Fall 2013 Preliminary Schedule - notes
Falling back into soccer mode,
Available for download is a revised PRELIMINARY Schedule for the Westchester
Youth Soccer League Fall 2013 season as of August 29th. It is still NOT final!!
Do NOT make solid plans on this schedule and make sure your teams know
that. They will want to plan. We don’t want complaints.
This schedule will have more changes before THE final. It was difficult to honor
the requests and in some instances, I did not succeed.
On November 3 and 10, you’ll find quite a number of impossible
commutes. I’m sorry.
I am also sorry this is such a long email. It’s a simple game but
organizing it well is not.
This schedule will be posted on the WYSL website today or tomorrow
morning and I may post updates as they occur.
Below is the usual request. Please read it again. There are always new
notes. For newcomers, you need to read all of this very carefully. It
will answer many questions you and your teams will have. You can imagine
my reaction when I’m asked a question I’ve already answered. There are
2000 of you.
But, if there’s really a confusion, ask! I make mistakes. I am not
always as clear as I think I am. We need to get this right and it’s a
lot of work. But the work will make our life as organizers manageable
and will let the kids have fun on the field. Read first. See if you
can figure things out before asking.
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Your job is to check the schedule and - within a week - by Saturday
August 31st - email me any mistakes you find. There are mistakes! There
are always mistakes. I can’t avoid them and it gives you a reason to
There will be changes to adjust field usage and correct for last minute
problems. If you have suggestions for better field use or to deal with a
local problem, tell me. I like suggestions. Recruit anyone in your club
who will help.
Do NOT send any new schedule requests no matter how important. (Coach
coordination, wedding day, problem with early games, etc.) You had extra
days to get me requests. Remember earlier next year. Refer to the league
booklet for exceptions.
If you made a request about particular days and I missed it or messed it
up, **please tell me!!* *Emails vanish and fixing one problem can cause
another. Don’t assume the mistake is unavoidable. (I’ll tell you if it
is.) Ask me!!
ALL single day requests should be ok. Tell me if one is not. I know they
can be quite important. I spend almost as much time on requests as on
setting the time and field for the games; and I want them to work as
well as possible. Don’t suffer in silence if you think I made a mistake
or didn’t get an email you sent.
On the general requests (prefer early, prefer late, avoid mornings,
etc.) if I manage 80%, please be content. It was hard to even do that.
If I missed 80%, tell me. Older teams wanting to play late will not be
happy. To use the morning field time, U14, U13 and older teams often
have to play before noon. If you have a coach coordination AND a general
time request, don’t be surprised if the time request is missed. The
coach coords are tough enough.
The coach coordinations are now over 43% of the teams.
I hope I handled the requests which are truly important for getting the
teams on the field. Clubs getting extra fields and fields "until dark"
helped. But plan for coverage for your professional coaches. Managers
will often need to warm up the team and the game may have to start with
the coach driving into the parking lot. (And please tell them to drive
For clubs with little field space (you know who you are), get me more so
I can adjust game times to fit the coach needs.
Coaches and club admins often dislike our limits and want the
flexibility to change games to suit particular problems and to play on
other days and outside the time limits we use. Other leagues play both
Saturday and Sunday, play at any time on either day, and allow late
changes. The regular WYSL league is a Sunday league, we work to make
ref coverage more efficient and consistent and we are very protective of
the schedule. We think that’s better for the families and the kids. But
it does impose a tough discipline. Since we have to live with this
schedule, we have to get it as good as we can.
For teams with coach coordinations, I had to ignore many "pref late"
"prefer early" requests. It’s hard enough to get your coach to the game
while also trying to adjust for when your team and your coach’s other
team would like to play. Teams have to be ready to play during the full
Sunday time for their age group. We have very little field space and too
many requests to be so particular.
Often your coach will have to leave a game immediately and will have
barely enough time to arrive just before the start of the next game
(only half an hour or 45 minutes - within a town sometimes just 15).
S/he will often not have time for a post game or pre-game talk. This is
the best I can do. There are a handful of times when I just couldn’t
manage the coordination.
I use Google Maps and what I know about the geography. If I haven’t
allowed enough time to get from whistle to whistle, let me know. But be
sure to check your googleMaps distance first. If you ask, I may still
say "I’m sorry".
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Please check for you team, see if all the games are there, check the
fields, make sure all the teams are there too. (It has happened.) Note
any gaps or overlaps in the schedule. See if there are any singletons.
Check your requests!
PREMIER Teams and clubs. Please be especially careful checking your
Sunday schedule including any coach coordinations. The erratic nature of
your schedule makes it tough for me to keep track. If I left out a
premier Sunday game, TELL ME so I can get it on the schedule.
Everyone, send your responses to me by email *as you see things*. Don’t
wait. It’s a rolling correction process.
The final schedule will be done before the league meeting on Tuesday
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NOTE: Some divisions have 10 game schedules. Some have only 9. The last
week of the season has half the number of games. If you don’t have a
game on November 17, it’s because you are playing a shorter, 9 game
schedule. Don’t drop that date!! Keep your families ready to play!!!
You are likely to need it for makeup games.
I count 618 teams (not including those playing some form of premier
league). The schedule includes 3159 games including "byes" and premier
games. There are 61 "TBS" games for teams in divisions with an odd
number of teams to make up for the byes or to finish the round robin in
11 team divisions.
The TBS games MUST be played during the season. They are not optional.
Schedule them with your opponent like a make up game. Play them early in
There are a couple of TBA games when neither team had enough field space
for the game. If you can find a field, tell me. Get them scheduled and
The number of home and away games is pretty balanced. But some clubs
with tight field space have fewer home games. In a 9 game schedule
you’ll have either 4 or 5 home games. I’m sorry that a few teams are
short a home game or two.
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If you missed it, you can download an excel file of the Preliminary
Schedule from the link in the first paragraph of this note.
The Final schedule will be uploaded to the league website and will be
available division by division or club by club.
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NOTE: Only you can properly check this schedule. Mistakes will cost you
in lost time, disappointed kids, and annoyed parents. We need dozens of
motivated eyes looking for mistakes. It takes a soccer community to
create and run a good season.
Thanks for reading all the way to here and thanks for your help!