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Last Revised on June 12, 2018

1. For the Sake of God’s Children

a. Coaches are required to read, electronically sign, follow and strictly enforce the Behavioral Standards list in the Volunteer Covenant.

b. All coaches are required to wear their CYM ID badges at all practices and games.

c. CYM coaches are required to verify that anyone wishing to help coach a team is a CYM certified individual.

2. Practice, Scrimmage, Games

a. Teams may participate in strength and conditioning drills, beginning the 3rd Monday of June and ending the 1st Friday in August.  Strength and conditioning drills include running, strength, stretching, and endurance training only.  There will be no traditional practice, drills, and/or development and/or formations of play of any type.  Any team found to be engaging in activities other than muscle and endurance development is subject to sanction by the soccer coordinator, soccer committee and/or CYM athletic director.

b. Official soccer season practice will begin on the 3rd Monday before Labor Day.

c. “Scrimmages” are any games other than a CYM scheduled game or a CYM affiliated tournament game.

d. Practices, scrimmages and games are not to be held on Sundays before noon.

e. Practice limitations

i. Teams may not practice and/or scrimmages more than 3 days in a week (Monday-Sunday)

ii. Teams may not practice and/or scrimmage more than 3 consecutive days (For example Fri/Sat/Sun one week and Mon/Tue/Wed the following week)

iii. Teams may not practice longer than 2 hours in any one day. Warming up, stretching, water breaks and cool-down activities are to be included in that 2 hour period.

iv. Coaches are to closely monitor players for heat related symptoms and provide water breaks every fifteen (15) minutes during practices in August and September.

v. When the temperature is above 95°, regardless of humidity, only stretches, walk-through and blackboard sessions are permitted.

vi. When the sum of the temperature and relative humidity equals or exceeds 170 (For example 85° and 85% relative humidity), only stretches, walk-through and blackboard sessions are permitted.

f. It is strongly recommended that soccer teams have at least one individual certified in CPR and one individual certified in first aid present at all practices and games. The individual may be a coach, cleared parent or cleared parish volunteer. The certification should be current and should have been completed by an accredited institution (i.e., Red Cross, American Heart Association). A person that is certified in both CPR and First Aid is acceptable.

3. Game Rules – If a rule is not specifically addressed herein, NFHS (“Federation”) rules apply. In the event of a conflict between sets of rules, these rules control.

a. Game scores are to be emailed each week to the soccer coordinator, no Later than Thursday mornings.  Emailed scores are required to indicate the following: 

i. Home Team Name and Score vs Away Team Name and Score
ii. Day, Date, Location
iii. Varsity or JV
iv. Division “C” or “Y” for Varsity & Division “1” or “2” for JV

b. All games for both JV & Varsity will be played with a running clock.  There will be no overtime for regular season games.

c. All head coaches must have a printed copy of their team roster, with names and jersey numbers, at each game.   The printed copy must match the official online roster. If any player is missing, coming late, or requesting exception from the mandatory play rule, this must be noted on the roster.  Coaches will exchange rosters prior to each game.

i. Violations of this section are to be reported to the CYM Office. They should also be reported to the game official.  The incident will be reviewed, with potential penalties ranging from a warning to forfeiture.

d. VARSITY 11v11 format

i. Varsity game time is two 30-minute halves, half-time will be 5 minutes.

ii. Varsity teams with 8 eligible players must begin the game. Additional players that arrive may be inserted into the game at the direction of the game official until the team reaches the normal number of players for a game.

iii. If a Varsity team fails to have a minimum of 8 eligible players available to play 15 minutes after the scheduled start, a forfeit will be awarded. The teams may still play a game following the award of the forfeit, however, the game will stand as a forfeit regardless of the outcome if additional players arrive.

e. All Varsity players suited for the game must play a minimum of 15 minutes. Exceptions to this rule include an injury, medical issues with the child, disciplinary reasons or special circumstances as agreed to by coaches of both teams. A violation will result in the team forfeiting the game.

f. JV 9v9 format 

i. JV game time is four 15-minute periods. There will be 2 minutes between periods and half-time will be 5 minutes.

ii. JV field size should be 50 yards in width and 80 yards in length.

iii. Junior Varsity teams with 7 eligible players must begin the game. Additional players that arrive may be inserted into the game at the direction of the game official until the team reaches the normal number of players for a game.

iv. If a Junior Varsity team fails to have a minimum of 7 eligible players available to play 15 minutes after the scheduled start, a forfeit will be awarded. The teams may still play a game following the award of the forfeit with the game officials working same; however, the game will stand as a forfeit regardless of the outcome if additional players arrive.

g. All Junior Varsity players must play at least 1 full, continuous 15-minute period in regular season games. Exceptions to this rule include an injury, medical issues with the child, disciplinary reasons or special circumstances as agreed to by coaches of both teams. In the case of exceptions, coaches still are expected to do everything possible to preserve the spirit of the rule, which is to give every player a meaningful amount of playing time in every game.

h. U.S. Soccer: Soccer Player Safety guidelines for U11 and under

i. For JV only: Slide tackles will not be allowed, considering most players at this level do not have the ability to correctly/effectively execute a safe slide tackle.

a) Violations of this rule will be considered "dangerous play," and the restart will be an "indirect free kick.”

b) As with any foul, continued violation of the rule may be considered "persistent infringement," and a yellow card may be issued.

ii. For JV only: No intentional heading of the ball during game play or practice.

a) If a ball is headed & remains on the field of play, the restart will be an indirect free kick for the opposing team at the spot of the infraction. If a defender deliberately heads the ball anywhere within his/her own penalty area, the location of the indirect free kick will be the spot closest to the infraction on the penalty area box. (18 yard line)

b) If a ball is headed directly off the field of play, leaving at a touchline, the restart will be a throw-in for the opponent at the spot where the ball left play. If a ball is deliberately headed and the ball leaves the field of play at a goal line, the restart will be a goal kick or a corner kick:

i. If an attacking player deliberately heads the ball over the goal line, the restart will be a goal kick.

ii. If a defending player deliberately heads the ball over the goal line, the restart will be a corner kick.

iii. If a defending player deliberately heads the ball but it still enters his/her goal, a goal will be awarded and there will be a restart kick-off. If an attacking player heads a ball into the goal, the goal will be negated; the restart will be a goal kick.

4. Equipment

a. All teams are required to have 3 designated game balls for each game for which they are listed as “Home” on the schedule.

b. Junior Varsity teams will use a #4 soccer ball in all games.  Varsity teams will use a #5 soccer ball in all games.

c. All teams should have a basic bench medical kit.  i.e. band-aids, gauze pads, medical tape, ice packs, etc.

d. All teams are responsible for ensuring corner flags are available for each game for which they are listed as “Home” on the schedule. (Must be at least 5’ in height) See National Federation Rule Book for specifics on corner flags.

e. All players are required to wear age & size appropriate shin guards. Socks are required to completely cover shin guards.  Referees have the final decision on age & size appropriate shin guards.  Coaches, please be mindful to discuss this with parents. 

f. All teams are required to have 2 sets of socks.  One set light colored socks (white, tan, beige, yellow, and/or orange) and one set dark colored socks (black, blue, green, and/or red).  Teams listed as the “Home” team on the CYM schedule are to wear light color socks.  Teams listed as the “Away” team on the CYM schedule are to wear dark color socks.

g. All teams are required to have at the very least 12 sports pinnies that are a distinctly different color than their uniform jersey color.  The home team is required to wear pinnies anytime the referees deem it necessary to differentiate teams.

h. Metal cleats are prohibited for all players.

i. Anyone wearing metal dental appliances such as braces must wear a protective mouth guard. The protective mouth guard should be of any readily visible color other than white or clear.

j. Arm/Hand casts are to be covered on all surfaces with high-density, closed-cell polyurethane foam no less than ½ inch thick.  A physician needs to sign a medical release, and the player’s coach needs to provide the release to the referee at the field. 

k. Wearing jewelry during games is prohibited.  It is the responsibility of the head coach to make sure players and parents are aware of this rule.

5. Division Alignment

a. Both JV and Varsity soccer coaches are required to submit a soccer division placement form by the date announced at the pre-season coaches meeting. The division placement form will include the name and grade of each player. The form must indicate whether a player plays for a rep/travel team, and if so, must list the club name, the player’s team name, and the number of years the player has played rep/travel soccer. (with that club/team or any other)

b. The CYM Soccer Committee will review all division placement forms:

i. The final decision on division alignment and placement of teams will be posted on the CYM online site. Once the division alignment is finalized, the Soccer Committee reserves the right to move a team up a division for playoffs if:

a) The division placement form contains incomplete or inaccurate information

b) The final team roster has players on the roster that were not listed on the division alignment form

ii. The soccer committee strongly suggests that parishes with 2 or more teams in either the Varsity or JV Division place their more talented players on their #1 team and new or less talented players on their #2 team. All parishes with 2 teams at the Varsity level or the JV level will have one team placed in division “C” or division “1,” and one team placed in division “Y” or division “2.”

iii. No division will have less than 6 teams.

a) Varsity level: if there are less than ten 10 teams there will be one division for both regular and post season play.

b) Varsity level: if there are 10-13 teams there will be one division for regular season play and will be divided by seeding for “C” and “Y” division playoffs.

c) Varsity level: if there are 14-20 teams there will be 2 divisions “C” and “Y” division.  Teams will participate in the playoffs in the division they played regular season games.

d) Varsity level: if there are 19-20 teams the soccer committee will evaluate the division alignment forms to determine if there is a clear-cut line to add an “O” division.

e) Varsity level: if there are less than 21 teams there will be 2 divisions (C and Y).  If there are 21+ teams the committee will open a third division (O).

f) Varsity level: O division will be reserved as strictly a recreational division only. Players who are participating or have participated on a travel team in the previous year will not be eligible to play in this division.

g) JV level: if there are less than 12-13 teams there will be 1 division. (“1”)  If there are more than 14 teams, there will be 2 divisions, (“1” & “2”)

h) JV level: division 2 will be for new, young and less talented players.    

6. Etiquette

a. Each team should have 2 people (one for each side of the field) to retrieve loose balls that leave the field and to assist with the movement of the game.

b. Each team should be ready to supply 1 responsible, soccer-knowledgeable linesperson in the event a referee requests assistance.

c. Team sideline etiquette:

i. No coaches, players or fans are to stand on the end lines.

ii. No players or coaches are to stand within 2 feet of the sideline.

iii. The team bench area is located 10 yards past midfield and extends 20 yards towards the end line.  All coaches must stay within the bench area during the game.  All players that are not in the game must also stay within the bench area unless they are preparing to sub-in.

iv. Player substitution area will be 5 yards on either side of the mid-field. Players may only sub-in at the mid-field substitution area. See Federation substitution rules.

v. In addition, each team will be responsible for assuring that only coaches and players are on one side of the field and parents and fans are on the opposite side of the field.  (Exception: Nativity field)

7. Blow Out Games – In spite of the best of intentions to fairly align divisions, mismatches still may occur. CYM does recognize that there are occasions when the frustration of the players may indicate that it is in the best interest of the players on both teams to call a game. As a result, the following rules will be in effect for both Varsity and JV Soccer games:

a. If a team is losing a game by more than 5 goals at half time, the coach of the losing team can request that the second half playing time be reduced up to 15 minutes.

b. If the coach of the losing team does ask to reduce time, it is with the understanding that the second half goes back to a full 30 minutes if the score difference becomes 4 goals or less.

c. If during the second half the lead of the winning team increases, the coach of the losing team can notify the head official and call the game.

d. If the game is called at the request of the coach of the losing team, the score at the time the game is called will be the official score and will not be considered a forfeit.

e. Cutting the second half playing time should help when mismatches occur. Coaches of both winning and losing teams should work together and make every effort to play the game to the completion of the full or shortened second half when possible.

8. Varsity Play-offs & Championships

a. Seeding for playoffs is as follows: 3 points per win, 1 point per tie, 0 points per loss.  If there is a points tie, first tie breaker will be head to head competition; the second tie breaker will be a coin flip (2-team tie) or names drawn from a hat (3-team or more tie).

b. As a rule no team will move down a division for playoffs games.  In very rare and extreme cases, the issue can be reviewed by the soccer committee and CYM athletic director.  The soccer committee and CYM athletic director’s decision will be final.

c. In the event a team wants to move up a division or is required to move up a division due to alignment adjustments as described in 5(b)(i), the Soccer Committee will make the final decision on seeding said team. 

d. Varsity playoffs will follow the same regular season game time platform; two 30-minute halves, half-time will be 5 minutes with overtime if necessary. (see Section 10) 

e. Every player suited must have playing time. Amount of time is at the discretion of the head coach.  A violation will result in the team forfeiting the game.

f. Varsity Soccer coaches must print out their CYM online team roster for each game, add jersey numbers next to each player’s name, and note players that will be missing, late or possibly excepted from the mandatory play rule. Coaches must provide a copy of the printed, notated roster to the opposing coach and referees before each game.

g. If you believe there is a violation of this section at a game, you must inform the CYM Sports Director and CYM Soccer Coordinator ASAP after the completion of the game.  The circumstances will be reviewed by CYM personnel to determine if a violation occurred, and any consequent sanctions.

9. Varsity Post Season Overtime

a. There will be up to two 10-minute sudden victory periods.

i. Prior to the start of this period, a flip of the coin will take place. The winner of the coin flip will decide if they want the ball first or which goal to defend. 

ii. The first team that scores wins the game. If there is no score after the first 10 minutes of sudden victory period, there will be a 2-minute break.  Teams will change sides of the field and a second 10-minute sudden victory period will be played.

iii. If there is still a tie after 2 sudden victory periods, the game will move to penalty shot round(s).  There will be a 3-minute break prior to the start of 1st round shootout.

iv. Only the players on the field at the end of overtime will be eligible for the penalty shot rounds.

b. 1st Round Shootout: 5 penalty shot victory:

i. Five players will be selected from each team to take penalty shots at the same goal. The game official will decide the goal to use.

ii. Five kickers must be selected from the group of players last on the field at the end of sudden victory.

iii. The coach may substitute for goalie if necessary from players who finished sudden victory over-time.

iv. A goalie may also be one of the 5 kickers.

v. During the 5 penalty shot format, teams will alternate kicks. The team with most penalty shots made wins.

vi. All other players that were not on the field during sudden victory must remain 10 yards behind midfield. Each team is responsible for compliance. 

vii. All parents and fans must remain off the field and not stand between the 20 yard line and the end line.  Each team is responsible for compliance.

c. 2nd Round Shootout: Single penalty shot victory:

i. Each team will line up the 11 players that were on the field at the end of sudden victory per Section 9(a)(iv), with the 5 players from 1st Round Shootout at the end of the rotation.

ii. The coach may substitute for goalie if necessary from players who finished sudden victory over-time.

iii. Each team will alternate having 1 player take a shot.

iv. If the score remains tied, continue the single shot kicks with players from each team alternating kicks until 1 team scores and the other team does not score.  Repeat process if necessary.

10. Weather Conditions Coaches need to be aware of the potential for storms appearing during practices/games.  If you hear thunder or observe lighting, suspend all activities and make sure everyone returns to their cars or seeks shelter in a building.  Wait a minimum of 30 minutes after hearing thunder or observing lightning before resuming the practice/game.

11. Games Stopping Due To Weather/Field Conditions

a. Regular season games stopped during the first half and not finished due to weather/field conditions will result in the game being rescheduled. The rescheduled game will be a full game with both teams starting the reschedule game with a 0-0 score.

b. If the game is stopped during half time or the 2nd half, the game will be considered a full game and the score will stand.

c. In the case of playoff games, the following rules will apply:

i. If the game is stopped during the first half and not finished, the game will be rescheduled as a full game with both teams starting with a 0-0 score

ii. If the game is stopped at half time or during the first 15 minutes of the second half, the game will be considered a suspended game. There will be a 20-minute half played with the score being the same as when the game was stopped.

iii. If the game is stopped with less than 15 minutes remaining and the score is not tied, the game will be considered completed. If the score is tied, the game will be considered suspended, with teams playing a 20-minute half with the same score.

d. If a post season playoff/championship game is stopped at any point during the overtime format, teams will play the overtime format from the beginning as described in section 9.

12. Postponements/Make-Up Games due to inclement weather and/or poor field condition:

a. Coaches from both teams are responsible for contacting the coordinator to arrange for a make-up game.

b. If the game has not been played prior to the beginning of the play-offs, it will be considered “no contest.”  Since the “no contest” may impact seeding in the play-offs, it is recommended that make-up games be rescheduled as soon as possible.

Related Policies:

All coaches (head and assistant) in the CYM program must become thoroughly familiar with the sport specific rules for the sports he/she coaches. It is CYM policy that all sport specific rules be followed for any CYM practice and/or game. 8266