Let the Games Begin
The long wait is almost over; the summer playing season is almost upon us. Games in all divisons from U8 Girls and Boys to Senior Women and Men are set to begin within the next two weeks. It’s been three years since we saw teams from outside outside our own district. All that is about to change.
Game schedules, results and standings are available on-line for OSL (Senior Men), OWSL (Senior Women), TDYSL (U18 Boys) and DRSL (U13-U17) leagues. DRSA-LTTDP (U9 – U12) and ECDSL Festival (U8) schedules are also on-line. Go to the Soccer Links page and follow the link for your league.
We are also eagerly awaiting the return of the Peterborough Festival and Challenge Tournament on June 4/5 (Girls) and June 18/19 (Boys).
A Knight to Remember
Several PCSA players got a taste of the big leagues (League1 Ontario that is) when they took part in the opening ceremonies at ECFC Women’s home game at Fleming Knight’s field on Wednesday evening (May 18). The U9 and U11 girls accompanied the players during the walkout parade and the National Anthem. PCSA U14 Girls acted as ball girls during the game. It was an evening that will inspire this group of young players, despite the 3 – 1 loss for the home team.
What If There Was No Referee?
Without the referee there would be no game. Yet we are inclined to take them for granted, ignore them when they do a good job but let them know every time they make a mistake, and neglect to thank them when the game is over. Not any more.
We are facing a critical shortage of referees, or game officials as they are properly called, both locally and across the province. There is a real chance that games might be cancelled this summer because there are not sufficient referees to cover all the games. Games that do get played might see one or two officials in charge where there would normally be three, which will make their job even tougher.
Ontario Soccer has launched an awareness campaign for players and parents to manage expectations during the 2022 season and to encourage participants and spectators to be more appreciative of the “third team”. To that end, Ontario Soccer will pursue a Zero Tolerance policy in relation to Match Official Abuse. We are asking for your support in creating the most positive experience on the field for the players, coaches and match officials in 2022.
Occasionally, a volunteer parent, coach or player might be asked to step into the role of an Assistant Referee (line person) in a game. The following guide would be helpful in such cases.
If you are interested in becoming a soccer referee please visit our Referees page.
It’s a Good Sign
Take a look around when you visit Eastgate. There’s a fresh look about the place. Lots of bright blue paint. There’s a new vinyl/aluminum signboard at centre field. The City of Peterborough supplied the paint. Kudos to DOC Biren and his helpers who supplied the elbow grease.