SCSL Rules

Rules updated 9/1/2007. Update reflects changes for Division Five primarily and some minor updates for other HCRSL teams. 


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2. Be Safe
3. Listen to Coach Bill!

Division 6 Rules

Coaches are to discuss the rules with the referee prior to the start of the game.

•  Parents sit on opposite side of field from player bench area. 
•  The game ball will be provided by the home team. 
•  The ball size with be size 4. 
•  7 Players per side on field. 
•  Players are not allowed to "play down" under any circumstance. 
•  For the safety of the players, No jewelry of any kind is permitted. Hard casts are not permitted. Hard hair clips are also not allowed. Soft casts or bandages are allowed. The only approved exceptions to this rule are medical alert and religious jewelry. These jewelry pieces must be taped to the player. 
•  One sided games, sportsmanship, 4-goal rule. If a team is leading by 3 goals, that team must take action to "manage" the score. Move players around, encourage more passing prior to taking shots, using opposite foot for shots. If the team is leading by 4 goals, a player must be removed from the field after the score. The removal of players should be handled on a discreet basis. Please remember that this is a recreational game for the enjoyment of the players . If the team that is winning by 4 goals gives up a goal for the goal differential to become 3 goals, and the team has pulled a player, then that team may put back a player. 
•  Substitutions allowed with either teams possession, and on goal kicks. 
•  Games will be four quarters. 
•  Quarters will be ten minutes in length. Any weekday makeup games can be eight minutes per quarter. 
•  There will be a five minute break at the half time on the game and three minute breaks between quarters. 
•  Foul throw ins -- player allowed two attempts to get the throw in correct. Ref to instruct on correct technique after first foul. If the first two attempts are not successful, the player will be instructed to restart play by an indirect kick in from the point of the throw in. 
•  Off-sides will be called only when player is literally 10 yards or so ahead of the pack. The referee will take time to explain the penalty after the play to players involved. 
•  Corner kicks are allowed. Direct kicks on goal are not. 
•  Goal kicks are allowed, standard rules apply (no one to touch the ball until it leaves the "18"). 
•  One coach per team will be allowed on the field for the first five games of the season. 
•  Safety of players comes first in every instance. If a player falls, and the ball is in the vicinity, rather than let the crowd swarm and kick wildly at the ball and possibly kick or trample a kid on the field, blow the whistle. If a player is down and crying or perceived injured, blow the whistle. Even if a ball is immediately in front of the goal and a score is imminent, the play will be stopped to address the injured player. Coaches are cautioned to counsel players who might consider using this tactic to stall an offensive play.
•  Coaches are asked to assist the new referees where warranted. In this division, some referees may very well be 'in training' and if a coach believes the ref needs correcting, please wait to a break and then talk to the referee privately. It is appropriate to involve the other coach and in a mini conference. 
•  Coaches will stay on bench area side of field and from mid-field to goal line in their own team's respective bench area half. 
•  If a loud or abusive parent is on the sideline, the ref should blow the whistle, but not confront the adult themselves. He/she should walk to the sideline and ask the coaches for assistance. All incidents must be reported to the league board of directors no matter how small. 
•  Fouls are to be called in cases of substantial advantage or possibly injury, but not every time there is a bump. Any player who is showing more then acceptable aggressions should be addressed, even if it means removing the player from the game if the situation does not improve. 
•  NO DIRECT KICKS ON GOAL AT THIS AGE.

Division 5 Rules

Coaches are to discuss the rules with the referee prior to the start of the game.

•  Visiting teams must contact the opposing home team by the Wednesday before the game to confirm the location, directions, game time and uniform colors. In the event that both teams use the same colors, the home team is required to either wear an alternate color shirt or use pennies. 
•  Travel carded players should not be used for recreational games unless it is to complete a roster. This should be a last resort addition to the roster and is intended for situations where your recreational players will not be able to attend a game and the team will not be able to field a team without the use of the travel carded player. The spirit of the rule is for the players to be able to play a game and not have to either cancel or forfeit. It is incumbent on coaches not to abuse this rule. The travel-carded players should be kept to a minimum. The maximum limit is 25% of a roster rounding down. Any team that has a travel carded player participating in the game, that coach must notify the opposing coach prior to the start of the game. 
•  All coaches are required to have their team rosters available for discussion with the opposition coach in the event of some type problem or issue with a player. Rosters are to include the following information: Player name, age, birth date, uniform number, school grade and also the town that they live in. Players who play on teams outside of their hometowns must have a valid reason if asked. An example would be a player who has recently moved out of the town where they have been playing, but wants to continue to play in their old hometown. Coaches are to cross out any players who are not at that game and write in any added player. The added player(s) must be on a same age recreation team or a player who is playing up. 
•  Players are not allowed to "play down" under any circumstance. 
•  Parents sit on opposite side of field from player bench area. 
•  The game ball will be provided by the home team. 
•  The ball size with be size 4. 
•  11 Players per side on the field. A team may start a game with a minimum of 7 players. If for any reason a team can not field 11 players and will be playing shorthanded it is desired by the league that the opposing coach match the number of players that are out on the field. Please remember that we are playing a recreational game and this is for the players. Every opportunity should be made to play the game on an equal basis. If a team is shorthanded, and the opposing team has extra players, there are different ways of achieving equality such as sharing players, mixing both teams and coaches to play the game. The key point is sportsmanship. Let the kids have fun. 
•  For the safety of the players, No jewelry of any kind is permitted. Hard casts are not permitted. Hard hair clips are also not allowed. Soft casts or bandages are allowed. The only approved exceptions to this rule are medical alert and religious jewelry. These jewelry pieces must be taped to the player. 
•  One sided games, sportsmanship, 4-goal rule. If a team is leading by 3 goals, that team must take action to "manage" the score. Move players around, encourage more passing prior to taking shots, using opposite foot for shots. If the team is leading by 4 goals, a player must be removed from the field after the score. The removal of players should be handled on a discreet basis. Please remember that this is a recreational game for the enjoyment of the players . If the team that is winning by 4 goals gives up a goal for the goal differential to become 3 goals, and the team has pulled a player, then that team may put back a player. 
•  Substitutes are allowed on any stoppage of play. Substitutes MUST be at the midfield line waiting for the referee instruction to enter the game. Substitutes are to call off the player that they are replacing. Substitutes are at the referee discretion. A referee has the option not to allow a change if it will unfairly penalize a team. Substitutions are not allowed when a team has been awarded a penalty kick. This change is being made in order to help monitor playing time.
•  Games will be four quarters. 
•  There are two different accepted methods for game management. The method to be utilized will be decided between the coaches of each team and referee of the game prior to the start of the game. 
            Option 1: 15 minute quarters, stopping at the approximate quarter end at a dead ball situation and resuming the next quarter at that spot. Kick-offs will just be at the start of the 1st and 3rd quarters. 
           Option 2: Exact 15 minute quarters with a kick-off to re-start all quarters. 
•  There will be a ten minute break at the half time on the game and three minute breaks between quarters. 
•  Fouls on throw ins will result in a turnover. 
•  Off sides will be called per FIFA rules 
•  Slide tackles are not allowed. 
•  Direct kicks on goal are allowed. 
•  Coaches will stay on bench area side of field and from mid-field to goal line in their own team's respective bench area half. 
•  Safety of players comes first in every instance. If a player falls, and the player is in immediate danger of being kicked, the referee will blow the whistle to stop play. If a player is down or perceived injured, the whistle will be blown. Referees can use their discretion when injuries occur and a scoring opportunity is in play. In all instances however the player's safety must come first. Coaches are cautioned to counsel players who might consider using this tactic to stall an offensive play. 
•  If a coach believes the ref needs correcting, please wait to a break and then talk to the conference with the referee privately. It is appropriate to involve the other coach in a mini conference. 
•  If a loud or abusive parent is on the sideline, the ref should blow the whistle, but not confront the adult themselves. He/she should walk to the sideline and ask the coaches for assistance. SAGE procedures should be followed. HCSRL rules indicate that coaches are responsible for the behavior of its team, parents and supporters. In the event that a parent is harassing a referee, the coach of that parent must counsel that parent immediately or have the parent face ejection from the field. If a parent is ejected from the field and will not leave the area, the referee may forfeit the game to the opposing team. If necessary, the coach of the parent who has been ejected may, if the situation warrants, call the proper Police authorities. All incidents must be reported to the league board of directors no matter how small.

In the event of a game being canceled due to weather related situations, or any other reason, the individual coaches involved are responsible for re-scheduling the make-up game. All make-up games should be scheduled as soon as possible from the cancellation date. Please do not wait for the end of the season. Teams need to be flexible when re-scheduling. Mid-week games are encouraged if possible. Please also allow time for the various towns involved to coordinate field availability and referees. Every effort should be made to replay the games.

Division 4 Rules

Coaches are to discuss the rules with the referee prior to the start of the game.

•  Visiting teams must contact the opposing home team by the Wednesday before the game to confirm the location, directions, game time and uniform colors. In the event that both teams use the same colors, the home team is required to either wear an alternate color shirt or use pennies. 
•  Travel carded players should not be used for recreational games unless it is to complete a roster. This should be a last resort addition to the roster and is intended for situations where your recreational players will not be able to attend a game and the team will not be able to field a team without the use of the travel carded player. The spirit of the rule is for the players to be able to play a game and not have to either cancel or forfeit. It is incumbent on coaches not to abuse this rule. The travel-carded players should be kept to a minimum. The maximum limit is 25% of a roster rounding down. Any team that has a travel carded player participating in the game, that coach must notify the opposing coach prior to the start of the game. 
•  All coaches are required to have their team rosters available for discussion with the opposition coach in the event of some type problem or issue with a player. Rosters are to include the following information: Player name, age, birth date, uniform number, school grade and also the town that they live in. Players who play on teams outside of their hometowns must have a valid reason if asked. An example would be a player who has recently moved out of the town where they have been playing, but wants to continue to play in their old hometown. Coaches are to cross out any players who are not at that game and write in any added player. The added player(s) must be on a same age recreation team or a player who is playing up. 
•  Players are not allowed to "play down" under any circumstance. 
•  Parents sit on opposite side of field from player bench area. 
•  The game ball will be provided by the home team. 
•  The ball size with be size 4. 
•  11 Players per side on the field. A team may start a game with a minimum of 7 players. If for any reason a team can not field 11 players and will be playing shorthanded it is desired by the league that the opposing coach match the number of players that are out on the field. Please remember that we are playing a recreational game and this is for the players. Every opportunity should be made to play the game on an equal basis. If a team is shorthanded, and the opposing team has extra players, there are different ways of achieving equality such as sharing players, mixing both teams and coaches to play the game. The key point is sportsmanship. Let the kids have fun. 
•  For the safety of the players, No jewelry of any kind is permitted. Hard casts are not permitted. Hard hair clips are also not allowed. Soft casts or bandages are allowed. The only approved exceptions to this rule are medical alert and religious jewelry. These jewelry pieces must be taped to the player. 
•  One sided games, sportsmanship, 4-goal rule. If a team is leading by 3 goals, that team must take action to "manage" the score. Move players around, encourage more passing prior to taking shots, using opposite foot for shots. If the team is leading by 4 goals, a player must be removed from the field after the score. The removal of players should be handled on a discreet basis. Please remember that this is a recreational game for the enjoyment of the players . If the team that is winning by 4 goals gives up a goal for the goal differential to become 3 goals, and the team has pulled a player, then that team may put back a player. 
•  Substitutes are allowed on any stoppage of play. Substitutes MUST be at the midfield line waiting for the referee instruction to enter the game. Substitutes are to call off the player that they are replacing. Substitutes are at the referee discretion. A referee has the option not to allow a change if it will unfairly penalize a team. Substitutions are not allowed when a team has been awarded a penalty kick. This change is being made in order to help monitor playing time.
•  Games will be four quarters. 
•  There are two different accepted methods for game management. The method to be utilized will be decided between the coaches of each team and referee of the game prior to the start of the game. 
            Option 1: 15 minute quarters, stopping at the approximate quarter end at a dead ball situation and resuming the next quarter at that spot. Kick-offs will just be at the start of the 1st and 3rd quarters. 
           Option 2: Exact 15 minute quarters with a kick-off to re-start all quarters. 
•  There will be a ten minute break at the half time on the game and three minute breaks between quarters. 
•  Fouls on throw ins will result in a turnover. 
•  Off sides will be called per FIFA rules 
•  Slide tackles are not allowed. 
•  Direct kicks on goal are allowed. 
•  Coaches will stay on bench area side of field and from mid-field to goal line in their own team's respective bench area half. 
•  Safety of players comes first in every instance. If a player falls, and the player is in immediate danger of being kicked, the referee will blow the whistle to stop play. If a player is down or perceived injured, the whistle will be blown. Referees can use their discretion when injuries occur and a scoring opportunity is in play. In all instances however the player's safety must come first. Coaches are cautioned to counsel players who might consider using this tactic to stall an offensive play. 
•  If a coach believes the ref needs correcting, please wait to a break and then talk to the conference with the referee privately. It is appropriate to involve the other coach in a mini conference. 
•  If a loud or abusive parent is on the sideline, the ref should blow the whistle, but not confront the adult themselves. He/she should walk to the sideline and ask the coaches for assistance. SAGE procedures should be followed. HCSRL rules indicate that coaches are responsible for the behavior of its team, parents and supporters. In the event that a parent is harassing a referee, the coach of that parent must counsel that parent immediately or have the parent face ejection from the field. If a parent is ejected from the field and will not leave the area, the referee may forfeit the game to the opposing team. If necessary, the coach of the parent who has been ejected may, if the situation warrants, call the proper Police authorities. All incidents must be reported to the league board of directors no matter how small.

In the event of a game being canceled due to weather related situations, or any other reason, the individual coaches involved are responsible for re-scheduling the make-up game. All make-up games should be scheduled as soon as possible from the cancellation date. Please do not wait for the end of the season. Teams need to be flexible when re-scheduling. Mid-week games are encouraged if possible. Please also allow time for the various towns involved to coordinate field availability and referees. Every effort should be made to replay the games.

Division 2 and 3 Rules

Coaches are to discuss the rules with the referee prior to the start of the game.

•  Visiting teams must contact the opposing home team by the Wednesday before the game to confirm the location, directions, game time and uniform colors. In the event that both teams use the same colors, the home team is required to either wear an alternate color shirt or use pennies. 
•  Travel carded players should not be used for recreational games unless it is to complete a roster. This should be a last resort addition to the roster and is intended for situations where your recreational players will not be able to attend a game and the team will not be able to field a team without the use of the travel carded player. The spirit of the rule is for the players to be able to play a game and not have to either cancel or forfeit. It is incumbent on coaches not to abuse this rule. The travel-carded players should be kept to a minimum. The maximum limit is 25% of a roster rounding down. Any team that has a travel carded player participating in the game, that coach must notify the opposing coach prior to the start of the game. 
•  All coaches are required to have their team rosters available for discussion with the opposition coach in the event of some type problem or issue with a player. Rosters are to include the following information: Player name, age, birth date, uniform number, school grade and also the town that they live in. Players who play on teams outside of their hometowns must have a valid reason if asked. An example would be a player who has recently moved out of the town where they have been playing, but wants to continue to play in their old hometown. Coaches are to cross out any players who are not at that game and write in any added player. The added player(s) must be on a same age recreation team or a player who is playing up. 
•  Players are not allowed to "play down" under any circumstance. 
•  Parents sit on opposite side of field from player bench area. 
•  The game ball will be provided by the home team. 
•  The ball size with be size 5. 
•  11 Players per side on the field. A team may start a game with a minimum of 7 players. If for any reason a team can not field 11 players and will be playing shorthanded it is desired by the league that the opposing coach match the number of players that are out on the field. Please remember that we are playing a recreational game and this is for the players. Every opportunity should be made to play the game on an equal basis. If a team is shorthanded, and the opposing team has extra players, there are different ways of achieving equality such as sharing players, mixing both teams and coaches to play the game. The key point is sportsmanship. Let the kids have fun. 
•  For the safety of the players, No jewelry of any kind is permitted. Hard casts are not permitted. Hard hair clips are also not allowed. Soft casts or bandages are allowed. The only approved exceptions to this rule are medical alert and religious jewelry. These jewelry pieces must be taped to the player. 
•  One sided games, sportsmanship, 4-goal rule. If a team is leading by 3 goals, that team must take action to "manage" the score. Move players around, encourage more passing prior to taking shots, using opposite foot for shots. If the team is leading by 4 goals, a player must be removed from the field after the score. The removal of players should be handled on a discreet basis. Please remember that this is a recreational game for the enjoyment of the players . If the team that is winning by 4 goals gives up a goal for the goal differential to become 3 goals, and the team has pulled a player, then that team may put back a player. 
•  Substitutes are allowed on any stoppage of play. Substitutes MUST be at the midfield line waiting for the referee instruction to enter the game. Substitutes are to call off the player that they are replacing. Substitutes are at the referee discretion. A referee has the option not to allow a change if it will unfairly penalize a team. Substitutions are not allowed when a team has been awarded a penalty kick. This change is being made in order to help monitor playing time.
•  Games will be four quarters. 
•  There are two different accepted methods for game management. The method to be utilized will be decided between the coaches of each team and referee of the game prior to the start of the game. 
            Option 1: 15 minute quarters, stopping at the approximate quarter end at a dead ball situation and resuming the next quarter at that spot. Kick-offs will just be at the start of the 1st and 3rd quarters. 
           Option 2: Exact 15 minute quarters with a kick-off to re-start all quarters. 
•  There will be a ten minute break at the half time on the game and three minute breaks between quarters. 
•  Fouls on throw ins will result in a turnover. 
•  Off sides will be called per FIFA rules 
•  Slide tackles are not allowed. 
•  Direct kicks on goal are allowed. 
•  Coaches will stay on bench area side of field and from mid-field to goal line in their own team's respective bench area half. 
•  Safety of players comes first in every instance. If a player falls, and the player is in immediate danger of being kicked, the referee will blow the whistle to stop play. If a player is down or perceived injured, the whistle will be blown. Referees can use their discretion when injuries occur and a scoring opportunity is in play. In all instances however the player's safety must come first. Coaches are cautioned to counsel players who might consider using this tactic to stall an offensive play. 
•  If a coach believes the ref needs correcting, please wait to a break and then talk to the conference with the referee privately. It is appropriate to involve the other coach in a mini conference. 
•  If a loud or abusive parent is on the sideline, the ref should blow the whistle, but not confront the adult themselves. He/she should walk to the sideline and ask the coaches for assistance. SAGE procedures should be followed. HCSRL rules indicate that coaches are responsible for the behavior of its team, parents and supporters. In the event that a parent is harassing a referee, the coach of that parent must counsel that parent immediately or have the parent face ejection from the field. If a parent is ejected from the field and will not leave the area, the referee may forfeit the game to the opposing team. If necessary, the coach of the parent who has been ejected may, if the situation warrants, call the proper Police authorities. All incidents must be reported to the league board of directors no matter how small.

In the event of a game being canceled due to weather related situations, or any other reason, the individual coaches involved are responsible for re-scheduling the make-up game. All make-up games should be scheduled as soon as possible from the cancellation date. Please do not wait for the end of the season. Teams need to be flexible when re-scheduling. Mid-week games are encouraged if possible. Please also allow time for the various towns involved to coordinate field availability and referees. Every effort should be made to replay the games.



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