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Dec 11 17

Minor Officiating reminder

by michael

Some complaints have been received about teams not always showing proper respect for referees and the rest of the minor officials, so I wanted to take the time to issue a reminder to all teams:  please remember that this is a recreational league where we pride ourselves on providing a fun, competitive environment.  We do not pay for officials (outside of the year end tournament) and as such we are able to keep our league costs very reasonable.  There should always be respect shown to the referees and minor officials.  In turn, refs should also always treat players respectfully.

Complaints have also been raised about teams not always fielding the proper positions for minor officiating.  As a reminder, the minor officiating teams should have:

  • Top referee – In charge of the overall play.
  • Down referee – watching under the net; lower net touches; downed balls on pancakes; and backing up the ref on two hits and carries when they may be blocked by another player, etc.
  • Two linesmen – watch for touches on blocks; ball touching the antenna; balls landing in or out.
  • Score keeper
Keep in mind that not all of the responsibility lands on the top referee.  With all of officiating members making calls together the match should be called fairly and properly.  Players can also help out by being honest and call themselves when they’ve touched the net or touched the ball on a block.  And if calls get missed, life goes on.
We should all be proud of our league’s competitiveness.  A big part of this is mutual respect being shown to all members.
Nov 27 17

A/B/C/D Division Schedules Now Available

by Brandon Mack

The schedule for the second half of the season is now posted. We will be posting images and PDFs (similar to the first half) once we get those together but in the mean time you can head over to the schedule page and follow the link to view our spreadsheet.

Sep 18 17

Start of league play confirmed for Wed, Sept 20, 2017

by michael

Now that the soccer center has resumed it’s normal operations after being used as an evacuation center, we can confirm that our league play will start this Wed, Sept 20, 2017.  The schedule has now been posted, so take note of your teams playing and minoring times.  Upper half will play the 6:30-9:00 slot; lower half from 9:00-11:30.

For those teams that haven’t paid the full amount yet ($1475) bring the remainder of your fees on Wednesday night.  Treasurer Tim will be present to gladly take your moola.  As in past years, teams that are not paid in full will be hit with default scores of 0’s.  Like most things in life, you gotta pay to play.

Sep 12 17

New location for Wed, Sept 13 captains meeting

by michael

Since the Henk Ruys Soccer Center is still being used as a Red Cross Evacuation Center, we will need to relocate our pre-season captain’s meeting this Wednesday night.

The new meeting location will be at Cracker’s Restaurant and Lounge, located at 227 Pinehouse Drive, Saskatoon, starting at 7:00PM on Wed, Sept 13, 2017.

As always, make sure you send a team representative to this meeting to assure your spot in the league.  Also, remember to bring at least the $200 deposit.  Payments in full ($1475) can also be made.

Whether we are able to start our league play on our scheduled opening night of Wed, Sept 20 will depend on whether the soccer center is still being used as an evacuation center.

Sep 5 17

Soccer Center / Evacuation Center

by michael

If you’re following the news here in Saskatoon, you’ll know that the Henk Ruys Soccer Center is currently being used as a Red Cross evacuation shelter.  There is currently no projected end date that I’m aware of for when evacuees will be able to head back to their homes.  If this evacuation carries on to when we were planning on starting our season, we’ll just have to adjust our dates accordingly.

For now, we’ll keep our captain’s meeting scheduled for Wed, Sept 13 starting at 7:00.  If we can’t meet in the Soccer Centre, I’ll try to arrange an alternate location.

Also for now, we’ll keep our opening night of play for Wed, Sept 20.  Again, if we need to change this, I’ll let all captains know.

Aug 30 17

New additions to “Substitutes” page

by michael

If anyone is looking for another player, we’ve just added a few guys who are looking for a team.  Check them out under the Substitutes page.

Aug 30 17

2017-2018 season

by michael

Just a couple of weeks until we start our 2017-2018 men’s league!  We will hold our annual pre-season captain’s meeting on Wed, Sept 13 @ 7:00pm in the upstairs lounge at the Henk Ruys Soccer Centre.  This year we are going to cap our numbers at 36 teams, so make sure to have at least one team representative at this meeting.  The first 36 teams to sign up and pay a minimum deposit of $200 will be assured a spot in the league.  Total fees will be the same this year as last year: $1475.

Mar 10 17

Updated schedule now available

by michael

The updated year end tournament schedule is now posted under the schedule tab.  It took a few bugs to work out, but it’s now ready to go.  This schedule has also been emailed to all team captains.

Mar 7 17

Year end tournament schedule now available for viewing

by michael

Check out this weekend’s tournament schedule under the Schedules tab.

Mar 2 17

Further tournament update

by michael

Since my last post we’ve been hit with more booking changes requiring us to further modify our year end tournament schedule.  We no longer have access to the 6 courts at the Henk Ruys Soccer Center for the Friday night (March 10), but we were able to secure 3 courts at the Sask Tel Soccer Centre (the “new” soccer centre on Nelson Road) for the Friday.

Here’s the revised schedule:

Wed, March 8 – Last night of regular season play.

Fri, March 10 – 3 courts at the Sask Tel Soccer Centre.  Matches to be scheduled to start at 7:30PM with last matches ending at midnight

Sat, March 11 – All matches at the Warman High School.  We have courts booked from 8:00am (first matches to start at either 8:30 or 9:00am) with last matches ending at 11:00pm.

Sun, March 12 – All matches at the Warman High School.  First matches to start at 8:30 or 9:00am with championship finals ending at 6:00pm.

For any guys playing in SAVA, co-ed matches on the Sunday are scheduled to start at 12 noon, so some guys may need to decide which league to play in.  We had hoped to avoid scheduling conflicts with SAVA, but in the end with all of the changes we were hit with, we decided to keep our tournament running until 6:00pm.

With regular season games happening on Wed, March 8 we intend to enter that night’s scores as quickly as possible so that the final schedule can be posted and teams can know where and when they’ll be playing on the schedule.  This is especially important for those few teams that will be playing and minor officiating on the Friday night.

As before, I apologize for the short notice on these further changes.  A year end tournament is something that most (hopefully all) of our players look forward to, so we do our best to put on a fun tournament that doesn’t get watered down.  I appreciate your understanding as we maneuver around unexpected changes.

Best of luck to all teams!

Michael Newell