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 The Oceanport Soccer Association believes and adheres in a Zero-Tolerance Anti-Bullying environment.  Please refer to our Anti-Bullying Policy in the OSA Constitution and By-Laws section of this website (and/or request a copy of the policy by emailing OceanportSoccerAssociation@Gmail.com)

NEW RULE:  NO HEADING IN GAMES OR PRACTICES FOR ANY AGE GROUP UNDER GRADE 7 IN OCEANPORT SOCCER!!!

Shin guards are required of all soccer participants including Kiddie-Clinic and Adult Co-Ed Soccer players.

Although recommended for Kiddie-Clinic participants...soccer cleats are not required until first grade. We supply each Kiddie-Clinic participant with a soccer ball and a t-shirt.

 
Players in Division 1 (1st and 2nd grades), Division 2 (3rd and 4th grades), Division 3 (5th and 6th grades) and Division 4 (7th and 8th grades) are required to wear soccer cleats and shin guards. The Oceanport Soccer Association provides each player in all four divisions with a full uniform (numbered shirt, shorts, socks).

Children will be getting plenty of exercise during practices and games - make sure that your child always brings a water bottle. Also, as the season progresses and the days become cooler, your child should come dressed in layers, which can be shed and put back on as required. Make sure all personal items are clearly marked. When dressing in layers for games, moreover, it is important to remember the additional garment must be worn underneath the uniform while on the field of play. Additionally, the extra garment must be either white or of a color that does not confuse the team alliance (i.e., too closely resembles the opponent's team color).

Jewelry is not allowed on the field of play. The only exceptions are the wearing of jewelry for religious or health reasons. In these two exceptions, the jewelry must be securely taped to tthe body in such a manner that the religious icon or health identification is clearly visible while all other appendages are completely secured to the body and not allowed to freely swing or expose edges that are capable of injuring any player. Earrings are not allowed on the field of play even if covered with a protective bandage unless they meet the pre-defined exception. For players with newly pierced ears, earrings must be removed for the time the player is on the field of play (the piercing will not close in the time it takes to play a game).

Shin guards must be worn under the player's socks.

There is NO SMOKING anywhere in the Blackberry Bay field area.

Gum chewing is not allowed on the field of play.

Hats are not allowed on the field of play.

Any hard items on the player's body (example, cast or brace) must be completely covered by a soft wrap and approved by the referee prior to play.

As of July 11, 2006, the laws of the State of New Jersey require that participants in youth sports who wear eyeglasses must now wear PROTECTIVE SPORTS GLASSES while playing sports. Your child will NOT be permitted to participate in any game or practice while wearing non-protective sports glasses.