News and Announcements
Any and all game cancellations, field closures, or facility closures will be communicated as quickly as possible on our website's front page, Facebook page and also sent through the email system.
In the event that weather conditions might warrant a closure, postponement, or delay, please be on the lookout in your email or check the web.
On practice nights, we will do our best to have a decision made and posting on the website and email sent out not later than 4:00.
Field Status Buttons will be posted on the main page of our website as well as our Facebook Page.
Green: Fields open; all activities proceed as scheduled
Red: Fields closed; all activities cancelled
After field conditions are assessed and a decision made, then the appropropriate Field Status Button will be posted on the main page of our website and a communication (via email) will be sent to all Coaches and parents.
We strive to communicate cancellations by 4pm and 11:00am on practice and games days, respectively.
***The below rules apply at all times at the Devola Soccer Complex***
OHIO SOUTH GUIDELINES FOR LIGHTNING AND HAZARDOUS WEATHER CONDITIONS
The protection of Ohio South members and participants is of paramount importance. Every member should recognize the danger presented by lightning, tornados and other hazardous weather. The following items represent generally accepted principles regarding the dangers involved with lightning and tornados.
• All thunderstorms produce lightning and are dangerous.
• Lightning often strikes as far as 10 miles away from any rainfall. You are in danger from lightning if you can hear thunder. You are in danger if you can see lightning.
• Lightning injuries can lead to permanent disabilities or death. Look for dark cloud bases and increasing wind.
• Lightning can travel sideways for up to 10 miles and strike when skies are blue.
• Soccer fields are a dangerous place to be during a lightning storm. When lightning is seen or thunder is heard, or when dark threatening clouds are observed, quickly suspend the game and/or practice and move to a safe location.
• Avoid standing in an open area, near soccer goals, under a tent, near trees or in water. The safest place during a thunderstorm with or without visible lightning is in a car, but not a convertible.
• Watch for rapidly darkening skies.
• The sound of an approaching tornado is often described as that of an approaching train.
• The funnel of a tornado does not have to touch down to cause extensive damage and injuries.
• Tornados can produce winds of 300 miles per hour or more.
• Most people who are hurt during a tornado are hurt when they are struck by flying debris.
• Seek safety in a solid structure, preferably in a basement or in an interior room. If no building is available, lay down in a ditch.
GAME SUSPENSION REQUIREMENTS:
In any of the circumstances outlined below occurs, the referee should immediately suspend the game.
1. If thunder is heard, the game should be suspended and the fields cleared. Everyone should immediately go to a safe shelter.
2. If lightning is seen, the game should be suspended and the fields cleared. Everyone should immediately go to a safe shelter.
3. If a thunderstorm is heard or seen coming or your hair stands on end, the game should be suspended and the fields cleared. Everyone should immediately go to a safe shelter. Do not wait until it rains.
If the game official does not immediately suspend the game when any one of the points above have occurred, the head coach from each team can agree that one of the four criteria listed above have occurred they are to withdraw their teams from the field. If this action is taken, then both coaches must submit a written report to their league outlining the circumstances, the facts concerning the weather conditions at that time, the fact that the two coaches were in agreement and the name of the officials at the game.
If an official and one of the coaches do not reach the conclusion to suspend the game and any one of the four points listed above are believed to have occurred, the coach that supported the suspension of the game is to send a written report to their league outlining the facts and the names of the officials.
No one should retake the field or re-start the game until all of the lightning and thunder or other hazardous weather has left the area. Specifically, no one should retake the filed for a minimum of 30 minutes after the last lightning is seen or thunder is heard, or the dangerously high winds have passed.
Each league should establish their own procedures for replaying of any games suspended due to lightning or tornados.
**Ohio South is the governing body over the Marietta Soccer League.
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Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Marietta Soccer League.
When does the recreation season start?
Games will begin Sunday April 3. All game dates are as follows: 4/3, 4/9, 4/10, 4/17, 4/23, 4/24, 5/1.
When do practices start?
Practices will start the week of March 21 and each team will practice one night a week. Once we have the coach's meeting on March 8, you should hear within a day or two the specifics of your practice (night and time) from your coach.
When do I register for Recreational Soccer?
Register now until August 14. Click the register now button on the soccer league website. SPread the word to all your friends as well.
What info do I need to register my player(s)?
If your child played for the Marietta Soccer League in past 4 seasons, after following the register now button, simply login, register and pay on-line and you are done. If your child is new the MSL, when you click the register now button, you will need to create an account and the register for the spring season.
What happens if I forget to register on time?
Registration closes March 4. Be sure to have your registration complete and payment to the MSL by that time or you child might not be placed on a team until payment is received by the MSL.
I would like to be a coach, assistant coach. What should I do?
First, THANK YOU! Every youth sports program depends on the spirit and energy of volunteers. Every year we need coaches, and assistants. The league depends on parent volunteers to fill these positions. When you register you will have an opportunity to indicate that you are willing to coach. No experience is necessary, we can provide as little or as much information as you need!
What is required to be a coach?
First, we ask that you attend the coaches meeting on March 8(details once you have been assigned a team). All requirements for coaching are set by our parent organization, Ohio South Youth Soccer Association. Each coach must go through the risk management process and a concussion awareness video. No soccer or coaching experience is needed to be a coach. The MSL Board of Directors can provide you with as much or little resources as you need to have a successful coaching experience.
I would like to sponsor my child's team, who do I contact?
We will be in need of approximately 30 team sponsors each fall and 4-7 more for the spring as our numbers always increase. There are also other opportunities for sponsorships within the league. If you are interested in looking into some of the options, please contact our sponsorship coordinator Eric Keffer by emailing him at email@example.com.
How will I be placed on a team?
Considerable effort is made to balance the teams and provide competition that is enjoyable to both players and parents alike. We do not take requests to be on a team with a specific coach or another player. If you have a special case, please email the registrar Ben Schenkel at firstname.lastname@example.org and the board will take the request into consideration. No guarantees can be made as to honoring the request. If you played in the fall, you will be placed on the same team in the spring.
How many practices will there be?
Each team will typically practice one day per week. We have approximately 60 coaches who volunteer each year. Depending on their work or personal schedules, coaches usually pick the best day, time and location that will fit into their schedule. They are given all availability information that you include in your registration to consider. Typically practices last 1 hour to an hour and half at the older ages.
How will I find out what team I am on?
Coaches will receive their rosters at the Coaches meeting on March 8. Your coach should contact you by the end of that weekend.
Can I make a request at sign up?
We do not take requests to be on a team with a specific coach or another player. If you have a special case, please email the registrar Ben Schenkel at email@example.com and the board will take the request into consideration. No guarantees can be made as to honoring the request.
Why can’t I choose who I want to be on a team with?
Unfortunately, when players and/or parents start choosing teams, the teams can become unbalanced. The registrar spends a tremendous amount of time putting teams together to ensure a positive, successful experience for all players.
How can I help?
Contact a Board Member to find out how you can help. All board member emails addresses can be found on the league website by clicking on Board of Directors on the menu.
What are my responsibilities as a parent?
You are responsible for getting your child to practices, games, and other team functions on time (for games, this often means 15 minutes prior to game time) and picking up your child promptly afterwards. You can view the Parent's Stuff section of the league website for more information.