Who, what, and how exactly caused you to first find out about this group?
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Some players need rides. Roughly, where do you live? Where did you grow up?
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Once in a while we meet after soccer. Do you have a nearby restaurant you like? What's your favorite food?
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What else do you do for work and/or play?
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So far, we’re unique. The foam balls sold in stores are too small for real soccer. But things could change. Excluding us, do you know of any other games, past or present, with adults using a foam ball (kid’s or full size) for soccer?
This is the safer soccer subgroup of the regular Washington, DC Pick-up Soccer group. This subgroup is used to communicate about issues specific to safer soccer. All members subscribed to organizer messages will receive a weekly email from an organizer (usually Jason Taylor) about safer soccer. However, anyone is welcome to view the past three of seven years of emails archived here. For safety, all games in this subgroup use a special full-sized very soft foam ball. We play in Silver Spring, Maryland, north of the beltway by about 5 minutes. We have some slots for more players, so feel free to apply to join us. However, we are very, very picky! Only about ~35% of applicants are accepted! No soccer experience is required, but do not join if you are injured. The ball is slightly harder to dribble in hot weather. So, why do we use it? One reason is to prevent pain, but another reason has to do with the link between non-concussive heading and growth of a protein called tau. Tau probably strengthens brain tissue, which is good, and probably why this occurs, but in doing so there is probably a permanent loss of mental ability. If you'd like to know more about this, you can read here:
For reasons we can't discuss here, be skeptical of what you read about this topic. For similar reasons, you are either for our group, or you are against our group (and, by default, for the majority/status quo).
To maximize safety and to help the group overall you should (1) upload a picture so we can call you by your name instead of by "yellow shoes," (2) use your real first and last names, (3) rsvp for any games you might want to attend, (4) also rsvp at http://meetup.com/dcsoccer (where the safer soccer games are again listed among traditional games), and (5) be worthy of being passed to the entire game. If you want more privacy or can't do those 5 things, that's OK, but it won't be 100% free anymore; before 11am the day of a game you'll need to pay (click "chip in") $5/game/item not completed.
We ref throw ins, corner kicks, kick offs, fouls, yellow cards, etc. We do not allow any player to use their hands for strategic purposes (like a goalie), but some handballs may be legal and desirable, especially if the intent was to protect your face or body from the ball. "Intense fouls", even if "unintentional", especially those "face kicks" resulting in a player's head getting a non-soft hit by anything award 1/2 point to the innocent team, even if it was a same-team foul. Note that this yields counter-intuitive play: the fouling ("guilty") team kicks off on the kickoff line after such a foul because the "innocent" team just scored. If you spot a call, like an out of bounds or a foul, calling it also helps the group, and makes it easier for the ref so long as you wait for her to back your initial call.
Next point wins: to make the game fun all the way to the end, if one team is “senior” by 2 or more points when there are 10 minutes left, the “next point wins” rule may begin in which:
If someone scores, their team wins.
If nobody scores, the senior team wins.
If you are on the senior team you may wish to play keep away to run out the clock. The captain of the senior team can contest “next point wins” by trying to pick two coin tosses in a row correctly. If they get both correct (25% chance), the game is played out normally.
P.S. I respond to all communications made using meetup.com within 48 hours, including applications; if you messaged me for any reason and I didn't respond, I didn't actually get your meetup.com message.