Good morning U13 Blue families!
We're excited for the first game today. Here's the info:
The game will start at 2:45 so be on the field dressed and ready to start the warm up at 2:15pm. Allow extra time to find parking, get equipment on, and get onto the field.
Georgetown HS - turf field
11 Winter St
Georgetown, MA 01833
Please review the Covid guidelines sent to us by the Triton coaches (at the bottom of this email).
Here's a checklist for equipment:
- Eye protection
- Water bottle
- Uniform or pinnie (if you are waiting on an equipment order and do not have a pinnie please text me on 978-269-4320 and I will get one and bring it to the game for you). I don't know which color we will be yet. Depends on what Triton wears for their home color.
- Jewelery off - the only items that can be taped are medical ID bracelet and anything that religion requires must stay on. Refs will insist that newly pierced ears have the earrings removed.
- Cleats or sneakers. We are on turf today.
- Navy blue shorts, skort, uniform skirt or capris/leggings. Any dark color is ok but navy preferred.
- Socks - navy or white.
- Layers that allow for staying warm and for pinnie switching. I like to send my girls with a sports bra or crop top so they can change their pinnie color easily.
If you have time before the game or in the car here some of the most important rules:
1. No checking above shoulder level. So on offense if you cradle with your stick head up high then you can't get checked.
2. Self start - if you are fouled and awarded the ball you can start right away as long as you have first come to a complete stop. No need to wait for the whistle unless the ref says this is a "whistle start" which is for penalties around the goal area.
3. Free movement - on the whistle you can keep moving. No need to stand as we used to.
4. Restraining line - 4 players must stay behind the restraining line. We check with the ref which line to use, it's usually midfield.
5. One pass is required once the ball has crossed the midfield line (U13 rule).
6. When the ball crosses the sideline there's a change of possession.
7. When the ball crosses the back line behind the goal IF it's a shot, the team on offense can regain possession if a player on that team is the first to the back line where the ball crossed. Important to be mindful of that when you see a team mate taking a shot (get ready to chase to the line if it misses the goal and goes behind). If it's a pass that goes over the back line that's just a regular change of possession so be careful passing close to the line.
8. Don't go in the goal circle! A goal will be disallowed if the attacker goes into the circle with body or stick.
9. On defense don't hang out in the 8 meter arc/fan without marking a player. If you are in there for 3 seconds they'll call a foul and set up a free position shot for the offense.
10. Also on defense watch out for "shooting space." That's if you are in between a attacker with the ball who could shoot and the goal and not within a stick length of a player you are marking. This is a safety call to avoid people getting hit by shots on goal.
11. If you are fighting for a ground ball don't cover it with your stick head in any way. That will be called as a foul,
12. Goalie has 10 seconds to clear the ball if she stays in the circle. She can come out of the circle with the ball but can't go back in holding the ball. She can roll in into the backside of the net (never from the front!) and then walk back in to restart the 10 seconds.
13. No checking that is into the body, into the imaginary sphere around the player's head, or one-handed or anything that looks like chopping wood with an axe!
14. You can kick the ball but you can't kick the ball into the goal :)
It's optional to go over these rules with your player. We have coached them at practice but the rules are complex and a lot has changed since u11.
The most important rules of all are to work hard for your team mates, show good sportsmanship, and have fun!
General Covid guidelines (from Triton)
• Face coverings are required for spectators in addition to social distancing while attending a game or practice.
• 2 Spectators per player are permitted to attend games
• Players, coaches and officials will arrive for practices and games dressed to play.
• Face coverings are required at all times for players from the moment of arrival at the practice or game field/facility until physically exiting the space.
• Once players have completed their competition or activity, they must leave the area if another team is taking the field or using the playing surface to ensure adequate space for distancing.
• No shared use of equipment; every player must arrive with their own primary and backup equipment.
• No shared water bottles, drinks, food, etc. during practices or games for players or spectators
• Sportsmanship should continue in a touchless manner – no handshakes/slaps/fist bumps.
• Covid contact: If a player has tested positive and has attended a practice or game within 2 days of that diagnosis, team members’ parents are notified; Players must quarantine for 10 days; any practice or game activities within the 10 day window must be cancelled.