1. TOURNAMENT VENUES AND ADDRESSES
Games will be played at 2 different locations this weekend, both within a 10-15 minute drive of each other.
County Farms Soccer Complex – 15100 County Farms Rd
Directions: From I-10 Exit 28 Go North Approximately 5.5 miles Fields will be on the right From Hwy 49 Turn West on Highway 53 Turn Left on County Farm Road Fields will be on the left.
Gulfport Sportsplex – 17200 16th St
Directions: From the East or West on Interstate 10: Take the Canal Road exit north, turn right onto 16th Street at the Love’s Truck Stop. Follow 16th Street to the Sportsplex Entrance. From the North on U.S. 49: Take a right off highway 49 South on to Landon Road. (Landon road is the last stop light intersection before I-10, across from the Cross Roads Shopping Mall). Follow Landon Road approximately 1.5 miles to the Sportsplex North Entrance. Turn at the Sportsplex Entrance sign.
2. FIELD LAYOUT
Maps showing the configuration of fields at both the Sportsplex and County Farm are available on the tournament website under “Documents, Team Documents”
3. TEAM CHECK-IN
Friday night check-in for local teams and teams that have already arrived will be held at the Holiday Inn on Hwy 49 (next to Hooters restaurant) from 5:00-7:00 PM. We encourage all local teams and teams staying over on Friday night to get this out of the way! For those who can’t make it on Friday night, please check in your team NO LATER THAN 1 HOUR BEFORE YOUR FIRST SCHEDULED GAME!
4. CHECK-IN DOCUMENTATION
When checking in your team, you will need to provide an official USYS or USCS roster showing all players on your team. We ask that you provide a copy of the roster that we can keep on file. If you have guest players playing for your team this weekend, please write their legal name at the bottom of your roster. For guest players only, you will need to provide either a player pass (USYS or USCS) or a copy of their birth certificate and medical waiver form. If you have not yet paid your team’s registration fee, it is also due at check-in (make checks payable to SMSC).
Though the tournament website has been warning of a $5 parking fee, no fee will be collected this weekend!
The current weekend forecast for Gulfport is calling for some rain on Sunday. All tournament games will be played in the rain as long as the fields are playable and there is no thunder/lightning. Please consult the tournament rules regarding game delays due to weather.
Please prepare your coaching staffs, parents, and players to conduct themselves toward the referees with all due respect. Referees are human and certainly make mistakes, but they are trained professionals who are doing their best. Please recognize this fact and do your best not to verbally abuse them.
8. GULF ISLANDS WATERPARK
As an official sponsor of the United Coast Classic, the Gulf Islands Waterpark has donated discount coupons as an incentive for all teams who registered during the registration extension. If your team is one of those eligible to receive discount coupons, they will be given to you at team check-in.
In addition, Gulf Islands Waterpark is donating 50 tickets for free admission to their park! A random drawing will be held on Saturday at noon under the Pavilion at the County Farm Soccer Complex. If you would like to win these tickets in order for your team to enjoy a fun-filled day of excitement at the waterpark, please make sure to send a team representative to the drawing. Only teams with a representative present will have their name thrown into the hat in order to be eligible to win the tickets. 5 winning teams will be chosen and 10 tickets for free admission will be awarded to each of these winning teams by one of the executive officers of the waterpark.
Each player and coach on each Champion and Finalist team will be awarded a medal at an official awards ceremony at the conclusion of the final match. If you play in a final match, please make sure to come to the Pavilion at the County Farm Soccer Complex to receive your medals. If your final is played at the Gulfport Sportsplex, please come to the County Farm Soccer Complex afterward in order to receive your medals, have your picture taken, etc
Please go to Great Day of Soccer Tournament page for results. Congratulations teams!
We have FC United Crest stickers available for $3 each. These are 6″x6″ crests made of heavy vinyl and most often used as car window decals. Team managers, please make a check out to SMSC for these decals and contact Russ Carothers to get yours today.
We will be offering a FREE u6/u8 and u10/u12 Youth Module clinic at the Biloxi Sports Complex March 15. Remember, all coaches must have the appropriate age license to participate in the district tournament to be held at SMSC on April 18/19 or other state tournament (Kohl’s, President’s and State Cup).
Go to this link to begin the registration process: http://www.mississippisoccer.
For those coaches that want/need to have their E license (u14 and above). That class will be held the weekend of April 10-12 at the Gulfport Sportsplex. This class is approved but has not been posted by Terry yet at the MSA website. https://secure.hammerweb.net/
Thank you for all you do!
Join us on February 21-22 for South MS Soccer Clubs Great Day of Soccer at County Farm Soccer Fields . This is a division 3, recreational teams only event. Girls and boys teams are welcome, ages U10-U16. Visit our tournament page for additional information and Tournament updates.
Coaches, parents and players, please visit our Game Schedules page for the most recent schedules. These schedules can be quickly accessed by clicking on the black and white soccer schedule image on the right side of the home page. These schedules are updated regularly so always double check your game time and field location before every game.
Coaches, parents and players, please review the attached CODE OF ETHICS . Its important we always remember the positive spirit of youth sports and to maintain a great atmosphere for our kids to prosper in this beautiful sport.
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