Shinguards: Always wear your shinguards at Games and Practice and Camps.
Cleats: Although cleats are not required, they do help.
For Indoor Soccer, no cleats. "Flats", or indoor shoes are not required, but again, they help. Sneakers are Ok too.
Soccer ball: U8 plays with a size 3 ball.
U10 & U12 use size 4
U14 and up play with size 5
Water Bottle: Even if it’s not hot out, always bring water to Games and Practice and Camps
GENERAL INFORMATION ON HOUSE PROGRAMS
The House Program runs an outdoor league in both the Spring and Fall and two Winter indoor sessions. Ages run from 6 to 18, depending on date of birth (please see the Age Matrix at our Registration Center). We will have a group for boys and girls in each of these divisions, except Under 18 which is coed, based on the number of registrants. We also run an Instructional Under 6 Program during the year.
As a House League Coach, you need to always remember the philosphy of Amherst Soccer is to focus on player and skill development and not entirely focus on winning. Competition is good since it helps us to guage our progress but, a winning team should not be the primary focus of this league, especially at 8 and 10.
We don't keep scores, standings or statistics in House (recreational) League soccer
Games should start promptly to stay on schedule. Encourage arrival at least 15 minutes prior to game time to prepare to play. Please allow the referees to take the lead on keeping time and schedule.
Make sure all of your players have shin guards on (under their socks) and jewelry removed. No hats are to be worn.
Check the playing field for hazards quickly before the game
Check to assure the goalposts are anchored
All referee decisions are final. No arguing or challenging calls. The referees are mostly newly certified and very young. Give them the courtesy of allowing them to gain more experience without harrassement. Referees are taught to not listen to coaches talking to them during the game unless it is a request to substitute or a polite conversation during halftime or post game. Do not distract the referees by continuing to complain about or ask for clarification on calls that have passed.
Referees are instructed to explain their calls to the players that don't seem to completely know the rules yet.
Hostile actions toward referees subject a coach to ejection from the league.
Players must stay on their feet - no sliding or slide tackling allowed - and should not try to play the ball when on the ground.
Each player MUST play at least 50% of EVERY game they attend
Each player should have the opportunity to play every position during the season.
If you have trouble finding those that will play goalkeeper, set a rule that everyone will play at least 1/2 of a game during the season when you ask them to without dissent. If you have a volunteer to play goal, that is fine but, at young ages all players should be learning every position.
If one team is dominating play, since standings are of no consequence, you should adjust accordingly to equalize the game. For instance, give the players a goal that they must do something challenging before they can score again. Examples are: 5 consecutive passes before a shot can be taken, no shots within the box, shots only with the non-dominant foot, shots only off a drop pass, play players in positions they are weaker at, etc.
If a team is short players at game time for any reason, you should ask some of your players to play for the visiting team. The idea is to give alot of playing time to everyone. Try sharing players for a half and then switching with other players if they object.
All teams should line up and shake hands following the end of each game
No one is permitted to stand or sit behind a goal during the game.
Coaches must coach from the area near their bench (20 feet in either direction) and refrain from running up and down the sidelines to coach.
Coaches must stay on their half of the sideline at all times
Coaches are NEVER allowed on the field during the game UNLESS the referee WAVES you on to deal with an injury. Do not run onto the field as soon as you notice an injury. Soccer is a contact sport and players will deal with it if we allow them to. Most injuries are not serious
Parents and spectators should be on the opposite side of the field from the coaches and players. U8 parents and spectators should be on the outside of the field area and coaches and players on the inside.
Only 3 coaches maximum will be allowed with the players.
At U8, the groups rotate through to the next higher numbered field.
Please look around and pick up water bottles, items left behind, etc. before you leave the field
Be alert for lightning and get everyone into cars immediately if it is seen
See the RULES FOR HOUSE SOCCER LEAGUE page for more information.
Inclement Weather & Cancellation Guidelines
Soccer is played in the Rain! Our buildings are open unless a driving ban!
With the advent of the snowy season and possible driving or school closings, this is the policy of Amherst Soccer regarding closures:
Any cancellation of games will be made at the fields at game time. Only in rare situations will sessions be canceled
New! NYWEST Institutes policy regarding Coach and Parent conduct
We expect all parents, spectators and coaches to understand the conduct required at a soccer match. NY West, our parent organization, has implemented a new policy that takes effect immediately. Please familiarize yourself with proper conduct towards the referees. In many instances, these referees are young children themselves who have just recently become referees. We need to support them in their development. Let’s all sit back, enjoy the action and leave the control of the game to the refs. Don’t get caught up in the heat of the action and say the wrong thing or embarass your child. Let the coach coach, the kids play, let the refs ref. continue...