Pride Policies

 

Age Groups

4-14 old (by birth year "International Age")

Bad Air Policy

 

-Green Days - Play Soccer!

-Yellow Days - Play Soccer!  Masks are recommended

-Orange Days - Play Soccer!  Masks are strongly recommended

-Borderline Orange/Red Days Play Soccer!  Masks are strongly recommended

-Red Days  when the air forecast to decline to borderline Orange/Red by the time practice starts we Play soccer!

=Red Days when the forecast is to remain Red throughout our scheculed practice time - No Soccer 

Notification will be made at least 1 hour before practice by either the dead Coach, owner or a board member who is in Songdo at the time of the decision, via Kakao, based on the average air quality gauged by several apps and Websites.

Bad Air Weather

We play soccer in a light rain and even sometimes  in a steady rain, but never in lightning. 

 

Notification of cancellation will be made at least 1 hour prior to practice by the Head Coach, or a Board Member, based on the weather and forecast for the practice time.

Practice Make up Policy

Pride Girls Soccer cannot control the weather or the air quality.  If one practice is canceled due to bad air, or bad weather, a single make up practice will be added.  Additional practices (beyond a single instance) will not be made up.  No refunds are given for canceled practices.

Tournament Policy

Participation in tournaments, friendlies and jamborees is mandatory.  Our girls report that some of their best memories are of playing in friendlies, jamborees and tournaments and testing their abilities against other teams, while bonding with their teammates.

Bus Policy

Pride Girls Soccer teaches in English, but we are not a hogwon and though it's OK to drop you kids off at soccer and take care of your business, we are working hard to build a very strong, supportive parent culture.  Driving your children to soccer practice, picking them up and being with them through good times and bad is fundamental to their development and not something that we think should be outsourced to a bus driver.

Multi-player Policy

(for girls who play for for multiple soccer teams)

If a girl plays for two teams (for instance a club team and school team) the girl will play for the team hosting the tournament if she is offered a spot on the team.  If not she will play for Pride. 

 

The parents of a girls in this situation may request otherwise of the Head Coach or Match Commissioner of the host team, and he/she may grant permission at his/her sole discretion - but by Agreement of the ownership and Head Coach of Pride Girls Soccer and the Head Coaches and ownership and/or the administration of the teams with whom we regularly play, the final decision rests with the Head Coach or Match Commissioner of the host team.

If a girl wishes to participate in an "open tournament" (for instance sponsored by the government or a soccer association, as opposed to by a club or school team) the girl and her family may decide which team to play for. 

Payment

Payment must be made within 3 business days of registering for any season or activity.

Refund Policy

Pride Girls Soccer does not offer any Refunds.  Once the Registration form is submitted you are fully expected to pay for the entire season; however if your girl decides that she does not want to continue to play you may Gift your girls season Registration to another girls by written permission (email correspondence) of Pride Girls Soccer's ownership or a Pride Board Member in good standing.  In this instance the replacement player will be required to fill out the Registration and Waiver online and to purchase a team uniform.

Drop offs

Yes!  We encourage parents and grandparents to stay and watch practice!   Please stay and cheer your girls on, just always follow the Parent Behavior Guidelines.  If you cannot stay, that's OK.  Just make sure that your contact information is up to date. 

 

And be on time (which means early) to pick her up,

Leaving the field of play

 

No girl shall leave the field of play at any time (with or without a parent) without notifying a Pride Coach.

When a girl leaves the field of play she will be accompanied by one of her parents, a female parent from Pride, a female coach, assistant coach or student coach.

Shinguards

In practice all girls are encouraged to wear shin guards, but they are not mandatory, but when we play games, jamborees and tournaments against other teams the Referee will insist that every player wear shin guards, as it is part of the Laws of Soccer.

Glasses

If your girl wears glasses for physical activities she should wear sports glasses on the field. Typical non-sports glasses are not permitted on the field.  She may play without her glasses if she is able to.

Language

We teach in English, with basic Korean as a back up language.  If your girl does not speak English it is OK.  She will have fun learning.

Parent Involvement

Can I stay and watch practice?
Yes!  We encourage parents and grandparents to stay and watch practice!   Please stay and cheer your girls on, just always follow the Parent Behavior Guidelines.  If you cannot stay, that's OK.  Just make sure that your contact information is up to date.
 
Can I participate in practice or help out?
If you are interested in participating, please contact the Parent Coalition President for helping out on the field at practices or games or the Parent Action Committee President to find other ways to support the team.

Uniforms

Uniforms are provided by our Sponsor Business Valuation Center ("BVC") in the Fall and Spring seasons

Boys

There are many boys soccer programs in the area and we encourage families with boys to enroll their boys into these programs, but Pride Girls Soccer is only for girls.  It is an environment where they can learn and love the game among only other girls, being mentored and coached by other girls and women and supported by their mothers, fathers and brothers.  We encourage brothers to come to practices and games and cheer for their sisters!

 

On-field Rules for Pride Members

1. Everyone must follow all directions given by the coaches and assistant coaches.

2. We expect everyone to be a good sport whether we win or lose. We support each other.

3. Do not leave the practice field without permission.  

    -If you must go to the restroom ask a coach and he/she will have a female parent escort you to the restroom

4. During practice when you hear 3 whistles come immediately to the center of the field.

5. Failure to listen to directions of behave properly results in a warning and may result in "time out" making you sit out for 30 seconds.

    -2nd warning is a 3 minute time out

    -3rd warning you must sit out of play until your parents arrive.

6. Dangerous play will not be tolerated.  Follow the rules of the game as they are taught to you.

7. Do not do cartwheels, handstands, etc. on the field or indiscriminately kick balls high in the air, as they my injure someone.

8. If you break the rules we will forgive you.

9. If you break the rules forgive yourself too.

 

Pride Members Rules for Life

Rule # 1

Whatever you do; wherever you go; whether you reach your goals or fail at some of them... LOVE YOURSELF.  You matter - and this world needs your unique gifts, many of which you haven't even yet discovered!  So stay in the game.  Stay in the discovery of life!  And as Coach Emily always says "Never quit." 

   Expected Parent Behavior Rules

  1. Positive encouragement is good!  But, please refrain from negative comments to your girl or any young child on her team or an opposing team.

  2. Cheering is good, but do not coach your child or anyone else’s child during games or instruct the players from the sideline unless asked to by the coaches. The girls need to be able to hear their coaches and "sideline coaching" is against the rules.

  3. Be a good role model and a good sport.

  4. Do not yell at the referees or say anything bad to or about the referees, other team or their players.

  5. Have your child on the field suited up and ready to play 10 minutes before any practice and 30 minutes before any major game, friendly or tournament. They should have already gone to the restroom and be ready to play.

  6. Always bring your child’s ball, shin guards, water, sunscreen and a snack (for games and trips)

  7. The coaches have the final say on everything related to the practices and games. Please don’t argue with the coaches or referees. It is your right to not have your child practice or play in a game.

  8. Pride Girls Soccer Club reserves the right to ask any parent to leave the practice or playing area at any time for any reason. If this request is made, please honor it immediately and we can speak 1:1 after the practice or game privately, but during the game or practice we must give 100% of our attention to children on the field.

  9. Alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited at Pride practices, friendlies, games and tournaments. Alcoholic beverages are permitted at Pride events such as going to watch professional soccer games, end of season award ceremonies, family fun days, etc. but please be conscious of the example you are setting. If you can’t just drink one or two and stop, please don’t drink at all. Don’t get Red Carded.



                             Parents! Don’t get a Red Card!

 Every girl has the right to play soccer, but your girl’s participation in Pride Girls Soccer is a privilege - not a right.  

If it is deemed (at the sole discretion of the owners of Pride Girls Soccer) that a parent is behaving or has behaved in such away as to be out of integrity with any of the rules for: Expected Parent Behavior Rules" and thus detrimental to our team and/or parent culture you may receive (by email or text) a Yellow Card, which is your one and only warning to correct your behavior.

A second Yellow Card in any given season will automatically result in a Red Card. If you receive a Red Card you will be asked to leave Pride Girls Soccer for the remainder of the season and you agree not attend practices, games, or Pride activities or events until the following season, if accepted back into Pride Girls Soccer’s parent culture.  

In the event that you receive a Red Card your child would still be welcome to remain for the current and future season, but would have to be chaperoned by another parent or one of your family members for each practice, game or activity. No drop offs for Red Card Parents. Players must be accompanied.

 

In the event of receiving a Red Card, it is your right to withdrawal your child from Pride Girls Soccer; however no  refunds will be issued in such a circumstance.

Parents who have received a Red Card may apply in writing to the owners of Pride Girls Soccer between seasons. Re-admittance into the Pride is at the sole discretion of the owners of Pride Girls Soccer. The Pride Advisory Board has no say or influence in this decision.

Laws of the Game of U-12 Soccer

Law 1: The Field of Play

Soccer can be played on either grass or artificial turf, but the surface must be green in color. The field must be rectangular in shape, and distinctly marked by two short goal lines and two long-touch lines. The field is divided into halves, separated by the halfway line, which runs from the midpoints of each touchline. At the midpoint of the halfway line is a marked center point surrounded by a lined center circle with a radius of 10 yards. Opposing players are not allowed to enter this circle during the possessing team’s kick-off. The length of the touch line must be greater than the length of the goal line.

Regulation lengths are:

 

Law 2: The Ball

A soccer ball must be spherical in shape and made of leather or another comparable medium. Its circumference must be in the range of 27 to 28 inches. This rule is only applicable for official sanctioned matches, as youth leagues often employ the use of a smaller ball that is better suited to children.  Pride uses Size 4 balls for most players and size 5 for our oldest girls.

 

Law 3: The Number of Players

Matches are generally played by two teams of 4, 5 or 7 to a side. The goalkeeper is included in the total. Teams of fewer than 11 a side can often be seen in youth leagues where smaller teams are used as a developmental tool. Most youth leagues allow an unlimited number of substitutions. Substitutions may only enter at the halfway line, upon the referee’s approval, and after the player being subbed out has left the pitch. The goalkeeper may be substituted with anyone on the pitch or any eligible substitute on the bench during a game stoppage.

 

Law 4: The Players’ Equipment

All players are required to wear a jersey, shorts, shin guards, socks and cleats. The socks must cover the shin guards entirely. If the referee deems a player’s equipment unsatisfactory, the player can be sent off until the issue is remedied.  No earrings on the field.

 

Law 5: The Referee

The referee is the authority on the field, and her/his word is law. If you question a referee’s decision, you can be disciplined (Yellow Card or Red Card) further simply for dissent.

 

Law 6: The Assistant Referees

The assistant referees are primarily responsible for assisting the referee in performing his duties – this includes signaling with a flag when a ball goes of play, when a player is fouled, or when a player is in an offside position.

 

Law 7: The Duration of the Match

Youth  soccer does have an allotted time limit, which varies by age group and is ultimately up to the referee’s or Match Commissioner/Host  as to when to end a match.

 

Law 8: The Start and Restart of Play

Kick-off is generally determined by a coin toss, whereby the winning team can either choose to start with the ball or choose which goal they would like to attack. The losing team is then afforded whatever choice the winner does not elect to take. Kick-off occurs at the start of each half, and after each goal scored, and is taken at the center of the halfway line. If a team scores a goal, the opposing team is given the kick-off to restart the match.

 

Law 9: The Ball In and Out of Play

The ball is out of play when it fully crosses either the goal line or the touch line. It is also out of play if the referee stops play for any reason. If, for any reason, the ball strikes the frame of the goal or the referee and remains within the goal and touch lines, it is still in play.

 

Law 10: The Method of Scoring

A goal is scored when the entire ball has crossed the goal line within the frame of the goal. At the end of the match, the team with the most goals is the winner, barring the circumstantial necessity for extra time.

Law 11: Fouls and Misconduct

A direct free kick is awarded when a player:

  • Kicks or attempts to kick an opponent

  • Trips or attempts to trip an opponent

  • Jumps at an opponent

  • Charges an opponent

  • Strikes or attempts to strike an opponent

  • Pushes an opponent

  • Tackles an opponent

  • Holds an opponent

  • Spits at an opponent

  • Handles the ball deliberately

*If any of these are fouls are committed by a player in their team’s penalty area, the opposing team is awarded a penalty kick. 

 

Indirect free kicks are awarded if a player:

  • Plays in a dangerous manner

  • Impedes the progress of an opponent

  • Prevents the goalkeeper from releasing the ball from his/her hands

  • Commits any other unmentioned offense

 

Yellow cards are awarded as a caution or warning to a player and can be issued for the following offenses:

  • Unsporting behavior

  • Dissent by word or action

  • Persistent infringement of the Laws of the Game

  • Delaying the restart of play

  • Failure to respect the required distance when play is restarted with a corner kick,free kick, or throw-in

  • Entering or re-entering the field of play without the referee’s permission

  • deliberately leaving the field of play without the referee’s permission

 

Red cards are used to send a player off the field, and can be issued for the following offenses:

  • Serious foul play

  • Violent conduct

  • Spitting at an opponent or any other person

  • Denying the opposing team a goal or an obvious goal-scoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball (the goalkeeper being an exception)

  • Denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity to an opponent moving towards the player’s goal by an offense punishable by a free kick or a penalty kick

  • Using offensive or abusive language and/or gestures

  • Receiving a second caution (yellow card) in the same match

 

Law 12: Free Kicks

Free Kick is broken into two categories, direct and indirect. A direct kick can be shot directly into the opponent’s goal without touching another player. An indirect free kick is indicated by the referee raising his hand during the kick. An indirect kick can only go into the goal if it has subsequently been touched by another player before it enters the goal. The ball must be stationary for both types of kicks.

 

Law 13: The Penalty Kick

A penalty kick is awarded either when a defensive player fouls an attacking player or commits a handball in his/her team’s penalty area. The penalty kick is placed at the penalty spot, and all players on both teams must remain outside the penalty box during the shot. They may enter the box immediately after the shot is taken. The goalkeeper may move horizontally along the goal line before the shot is taken, but he may not come off the line until the ball is struck.

 

Law 14: The Throw-In

A throw-in is awarded when the possessing team plays the ball out of bounds over the touchline. While taking a throw-in, a player must release the ball with both hands simultaneously and keep both feet firmly planted on the ground. If these conditions are not met, play is stopped and the throw-in is given to the opposing team. Players are not allowed to score directly off a throw-in.

 

Law 15: The Goal Kick

A goal kick is awarded when the offensive team plays the ball out of bounds over the defensive team’s goal line. After the ball is out of play, the defender or goalkeeper may place the ball anywhere within the six-yard goal box and kick the ball back into play.

 

Law 16: The Corner Kick

A corner kick is awarded to the offensive team when the defensive team plays the ball out of bounds over its goal line. The ball is placed within the corner area and is kicked back into play by the offensive team. Players can score directly off a corner kick.

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