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HCS Game Rules by Age Division



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, switch sides at halftime
  • Absolutely no sliding
  • Out of bounds: there is no gray area for out of bounds. If the ball completely crosses the line it is out of bounds and play should stop and be restarted. If the ball does not completely cross the line it is still in bounds and play does not stop.
  • Positions: attack vs defend
  • Substitutions: No substituting "on the fly," sub only when the ball goes out of bounds and at quarter breaks. We recommend that players be substituted every 4 minutes, but this is not a hard and fast rule; each coach can sub players in whatever way makes the most sense for their team.
  • 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, switch sides at halftime
  • Absolutely no sliding
  • Out of bounds: there is no gray area for out of bounds. If the ball completely crosses the line it is out of bounds and play should stop and be restarted. If the ball does not completely cross the line it is still in bounds and play does not stop.
  • Positions: focus on one player to the ball, others in position for support (don’t bunch up)
  • Substitutions: No substituting "on the fly," sub only when the ball goes out of bounds and at quarter breaks. We recommend that players be substituted every 4 minutes, but this is not a hard and fast rule; each coach can sub players in whatever way makes the most sense for their team.
  • 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, throw-ins, no heading, no goal keepers, switch sides at halftime
  • Absolutely no sliding
  • New rules introduced:
    • Throw-ins replace kick-ins - both feet flat on the ground until ball is released, ball is held with both hands and goes back completely over the head before being thrown forward and released. If the throw-in is done incorrectly, it needs to be redone. Each team gets unlimited throw-ins, but if the same player continues to do it incorrectly, another player on the same team should be given the ball to do the throw-in and get the game moving.
    • Goal kicks - when offense kicks the ball out at the end line, ball to be placed in front of the goal
    • Corner kicks - when defense kicks the ball out at the end line, ball to be placed on the corner closest to where it was kicked out
  • Out of bounds: there is no gray area for out of bounds. If the ball completely crosses the line it is out of bounds and play should stop and be restarted. If the ball does not completely cross the line it is still in bounds and play does not stop.
  • 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 (still no goalkeepers)
  • Substitutions: No substituting "on the fly," sub only when the ball goes out of bounds and at quarter breaks. We recommend that players be substituted every 4 minutes, but this is not a hard and fast rule; each coach can sub players in whatever way makes the most sense for their team.
  • 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 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, instructional offsides, no goals from offside position
  • Absolutely no sliding
  • New rules introduced: throw-ins, goalie, referees, instructional offsides
  • Attacking team moves behind midfield line for goal kicks.
  • 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, heading is allowed
  • 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
  • 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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