Weather Policy

In the event of inclement weather, every attempt will be made to hold a class or game.  If there is inclement weather, the determination to postpone will be made the day of class.

 

During Spring, Summer and Fall (classes only)

 

If the indoor Discovery Sports Center facility is available, class will be moved inside.  Generally, the indoor facility is available on weekdays (Monday-Friday), and therefore weekday classes will be held regardless of weather. The indoor facility is generally NOT available on weekends (Saturday-Sunday) due to previously scheduled activities, however, CALL THE WEATHER HOTLINE OR CHECK YOUR EMAIL OR TEXT MESSAGES to be sure we have not moved inside.

 

** Remember NO CLEATS are allowed in the Discovery Sports Center.

 

If class is cancelled, you will be notified by e-mail with the reschedule date.

Weather Alerts

 

EMAIL: An email will be sent by the SAM office in the event of any game or class cancellation or rescheduling as soon as possible. 

TEXT: To receive a text message regarding any schedule changes/cancellations please opt in for the SAM text alerts via RainedOut: https://www.rainedout.net/team_page.php?a=9ff61612cc6d841477d5
 

PHONE: Please call the Weather Hotline, 301-528-1497, for any schedule changes/cancellations due to inclement weather.

Lightning Detection and AED's

Lightning Detection System

The purpose of this system is to protect patrons using the facility when dangerous storms pass through.

Sensors have been installed on the roof of the Discovery Sports Center.  When dangerous conditions exist, the following steps will take place:

  • Horns on the roof will sound for 15 seconds
  • The 15-second blast indicates ALL patrons must immediately go to their cars
  • This 15-second horn will blast when dangerous conditions have been identified, even if you do not see lightning, do not ignore this signal
  • When dangerous conditions no longer exist, the horns will blast 3 shorter bursts
  • You may return to the field after the 3 shorter blasts have sounded
     

AED’s

An automated external defibrillator (or AED) is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the potentially life threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia in a person.

There are five devices currently installed at the complex (with a sixth to be added) in the following locations:

  • Inside the Discovery Sports Center, directly across from the front desk (next to the trophy case)
  • One in each satellite restroom building
  • One attached to the pole on the scoreboard at the Stadium field


To learn how to use the AEDs at the MD SoccerPlex please visit: http://fast.wistia.net/embed/iframe/y9963sayhq?popover=true

Background Check Policy

For ALL Volunteers at SAM Soccer (Coaches, Assistant Coaches & Counselors)

Ensuring the highest level of player safety is one of the guiding principles of SAM Soccer and the Maryland SoccerPlex. We are committed to protecting the health, safety and security of all players, parents and coaches.  One of the most important ways we do this is through a standardized background screening program for all coaches, instructors and employees. Our comprehensive continuous screening program is through SSCI (Southeast Security Consultants Inc.), a leading provider of online screening and continual monitoring program.

SAM Soccer’s background check policy is as follows:

  1. EVERY Coach and Assistant Coach MUST submit a background check ONCE A YEAR in order to coach in SAM.

  2. ANY Coach or Assistant Coach unable to complete their background check MAY NOT coach in SAM.

The process for registering for SAM and completing a background check is as follows:

  1. The coach, assistant coach or team helper must register as a volunteer in the RosterPro registration system for ALL teams that he/she coaches – if a coach has 9 teams, he/she must register 9 times

  2. Registration will go into a Pending status

  3. SAM will send out an email to all registered coaches once a week with the background check link for SSCI

  4. Click on the link sent out via email and follow the on-screen instructions

  5. It is important when coaches enter his or her name, to use their full legal name as written on his/her birth certificate, passport or driver’s license.

  6. A valid social security number is required to complete a background check. Please make sure the social security number was typed correctly. Using nicknames or failing to type a correct social security number may delay or invalidate a background check.

  7. An email address is required when completing the background check as SAM’s contact with coaches will be largely via email.

  8. SSCI will send the “red light/green light” results to SAM Soccer. Once SAM receives a green light on a background check the coach will be approved and assigned to a team(s).

A coach MUST register in the system, failure to do so will result in the inability to get the background check link, and thus a coach CANNOT coach. The link from last year WILL NOT work anymore, so please do not rely on that link.

Concussion Policy

Concussion Policy

In conjunction with Maryland State Laws (HB 858/SB 771 & HB 427), the Soccer Association of Montgomery (“SAM”) implemented a Concussion and Sudden Cardiac Arrest Management Policy (“CCAMP”).  CCAMP implements a standard operating procedure for managing and monitoring concussion injuries and Sudden Cardiac Arrest of SAM players.

The goals of the CCAMP are to:

  • Protect our players.

  • Educate our coaches and staff.

  • Educate our parents and identify resources parents can use to educate themselves and their children/players on concussion symptoms, treatment and prevention.

  • Develop a policy and protocol that is consistent with the law in the state of Maryland.

SAM Coaches and Assistant Coaches Education

ALL SAM Coaches and Assistant Coaches MUST:

  1. Attend a mandatory coach’s educational seminar that SAM will hold two (2) times a year on injury recognition and return to play protocol with target dates for the seminars prior to the start of the spring and fall seasons. All new coaches must attend the educational seminar PRIOR to their first season, and returning coaches must attend one (1) of the seminars.

  2. Download the Concussion Recognition and Response (CRR) phone application (available in the App and on Google Play for free) for on site evaluation of head impacts and familiarize themselves with the Centers for Disease Controls and Prevention (CDC) educational materials, in particular the CDC Concussion Symptoms Checklist (Exhibit A).

    1. http://www4.parinc.com/products/Product.aspx?ProductID=CRR_AP

    2. http://www.cdc.gov/headsup/youthsports/index.html

  3. In addition, once a year, prior to the start of the Fall soccer season:

    1. Take the Heads Up online concussion training course given by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) OR the National Federation for High Schools (NFHS) online concussion training. At completion of the course the coach will receive a certificate of completion that shall be submitted to the SAM Program Manager prior to the first game of the fall season.

i. CDC Course: http://www.cdc.gov/headsup/youthsports/training/index.html 

ii. NFHS Course: https://nfhslearn.com/courses/38000

  1. Review and acknowledge receipt of the “Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Information for Parents and Student Athletes” sheet prepared by the Maryland State Department of Education (as updated, modified, or amended, the “SCA Information Sheet”).

    1. http://www.mpssaa.org/assets/1/6/Sudden_Cardiac_Arrest_Info_packet1.pdf

  2. SAM will also make available information on concussion and Sudden Cardiac Arrest awareness on the SAM website in English and Spanish.

SAM Parents and Player(s) Education

Once a year, prior to the start of the spring soccer season, ONE Parent AND their player(s) from every SAM household MUST:

  1. Take the Heads Up online concussion training course given by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). At completion of the course the parent and player(s) will receive a certificate of completion that shall be submitted to the SAM Program Manager prior to the first game of the spring season.  The parent and player(s) should take the course together. Please make sure the certificate names the parent AND player(s) who took the course.

    1. http://www.cdc.gov/headsup/youthsports/training/index.html 

  2. Review and acknowledge receipt of the “Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Information for Parents and Student Athletes” sheet prepared by the Maryland State Department of Education (as updated, modified, or amended, the “SCA Information Sheet”).

    1. http://www.mpssaa.org/assets/1/6/Sudden_Cardiac_Arrest_Info_packet1.pdf

  3. SAM will also make available information on concussion and Sudden Cardiac Arrest awareness on the SAM website in English and Spanish.

The complete Soccer Association of Montgomery (“SAM”) Concussion and Sudden Cardiac Arrest Management Policy (“CCAMP”) can be found in Appendix C.

Additional information can be found here: http://www.samsoccer.org/safetyhealth/concussions/index_E.html

Goal Policy

Goals can be dangerous and failure to fully comply with the policy below may result in injury or death.
 

While on the Maryland SoccerPlex grounds the following rules must be followed:

  • Goals are not to be moved
  • Goals must always be anchored (ground stakes or sandbags)
  • Goals on turf must have a minimum of 2 sandbags per goal
  • Sandbags should be placed at the back of the base bars (those bars extending from the bottom of the two uprights and away from the goal on the ground)
  • Do not hang on or swing from the crossbar (tipping hazard)
  • Do not play on goal net (strangulation hazard)
  • If goals are not properly anchored, DO NOT begin play
     

Contact the MSF office at 301-528-1480 immediately if your field is not properly set/configured and/or the goals are not properly anchored.