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Game Rules and Information

Union County Elite FC Guidelines and Rules

I. Thank you for participating First of all, we would like to thank you for participating in this organization. Melanie Peterson is your contact person for any questions or problems throughout the season. Most questions can be answered by reading through this packet. Her email is [email protected]

II. Communication We have several different ways to communicate field closures, changes, events and reminders to you. Our most efficient way to contact you is by the email address you provided at registration. If you have changed contact info, update your account on our website. Please check your email frequently. We also will keep updates on our web page www.ucisl.com and Facebook.

III. Rules Included in this packet is a copy of the Union County Elite FC general rules and the age specific rules for your team/division. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Melanie Peterson. The most important rule is for everyone to have fun.

IV. Team Photos Powell’s Imaging & Photography will be taking photos of each team between April 10th and April 17th (we may extend into next week if weather doesn’t cooperate). Please ask your coach for your day/time.

V. Weather Cancellations UCISL will only close the fields if they are unplayable due to standing water on the field or dangerous conditions. We will notify coaches by email no later than 4:00 pm on week days and 7:30 am on Saturday mornings. It will also be posted on our website and Facebook. UCEFC will not cancel games or practices due to rain. It will be the coach’s responsibility to cancel practices due to weather conditions. Teams need to leave the field and go to safe shelter if thunder is heard or lightning is seen. No one should retake the field or re-start the game until all of the lightning and thunder or other hazardous weather has left the area. Specifically, no one should retake the field for a minimum of 30 minutes after the last lightning is seen or thunder is heard, or the dangerously high winds have passed.

VI. Parking Union County Joint Recreational District has been working on our parking lot. Parking has been an issue so please pass on to grandparents, friends and relatives to please park responsibly. Do NOT take up two or three spaces. We understand there are no lines, but we are asking that you try to park a reasonable distance from the car next to you.

VII. Referees Our referees are kids in training. Please take it easy on them. They are intimidated and embarrassed easily. Please do not shout at them or correct them. If you have a problem it needs to go through me. Only encouraging words should be exchanged. They are there to enforce basic rules. They will not call a foul unless it is a serious problem. Kids this age do tend to push and shove, and the goal is to teach them how to correctly behave rather than punish the whole team with a foul.

VIII. Seating Arrangements Parents are to sit on the opposite side of the field. This helps with those kids who are clingy to mom or dad. Or with a parent who wants to try to shout over coaches. Parents are encouraged to leave the coaching to the coach. One voice is better than two. And we want to encourage listening skills at this age. This has become an issue and I have attached a field map to show parents where they are to sit during games. If you are found to be sitting by the coaches and causing problems, I will have you removed to parking lot. This is a recreational league, and I stand firm in my belief that I will not allow these children to be upset over an unruly parent. Please do NOT test me.

IX. COACHES ARE VOLUNTEERS And the most important piece of information for last. Your coach is a volunteer. They are to be treated with respect by the children and the parents, grandparents, family and friends. They volunteer their time to coach your kids for two months, taking time out of their busy schedules. Please remember this important piece of information when you are feeling frustrated. Talk to them with the understanding that they are not “professional” coaches, they are trying to teach basic skills and most importantly how to have fun, show sportsmanship and make new friends. This is what recreational soccer is all about and why so many families come to play with us. We are a family organization with strong family values, and we treat all our players and their parents like family. Enjoy a great season!

Player Rules Birth Year 2016-2018 Recreational Rules
1. Games will be divided into four 5-minute periods, with 2 minutes rest between periods, including halftime.
2. The number of players on the field from each team shall be 3-4. Players should get equal amounts of playing time. There will be no goalkeepers.
3. Coaches will share refereeing responsibilities.
4. The offside rule shall not be enforced. However, teams should not “cherry pick”, and players should be taught to “get back on defense” rather than to wait for the ball to be played forward to them.
5. Only serious breaches of other rules should be whistled as fouls – remember, the kids at this age are still learning to be coordinated in their running, never mind dribbling a soccer ball. Only flagrant tripping, uncontrolled charging into another player, intentional handling of the ball, unsporting conduct, and dangerous plays should be penalized. Slide tackling and headers are not permitted. Coaches should stop play to instruct all the players, not just the offender, about the infraction.
6. All free kicks will be indirect. No penalty kicks shall be awarded. On free kicks, five yards must be yielded by the defense, unless they are not that far from the goal, in which case they may stand on the goal line.
7. Sportsmanship is of the utmost importance. Teams should play fairly in all instances, and Coaches should see to it that players shake hands and congratulate each other after the game. Cheering by spectators should always be positive and encouraging, not discouraging.

Birth Year 2015 Recreational Rules
1. Games will be divided into four 6-minute periods, with 2 minutes rest between periods, including halftime.
2. The number of players on the field from each team shall be 5. Players should get equal amounts of playing time. There will be no goalkeepers.
3. Coaches will share refereeing responsibilities.
4. The offside rule shall not be enforced. However, teams should not “cherry pick”, and players should be taught to “get back on defense” rather than to wait for the ball to be played forward to them.
5. On throw-ins, a player should be given the opportunity to try until they get it right. Feet need to be on or behind the line and the ball is thrown in over their head.
6. Only serious breaches of other rules should be whistled as fouls – remember, the kids at this age are still learning to be coordinated in their running, never mind dribbling a soccer ball. Only flagrant tripping, uncontrolled charging into another player, intentional handling of the ball, unsporting conduct, and dangerous plays should be penalized. Slide tackling and headers are not permitted. Coaches should stop play to instruct all the players, not just the offender, about the infraction.
7. All free kicks will be indirect. No penalty kicks shall be awarded. On free kicks, five yards must be yielded by the defense, unless they are not that far from the goal, in which case they may stand on the goal line.
8. Sportsmanship is of the utmost importance. Teams should play fairly in all instances, and Coaches should see to it that players shake hands and congratulate each other after the game. Cheering by spectators should always be positive and encouraging, not discouraging.

Birth Year 2013 & 2014 Recreational Rules
1. Games will be divided into four 8-minute periods, with 2 minutes rest between quarters and 5 minutes rest at the half.
2. The number of players on the field from each team shall be 6 including the goalie. All players on the team should get equal amounts of playing time. The goalkeeper should be rotated after every period. All kids should be given the opportunity to play goalie at least once. Some kids may never want to play goalie and that is fine.
3. Goalie (or 'goal tender' or 'keeper') plays in the goal and her/his job is to stop the ball from going into the goal. They can use their hands to help stop the ball. There is a larger goal box within which they can use their hands. If they go outside of the goal box, they cannot use their hands. If they do use their hands outside of the goal box, the ref will award the ball to the opponents (a hand ball penalty). If the goalie picks up the ball, they have to put it back into play by either kicking it or throwing it. The Goalie cannot use their hands on a pass back from a teammate. Opponents are not to run into or kick the goalie as they are going for the ball.
4. If no referee is available, Coaches will share refereeing responsibilities. If a referee is available coaches shall not be on the field of play.
5. The offside rule shall not be enforced. Teams should not “cherry pick” and players should be taught to “get back on defense” and to “press the attack” by advancing to whatever part of the field is necessary to control the ball.
6. On throw-ins, a player should be given a second opportunity if they make an error. If they fail the second time the ball should be turned over to the opposing team.
7. Only serious breaches of the rules shall be whistled; flagrant tripping, uncontrolled charging of a player, intentional ball handling, unsporting conduct, and dangerous plays should be penalized. However, Referees and Coaches should stop play to instruct all the players, not just the offender, about the infraction. Slide tackling and headers are not permitted.
8. All free kicks will be indirect. No penalty kicks shall be awarded. Fouls that would ordinarily result in a penalty kick should be whistled, and the indirect kick rule applied. Five yards should be yielded by the defense.
9. Sportsmanship is of the utmost importance. Teams should play fairly. Players should shake hands and congratulate each other after the game. Cheering by spectators should be positive and encouraging. Coaches need to ensure that a game doesn’t get too lopsided, by putting players into unfamiliar positions or requiring them to pass the ball before shooting. A five-plus margin of victory demonstrates deficient leadership skills and poor sportsmanship.

Birth Years 2011 & 2012 Recreational Rules
1. Games will be divided into four 10-minute periods, with 2 minutes rest between quarters and 5 minutes rest at the half.
2. The number of players on the field from each team shall be 6 including the goalie. We will allow this to be flexible if teams are smaller or larger than normal. All players on the team should get equal amounts of playing time. The goalkeeper should be rotated after every period. All kids should be given the opportunity to play goalie at least once. Some kids may never want to play goalie and that is fine.
3. Goalie (or 'goal tender' or 'keeper') plays in the goal and her/his job is to stop the ball from going into the goal. They can use their hands to help stop the ball. There is a larger goal box within which they can use their hands. If they go outside of the goal box, they cannot use their hands. If they do use their hands outside of the goal box, the ref will award the ball to the opponents (a hand ball penalty). If the goalie picks up the ball, they have to put it back into play by either kicking it or throwing it. The Goalie cannot use their hands on a pass back from a teammate. Opponents are not to run into or kick the goalie when they are going for the ball.
4. If no referee is available, Coaches will share refereeing responsibilities. If a referee is available coaches shall not be on the field of play.
5. The offside rule shall not be enforced. Teams should not “cherry pick” and players should be taught to “get back on defense” and to “press the attack” by advancing to whatever part of the field is necessary to control the ball.
6. On throw-ins, a player should be given a second opportunity if they make an error. If they fail the second time the ball should be turned over to the opposing team.
7. Only serious breaches of the rules shall be whistled; flagrant tripping, uncontrolled charging of a player, intentional ball handling, unsporting conduct, and dangerous plays should be penalized. However, referees and coaches should stop play to instruct all the players, not just the offender, about the infraction. Slide tackling and headers are not permitted.
8. All free kicks will be indirect. No penalty kicks shall be awarded. Fouls that would ordinarily result in a penalty kick should be whistled, and the indirect kick rule applied. Five yards should be yielded by the defense.
9. Sportsmanship is of the utmost importance. Teams should play fairly. Players should shake hands and congratulate each other after the game. Cheering by spectators should be positive and encouraging. Coaches need to ensure that a game doesn’t get too lopsided, by putting players into unfamiliar positions or requiring them to pass the ball before shooting. A five-plus margin of victory demonstrates deficient leadership skills and poor sportsmanship

Birth Year 2009 & 2010 Recreational Rules
1. Games will be divided into two 25-minute halves, with 5 minutes rest at the half.
2. The standard number of players on the field from each team shall be 8 including a goalkeeper. All players much receive equal playing time. The goalkeeper should be rotated after every period. All kids should be given the opportunity to play goalie at least once. Some kids may never want to play goalie and that is fine. Substituting may be done during any stoppage of play which results in your team’s possession, except for free kicks resulting from fouls.
3. Goalie (or 'goal tender' or 'keeper') plays in the goal and her/his job is to stop the ball from going into the goal. They can use their hands to help stop the ball. There is a larger goal box within which they can use their hands. If they go outside of the goal box, they cannot use their hands. If they do use their hands outside of the goal box, the ref will award the ball to the opponents (a hand ball penalty). If the goalie picks up the ball, they have to put it back into play by either kicking it or throwing it. The Goalie cannot use their hands on a pass back from a teammate. Opponents are not to run into or kick the goalie when they are going for the ball.
4. Referees may be assigned by UCISL, and may either be youths or adults. Sideline officials shall be supplied by each team, and must be at least 12 years old. All rules will be enforced. If no Referee is assigned, the home team Coach will referee the game. Except for the Coach who is refereeing, no other Coaches or adults shall be on the field of play. Sideline referees are permitted to cheer for their child’s team. Coaches who are refereeing and Sideline Refs are specifically prohibited from instructing or coaching. ALL coaching must be done from within the team bench area.
5. Slide tackling is permitted, but headers are not according new bylaws by OSYSA. Coaches should, prior to teaching this skill or permitting it to be used, consult with the League Director or Coaching Administrator.
6. On free kicks, a minimum of 8 yards must be yielded by the defense, unless they are not that far from the goal, in which case they may stand on the goal line.
7. So-called “major” fouls should be penalized with a “direct” free kick. If the “major” foul occurs within the penalty area, it should be penalized with a “penalty kick”, from the line or spot marked in the penalty area.
8. The team that wins the toss can now choose to take the kick-off or which goal to attack (previously they only had the choice of which goal to attack).
9. Ball can be kicked in any direction at kick-off (previously had to go forward). 10. Sportsmanship is of the utmost importance. Teams should play fairly. Players should shake hands and congratulate each other after the game. Cheering by spectators should be positive and encouraging. Coaches need to ensure that a game doesn’t get too lopsided, by putting players into unfamiliar positions, requiring them to pass the ball before shooting, or take a shot with their non-dominant foot. A five-plus margin of victory demonstrates deficient leadership skills and poor sportsmanship. 

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