The purpose of this policy is to provide players, coaches, parents and officials with a standard for player uniforms and dress under a variety of conditions that are experienced during the soccer season. Implementation of this policy will provide enhanced safety for all the players.
Players: Arrive at games dressed in appropriate uniform per this policy. Identify any irregularities to the coach upon arrival at the game location (earlier if possible).
Coaches: Check to ensure players are appropriately attired for the game. Present to the referee any player who has equipment, which may be in conflict with this policy.
Parents: Provide guidance to players on appropriate dress for games. Provide an effective interface with the coach for any irregularities regarding player injury protection devices.
Referees: Enforce this policy statement within the spirit of the game and with respect for the safety of all players. Discuss any actions not covered by this policy with coaches prior to the game. Report any discrepancies with this policy to the league directors promptly. Uniform color discrepancies shall not be reason for a player not participating. The basic player uniform consists of:
- Uniform jersey
- Shorts which should match major color of the jersey
- Shin guards
- Socks (to be worn over shin guards)
- Athletic shoes
All players of the same team shall be dressed in similar uniforms. The goal keeper must have a jersey or cover up which is different from all other players. It is also permissible for keepers to wear long, keeper style pants, and soft brimmed hats, even though these items are not part of the uniform. Sweatbands may be worn on the head or wrists. However bandanas, ribbons or hats on field players are not permissible.
Jewelry of any kind may not be worn during youth games. Jewelry includes gold, silver or other metallic articles; plastic, rope or non-metallic bracelets/necklaces; hair appurtenances which have metal or hard plastic components. The only exception to this requirement is for medical alert bracelets/necklaces. These items shall be securely fastened to the players skin using an adhesive tape or other suitable material.
1. Casts, splints, prostheses These items may be used by players under the following conditions:
- They do not extend beyond the body part they are used for
- The component has no sharp edges
- Surfaces are rounded with corners padded
- A physicians note agreeing to participation in soccer is provided to the referee at the time of equipment check
If at any time the referee finds that the presence of such articles are intimidating to other players, or the articles are being used to assist in advantage, the game will be recessed and the coach notified that the player can no longer participate. A game report will be filed with the league directors describing the circumstances.
2. Drug delivery systems
The team coach shall notify the referee of any player who will be wearing a drug delivery system during the game. This is to make the referee aware of that special circumstance should an injury occur. A physicians note agreeing to the players participation in soccer should be presented to the referee.
C. Cold Weather
It is important to note that the exceptions below for cold weather are for GSYSL only. Teams playing in State Events, inter-state, or TOC type competitions may not be allowed to wear the items below.
a. Hats and gloves These items are not part of the normal uniform. However, for player comfort during cold weather it shall be permissible to wear these items. The hats and gloves shall have no metal or plastic components(zippers, snaps, clips) which can harm any player, and shall not have an unyielding surface.
b. Long pants, leggings, compression shorts, etc. These items are not part of the normal uniform. They may be worn for player comfort as long as they are worn under the uniform shorts and shin guards, are a color of the players uniform, AND are snug to the players legs.
D. Hot Weather
The most significant problems for the players in hot weather are heat stroke, sun stroke and dehydration. It is important to note that these illnesses can have very significant and short time frame effects. Prior to the start of the contest, the referee shall consult with both team coaches to implement any or all of the following recommendations:
- Free substitution on any dead ball situation
- Water to players near the bench side during stoppage in play
- Shortening of periods by an agreed upon time
- Extension of the half time break up to 15 minutes
- Go to 4 quarters. Break at end of quarter is a one minute water break
- Uniform jersey to be worn outside of shorts.
Contests may not be discontinued or cancelled due to precipitation alone. The condition of the playing field should be the determinant for continuation of play. Standing water, visibility, intensity of precipitation, and potential danger to players must all be considered.
F. Dangerous Weather Conditions
The following are considered dangerous weather conditions:
- High velocity winds
In the instance of lightning or thunder occurring either before the start or during a contest, the field shall be cleared of all participants for a period of not less than 30 minutes. If during that time period of 30 minutes there is another occurrence of lightning or thunder, a new 30-minute clock shall be started. Although there is no maximum time after which the game should be abandoned, consideration must be given to daylight, field conditions, travel times for teams, etc.
The following points are important to note by players, parents, coaches and referees:
Hail can provide significant personal hazard as well as hazard based on worsening field condition. Games should be temporarily suspended for the duration of hailstorms.
High velocity winds may represent hazards to the players from flying debris as well as goal post uprooting. The game may continue under these conditions as long as there is assurance that both of these hazards are eliminated.
In case of inclement weather, considered dangerous by the referees, at least one-half of a game must be played in order to be counted as a complete game. Games not reaching the halfway point shall be replayed, scheduling permitting, from the beginning with a zero - zero score. Game delay will be minimum of one-half hour in duration. Referee decision will be final.
Games terminated due to weather shall be reported by the referee to the league directors on the game form with a description of the cause for game abandonment.
Game suspension will always be governed by the most severe existing weather condition.