Wednesday, April 23, 2014

THL Season Premiere in 3 Weeks!


It’s that time of year again! In just a few short weeks the season will begin and we hope you will once again join us. The 6th year of The Human League will begin May 13th and run every Tuesday through October 21st. Due to the high demand of extending the season last year, we reserved the field for an extra 4 weeks – that’s 24 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 13. Games begin at 6pm so show up early if possible to get geared up. The final game will be October 21.

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. Check out the map from the 2012 post below.

 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

The fee is $20.00 (twenty dollars) per player for a 24 game season. That’s less than a dollar per game. This is to cover the cost of the Metro Parks’ playing field and general liability insurance that Metro Parks requires us to maintain.
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.

Our most convenient payment method is PayPal which can be accomplished using the “Buy it Now” button the right. Due to unfair fees from PayPal, online payments will be increased to $21 this year. If you prefer to pay with cash or check, you can send it via interoffice mail, stop by and pay Todd or Sean (Waterfront Plaza), or Kristin (HUB), or bring the $20 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

 
See you on the pitch!

Best regards,

Todd Lambert         Kristin Bloom                Sean Kersey
The Human League

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