Newton Tigers 2021 Soccer Season Registration is Officially OPEN!!, News (Newton Tigers Minor Soccer)

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Newton Tigers 2021 Soccer Season Registration is Officially OPEN!!
Submitted By Keith McIntosh on Monday, March 15, 2021
Let's play soccer!!!

Register here: https://newtontigers.sportngin.com/register/form/712370556

PLEASE read the rest of this article before contacting anyone from the Newton Tigers Executive, as we have been compiling a list of Frequently Asked Questions and answers for your convenience.

Thank you!!


Newton Tigers 2021 Season FAQ:

 

1)      Do the kids have to wear masks?

a.      While on the field playing the game, players DO NOT have to wear masks

b.      While on the sideline as a substitute, players DO have to wear masks

2)      Do the parents have to wear masks?

a.      Parents must stay in the Spectator area, where they must practice social distancing (stay 6’ away from those outside of your household)

b.      Spectators are encouraged to wear masks

3)      Do the Coaches have to wear masks?

a.      Yes

4)      Do referees have to wear masks?

a.      It is encouraged, but not mandatory.  It is at the Referees discretion.

5)      Are we playing house league (Newton 1 vs Newton 2) all year, or will we be playing against the usual teams that we play against (Elma, Listowel, Wallace, Drayton, Howick, Minto)?

a.      We cannot travel league wide as we would pre-covid because not all teams are within the Huron Perth Public Health unit

b.      Each club is running their registration to see what we get for numbers, then we will be working together to make this year as fun as possible

c.       It’s very likely that neighbouring clubs partner up… for instance, Newton and Elma makes sense to play each other all year… if numbers allow for it, other teams from other neighbouring clubs can join in on the same Competitive Bubble too

                                                              i.      For example: if Newton has two U8 teams with 10 players on each team, and Elma has three U8 teams with 10 players on each team, those 5 teams could create a Competitive Bubble and play against each other all year

                                                             ii.      For U18, maybe Newton only has 9 or 10 players… we are playing 5 on 5 in that age group, and U18 numbers across the league have been down, so it could turn out that the U18 age group could have 5 teams of 10 from 5 different clubs all play against each other for the season

6)      Why is the cutoff date before late fees March 31st? It’s already March 15!!!

a.      The cutoff date needs to stay the same because equipment has to be ordered based on registration numbers, schedules need to ironed out with the league, and different clubs need time to work together to fill their 50 player ‘Competitive Bubbles’ as best as they can.  This all takes time, and we want to be ready to play in early May. (or as soon as the fields are dry enough to play on)

7)      What the heck does it mean when it says we are limited to a 50 person ‘Competitive Bubble’?

a.      A competitive bubble is basically the number of kids that would ever cross paths on the field in a season. For instance, if you had 50 kids in U8, you could have 5 teams of 10 play each other, or 4 teams of 12/13 play each other, 3 teams of 16/17, or 2 teams of 25.  Whatever way you want to cut it, there can only be 50 kids who would ever play each other.  The same thing applies for all ages.

b.      You could have 100 kids in U8... if that were to happen you simply make 2 different 50 player 'competitive bubbles' and they only play other teams/kids within the bubble that they are assigned to.   The same thing applies for all ages.

c.       NOTE: for the U12, U14, U16, and U18 ages we will be playing on the PERC soccer field, and we will be playing 5 on 5 or 6 on 6 (yet to be confirmed for sure as it depends on registration numbers) The rules will be very similar to futsal… it’s super fast, tons of fun, and players get more touches on the ball than they would with traditional 11 vs 11 soccer.  Practices for these ages will still be held at Newton Park.

8)      Why does it cost the same as a normal year?

a.      It costs the same because we are using the same insurance as if it were a regular year, and there will actually be more home games than usual as the team sizes are smaller, so referee fees are expected to be higher. 

9)      What’s the deal with the 14-day quarantine period if a player wants to go to a different competitive bubble?

a.      If any team wants to switch the competitive bubble that they are playing in, they must isolate from any other team for 2 weeks before jumping to the other bubble. For instance, we can go back to the situation I touched on in Answer 5 where we had two separate 50 player competitive bubbles.  Let's say we wanted to treat 'Bubble #1' as the A level and 'Bubble #2' as the B level so that everyone is playing at their own level and having fun... well if one team wanted to move up to A and one team wanted to move down to B at the midway point of the season, those teams that want to move to a new bubble must isolate for 2 weeks before playing another team in their new bubble.    Each team that is on the move can practice as a team for those 2 weeks, but they cannot be on a field with any other team until their 2 week isolation period is up.

10)  Is there anything new and exciting that can come of this crazy year, in regards to soccer??

a.      Heck yes.  Playing 5 on 5 or 6 on 6 allows for a lot more options as it’s easier to get enough players to field a team.

b.      For instance: Newton hasn’t had a U18 team in a couple of years because we don’t have enough kids in that age group to field an 11 v 11 team (that usually requires at least 16 or 17 players)   This year, if we even have 9 players in the U18 age group that want to play, we can field a team that would play against other local U18 centres within our health unit

c.       Here are a few interesting ideas that the league will be discussing over the course of the year, and will hope to implement as long as the covid guidelines do not change negatively:

                                                              i.      The league plays their regular season from May to the end of July. Then we stop playing for 14 days (to comply with the 14 day quarantine period), then we end the soccer season off with a fun tournament… the competitive bubbles could be completely reconfigured to come up with any of the following options:

1.      An all star game for each age group

2.      An all girls division and an all boys division year end tournament

3.      Whatever else may be suggested as the year goes on



Helpful links if you want to learn more about our 2021 season and how we are going to keep it as safe and fun as possible:

Newton_Tigers_and_Ontario_Soccer_Return_to_Play_Guide_-_2021.pdf

https://www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-response-framework-keeping-ontario-safe-and-open#yellow
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