and requires immediate medical treatment.
Our bodies produce a tremendous amount of internal heat and we normally cool ourselves by sweating and radiating heat through the skin. However, in certain circumstances, such as extreme heat, high humidity, or vigorous activity in the hot sun, this cooling system may begin to fail, allowing heat to build up to dangerous levels.
If a person becomes dehydrated and cannot sweat enough to cool their body, their internal temperature may rise to dangerously high levels, causing heat stroke.
The following are the most common symptoms of heat stroke. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
-Hot, dry skin that is flushed but not sweaty
-A high body temperature
-Disorientation, agitation, or confusion
-Sluggishness or fatigue
-Loss of consciousness
The symptoms of a heat stroke may resemble other medical conditions or problems. Always consult your doctor for a diagnosis.
It is important for the person to be treated immediately as heat stroke can cause permanent damage or death. There are some immediate first-aid measures you can take while waiting for help to arrive, including the following:
-Get the person to a shaded area.
-Remove clothing and gently apply cool water to the skin followed by fanning to stimulate sweating.
-Apply ice packs to the groin and armpits.
-Have the person lie down in a cool area with their feet slightly elevated.
-Cool the person rapidly however you can.Intravenous (IV) fluids are often necessary to compensate for fluid or electrolyte loss.Bed rest is generally advised and body temperature may fluctuate abnormally for weeks after heat stroke.Prevention:
There are precautions that can help protect you against the adverse effects of heat stroke. These include the following:
– Drink plenty of fluids during outdoor activities, especially on hot days. Water and sports drinks are the drinks of choice.
– Avoid caffeinated tea, coffee, soda, and alcohol, as these can lead to dehydration.
– Wear lightweight, tightly woven, loose-fitting clothing in light colors.
– Schedule vigorous activity and sports for cooler times of the day.
– Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a hat, sunglasses and using an umbrella.
– Increase time spent outdoors gradually to get your body used to the heat.
– During outdoor activities, take frequent drink breaks and mist yourself with a spray bottle to avoid becoming overheated.
– Try to spend as much time indoors as possible on very hot and humid days.
– Never leave children or pets in closed cars on warm or sunny days.
Respect the Referees
Many referees are young children; please treat them as you would want others to treat your children. Do not expect to have a perfect game called every game. Do not approach referees on the field for clarification of any rule. If you feel attention needs to be called to your field during a game, please find a field director. Please respect and support our referees, because, without them, soccer games cannot be played.
MSA WILL NOT TOLERATE ANY BAD BEHAVIOR AT THE FIELD TOWARD OUR REFEREES, LEAGUE OFFICIALS, COACHES, OR PLAYERS. ALL REPORTS OF ABUSE CAN RESULT IN SUSPENSION, FINES, OR BOTH.
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NTSSA Rule 3.11 Discipline
All Member Associations are directed to distribute this rule to every youth and adult player, every coach, team manager, league administrator and referee. It is intended that the player and/or coach will make known the contents of this rule to his or her parents and spectators.
1. All members and participants in youth and adult soccer within the jurisdiction of NTSSA have requested to participate in our programs. Therefore, these participants have agreed to abide by the Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, Rules and Regulations of NTSSA, their local playing association, as well as those of the USSF and its National Associations of which NTSSA is a member. The NTSSA Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws provide that it has jurisdiction over all Member Playing Associations, players, coaches, team managers, administrators, team representatives and referees who choose to affiliate. Any member or participant in youth and adult soccer within the jurisdiction of NTSSA found in violation of the Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, Rules and Regulations of NTSSA, their local member association, as well as those of the USSF and its National Associations of which NTSSA is a member, may be subject to publication in the monthly newsletter of NTSSA association of their name, the type of violation, and the disciplinary action taken. Publication will be limited to individuals receiving disciplinary actions of three months or greater.
2. All Member Associations and /or Playing Leagues are directed to form their own Appeals and Disciplinary Committees and to hold hearings–WITH THE PARTIES HAVING THE RIGHT TO BE PRESENT–on every player/coach/assistant coach/spectators and/or parents as required for serious misconduct. All Member Associations are required to furnish the NTSSA Office with a maintained up-to-date list of their A&D Chairman and Committee members and to include their addresses and phone numbers.
3. Should a recreational Playing League cover multiple Associations, the members of the Appeals and Discipline Committee for this league should be comprised of representatives from each available association represented. The NTSSA A&D Committee shall serve as the first level of appeal involving complaints from participants of differing Associations. If a Playing League is hosted by a primary Association, the Appeals and Discipline Committee may be comprised of members of that Association.
As guidance, if the issue at hand was as a result of play, the Playing League will handle the disciplinary matter. All other matters shall be directed to coach/individual/teams home Association.
3.11.2 Misconduct of Youth Players/Coaches/Assistant Coaches
1. Member Associations, Playing leagues and Tournament Officials may institute their own “CUMULATIVE CARD SYSTEM” for players/coaches and assistant coaches or additional sanctions as they see appropriate. Appeals of cards are not allowed except when the referee admits he made an error in the issuance of the card. Sanctions for misconduct will remain within the competition where they are earned unless the violation happens in the last game of that competition and the Member Association/Player League or Tournament Officials deem that it is serious enough to forward to North Texas A & D for consideration of further sanctions.
2. Yellow Cards A player receiving a second yellow card in a single game is suspended for the balance of that game and the next game within that competition.
3. Red Cards A player receiving a red card or a coach/assistant coach who is sent off is suspended for the balance of that game and the next game within that competition, or if in the last game of the competition, may be referred to North Texas for further sanctions.
If a Member Association’s and/or Playing League’s A & D Committee determines that a red card was issued for an infraction that was not an “expulsion” offense in accordance with the IFAB Laws of the Game, such A & D Committee may reduce the red card to a yellow card and assess sanctions accordingly. The Member Association or Playing League may not, however, do away with the card altogether. A full report of this action must be sent to NTSSA.
3.11.3 Misconduct of Adult Players/Coaches/Assistant Coaches
Member Associations, Playing leagues, and Tournament Officials shall institute their own “MISCONDUCT SYSTEM” for players/coaches and assistant coaches for sanctions as the see appropriate. Appeals of cards are not allowed except when the referee admits he made an error in the issuance of the card. Sanctions for misconduct will remain within the competition where they are earned unless violation happens on the last game of that competition and the Member Association, Player League, or Tournament Officials deem that it is serious enough to forward to North Texas Soccer A&D for consideration of further sanctions.
1. A player/coach/assistant coach receiving a second yellow card in a single game is suspended for the balance of that game, and shall sit out the following game.
2. A player/coach/assistant coach receiving a red card is suspended for the balance of that game, and shall sit out a minimum of the following game.
NOTE: If the Member Association A&D Committee determines that a red card was issued for an infraction that was not an “expulsion” offense in accordance with the IFAB Laws of the Game, the Member Association may reduce the red card to a yellow card and assess points for the yellow card. The Member Association may not, however, do away with the card altogether.
3.11.4 Misconduct of Spectators
1. Each team (youth and adult) in NTSSA is responsible for the conduct of its spectators. The referee has the authority to insist that the coach or acting coach deal with the misconduct of the spectators and resolve the problem. Failure to do so may result in the coach’s dismissal from the field and/or termination of the match. Therefore, the coach/assistant coach/team manager is expected to control his spectators, especially on non-enclosed fields. If he is unable to do so, Member Associations, Playing Leagues and/or Tournament Officials are directed to take appropriate actions toward the identifiable, unruly spectator, or if unidentifiable, towards the team itself. Member Associations, Playing Leagues and Tournament Officials shall report spectator misconduct to the NTSSA A&D Committee for review and further action if warranted.
2. Suggested action for misconduct of spectators is:
a. Suspend the spectator from attending future matches.
b. Report spectator to the local Park & Recreation Department.
c. Require team to forfeit any games at which spectator is present on the touchline (cannot keep them off public street or out of parking lot.)
d. Require offending team to pay for presence of police at the game.
e. Revoke and/or refuse registration to the offending team.
f. Cause the spectator to be placed under a municipal “peace bond”.
3.11.5 Misconduct and Punishment of Teams
1. Youth Association Teams
a. When, during the current soccer year, the players/coaches/assistant coaches of a given team have accumulated a total number of thirty (30) cards in league play the Member Association and/or Playing League shall notify the team and the State A & D Committee. The team will be fined $100 payable to NTSSA within thirty (30) days of receiving notice of the thirty (30) cards. The coach and the players of said team may also be required to appear before the Member Association and/or Playing League Disciplinary Committee to explain the team’s continued misconduct. If desired, the Member Association and/or Playing League may waive the holding of a local hearing and refer the matter to the State A&D Committee. Failure of the Member Association or Playing League to notify the State A&D Committee within fourteen (14) calendar days of a team’s cards totaling thirty (30) will result in a fine of $100 per week for each week such notice is late. Red cards or send-offs assessed against that team’s spectators or against that team during tournament play will be reviewed to ascertain team misconduct tendencies.
b. When the players/coaches/assistant coaches of a given team have accumulated a total of four (4) send-offs in a tournament (including red cards issued as a result of an individual receiving two yellow cards in a single game) Tournament Officials shall notify the team and the State A & D Committee. The team will be fined $100 payable to NTSSA within thirty (30) days of receiving notice of the fourth send-off. The coach and the players of said team may also be required to appear before the committee to explain the team’s continued misconduct. Failure of Tournament Officials to notify the State A&D Committee within fourteen (14) calendar days of a team’s fourth will result in a fine of $100 per week for each week such notice is late. Red Cards or send-offs assessed against that team’s spectators or against that team during league play will be reviewed to ascertain team misconduct tendencies.
2. Adult Association Teams
a. When the players/coaches/team representatives/spectators of a given team have accumulated a combined point limit for that team, based on five (5) points per scheduled league game, per season, as described in the “CUMULATIVE TWELVE (12) POINT SYSTEM” in Rule 3.11.3, the Adult Member Association will notify NTSSA Appeals & Disciplinary Committee. (Example: For a ten (10) game season, the combined point limit will be fifty (50) points.) The team will be required to appear before the NTSSA Appeals & Disciplinary Committee to explain the team’s continued misconduct.
b. NTSSA will not hesitate to deny teams, coaches, managers, team representatives or players within its jurisdiction, the privilege of further participation in all or selected soccer activities within its jurisdiction for repeated offenses and for serious offenses considered to bring the game into disrepute. A probation period and/or other sanctions may be rendered to teams, coaches, managers, team representatives or players for violation of this rule.
3. All Association Teams
a. The NTSSA holds the team and coach jointly responsible for the conduct of his or her players, parents, and spectators.
b. A coach whose conduct is not considered to be exemplary to his or her players, parents and spectators will be firmly dealt with by the A&D Committee of both the Member Association involved and the NTSSA.
3.11.6 Games Directly Sponsored by NTSSA
Misconduct involving any participant (player, coach, parent/spectator) of State-sponsored games, as opposed to Member Association league play, will be reported directly to the Tournament Officials of the State Cup and Games Committee and will be forwarded to the NTSSA Appeals and Disciplinary Committee immediately after the occurrence for appropriate disciplinary action.
3.11.7 Misconduct Toward Referee
1. NTSSA has exclusive jurisdiction over assault or abuse of officials, both referee and assistant referee, in any competition by the State or Member Associations. This jurisdiction includes:
a. All USSF registered referees (adult and youth).
b. Any non-licensed person serving in any emergency capacity as a game official.
c. Any coach, parent or junior assistant referee, serving as a game official.
2. If there is an assault/abuse of any game official by any person, including players, coaches, managers or spectators; a report of the alleged assault/abuse will be submitted immediately to the NTSSA A&D Committee Chairman, the appropriate State Commissioner (Adult Men’s, Adult Women’s, Youth or Indoor), the Olympic Development Program Chairman and the Chairman of the State Referee Committee. This subcommittee, chaired by the NTSSA A&D Committee Chairman, shall review and investigate the report(s) as submitted, and upon proper investigation shall determine the seriousness of the alleged assault/abuse report(s) in a timely manner.
3. Should the majority of the members of the subcommittee listed above in Paragraph 18.104.22.168 determine there is sufficient evidence to consider the incident referee assault or referee abuse, a formal hearing will be held within thirty (30) days of verification of the incident. An intentional act upon or towards a game official as defined in Paragraph 22.214.171.124 above shall be deemed “referee assault” or “referee abuse” in the NTSSA under the terms, references, and conditions of USSF Policy 531-9.
If the subcommittee determines there is sufficient evidence to consider the incident referee assault, the committee, at its discretion, may suspend the individual involved until the hearing on the alleged assault.
Should the subcommittee, as noted in Paragraph 3.11.7-2 above, determine the action committed to be Misconduct Towards a Referee rather than Referee Assault or Referee Abuse; it shall impose an administrative punishment of a three (3) game suspension. A formal hearing will not be held unless it is requested by the suspended party. Should a formal hearing be requested and held, it shall be an NTSSA Board of Directors hearing as described in Paragraph 126.96.36.199.
4. NTSSA Board of Directors Hearing
Assault hearings shall be conducted by the State Board of Directors in the following manner:
a. The alleged offending party should be present at such hearings; however, if he is not present, the NTSSA Board of Directors will act upon the matter with the information before it.
b. The game official(s) are required to be present at the hearings. However, if they are not present, the NTSSA Board of Directors will act upon the matter with the information before it.
c. It is intended that the officials’ reports be clear and that no explanations are required at the hearing. Only the NTSSA Board of Directors will question the official(s). If the offending party or any other party or any other person(s) need explanation, such queries will be addressed through the Chair.
5. Terms and References
a. Referee assault is an intentional act of physical violence at or upon a referee, (an act intended to bring about a result that will invade the interests of another in a way that is socially unacceptable. Unintended consequences of the act are irrelevant.). Assault includes but is not limited to the following acts committed upon a referee: hitting, kicking, punching, choking, spitting on, grabbing or bodily running into a referee; head butting; the act of kicking or throwing any object at a referee that could inflict injury; damaging the referee’s uniform or personal property, i.e. car, equipment, etc.
b. Referee abuse is a verbal statement or physical act not resulting in bodily contact, which implies or threatens physical harm to a referee or the referee’s property or equipment. Abuse includes, but is not limited to the following acts committed upon a referee: using foul or abusive language toward a referee; spewing any beverage on a referee’s personal property; spitting at (but not on) the referee; or verbally threatening a referee. Verbal threats are remarks that carry the implied or direct threat of physical harm. Such remarks as, “I’ll get you after the game” or “You won’t get out of here in one piece”, shall be deemed referee abuse.
c. Misconduct towards a referee means persistent statements or physical acts directed toward a referee during or after a game, that do not constitute referee assault or abuse as provided under Federation Policy 531-9, but that mistreat the referee or are inappropriate or unacceptable statements or acts, and may include the following:
i. excessive incidences of foul or abusive language at the referee;
ii. statements that diminish the authority of the referee;
iii. Statements or acts that serve to intimidate without threatening physical harm to the referee.
iv. Examples of misconduct that arise under the description above include the following:
1. confronting the referee without physically threatening the referee;
2. spitting on the ground or in the air but not at the referee;
3. throwing or kicking an item as a sign of disrespect or dissent but without the chance of hitting the referee;
4. Re-entering the field.
These are only some of the examples of possible misconduct and are not all-inclusive, but apply only in the following situations:
i. if a proceeding is brought against an individual for referee assault or abuse, or both, under Federation Policy 531-9; or
ii. If the individual is ejected from a game and, after the ejection, engages in conduct that is misconduct under this policy.
6. Penalties and Suspensions
a. Referee Assault
The person committing the referee assault is automatically suspended as follows:
1. for a minor or slight touching of the referee or the referee’s uniform or personal property, at least three (3) months from the time of the assault;
2. except as provided in clause one (1) or two (2), for any other assault, at least six (6) months from the time of the assault;
3. for an assault committed by an adult and the referee is seventeen (17 )years of age or younger, at least three (3) years; or
4. for an assault when serious injuries are inflicted, at least five (5) years.
b. Referee Abuse
The person committing the referee abuse shall be suspended for a minimum of three (3) games.
c. Misconduct Towards a Referee
The person committing the misconduct towards a referee shall be suspended for a minimum of three (3) games.
d. Any suspension assessed against an individual under this section does not affect any other suspension and/or fine that may be imposed on the individual by an association or league for a violation that is not referee assault or abuse.
7. Any party found to have committed the act of referee assault, referee abuse, or misconduct towards a referee shall have the right to appeal, within ten (10) days of receipt of the decision, to the USSF Appeals Board, following USSF Bylaw 705.
8. Assault On Officials By An Adult Player
Should a player (male or female) be found guilty of referee assault, the NTSSA Board of Directors may, at its discretion, impose upon the team of which the player is a member, the requirement of posting a $1,000 cash bond to be held in the treasury of NTSSA without interest for a period of one (1) year after posting. This cash bond will be required to be posted before the team may engage in any further games within the boundaries of NTSSA. Should any other member of said team be found guilty of a referee assault during that one (1) year period, the team shall forfeit the bond, and another similar bond will be required before the team can continue in competition. If no member of the team commits a referee assault during that one (1) year period, the bond will be returned to the person or persons designated to receive such payment. No member of such team which has failed to post such bond will be permitted to register with another team until that member has posted a $50 bond with NTSSA; nor shall any new member be allowed to register on that team until such member has posted a $50 bond, such bonds to be held under the same terms and conditions as the team bonds.
3.11.8 Misconduct of Referees
When any referee is alleged to have committed misconduct toward any participant, spectator of a match or toward another referee, the NTSSA A&D Committee will hear such allegations and assess punishment concerning the Referee in regard to his activities.
3.11.9 Appellate Procedures
1. All those under the jurisdiction of NTSSA are reminded that they must exhaust all appellate procedures of the Member Association on all matters not covered by these Rules before NTSSA can acquire jurisdiction to hear the appeal under its rules.
2. Member Associations are reminded that they may set the rules of hearings and may restrict the number of witnesses, and the time allotted to each, so long as fair hearings are held. It may also determine whether it wants to allow closed or open hearings.
3. Member Associations and their committees are urged to refuse to hear any appeal when any person is threatening a lawsuit. You should pass the appeal to the next higher forum which would hear it. This is a sport to which we are giving freely of our time, and none of us needs to take the trouble and expense to appear in court.
4. To allow the use of tape recorders, court reporters and the presence of attorneys at hearings is optional with the Member Associations
NTSSA will refuse to allow such recording devices, and the presence of attorneys at hearings is optional with the Member Associations.
5. Should any aggrieved party resort to the courts without exhausting all avenues of appeal including through to the USSF, NTSSA may, at its discretion, suspend such person or refuse to accept further registration in soccer activities within its jurisdiction.
6. An appeal of decisions pursuant to Rule 3.11 made by Member Associations, after Member Association’s appeal procedures have been exhausted, will be made to the NTSSA A&D Committee in accordance with procedures established by this section.
7. An appeal of decisions made by the State A&D Committee will be made to the NTSSA Board of Directors in accordance with procedures established in this section.
8. An appeal of decisions presented to the NTSSA will be:
a. In writing.
b. Made to the Executive Director of NTSSA within five (5) days of receipt of written notice of the lower level authority’s decision(s).
c. Fees, as specified, will be in cash or certified check and will accompany the written notice of appeal.
9. Filing fees for appeals will, under no circumstances, be waived. Fees will be refunded to the appealing party only if the previous decision is overruled. Fees will be:
a. All Player Appeals- $50 – ($25 paid by the player and $25 paid by the coach)
b. All Coach Appeals & Referee Appeals – $100
c. All Team Appeals – $100
The Appeals and Disciplinary Committee will maintain a permanent file of all reports sent to it and the action taken. When any one person or a team shows a trend towards numerous misconduct reports, the Committee will contact such person or team for the purpose of warning or may call such person or team before it.
3.11.11 Association to Comply
When any Member Association or a member thereof, fails to send in reports as required by this Rule, NTSSA will take any action it considers proper, including fine not to exceed Five Hundred Dollars ($500). Repeated violation by Member Association can result in such association being declared not in good standing.
McKinney Soccer Association
1650 W Virginia St, Suite 110
McKinney, Texas 75069
Monday – Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Closed for Lunch 12:00pm -1:00pm