For a smooth tournament we always need volunteers to be field marshals. Everybody can be a field marshal! You will help to facilitate a smooth transition between games by ensuring games start and end on time.
Duties of a field marshals
Direct teams, parents to the right field and answer any questions they might have
Check in teams (check that all players have a valid player pass) [some tournaments will delegate this task to referees exclusively]
Keep scores and standings
Collect game cards from referees
If required allow access to the first aid box
give out medals
Keep a list of important phone numbers handy (emergency, tournament director, referee scheduler)
Make sure that the teams clean up after themselves, and setup / remove goals and other equipment as required.
Obtain filled in game card from home coach or team manager as well as the player passes. These are laminated cards issued by the league with the layer's picture on it. They will be familiar with this process. Check for agreement between game card roster and player passes. Make sure the age group and team name are he same for all players. All listed on the game card MUST have a player pass. No pass, no play. Assemble the players and check each card against each player. The home team is now checked in and may return to the warm up. You will be thorough but as efficient
as possible. Keep the game card and the player passes.
Next, deliver the game card to the visiting team. They will fill it in. Follow the same procedure used above. Retain the card and the passes.
You will now contact the referee and give him or her the game card and both sets of player passes. He will use them to quickly check passes against faces if he feels it necessary. Coaches will have additional paperwork at the field in case the referee wants it.
After the game, you keep the game card and the passes are returned to the coaches. When you meet the referee, please remind them of how long the halves are and how long the break at the half is. Let them know when the next game begins so they will be off the field on time. The games are usually really tightly scheduled and it is essential that games end on time (if they start late they will be cut short, make sure the referee understands this). Your organization is really important. Have a copy of the rules ready if the referee wants to see them (some tournaments/jamborees make some changes to some rules, especially rules about times).
Keeper of peace
You will be a keeper of the peace. If a game has parents that are shouting at the referees or generally are out of control, speak with the team manager or the coach. Try to keep things positive. If necessary they can be reminded that their behavior can affect tie breaks (cards can be issued for sideline behavior and cards can cause tournament points o be deducted). Chase people loitering and cheering from behind the goals (must be on the sideline with their coach or with the other parents).
If a team wans to protest a game listen carefully, think about it and deny the protest. Tournaments usually do not allow protests in any way, with one excpetion: if there is a claim that a team played with a player not on their roster bring it to the attention of the tournament director.