FAQ for Coaches/Referees
Find answers to frequently asked questions here. We are gradually adding to this section as time permits. If you can't find an answer here, please contact one of your Executive Board Members.

Game Time and Playing Time Roster Size and Players on the Field Disciplinary Action Players Ages For the Roster Miscellaneous
When is the next Referee or Coaches' Clinic?
Check the CBYSA website for the latest information regarding referee and coaches clinics.


How long are game times?

 

 

  • U6 Four 8-minute quarters (5 min. breaks)
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  • U8 Three 15-minute periods (5 min. breaks)
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  • U10 Two 25-minute halves (10 min. halftime)
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  • U12 Two 30-minute halves (10 min. halftime)
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  • U14 Two 35-minute halves (15 min. halftime)
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  • U18 Two 45-minute halves  (15min. halftime)

  • How much game play time does each player get?

    Each child below 19 years of age, participating in CBYSA, shall play approximately 1/2 of the game.

    Exceptions:
    1. Unexcused absence from mandatory practices.
    2. Misconduct deemed not exemplary to the game (personal misconduct).
    NOTE: The parents of the child and the league president must be notified prior to the game time if a child is to be withheld from a game for disciplinary action. The referee should also be notified and the game card should be noted as such.


    When can I substitute players?

    U5 - U8: Substituting is allowed at the end of each quarter or for an injured player.
    U10 & up: Substitution shall be allowed as follows:
    1. Throw ins, when your team is in possession of the ball
    2. Prior to a goal kick by either team
    3. After a goal by either team
    4. In case of injury (by either team)
    5. At half-time
    6. After a player has received a caution (yellow card), he/she must be subsituted.
    7. EXCEPTION: Substitutions are not allowed for players who have been sent off by the referee (i.e., received a red card).



    How many players can be on the team roster? U5 - U6 - Maximum of 6 players (min. of 3 to play)
    U8 - Maximum of 8 players. (min. of 2 to play)
    U10 - Maximum of 10 players. (min. of 4 to play)
    U11 - Maximum of 12 players. (min. of 6 to play)
    U12 - U18 - Maximum of 18 players (min. of 7 to play)

    How many players should be on the field?

  • U5 & U6 3 man game (min. of 3 to play)
  • U8 4 man game (min. of 2 to play) NOTE: Coaches shall accommodate the situation to insure that the game is played by sharing players.
  • U10 6 man game (min. of 4 to play)
  • U11 8 man game (min. of 6 to play)
  • U12 - U19 11 man game (min. of 7 to play)


    If a player has missed practice, do I have to let them play 1/2 the game? We encourage coaches to play the children 1/2 the game regardless of how much practice they make; however for older teams it can be difficult to do this when it is obvious the players are not attempting to make practices and become a part of the "team". In this case, if you feel your only option is to limit or prohibit play time, you must first contact the parents of the child and the TCYSL president prior to the game time. The referee should also be notified and the game card should be noted as such.


    How is age used for each age group's rostering? TCYSL currently supports teams in the following age groups: U5, U6, U8, U10, U12, U14, and U18.

    Fall Season
    July 31st of the current year is used as a cutoff date. The player must be under the designated age and above the designated age for the next lowest age group. Players must be at least 4 years old as of July 31st in order to play.
    Example 1: A player who is 8 years old with a birthday of August 5th will play U8.
    Example 2: A player who is 8 years old with a birthday of July 29th will play U10.

    Spring Season


    Can a player "move up" and play in an older age division? Yes, players within CBYSA may move up no more than one age group (and/or three age divisions) as specified by CBYSA's chart.

    Exceptions:

  • U-14 players who are registered in high school and older age divisions
  • U-10 players may move up to an U-11 Division II or U-12 Division III team. No more than four (4) U-10 players may be rostered to an older team.

    How far up in age groups can a player be moved? Players within CBYSA may move up no more than one age group (and/or three age divisions) as specified by CBYSA's chart.

    Exceptions:

  • U-14 players who are registered in high school and older age divisions
  • U-10 players may move up to an U-11 Division II or U-12 Division III team. No more than four (4) U-10 players may be rostered to an older team.


    How much and how often can I practice my team?

    Recreational Teams

  • U5 - U10: The total number of team meetings, work-outs, and/or games for each team shall be limited to four (4) hours per week between the first and last league/club games.
  • U12 Recreational: The total number of team meetings, work-outs, and/or games for each team shall be limited to six (6) hours per week between the first and last league/club games.

    Division II, Super II, and Division I Coaches must use good judgement and consider the player's health and welfare above all else.


    What ball size is appropriate for each age?

  • U5 - U8 Size 3
  • U10 - U12 Size 4
  • U13 & up Size 5

    Does a player have to play for the league that serves their city of residence?

    Division IV (developmental/white) and Division III (recreational/red) teams within a league are limited to three (3) out-of-boundary players (that is players who reside within another league’s boundaries). Residence is the criteria, not actual school attendance. Players are encouraged to first register within their own boundaries to determine team availability. Players may play for another league (other than where they reside) if their home league/club does not have a team in their age group or gender (i.e. all girls).

    Division II (Blue Division) and Division I (Gold Division) have no boundary formation rules.