- When does the fall soccer season open? When will I hear from my child’s coach?
- Where do the teams play?
- How does OMM form teams?
- Can I ask for my son/daughter to play on the same team as their friend(s)?
- How do I know if a game is cancelled?
- How are standings kept and who gets a trophy?
- What is the minimum age for my son/daughter to be a referee?
- Do you have to play on a team in OMM to be a referee?
- Do children need to do anything or buy anything to be a referee?
- How are referees scheduled?
- How do referees find out their schedules?
- What should a referee do if they can not attend a game they are scheduled to cover?
- How are coaches chosen?
- Can a coach be given more than one team to coach?
- Does OMM conduct background checks on its coaches?
- Can children from outside Orangetown play? If so, does that take away playing time or fields from other children?
- Who runs OMM’s on-line registration?
- How can I become more involved?
What happens after I register? When will I hear from a coach?
When regular registration closes we go through our registration data and start to plan how many teams and coaches we anticipate will be needed in each division. During the regular registration period any and all children are accepted. A late registration is always held a few weeks after regular registration closes and during that period any and all children can still join, but they will be subject to a late fee. Once late registration closes in late May we form teams (see How does OMM form Teams) and from that point forward we can only accept further registrants to fill openings that may occur on teams if children drop out. In mid June we hold our Coaches Meeting and by the end of the month all coaches receive their roster information. Coaches are asked to contact players by the end of July and in the divisions that may hold practices (all but Tykes), practices generally begin in late July or early August.
Where do the teams play?
OMM utilizes many different playing fields in Orangetown, but divisions generally play in only one or two locations. When schedules are posted in late August, the field your child’s games are on will be listed.
How does OMM form teams?
Every season we strive to create teams that are as “even” as possible to the other teams in the same division. To accomplish this, every coach rates the players on his/her team at the end of the season, in several different categories. Those ability ratings are then entered into our league management program, and after coaches are set, the program automatically drafts each team so they are balanced with the other teams in the division. Players always play age appropriate- by their year of birth. If a player is registered with falsified documentation then the players registration is immediately voided and no refund of registration funds will be made. At the boards discretion the player may re-register (paying a new registration fee) but only after a meeting with the parents (or a written explanation from the parents) satisfies the boards concern that the problem will not occur again.
Can I ask for my son/daughter to play on the same team as their friend(s)?
Due to the size of our league, and the team formation process we follow (see “How does OMM form teams”), we can not take any placement requests in any division.
How do I know if a game is cancelled?
Never assume a game will be cancelled. We continue to play unless field conditions do not allow it. Field conditions are constantly being assessed by both league officials and the referee field coordinators on site. If games are cancelled the information will be posted on our homepage ( www.ommsoccer.org ).
How are standings kept and who gets a trophy?
All divisions except Tykes and Novice are competitive, and division coordinators keep track of standings. A win is worth 2 points, a tie 1, and a loss 0. All players in the Juniorthrough Intermediate divisions who do not get a “place” trophy, will receive a participation trophy. Place trophies are awarded to the three teams who finish with the most points. This may not always be in a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place format. For example, if three teams tie for 1st place, then those are the only awards that would be given. If there was a 1st place team, a 2nd place team, and then a two way tie for 3rd place, four teams would receive awards. Standings can be viewed on the website and are generally updated before the next game is played the following weekend.
Do you have to play on a team in OMM to be a referee?
Priority is given to children who play in the league. To start as a Tykes (12 year old) or Novice (13 year old) OMM referee, you must be a registered player. If you are a returning referee who no longer plays, but could, you will still be allowed to referee, but again, scheduling priority will be given to children who are currently registered.
Do children need to do anything or buy anything to be a referee?
Yes. All referees must annually attend training before they are allowed to be a referee. OMM offers several training sessions which are posted in early spring- if you do not attend one, you will not be allowed to referee. Each referee is responsible to provide their own stopwatch and whistle – OMM will provide a referee jersey, cards, and flags.
How are referees scheduled?
At the start of the season, referees are scheduled one week at a time. Priority is always given to children who play in the league. Referees are evaluated each game they work and their performance helps to determine future scheduling. Referees who miss games or show up late, may not receive any additional assignments. After two weeks of scheduling in one week blocks, referees will get a larger scheduling block of games (i.e. three or four weeks).
How do referees find out their schedules?
Referees are instructed to visit the referee link to access their schedules.
What should a referee do if they can not attend a game they are scheduled to cover?
It is the referees responsibility to both secure a replacement and also to notify the league of the switch. Referees are able to access a list of other referees who are “certified” for their division, along with contact information. Upon securing a replacement, the referee who is giving up a game must e-mail us at email@example.com to let us know. Failure to secure a replacement or to let us know may result in the removal of further scheduled games from a referee.
How are coaches chosen?
Men or women who wish to coach in the league submit a coaching application each season. Applications are reviewed, and preference is given to returning coaches unless there has been a cause for concern in the past season. All mew coaches are required to attend a mandatory coaches session, and returning coaches are strongly encouraged to also do so.
Can a coach be given more than one team to coach?
Yes, as long as doing so will not preclude another coach from having a team, and the days the teams play do not conflict. Generally when this is done, the coach is encouraged to be head coach of one team, and the assistant coach on the other.
Does OMM conduct background checks on its coaches?
Yes- all coaches are required to undergo a background check administered through US Club Soccer.
Can children from outside Orangetown play? If so, does that take away playing time or fields from other children?
Historically OMM has not restricted the few children who are not Orangetown residents and wish to play, to do so. These children should not be confused with the children who live in Nanuet or Nyack, but still live within Orangetown boundaries and pay taxes to the town. The children who do register to play and are not Orangetown residents generally do so because they attend a school within Orangetown and wish to play with their classmates.
The number of children on a team is set by the league prior to registration (though the number of teams we will have can obviously not be until we see who registers!) and accordingly the number of children who register does not effect that number. Generally the older the child, the more children we place on a team. Baring extenuating circumstances, all children must play at least a half of the scheduled game time.
Who runs OMM’s on-line registration?
OMM has it’s on-line registration done by Manage Your League.com, and it’s Credit Card processing is done by Authorize.net.
How can I become more involved?
E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. We can tell you what openings we have and where assistance is needed. Whether you know a great deal about soccer or never played, we welcome your involvement.