Monday, April 29, 2013

5th Season of The Human League begins May 21st!


It’s that time of year again, and this time we got a bit of a late start. We apologize for not getting this information out to you sooner. The 5th year of The Human League will begin May 21st and run every Tuesday through October 1st. That’s 20 games!

 
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 21. Games begin at 6pm so show up early if possible to get geared up. The final game will be October 1.

Where

Louisville Champions Park, 2050 River Rd., 40206 (River Road and Edith Avenue). Parking is available on Edith Avenue. Field 4 is reserved for The Human League. Look for the league flag. See image in post for 2012 season for map.
 

 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.


Fees
It is dirt cheap to play in The Human League. The fee is $20.00 (twenty dollars) per player for a 20 game season. That is one dollar per game. This is to cover the cost of the Metro Parks’ playing field and general liability insurance. Metro Parks has a new requirement of carrying liability insurance so the cost per game and player has increased.

Due to the new requirement of carrying liability insurance, players will only be able to participate if they have paid and are 20 or older.

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 and is our preferred method of payment.


Release Form

NOTE: All players need to submit a new release form this year.

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

Release Form


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Thanks again for joining The Human League. We look forward to another fantastic season and don't hesitate to e-mail if you have any questions.

See you on the pitch!

Best regards,

Todd Lambert         Kristin Bloom              Sean Kersey
 

The Human League

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