Rules of Rec

WSA believes soccer belongs to the player, is the teacher, is fun, and is to be played fairly.

The goals of WSA Rec Soccer are to:

  • Teach youngsters the skills of soccer through practice sessions and matches.
  • Help kids have fun and enjoy playing soccer. Smiles, laughs and positive feelings are important for our young athletes.
  • Teach teamwork and cooperation on and off the field.
  • Develop positive attitudes about fair play. Players will learn to respect their teammates, opponents, coaches, officials and themselves.
  • Stress the skill. This means we want to focus on development over winning.

Some children will chase butterflies and look at the clouds rather than play soccer at any moment. This developmental situation is quite normal, although frustrating for the coach or parent. At practices and games, it’s important that parents and coaches are patient and that coaches draw the child back to the activity with appropriate invitations.

Parents, please be kind to all of our volunteers and coaches.


Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd Grade:

The Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd-grade WSA Rec soccer programs are designed more for the players than adults. The fields are small. The rules are simpler. The games are shorter.

Each team should have no more than 4 players on the field at any time. One referee is on the field for Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd graders.

Coaches should never be on the field during play.

There are no goalkeepers in Kindergarten or 1st & 2nd-grade soccer. This allows all the players to have more touches on the ball.

Goals can be scored from anywhere on the field. Kindergarten players should use a size 3 soccer ball. 1st & 2nd-grade players should use a size 4 ball.

Players should be substituted by the coach every few minutes or as needed. The game lasts two equal periods of 20 minutes. The half-time interval is 5 minutes. Each child is expected to play at least half of each game.

No score is kept, meaning there is no published record of league wins and losses. The best reply to a player who asks, “Did we win?” is “Did you have fun?”

Each player must wear a jersey, shorts, shoes, shinguards and soccer socks. Shinguards are required for practice sessions and games. Socks should cover the shinguards. No jewelry or watches are permitted.

The kick-off is used at the beginning of each half and after a goal is scored. The team that is scored against gets to take the kick-off. In 4v4 soccer, a goal cannot be scored directly from a kick-off. The ball must touch another player before it enters the goal.

The offside rule is not used in 4v4 soccer.

A throw-in is awarded when the whole ball crosses the sideline and goes out of play.

A goal kick is awarded when the whole of the ball, having last touched a player of the attacking team, crosses over the goal line outside of the goal. The goal kick may be taken from any spot within the goal kick area. The attacking team must retreat behind the midfield line during goal kicks.

A corner kick is awarded when the whole of the ball, having last touched a defending team player, crosses over the goal line outside the goal flags.

Parents must sit on the opposite side of the field from the teams. No spectator is permitted to sit on the same side of the field the team is on for any reason.

3rd & 4th Grade Rec:

3rd and 4th-grade rec players will play 7v7 with a goalkeeper. Players should be substituted by the coach every few minutes or as needed. The game lasts two equal periods of 25 minutes. The half-time interval will be 5 minutes. Each child is expected to play at least half of each game.

Referees will assist 3rd & 4th-grade coaches and players to help facilitate continued gameplay.

Parents must sit on the opposite side of the field from the teams. No spectator is permitted to sit on the same side of the field the team is on for any reason.

Micro and Pre-K Rec:

Much like the Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd-grade WSA Rec soccer program, Micro and Pre-K are designed for the players. The fields and teams are small, the activities are simple, and there are no micro or pre-k soccer goalkeepers.

At practices, parents are encouraged to cheer for all players. At this age, lots of direction is needed to develop skills.


Attendance

If a coach cannot attend a practice or game, the first step is to contact his or her team’s parents and ask someone to step up and fill in. If nobody steps up, please copy Drew Maxfield on an email, and he will work to ensure your practice/game is covered.


Inclement Weather Procedures

WSA will issue a formal “Fields Closed” email to all coaches and players if fields are unplayable or the conditions are unsafe. This notice will also be posted on our social media pages, and the fields will show as closed on our homepage.

If weather moves in after a formal decision is made to keep the fields open, the decision falls onto the coaches and parents for continued participation.

For Parents: If storms are present in the area, please do not leave your child unattended. Should storms roll in after the practice has started, the Picnic Pavilion is a shelter from the rain, and the restrooms and Rec Center can be shelters from storms.

For Coaches: Should lightning be present during a rec practice or game, the practice or game must be canceled.