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U8 Clinic Instructions / Rule Clarifications

Seeking to be at County level by end of the season (not the beginning)

20 minute halves first 2 weeks – then 25 minute halves

 

Initial instructions to refs and then on first game to refs and coaches (within earshot of parents).
“We are striving to learn the game and be near or at county level at the END of the season.” Parents should relax and let the players and coaches figure out the game mechanics comfortably.
Throw-ins
First two weeks: first ball in – no matter how the ball gets tossed in - we play.
Second two weeks: if first throw-in is mostly incorrect,ref blows whistle, quick demonstration of proper technique and then playing – no matter how ball gets in play - we play.
Third two weeks: if first throw-in is mostly incorrect,ref blows whistle, asks for a redo, turnover if mostly incorrect.
Last two weeks/tournament: if first throw-in is mostly incorrect,ref blows whistle, turnover. BUT CHECK WITH COACHES IF THEY WANT TO ENFORCE.
Corner Kicks
Refs identify player to take kick and instruct players.
Goalie kicks (from penalty box)
Refs identify player to take kick and instruct players.
Note to coaches, don’t coach Corner and Goalie kick strategy at practice till later in season, will have a much more productive training after kids see what is happening on field.
As season progresses, coaches/teams become more familiar and refs have to step in less (but still often).
Handling
Refs are to be very lenient in calls. Coaches are to ask parents to refrain from yelling “HANDS”.
Off-sides
Refs will call cherry-picking.
Otherwise, will not call if players are “running with the ball”. Refs will tighten up calls from 5 yards or so to even as season moves along.

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