Field Rules & Safety Policies
Soccer Goal Safety Is Everyone's Responsibility
SYSA is committed to safety. Coaches, parents, players -- please help us make our soccer fields safe places for our kids. Soccer goals should always be weighted and anchored, both when in use and especially when not in use.
Dogs Aren't Allowed on Soccer Fields
Most of us love dogs, but they don't belong on soccer fields. There are lots of reasons for this; damage to the field, fouling the surface, risk of infections to players, nuisance and distraction to participants.
But the main reason SYSA reminds you to leave your dog at home is that both Seattle and Shoreline municipal codes prohibit dogs on play fields. Please respect the law and keep your dog off the soccer fields our kids play on.
Keep our fields in Clean
Please take your garbage with you or place it in an garbage can located at the field.
For serious emergencies or injury, CALL 911
ALLOCATION & ASSIGNMENT
The SYSA Fields Task Force comprises volunteers from throughout the association and staff members from SYSA. The Task Force has been working continually since 2010 to adapt and improve the method for allocating the practice fields that SYSA receives from Seattle and Shoreline Parks and Schools in the fall to its member clubs.
SYSA has over 14 recreational and select clubs and over 7,000 players at U10 and older playing on over 50 fields in Seattle and Shoreline including grass, synthetic, and sand, both lighted and unlighted, spread out in random fashion throughout the association. Creating a distribution system that meets the goals and guidelines the task force set for itself has been a complex and challenging task. Thanks to the volunteers who have worked so hard to get this right, and to our members for their patience as we work for the common good of all our players.
Fields Task Force Goals
The work of the SYSA Fields Task Force was defined by this goal statement:
“To develop a system that provides for fair and equitable distribution of fields among all SYSA member clubs and allows for strategies of collaboration between member clubs. The Fields Task Force will also work to provide guidelines that improve the efficiency of field use by all users, thereby enhancing the playing experience for every SYSA player.”
In attempting to achieve these goals, the Fields Task Force created a system that improves previous field allocation methods by incorporating the following key elements:
Planning - The Field Allocation System is a thoughtfully planned process that uses input and data from a variety of sources.
Communication - Communication at every level is a key part of the system, including information sharing with SYSA members, regional club problem solving, and meetings that include all individual club field schedulers.
Transparency -Field Allocation System processes, guidelines, formulas, and all milestones will be published and communicated before, during, and after the process.
Values and Principles - The values and goals that inform and guide the process will be clear and generally accepted.
Efficiency -Using the field resources available to SYSA as efficiently and intelligently as possible is incorporated into the allocation model and encouraged within clubs.
Collaboration - There is a strong component of sharing and working together between clubs in regions.
Outreach - From pre-allocation estimates of needs to Parks, to post allocation efforts at sharing with other user groups, the system builds in steps for coordinating with external organizations.
Data Driven - The process will be data driven whenever possible, using hard data and field information to assist in decision making.
Principles and Values
The Fields Task Force developed a set of values and principles that informed and guided its work and decision making. These principles are listed here.
All players in SYSA should begin with a minimum allotment of three hours of practice time per week, to be utilized by the club according to their individual club practice model.
The distribution of practice fields within a region should be proportional to the number of players in a club.
Proportional access within a region is guaranteed to all clubs across the spectrum of field types and quality, whether the field is dirt, grass, or synthetic, lighted or not.
Proportional practice field allocations runs from Monday through Friday.
2010 Registered Players in SYSA
U10 and Older Only
By Club and Region