The recreational season handbook for coaches and parents is available here for download. Coaches, especially, should review the handbook for important and useful information.
Here are our rules and guidelines for Fall 2019 recreational soccer.
Teams playing on the smaller fields 1-6 are:
Teams should play 3v3 with no goalkeepers unless at least one team has 7 or 8 players, then play 4v4 with no goalkeepers.
Remember, if the teams are unbalanced, coaches can opt to lend/borrow players with the other team to create balance.
We play with no goalkeepers so that kids can experience the joy of scoring and so that everyone is running; not standing by the goal.
Out-of-bounds: Don't restart play for pre-k unless the ball is 5-10 feet of out bounds. Otherwise, the game will slow down a lot.
For kindergartners, keep the boundaries to about 5 feet.
For first-grade and older, the line is the boundary. Restart whenever the ball crosses the line.
Restarts: When the ball crosses a sideline, the team who did not cause the restart throws the ball in to play, 2 hands over the head, both feet on the ground.
When the ball crosses an end line, there is either a goal kick or a corner kick.
Corner Kick: Defensive team caused the restart so the Offensive team places the ball in the closest corner and kicks the ball in to play.
Goal Kick: Offensive team caused the restart to the Defensive team places the ball 3 feet in front of their goal and kicks the ball in to play.
Restarting the play from a foul or a handball, the ball is placed at the location of the foul/handball and the other team has an indirect free kick.
Teams playing on the larger fields 13-14 are:
Teams should play 6v6 with 5 field players and 1 goalkeeper unless one team has 13 or more plays, then play 7v7 with goalkeepers. If teams have only 6 or fewer players, improvise, e.g. 5v5.
Out-of-bounds: Restart whenever the ball crosses the line.
Restarts: Same as above.
Games and Practice Locations: Check your location (field number) BEFORE you head to the field. Look at the field maps on the club website for reference. Kennedy fields are being re-lined so we will publish a map when the Park District finishes the re-lining.
Parking: Be careful in the Kennedy parking lot at all times. There are alot of excited, short people with questionable judgment running around. Your parking problem pales in comparison to striking a child.
Equipment: For each practice and game, have your player wear shin guards, bring a water bottle and their soccer ball. Uniforms are recommended at all times.
Remember - HAVE FUN! These are the 'good old days.'