In-Town Intramural Grade 3 Overview

**** SPRING 2016 UPDATE****

The Spring 2016 outdoor season begins Saturday April 9th and will end June 11th.  There will be no games Memorial Day Weekend.

The location of each program will not be determined until likely 1-2 weeks prior to the start of the season, so please check back for updates.

Please register prior to February 15th which is when our $25 late fee goes into effect.  If you miss that date, then be SURE to register prior to our $100 late fee which takes effect March 15th. 

3rd Grade Saturday Sessions

The 3rd grade program continues our focus on skill development while introducing longer and larger games with goalies.  The 75 minute session takes place Saturday mornings (field location TBD) and is broken into two parts:  Skill training and small sided games.  

The first 25 or so minuteds of each session will be devoted to skill training conducted by professional coaches with help from our volunteer coaches.  The skills training will follow a defined curriculum that builds on itself each week.  

Following a brief transition, the second portion of each session will be devoted to a  6 v 6 game including goalies.  Games will be refereed by an NYS assigned referee.  Games will typically feature two (20) minute halves and a 5 minute half time.  The 6 v 6 game is designed to promote involvement, maximize touches on the ball and application of the skills learned in the previous skills session and in that respect is identical to our BAYS U9 (3rd grade) travel program.  

In addition to weekly training and a game, every team's volunteer coach is expected to run at least 1 (1 hour) practice week.  Practice will be led by your team's volunteer coach(es) at fields and times to be determined by them.

3rd grade teams and the games schedules are typically announced 1-2 weeks prior to the start of the season.  We try to run 3rd grade soccer between 8:30 and 10:30 AM on Saturdays.

Grade 3 Specific Rules

Newton Youth Soccer uses standard FIFA rules with the differences described below. 

Field of Play - 60 yds x 40 yds

Ball Size - 4

Number of Players on Field - 6 v 6

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 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.


Shinguards are required and should be worn under the players socks.  Cleats are not required but as suggested.



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