Rules

Turf Soccer

1) Length of Games:

For 1 hour time slot games: Two 26 minute halves with 1-3 minute halftime (at the referees discretion, time permitting).

For 1.5 hour time slot games: Two 40 minute halves with a 1-3 minute halftime (at the referees discretion, time permitting).

Teams will be required to show up dressed and ready to play at the beginning of their time slot. If a team is not ready 15 minutes after the start of the game, the game will be automatically forfeited. The remaining time slot will be awarded to the players on the field without a referee. Forfeited games will not be rescheduled.

2) Number of Players:

Men’s and Women’s leagues: 7 players per team, including goalkeeper. Minimum 6 players are required to field a team.

Co-ed leagues: 7 players per team, including goalkeeper. Minimum of 2 women and 2 men on the field at all times. Minimum 6 players are required to field a team which must include 1 woman.

3) Kick-in:

When the ball goes out of bounds on the touchline, it will result in a kick-in. All kick-ins are indirect and cannot result in a goal. All defensive players are to be a minimum of 5 yards away from the ball. Ball is to be placed on the touchline and is to be stationary. If the kick results in the ball going straight out of bounds, it will result in a change of possession as the ball is already on the touchline and is deemed in the field of play.

Goalkeepers are not allowed to pick-up a kick-in. If a goalkeeper picks up a kick-in, an indirect free kick will be awarded to the opposing team at the spot of the foul. Persistent negligence of this rule for goalkeepers may result in a yellow card at the discretion of the referee.

4) Offside:

There are no offsides in the game.

5) Goal:

A goal can be scored from anywhere on the field of play, except for the following circumstances:

Start of a half or restart after a goal, kick-in, indirect free kick, or if goalkeeper is to throw the ball into the net.

6) Free Kicks:

Co-ed leagues: Only indirect free kicks will be awarded. Only exception is for penalties within the goalie box a Penalty shot may be issued. All opposing players are to be a minimum of 5 yards from the ball. Persistent infractions of this rule may result in a caution at the referee’s discretion. Ball must be stationary when it is kicked.

7) Goal-Kicks:

A goal-kick must be taken anywhere inside the goalkeeper’s box. Ball is to be stationary before entering the field of play. If a goal-kick does not result in leaving the goalkeeper’s box, a re-start is awarded. All opposing players are to be a minimum of 5 yards from the ball.

8) Penalty-Kicks:

A penalty kick will be awarded for any fouls committed in the goalkeeper’s box (penalty area) that would normally result in a direct kick. This also includes slide-tackling in the vicinity of opposing players. Goalkeeper’s are permitted to slide-tackle in the goalkeeper’s box.

All players are to be a minimum of 5 yards from the ball when the penalty-kick is taken and cannot be inside the goalkeeper area.

9) Corner-Kicks:

Corner-kicks are direct and can result in a goal. All opposing players are to be a minimum of 5 yards from the ball. Persistent infractions of this rule may result in a caution at the referee’s discretion. Ball is to be placed at or near the corner at the discretion of the referee.

10) Centre-Kicks:

At the beginning of each half, and after each kick, a centre-kick will be given. Ball must be stationary when it is kicked. All opposing players are to be a minimum of 5 yards from the ball and in their respective half. Persistent infractions of this rule may result in a caution at the referee’s discretion.

11) Pass-Back:

Goalkeepers are not allowed to use their hands when the ball is passed back to them by their own team with intent. Intent will be judged by the referee’s discretion. If the referee judges that there was intent, an indirect-kick will be awarded at the spot of the foul, or at 5 yards from the goal-line, whichever is further from the goal-line.

12) Substitutions:

There are unlimited substitutions and can be made during the course of play. Substitutions are to be made on the same touchline as the team bench. Persistent infractions of this rule may result in a team caution at the referee’s discretion.

13) Sliding and Slide-Tackling:

Slide-tackling is not permitted and it will result in a free-kick or penalty-kick (direct or indirect, depending on the league) and a player may be cautioned as a result of this infraction at the discretion of the referee.

Slide-tackling in the vicinity of an opposing player is deemed dangerous play and is also not permitted and it will result in a free-kick or penalty-kick and a player may be cautioned as a result of this infraction at the discretion of the referee.

Sliding while preventing a goal or to keep a ball in play is allowed as long as there is no opposing player in the vicinity. Sliding, even if not making contact with a ball or player, is deemed dangerous play if in the vicinity of another player.

Any contact with an opposing player from the result of a slide-tackle will result in a caution (yellow or red card) at the discretion of the referee.

Goalkeepers are allowed to slide in an attempt to retrieve the ball in the goalkeeper area.

14) Injuries and Player Safety:

Play will be stopped if there are any serious injuries on the field. What is deemed serious and whether it is affecting play is at the discretion of the referee. A drop-ball will be issued by the referee in order to resume play.

15) Yellow Cards:

A yellow card will result in a player sitting out for 2 minutes. The penalized team will be down a player for the entirety of the 2 minutes, regardless whether a goal has been scored. If a goalkeeper receives a yellow card, another player may serve the 2 minutes in his place.

If a player is shown a second yellow card, a red card must be shown.

16) Red Cards:

Any player that receives a red card will be dismissed from the game. No substitution will be allowed and the team will play the remainder of the game down a player. An automatic one game suspension will be given for all red cards. All red cards will be reviewed by the Rec Committee and further disciplinary action may be taken by Ottawa Rec Sports based on the review.

17) Offensive Language:

Any use of offensive, insulting, racial, or abusive language or gestures towards any referee, staff member, official, coach or spectator may result in the removal of the facility at the discretion of the Ottawa Rec Sports staff.

18) Physical Violence:

Any use of physical violence may result in the removal of the facility at the discretion of the Ottawa Rec Sports Staff.

19) Hand Balls:

The Referee will judge hand balls as per FIFA rules on hand balls. Hand balls are subjective as a referee may judge intent, ball to hand or advantage on the same play. Players are to continue playing if they see contact with a hand unless a whistle is blown.

Gym Soccer

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Court Volleyball

Game Duration

1. Games will start sharply at their scheduled time. Please arrive early to ensure you are dressed for play and ready to start on time.
2. Games will be 55 minutes long with a 5 minute warm-up.

Players

1. 6 vs 6 coed
2. A min of 1 female and 1 male must be on the court at all times
3. If a team does not have any male or any female players they must play shorthanded (5-on-6)
4. Teams must have 4 players on the court or they will forfeit the game (min one male one female included).

The Serve

1. The first serve of the first set is determined by a coin toss.
2. Server must serve from behind the restraining line (end line) until after contact.
3. Ball may be served underhand or overhand.
4. Ball must be clearly visible to opponents before serve.
5. Served ball may graze the net and drop to the other side for point.
6. Front row players can not attack the ball until the ball has dropped below the top of the net.
7. Serves are capped at 5 consecutive per player. After the fifth serve, rotate to the next server. Serving order must be followed.

Scoring

1. Rally scoring will be used
2. There will be a point scored on every score of the ball.
3. Offence will score on a defence miss or out of bounds hit.
4. Defence will score on an offensive miss, out of bounds hit, or serve into the net.
5. Game will be played to 25 pts. There will be three games to 25 to determine the winner. If short on time, the winner of the final set will be the team in the lead when the ref calls time.
6. Must win by 2 points (to a maximum of 27 points)

Rotation

1. Teams will rotate each time they win the serve.
2. Players shall rotate in a clockwise manner.
3. There shall be 4-6 players on each side.

Playing the Game

1. Maximum of three hits per side.
2. Player may not hit the ball twice in succession (A block is not considered a hit).
3. Ball may be played off the net during a volley and on serve.
4. A ball touching a boundary line is good.
5. A legal hit is contact with the ball by a player body which does not allow the ball to visibly come to a rest.
6. The ball may touch any part of the body.
7. If two or more players contact the ball simultaneously, it is considered one play and the players involved may not participate in the next play.
8. A player must not block or attack a serve.

BASIC VIOLATIONS

1. Stepping on or over the line on a serve.
2. Failure to serve the ball over the net successfully.
3. Hitting the ball illegally (Carrying, Palming, Throwing, etc.).
4. It is not a fault to touch the net, however it is a fault to touch the white tape while in the act of playing the ball. Violations are at the refs discretion based on whether players interfere with their opponents fair play of the ball by hitting the net.
5. Reaches under the net (if it interferes with the ball or opposing player).
6. Failure to serve in the correct order.
7. A back row player cannot block or attack the ball above the height of the net while they are in the front zone.

UNIFORMS

1. Matching team shirts are recommended.
2. Good quality court shoes must be worn.
3. Knee and Elbow pads are recommended but not mandatory.

CODE OF CONDUCT

1. Understand, appreciate and abide by the rules of the game.
2. Respect the integrity and judgment of game officials and staff.
3. Respect your opponent and congratulate them in a courteous manner following each match whether in victory or defeat.
4. Be responsible for your actions and maintain self-control.
5. Refrain from using foul or abusive language.
6. Have fun!

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Gaelic Football

Ottawa Rec Sports follows official GAA rules for Gaelic Football, available here:

The Playing Rules of Gaelic Football