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Pre-K/K Rules and Regulations

These rules apply to all age-levels:

1) Parents and fans can cheer positively…no negatives…no coaching from parents on the sidelines

2) Coaches can cheer positively…coaches may correct, but not by yelling and screaming negatives at a player.

3) Neither parents, fans, players or coaches are permitted to ridicule or intimidate the refs…the refs control the game…the coaches facilitate the play…the players play the game…the fans enjoy the game…and EVERYONE supports the players, the teams, coaches and the refs. 

4) Parents and fans must observe the game on the sidelines opposite from the players and coaches.

5) Parents, fans, players and coaches are not permitted to observe the game from an end-line.

6) Players, coaches, parents, fans and refs must comply with the DYAA Code Of Conduct.

 

These rules apply to the PK/K League:

1) Objectives: have fun…become familiar with the ball…develop a desire to play with the ball…motivate the kids to play and learn more about soccer, teamwork and good sportsmanship.

2) Games will be on the mini-fields at Riverview Park. Use a size 3 ball. The game consists of four 7 minute quarters with a 3 minute break between quarters and a 5 minute half-time break.

3) Players on the field shall range from 4 – 6 aside with everyone playing…no substitutions unless the two opposing teams are way out of balance.

4) Tennis shoes or soft-cleated soccer shoes are recommended. Shin guards are highly recommended.

5) Coaches are on the field during the games…instructing, supporting and serving as the refs.

6) Coaches are NOT permitted to kick the ball, interfere with play, or even being close to the ball once the game begins (the coaches size can be an intimidating/inhibiting factor to the children).

7) To begin play, opponents must be 5 yards away during the kickoff. The ball must be played forward and can’t be touched by the initial kicker until first touched by another player. Re-start if necessary.

8) When one team kicks the ball out of bounds on a sideline or end line, the other coach should select a player to throw the ball in using a soccer throw-in…do not look for perfection…let the kids have fun throwing it in over their heads.

9) To score, the ball must completely cross the line in the goal…do NOT keep score or emphasize the score…do NOT run up the score against your opponent.

10) Only flagrant fouls or uncontrolled charging of an opponent should be addressed. Players should be approached individually…the foul should be explained while another ball is thrown in by the coach and the play continues.

11) No free kicks, penalty kicks, goal kicks or corner kicks…no off-sides

12) No goal keeper…no player(s) hanging back like a goalie…no “cherry-pickers” on offense…no appearance of having players staying back on defense…players should follow the ball not play way back or way up waiting for the ball to come to them…the coach may NOT load up a team to either run up a score or unfairly prevent the opponent from scoring. The mission is to keep the game moving, creating a free-flow style of play. Players should not be restricted from going to the ball because of an assigned position UNLESS that player has been deliberately placed in a position because he/she had been dominating play and/or scoring too many goals at-will. 

13) The time indicated on your schedule is the time when your session begins on the mini fields. You will practice for 20 – 30 minutes…then divide up and play a game against your opponent for the remaining 30+ minutes of your session.

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