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Commentary on the League Rules

Commentary on the League Rules

CAA Soccer Rules Commentary

  • Coaches should encourage players’ parents to view the league website for rules information.
  • Coaches should make sure their players understand the rules.
  • This is an instructional league – we want the kids to learn some skills, learn sportsmanship and teamwork, and most importantly HAVE FUN.
  • The referees are young and in many cases new to the job. Have patience, help them out when possible and don’t give them a hard time (Reference Rule 1-B).
  • For K thru 3rd grade, up to two coaches may be on the field for each team (Reference Rule 2-A). It often works best if one stays with the offense and one with the defense. In the 4th-6th grade league, the league commissioner can further limit the number of coaches on the field.
  • Substitute players at each half-quarter or quarter, preferably with goalies only being switched at the quarter (Reference Rule 2-C).
  • Please keep the goalies safe by encouraging your players to hold up if the goalie is attempting to possess the ball (Reference Rule 2-D).
  • To the extent possible, every player should play equally and at all positions (Reference Rule 2-F).
  • Take whatever steps you can to keep games from becoming lopsided (Reference Rule 2-L). If needed, try the following:
    • Make sure your defenders stay back and make your offensive players stay forward.
    • Force your team to pass the ball to 5 different players before taking a shot
    • Put better players on defense, at goalie, or let them take a break.
    • “Loan” players to the other team for the duration of the game.
    • Play short one player (or two if needed).
    • Allow the opposing team to add players on the field.
  • For the K thru 3rd grade, coaches can decide to play 10- or 12-minute quarters, unless darkness, weather, field conditions or shortage of players make shorter quarters desirable (Reference Rule 3-A).
  • On Saturdays, please keep in mind that there are games after you and try to keep on schedule. Otherwise it makes life difficult for participants in later games.
  • Coaches may decide together to call a game at their discretion, for weather or field conditions (Reference Rule 3-C). The referee also has the authority to call off a game at his or her sole discretion if warranted by playing conditions. If lightning is spotted, the game MUST be stopped immediately.
  • Shin guards are MANDATORY…no exceptions (Reference Rule 4-B).
  • For K thru 3rd grade, we don’t keep score and we don’t keep standings (Reference Rule 7-A). In the 4th-6th grade league, the league commissioner may decide to keep score and league standings (Reference Rule 7-B).
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