Guidelines

Practices

Practices will be held on weekday evenings and will last 60-90 minutes.  Practice times may be moved up if you start running out of daylight to practice.

Players need to bring/wear the following items for practice (not supplied by the league):

  • Shorts, T-shirt and socks
  • Shin guards
  • Sneakers or cleats
  • Water bottle

Games

Games typically start at the following times but age distribution and the number of teams in each age division may affect scheduling:

  • U-6   - 9 am and 10:10 am
  • U-8   - 9 am and 10:10 am
  • U-10 - 9 am and 10:10 am
  • U-13 - 9 am and 10:10 am
  • U-16 - 11:45 am

The specific schedules will be posted on the website. Players should arrive at the field at least 15 minutes before game time.

For U6, coaches will act as referees, and parents are invited to sit on the same side of the field as the teams to help organize players to get onto the field when needed.  We ask that the families sit directly behind the teams’ side.  Parents are asked to sit on the opposite side of the field from teams for all other age groups.

For all age divisions, the requirement is to have each child play at least half of each game.

Some coaches (especially in the younger age divisions) may ask parents to participate by providing a fruit and/or healthy snack for the players after each game. If you sign up to do this, please ask the other parents about any food allergies.

For games, players need to bring:

  • Shorts and socks (their own)
  • Sneakers or cleats (their own)
  • Shin guards (their own)
  • T-shirt (supplied by the league)
  • Water bottle to fill

Water will be supplied by the league in coolers.

Weather

Games and practices will be canceled if it is raining or if the fields are too wet to play on.  The league will try to post any cancellations on its website by 8 a.m. on Saturday mornings.  Coaches will also try to reach you by email or at any other number provided.  If fields need to be closed for weekly practice, the league will announce by 3:00pm, and coaches will contact you by email or by phone.

Parents’ Responsibilities

Fill out the registration form completely and legibly (online registration is preferable).
Be on time for practices.
For the younger age groups, please stay at the fields for practices in case you are needed for your child.
Players need to arrive 15 minutes prior to game time on Saturdays.
Parents should support coaches, kids and referees, and be positive and respectful at games.

Specifics rules by age group:
  • U6:
    • U6 uses size 3 soccer balls.
    • U6 teams should play either 5v5 or 6v6 depending on mutual coach decision prior to a game.
    • There are no goalies in U6
    • Coaches referee so they can stop and instruct/help as needed
    • All kids should play at least half of each game
    • 4 ten-minute quarters (short breaks between each)
  • U8
    • U8 uses size 4 soccer balls
    • Number of players can be based on players in attendance in a specific game
    • Preferred number would be 6v6
    • There are goalies in U8, but no child should play goalie for the whole game
    • U8 referees will stop play to teach, and coaches are encouraged to work directly with refs to guide and redirect as needed during play.
    • One referee assigned to each game
    • All kids should play at least half of each game
    • Four 10 to 12 minute quarters (short breaks between each)
  • U10 and U13
    • U10 and U13 use size 4 soccer balls.
    • Preferred numbers are 8v8 or 9v9 (Coach discretion based on attendance). They could go as small as 7v7, but that should be the least number of players.
    • There are goalies in U10 and U13, but no child should play goalie for the whole game.
    • Two referees assigned to each game
    • All kids should play at least half of each game.
    • Two 25 minute halves with a 5-10 minute half time
  • U16
    • Size 5 soccer balls
    • Full-field 11 v 11
    • All FIFA rules
    • Two 35-40 minute halves
    • Two referees
    • All kids should play at least half of each game.

BE POSITIVE AND HAVE FUN!

This is recreational soccer; the focus is on participation and having fun. The SOKS Board is committed to the concept that every child should have the opportunity to play at least half of every game.  Keeping scores and results of games should not be a priority at any age level.  The priority of the league is teaching good sportsmanship, providing the fun of being part of a team, respecting one another, and learning and improving skills within the sport of soccer.  Especially in the younger age groups, some coaches are coaching for the first time.  Support them in any way you can.  Working with your kids at home will reinforce the skills we work on in practices.  Lastly, we all want our kids to succeed, so please remember during games and practices to try and keep all comments, cheering and shouting positive and constructive.

If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, or if you want to volunteer, please email the SOKS Board at soks.soccer@gmail.com.

Thank you for your participation in SOKS!