Your team’s season schedule, current league standings information will be under the “LEAGUES” tab; weather and field cancellation information will be on the “HOME” page and all necessary contact information is available on the “CONTACT” tab on the CMSA web site; and on the C.M.S.A. Facebook page. Additional information regarding C.M.S.A. Leagues, tournaments and events can be also be accessed from these locations. Coaches and managers are responsible to check the web site and Facebook page for any schedule change; and notify all members of their team; CMSA is not responsible for any forfeit due to noncompliance of the above.
The available forms for downloading are listed within the “FORMS” tab on the CMSA website.
CMSA will operate in a 3 tier division alignment provided we can achieve a minimum of 18 teams registered in an age grouping allowing for a minimum of six (6) teams in each competitive age level providing team registration permits. We will then create competitive levels of A, A/B and C. A/B combined divisions would be formed if there are less than 6 teams registered to play in the A division. The A/B division will have two crossover games during the season. We will not combine the B & C teams unless we only have 3 - C teams registered.
The three divisions are as follows:
CMSA will review your past season’s record for final placement
Teams which place themselves in the wrong division whether purposely or by mistake, and continually beat their opponents by a wide margin, will be eliminated from receiving awards from this league.
For all 7V7 and 9v9 play: Size #4
For all 11V11 play: Ball Size #5
The Field Program Coordinator will receive instructions from the CMSA League office on the proper steps to take to notify the league about a field cancellation.
As each field closing is reported to us by the program field coordinator, it will be posted to the website HOME page and Facebook page (until 11:00 AM) on weekends. Individual team/age group schedules will not be immediately updated.
The CMSA League reserves the right to blanket cancel all games due to inclement weather and/or poor field conditions.
If inclement weather takes place after 11:00 AM cutoff time, it will then become the referee's decision to cancel the field at the site for the day.
It is the responsibility of the coaches and managers of each team to contact their players and their families regarding cancellations, field and time changes. parents should NOT contact the CMSA office, League Commissioners, Score Keepers, Etc.
Any team that cannot play a posted rescheduled game; will be assessed a 3–0 forfeit loss with all applicable referee fees being paid by the forfeiting team.
Games that were suspended prior to the end of the first half will to be made up as a full game with all (Referee fees) being paid again.
Games suspended after the conclusion of the first half, are considered COMPLETE GAMES and all scores must be called in or emailed to your designated score contact person.
As mandated by both referee associations; all games, involved in a weather related cancellation the league/teams will be assesses $5.00 for each game canceled.
We are limited by only having six weeks Spring & eight weeks in the Fall to play League games; so Divisions of (Odd team age groups) will be have 1 or 2 bye weeks. The league will schedule all of their games except the BYE week games. Those games will be listed as a (TBA) on your schedule. The first team listed is concidered the Home Team and will be responsable for scheduling the (TBA) game with your opponent. You can also follow the rescheduling policy that is posted on the Bye Request Form #6 or the Canceled Game Policy #13 that are posted under the Forms Tab.
Mid Week/Night Games are a possibility if either team has fields.
Follow all the instructions on the online bye request form which is located on the CMSA website under the “FORMS” tab listed as #6
All teams participating in any of the CMSA leagues or tournaments are required to be registered through the following USSF affiliate (SAY/Soccer Association for Youth , US Club Soccer or MSYSA). If your team is Rostered & Carded through than they are the only players insured to play in this Leagues & Tournaments. (Tournament Guest Players) must be carded through the same USSF Affiliate as the team that they are playing for.
All teams must FIRST REGISTER WITH CMSA prior to starting the USSF affiliation process.
Teams applying for a SAY contact your (Program/Club point person) to get your roster completed. Then follow their instructions to have your paperwork processed & stamped.
If your Program/Club did not appoint (SAY point person) then you can contact Brian Begley email@example.com at the SAY National Office.
US Club teams need to go to the US Club website and follow their instructions on Rosters & Cards same goes for teams carding through MSYSA.. After you receive your paperwork from US Club/MSYSA & SAY then you will need to email it to your club/program CMSA Point person.
SAY Affiliation Fees ($10.00 per player) paid by the teams & organizations directly to SAY. After SAY teams receive their Roster & ID Cards they need to be emailed to their CMSA Registrar for processing. The say processing fee is $5.00 per player & $25.00 per coach that gets paid to the CMSA registrar by a certified Bank,Club or Program Check check (No Personal Checks). SAY players total fees is $15.00 per player.
US Club & MSYSA Affiliation Fees are paid to US Club & MSYSA or you will not receive a roster & cards. After teams receive their Roster & ID Cards then you need to email it to your CMSA Point person, to be processed & stamped. The processing fee is ($5.00 per player & coach on the roster) this gets paid to the Registrar, by a Certified Bank, Club or Program Check (No Personal Checks).
The CMSA administration fees listed below are to be paid directly to the registrar or the registrar will not process and release the paperwork. Payment must be made by a certified Bank, Club or Program check (No Personal Checks). Check with your Program/Club for payment. SAY, US Club & MSYSA Carded adults on all of the rosters must complete a Background Check through their USSF Affiliate.
|SAY/US Club & MSYSA Processing Fees|
Coach US Club & MSYSA
|Replacement Cards||$ 5.00||$ 5.00|
|Player Transfer Processing||$ 3.00||$ 3.00|
Fall & Spring Rosters are limited to the maximum size of: 7v7 teams (20 players), 9v9 teams (20 players), 11v11 U13/14 teams to (22 players) & High School Age group teams (U15 thru U17) may carry up to (25 players). End of season awards will be given to the Dress only roster sizes listed below.
Teams can only Dress and bring to games: 7v7 (14 players), 9v9 (16 players), U13 & 14 (18 players) & H/S U15 thru U17 (25 players)
All teams must have at least two carded Adults (18+) on the roster serving as a Coach, Asst. Coach or Manager.
ALL CMSA (LEAGUE ROSTERS) ARE FROZEN AS OF THE 13th DAY OF THE SEASON (ORIGINAL SCHEDULE)
CMSA teams participating in affiliated tournaments must have:
All CMSA League team rosters are completed on-line through US Club & MSYSA. All teams are required after receiving their paperwork from US Club & MSYSA need to email their CMSA League Roster & ID cards file to their assigned CMSA registrar for processing. Please note, that any time a team changes their US Club , SAY or MSYSA CMSA League roster; it must be emailed back to their CMSA registrar to be re-stamped to be valid for the CMSA league play. The registrar will Laminate the CMSA League Roster & ID Cards, when complete the registrar will contact you for a pick up.
LEAGUE POLICY MANDATES THAT ALL CMSA (LEAGUE ROSTERS) ARE FROZEN AS OF THE 13th DAY OF EACH SEASON.
Follow the instructions and procedures posted in the Forms Tab on the CMSA website #8.
Coaches/Managers should collect their players Photo & Birth Certificate as they will be needed to Affiliate the (Team/Players) through SAY. All SAY Rosters & Carding will be going directly through the SAY National Office. CMSA will continue to Stamp & Laminate the League Rosters & ID Cards through our League Registrars.
All SAY Coaches/carded Adults on the roster) are required to complete the SAY Volunteer Background Check application listed in the forms section #21. After this has been completed, you will be emailed a confirmation number and form to be given to your registrar along with your ID card to be stamped and processed.
If you completed the application in the fall then it is good for the Following Spring season.
Once completed, all paperwork is to be E-mailed to your assigned CMSA league registrar for processing.
Please note, that any time a team changes their SAY CMSA League roster; it must be E-mailed back to their CMSA registrar to be re-stamped to be valid.
LEAGUE POLICY MANDATES THAT ALL CMSA (LEAGUE ROSTERS) ARE FROZEN AS OF THE 13th DAY OF EACH SEASON.
SAY, US Club & MSYSA affiliated teams who are adding new players to their FALL CMSA LEAGUE roster will need to create a new roster.
SAY teams must go through their program SAY point person or directly to the SAY National Office to make changes then E-mail the package to their registrar for processing.
US Club & MSYSA teams must go through the US Club & MSYSA website to make any changes; then Email their new CMSA League roster to your CMSA registrar to be processed for CMSA league play.
When turning in the new CMSA LEAGUE roster to your assigned registrar, you must include your original fall roster.
SAY teams only pay for new (non-SAY affiliated) players or coaches added for spring season. US Club & MSYSA teams need to follow US Club & MSYSA guidelines for roster changes & fees.
SAY,US Club & MSYSA Fall Rosters can be used for the spring season, provided there are NO changes (add-ons, drops or transfers). Teams using their Fall CMSA League roster for the Spring are required to mail in a copy of that roster with their application form.
This must be completed by your USSF Affiliate (SAY, US Club or MSYSA ). After completed the paperwork needs to be emailed back to your registrar to be Processed & Stamped.
SAY ID Carded player cannot transfer on to a US Club team (UNLESS) the player registers as a new player for the US Club team through US Club also paying all appropriate fees. The New Player must be listed on the New Team Roster.
US Club ID Carded player cannot transfer on to a SAY team (UNLESS) the player registers as a new player for the SAY team through SAY also paying all appropriate fees. The New Player must be listed on the New Team Roster.
The same applies to MSYSA.
SAY, US Club & MSYSA teams must follow their USSF Affiliates policy on transfering players
After receiving your paperwork teams need to follow CMSA rules for processing the new roster with their assigned registrar
These forms are available directly from each of the USSF affiliates mentioned above.
A league player can play for another team; following the provisions listed under the “Dual Roster” policy posted on “FORMS” tab; item #10 on the CMSA web site.
NO GUEST PLAYERS ARE ALLOWED FOR CMSA LEAGUE PLAY.
Pregame ID Card check will be conducted by the management staff of both teams.
Refer to the Standard Game Day Rules for the check in procedures which is posted under the “FORMS” tab; item #3.
For Players 11 years old and Younger; NO HEADING IS ALLOWED in games or in practices.
If a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the infringement. If the header occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred. If a player is hit by the ball in the head unintentionally, play will stop, and a drop ball will take place at the occurrence.
In the case where an 11 year old player is playing up in age, where heading is allowed; the player is still not allowed to head the ball due to the age restriction.
For Players 12 & 13 years old: Heading is allowed in games and on a limited basis in practice. Please note that the enforcement of limiting heading during practices is the responsibility of each affiliated club and/or recreation program; and is not the reponsibility or liability of Central Maryland Soccer Association.
For Players who are 14 years old and older: There is no restriction on heading in games and/or in practices.
US Soccer has introduced the following policy and field marking change in 7v7 play. The use of a BUILT OUT LINE for the U8, U9 & U10 levels is now required. The installation and use of the build out line will be used to promote playing the ball out of the back (defensive) area in an unpressured situation. The punting of the ball by the goalie will no longer be allowed.
This policy has been adopted by US Club, USYSA, SAY and AYSO
Go to the Forms section under Tab # 15 for additional Built Out Line instructions.
Go to the Forms section under Tab #16 for a field diagram showing the Built Out line. The line is to be installed halfway between the top of the penalty box line and the middle line, straight across the field from sideline to sidline
All players on a team must have a separate jersey number; duplicate numbers are not allowed. Revised 10/15/17
If you are combining teams in the spring, all players will need to have the same (color) matching uniform and all players designated by separate jersey numbers. If you are unable to find additional jerseys to meet this requirement, then you will need purchase matching numbered t-shirts (Same Color) for the team.
If the opposing coach notices a duplicate number on any player, that coach must bring this to the officials’ attention immediately. The players cannot participate in the game until the jersey numbers have been changed. If the players with duplicate numbers continue to play in the game then the game will become a league scrimmage game with the team at fault being charged with a 3-0 loss. The game will be officiated and played. This infraction must be reported to your league commissioner the day of the game, in addition to notifying the referee.
If a player with a duplicate number does not enter the game there is no penalty.
To play an official league game, coaches/managers are required to check their opponents CMSA League roster to make sure that it has been processed & stamped by a CMSA registrar for league play. This should be preformed before the beginning of the game. If teams want to check ID Cards they have the right to do so. If both teams do not check each others paperwork than (No Protest) can be filed.
When this does not happen, the league will not terminate the game, but will allow the participants to start the match (as scheduled) as a league sanctioned scrimmage game.
A scrimmage game will be assessed for the following reasons:
If any game is played as a league sanctioned scrimmaged game, the team at fault will be assessed a 3–0 loss. The game will still be played and the Referees will still officiate the game.
Players that are registered and carded to your CMSA/SAY League Roster or US Club CMSA League Roster have the liability insurance in case of injury. If a coach plays a player that is not on their certified roster and that player gets injured, the only person that can be held liable is the coach/manager who played the child in the game.
Any team that causes two or more scrimmage games for any of the above reasons; will be eliminated from all end of season awards consideration.
Coaches who have signed up to coach two or more teams on the same day of play have no guarantee that CMSA can adjust the schedules so that they can attend and coach all teams.
All teams are responsible to have qualified, reliable assistant coaches on hand if the schedules do not work out for you.
The coach, staff and players of both teams are mandated to set up on the same side of the field. The parents, fans and all spectators must be on the opposite side of the field. There is no coaching allowed behind the end line.
All teams are responsible to clean up their side after the game. Coaches, please inspect the area before leaving. Have your players and spectators take home what they have brought to the field if no trash cans are available.
If a red card is issued in your game, the opposing coach or manager must report (within 24 hours of the conclusion of the game) to your League Commissioner. The penalty for the player or coach receiving the red card is to be suspended from the remainder of the game and the team’s next scheduled league game to be played.
If a coach is suspended due to a red card violation, only a carded manager or assistant coach can take over in the coach’s absence. If none of the above is available, the game will be terminated. The score will be posted as a 3 – 0 loss for the offending team.
All information is posted in the "Forms" section of this website under #21
When protesting a game, Only the coach/manager of the team making the protest is responsible to notify the head referee at the game site. The coach/manager must then email their league commissioner within 24 hour of the conclusion of the game, who will forward the email to the league office.
If the problem is deemed to be protestable (Referee Judgment Calls Can Not Be Protested), the team will be required to send in a check made payable to CMSA for $50.00 prior to the protest being sent over and reviewed by the protest committee.
Mail Check To: CMSA – P. O. Box 18403 – Baltimore, Maryland 21237
If your team forfeits a game, your team will be charged for “ALL” referee fees for that game plus $25.00 and a 3-0 loss. The opponent will refunded their referee fees provided the opponent submits the (Referee Refund Form). If the game is played as a league sanctioned scrimmage game; then both teams will remain responsible for their referee fees.
For all other information including fees, please review the guidelines under item #5 under the FORMS tab on the CMSA website.
If a team does not show up for their scheduled posted game and/or has not notified their league commissioner a minimum of 24 hours prior to the scheduled game, it will be designated an intentional forfeit. The team will be assessed, all of the referee fees for the game, also assessed with a 3 to 0 loss and a $50.00 Fine. The opponent will be refunded their referee fees & a pro-rated league fee as long as the league receives the Refund Request Form.
Any coach/manager that pulls their team off the field before the game has finished could be charged with Forfeit and a 3-0 loss.
Any game which is terminated early due to an action of a team’s coach, assistant coach, manager, or spectator; will result in that team being be accessed with a 3 to 0 loss regardless of the score at the time of the stoppage.5
The team responsible for the rescheduling of any league game will be assessed a rescheduling fee (as charged by the referee associations) in addition to the fees as listed under the “FORMS” tab – item #5 & #13.
All scores must be reported to your Age Group Score Coordinator by 9:00 PM the night after your game. Winning or tying team must report the scores. The Age Group Score Coordinator contact information is posted under the “CONTACT” tab on the CMSA website
If you or your manager does not report your score, then your team will not get credit in the standings for the game being played. If you are reporting your score after the Deadline the Team that is reporting the score will be charged a $15.00 late fee. If the score is not reported within one week of the game being played then it will not be recorded.
When reporting scores, please provide the Age Group Score Coordinator with your Program/Club Name (NOT THE TEAM NAME), Age Level please put this in the (Subject Line) of your email, Gender, Name of your head coach as posted on website schedules, opponent and score by team.
If your score is posted incorrectly, then you must contact your League Commissioner not the (Age Group Score Coordinators) within a week of the date played. Keep in mind that wins, loses, goals and goals given up are used in determining your placement in the standings, so make sure your score is posted correctly. No score will be changed after the week that it was posted.
All games listed on the schedule count towards your team’s final standings. After your team has played all of its games, the team’s points total is determined (3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie and 0 points for a loss). The team with the most points is in first, etc.
The first place team is the team with the most points after all scheduled season games has been completed. The second place team is the team with the next highest number of points after all games has been completed.
First and second place teams receive awards.
If three teams are tied for either first or second place with the same point total, one of the three teams must be eliminated. The following tie-breaking procedures to determine which teams will be awarded trophies are:
The first being goals against, to eliminate one team. If the three teams are still tied, then use what the goal differential (max of 3) is between the three teams.
After one of them has been eliminated then the remaining two teams use:
CMSA at this time does not require a coach to have a license to participate in the league. However we strongly urge all coaches to further their coaching education and credentials for the benefit of the league and players.
Any tournament sponsored by the CMSA allows three (3) guest players per team (the CMSA league roster maximum remains the same for their tournaments). All guest players must be affiliated and insured through the same USSF organization as your team is affiliated (i.e. SAY teams can add only SAY players as a guest US Club & MSYSA teams can add only US Club & MSYSA players as their guest players).
When adding guest players, make two copies of your season’s stamped roster, adding the guest players to the roster and removing (line through in red) any players not participating in the tournament. One copy needs to be E-Mailed to the attention of the Tournament Director (firstname.lastname@example.org), the other copy is to be kept by the participating team’s coach/manager (along with the ID cards of both the guest and season rostered players).
NOTE – this must be done for each tournament you register your team to be in.
If your game is protested during the tournament, and your roster is not on file with the tournament director, you will be assessed a 3 – 0 loss for all games played and will be eliminated from all awards consideration.
Are posted in the FORMS section as number 3