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Do Not Be THAT Coach - Handball Guidelines
Do you yell "HANDBALL!" or "COME ON REF!" every time the ball hits an arm? Do you turn to your parents/sideline, throwing up your arms making comments about the ref's eyesight or competence, or saying things like "How did he NOT see that?"? or "He must be watching a different game to the one I am watching?"?

Click HERE to read an excellent article on the misunderstood rule that is 'Handball'.

Chris Gaughan
12/3/13 2:15 PM

Ask, Tell, Dimiss
Ask-Tell-Dismiss is a standard tool used by referees to manage players, coaches, sideline parents and fans. Be calm and professional. Apply the least amount of pressure needed to control the game. If an action so warrants, you may immediately go to Tell or Dismiss.

Ask-Tell-Dismiss for players

(1) Ask and/or warn the player to stop unacceptable behavior.
(2) Tell the player to stop and issue a caution (yellow card).
(3) Send off the player (red card).

Ask-Tell-Dismiss for coaches

(1) Ask the coach to stop unsporting or irresponsible behavior (for example, dissent).
(2) Tell the coach to stop and that you are now formally giving a caution.
(3) Dismiss (aka, send off) the coach from the game if their bad behavior still persists. The game may continue if there is a registered assistant coach or other registered team official present. If not, terminate the game.

Ask-Tell-Dismiss for team spectators

In addition to being responsible for players, the coach is responsible for the behavior of team officials, parents and fans (supporters).

(1) Ask the coach to speak with an unruly or dissenting supporter to calm that person down. Wait until the coach successfully does this.
(2) If the bad behavior persists, tell the coach again that they must deal with the offender right away and that the game will not continue until the offender leaves the area. Tell the coach you are issuing them (the coach) a caution.
(3) If the coach cannot handle the situation and remove the supporter, then dismiss (aka, send off) the coach. Do not continue the game until both the coach and the offending supporter leave the area. The game may continue if there is a registered assistant coach or other registered team official present. If not, terminate the game.

Do not actually show a yellow or red card to a coach. But do say verbally that you are cautioning them or dismissing them.

Chris Gaughan
1/16/14 2:56 PM

Passing of a DYSL Soccer Friend (Phil Siemens)
On Sunday October 19th, we lost a long time coach and friend to DYSL soccer, Phil Siemens. Phil passed away suddenly at the age of 58. I had the pleasure of coaching with him for many years in comp. He was a kind gentle man, who loved his kids and the game of soccer. He will be missed.

There will be a Celebration of his life on Saturday Oct 25th at 1:00 pm. It will held at Summerset 1 Clubhouse, 1675 Crispin Drive in Brentwood. A reception will follow at this same location.

Players are asked to wear a DYSL jersey. It's how Phil would remember all of you.

Jim Bonwell
DYSL President

Jim Bonwell
10/23/14 4:13 PM

Please refer to DYSL Bye -Laws under DEVELOPMENTAL AGE GROUPS, Pages 36 -39.
Basker Veeraswami
8/7/14 12:41 PM

Board Nominations
Board nominations for the 2015 playing season are now being accepted. Each board member must be elected annually by a majority of the membership, in attendance and voting, at the Annual General Meeting, to be held this year on Wednesday, December 3rd.

All members are eligible to run for any board position, provided they meet the minimum requirements for the desired position as stated in the DYSL Bylaws. The link to our bylaws can be found on the website's home page.

Anyone who desires to run for a position should contact Will Linville by email at Please provide the name of the member and the position they/you desire to run for. Each member will be given an opportunity to speak to the membership on election night.

If you have an interest in serving but would like more information feel free to contact any existing board member to discuss the various requirements for each position. Thanks.

Jim Bonwell
10/22/14 1:48 PM

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