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More Info Everyone Should Know - Game Day Reminders

  • Jewelry, including earrings, necklaces or bracelets, must be removed. Medic-Alert bracelets and chains are allowed; please secure them with medical tape.
  • Glasses are allowed but must be secured by a safety strap. Sports goggles are preferred, especially if your child intends on playing goalie often.
  • Please remember to pick up your children promptly after games and practices. If possible, arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the anticipated end of the game or practice to avoid delaying others' departure.
  • If your child is unable to make a game, please try to communicate this to the coach as soon as possible.
  • Please be sure to keep off of the newly-treated areas on the field so that we can allow the field to regenerate properly for next season.
  • For safety reasons, please keep children out of the wooded areas surrounding the field. This includes areas surrounding the Senior Center parking lots except in cleared pathways. There is only one pathway near the fence for the upper fields, and two pathways from the small lot extension nearest the shed.
  • On game day, parents must sit 6 feet from the sidelines in order to avoid disruption in sideline play, and to assure the safety of our spectators and players. Please also do not sit behind the goals to avoid being hit by a fast-moving ball. Please sit on the opposite side of the field away from the team and coaches to avoid distractions to the coach and the players.
  • Please note: ONLY parents who have REGISTERED with Stoneham Soccer and filled out a CORI form may coach during practices and games. Parents should not otherwise be near the team in the sidelines or on the field during practices and games.
  • PLEASE - When leaving the field, please dispose of all trash properly, and recycle plastic and aluminum containers in the designated receptacles.
  • Stoneham Soccer Board Members wear black and white jerseys and black jackets. Please look for us on the field should you have questions or

Concussions

To help ensure the health and safety of young athletes, CDC developed the Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports initiative to offer information about concussions to coaches, parents, and athletes involved in youth sports. The Heads Upinitiative provides important information on preventing, recognizing, and responding to a concussion.

Please be sure to read information on concussions in sports at this link.

Lice

Lice is a very common problem among school-aged children. We have heard several concerns about the transmission of head lice among players.

The Center For Disease Control and Prevention has an excellent reference for frequently asked questions related to head lice, located at this link. The following is an important point related to the transmission of head lice from one person to another:

"Head lice move by crawling; they cannot hop or fly. Head lice are spread by direct contact with the hair of an infested person. Anyone who comes in head-to-head contact with someone who already has head lice is at greatest risk. Spread by contact with clothing (such as hats, scarves, coats) or other personal items (such as combs, brushes, or towels) used by an infested person is uncommon. Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school has nothing to do with getting head lice."

The risk of transmission from sharing pinnies is extremely low. However, all players and coaches should be aware of the small risk and take proper precautions. One option instead of putting pinnies on over the head is to wear them tucked into shorts like flags or tying them around the child's waist. Some coaches may opt to wash pinnies after each use or ask players to purchase a particular colored pinnie to use for the season.

Inclement Weather

Please follow THIS LINK for SSC's Inclement Weather Policy.

TOWN: Cancellation information will be posted on our website by 7:15 am in the upper right corner of the home page, and an e-mail will be sent out to families.

TRAVEL: Please go to the THIS LINK for Travel Soccer field closure information

Player Equipment

Your child must wear shin guards to all games and practices. Socks must be worn over shin guards.

If your child does not have shin guards, he/she will NOT be allowed to practice or play.

No baseball or football cleats are allowed.

Wearing football or baseball cleats to play soccer is very dangerous to the other players. Here's why: Football and baseball cleats have a spike in the middle of the front of the cleat - right where the shoe will hit another player's shin. Soccer cleats have two spikes on either side of the front of the cleat (like a gap-toothed smile). This is safer for soccer playing. There are other differences as well, but this is the easiest way to tell.

While we encourage your child to wear soccer cleats, we do not require it. Your child can wear gym shoes instead. However, your child will not be allowed to play with football or baseball cleats.

No visible jewelry of any kind is allowed. It is against the rules of soccer. It is also unsafe.

Please make sure your child removes any/all of the following:

  • earrings
  • hair clips
  • necklaces
  • rings
  • watches

Water!  Part of being prepared to play soccer, includes having a water bottle. It gets hot out there and your child needs to remain hydrated.

Mosquito Borne Illnesses

To All Players and Parents,

We are aware of the heightened concern regarding mosquito-borne illnesses (West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis or EEE).

Since many games and practices may be held during hours of peak mosquito activity (predominantly around dusk, but mosquitoes are still active in the early morning hours), we are asking that parents and players take appropriate precautions and use mosquito repellent.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a very good reference to help guide your selection of mosquito repellent:http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/mosquitorepellent.htm.

Please be aware that coaches are not expected to apply mosquito repellent, as it is possible that a child may have an unknown allergy, or a parent has a particular preference for a product.

We encourage coaches and families to discuss mosquito-bite prevention plans in advance of potential exposure.

We thank you for your help, and look forward to a safe and exciting season!

Contact

Stoneham Soccer Club
P.O. Box 261  Stoneham Massachusetts 02180

Email: [email protected]
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