HSSC rules for Soccer Gym (Benchball)


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SOCCER GYM (BENCHBALL)

1. Equipment/Set-Up: Team captains are responsible for bringing the provided Wilson soccer ball to all of their game sites. Captains are also responsible for ensuring that all benches are placed appropriately in the goal area and in the corners where necessary. All teams should bring both a light and dark colored shirt to all games.

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 2. Game Time/Default:

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 3. General Rules: In general, standard soccer rules apply to all Sport and Social Club games. Notable exceptions are listed below:

  1. Teams are comprised of 5 players (including goalie) with min.of 2 of each gender on court.
  2. The game begins with one team initiating play by making a pass from the centre of the court
  3. Player substitutions can be made at anytime (i.e. changing on the fly is allowed). However, please ensure that the player coming off has completely entered the team bench before the new player joins the action and the change does not disrupt the flow of the game. Goalies cannot change on the fly - please wait for a stoppage in play before substituting goalies.
  4. A handball infraction occurs when the ball hits any part of the player's arm, from the SHOULDER down. (revised: May, 2007)  Players may use their arms to block the ball from hitting their groin area, and women can also use their arms to block the ball from hitting their chest without a handball being called. This rule will reduce the number of stoppages in play. Please don’t abuse this rule.
  5. All free kicks are indirect. To score off an indirect kick, the ball must first be touched by another player (offense or defense, but not the goalie)
  6. The offending player should call their own infractions, however any players involved with the incident can also make a call. Players not on the field at the time of any incident cannot make a call at any time.
  7. Teams may call a one (1) minute time-out if needed, except in the final 10 minutes of play
  8. There is no longer a high ball rule. Instead, the ball can be played off of any wall at any height.  Play is stopped if the ball hits the ceiling or a major obstacle (basketball hoop).  An indirect free kick is then awarded to the other team from the spot where the ball was kicked. Since there are no longer high balls, a player MAY head the ball.
  9. Balls can be played off both back and side walls.
  10. A player should ONLY be using their hands on the wall to slow their momentum. A player can use ONE hand on the wall for support, but their arm should not obstruct an opposing player.  A player should NEVER have TWO hands on the wall. (added November, 2003)
  11. It is the responsibility of all players to minimize the amount of "ball blasting" from occurring.  Thus, while it is not forbidden to kick the ball hard, doing so with little control on a consistent basis makes the game less fun for everyone. Please use your best judgment.
  12. A game can end in a tie during the regular season. In the playoffs, a game that is tied at the end of regulation time is decided by a three-minute sudden death overtime period. If still tied, a shoot-out will commence; each of the five players on the floor (including the goalie) takes one shot each at a distance of eight paces. Only the players on the court at the end of the game can participate and the goalie that finished the game remains the goalie for the shoot-out. After five shots, if still tied, teams continue taking single shots until one team has scored (and the other team does not). The order of shooters must be maintained. (Please note that playoff games should only be 50 minutes in length in anticipation of needing the extra time to settle a tie)

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4. Sliding: Even if contact is made with the ball first, sliding (whether on defence to stop an attacker or on offence to strike the ball) is not allowed under ANY circumstances.  Exception: goalies can slide to make a save or block a loose ball. This can only be done within the goalie crease area, and should be done with the safety of all players in mind.

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5. Scoring: To score a goal, the ball must hit the front of the bench (benches turned on their side will be used as goals).

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6. Goalies:

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 7. Rough Play: ANY ROUGH OR PHYSICAL PLAY WILL RESULT IN IMMEDIATE EXPULSION FROM FURTHER LEAGUE PLAY AND MAY RESULT IN LIFETIME LEAGUE EXPULSION. PLEASE SEE THE TCS&SC POLICY SHEET FOR OUR OFFICIAL POLICY ON THIS SUBJECT. It is recognized that incidental contact between players is inevitable; however, all players should go out of their way to avoid creating an unsafe play.  This rule supersedes all others.

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