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HCS Game Rules by Age Division

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U4:
  • Size 3 ball
  • Game Time: 4 quarters, 8 minutes each (Coaches track the time for their own games.  It is very important to watch the time closely to ensure that we stay on schedule.)
  • Number of players on field: 4v4
  • Basic Rules: no hands, goal kicks, corner kicks, no throw-ins, no heading, no goal keepers
  • Positions: attack vs defend
  • Substitutions: players should be substituted during quarter breaks (Coaches who are not assigned an assistant coach or a team parent will need to recruit one of their parents to help help keep an eye on the players on the bench during the games.)
  • Basic Skills to be learned: kicking (laces), passing (inside of foot), dribbling (both feet)
  • Coach will be on the field with the players during the game


U5:
  • Size 3 ball
  • Game Time: 4 quarters, 8 minutes each (Coaches track the time for their own games.  It is very important to watch the time closely to ensure that we stay on schedule.)
  • Number of players on field: 4v4
  • Basic Rules: no hands, goal kicks, corner kicks, no throw-ins, no heading, no goal keepers
  • Positions: focus on one player to the ball, others in position for support (don’t bunch up)
  • Substitutions: players should be substituted during quarter breaks (Coaches who are not assigned an assistant coach or a team parent will need to recruit one of their parents to help help keep an eye on the players on the bench during the games.)
  • Basic Skills to be learned: kicking (laces), passing (inside of foot), dribbling (both feet)
  • Coach will be on the field with the players during the game


U6:
  • Size 3 ball
  • Game Time: 4 quarters, 8 minutes each (Coaches track the time for their own games.  It is very important to watch the time closely to ensure that we stay on schedule.)
  • Number of players on field: 5v5
  • Basic Rules: no hands, goal kicks, corner kicks, no throw-ins, no heading, no goal keepers
  • Positions: focus on one player to the ball, others in position for support (don’t bunch up)
  • New concepts to introduce: offensive and defensive positions
  • Substitutions: players should be substituted during quarter breaks (Coaches who are not assigned an assistant coach or a team parent will need to recruit one of their parents to help help keep an eye on the players on the bench during the games.)
  • Basic Skills to be learned: kicking (laces), passing (inside of foot), dribbling (both feet)
  • Coach will be on the field with the players


U7 & U8:
  • Size 4 ball
  • Game Time: 2 halves, 20 minutes each
  • Number of players on field: 8v8
  • Basic Rules: no hands, no heading, goal kicks, corner kicks, throw-ins, instructional offsides (drop-ball restart)
  • Absolutely no sliding
  • New rules introduced: throw-ins, goalie, referees, instructional offsides (drop-ball restart)
  • Positions: forwards, midfields, defense, goalie
  • Goalie: throwing, drop kicks, 6 seconds to get rid of ball, when & where they can use hands
  • New concept to introduce: Keeping the ball in play
  • Substitutions: unlimited substitutions when game play stops (goal kicks, after a scored goal by either team, before a throw-in, and at an injury time-out if the other team replaces a player). Except at half-time, substitutions may only occur with the referee’s permission. Players entering & leaving the field should only do so at the halfway line (see http://www.hendrickssoccer.net/Default.aspx?tabid=844086 for more about substitution etiquette).
  • Basic Skills: shooting ball at target, kicking (laces), passing (inside & outside of foot), foot skills, passing to target, dribbling (both feet), passing while in motion, dribbling in motion and around players, trapping ball
  • Coaches may not come on the field (or step on the lines) during the game except with the referee's permission.
  • There should be no yelling or contentious conversation between coaches of opposing teams during the game.
  • No yelling at referees.


U10:
  • Size 4 ball
  • Game Time: 2 halves, 24 minutes each
  • Number of players on field varies from season to season with team sizes (see http://www.hendrickssoccer.net/Default.aspx?tabid=844091)
  • Basic Rules: no hands, no heading, goal kicks, corner kicks, throw-ins, goalie, referees, indirect kick & direct kick, offsides, penalty kicks
  • New rules introduced: penalty kicks, offsides (For the first two games in U10, offsides calls with result in a drop-ball restart; offsides calls thereafter will result in an indirect free kick.)
  • Absolutely no sliding
  • Positions: forwards, midfields, defense, goalie, moving and filling positions, shadow, one-on-one moves
  • Goalie: throwing, drop kicks, 6 seconds to get rid of ball, when & where they can use hands
  • Substitutions: unlimited substitutions when game play stops (goal kicks, after a scored goal by either team, before a throw-in, and at an injury time-out if the other team replaces a player). Except at half-time, substitutions may only occur with the referee’s permission. Players entering & leaving the field should only do so at the halfway line (see http://www.hendrickssoccer.net/Default.aspx?tabid=844086 for more about substitution etiquette).
  • Basic Skills: shooting ball at target, kicking (laces), passing (inside & outside of foot), foot skills, passing to target, dribbling (both feet), passing while in motion, dribbling in motion and around players, trapping ball, using knees and chest to trap ball
  • Coaches may not come on the field (or step on the lines) during the game except with the referee's permission.
  • There should be no yelling or contentious conversation between coaches of opposing teams during the game.
  • No yelling at referees.


U12:
  • Size 4 ball
  • Game Time: 2 halves, 30 minutes each
  • Number of players on field varies from season to season with team sizes (see http://www.hendrickssoccer.net/Default.aspx?tabid=844091)
  • Basic Rules: no hands, goal kicks, corner kicks, throw-ins, goalie, referees, indirect kick & direct kick, offsides, penalty kicks, no heading in games (players may head in practices only)
  • Absolutely no sliding
  • Positions: forwards, midfields, defense, goalie, moving and filling positions, shadow, one-on-one moves, building team’s strength
  • Goalie: throwing, drop kicks, 6 seconds to get rid of ball, when & where they can use hands
  • Substitutions: unlimited substitutions when game play stops (goal kicks, after a scored goal by either team, before a throw-in, and at an injury time-out if the other team replaces a player). Except at half-time, substitutions may only occur with the referee’s permission. Players entering & leaving the field should only do so at the halfway line (see http://www.hendrickssoccer.net/Default.aspx?tabid=844086 for more about substitution etiquette).
  • Basic Skills: shooting ball at target, kicking (laces), passing (inside & outside of foot), foot skills, passing to target, dribbling (both feet), passing while in motion, dribbling in motion and around players, trapping ball, using knees and chest to trap ball, give-and-goes
  • Coaches may not come on the field (or step on the lines) during the game except with the referee's permission.
  • There should be no yelling or contentious conversation between coaches of opposing teams during the game.
  • No yelling at referees


U14:
  • Size 5 ball
  • Game Time: 2 halves, 35 minutes each
  • Number of players on field varies from season to season with team sizes (see http://www.hendrickssoccer.net/Default.aspx?tabid=844091)
  • Basic Rules: no hands, goal kicks, corner kicks, throw-ins, goalie, referees, indirect kick & direct kick, offsides, penalty kicks, no heading in games (players may head in practices only)
  • Absolutely no sliding
  • Positions: forwards, midfields, defense, goalie, moving and filling positions, shadow, one-on-one moves, building team’s strength
  • Goalie: throwing, drop kicks, 6 seconds to get rid of ball, when & where they can use hands, punching ball away
  • Substitutions: unlimited substitutions when game play stops (goal kicks, after a scored goal by either team, before a throw-in, and at an injury time-out if the other team replaces a player). Except at half-time, substitutions may only occur with the referee’s permission. Players entering & leaving the field should only do so at the halfway line (see http://www.hendrickssoccer.net/Default.aspx?tabid=844086 for more about substitution etiquette).
  • Basic Skills: shooting ball at target, kicking (laces), passing (inside & outside of foot), foot skills, passing to target, dribbling (both feet), passing while in motion, dribbling in motion and around players, trapping ball, using knees and chest to trap ball, give-and-goes
  • Coaches may not come on the field (or step on the lines) during the game except with the referee's permission.
  • There should be no yelling or contentious conversation between coaches of opposing teams during the game.
  • No yelling at referees


Teens:
  • Size 5 ball
  • Game Time: 2 halves, 35 minutes each
  • Number of players on field varies from season to season with team sizes (see http://www.hendrickssoccer.net/Default.aspx?tabid=844091)
  • Basic Rules: no hands, goal kicks, corner kicks, throw-ins, goalie, referees, indirect kick & direct kick, offsides, penalty kicks, heading is allowed unless playing U14 teams
  • Absolutely no sliding
  • Positions: forwards, midfields, defense, goalie, moving and filling positions, shadow, one-on-one moves, building team’s strength
  • Goalie: throwing, drop kicks, 6 seconds to get rid of ball, when & where they can use hands, punching ball away
  • Substitutions: unlimited substitutions when game play stops (goal kicks, after a scored goal by either team, before a throw-in, and at an injury time-out if the other team replaces a player). Except at half-time, substitutions may only occur with the referee’s permission. Players entering & leaving the field should only do so at the halfway line (see http://www.hendrickssoccer.net/Default.aspx?tabid=844086 for more about substitution etiquette).
  • Basic Skills: shooting ball at target, kicking (laces), passing (inside & outside of foot), foot skills, passing to target, dribbling (both feet), passing while in motion, dribbling in motion and around players, trapping ball, using knees and chest to trap ball, give-and-goes
  • Coaches may not come on the field (or step on the lines) during the game except with the referee's permission.
  • There should be no yelling or contentious conversation between coaches of opposing teams during the game.
  • No yelling at referees

 

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