Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Start of the 2012 season is approaching!

Greetings Player,
Thank you for your interest in The Human League as we enter or fourth year! Let's get right into the details of the 2012 season:

What to Expect

The Human League is: 

·         Co-ed - Both men and women play 
·         Recreational - Players have various levels of experience. If you are fairly new to the sport, play hard. If you are a pro, adjust accordingly. There isn't a championship. Everyone is playing for fun. 
·         Pick-up style - This is a flexible format. Everyone shows up, splits into teams, and plays 90 minute games. Players will self-referee and handle subbing on the fly. 
·         Informal - As with any informal pick-up league, it's hard to predict what turnout will be like from week to week. It's important that everyone is flexible and willing to adapt on occasion (for example, be willing to play in a short game or sub more).

How Teams are Made

After everyone shows up, teams will be separated by shirt color. All the black shirts will be on one team and all the white shirts will be on the other. How do you decide which shirt color to wear each night? We recommend flipping a coin. We like to mix it up and keep it random. Also, this is why it's important that you bring the opposite color t-shirt with you every night - in case you need to switch teams to even up the numbers.

Players must abide by the linked “Player Code of Conduct.”

When

Games are every Tuesday evening beginning May 8. Games begin at 6pm so show up early if possible to get geared up. The final game will be October 16.

Where

Louisville Champions Park, 2050 River Rd., 40206 (River Road and Edith Avenue). Parking is available on Edith Avenue. Field 5 is reserved for The Human League. Look for the league flag (The map says field 4 but we actually have field 5 right next to it this year).



Weather

The Human League Philosophy on the Weather

Soccer is not afraid of the rain and neither are you. We will play whenever it is safely possible to do so. Rain alone will not cancel a game. For the safety of the players, activities will be cancelled for the following weather-related reasons: 

  • Lightning/Thunder: In the event of lightning/thunder, all activities must be halted immediately. Players should return to their vehicles or other shelter for safety. Activities should not resume until at least 30 minutes after the last incidence of lightning/thunder.
  • Other Dangerous Weather Conditions: In the event there are other weather conditions that may present a danger to players (e.g. hail, dangerous winds, torrential downpours), all activities should be suspended while the dangerous weather conditions are present.
  • Field Conditions: If the pitch is so wet (standing water) that it could be damaged by playing on it, then games should be suspended. Fortunately, Champions Park drains very well.

So what should you do?

The decision will always be made at the playing fields at the scheduled game time. There will always be a league representative on site to make the final call. Plan on showing up for the official word unless the weather is obviously going to be too bad throughout the game time.

Equipment  
  • Shin guards are required. Socks should fully cover shin guards. 
  • Soccer cleats are highly recommended - no metal cleats
  • Two t-shirts (one black, one white)
  • Some other recommended items: drinking water, sunscreen.
The Human League 2012 T-shirt: We will be taking pre-orders for the 2012 The Human League commemorative t-shirt starting sometime in May or June. Look for details closer to date.

Fees
It is dirt cheap to play in The Human League. The fee is $20.00 (twenty dollars) per player for a 24 game season. That is 83 cents per game. This is only to cover the cost of the Metro Parks playing fields and basic equipment.

Please pay your fee via PayPal using the “Buy it Now” button on this site. If you prefer a less convenient method of payment, you can send us a check via interoffice mail, stop by and pay Todd (Waterfront Plaza) or Kristin (HUB), or bring the fee to your first game. Let us just say though…PayPal makes life verrry easy. Please strongly consider it.

Release Form

NOTE: If you already signed a release for one of the past 3 seasons, you do not need to submit another one.

The release forms are now electronic. Please fill out the form below. All players must have a release form on file.



Thanks again for showing interest in The Human League and, more importantly, the beautiful game. We look forward to another fantastic season and don't hesitate to email if you have any questions.

See you on the pitch!

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