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         Rotorua Junior Football
            Coach Handbook


        2010 SEASON
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                                 PO Box 1230 Hamilton 3240
BOP Junior Competitions/Communications Administrator:       Graeme Blake
P: 07 843 1368 (ext 3) M: 027 585 9011 E:

Greg Moore                                     Central

Robin Parr                                     Eastlake

Stephen Bloomfield                             JPC    

Jo Clark                                       Kaharoa

Rachel Watchorne                               Mamaku 

Paul Grocott                                   Ngongotaha

Andrew Robb                                    Ngongotaha

Allan McKernon                                 Ngongotaha

Matthew Sherman                 Reps           Ngongotaha

Mark Buckley                    Facilities     Otonga 

Karl McKnight    Competitions   Finance        Otonga 

Phil Rorason                                   Rotorua City

Sue Hunter                                     Rotorua United

Deryck Shaw                                    Rotorua United

Denis Marriner                  Finance        St Mary's

Dave Watt                                      St Mary's

Ian Southgate                                  Valley 

Wendy Applegate                 Reps           Westbrook

Andrew Bowler                                  Westbrook

Vicki Mahuika                   Competitions   Westbrook

Ray Wells                                      Life Member
          Football Rules & Guidelines For 2010 Season
Welcome to another season of Football. This information brochure has been prepared to help the games and
season run as smoothly as possible so that all involved, whether player, coach, official or spectator, has a
great time. So have fun, give it your best but remember the Fair Play Code of Conduct:

                          Give it heaps but don’t get ugly!

Sadly every season there have been many instances of offensive behaviour from the sidelines (much of this
reported from junior games) where the referee has been verbally abused. This is almost always when a
coach or parent is acting as the referee and doing his or her best. They should not be harassed!

Please note that the following is Rotorua Junior Football Policy for the 2010 season:

   Each team for 5th – 7th grades are required to referee half a game each. Please encourage both teams to
    play. Coaching by the referee is allowed
   Each team from 8th – 12th is required to nominate a trained referee (Junior Referee course minimum) who
    will be allocated to the home game. This referee has control of the whole game. If a trained referee is not
    available for that team and the away team has a trained referee, they will officiate the whole game. If
    both teams do not have a trained referee then the teams will share a half each.
   Each team 13th – Under 15‟s grades are required to nominate a CBR qualified referee (minimum
    qualification) who will be allocated to home games as detailed above.
   Only if the allocated referee is unable to attend can each team referee half a game each
   Home team is the team listed first in the draw
There is to be no coaching while refereeing, except for 5th – 7th grades. The home team referee has sole
responsibility for the game. Unless the rules in this guideline state otherwise, FIFA rules apply to games. A
laminated copy of the rules is located in the equipment shed for reference purposes only.

Coaches, team management, spectators etc are reminded that a referee – whether qualified
or not – has the same rights and obligations as an appointed official and any abuse of any
referee will be dealt with severely. The absolute authority is vested in any referee of all
games and shall be protected from abuse by the FIFA Laws of the Game and NZ Football
Rules and Regulations.
All coaches are responsible for ensuring their players have the correct equipment to play football. Each
player is required to have as a minimum, shin guards and football boots. Shin guards must be worn on the
inside of the socks with the socks pulled up to cover. This is a mandatory FIFA requirement and is
required for the player’s safety. Failure to have this equipment will result in a player being refused entry
onto the field.
Shirts shall be tucked into shorts. No peak caps shall be worn by outfield players in any grades.
Referees are instructed to check sprigs and shin guards before the start of a game. Referees can refuse entry
to the field for any player deemed to have dangerous equipment. The referee must provide an explanation to
the player and coach should any player be refused entry to the field.

The duty club will distribute the nets and flags at Puarenga Park and it is the responsibility of the first two
teams playing that day to set up the nets and corner flags.
A duty team will distribute the nets and flags at Arawa Park and it is the responsibility of the first two teams
playing that day to set up the nets and corner flags at each field. The duty team will be separate to the club
setting up Puarenga Park and will be designated on the calendar.
It is the responsibility of the last 2 teams playing to remove the nets and corners flags and return them to the
equipment/storage shed.
The Duty club will be responsible for checking the fields and ensuring all equipment is locked away in the
equipment shed.
An equipment shed key is held by each club/school. In the event of club keys being lost, replacements are
obtainable from the BOP Junior Competitions/Communications Administrator. (Note: a C1 key is used for
gates and toilet block. A numbered key is required for the equipment shed)

5th To 12th GRADES:

Grade                      5/6th          7th          8th          9th          10th         11th        12th
Field size              30m x 20m.    40m x 30m     40m x 30m.   60m x 40m.   60m x 40m.   70m x 50m.   70m x 50m
Goal size                2m x 1m        2m x 1m      2m x 1m      4m x 2m      4m x 2m      5m x 2m     5m x 2m
Goal Keeper                 No            No           No           Yes          Yes          Yes         Yes
No. of players             5v5           5v5          5v5          7v7          7v7          9v9          9v9
Playing time per half       15             15          15           25           25           30           30
Ball size                    3             3            3            4            4            4            4
Offside                     No            No           No*          Yes          Yes          Yes         Yes
Throw-ins                   No            Yes          Yes          Yes          Yes          Yes         Yes
Corner Kicks                No            Yes          Yes          Yes          Yes          Yes         Yes
Retreat to halfway          Yes           Yes          Yes          Yes          Yes          No           No
Score card required         No            No           Yes          Yes          Yes          Yes         Yes
   Goal hanging (sea gulling) to be discouraged.
13th To Under 15 GRADES:

Grade                             13/14th          15th
No. of players                    11 v 11        11 v 11
Playing time per half               35              40         *The combined 13/14th grade will use size 4 balls
Ball size                           4*              5
Offside                             Yes            Yes

Goalkeepers are not allowed in 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades and players should be encouraged to not stand in
front of the goals. In ALL grades it is an offence for an attacking player to deliberately stand in front of, or
obstruct the goalkeeper, when the goalkeeper is kicking or throwing the ball from their hands. The
goalkeeper is deemed to have control of the ball if he has at least one hand on it.
A Goal can be scored directly from a „Kick-Off‟.
The opposition must stand at least 3m away.
Offside will be refereed in all grades above 8th and FIFA rules apply. This is probably the hardest rule for
players and spectators to understand especially in the younger grades, so give feedback during the game if it
is apparent they do not understand.
In 9th grade the players are starting to get an idea of offside so do not penalise if they are slightly in front
during an attacking move. The referee can talk to the players and advise them they are standing offside, then
penalise if they do not make an attempt to move back. Penalise the blatant offside but allow the players to be
slightly in front of the offside line.
All grades except 5th and 6th have Throw-Ins and FIFA rules apply. In the 5th and 6th Throw-Ins are replaced
with Kick-Ins. A goal cannot be scored direct from a Kick-In.
For the 10th grade and below, the opposition must retreat to their own half of the field and only encroach
once the goal kick has been taken.
Goal kicks are taken from the following for each grade:
                        5th - 10th grades, taken from the edge of the goal box.
                        11th grades and above, taken from the edge of the goal box and FIFA rules apply.
For 7th to 12th grades the opposition must stand at least 5m away. All corner kicks shall be taken from the
corner of the field.
Penalty Kicks are to be taken from the Penalty Mark or from midway between goal line and the 9 metre
Penalty line.
There are no penalty kicks during the game in 8th grade; all penalties are direct free kicks outside the box. If
an offence occurs inside the box, bring the penalty to a place outside the box, in line with where the offence
occurred. Exceptions to this occur during tournaments, when a penalty is taken from the edge of the box
directly in line with the centre of the goal.
For players to qualify to play within an age group the player must be the same age as the appropriate grade
on or before December 31 of that year i.e. 8th grade players must be 8 or less on or before December 31 of
the competition year. For the 2010 competition this means players born 2002 or later will be eligible for the
8th grade.
Female footballers qualify automatically to play one year less than their actual age.
All applications for dispensation must be received by the BOP Junior Competitions/Communications
Administrator prior to the player taking part in a match below their age appropriate grade. Waikato Bay of
Plenty Football decisions are final.
All dispensations to be lodged on the form attached to the 2010 Regulations document with the BOP Junior
Competitions/Communications Administrator and approved by the Waikato Bay of Plenty Football.

Dispensated players must be pointed out to the opposition coach and identified on the team card
before play starts. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in the forfeiture of the match.

Any team not ready to start within 10 minutes of the official kick off time will default the game, unless
previously agreed with the opposition coach or manager. Games kicking off late must be completed
within the allocated time. The next game has the right to request the immediate end to game if over the
allocated starting time for next game. Failure to end the game may result in a Waikato Bay of Plenty
Football disciplinary hearing.

Player numbers are listed on page 4 and 5 for each of the grades. For the 8th to 12th grades one less player
may be played by agreement between coaches. The listed number of players for each grade may not be
exceeded. If a team arrives short of player(s) and you have too many, why not lend one or two of your
players to make the teams equal.


Scorecards are required from 8th grade up and must be handed in at the close of play on the day in the box
provided secured to the Puarenga Park Equipment Shed door. Player‟s names must be filled in legibly on
cards. Teams playing at Arawa Park please text results to the results officer on 021 0241 4700, and then post
cards to Waikato Bay of Plenty Football or, if games are still on at Puarenga Park, place cards in results box.
Opposition coach at the end of the game must counter sign scorecards. If the opposition is unwilling to sign,
please note the scorecard accordingly.
Defaulted scorecards must be counter signed before game starts. Failure to fully complete legible
scorecards will result in no points being awarded.

For all grades, the referee must be notified before any player enters the field. No substitution may be made
until play has been stopped and must take place at the halfway line. Rolling substitutes are permitted and a
player may return to field after being substituted.
For 8th grade and above, all substitutes must be named on the scorecard prior to kick off.
For 11 aside games, teams in the junior league shall be capped at 16 players. If there is a differential of more
than three (3) players between teams at a match, then there is a limit of three (3) substitutes per team, as per
FIFA rules.

      Grade 10 and under – play will be stopped immediately for any injury or suspected injury.
      Grade 11 and above – injuries should still be treated quickly, though a few seconds delay to complete
       a phase of play should be considered acceptable in most circumstances.
      Head injuries: In the event of a head injury the player must obtain a medical certificate, and if
       concussion has occurred there will be a mandatory 21 days stand down from playing or training
       regardless of whether it has been diagnosed as “slight” or otherwise. Therefore, before a player can
       return to playing, they must first obtain a clearance (medical certificate) to be lodged with the club
       Secretary. (Refer to the Waikato Bay of Plenty Football “Sideline Concussion Check” - Appendix 3).
      All injuries will be recorded and reported to the Club Secretary who will forward this information
       onto the BOP Junior Competitions/Communications Administrator on the Waikato Bay of Plenty
       Football Season Injury Card (Appendix 4 in the Rotorua Junior Football Regulations)

Players must only play for the club they are registered with at the start of the season and may not play down a
grade or division. Players may play up grades for their own club only.
The new club must register the inter-club transfer of any player with the BOP Junior
Competitions/Communications Administrator before they can play for their new club, using the transfer form
in Appendix 7 of the Rotorua Junior Football Regulations document.


All judicial-misconduct issues, unless resolved first between the two teams must be in writing, from both
teams to the secretaries of the two affected clubs with 5 working days seeking resolution. If, no resolution is
forthcoming, both club secretaries of the two affected clubs, are to forward the complaints to the BOP Junior
Competitions/Communications Administrator who will discuss the issue with Waikato Bay of Plenty
Football for a binding outcome. Each application to Waikato Bay of Plenty Football, to be submitted with a
payment of $25.00 from the complainant‟s club.


Players may be borrowed from another team, within the same club, with the following proviso‟s:
        That the borrowing team is genuinely short
             Up to two (2) players may be borrowed for 11-sided games. One player may be borrowed for
              small-sided games. Numbers borrowed greater than these constitute a defaulting of the game.
              Shortened side friendly matches can then take place if both teams consent.
             That the consent has been given by the opposing teams coach or deputy. There will be no redress
              on a decision made prior to kickoff.
             That the players being borrowed are from a lower grade or division.


Cancellations can only be made by the BOP Junior Competitions/Communications Administrator. For
competitive games, coaches and clubs do not have the right to cancel games except for health and safety
concerns. Cancellations will also be posted on the Rotorua Juniors page (tab in left hand menu) at from 07:30am onwards on Saturday mornings.
If games are cancelled keep with the draw. Due to the tight schedule catch up games will not be played.

Central:                             red shirt, red shorts, black socks
Eastlake:                            maroon & white shirt, black shorts and socks
John Paul College                    red & black shirt, black shorts
Kaharoa:                             dark blue & yellow shirt
Mamaku                               royal blue & black shirt, black shorts.
Ngongotaha                           orange shirt, black shorts
Otonga:                              white shirt, blue shorts, blue socks
Rotorua City Juniors:                royal blue & white striped shirt, white shorts
Rotorua United:                      white shirt & shorts, white socks
St Marys:                            maroon & blue shirt
Valley:                              black & white shirt & shorts
Westbrook:                           gold shirt, black shorts, black socks

Teams playing at Arawa Park will have to enter the course by the designated entrance only. The entrance is
from Marguerita Street, see website if unsure. Please do not walk across the course at any other point. No
cars are allowed onto the fields, please park in the designated area. We will keep the use of these fields only
by respecting the racecourse and its environs. Please dispose of all rubbish in bins provided and keep the area
clean. A team will be duty team (refer to Arawa Park Duty Roster on the Rotorua Juniors page of the
Waikato Bay of Plenty Football website) and will distribute the nets and flags at Arawa Park and it is the
responsibility of the first two teams playing that day to set up the nets and corner flags at each field. The nets
and flags will be stored in a locked room of the toilet block at Arawa Park. The last team on each field must
return the nets and flags to the storage rooms. An RDC C1 key will open the toilet block. A numbered key
will open the storage room. There is a combination padlock on the gate (ask your delegate for the number).

As we enter the football season, please be aware that there is a potential for children to injure themselves by
misuse of or by playing on football equipment such as goal frames.

As a Health & Safety operating procedure at grounds used for RJF games, the following requirements will be
strongly enforced.
     No one is to climb on, pull on, or play on or around any goals, equipment, crowd barriers or fence
     If a parent or caregiver feels that any piece of equipment may pose a danger, or it has been left or is
       stored in a manner that it may cause injury if misused or be of danger to children, please move it and
       store it to a safe position and immediately inform a club or the BOP Junior
       Competitions/Communications Administrator.
     Junior players should always be adequately supervised and ultimately this is the responsibility of
       parent/caregiver. Stay with your children and help provide adequate supervision if there is any doubt
       in your mind.
     All geothermal areas are completely out of bounds to children. If a football ball enters these
       areas then adult help should be sought for retrieval immediately. Children do not try to retrieve on
       your own.

As responsible adults we should be aware and alert to dangers to other people‟s children, supervised or not,
and be immediately responsive to preventing a possible accident.

                       Let‟s all have a safe and happy football season.

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