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We expect coaches to follow the “gentlemen’s rule” when it comes to running up the score. Coaches should act in the best interest of the game and show good sportsmanship. Scores should not get out of hand. If a team is dominating, below are some suggestions that coaches can do to create a more equal match

  • Have the team make certain number of passes before a shot can be made

  • Example, team must make 5 passes before a shot can be made

  • All players must touch the ball before a shot can be made

  • Player positions should be moved. If a player is more comfortable in forward, move them to a defensive position

  • Rotate goalkeepers

  • Put in restrictions

  • Example, Players can only shoot from crosses

  • Players can only score from a head (older age groups only )

  • Only shoot using their weaker foot

  • Adding or removing a player

  • Team that is struggling add a player (with approval of the referee if applicable)

  • Team that is dominating remove a player (with approval of the referee if applicable)

  • In worst case scenario when all the above is not working, mix the teams up. Put pinnie’s on and scramble the team. This will allow a more equal balanced game.

If it is found that a team consistently runs up the score, coaches will be brought before the Rules and Discipline Committee. In extreme cases and for repeat offenders, the coach will be removed from their position at the discretion of the Rules and Discipline Committee.

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