Rec Rules

Using these factors, teams are formed to try to distribute the talent evenly. Teams are allowed to roster two players regardless of skill by having the coach and assistant coaches children on the same team. After these children are put on the roster the number of teams will be determined by the number of players available in each of the three (3) sub-pools (Gulfport, Long Beach/Pass Christian, Orange Grove) and the teams will be formed using the rest of the registrations.


Inter-season transfer from one team to another is highly discouraged. Teams are formed to even talent and to allow one player to leave a team for another requires a request to the SMSC Board and a vote on the matter. Teams whose players quit, stop coming, move away and fall below the necessary number needed to play games will be assigned to other teams to allow them to continue playing. If two teams have this happen in the same age group, the teams may be combined into one team to allow the children to continue playing. At no time will any roster exceed two times the number of players per team allowed on the field during a game.

Post-season Transfer

SMSC has allowed teams who qualify for District whose rosters have fallen below field (the number of players per team allowed on the field during a game) + 2, to add players from other SMSC teams who failed to qualify for District. These transfers must go through the SMSC Registrar and need to be submitted to MYSA two weeks before the District Tournament to allow the added players to be eligible. Verification of players removed from the initial roster will be made to insure that no player who wants to continue playing is removed against their will.

6. Substitutions

ALL PLAYERS ON A ROSTER AND ATTENDING A GAME MUST PLAY AT LEAST 50% OF THE GAME.  This is the overriding mandate of Recreational Soccer.  Do not allow your child to be cheated out of his/her required playing time.  If your child is not allowed to play 50%, you should immediately find the Field Marshall, Head Referee, or a Board Member of SMSC and report it.  Exceptions to this rule are players who are serving Red card suspensions, a child who may have an illness which does not allow him to play but still attend, and other disciplinary actions from either the coach or the parents.  All the mentioned exceptions should be reported to the Referee before play starts.  The Referee should note the exceptions and inform the opposing coach before play starts and the SMSC Head Referee after the game.

Games will be played only with players on the official roster.  No guest players are allowed during club play.  All SMSC games will be played in quarters.  All substitutions will take place during the quarter breaks.  The exception to this rule is an injured player may be substituted during the middle of a quarter.  The Referee will also allow the opposing team to substitute one player at the discretion of the coach for any child replaced because of injury in a quarter.  Any player who is removed for injury may be allowed to re-enter the game at the next quarter break.  If possible, try to make sure the 50% rule is meet.

7. Length of Games, Overtime, and Ball Size

Game length will be determined by the age group playing.  No stoppage time will be added because of injury or delays in play.

  • U5 and U6 will play eight (8) minute quarters.
  • U7 and U8 will play ten (10) minute quarters.
  • U10 will play twelve (12) minute quarters.
  • U12 will play fifteen (15) minute quarters.
  • U14 will play seventeen (17) minute quarters.

No overtimes will be played in any regular season games.

Ball size is determined by age group.

  • U5 – U8 = Size 3
  • U10 – U12 = Size 4
  • U14 and up = Size 5

SMSC does NOT supply a ball for each child that registers. SMSC has typically supplied the Coach with one or two practice balls and a “Game Ball”. These are for use by the team but it is up to the parent or guardian of the child to supply their child with the appropriate size ball. Practices are accomplished much easier when each child has their own ball.

8. Uniforms

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