Fall 2023 Coaches
Picture Day: September 9th (Unless otherwise dated)
Age: 2/3 Grade
Note: Heading the ball is not allowed
Number of Players: 6 on 6
Ball Size: 3
Field Size: 25 X 50
Goal Size: 6 foot tall by 10 feet long by 6 feet deep
All games will be played at: Van Horne Rec Complex (300 10th St. Van Horne 52346)
Uniform: Soccer shoes are recommended. The type and condition of cleated shoes must be inspected for safety before use. No front spike allowed. Must wear shirt provided by BYSA and black shorts are preferred. Shin guards are mandatory, and must be covered by the socks provided by BYSA. Players MUST wear the correct color socks and jersey. Socks cannot be mixed, white, purple, orange etc. No Jewelry is allowed at all, boys or girls.
Substitutions: Between periods, at halftime and for injuries.
Playing time and duration: No player should play four periods until everyone has played three periods. Periods are 4, 10 minute quarters with a 5 minute half time.
Goalies: Goalies MUST wear their goalie shirts that were provided to all coaches. The goalie cannot touch the ball with their hands outside of the goalie larger box. They have to kick it, not reach down and grab it. The goalie can touch the ball with their hands inside both of the two goalie boxes. They are the only one allowed to touch the ball. Offensive players must leave the goalie alone if they are bending over to get the ball. We do not want anyone getting kicked in the head or body. Please stress how important this is to your players. When the goalie puts the ball back in play, they can throw it, sling it with one arm, or kick it. It is NOT the same throw in that a player must do from the sidelines. They may come all the way out to the second goalie box line to do this. If they cross that line, then the ball is turned over to the other team. When the goalie throws in or kicks a ball, it must leave the goalie boxes before someone can touch it. A player cannot rush towards the ball, crossing into the box to get the ball on a throw it. Once it crosses the line, it is fair play.
In play/out of bounds: The ball is still in play if it lands on the outside perimeter lines. It is considered out of bounds only after it crosses the line. Being just inside the line or on the line is fair play and the play continues.
Slide kicking and heading. There is to be NO slide kicking or headers at this level. Please discourage this so we do not have to add fouls at this level. It is not safe for this age group. Slide kicking is not allowed at any age.
Refs: We will try to provide refs at as many of the 2-3 games as we can. You may not have one at every game you play. Coaches should remain on the sidelines to coach the game. The only exception to this is if a coach has agreed to ref the game. If there is a parent or extra coach who wants to serve as the ref, then they control the game, and all other coaches stay with their team members on the sidelines.
Throw ins: Practice proper throw ins with your players. Two hands on the ball, feet must stay on the ground, with the ball thrown over the head. No “one handed throw ins” or “sling throw ins” from the sidelines. Only the goalie is allowed to do this from the goalie boxes.
Coaches must stress that players sit on one side of the field, fans on the other. Players should be encouraged to sit with their team during the game, not the audience.