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Off Season Playing Policy

In an effort to support the year round soccer player in Springfield FC, it is possible that some travel teams will play year round. This includes winter leagues, spring leagues, state cups and off season tournaments. The following section outlines the rules that coaches must abide by when playing in any off season event or league that a Springfield Travel Soccer team enters. Off season is defined as any event or league that occurs outside the Fall Season (8/1 through 12/1 of the calendar year) as Springfield Soccer is defined as a Fall Sport.

  1. All team members of the team must be offered first rights of refusal for entering into off season play. A coach may not choose only a select few for the team. Each member of the team is rostered with their team from August 1st until July 31st of the next calendar year. No member of the team may be dropped from a roster.
  2. In the event a team does not have enough rostered players to enter the league or event, the coach of the team must offer a member of another Springfield Travel player of the same age group or younger age group to fill a spot on the team for that particular event or league.
  3. Coaches will abide by the Playing Time guidelines that have been set forth in the Coaching Objectives/Playing Time policies of Springfield Soccer for all off-season events.
  4. For leagues that have a maximum roster guideline it may be necessary to split a team into two teams. It is recommended that two balanced teams are established and players can switch between teams as needed.
  5. If a team is short players for an off season tournament or league, after all Springfield players have been offered, the coach will be permitted to add a guest player from another club with the following stipulations:
    • The player must be another EPYSA registered travel player.
    • The player’s current team is not participating in the tournament or league.
    • A copy of the player card is submitted to the Travel Director for approval.
    • Permission is obtained from the other club’s coach or director. This can be in the form of an email or phone call to the appropriate travel director.
  6. Failure of a coach or coaches to adhere to this policy will be grounds for termination of coaching privileges within the Springfield FC.