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Age Specific Rules

Intentional heading the ball is not allowed to reduce risk of injury.

2nd Grade

No goalies

No penalty kicks! Instead direct, 12-yard free-kick without a player (empty netter)

Game Duration: 20 min of each half with 5 min intermission

Out of Bounds (restarts):

Sidelines: When a ball goes out of bounds on the sideline (touchline) the game will be restarted by a throw-in.

End-lines:  When a ball goes out over the end-line, the game will be restarted by either a goal kick (if the ball was kicked out by the attacking team) or a corner kick (if the ball was kicked out by the defending team).  

On a goal kick, the defending team will need to move back to the midfield line prior to the goal kick.  The reason for this rule is that we want the attacking team to be able to put the ball back in play and attempt to move the ball forward.  Once the ball is put in play, the defending team can come into the attacking team's side of the field.

Substitutions:

Substitutions can be made on any out of bounds situation or when a child needs to come out of the game due to an injury.  Please signal the referee whenever you want to substitute and wait for the referee to acknowledge the request prior to making your change.  Please note: The rule of thumb for all coaches will be to give all players equal playing time each week.

3rd, 4th and 5th-6th Grade
3rd, 4th and 5th-6th Grade Game Duration: 30 min of each half with 15 min intermission

Out of Bounds (restarts):

Sidelines: When a ball goes out of bounds on the sideline (touchline) the game will be restarted by a throw-in.

End-lines:  When a ball goes out over the end-line, the game will be restarted by either a goal kick (if the ball was kicked out by the attacked team) or a corner kick (if the ball was kicked out by the defending team).  

Special Rules regarding goal kicks / goalie punts and goalie throws:

Goal kicks, goalie punts (to include drop kicks), and goalie throws can not travel over the midfield line in the air.  The ball must bounce first or be touched in the air by a defending player to be in play.  Balls that travel over the midfield line in the air will result in a dead ball, indirect kick for the defending team at the spot the ball landed.

Substitutions:

Substitutions can be made on any out of bounds situation or when a child needs to come out of the game due to an injury.  Please signal the ref when are want to substitute and wait for the ref to acknowledge the request prior to making your change.  Please note: The rule of thumb for all coaches will be to give all players equal playing time each week.

Scheduling Games, Receiving Payment, & Payment Rates

For Spring 2019, NYS is moving to an app called SILBO for IM referees to schedule games and receive payment.  Information on how to use the app and links to download the app for your phone and/or register via the website is shown below. 

Registration with Silbo will be completed via a verification screening call and for referees below the age of 13, Silbo will send an authorization form that needs to be signed by a parent.  

While we still encourage a certification program, payments will be based on grade level.


Referee Payment Rate

 Referee Observer

Grade 2

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5/6 * Grade 2 

$ 18

$ 20.70

$ 20.70

$ 25.20$ 25.20
* Payment Rate for Grade 2 Mentor
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