Girls 3rd & 4th Grade
Division Coordinator – Fred Esslinger
The Third and Fourth Grade Girls age group is for girls primarily entering Third and Fourth grade in September. Typically they are girls who will be 9 years old or younger on July 31 of current year.
Teams are formed and parents should be notified by their coach in Mid to Late August. Typically practices will start in late August and continue one night a week until the end of September. Practice duration should be no more than 90 minutes. Practice night is determined by the coordinators, coach, and field and space availability. Games are primarily on Saturday mornings and afternoons, but some Sunday afternoons is possible. Season starts the weekend after Labor Day and continues through early to mid November. There will be a Bill Lapp Festival at mid-season.
The Third and Fourth grade program is based on the youth and small sided soccer programs developed by both the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and US Youth Soccer Association (USYSA). This age group will play small-sided soccer 8v8 (seven field players and one goal keeper). This allows each player to have more playing time and a greater opportunity to touch the ball, participate and have FUN!! Other objectives for this age group include:
- FUN and a positive environment.
- Introduction of an official referee.
- Continuation to the basics of soccer.
- Continue to teach basic soccer skills; dribbling, simple moves, striking the ball with either foot.
- Introduction of more complex and or combination of moves.
- Continue to teach positional play, including the goal keeper and to further develop player, team skills and strategy. All players will be instructed in the role of defending and attacking positions. Each player will be rotated through the different positions during the game.
- Third and Fourth grade (U10) divisions are noncompetitive with team standings and game scores not kept.
- Competition among teams is expected, but the emphasis is on FUN, PARTICIPATION and SOCCER DEVELOPMENT. NOT GAME RESULTS.
- Encourage fair play, good sportsmanship, and self-confidence.
- All players MUST wear SHIN GUARDS, covered entirely by the sock.
- Players shall not wear anything, which is dangerous to them self or another player, including jewelry, watches, rings, earrings — even for newly pierced ears (this is a FIFA rule designated to prevent injuries).
- Players with arm casts are permitted provided they are wrapped, padded and pose no danger to them self or another player, this is at the discretion of the referee.
- No Slide Tackling.
- Mouth guards are not required but recommended.
- Sport glasses for those requiring prescription eye wear are not required but recommended.
- Each player SHALL play a minimum of 50% of the total playing time. Equal play for all is strongly encouraged. It is also encouraged that each player plays a part of each half.
- Teams and coaches to line up and shake hands at the conclusion of each game.
- In cases where a team is short players or have no substitutes:
- Play with fewer players on the field, allowing the team with fewer players one substitute.
- The team with more players can loan players to the other team.
- Be creative!
- It’s about playing and having FUN!!
- In cases of hot weather and or when teams are short handed:
- Take extra water breaks, substitute players more often.
- Play quarters instead of halves or eighths instead of quarters.
- Players’ safety is everyone’s Number 1 priority.
Third and Fourth Grade Game Rules
- Size 4 soccer ball.
- 25 minute halves, 5 minute halftime break.
- All players must play at least half of the game.
- No scores or standings kept.
- Balls out of bounds are restarted with a throw-in, goal kick or corner kick. See detailed rules in the document below as to whom and when restarts are taken.
- Offside conforms to FIFA.
- All free kicks conform to FIFA with the exception that all opponents are at least eight (8) yards from the ball.
Girls Field Location – PW Victory 5
Plymouth Whitemarsh High School
201 East Germantown Pike
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
There are eight fields at this location designated PWV1, PWV2, PWV3, PWV4, PWV5, PWS1, PLY-3 and PWJV. PWV1, PWV2, PWV3, PWV4 and PWV5 are the five Victory fields located across the parking lot from Colonial Elementary school. Victory 1 (PWV1) is the turf field, Victory 2 (PWV2) is the field located directly behind Victory 1. Victory 3 (PWV3) is the front field located in the retention basin closest to the parking lot and Victory 4 (PWV4) is the field located in the retention basin directly behind Victory 3. Victory 5 (PWV5) is the field located at the Freshman softball field and to the left of the tennis courts. PWS1 is the turf field located inside the football stadium/track behind PW high school. PLY-3 and PWJV fields are located to the left of the football stadium behind Plymouth Whitemarsh high school, PLY-3 is the field farthest from the parking lot and PWJV is closest to the parking lot.