The Northern Conference Coaches Committee is an advisory group consisting of Directors of Coaching and/or Designees from various clubs within all divisions of the Conference. The purpose of this Committee is to provide guidance in the development and growth of the Conference.
Committee Members (Coming Soon)
Q: Why are there Divisions colors instead of levels of play?
A: Many of our clubs already utilize colors to distinguish their levels of play. Additionally, these colors model the US Youth Soccer Great Lakes Conference designations to provide continuity along the pathway.
- Blue Division: Premier level teams
- White Division: Competitive level teams
- Red Division: Community level teams
Q: How does "club passing" players work between the different Divisions?
A: Players may only be rostered to ONE team in the Conference. Any player registered in the club to a Conference team is eligible to club pass for another team in the SAME club, provided the player is age appropriate and adheres to the following player pool guidelines in order to provide club flexibility in how they challenge and develop their players.
- Blue Division: Player pool flexibility TBA
- White Division: Player pool flexibility TBA
- Red Division: Player pool flexibility TBA
Q: Will there be promotion and relegation between the Divisions between seasons?
A: That is dependent on each Division.
- Blue Division: Is an application based year long commitment and is reviewed after the playing year has concluded.
- White Division: Yes, in age groups that have multiple tiers there will be promotion and relegation.
- Red Divisions: Determined by each sub-conference.
Q: How much travel will team(s) have?
A: That is dependent on each Division.
- Blue Division: Requires travel throughout Northern Ohio.
- White Division: Requires travel throughout Northern Ohio; however the Conference will assist with neutral venues and/or double-headers as requested.
- Red Division: Geographically based Divisions where possible with an average of a 60-mile travel radius for all teams. The Conference will assist with scheduling should travel exceed the radius.
Q: When will the Procedures and Rules be posted?
A: We anticipate positing both the Conference Procedures and Rules by the beginning of June after we have appointed our Coaches Committee so that they have the ability to review and make recommendations.
Q: How many games will teams get during a season?
A: Games are predicated on the number of registered teams within a Division. Each Division will get a minimum of six (6) games.
Q: What are the application requirements for the Blue Division?
A: The application will be available after June 15th.
Q: What happens if our application is rejected from the Blue Division?
A: We will reach out to you prior to posting the Divisions and will recommend that you participate in the White Division. All teams will have the ability to re-apply the following seasonal year.
Q: What if we have two (2) teams we want to enter into age group.
A: Clubs must consult with Ohio North if they want to enter more than two (2) teams in an age group so we can ensure proper placement of each team.
Q: What if there are not enough teams that register for my Age Group/Division?
A: We will reach out to registered teams to provide a solution. This may result in combining Age Groups and/or Divisions or recommending another Ohio North member league. Team(s) are not obligated to accept their new placement if it isn't a good fit for their team/club development.
Q: If my team opts not to participate in the Conference, do we get our fee(s) back?
A: Any team that does not accept their preliminary spot or are unable to field a team in that Age Group/Division before Divisions are finalized may be refunded their Declaration Fee.
Q: Who is responsible for securing the field and paying referees?
A: The HOME team is responsible for securing and remitting payment for the field unless the teams have mutually requested a neutral venue, the teams will split the field costs for the scheduled game. The referee payment is split between the two participating teams.
Q: Do Team Fees include referee and facility costs?
A: No, the Team Fees does not include referee and facility costs.
Q: What will the levels of play be for the new integrated State League that will be announced on May 8th?
A: The new integrated State League is intended for Premier and First Division teams.
Q: What other league options do we have?
A: Your club and/or teams may be better served by our existing member playing leagues for the 2020-2021 seasonal year.
Ohio North will be using the new Demosphere system to roster and card Northern Conference players and teams for the 2020-2021 seasonal year. This is not just a registration system, but a compliance management system. Demosphere is a technology-first company and will have full-integration with Ohio North, state, and federal compliance, including background screening and participant safety requirements. This investment will assist, you, our members in making administrative processes better, especially for those of you who participate in multiple pathways between the Northern Conference, OSSL and GLC for greater player pool flexibility and convenience.
For those of you who have not completed your onboarding with Demosphere, whether your processing payments or not please contact Demosphere [HERE].
For questions regarding the Northern Conference, please contact the individuals below.
- Jessica Eberle - Conference Administrator
- Bernie Telmanik - Conference Registrar
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