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Wauconda Area Youth Soccer Club

Player Handbook

RECREATIONAL PLAYER HANDBOOK

Typically, for fall season, your child's coach will contact you in mid-late August to set up a practice schedule. Each coach sets things up according to her/his own availability, so sessions will vary with each team. The regular season usually begins after Labor Day. U8 games are in-house, meaning each team will only play other U8 teams at the fields at Matthews Middle School. These games are scheduled on Saturday mornings beginning at 8:30 a.m. Coaches will usually request players be at least 20 minutes early to games in order to have time to warm up.

U10 and older teams will play some games on their home field and some games at other towns belonging to NRSL. Your child's coach should provide you directions to the games. Rec teams will usually play 8 weeks of games in the fall and 8 weeks in the spring, usually ending around Memorial Day.

The Wauconda Area Youth Soccer Club holds additional events during the season. The club also has a picture night in April. Individual and team photos are taken.  The club also holds an end-of-the-year picnic on the last day of games scheduled in the spring. If you are interested in helping with any of these events please contact a board member.

What do my fees cover?

Fees will cover many of the costs that go into creating a successful soccer program. These include may the following:

◦ Uniform

◦ Ball (T.K. and K.K.)

◦ Trophy (T.K. through U8) 

◦ IYSA registration and insurance fees

◦ Coaching instruction

◦ Club Administrative costs for postage, copies, etc.

◦ Club overhead costs for web site, hotline, P.O. Box, etc.

◦ Field maintenance including painting.

◦ Referees

◦ Annual Picnic

WHAT IS INCLUDED WITH THE UNIFORM?

WAYSC provides matching jerseys and socks for all coaches and players on a team at the Tiny Kicker and Kinder Kicker level. Soccer cleats or gym shoes should be worn. Players will need to provide their own shin guards.

U8 team members will be provided with a jersey, shorts and socks. Colors will vary by team. Players will need to provide their own shoes and shin guards.

U10 and up team members will be provided with a jersey, shorts and socks. Because these teams travel outside the Wauconda area for games, all our older teams have purple in their jerseys in order to present a unified look. Players will need to provide their own shin guards. A t-shirt may or may not be provided to be used as an alternate jersey for games.

WHERE ARE GAMES PLAYED?

WAYSC uses fields in Wauconda and Island Lake. Tiny Kickers and Kinder Kickers use Cook Park in Wauconda for all of their games. Older age groups may use other Wauconda Park District fields or fields located in Island Lake as well as Wauconda Middle School for their home games. U10 and up players will also travel to other towns for games. Travel games are played at Cook Park and Matthews Middle School (located on Darrell Road). Other fields in the area may be used for practices or games as well.

In order to maintain good working relationships with these field owners, we ask that all players, parents, and spectators treat each field with care and respect. Also, since school bathrooms are not always open for our use, we ask parents and players to "plan ahead" as much as possible. Smoking and alcoholic beverages are prohibited at all WAYSC functions, and playing fields.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN IT RAINS?

In order to protect our players and the condition of the fields games may be canceled if it is raining heavily. Games will never be played if there is lightning in the area at the time of the game. In most cases a board member will check out the fields early in the day and will advise the U8 and U10/12/14 coordinators if their home games will be cancelled. The U8 and U10 coordinators will then call the head coaches of each team and advise them of the cancellations. The coaches will then arrange to have parents notified. Parents may also call the Hotline at 847-289-4167 or check the web site ( http://www.waysc.com/  ). We are more likely to play in light to moderate rain as long as lightning is not a danger.

HOW ARE AGE GROUPS DETERMINED?

To participate in Tiny Kickers, the player must turn four by the start of the season, and be born in 2012.  Players born in 2011 will play at the Kinder Kickers level.  Age groups for U8-U14 are made up of 2-year pairs.  U8 players were born in 2009 and 2010.  U10 players were born in 2007 and 2008.  U12 players were born in 2005 and 2006.  U14 players were born in 2003 and 2004.  Click on this link for US Soccer Birth Year and Season matrix - https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B75zBZf6jGAvSU95T21sdVdOc3c/view?usp=sharing.

Players may not play in an age group younger than the one for which they are eligible. A player may play in an older age group (called "playing up"), but only if a parent is willing to coach the team and has been approved by the board.

HOW CAN I LEARN ABOUT SOCCER PLAYING OR COACHING?

The Wauconda Area Library has many books and videos on the subject. WAYSC also provides coaching clinics that are helpful to anyone who is considering coaching at our youngest levels. We can provide information to anyone interested in getting a license to coach at higher levels. If you are looking to learn the sport on a higher level Referee classes are also offered. Children as young as 12 are eligible to referee games if they have passed the required training course.

WAYSC CODES OF CONDUCT

To encourage fun, enjoyment, positive recognition and the pursuit of individual excellence, we wholeheartedly support these Codes. Please review and explain the Player's Code to your son or daughter.

PLAYER'S CODE

◦ Be generous when you win, be graceful when you loose.

◦ Be fair always, no matter what.

◦ Obey the laws of the game.

◦ Accept the decision of the officials with good grace.

◦ Work for the good of the team.

◦ Believe in the honesty of your opponent and the referee.

◦ Conduct yourself with honor and dignity.

◦ Honestly and wholeheartedly applaud the efforts of your teammates and your opponents.

COACH'S CODE

◦ Develop the child's appreciation of the game.

◦ Be a positive role mode.

◦ Visiting teams and spectators are honored guests.

◦ Official decisions should be accepted without anger no matter how unfair they may seem. Winning at any cost defeats the purpose of the game.

◦ Keep winning and losing in proper perspective. Losing can be a triumph when the team has given its best.

◦ In soccer, as in life, treat others as you would have them treat you.

PARENT'S CODE

◦ Children need a good example more than criticism.

◦ Make athletic participation for your child and others a positive experience.

◦ Attempt to relieve the pressure of competition, not increase it.

◦ Be kind to your child's coach and to officials. Most coaches are volunteers, giving personal time and money for your child's benefit.

◦ Opponents are necessary friends, without whom your child could not participate.

◦ Applaud good plays by your team and by members of the opposing team.

◦ Don't openly question the judgment or honesty of the officials.

◦ Accept the results of each game. Encourage your child to be gracious in victory, and to turn defeat into victory by working towards improvement.

MODIFIED RULES FOR THE WAYSC

(Partial Listing)

LENGTH OF GAME

Tiny Kickers: 4 players - 30 minute practice & 2 - 15 min. periods

U-8 Rec.: 5 players - 4 - 12 min. periods

U-10 Rec.: 7 players - 2 - 25 min. periods

U-12 Rec.: 9 players - 2 - 30 min. periods

U-14 Rec.: 11 players - 2 - 35 min. periods

TEAM SIZE - A team consists of the players on the field (see chart above) plus substitutes. The number of players needed to start a game varies--U-8 need 5 and U-10 need 6 to start. Teams failing to field the minimum number of players within 10 minutes of "start time" are subject to forfeiting.

HALF-GAME RULE - All team players in uniform who are physically able must play at least 1/2 of each game. This rule assures that all of our kids, regardless of skill, get to play. A coach may, however, withhold a player from play for reasons of discipline if she/he informs the parents ahead of the game. Coaches should also inform WAYSC if they have a child with chronic discipline problems.

SPECIAL U-8 RULES:

a. Fun and sportsmanship are important to the game! No team standings are kept.

b. The playing field is reduced to approximately 25 to 30 yards wide by 40 to 50 yards in length.

c. Goal kicks are taken from the top of the goal box.

d. No direct penalty kicks in area.

e. There is NO OFFSIDE penalty in U-8, but players may not be stationed at opponent's goal.

SPECIAL U-10 RULES:

U10 and older teams play other towns in the Fox Valley League and are subject to Fox Valley Rules.

a. Teams are composed of 7 players.

b. The playing field is reduced to approximately 45 x 70.

SUBSTITUTIONS - All substitutions must be made from the sidelines at the center of the field and only after receiving a signal from the referee. Substitutions may be made:

a. Prior to your own team's throw-in and prior to either team's goal kick.

b. After a goal by either team, and at half-time.

c. For an injured player, when play has stopped; both teams may substitute players at the referee's discretion.

VISITORS CHOOSE JERSEY COLOR - When colors conflict, the home team MUST change jerseys.

EQUIPMENT - Shin guards are required for all players. NO SHIN GUARDS = NO PLAY. Shin guards are to be covered entirely by soccer socks. Foam rubber guards are not allowed. Jewelry, including earrings, may not be worn during play. Shoes may not have toe cleats. Glasses are not allowed.

COACHING AREA - Coaches must confine themselves to the area 10 yards to either side of the centerfield line. It is illegal and unfair for parents to roam up and down the sidelines, or to stand near the goal areas or behind the goal lines across the entire width of the field, in order to coach and/or advise players.

ASSISTANT REFEREES ("LINE PERSON") - When there is only one referee, each team must provide one "line-person" to assist the referee by raising a flag when the ball goes out of bounds (the WHOLE ball must completely cross the entire sideline). When acting as a line-person, you are not allowed to advise or coach your players.

REFEREES RUN THE GAME - IT IS AGAINST THE RULES OF THE GAME, AS WELL AS WAYSC RULES, TO CHALLENGE THE REFEREE'S JUDGMENT. Rules do not allow calling out alleged fouls, such as "hands", "off-side", "pushing", etc. When this happens, the referee's proper response is to caution the coach for "dissent". If the behavior persists, the referee must eject the coach from the field. This is because, according to League rules, the coach is responsible for his/her spectators' behavior. When parents get upset and start to yell at or challenge the referee, the game degenerates and the players may be at risk. When you are upset with a referee's calls or behavior, the proper approach is to inform the Head Referee as soon as possible following the game. Many of our referees are children who are "learning the ropes", just like most of our coaches and all of our players. All referees, regardless of age, have completed a minimum of 16 hours of training and are well-equipped for the job they do. We need to encourage and support our youth referees, and the Club will deal harshly with anyone who harasses, attempts to intimidate or verbally abuses any referee.

A BRIEF REVIEW OF THE SOCCER RULES

The referee must know and apply all of the "Rules of the Game". Here are some that are most visible to spectators and new players.

START OF PLAY

Play begins with a kickoff. All players must be on their own side of the centerfield line and players on the team not kicking must be outside the Center Circle. The ball must be kicked forward, across the centerline, and may not be touched again by the kicker until another player has touched it. It is "in play" as soon as it rolls forward, and any player except the kicker may kick it at that time.

BALL OUT OF PLAY AND RESTARTS

THROW-IN - When the whole ball passes completely across either touchline ("sideline") it is put back into play with a throw-in by the team that did not put it out. A legal throw-in starts behind and comes over the head. It is thrown (not just dropped) with both hands. The thrower must face the field with part of his/her body and both feet must be touching the touchline or the ground outside the field of play when the ball is released. Illegal throw-ins result in the "turnover" of the ball to the other team.

GOAL KICK - When the attacking team kicks the ball over the goal line (instead of into the goal), the defending team puts it back into play with a kick from anywhere within the goal area. Defending players may remain inside their own penalty area while the ball is kicked, but no player may touch the ball before it crosses out of the penalty area.

CORNER KICK - When the defending team kicks the ball over its own goal line (and not into their goal), the attacking team puts it back in play with a kick from the Corner Arc on the side where the ball went out. The ball need only be anywhere in the arc; the kicker may only kick it once.

FOULS AND FREE KICKS - There are 10 major fouls: holding, pushing, kicking, tripping, hitting, spitting at an opponent, handling the ball (except as goalie or on a throw-in), jumping at a player or the ball, making contact with an opponent before touching the ball [on a tackle], and charging violently [or from behind]. Serious fouls result in the violator being cautioned ("Yellow Carded") or ejected ("Red Carded") from the game and the field. Ejected players may not be replaced, and the game continues with a reduced team. When any of the major fouls occur inside the fouler's own penalty area, the attacking team is awarded a PENALTY KICK. This kick is taken from a spot 12 yards in front of the goalmouth on a full-size field and only the kicker and goalie may be inside the penalty area or the penalty arc until the ball is kicked. The goalie may only move sideways on the goal line until the kick is taken.

There are six lesser fouls: playing in a dangerous manner, obstructing an opponent's progress [when not playing the ball], preventing the keeper from releasing the ball from his/her hands, the goalkeeper playing the ball again with hands after releasing it, the goalkeeper handling the ball when it has been kicked to him/her by a teammate, and the goalkeeper handling the ball directly from a teammates throw-in. These fouls give the opposing team an "INDIRECT" FREE KICK (i.e., the ball must touch another player before going into the goal or the goal does not count).

In addition to the above fouls, there are other types of unfair or "unsporting" actions for which players may be cautioned or ejected. Two common ones are using foul language, and showing disagreement [dissent] with regard to the referee's judgment calls. (WARNING: These violations may be applied to the coach, substitute players, and spectators).

OFFSIDE - An attacking player who is in the attacking half of the field must have at least two opponents ("defenders") between her/him and the goal AT THE MOMENT A TEAMMATE PASSES THE BALL FORWARD. Merely being in an offside position does not warrant a penalty, but if in the judgment of the referee, he/she may gain an advantage from being in an offside position, or interferes with an opponent or with play, then the penalty applies. The opposing goalkeeper counts as one defender. The best strategy is to keep two players between you and the goal when receiving a pass in your attacking half of the field. There is no offside direct from a throw-in, goal kick, corner kick, or when the referee has dropped the ball. The penalty for offside is an Indirect Free Kick for the opposing team.

Cancellation of Games

It is the responsibility of the field referee at the time of the scheduled game to determine if weather or field conditions are dangerous and the game cancelled. Teams should always arrive at the field at the scheduled time, ready to play. If field conditions are deemed by the individual soccer program to be dangerous for play, every effort should be made to notify teams well in advance. (As always, both opposing coaches should confirm field time and location).

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