Coaches Meeting Summary
- Completed online rosters are due as soon as possible
after emailed to coaches. It is VERY
IMPORTANT that I email parents with our COVID SAFETY PROCEDURES before
they attend their first game. I will
be changing the names of several teams on the Monday, Tuesday and
Wednesday Schedule. There will
probably be a 5 minute start change for the first few games to insure
teams exit the arena before the players for the next game enter. All
weeknight leagues were sent individual online player rosters today. I will get to the weekend leagues (Sat
& Sun) over the next few days.
As previously mentioned, player’s parent must complete and sign a
liability waiver. This has already been emailed. I also have extras at the concession
stand. If the player is 18 or
older, the player may complete the form.
Please collect all forms, staple and submit as one group to the
concession stand. We appreciate
parent’s not submitting forms individually. http://marylandsportsarena.com/waiver.pdf for additional waivers.
- You may add
players up to the beginning of your 6th game by going online an
adding them to your roster. You
must also submit a liability waiver to the concession if you add any
players. Players may only play on 1
team per league. They may play in
- No slide tackles U14 and
under, HS Coed, Adult Coed and Over 30 leagues.
- For ages U11/ U12, U13 &
U14, once the goalkeeper has possession, he or she may only distribute the
ball by throwing. Ball may not be
placed on the ground, drop kicked or punted. Keeper may place ball and use feet to
distribute by passing for U15 and older youth, all coed and adult
leagues. Punting or drop kicking is
only allowed in u8 (boys and girls), u9 (boys and girls) and u10 (boys and
- For Coed leagues, 2 female
players (excluding goalkeeper) must be on the field at all times. Female player must first touch the ball
in your offensive half for your team to be able to score.
- All youth players, including
HS Coed, must have shin guards. No cleats are allowed. Indoor soccer shoes or sneakers. Turf shoes are allowed, however in my
opinion, they give you no added benefit.
- There’s a lot of debate
regarding heading for younger players.
It is your responsibility as a coach (for younger teams) to
instruct your players whether or not to head the ball. We do not call it a foul if the ball
touches your players head. The
majority of injuries I have scene from head balls (including myself) have
been in older age play. Obviously,
there are exceptions. Bottom line,
you instruct your players based on your soccer knowledge.
- Schedules may be found
online at http://marylandsportsarena.com/schedules.htm
. I will send an email to coaches when additional schedule groups are
online. Once the schedules are
online, they cannot be changed, unless I’ve missed a request. All weeknight requests have been
received. If you have a weekend bye
request, please let me know immediately.
I cannot do time requests.
- If your score is wrong,
coaches please email. Do not leave notes with the ref or concession
stand. I will update the scores
weekly or sooner if possible. I usually
update every Monday or Tuesday once all schedules are online.
- Sportsmanship is a very
important part of your player’s or child’s learning process. We encourage you to coach your child in
a positive manner. Please do not
shout disparaging remarks at other player’s or coaches. Never tell your players to foul an
opponent. If your game becomes
physical, or you have a player out of control, it is your responsibility
as a coach to correct your player.
- Dissent is not tolerated
toward the officials. This includes
spectators. Coach your team but do
not berate the official because you disagree with a call. When you do that, you not only take
yourself out of the game but set a poor example for your players. Teams
are responsible for the conduct of their fans. If you have a problem with an official
or his call, please email me
with a concise report regarding the incident (coaches only). I don’t discuss calls by phone or in
person until reviewed by the referee association. The referees are not employees of the
Maryland Sports Arena. We contract
with the Baltimore Independent Group to officiate over 2,000 games played
at our facility yearly. If there’s
an issue, we will forward your complaint to the association and they will
investigate it and follow up with you in person, by phone or by
- Ref fees are $22 a game for
a two man system and $15 a game for a one man system. If you only have one ref, even though
two were scheduled, you pay that official $15. (Youth league only) All weeknight leagues are 2 man systems.
All adult leagues are one man systems with $20 paid by each team.
- If you have not paid your
deposit, please bring go online here http://marylandsportsarena.com/balancepayment.htm
and pay $350. Remaining balance is due by first gamer. Credit cards are also accepted at the
concession stand. You can leave
your balance along with your collected liability waivers at the concession
stand first game.
- If you or your player arrives
late, please notify the concession stand.
You will be allowed to enter the field at the next dead ball
situation. Do not enter through the
emergency side door in the player’s box.
Outside the door connects to a drainage ditch and it not safe. If it’s raining, your shoes will be
soaked. If it’s cold or icy, you or
your player may slip and fall.
Also, do not use the employee’s only door next to the field. As the sign says, employees only. This area is used for storage and is not
a pathway to the field.
- Please keep your soccer
balls bagged until entering the field.
Besides equipment being broken, there are usually elderly people in
the stands watching. Several times
people have been hit, and a few times hurt, from players playing with the
ball off the field.
- Parking is
allowed on our lot and in the lot behind the RED BRICK BUILDING. DO NOT
PARK IN FRONT OF THE RED BRICK BUILDING
NEXT TO OUR PIT BEEF STAND. YOUR
CAR WILL BE TOWED 24/7! We have
permission to park in the rear of the building ONLY!
- No commercially prepared
food or drink (i.e Fast Food products) may be
brought into the facility. You can
bring in sports drinks, water, food from home
etc. By commercial, we mean
McDonalds, Burger King etc. Our pit beef stand is leased to a fellow
lifelong soccer player. You may bring food purchased at the pit beef stand
into the facility.
- It is winter, so expect to
play when there’s inclement weather.
We will cancel for a major snowstorm. All coaches will be emailed regarding
announcements are also on our webpage at http://marylandsportsarena.com
and our voice mail will have a message at 410.538.7300. We do not follow
school cancellations for Harford County Schools or Government.
- We are offering several
tournaments this year. Our holiday
tournament information during Christmas break is now online here http://marylandsportsarena.com/holiday2020.htm
- All games are streamed live
. Live Barn offers a 10 percent
discount code to MSA patron. Please
use MSA1-2018 when subscribing.
- MSA’s 30th Annual
Valentines Tournament will be held on Valentine’s weekend Info will be online shortly.
- If you’re looking for
additional training for your players, the Maryland Sports Arena offers
German Soccer School for ages 4 thru 12.
Ages 4,5,6 are on Mondays, 7,8,9 on
Tuesdays and 10,11,12 are on Wednesdays.
This is a FUN learning program for players of all skill
levels. I coach the players along
with former German professional soccer play Dr. Gunther Glockner. Class is 4:30 to 5:30 for 6 weeks. Each class ends with fun no pressure
scrimmage. See our webpage to
- Former Baltimore Blast
Championship coach and player, Bobby McAvan,
offers individual training lessons for players in his studio in the rear
of the facility. For additional
info, please visit http://marylandsportsarena.com/indivtraining.htm
- I have room on Thursdays
evenings for team training from 4:30 to 5:30. 6 to 8 week sessions.
- FUNDRAISER - Dasher board
advertising is available. Your team
receives 50 percent of everything you sell towards league and tournament
fees. MSA hosts 2,000 games per year with over 2,000 players at our
facility. Email me for info.
- I have practice time
available Thursday evening Nov 19th (only!) and on Saturday Nov
21st and Sunday 22nd only.
- I will have updated rules
and Covid procedures in the next email.
email me or call me with any questions.
Good luck to your teams and thanks for playing at the Maryland Sports
Phone: (410) 538-7300