Walden Minor Soccer Association
encourages fair play in a friendly sporting environment where learning the
sport and enjoying the company of friends as well as finding new friends is
paramount. WMSA is a recreational league. The most important
thing is for all kids to have fun. We do not subscribe to creating
an intensely competitive environment but instead want to see all participants
back the following year and having fun as well as getting plenty of
exercise. We trust that all parents, players and coaches alike will help
support our ideals.
To help instill this philosophy, coaches must
ensure all players have equal playing time. Try not to run up the score
if your team is winning easily. We do not want to see young players
demoralized by being on the wrong end of a high score. Help make this a
positive experience for all players.
If you have questions or need forms/equipment, please contact your Convenor or email email@example.com.
Everyone Needs to be Registered!
Coaches & Assistant Coaches Registration
All Coaches and Assistant Coaches (as well as any parent who is on the field helping out a team) must have filled in the Coaches / Assistant Coaches Registration Form, for insurance purposes.
All Coaches and Assistant Coaches must have a police check (CPIC) submitted to WMSA prior to being on the field with the kids. For more information, please visit our Police Check page.
Please ensure that you have completed the forms and submitted it either at Registration or to the appropriate Convenor.
Coaches have been provided with a list of all those on their team who have been registered and paid. No one else is allowed to play. Because a player’s registration must be entered into the OSA database, new players cannot be allowed on the field until the coach has been formally advised by the Convenor.
Anyone who helps on the field must complete the Registration Form for Coaches & Assistants Coaches and be registered in the OSA database. Coaches should be encouraged to have one or two of the parents complete the registration form if there is a chance they may be asked to fill in as coach for even one game this season.
In the event of a serious injury to a player (sprain, broken limb, other notable bodily injury), the parent of the injured child will need to fill in Injury Report forms in order to make a claim to the OSA Insurance Policy. Your Convenor must also be notified that same night.
For general information on the insurance provided through the Ontario Soccer Association, including how to submit a claim, please visit the OSA website.
To go directly to the detailed information on how to make an insurance claim, including the insurance claim form, please click here.
To see FAQs on the OSA insurance policy, including what is covered, please click here.
Police Record Check Policy
CPICs will be kept on file by WMSA for three years. The original will be returned to you.
If you do not already have a CPIC, WMSA will reimburse costs.
The soccer season for all teams starts on either Wednesday, June 5 or Thursdau, June 6 (depending on your age division). There will not be any official games that night – no referees will be assigned.
Coaches should use the night to:
- hand out the uniforms and schedules
- introduce the coach and assistants
- reiterate the WMSA philosophy
- recruit any additional assistants (if required)
- make sure they have completed the Registration Form for Coaches & Assistants Coaches and have a valid CPIC
- create a “snack schedule”
- explain how the season will function, including photographs, etc.
- have parents download the Handbook for Coaches, Parents and Players
Make sure all your parents have the phone number and email address of both the coach and assistant coach. You should encourage parents to advise you if their children are going to miss a game. You should also encourage parents to sign up for the Weather Update email so you do not have to inform parents of game cancellations due to weather.
Coaches are also encouraged to have either a practice or short scrimmage on the first night.
NOTE: When you get receive your uniforms (one shirt, pair of shorts and socks per player), please ensure everything is there. Advise your Convenor immediately if anything is missing.
The WMSA will not tolerate harassment of any kind!
We support the OSA Harassment Policy,
and encourage all coaches to review it. Our goal is to act in ways
that strive to protect the health and well-being of all players,
coaches, and officials. All coaches, assistant coaches and other
officials shall follow these guidelines:
- Shall never be alone with a player
- Shall be a role model - no drugs, alcohol, smoking or abusive language at practices/games
- Shall demonstrate, set and maintain standards for players (e.g. respect, self-discipline, fair play)
- Shall ensure a supportive and positive atmosphere for players, where all contributions and skill levels are respected and all players are given equal field time
- Shall be aware of the rules of the game and comply with these rules
- Shall respect the officials and ensure players do the same
- Shall adhere to all OSA and WMSA policies, values and principles
These age groups will not be using formal soccer discipline practices. Any kids who are rough and bully must be spoken to by the coach and removed from the field if they don't understand what cannot be tolerated. Referees will stop the game for this opportunity to consult with the player.
U12 and Up
These age groups will be using formal soccer discipline practices. Referees will issue a yellow card (caution) for inappropriate actions (bullying, dangerous play, repeated handballs by the same player, etc). Repeated offenses by the same player could result in a red card being issued (sending off). The sent off player cannot be replaced and the team will play short handed for the rest of the game. Any red or yellow cards (U12 and above) will be subject to a discipline hearing.
Supporting the Referees
The WMSA will not tolerate abuse of referees by coaches or team parents. Our referees are young adults learning the game from the officiating side and will make mistakes. However, their decision is the one that stands. Please help us to grow our referees by providing a supportive environment to learn.
Coaches and Assistant Coaches (all age groups) are also subject to
disciplinary action should the referee feel that such actions are
The registration fee paid by each player entitles them to a team
photo and an individual photo. You will be contacted by the
photographer - Linda's Photography - to arrange a time for your team's photo.
Make sure all the parents are aware and try to ensure that all players are there on time. If a parent wishes to have additional photos, they can make arrangements with the photographer directly.
If a child is unable to attend on photo night, please have the parents contact Linda's Photography directly to set up an individual photo time. Unfortunately their child may not be in the team photo.