U7-U8 Handbook (1st, 2nd and 3rd grades)

HYS RULES for Grade 1   (scroll down for 2nd and 3rd grade)

Field Size: 25 x 35 Yards

Goal Size: Small goals marked with cones

Ball Size: Size 3

Format: 4v4, no Goalkeeper (if number of players is low, coaches may decide to play 3v3)

Time: 48min with 4 quarters. Substitutions on 6 min intervals recommended.

 Restarts:

 Start of quarter – alternate possession in center of field. Pass to start.

 Sidelines:

  • Kick-ins or Dribble-ins. Emphasize quick restarts. Have players place ball down quickly and immediately kick or dribble into play. Do not allow a running start.
  • Defense must be 5 yards back.

Endlines: Kick-in or Coach drop-in (coaches should decide before start of game).                                                                                                                

Goals – Start in center of field. Pass to start.

Team Formation: Teams are made up of players with a variety of skill levels. The goal is to create teams of equal strength so that all end up with roughly a .500 record.

Equal Playing Time: Each player shall play a minimum of 50% of the total playing time and no player shall play the entire game unless all other players have played at least 75% of the game.                                                                                                                                          

Referee: There will be no official referee for first grade games. One coach or assistant coach from each team should be on the field at all times. Parents can be substituted for coaches if necessary.

 

HYS RULES for 2nd and 3rd GradeINTOWN PROGRAM

The HYS In Town Program is for children in 2nd and 3rd grade. There are separate leagues for second and third grades as well as for boys and girls. Grade enrollment, not age, determines player placement.

Practice

– Typically 2nd & 3rd graders have a 1 hour practice during the week.

HYS RULES FOR IN TOWN (2nd and 3rd grade)
Field Size: Between 30-40 yards wide and 40-60 yards long
Goal Size: In Town goals
Ball Size: Size 3 (2nd grade), size 4 (3rd grade)
Format: 5v5 with Goalkeeper (2nd grade), 6v6 with Goalkeeper (3rd grade)
Time: 48min with 4 quarters.
Restarts:
Start of half – Alternate possession in center of field. Pass to start.
Sidelines (2nd grade) – Kick-ins or Dribble-ins. Emphasize quick restarts. Have
players place ball down quickly and immediately kick or dribble into play. Do not allow
a running start. Defense must be 5 yards back.
Sidelines (3rd grade) – Throw-ins.
Endlines – Goal kicks and corner kicks.
Goals – Start in center of field. Pass to start.

Team Formation: Teams are made up of players with a variety of skill levels. The goal is to create a team of equal strength so that all end up with roughly a .500 record.

Equal Playing Time: Each player shall play a minimum of 50% of the total playing time and no player shall play the entire game unless all other players have played at least 75% of the game.

Referee: There will be one official referee. Many of these referees are new, so parents and coaches should have patience as the referees improve and gain confidence.

The Laws of the Game are established by the International Football Association Board (IFAB), and govern all play sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). The InTown Program follows these Laws with some specific modifications to suit different age groups and different playing arrangements (e.g. 6v6). The modifications for the In Town Program can be seen at hopkintonsoccer.org. Click on Parents Home Page and then click on Rules of the Game.

Report cards

All In Town players will receive HYS Report Cards. This will be a simple multiple question card for coaches to fill out on each of their players. This is a way to give feedback to players and their parents on what they are doing well, and what they can work on. These report cards should be given out at the last game of the season.