all U6 and U8 West Carleton Soccer Club
House League Coaches
Welcome to the West Carleton Soccer Club
The WCSC House League Festival is a celebration of the conclusion of
another season of sport. Our goal is not to separate the winners and losers but
celebrate the participation of every individual and every team and the
achievement of every person against their own capabilities. As a club, as
coaches, and parents a successful season should not measured in wins and
losses; it should be measured by how many of our children return to play again
next year. You are the most important ingredient in our success and we
are very grateful for your contribution and leadership this year; thank you so
much, and have a fun Festival.
Below are a few important notes regarding the Festival. Please review
and then share the information with all the parents and players on your
team. Rules, schedules, code of conduct
and True Sport information are all on our website www.wcsc.ca
Please, please, have your team and parents pickup all of their
garbage after each and every game. Please remind your players and parents to
use the bins.
Please treat our referees (U8 games) with respect. Most of them are young soccer players; all are trying to ensure our
games are safe and fair. Try to keep in mind that the referee has to call the
game as he/she sees it and unless you are standing where the referee is, you
cannot have the same view of the game. what is and
There are many views on what is and what is not a hand ball. Team
“advantage” greatly affects the referee’s decision on these calls. Please
remind your parents to let the referees call the game. On the handball front,
not every ball that comes in contact with a player's hand is a hand ball. The
rule is directed at intentional touches of the ball. Again, please remind the
parents to let the referees call the game.
Some key notes.....
1. Team registration: Please register at least 15 minutes prior to your first game at the Administration Tent. To
reduce waste, we will have one copy of the Festival Rules, a schedule, the True
Sport awards and a garbage bag in your registration package. Copies will be
posted in the administration tent and are on our website.
2. The Fair Play Rule, that as far as reasonably
practical all players receive approximately the same playing time, applies all
season and in the Festival. At the Festival Marshals and club officials will be
observing many games to ensure the rule is being applied. The rule is clear, so
please play all your players equally, in every game, half. If you need clarification on a rule, ask, and
3. No dogs will be allowed on or
near the soccer fields. Please take a moment to inform parents, grandparents,
friends and other spectators about this rule.
4. U8 ONLY: Returning again this year is the True Sport Player Award, which will be given by each
team, to a member of the opposing team, during each game throughout the Festival.
True Sports are those players who embody the Fun and Fair Play values: they
show leadership, respect themselves, their fellow players, and the game, and
demonstrate by their actions that the goal is to have fun playing soccer,
whatever the outcome. Take some time to discuss these concepts with your
players and try to get them to nominate their opponent’s True Sport.
5. Please note that the WCSC Code
of Conduct applies to the Festival as it does to the regular
season. Coaches are responsible for ensuring that players, fans and they
themselves abide by this Code. Please take a minute to review the Code with
your players prior to the Festival.
6. U8 ONLY: Team and Fan Location on the field: We are asking that coaches and players set up between the two mini fields,
and that all fans view the game from the sides. This means that the coaches and
players from both teams will be essentially beside one another. Coaches, please
leave enough room between you to allow for easy substitutions at centre field
and coaching. Those familiar with competitive soccer will recognize this
configuration. Please remind fans and players to sit well back from the sides
of the field so that players can play and ARs or linesmen can do their jobs
without worrying about stepping on people.
7. Game Times: The posted times are
the times the games are to start. You will need to warm up before the posted
game time – not on the game field. Please take the field at the scheduled time
with your starting line and be ready to play.
8. Pinnies (U8): If you might be
playing another team with the same colour of jerseys, it is the responsibility
of the ‘HOME’ team to wear a different colour. Teams with pinnies are asked to
bring them to the Festival.
9. U6 Game reporting: Please submit a list of all players that are participating in the Festival to the administration tent before leaving the venue. U8 Game reporting: Please submit your completed game
sheet to the registration tent within 15 minutes of the end of each game in the
round robin or before leaving the Festival venue. Even though we are not keeping score, we need a record of
every player that has participated in each game.
10. Talons Competitive Tryouts: The 2019 Talons try-outs will be held in the spring of 2020. If you have players who
particularly skilled or passionate about the game please encourage them to
sign-up for the tryouts at www.wcsc.ca, using the “register” button to access
their membership account,
players must be registered in advance -- notice will be sent to all players when registration is open.
11. Prizes for U6 - U8 Teams: Every Festival participant is awarded a "memento". "Mementos" will be given to the coach at check in to distribute to their players following their last game. at the end of their
12. Equipment: Immediately following your last game, coaches will need to turn in
the team equipment at the registration table, please ensure we check off your equipment on our list as returned. All players keep the uniforms that were issued to them at the start of the year. U6 players only are to keep one ball each, the equipment bag is to be turned in. Managing equipment is a
major undertaking for our volunteers. You can help by sorting your gear and
unused shirts into the bins/bags and throwing away any worn out balls, gloves, and
pinnies. For U6 teams that play at 9 am: each team sets up a net prior to the first game and leaves it their for the entire festival, we will collect those nets at the end of the Festival.
13. At U6 and U8 there is special
emphasis on the game and not on identifying winners and losers. This remains
true for the Festival; there are no championship games or standings at U6 or U8.
We hope you enjoy the Festival!