Rules and Regulations

Team Shirts

  • No two teams in the same Division shall have shirts of similar color.
  • All shirts must have an 8-inch number on the back with the exception of all groups under 9, which will have a 6-inch number.
  • No alternations to the shirts (i.e., names on the back) are to be made until the teams have been finalized as determined by the League.

Dress

  • All players must wear their League-supplied shirts for each game. Shin guards must be worn in all divisions.
  • In cold weather; players may wear other attire under their complete uniform. (this rule will be waived if the league cannot supply a properly fitting uniform.)
  • All players must wear outdoor soccer shoes (except for the little kickers divisions, which may wear running shoes if parents are unable to find a size small enough.)

Soccer Ball Sizes

  • Little Kickers and Rascals will use a size # 3 ball
  • Squirts and Atoms will use a size # 4 ball
  • Mosquitoes & Adults will use a size # 5 ball

Duration of Games

Little Kickers………………….….….…. 15-minute practice & Two – ten (10) minute halves – Break 5 Minutes
Rascals………………………….…...………………………Two – twenty (20) minute halves – Break 5 Minutes
Squirts………………….……………………………….Two – twenty-five (25) minute halves – Break 5 Minutes
Atoms…………………………….………………………Two – Thirty-five (35) minute halves – Break 10 Minutes
Mosquitoes………………………………..…………………..Two – Forty (40) minute halves – Break 10 Minutes
Adults………………………………………..…………...Two – Thirty-five (35) minute halves – Break 10 Minutes

Playing Rules

  1. Little Kicker Division will now be an instructional divisional. No scores will be kept for these games; however, names will get published on our website when goals are scored. During the games, 2 coaches are allowed on the field. No Parents.
  2. Rascal Division only 1 coach is allowed on the field per team to assist players with learning the game.
  3. Games Points – 3 points for a win, 1 for a tie, 0 for a loss.
  4. ALL players shall have equal playing time. (Exception to the rule is the goalie who may play the entire game in net)
  5. At the discretion of the Board, the playing time rule can be amended for all Divisions.
  6. Forfeit Game – Big Field - Any team not having at least 7 players, including the goalie, by 5 minutes after the scheduled game start time, will forfeit the game, and the game will be registered as a loss. The score will be 0-0, with the win going to the other team.
  7. Forfeit Game – Top Field - Any team not having at least 5 players, including the goalie, by 5 minutes after the scheduled game start time will forfeit the game, and The game will be registered as a loss. The score will be 0-0, with the win going to the other team.
  8. Forfeit Game – Bottom Field - Any team not having at least 6 players, including the goalie by 5 minutes after the scheduled game start time, will forfeit the game, and the game will be registered as a loss. The score will be 0-0, with the win going to the other team.
  9. A team bringing up players cannot bring up more players than the opposing team has.
  10. If a team or both teams just meets the minimum number of players, they are able to bring up players to allow the team some spares so players can rest as long as the teams are still even.
  11. Once a game has started, you can only bring up players if you are within 15 minutes of the start of the game. These players must have playtime during those 15 minutes. In other words, you cannot add additional players after the first 15 minutes of the game.
  12. You cannot take a player from the same division you are in if you are short.
  13. Teams who elect not to play in inclement weather will be given zero points for the game, and the game will be registered as a loss. The score will be 0-0, with the win going to the other team.
  14. Games will only be canceled and rescheduled if possible due to extreme weather conditions (i.e., lightning) at the discretion of the referee and the board. A decision will be made to cancel one game or all games, depending on the weather report.
  15. No overtime during the regular season.
  16. The Executive Board of the League at their Executive Meeting may modify, add or delete any Rules or Regulations for the better of the League. The league will be notified within 14 days of any changes.

Code of Conduct

Coaches

  • Children are playing for their enjoyment
  • Fair playing time for all players regardless of skill level
  • Never ridicule or yell at any child for making a mistake or blame them for losing a game
  • Set a good example, applaud all good plays for both teams
  • Win or lose show good sportsmanship
  • Discourage intentional rough or violent play
  • Discourage foul language or verbal abuse to anyone
  • Never yell at an official for making a bad call

Players

  • Players are part of a team; they share in the successes and failures
  • Fair play and cooperation are encouraged at all times
  • Play for your enjoyment, not your parents
  • Control your temper – avoid rough or violent play
  • Foul language or verbal abuse is not acceptable behavior
  • Play by the rules
  • Winning is only part of it. Having fun, improving skills, making friends, and doing your best is also important.
  • Applaud all good plays for both teams
  • Win or lose show good sportsmanship

Parents

  • Children are playing for their enjoyment, not their parents
  • Encourage your child to play by the rules of the game
  • Show your appreciation of volunteer coaches and officials
  • Never ridicule or yell at any child for making a mistake or blame them for losing a game
  • Set a good example, applaud all good plays for both teams
  • Discourage intentional rough or violent play
  • Discourage foul language or verbal abuse to anyone

Board Members

  • All of the above as well as
  • Show leadership. Be a role model
  • Show professionalism
  • Control your temper and no yelling at anyone
  • Promote a healthy environment

Zero Tolerance

The Plymouth Park Soccer League is a strong supporter of promoting mutual respect, fair play cooperation and encourages the values of good sportsmanship throughout the league. Our goal is to eliminate verbal abuse and maintain a safe physical environment for our players, coaches, referees, and spectators.

 

Policy

Any person judged by the League to be guilty of verbally abusive conduct or physical abuse towards another person while at the soccer field will be reported to the Disciplinary Committee. The Disciplinary Committee will then review and deal with the situation.

Consequences are and are not limited to:

  1. Verbal warning
  2. Written warning
  3. Game suspension
  4. Banned from the park
  5. Police involvement