I have been asked to address you all by our governing body Mass Soccer in regards to a practice they are seeing in registration of players that we want to put a stop to. This is part of an email I as President was tasked with getting out to all of you.
From Mass Soccer:
At the start of the spring season, and now summer season, we are seeing a significant number of NEW accounts opened by players who already have accounts. This is very problematic as it compromises the integrity of our account information, will typically delay the registration process, and may delay adding a player to a roster.
On many of these duplicate accounts, we are finding players who have different dates of birth on each account. While some may be typos, it appears that many of these are intentional – either created by the player or the coach/manager- to allow a player onto an age restricted team, or avoid a youth waiver. Please note the following by-law which stipulates the penalty for these actions.
By-Law 7.3 Registration Penalties
1) Any player found guilty of falsifying or providing false documentation
in order to obtain a MASS Soccer ID passcard shall be suspended from MASS Soccer
for a period of not less than 2 years and may be subject to further disciplinary
action by MASS.
2) Any team manager or coach or team administrator who knowingly aids a player in
obtaining a MASS ID using false documentation shall be suspended from MASS Soccer for a
period of not less than 2 years and may be subject to further disciplinary action by MASS.
It is critical that the player (not a manager, coach or administrator) creates or renews his or her own registration. The player personally must approve the Player Waiver. No one should be doing this on the player’s behalf, and if they do, it exposes the non-player to liability.
I cannot stress how important it is to maintain the integrity of the registration process and direct all league members to ensure you are registering properly and that all of your information is accurate. Your division registrars can help with any issues so please reach out to them with any questions.
I appreciate your attention to this matter and I hope you are all having a great summer season and wish you all the best in your games! We hope to see you out at the Breakers and Revolution games. EMWSL will be at some of these games so be sure to look for our tent and come by and say hi!!
Deirdre “Dee” Woolley