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The following Terms and Phrases should be considered as having the associated meanings when used in the context of this site. Note that you can retrieve any of these definitions anywhere on the site where you see a small gray question mark next to the TermTerm by clicking on it.

Adjudication
The procedures and hearings associated with a Committee reviewing a Misconduct Report to determine if the Card will be upheld or not. Adjudication also includes the determination of any penalties, suspensions, etc.
Administrator
A User charged with the overall responsibility for the general operation of the NYSA site and management of Site usage.
Age
The number of years old a Player is on a specific date (computed from the BirthDate)
AgeLevel
the Level the Player's Age suggests s/he should play at (Years old relative to 7/31 each year, computed from the BirthDate))
Album
A repository for photos and other graphical images that are associated with an event or activity involving Chapter personnel
Area
One or more Locations containing Fields that are geographically linked in some way
Assessor
A User that has been formally licensed or otherwise approved by the Board to perform Referee Assessments.
Assignment
As a noun, it identifies the relationship between a specific Match Position and a Referee. As a verb, it refers to the steps and actions necessary to create the relationship between a specific Match Position and a Referee.
Assignor
A User that has the responsibility to coordinate and facilitate the assignment of Referees to Matches
Association
The collection of Members involved with Northshore Youth Soccer Association (NYSA) that agree to adhere to the NYSA's published Policies and Procedures in support of the Youth Soccer program in the NYSA's defined geographic area.
Audit
A database table containing a single entry for each significant action that takes place on the site. Also used as a verb to indicate that a particular action will be recorded for future review and diagnosis
Authority
Identifies the Organization that sanctions a particular Match to be held. This might be a State Association, a local League, etc., but is ultimately the administrative body that organizes and tracks the competitions between the teams under it's guidance.
Browser
A program operating in a Visitor's system somewhere on the Internet that has asked for a Page from a Server.
Chapter
Describes a collection of Referees that work as a group to provide coverage to Matches in a specific geographic area. A single Chapter commonly provides Referees to Matches sanctioned by one or more Authorities. NYSA is a Chapter.
Client
An organization or similar group requesting NYSA provide officiating services to one or more Matches
Clinic
An organized training session taught by one or more Instructors to all registered attendees. A Clinic can be a Camp, Referee Training, or a Clinic targeted at improving soccer skills
Club
A grouping of Teams within the Association. For U12 and down Recreational play, the grouping is geographical by Elementary School. U13 and up Recreational or Select Level play is managed Association wide by United and FC Alliance, respectively.
Coach
An individual that participates in a Match in a non-Player capacity that is responsible for the Team's tactical operation during the Match
Criteria
A specific combination of values associated with data elements that permits you to select a subset of entries that meet your needs.
Directory
An online, searchable list of the Site Users or participants that make up the NYSA constituents
Disciplinary Committee
Identifies the set of Users that have been charged with the responsibility by an Authority to review and determine if the Misconduct Reports associated with the Authority's Matches will be upheld, denied, etc. The Disciplinary Committee is also charged with the responsibility to administer punishment, as appropriate and under the overall management of the Authority that sanctioned the Match
Division
The competitive grouping of Teams within a League to match Teams of a similar skill level against each other over the course of the Season
Documentation
The set of pages, discussions, and information that describes the elements that make up an Interactive Site and it's operations
Evaluation
A Member's perception of how a Referee performed his/her responsibilities during a NYSA Match.
Feedback
Feedback to a Referee from a qualified Mentor about an Assignment
Field
A physical area at a Location where a scheduled Match will occur between two Teams.
Field Usage
A single period of time on a specific Date and at a specific Field where the NYSA, one of it's Teams, or one of it's Officers has been assigned use of the Field for a NYSA sanctioned activity.
Forum
A general discussion area for a free exchange of ideas, thoughts, and comments.
Gender
A reference to the sex of the participants in a Match (e.g. Male, M, Female, F, Coed, B, Boys, G, Girls, etc.). The Gender is for a Match is set according to the charter for the Organization scheduling the Match.

This can also be a reference to the Gender of a single User (when used in the context of the User's Profile)

Injuries
A recording of Soccer related Injuries that have happened to a Player
Interactive Site
Is a phrase used to describe the combination of concepts, functions, and pages that are collected together and placed on an Internet Web Server with the specific intention of meeting a single RidgeStar Client's requirements for administering their operations in real-time.
Internet
The combination of machines, wires, and protocols cooperatively combined and servicing standardized protocols to share information and facilities among multiple systems and people
Issue
A suggestion, question, or problem report associated with a RidgeStar supported Client Site
League
A collection of Matches between Teams assigned to particular competitive Levels, Divisions, and rules by a single Organization.
Level
identifies the assigned Level of Play associated with a Team that the Player is rostered to
Locale
The geographic location of an IP Address based upon GeoLite data available from MaxMind
Location
A geographic place with a street address that contains one or more Fields, meeting or conference Rooms, or another geographic area of interest.
Mail
a Site based mechanism designed to permit information requests to travel back and forth between Users of NYSA It is NOT intended to be a replacement for the traditional Internet Email protocol or mechanism. It is a supplemental site function intended to serve the Users of NorthshoreSoccer.org and facilitate improved communications.
Manager
An individual that participates in a Match in a non-Player capacity that is responsible for the Team's Administrative operation (normally related to off field activities)
Match
A scheduled competition between two Teams authorized by an Organization and officiated by a Referee
Match Report
The act of reporting completion of an Assignment by a Referee. The Match Report is the basis for collecting the results of a Match and is the basis for payment processing.
Member
Every individual that participates within the NYSA in any capacity is identified as a Member of the Association. ALL Members are expected to be aware of and comply with NYSA Policies and Procedures
Method
Identifies the Assignment process that will be used for a specific Position on a specific Match. The Method value can be:
None
The position will NOT be filled
Manual
The Position is not eligible for SelfAssign and will be manually filled by an Assignor
SelfAssign
The Position is available via the SelfAssign process to any Referee that passes the SelfAssign Rules
Misconduct Project
Identifies the overall concepts, operational Site, related pages and functions, and supporting efforts associated with http://www.RidgeStar.com/misconduct/ and operated by RidgeStar as a service to it's clients and the general soccer community at large.
Misconduct Report
The information provided by a Referee that describes Misconduct behavior that occurred during a Match that the Referee was officiating. This includes Cautions (Yellow Card) and/or SendOffs (Red Card).
NYSA
The acronym used to identify the Northshore Youth Soccer Association
Northshore Youth Soccer Association
The name (identity) of the organization or business responsible for the operations of NorthshoreSoccer.org
Notice
A short informational type message to a User about an activity that has occurred on the Site
Officer
A User that has been selected to serve on the NYSA Board of Directors and represent the Chapter membership.
Option
An operational setting, value, or indication about how the NYSA Site should operate. Normally, an Option is defined via the Options table in the database and can contain one or more settings related to:
Criteria
The saved search argument values for an individual User
Fees
The compensation associated with completing an Assignment
Methods
The default settings for AssignmentMethod for new Matches
Ranks
The default value for Match Rank for new Matches
Rules
Operational settings for the SelfAssign rules
Settings
Site wide variable values that can be modified by the Administrator
Organization
A group that is responsible for organizing Teams into Leagues and/or Divisions and scheduling Matches between them. Some Chapters identify an Organization as a Client, depending upon their business model.
Page
Represents the resulting HTML from a PHP Script's execution AND all the accompanying elements (.GIF, .JPG, .CSS, etc. files).

Each Page from each the Site has a URL, and an identifying Name.

Parent
The individual of legal age that is responsible for representing the interests of a minor participant in the NYSA Programs. Usually, this is the Father or Mother of the underage User, but may be any other legally appointed guardian associated with the underage Member.
Pattern
A named Value associated with a series of Match related conditions (creates a correspondence between a data value with a grouping of Matches based upon key characteristics, like League, Level, Division, etc.). Used in SelfAssign and Turnback Rule processing and anywhere else requiring grouping on Match related characteristics.
Period
Used to describe a grouping of Matches and/or Accounting entries into a logical set of elements that constitutes a billing/payment date range for Organizations/Referees
Player
An individual that participates with a Team as an active participant in a sanctioned Match
PlayerHistory
A general recording of the historical movement and assignment of a Player to one or more Teams
Poll
A series of questions about a specific subject that a Visitor can respond to in order to provide feedback or comments on the subject
Position
A reference to the general responsibilities a Referee accepts when receiving an Assignment. Typically, a Match might require the Positions named Ref (Center Official), AR1, AR2, and possibly a 4th (4th Official), completely dependent upon what the Organization has requested.
Positions
Establishes a Role relationship between a User and a maskable set of characteristics (as a User to an Organization, etc.)
Profile
A reference to the set of data elements and information associated with a single User of the NYSA Site. This is where each User stores individualized information and indicates his/her preference for information publication in the Directory.
RFN
RidgeStar Facility Number, is the distinct numeric value that identifies a specific Facility at a specific Location across all RidgeStar client Sites. The RFN is unique, is never changed, and can be stored in a Client site to associate a Client Field or Room with a centerally defined RidgeStar Facility. See http://www.ridgestar.com/locations for more information.
Ranking
A numeric value that establishes the expected complexity and/or difficulty level of a specific Match or a numeric value establishing the difficulty level a specific Referee has mastered.
Referee
Describes a User of the NYSA Site that is licensed to officiate at a sanctioned Match. USSF, NISOA, NFHS, etc. are organizations that license Referees
Referee Management Site
Is a phrase used to describe the combination of concepts, functions, and pages that are collected together and placed on an Internet Web Server with the specific intention of meeting a single Chapter's requirements for administering Chapter operations.
Referees.biz
The RidgeStar active demonstration site of an Interactive Site specifically designed to meet the requirements of a Referee Chapter involved with assigning Licensed Referees to available Match Assignments. It operates on the web at http://www.referees.biz
RidgeStar
The pseudonym used for the company responsible for designing, implementing, and providing professional operations support for an Interactive Operations Site utilizing the Internet's Web services.

RidgeStar is an operational Division of North Ridge Software, Inc., a privately held Washington State corporation (serving it's customers since 1982).

RidgeStar Referees
The pseudonym we use on the NorthshoreSoccer.org site to represent a Referee Chapter.
Roster
A list of Players that are assigned to participate with a specific Team.
Rule
A specific condition associated with SelfAssign, Turnback, etc. that must be true in order for the action requested to continue.

E.G. The [b]Available Rule verifies that the Position being requested is not already assigned to another Referee.

Scheduler
A site User charged with the responsibilities of managing Fields, locations and their assignment to host Matches for a portion of NYSA
Season
A specific period during a playing year that divides a specific combination of League, Level, and Division into a smaller grouping. Examples of Seasons are Playoffs, Tournament, LPTs, Winter, Summer, Spring, Fall, etc.
Segment
A named portion of the Site that collects functions and pages related to a specific Role in a common portion of the site.
SelfAssign
The actions a Referee takes to get the Site to determine if s/he is eligibled for a specific Assignment. If eligible, the Referee can cause the Site to complete the Assignment (essentially, permitting the Referee to assign himself/herself the Assignment).
Server
Identifies a physical RidgeStar system operating a copy of the Apache HTTP Daemon that responds to Internet based requests for service.
Session
Defined by PHP. Essentially, uniquely identifies a single Browser's interaction with a single PHP based Site.
Setting
An operational value that controls one or more aspects of the Site's operation. Stored in the Options table, Settings are normally managed by the Administrator
Site
The specific combination of files containing script (PHP) and graphics (PNG, JPG, GIF) available through the HTTP protocol that are combined to meet NYSA's requirements
SiteManager
The identified User that acts as the Webmaster for and as the primary Point of Contact with RidgeStar with respect to operations.
SiteName
The unique combination of personal data elements that uniquely identifies a single User to the Site. This might be a automatically generated value, a user selected value, or simply a combination of the User's First, Middle, and Last names
Status
An indication of the Registration condition of a Player. Possible values are:
Pending
identifies a Player that has completed the initial Registration process, but final acceptance for participation with the NYSA requires the receipt of the appropriate Registration Fee(s) by the NYSA office
Refund
the Player's Registration Fee is scheduled for or has been returned according to NYSA Refund policies
Registered
indicates that the Player successfully Registered on the recorded date AND has had the Registration Fee received and processed by the NYSA
Rostered
is the status a Player is placed in when they have been rostered to a specific Team for the upcoming season
Unregistered or [empty]
indicates that the Player is not currently registered for participation in the NYSA Program.
Surface
Is a term used to describe the type of covering that is on the Field. Grass, Dirt and Sand should be obvious. Turf represents a smooth artificial surface, whereas RealTurf represents the artificial material that simulates grass (incuding the blades of grass) that has become more popular recently.
System
Used to describe the basic operating system environment of a Visitor, Browser, or Server.
Team
A collection of Players that compete together in a League against other Teams
Term
A word or series of words that represents a specific element, activity, role, action, etc. when used in the context of an Interactive Operations Site.
Text Format
You can control how the information you enter is displayed by using one or more of the following elements surrounded by brackets [ or ] within the text string you enter:
StringMeaning or Purpose
˜Treat this character as a Blank or Space
bMake the next word entered BOLD when displayed
brStart a new line in the display
iMake the next word entered italicized when displayed
ol=Format an Ordered List from the specified items (separated by semi-colons)
pCreate a new Paragraph beginning with the next word
subFormat the next word as a subscript
supFormat the next word as a superscript
ul=Format an Unordered List from the specified items (separated by semi-colons)
:nameWhere name is one of the defined RidgeStar Symbols
{color}where {color} can be: Black, Purple, Silver, Fuchsia, Navy, Gray, Green, Blue, White, Lime, Teal, Maroon, Olive, Aqua, Red, or Yellow
cla{field}.Displays current field value from the fixed Site variables
dus{field}.Displays current field value from the User Profile (e.g. dusFirstName, etc.)
See Reference: Tools-Text Format for more information.
Time
Typically used to indicate a specific Time of Day (local time zone). When used in a Criteria box, [b]Morning means between midnight and 11:59am, [b]Midday means 10:00am to 4:00pm, [b]Afternoon means 12:00pm to 5:29pm, [b]Evening is between 5:30pm to 11:59pm, [b]EarlyEvening is between 5:30pm to 7:30pm, [b]LateEvening means 7:30pm to 10:00pm
Topic
A stored description or explanation concerning a single subject of interest to Visitors of the NYSA Site
Turnback
The act of returning a current Referee Assignment to the pool of available Positions for other Referees to assign themselves to.
UID
The acronym for Univeral IDentifier is a reference to a unique value that is associated with a single individual usable Cross Site to distinctly identify the individual. E.G. Used to coordinate the identification of individual Referees when processing the optional Site Inquiry function.
User
A term used to describe an individual person that is authorized to logon to NYSA and interact with the system in one or more roles (as a Referee, Chapter Officer, Committee member, Authority representative, etc.).
Visitor
A general term used to describe a single Internet user somewhere using a program (usually a Browser) to access a Site page on a RidgeStar server.
Volunteer
An individual that is willing to contribute time and energy to furthering the goals of NYSA
XRef
An abbreviation for Cross Reference, which is usually used to store a relationship between a User and other elements of the system