As of the year 2012, the Morden Minor Soccer Association requires every child to wear proper equipment to participate in the sport.
⚽️ Mandatory for grades 2 to 10:
- NO metal hair barrettes or hard fasteners (beads, combs, etc.).
- NO “ponytail holders” with hard plastic balls.
- Plain elastic fasteners, rubber bands, and scrunchies (cloth-covered elastic) are OK as long as they do not contain any hard objects.
- Headbands (cloth only).
- Long hair should be tied back or up.
- Glasses — prescription only; retaining straps are strongly encouraged but not mandatory. Safety or sports glass is strongly encouraged; metal rims are discouraged.
- NO sunglasses, even if prescription. (Photochromic or variable tint lenses are allowed if the player only has that one type of glasses).
- NO external head or neck gear. (Goalkeeper may wear a soft-billed cap; Referee judges acceptability).
- NO dental retainers with protruding wires (must be removed before the match begins). Moulded retainers without wires are OK. Orthodontic braces are OK. A protective mouthpiece is encouraged (but you will rarely see it)
- Team jersey must be worn.
- Another shirt or sweatshirt (long or short sleeve) under the jersey is OK. Cannot be the same colour as the other team’s jersey. Referee judges if colour is acceptable. If the sweatshirt has a hood, the hood must be tucked completely inside the team jersey.
- Non-regulation shorts are OK, but only if the colour matches the team’s shorts to the Referee’s satisfaction.
- “Bike pants” (compression shorts) may be worn under regular shorts if they are of the same colour as the shorts and end at least one inch above the knee. If they are a different colour than the shorts, tell the player she/he must roll them up so they don’t show.
- NO long pants (unless for religious reasons) except Goalkeeper.
- NO knee pads except goalkeeper (soft pads only).
- Shin guards are required and must be completely covered by socks. (This means players must first put on their shin guards and then put on their team socks. Players should not put on their team socks first, then their shin guards, then pull their socks down over their shin guards. Watch for this primarily in the younger age groups. To prevent chaffing by shin guards, you could suggest that players wear thin socks under their shin guards).
- No anklets or ankle bracelets.
- Knee braces are permitted, provided the brace is adequately covered and padded so as to eliminate the possibility of causing injury to other players. A player wearing a knee brace must provide a written statement from his/her attending physician certifying that the player may participate, and the coach must have the statement at the field and produce it upon the referee’s request.
- Shoes are required. Cleats or turf shoes are recommended. Cleats must not have an unsafe cleat at the toe (i.e., metal baseball cleats are not allowed; baseball/football shoes with an unsafe toe cleat are illegal unless modified by removing the toe cleat).
- NO earrings! The only exception: soft, flexible rubber temporary studs with no metal. Earrings must be removed before the child can play — padding/taping over earrings is not an acceptable substitute.
- NO necklaces.
- NO bracelets (metal, plastic, beads, leather, anything that could cut, bruise, or catch a finger). Medical Alert bracelets should be securely covered by tape that allows the information to be read.
- NO rings or watches.
- NO pins or pin-on buttons.
- NO elbow pads, thigh pads, or hip pads.
- NO casts or splints, at all, even if taped or wrapped in foam rubber, bubble wrap, etc. This applies even to plastic and Velcro strap-on casts or splints.
- Before any game, the Referee will line up the kids, and check for proper equipment.
- Any child not properly equipped will NOT BE ALLOWED to play in the game.
Think of it this way: No Parent would allow their child to play Hockey without a helmet or protective gear.