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Fair Play Moment of the Week

Introducing a brand-new photo contest for the Fall 2018 Season! 

What: A photo contest looking for our Fair Play Moment of the Week (#FairPlayMOTW) 

Why: Fair Play Please is a program that was created to promote a culture of soccer that is built on positivity, and proper sportsmanship from the players, coaches, refs, and even parents. The Fair Play Moment of the Week will highlight people who best personify these qualities that we at SAM Soccer are looking to grow in all of our participants. 

How: Submit photos and stories explaining the moment that promotes fair play across SAM leagues! Photos can be submitted via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag: #FairPlayMOTW

An example submission could be a picture of a child helping another child on the opposing team up.

Upon the conclusion of the weekend SAM Management will choose from the submissions, the child or action that best represents our Fair Play Please program. In addition to be featured across SAM's media outlets, the winner will also be entered into the Fair Play Please Moment of the Season, which results in a grand prize at the end of the season. Good luck and start submitting! 

What is Fair Play Please?

Soccer is a great opportunity for kids to learn positive life lessons: teamwork, commitment, perseverance and sportsmanship.

The SAM Recreational and Select leagues want to encourage good sportsmanship at all levels and we are excited to announce Fair Play Please, the new SAM Sportsmanship program!! This program is the beginning of a larger effort to foster an environment that encourages not only player development but also ensures that all players, parents, coaches and referees are treated with respect.

The goal of Fair Play Please is to recognize those teams that demonstrate a high level of positive play and respect for others. The program will be implemented immediately with the spring 2018 season.

How Are the Winning Teams Selected?

At the end of each spring and fall season, SAM coaches will be asked by league management to nominate one team in their division that should be recognized for good sportsmanship towards their teammates, opponents, coaches and referees. (Teams will not be able to nominate themselves). The winners will be selected based on coaches’ votes and league management observations during the season.

What Award Winners Will Get

  • Every player on the winning team receives a SAM “Fair Play Please” t-shirt
  • The winning team’s coach will receive a recognition plaque.
  • Winning teams will be featured on our website and social media channels!

Coaches, we ask that you…

  • Encourage all members of your team’s families to support sportsmanship, fair play, and positivity at all games and practices.
  • Please be thinking about the sportsmanship of the teams against which you have already played this season. Make some notes about those games and at your upcoming games to help you make your nominations toward the end of the season.
  • Consider strategizing with the opposing coach at the beginning of each game about ways in which you can collaborate during the game to ensure that every player has success and finishes the match feeling good about himself or herself.

We thank all of the SAM family for helping to make our league the standard for great competition, great fields AND great sportsmanship.