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recreational soccer

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* Fall Soccer Update:

The season starts: the week of August 15th

Games start August 27th - October 22nd (no games on Labor Day weekend)

 

Recreational soccer is for all children aged 5 thru 6th grade, born in 2017 or later. Registration is open until August 1, 2022.

The Germantown Hills Athletic Association is dedicated to developing our youth thru athletic programs designed to “teach” sportsmanship, team play, discipline, and responsibility.  The Coaches and the Association members are volunteers donating their time and effort to improve our youth.

Recreational soccer is for all children aged 4 thru 6th grade, born in 2017 or later. Registration is currently closed.

Three and four-year-olds that will not be five before August will only be doing weekly training sessions. The training sessions will be one night a week, and part of the training will be skill development, fun games, and scrimmaging. There will be a trained staff member running these training sessions each week. This age group will not play games on Saturdays.

 

Following the Illinois Youth Soccer Association guidelines, we will be sorting teams by birth year.

If you volunteer to Head Coach your child's team, you can skip paying your child's fees, as your child will not be charged.  We also have three new positions that parents can volunteer for, which will benefit from waived fees.  These positions are referee coordinator, field set up and tear down, and sponsorships/shirts.  Please indicate your interest in the volunteer space on the registration form. You can also contact us HERE.

The Golden Coaching Rule

 

Avoid the 3 L’s- Lines, Laps, Lectures

 

Train sport-specific.

 

The kids came to play soccer.  Not to hear lectures.

general rules & Regulations

All coaches, volunteers, and parents of players must adhere to the rules and regulations as stated herein:

  • Coaches must use positive coaching techniques and emphasize having fun and player development.

    • This includes practices, team meetings, and games.

  • Under no circumstances should a coach, player, parent, or anyone in attendance be allowed to question a referee disrespectfully. It is the responsibility of the coach to enforce this rule. Failure to adhere to this rule could result in expulsion from the current game and upon review from the league. Should a coach have an issue with a referee or call, the coach should bring the issue to the attention of the ref coordinator or director.

  • All players who regularly attend practice and acceptably conduct themselves should receive equal game playing time.

  • Players must wear the approved uniform shirt as supplied by the league. It may be necessary for a player to wear other outer gear but only at the referee’s discretion. Goalkeepers must wear a shirt identifying themselves as the goalkeeper.

  • Players must wear approved footgear – this includes soccer cleats or tennis shoes.

    • Note: soccer cleats do not have a front toe cleat.

  • All players must wear shin guards that are covered.

  • Players cannot wear jewelry, including rings, earrings, necklaces, or any pierced jewelry. 

    • All players with newly pierced ears must wear band-aids or other protective coverings for the player’s safety. 

  • Approved sports goggles must protect players who wear eyeglasses.

  • Coaches and players are strictly forbidden from using foul language. Parents and spectators are discouraged from using abusive or vulgar language, creating a poor sports atmosphere.

  • The use of tobacco products of any kind is strictly forbidden during practices and games. Coaches must arrive at games and practices at least 5 minutes early and be ready to go when kids arrive, so no valuable learning time is lost during set-up.

  • 4 Goal Rule – To keep scores from getting out-of-hand, whenever a team takes a four-goal lead in a match, that team must take one player off of the field. It can be any player from any position. The person removed from the game is eligible to return as long as another player leaves the field, leaving the team minus one player. The leading team can put the player back into the game when the other team scores a goal.

  • Slide tackling is prohibited.

  • Coaches must remain behind the sideline for U9 and U12 teams during gameplay.

  • Only one coach is allowed on the field at any time for U5 and U7. The assistant coach can assist with the substitutes but must stay away from the goalkeeper area.

  • It is strongly encouraged that all teams line up and shake hands to demonstrate good sportsmanship after each game.

  • The program intends to provide each child the opportunity to experience the various positions; therefore, goalie time should be limited to one quarter per game if there are enough interested players.

  • Disciplinary problems need to be addressed first by the coach with the player, then with the parent(s) if there is no change in behavior.

  • Then, if no change is seen, bring the behavior issue to the attention of the league director for additional review.

  • Referees will perform a pre-game inspection of the players for shin guards and the removal of jewelry.

  • If there are problems with a referee, they should be handled professionally and away from the kids.

  • Thank them.

  • Coaches/Referees should count # of kids on each team before the game start and determine the # of players per side.

  • Be Positive – HAVE FUN!!!

 

age specific rules & Regulations

We have renamed the teams to align with the US Soccer Birth Year and Season Matrix.

u6 - 2017's

  • Teams will play 5 players – no goalkeeper.

  • Coaches will be allowed on the field to coordinate play and will also function as referees.

  • The timekeeper will move the far goal into the midline to make the field shorter.

  • No offside rule.

  • No direct or penalty kicks for infractions in the goal area.

  • The game will consist of four 8-minute quarters.

  • All games will be started by a central timekeeper.

  • A number 3 ball will be used.

  • Headers are not allowed.

u7 - 2016

  • Teams will play 5 players – no goalkeeper.

  • Coaches will be allowed on the field to coordinate play and will also function as referees.

  • No offside rule.

  • No direct or penalty kicks for infractions in the goal area.

  • The game will consist of four 8-minute quarters.

  • All games will be started by a central timekeeper.

  • A number 3 ball will be used.

  • Headers are not allowed.

u9 - 2014/2015's

  • The team will play 7 players – including the goalkeeper.  (Depending on # of players present, coaches can change # of players on the field.)

  • Two referees will be designated for each game.

  • All fouls result in INDIRECT kicks; there are no penalty kicks or direct kicks.  This means 2 players must touch the ball before it can go in goal on indirect kicks.  Fouls in the box will be placed on the penalty kick line, but the kick will be considered indirect.

  • No offside rule.

  • Bad throw-ins will be replayed for the first 2 games of the season.  In the 3rd game, a bad throw will result in a loss of possession.

  • Player substitutions at ball stoppage at the discretion of the referee.

  • The game will consist of four 12-minute quarters.

  • A number 4 ball will be used.

  • Teams switch sides at halftime.                                                                     

u12 - 2011 - 2013's

  • The team will play 9 players – including the goalkeeper.  (Depending on # of players present, coaches can change # of players on the field.)

  • Two referees will be designated for each game.

  • The game will consist of four 12-minute quarters.

  • A number 4 ball will be used.

  • Direct kicks and penalty kicks will be enforced.

  • Teams switch sides at halftime.

  • Offside rule will be enforced.