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Commonly Asked Questions
Updated September 22,  2014

Many of these answers are in your written paperwork or your Rules &
Regulations, but these questions get asked any way.

Contact:
North Texas Premier Soccer Association, Inc.
903 North Bowser #320
Richardson, Texas 75081
(972)238-9668 Fax (972)234-1948
www.ntpsa.org

When is Team Registration?
Team registration is usually a middle weekend of January for the Spring season and middle weekend of July for the Fall season.

Is there late Team Registration?
No. In order to place the teams in Divisions and schedule the games for each season in a timely manner, teams MUST come in and register their teams at the scheduled times.

Can registration/red cards be paid with a credit card?
YES. Master Card and VISA Only (credit or debit cards). 

My team is planning to play in a tournament during the season, what do I do to have that game rescheduled?
We must know at registration of any schedule conflicts. This information must be included on you “Team Information Sheet” provided in your registration packet. A night game will be scheduled during the league’s scheduling process and the night game will be included on your team’s schedule when they are made available. There is a $50/$100 fee for requesting the postponement of Sunday games to another day of the week. Per NTPSA Rules, any request for a postponement for Sunday play MUST be made at Team Registration.

How are the teams placed in Divisions?
The teams are placed in divisions based on their past play in NTPSA, the level of teams that return for the season, and the level of the teams that do not return for the season. We not only look at your season record, but also how close the games and teams finished the games over the course of the season. The post season play helps but is not a major determining factor whether a team moves up to the next division. Also, new teams have to be considered. They need to have a place to play also. While the returning teams are moved up or down as needed to complete a division based on their past, we will not move a team from Division 10 to Division 5 just to fill a division. We do ask that you look at the teams in a division, not the division number before you complain about your playing division. We usually do a good job of placing teams.

When will schedules for play be available?
The playing schedules are handed out during the roster change session about a week prior to the beginning of league play. The date and time is included in your registration packets. Maps to the playing fields will also be made available at this time. If a captain cannot come by the office to pick up his team’s schedule on the scheduled date, the schedules are mailed the same day.

Can a player play on two teams in this league?
NO !!! Even though this league has 25+ divisions, based on the skill level of the teams, players are not allowed to register and play on two teams. Due to the number of players contacting the office looking for teams and the way we schedule our games, we cannot accommodate a player that wants to play two games on Sundays. Players found to be playing on two teams can and will be suspended from play in NTPSA for a minimum 1 year.

I have a player that turns 30 (40 or 50) prior to the beginning of the Spring season, after January 1st, why can’t he play in Over 30 (Over 40 or Over 50) during the Spring season?
1.  For the Fall playing seasons-Players must reach the proper age (30, 40, 50 as pertains to the playing divisions) on or before the first scheduled game date of the current playing season.

2.  For the Spring playing season-Players must reach the proper age (30, 40, 50 as pertains to the playing divisions) on or before the first scheduled game date of the current playing season.

I have a player that is still eligible to play youth soccer, but wants to play with NTPSA. Can this be done and how?
Players that are 17 or older (for the current soccer year) are allowed to play in NTPSA. They are also allowed to still participate in youth play. Permission must be obtained from the North Texas State Soccer Association. Youth Release forms are available in the NTPSA office and must be fully completed (signatures from North Texas State Soccer, etc.) prior to the player being allowed to have his ID card made and being allowed to play. There is an $ 8.00 fee for this procedure, which must be paid to the North Texas State Soccer Association.

Why can’t ID cards and Roster Changes be made during office hours?
NTPSA only has one person working in the office, and with the paperwork and phone calls, there is not time to handle ID cards and roster changes. It is also a security issue.  NTPSA schedules plenty of times for the captains to take care of their business when plenty of people are around to help.

Why does playing an unregistered /illegal player have such a stiff penalty?
Playing unregistered/illegal players results in voiding our Liability and Medical Insurance. Should a player be injured during a game when an unregistered/illegal player is found to have participated, the injured player is not covered by the Medical insurance and cannot file in order to help with his expenses. It is in the best interest of everyone to protect our teammates and watch for teams that want to cheat.

Why is there a fine for ejected players?
The fines collected for ejected players helps keep our fees down, but also by hitting a player in the pocketbook for his misconduct, we hope will make the player think twice before being ejected again.

How are penalty points determined and why are points taken off the team’s standings once the penalty points have reached a certain level?
Penalty points are determined by the rules of the North Texas State Soccer Association and based on the referee’s report. These points accumulate over the course of the playing season, and once a team has reached 30 penalty points, 3 points are taken from their standings. This is our way of asking you to keep your teams under control. Three (3) points from a team’s standings can and has kept teams from post season play. We understand that some referees give cards that teams do not always agree with, but why do other teams that have the same referee not get the cards. It’s all a matter of how a team plays the referee, and the team’s way of dealing with it. At fifty (50) penalty points a team is sent to the North Texas State soccer Association for further discipline and cannot be allowed to participate in any post season play.

I had a player ejected from Sunday’s game, what do I do?
The team captain needs to contact his Division Commissioner as soon as possible about the ejection. If you do not agree with the ejection, the Division Commissioner can contact the opposing team for their opinion on the ejection. Once the misconduct report has been turned in to the office, the Division Commissioner is notified of the report, and the Division Commissioner will take the appropriate action. Keep in mind, that a Serious Foul Play ejection (say a take down from behind) is usually a one (1) game suspension with a fine of $30.00, but if the ejected player decides to tell the referee what he thinks after the ejection or after the game, another game + is usually tacked on.

How do I get my player’s ID card back after he has served his suspension?
Office hours are Mondays & Thursdays, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. The fine can be paid during these times and the player’s card will be given back once the fine is paid. The captain may send someone (wife, player, co-captain, etc.) to the office to handle the fine. However, the suspension and fine is based on the referee’s report and the Division Commissioner’s decision, not the office, and discussion about the card is irrevalent at that point and the office does not want to hear about it. Division Commissioners can retrieve the player’s card and collect the fine, but since the commissioners are volunteers and do not always live near the NTPSA office, we do not want them to spend their time going to office when there are available times for taking care of the matter.  Fines may be paid with credit card, check, cash or money order.

My team just had their game abandoned because both benches cleared and the spectators joined in, what are the consequences?
Both teams will be suspended from play pending a hearing by the Appeals & Disciplinary Committee. NTPSA will not tolerate this type of behavior and can/will suspend both teams from further play in NTPSA.

Why was my game canceled due to rain when my backyard does not have standing water?
The closure of playing fields is determined by each city or their representation, who makes the decision. In order to keep using the fields, we must abide by those decisions. We do not always agree, and we do let those cities know when we feel a poor decision has been made. As to a timetable for those decisions, we try to let you know of any cancellations as soon as we know, but sometimes, the rains or a decision comes in too late for us to stop the teams.

The League schedules a 10 game season, however, due to rain, the season seems to always be shortened. Why do we not have night games to assure a 10 game season?
Due to the lack of available large lighted fields for this association, and the cost of rescheduling 100+ games (that’s the number of games scheduled each week) at night are the reasons.

 

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