Tonight is the night! The Human League kicks off tonight rain or shine! We officially booked field 6 at Champions Park starting today, and will run until the end of October. We have liability insurance and have an official permit to play by Louisville Metro Parks. Please don’t forget to bring both a white and a black t-shirt so that we can keep teams even as possible! For those of you who have officially joined the league (and paid your league dues!) I salute you – and for the rest of you – I still definitely need you to officially join – and pay sign the waiver provided here on humanleague.org. We’ll try to accommodate those of you who are not technically inclined.
With the official start to the new season, I want to remind everyone of a few things. First of all, thanks for being a part of the Human League community! With this being my first season organizing the league, I really want to emphasize this aspect of community. For some of us, this will be our first game with the Human League, and other of us (wily veterans!) we’ve been a part of the league since the beginning. For everyone, though, it is really important to get to know the fellow members of the league – and all it takes really is to introduce yourself to both members of your (temporary) team, as well as your opponents. I think you’ll find even more fun to get to know everyone, and it might make Tuesday nights even more fun. For those that are interested, I’d like to encourage some additional ways that we can get know each other better on or off the pitch, and will provide more information as the season progresses. Your suggestions and ideas are greatly appreciated!
As a fellow member of the community, please be considerate to other members of the community – this is our golden rule. I don’t want to have to spell out single infraction (because this email/blog post is already too long!), but keep this in mind every week! Run hard while you are on the field, and sub often – none of us want to stop play just because some community members refuse to sub off the pitch. If needed – we’ll split off another small sided game to accommodate everyone who wants to have a run!
Some of us bring a fierce competitive spirit to the league, which is great – but the league is meant to provide a healthy outlet for exercise (both mentally and physically.) This means try hard to keep a positive attitude, and take yourself off the field if you need to calm down – we’ve been fortunate to avoid many incidents in the past, but we reserve the right to kick you off the field for the day or the season if you can’t keep to the spirit of the league.
We play with modified FIFA rules which include no slide tackling, and especially no slide tackling from behind. We call our own fouls, and while you can pretend you didn’t really trip them, be honest to yourself and fellow community league members.
Thanks again and I look forward seeing you out there (eventually – ironically I’ll need to miss the start of the season for the first couple of weeks as I am adjusting to life as a proud papa of my second child, Sasha.) Stuart Mushala will be the official Human League ambassador on the pitch. This year I’d like to keep track of the scores and those who participate every Tuesday—we still need to figure out logistics.