Sin bin for over 35s soccer
NORTH Coast Football has introduced the sin bin for their over 35s competition in the 2010 season.
The concept is a first for local competition and has been warmly welcomed by players and administrators alike. The decision was taken at the annual pre-season meeting of over 35 team managers held last Monday and is to be an effort to bring the over 35s competition into a more ‘social’ environment.
While it is hard to believe that the over 35 players would take the game too seriously, let alone commit anything like foul play, occasionally a red card or two has been shown when in all likelihood ten minutes on the sideline could have eased the on-field tension just nicely.
The sin bin allows the steam to dissipate without there being any need for an official record of its use by referees.
The over 35s game, the true gentlemen’s component of North Coast Football competition will begin utilising the new sin bin at the start of competition in April but will not use it as an alternative to the yellow or red card for cautions or send-offs if the offence is serious enough. In particular, swearing at referees will not be tolerated and therefore will not be a mere sin bin offence.
There are 14 teams that have entered this year’s over 35s competition and the meeting delegates have agreed to one full round of 13 matches, followed by two separate finals series involving a top eight and a bottom six.