Youth Players

McKinney Soccer Association offers recreational soccer for ages 3-19 and Adults.

SPRING REGISTRATION WILL START DECEMBER 1.  Season will start Late February / Early March.
FALL REGISTRATIONS WILL START JUNE 1. Season will start 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 page.

McKinney Soccer is always looking for volunteers!  For more information and other volunteer opportunities please contact us at info@mckinneysoccer.org.

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 (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.

Practices

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.

Age Group          Ball Size
U8 and Below       Size 3
U9 through U12    Size 4
U13 and Above     Size 5

Makeup Games

If games are cancelled due to bad weather or bad field conditions, the homepage of our website is updated with our field conditions.
Plano 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 Policy

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.

Trophies

U8 & Under will receive participation medals at the end of the season.
U9 & Above– top three teams in each division will receive place trophies.
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.

Causes:
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.
Symptoms:
The following are the most common symptoms of heat stroke. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
-Headache
-Hot, dry skin that is flushed but not sweaty
-Dizziness
-A high body temperature
-Disorientation, agitation, or confusion
-Rapid heartbeat
-Sluggishness or fatigue
-Loss of consciousness
-Seizure
-Hallucinations

The symptoms of a heat stroke may resemble other medical conditions or problems. Always consult your doctor for a diagnosis.

Treatment:
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.

If you live in a hot climate and have a chronic condition, talk to your doctor about extra precautions you can take to protect yourself against heat stroke.
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.

NTSSA Rule 3.11 Discipline

NTSSA Rule 3.11 Discipline

  1. DISCIPLINE

All Member Associations are directed to distribute this rule to every youth and amateur 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. Authority
  1. All members and participants in youth and adult soccer within the jurisdiction of the North Texas State Soccer Association 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 United States Soccer Federation and its National Associations of which North Texas State Soccer Association 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 United States Soccer Federation and its National Associations of which North Texas State Soccer Association is a member, may be subject to publication in the monthly newsletter or NTSSA President’s Newsletter of this 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 State 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.

  1. Misconduct of Youth Players/Coaches/Assistant Coaches
  1. All Member Associations, Playing Leagues and Tournament Officials are directed to operate and keep records on a “CUMULATIVE CARD SYSTEM” for all players/coaches/assistant coaches. Appeals of cards are not allowed except when the referee admits he made an error in the issuance of the card. Cards issued in league play are cumulative during the entire soccer year. When a player transfers to another team his or her accumulated league play cards count against the cumulative card totals for both his or her old and new teams. Player suspensions mentioned in this section, including automatic suspensions “from all NTSSA-sanctioned activities,” include all games (including indoor), organized scrimmages, friendly games, and the like, but do not include team practices.
  2. A “CUMULATIVE CARD SYSTEM” in league play will be operated as follows:
  1. Yellow Cards One game automatic suspension for the game following an individual’s third league play yellow card. Two game automatic suspension for the game following such individual’s fifth league play yellow card. One game automatic suspension for the game following such individual’s sixth league play yellow card.

NOTE: A player/coach/assistant coach receiving a second yellow card in a single game is suspended for the balance of that game, and those two yellow cards are then added to such individual’s previous total of league play yellow cards to determine whether additional game suspensions, if any, are required. Red cards issued solely as a result of a second yellow in a single game will not be added to such individual’s league play red card total.

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  1. Red Cards   One game automatic suspension for the game following an individual’s first league play red card. Automatic suspension, pending a hearing, from all NTSSA-sanctioned activities following such individual’s second league play red card. Red cards issued solely as a result of a second yellow card in a single game will not be added to such individual’s league play red card total.

NOTE: In cases where, during a single game, an individual receives a yellow card followed by a “straight red card” (as opposed to a red card issued solely as a result of a second yellow) both cards will be added to such individual’s respective total of league play red and yellow cards and punished accordingly. 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 FIFA 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.

  1. Seventh Card Any individual obtaining a seventh card in league play shall be immediately suspended pending a hearing with NTSSA A&D Committee (meaning any combination of yellow and red cards totaling seven).
  1. A “CUMULATIVE CARD SYSTEM” for each tournament will be operated as follows:
  1. Yellow Cards One game automatic suspension for the game following an individual’s third league play yellow card. Two game automatic suspension for the game following such individual’s fifth league play yellow card. One game automatic suspension for the game following such individual’s sixth league play yellow card.

NOTE: A player/coach/assistant coach receiving a second yellow card in a single game is suspended for the balance of that game, and those two yellow cards are then added to such individual’s previous total of league play yellow cards to determine whether additional game suspensions, if any, are required. Red cards issued solely as a result of a second yellow in a single game will not be added to such individual’s league play red card total.

  1. Red Cards One game automatic suspension for the game following an individual’s first league play red card. Automatic suspension, pending a hearing, from all NTSSA-sanctioned activities following such individual’s second league play red card. Red cards issued solely as a result of a second yellow card in a single game will not be added to such individual’s league play red card total.

NOTE: In cases where, during a single game, an individual receives a yellow card followed by a “straight red card” (as opposed to a red card issued solely as a result of a second yellow) both cards will be added to such individual’s respective total of league play red and yellow cards and punished accordingly. 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 FIFA 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.

  1. Seventh Card  Any individual obtaining a seventh card in league play shall be immediately suspended pending a hearing with NTSSA A&D Committee (meaning any combination of yellow and red cards totaling seven)

d.   Exceptions

For misconduct cards issued during State Cup, Regionals, or National competitions (US Youth Soccer), the misconduct will be handled within that competition.

  1. The “CUMULATIVE CARD SYSTEM” prescribed by these rules defines the minimum disciplinary punishment to be taken by all Member Associations, Playing Leagues and Tournament Officials. Nothing herein prevents Member Associations, Playing Leagues or Tournament Officials from enacting more severe sanctions. Each case should be judged on its own set of circumstances and degree of misconduct or violence, the latter of which must be dealt with swiftly and severely.
  2. Any misconduct by a Coach justifying a report by a referee or any other person shall be directed to the State Appeals and Disciplinary Committee as well as to the Member Association and/or Playing League with which the coach is affiliated. The Member Association and/or Playing League shall promptly (within seven (7) days after receipt of the report) rule on the report and send its decision to the State A&D Committee. The State A&D Committee will determine the extent of the punishment, if any, in addition to that taken by the Member Association
  3. The State A&D Committee will make its decision based entirely upon the written reports before it, including that of the affected coach, should he or she submit a report. Hearings will not be held by the Committee unless it chooses to call one of its own volition.

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  1. A coach whose conduct is less than exemplary to his or her players, parents and spectators will be firmly dealt with by the Member Association or Playing League involved and the State A & D Committee.
  2. Game suspensions for Yellow and Red cards (as set forth above) are to be served by the player/coach/assistant coach at the next scheduled game (including league, playoff, championship, cup, and local or state tournament games) that such individual’s team is involved in. A suspension imposed by these rules shall be recognized by all affiliated organizations after proper notification. The lack of a hearing or referee report on the offense shall not affect such individual’s suspension.
  3. All game suspensions must be reported immediately to the State A&D Committee. The Member Association, Playing League or Tournament Officials making the report will forward a copy of any referee’s Misconduct Report(s) which underlie the suspension. The State A&D Committee will determine the extent of punishment, if any, in addition to that prescribed by the Member Association, Playing League or Tournament Officials, taking into consideration the severity of the misconduct.
  4. The State A&D Committee will issue its decision based entirely upon the officials’ reports and any other written reports before it, including that of the affected individual, should he or she submit a report. A hearing will not be held by the State A&D Committee unless it, of its own volition, chooses to call one because of the nature of the case.
  5. Extreme Violent Conduct
    1. Member Associations, Playing Leagues and/or Tournament Officials are directed to extend severe punishment to those players, coaches, and assistant coaches guilty of extreme violent conduct while participating in a match and for violence toward any person or property after being ejected, while on the touchline, or approaching or leaving the game site.
  1. Misconduct of Amateur Players/Coaches/Assistant Coaches
  1. All Member Associations are directed to operate and keep records on a twelve (12) point “CUMULATIVE TWELVE (12) POINT SYSTEM” for all player/coaches/assistant coaches. Offenses resulting in the cautioning of a player/coach/assistant coach by the referee (yellow card) are allowed points according to their seriousness ranging from one (1) to four (4) points. Appeals of cautions (yellow cards) are not allowed except when the referee admits he made an error in the issuance of the caution. Points are cumulative during each soccer season. When a given player/coach/assistant coach accumulates twelve (12) points sanctions are applied as described in Rule 3.11.3 (3). A player transferring to another team will carry over his or her accumulated points to his or her new team. Reports of these disciplinary actions are to be sent to the State Appeals and Disciplinary Committee at North Texas State Soccer Association Office.
  2. The points of the “CUMULATIVE TWELVE (12) POINT SYSTEM” will be allocated as follows:
    1. 12 points             Sent off from game due to Serious Foul Play, Violent Conduct, Spitting at Opponent/Person, Denies Goal Scoring Opportunity or Offensive, Insulting or Abusive Language

For ejection from a game due to misconduct after receiving a caution, except for twelve (12) point offenses as stated above, points will be based on two (2) cautions.

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 FIFA 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. A full report of this action must be sent to NTSSA.

The CAUTION points are to be allocated as follows:

  1. FOUR POINTS
    1. Deliberate tripping, tripping and other “tactical”, deliberate, physical fouls.
    2. Foul tackle from behind.
    3. Interference by other players when the referee is speaking to a player after an offense has been committed.
    4. Continued dissent of a decision in an attempt to unsettle the referee.
  1. THREE POINTS
    1. Deliberate, tactical obstruction.
    2. Persistent infringement of the Laws of the Game.

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  1. Shirt pulling and other similar tactics.
  2. Deliberate encroachment at free-kicks.
  1. TWO POINTS
    1. Deliberate handball designed to break up attack.
    2. Time wasting, including that by the goalkeeper.
    3. Moving arms up and down to obstruct an opponent.
    4. Gesticulating in front of a player taking a free-kick or thrown-in.
    5. Fails to respect required distance or unsporting behavior at a penalty kick.
    6. Other unsporting behavior.
  2. ONE POINT
    1. Entering or leaving the field without the referee’s permission.
    2. Player leaning on a teammate to gain an extra height.
    3. Pulling oneself up by the goal post or crossbar to gain an advantage.
  1. ACCUMULATED CAUTION POINTS SANCTIONS
    1. Twelve (12) Accumulated Caution Points             – One Game Suspension
    2. Six (6) More Points                                                – Two Game Suspension
    3. Six (6) More Points – Suspension pending A&D – Committee Inquiry
  1. SEND-OFF
  1. FINES
  1. One Send-off                                                         – One Game Suspension
  2. Second Send-off                                                    – Two Game Suspension
  3. Third Send-off – Suspension pending A&D          – Committee Inquiry
  1. Teams Exceeding The Accumulated Point Limit – $50
  2. Teams Exceeding The Accumulated Point Limit Second Time in Soccer Year – $100

NOTE: All fines must be paid within thirty (30) days of infraction to the North Texas State Soccer Association.

NOTE: This is the minimum disciplinary punishment taken by all Member Associations on ejections. Nothing herein prevents a Member Association from enacting more severe sanctions. Each case should be judged on its own set of circumstances and degree of misconduct or violence, the latter of which must be dealt with swiftly and severely.

  1. Any misconduct by a Coach justifying a report by a referee or any other person shall be directed to the State Appeals and Disciplinary Committee as well as the Member Association with which the coach is affiliated. The Member Association shall promptly (within five (5) days after receipt of the report) rule on the report and send its decision to the State A&D Committee.  The Committee will determine the extent of the punishment, if any, in addition to that taken by the Member Association.
  2. The State A&D Committee will make its decision based entirely upon the written reports before it, including that of the affected coach, should he or she submit a report. Hearings will not be held by the Committee unless it, of its own volition, chooses to call one.
  3. 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.
  4. Game suspensions for caution points and/or expulsions:

The suspension is to be served by the player/coach/assistant coach/manager/or team representative at the next scheduled game (regular league games, makeup league game, playoff, championship, cup games, local or state tournament game) that the player’s team is involved in.  A suspension imposed by NTSSA shall be recognized

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by all affiliated organizations after proper notification. The lack of a hearing or referee report on the suspension/expulsion of the offender shall not nullify his suspension (to sit out) the next game.

  1. All game suspensions must be reported to the State. When an ejection or game suspension under the caution point system is issued to a player, the Member Association or league to which the player is affiliated will forward a copy of the referee’s Misconduct Report of the ejection or a copy of the league’s Disciplinary Committee report on suspension due to the excessive Caution Points directly to the NTSSA State Appeals and Disciplinary Committee, together with the action taken by the Member Association. The State A&D Committee will determine the extent of punishment, if any, in addition to that prescribed by the Member Association, taking into consideration the severity of the misconduct. Each additional caution and/or ejection of said player during the remainder of the soccer year will also be forwarded to the Committee for review and possible further action.
  2. The NTSSA Appeals and Disciplinary Committee will issue its decision based entirely upon the officials’ reports and any other written reports before it, including that of the affected player, should he or she submit a report. A hearing will not be held by the Committee unless it, of its own volition, chooses to call one because of the nature of the case.
  3. Extreme Violent Conduct:

The State Member Association’s Appeals and Disciplinary Committees are directed to extend severe punishment to those players, coaches, and assistant coaches guilty of extreme violent conduct while participating in a match and for violence toward any person or property after being ejected, while on the touchline, or approaching or leaving the game site.

  1. Misconduct of Spectators
  1. Each team (youth and adult) in NTSSA is responsible for the conduct of its spectators. The referee shall have the authority to caution and/or send off the coach or acting coach from the field for the misconduct of the spectators associated with the team. 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 State A&D Committee for review and further action if warranted.
  2. Suggested action for misconduct of spectators is:
    1. Suspend the spectator from attending future matches.
    2. Report spectator to the local Park & Recreation Department.
    3. 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.)
    4. Require offending team to pay for presence of police at the game.
    5. Revoke and/or refuse registration to the offending team.
    6. Cause the spectator to be placed under a municipal “peace bond”.
  1. Misconduct and Punishment of Teams
  1. Youth Association Teams
    1. When, during the current soccer year, the players/coaches/assistant coaches of a given team have accumulated a total of seven (7) send-offs in league play (including red cards issued as a result of an individual receiving two yellow cards in a single game) or any combination of cards totaling twenty-five

(25) 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 seventh send-off or any combination of cards totaling twenty-five (25). The coach and the players of said team may also be required notified to appear before the committee to explain the team’s continued misconduct. Failure of the Member Association or Playing League to notify the State A&D Committee within fourteen

(14) calendar days of a team’s seventh send-off or any combination of cards totaling twenty-five (25) will result in a fine of  $100 per week for each week such notice is late.  Red cards or send-offs assessed against

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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.

  1. Adult Association Teams
    1. 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 Amateur Member Association will notify the North Texas State Soccer Association 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.
    2. The North Texas State Soccer Association 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.
  2. All Association Teams
    1. The NTSSA holds the team and coach jointly responsible for the conduct of his or her players, parents, and spectators.
    2. 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.
  1. 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 State Appeals and Disciplinary Committee immediately after the occurrence for appropriate disciplinary action.

  1. Misconduct Toward Referee
  1. North Texas State Soccer Association 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:
    1. All USSF registered referees (adult and youth).
    2. Any non-licensed person serving in any emergency capacity as a   game official.
    3. Any coach, parent or junior assistant referee, serving as a game official.
  1. 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, 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.
  1. Should the majority of the members of the subcommittee listed above in Paragraph 3.11.7.2 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

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Paragraph 3.11.7.1 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 Executive Committee hearing as described in Paragraph 3.11.7.4.

  1. State Executive Committee Hearing

Assault hearings shall be conducted by the State Executive Committee in the following manner:

  1. The alleged offending party should be present at such hearings; however, if he is not present, the State Executive Committee will act upon the matter with the information before it.
  2. The game official(s) are required to be present at the hearings. However, if they are not present, the State Executive Committee will act upon the matter with the information before it.
  3. It is intended that the officials’ reports be clear and that no explanations are required at the hearing. Only the State Executive Committee 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.
  1. Terms and References
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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:
      1. excessive incidences of foul or abusive language at the referee;
      2. statements that diminish the authority of the referee;
      3. statements or acts that serve to intimidate without threatening physical harm to the referee.
      4. 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:

  1. if a proceeding is brought against an individual for referee assault or abuse, or both, under Federation Policy 531-9; or

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ii.   if the individual is ejected from a game and, after the ejection, engages in conduct that is misconduct under this policy.

  1. Penalties and Suspensions
    1. 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.
  5. Referee Abuse

The person committing the referee abuse shall be suspended for a minimum of three (3) games.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.
  2. Assault On Officials By An Adult Player

Should a player (male or female) be found guilty of referee assault, the State Executive Committee 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.

  1. Misconduct of Referees

When any referee is alleged to have committed misconduct toward any participant, spectator of a match or toward another referee, the State A&D Committee will hear such allegations and assess punishment concerning the Referee in regard to his activities.

  1. 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 the State Association 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.

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.

  1. Should any aggrieved party resort to the courts without exhausting all avenues of appeal including through to the USSF, the State Association may, at its discretion, suspend such person or refuse to accept further registration in soccer activities within its jurisdiction.
  2. 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 State A&D Committee in accordance with procedures established by this section.
  3. An appeal of decisions made by the State A&D Committee will be made to the State Executive Committee in accordance with procedures established in this section.
  4. An appeal of decisions presented to the NTSSA will be:
    1. In writing.
    2. Made to the General Manager of NTSSA within five (5) days of receipt of written notice of the lower level authority’s decision(s).
    3. Fees, as specified, will be in cash or certified check and will accompany the written notice of appeal.
  5. 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:
  1. All Player Appeals- $50 – ($25 paid by the player and $25 paid by the coach)
  2. All Coach Appeals & Referee Appeals      – $100
  3. All Team Appeals                                       – $100
    1. Records

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.

  1. 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.


The McKinney Soccer Association has been promoting and growing the game of soccer in McKinney since its formation over 30 years ago. The association is controlled by a board of directors which meets once a month to ensure that both, the Spring and Fall soccer seasons run smoothly. We also have a small office staff to manage daily operations and help to coordinate between players, parents, and board members in solving issues.

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