Member Information

General Information for PTSL Members

Here are all the details about the Pink Turf Soccer League you will need to get your FAQ page which may answer any additional questions you may have.

RULES OF THE GAME

Pink Turf Soccer League is a recreational soccer league which, in a nutshell, means we play for fun first and winning second. For the safety of all players and to ensure a smooth and fun game for everyone, please familiarize yourself with the rules of soccer before your first game. It is the responsibility of each Pink Turf player to have a good understanding of the rules of soccer. Please remember that the referee will always have authority on the field. Arguing with, insulting, or challenging the referee may result in a yellow or red card. Decisions made by the referee are final.
Due to liability issues, only registered players can play in during league games and practices; no outside substitute players are allowed.
Please see the following link for some basic rules to get started in Pink Turf.

LOCATION
Games are played at Withrow Park located on Carlaw Avenue, just south of the Danforth. Carlaw Avenue is a one way street going south and is located between the Chester and Pape subway stations.

  • Washrooms: There are washroom facilities located on the south side of the field. There is also an additional washroom facility north of the field and ice rink, closer to Logan and Danforth. These facilities are maintained by the Parks and Recreation Department.
  • Dog Owners: Please be aware that the off leash area at Withrow park is at the south west end of the park, directly west of the soccer pitch (down the hill). Dog owners at Withrow park who have off-leash dogs outside of this area risk receiving a ticket. According to City officials there will be an increased presence of by-law officers at the park this summer. Beyond this, it is a safety concern for both dogs and our players should animals run onto the field and disrupt play.
  • Alcohol policy – The policy has been revised.  Due to the potential risk of losing our field permit and therefore the risk to the existence of Pink Turf Soccer league.  “Any member or guests of members found jeopardizing our permit by consuming alcohol or illegal substances on the field during our permit periods will be asked to leave the field.  If the offending person does not comply then the individual’s membership will be under review by the arbitration committee and this may result in the loss of membership and/or the individual’s team may forfeit the following game.
  • No Smoking   As of January 1 ,2015 it is illegal to smoke tobacco and/or hold lighted tobacco within 9 meters of playgrounds, play areas, sporting areas and spectator areas adjacent to sporting areas.

 

GAME TIMES

The 2017 season starts on May 13th and ends in late September. All games are on Saturdays with games being played between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm. Games will take place every weekend (including long weekends) except for Pride Weekend. The first game must start at 9:00 am sharp to ensure all following games begin promptly at their scheduled times. It is recommended that players arrive 15-20 minutes before their scheduled game time.

Games consist of two 40-minute halves (with a 10 minute half time break) and are officiated by accredited referees. By agreement of the team representatives and referees at the start of the game, 5 minute water breaks may be used within each half. Once this decision is made, only by agreement of both team representatives and the referee can the water breaks be rescinded.

A minimum of seven players per team are required to play. Should a team have insufficient players at the scheduled start time, the team will be allowed an additional 15 minutes for players to take the field. If during the 15-minute period sufficient players are dressed and on the field, the match will begin and the delay time deducted equally between the halves. After 15 minutes, the team(s) that did not have sufficient attendance will default the game and a forfeit will be recorded.

WEATHER

Soccer is a game that is played in the rain. It is the referee’s decision to cancel a game. This decision is made at the field at the game start time.

PLAYER SAFETY

To reduce the likelihood of injuries, it is recommended that you stretch before and after exercising. Players are required to wear shin guards. For footwear, it is recommended that you wear soccer cleats (no metal studs will be permitted) or turf shoes. If you wear a brace, please ensure that the metal pieces are covered so as to prevent injury to others. We also require that your remove all jewelry to prevent injury to yourself and others.

Eye safety: For players with vision corrections – in accordance with FIFA Laws of the Game, a player is forbidden to wear equipment that is dangerous to herself or another player. Any player wearing glasses must choose one of these options:

  • Have them secured by means of a sports band or adjustable strap and have properly and firmly fitting curled ends of the arms of the glasses.
  • Wear protective sports glasses that are constructed of plastic with rubber cushioning and no metallic parts.
  • Wear contact lenses.

Please also note that in order to prevent injuries there is absolutely NO SLIDE TACKLING allowed during Pink Turf games. In addition, to protect the safetly of our goalies, there is absolutely NO CHARGING OF THE GOALIE allowed.

EQUIPMENT

The teams playing the first game are responsible for putting up the nets and equipment. The teams playing the last game are responsible for taking down the nets and equipment. Of the teams that played the last game, the team playing the earliest game the following week will be responsible for storing the nets and other equipment and bringing them to the next week’s game prior to 8:30 am to ensure a 9:00 am start.

PRACTICES

Practices will be held every Monday from 7:00pm – 8:30pm at Withrow Park. In the event of a cancellation due to weather you will be notified by email.

TEAM AWARDS

PTSL has a number of team awards every season to help encourage collaboration, team building, and camaraderie on your team. Please click on this link to read more about this season’s awards.

ATTENDANCE POLICY

Pink Turf Soccer League (PTSL) expects that Members will attend all scheduled games for her respective team, with specific exceptions as allowed by PTSL as noted in this Policy. Members should commit to playing the entire season. The League may, at their discretion, deny membership in order to serve the best interests of the League and its members.

1. Lateness
Players are expected to arrive in time to fully dress (uniform, protective gear, appropriate footwear), warm up and be prepared to start the game with their team.

2. Absences
Players are expected to communicate their schedule (to the best of their knowledge) to their Team Representative(s) at the beginning of the season. Players are expected to declare any absences at least one week in advance of their game.

Absences may be declared by means of e-mail or telephone to the Team Representative(s) . An absence is considered ‘undeclared’ if it has not been communicated to the Team Representative(s) before the start of the game. Undeclared absences are strongly discouraged.

– Four undeclared absences at any point throughout the season will result in the players membership being under review from the Collective and result in forfeiture of membership. Members can appeal this decision by sending an email or letter to the League Ombudsman within two weeks of notification that their membership has been terminated.

– Team Representative(s) are solely responsible for monitoring declared absences to determine the need for additional players on a team and, discuss if there are any on-going attendance issues with specific players.

– Players who have received disciplinary action (i.e. Suspension/Forfeiture of membership) will not also be penalized under the PTSL Attendance Policy.

3. Role of Collective and Team Representatives
Team Representative(s)are responsible for reporting absences by submitting the attendance sheet to scores@pinkturfsoccer.com by 5pm on the day following the game. Team Leaders are asked to work with the Membership Coordinator to deal with attendance issues and get additional / replacement players for their team from the Waiting List if necessary. The Collective will enforce this Attendance Policy and review the membership of any league member as deemed necessary. The Membership Coordinator will communicate with any member and their Team Representative(s) (captain, co-captain) informing them of the review and will provide a copy of this policy for their reference. Game sheets must be completed by both teams and given to the referee at the end of the game for review and signoff .

In addition, Team Representative(s) from both teams must sign off on the game sheet(s) after the match. Each Captain must submit the signed attendance sheet by putting it in the envelope provided in the equipment bag. At the end of the game, the Team Representative(s) responsible for carrying the equipment will take the games sheets and send electronically to scores@pinkturfsoccer.com.

4. Role of Players
On game day, players are expected to arrive in time to fully dress (uniform, protective gear, appropriate footwear), warm up and be prepared to start the game with their team

5. Effect of Attendance on Eligibility to Play in Post-Season Games (Playoffs)
All players MUST play a minimum of 51% of matches in order to be eligible for any post-season play. Evidence of this MUST exist on the official game sheets.

Exceptions:
Exceptions to this rule will be made to those players who have joined the league late in the season, as a result of being placed on a waiting list. Players are still required to play a minimum of 51% match of all matches that they are “eligible” to play in. For example, if a player started during the first week of July, with 10 games remaining in the regular season, they would be required to play 6 games. Exceptions will also be made for those who missed games to due illness/injury.

AGGRESSION POLICY

The Pink Turf Soccer League is queer-positive. The goal of the league is to create an atmosphere which allows players of all levels to experience and enjoy the game of soccer. Keeping league play a positive experience for everyone is paramount and will serve to sustain the league for many years to come. Our goal each and every season is to make all players feel welcome while promoting equality, fair play, and fun. The following aggression policy serves to remind and educate all Pink Turf participants of the principles of our soccer league.Please review the aggression policy and our code of conduct.

TEAM FORMATION

We make every effort to ensure that the teams are as balanced as possible, which is why we ask all players to rate their skill level at soccer when they register. We require that all players who did not participate in Pink Turf last season come to one of two skills clinics where members of our collective will assess the skill levels of incoming players to ensure their self-ratings are accurate. We are going through this process because self-rating your own abilities is difficult, especially for people who haven’t played in our recreational league before. We hope that these efforts will lead to well balanced teams.

Below is a description of the process that we undertake to form the teams once all the ratings have been established:

1.) The Team formation process starts with the registration forms, we keep track of the order in which people register and all registration information is consolidated in one datasheet. The information needed for the team formation is then extracted from that data base; we use the registration number, the position preferred by the player and the self-rated skill level.

The names of the players are not used in this process to make it random and fair.

2.) Paper tags are created containing:

  • Registration form #
  • Preferred position option 1 and 2 and
  • Self-rated skill-level

The paper tags are then separated by position and skill level; goalies are the exception due to the small number of players that prefer that position.

3.) When two players sign up together the paper tags are attached, making the higher skilled level player the one available to be picked (for instance if a forward rated 4 signs up with a midfielder rated 3 the two tags will be in the forwards – #4 stack). When all the tags are separated we will have the following stacks: Goalies, #5 forwards, #5 midfielders, #5 defenders, #4 forwards, and so on.

On team formation day we make sure to have all the team reps or at least one person representing each team present.

4.) The selection process starts with the stack of goalies, each team rep picks a tag to fill that position. We always make sure that each team has a goalie and a back-up goalie (upon availability). Then we go on picking the 5’s in each category, and then the 4’s, etc. until we fulfill each team. A big part of the process is knowing how many players fall into each skill level category to make sure that each team gets the same numbers of players in that category (for instance if we have 21 #5’s, each team gets two and one team gets 3 and we try to compensate with the lower skill levels) as well as all different positions. After all the tags are picked we look at each team formed and make sure that each follows the pre-established number of players by skill level and position. If there is a discrepancy we resolve it.

5.) The last step is to reveal the names of the players that each team is assigned.

We understand that having well balanced teams has been a challenge over the years and we have been working on developing a process that is random and fair, so far this process seems to be working well despite its complicated nature. We also know that sometimes teams do not seem balanced enough but that has little to do with the team formation process and a lot with how the players rate themselves or player attendance; we hope that our efforts to re-rate existing league players and assess the skills of new incoming players will lead to better balanced teams moving forward.