Junior Division is Second grade players
Senior Division is Third and Fourth grade players
- All players must wear shin guards completely covered by soccer socks.
- All players should wear their team shirt, shorts and socks for games. Coaches will determine appropriate attire for practices.
- have some soccer balls; however, it is recommended that each player bring a soccer ball.
- Players may wear soccer cleats or sneakers. Soccer cleats are preferred because they provide better traction, but they are not required.
- Each player should bring a water bottle and soccer ball to all games and practices. Coaches will have extra soccer balls as needed but please try to bring your own.
- Size 4 soccer ball is used for Junior and Senior play.
- Juniors and Seniors play at Carlson Fields
- All fields are lined, marking the sidelines, end lines, goalkeeper’s box, and mid-field line.
- All games and scrimmages are for fun. No scores or standings are kept by HYS.
- GAMES are held on SATURDAYS.
- Each Senior team will have one weekday practice, time and location determined by your coach
- Junior teams may have a Fall practice as determined by the coach. Juniors will have one weekday practice in the Spring
- Saturday sessions: The first 15-20 minutes of the session should involve an individual team warm-up, focusing on the various skills of the game, such as dribbling, passing, goalkeeping, ball control, shooting. Saturday games consist of four 12-minute quarters, or two 25-minute halves, with a five minute break at half-time
- For the Fall season, there are no youth referees. One coach should be the field ref, with the other coaches/assistant coaches assisting (not on the field of play) with the out-of-bounds calls.
- For the Spring season, Junior division will continue to use coaches as the referees. For the Senior division, HYS attempts to have youth referees handle the games in the but coaches should be prepared to referee the game if no youth refs are available.
RULES OF THE GAME FOR JUNIORS and SENIORS
- Juniors play 6 versus 6 (5 field players and one goalie)
- Seniors play 7 versus 7 (6 field players and one goalie)
- Basic Rules of Play (and common sense)
- PLAY THE BALL, NOT THE PERSON.
- NO SLIDE TACKLING, PUSHING, TRIPPING. HOLDING
- NO PLAYING THE BALL WHILE ON THE GROUND,
- NO HANDS (except goalie in the goalie box).
- These fouls will result in an indirect kick or direct kick for the other team.
- Substitution Times: Players may enter the game at these times: (a) goal kicks; (b) your own throw-in or if the opposing team makes a substitution during its throw-in; (c) after a score; (d) at start of a quarter or half; (e) when a player is removed because of an injury.
- No coaches should be on the field during game time. Coaches and resting players should be at least one yard back from the sidelines. [Note: The coach acting as referee should be the only adult on the field of play.]
- Both teams should be on the same side of the field, at midfield, not along the endlines.
- Spectators should be on the opposite sidelines, not on end lines or near the goals.
- Every player must play at least 50% of game. Coaches should strive to provide equal time for all players.
- Goalkeepers will be rotated, preferably having a player as a keeper for no more than the equivalent of half of the game (i.e. 2 different goalies per game).
- Rotate players through defensive and offensive positions, regardless of their preference and/or your preference.
- Coaching or directing play from the sidelines (as a coach or spectator) is not necessary; it is DISTRACTING to the players. Feedback to the players should be POSITIVE and ENCOURAGING, while they are not in the game.
- At the end of the game, both teams (players and coaches) should line up at mid-field to bump elbows and say “good game.”
- KICK-OFF - When: (a) At the start of the game; (b) At the start of the second half; or (c) After a goal is scored. The ball must be passed forward, one rotation, and then touched by another player, for the ball to be in play.
a) Kicking Team: Players may be positioned anywhere on their side of field up to the mid-field line. The ball is kicked from the mid-point of mid-field line.
b) Defending Team: Players may be positioned anywhere on their side of the field up to the mid-field line, but outside of the center circle (roughly 4-6 yards away from kicking team).
- GOAL KICK - When an offensive player touches the ball over the defensive end line, the defensive team is awarded possession of the ball. The ball is then kicked by a defensive player from the penalty area, usually from one of the corners furthest from the goal. Any defensive player may make the kick. Opposing players must stand at least 8 yards from the ball.
- CORNER KICK - When a defensive player touches the ball over the defensive end line, the offensive team is awarded possession of the ball. The ball is then kicked by an offensive player from the corner formed by the sideline and defensive end line. Any offensive player may make the kick. Opposing players must stand at least 8 yards from the ball.
- THROW-IN - When a player from one team causes a ball to move outside one of the sidelines, possession is awarded to the opposing team. The ball is then thrown in by an opposing team player from outside the sideline. The player must use both hands and must deliver the ball from behind and over. Both of the player's feet must remain on the ground during the throw in. his/her head
- FOULS include: Pushing, holding, tripping, slide tackling, playing the ball while on the ground, obstruction, and. Fouls or intentional handballs result in a DIRECT KICK at the point of the infraction. Playing the ball while on the ground and obstruction result in an INDIRECT KICK, meaning that one other player, other than the kicker, must touch the ball before it can enter the goal. A DIRECT KICK may go directly into the net. intentionally kicking another player
- INTENTIONAL HANDBALLS: No Penalty kicks are awarded in the Junior and Senior divisions. Rather, a direct kick is awarded just outside of the penalty box where the handball occurred.
- Absolutely no verbal abuse will be tolerated by the referee. Any player or coach who engages in unsportsmanlike behavior will be asked to leave the game and field.