SOCCER TENNIS RULES:
RULE 1 - THE COURT
Soccer-tennis is played on the “Court”.
RULE 2 - THE BALL (SOCCER BALL)
Soccer-tennis uses a regulation size 4 & 5 soccer ball.
RULE 3 - TEAMS AND PLAYERS
The game is played between two teams with two players on each team. There are substitutes allowed throughout a match; each team is allowed to have one other teammate to be used as a substitute for a total of 3 participants per team. Players are allowed to return after being substituted. If during a game, a player is injured, the game must continue until a stoppage in play allows for a substitution.
RULE 4 - PLAYERS EQUIPMENT
The official uniform of soccer-tennis includes a shirt, shorts, socks, and sneakers, indoor shoes or cleats. We ask that each team would at least wear matching tops (can be jerseys, t-shirts, sleeveless; but must be matching).
RULE 5 - DURATION OF THE MATCH
Game duration will last no longer than 20 minutes or to 15 points.
RULE 6 - BEGINNING THE GAME
The winner of a coin toss is allowed to elect whether they will kick off or choose a side to defend.
RULE 7 - THE KICK-OFF
Referees start the game with the sign to serve. A kick-off is used to begin each game and also between each point scored. Kick-offs are played from behind the service box line of the tennis court and the ball must land in opposite service box area. Players cannot step on the line during a kick-off. A player has two attempts to execute a kick-off and must play the ball out of his hands, by drop kick (ball hitting the ground before being kicked). If players are unable to use one fluid motion using the drop kick method, they can execute a kick-off using the ball-bounce volley method.. Again, balls must land in opposite service box area on the opposing team side. Any kick-off that hits the net but lands on the opposing side (let) must be repeated. If the first service does not make it over the net or in bounds, a second service is awarded. If such an event happens twice (double fault), the opposing team receives a point.
RULE 8- SCORING
Both teams can score a point at any time (the defending team can score even if they did not kick off to start play).
RULE 9: SERVICE
Service will be held by one team for 5 point combinations. Service is changed every time the score equals 5, 10, 15, and 20 points. (Similar to ping pong; i.e. score 3-2, 1-4, 5-0, 2-3, 6-4, 7-8, 11-9 etc...) The player cannot return the service directly. The service must bounce once in the serve court before being returned.
RULE 10 - TEAM BALL CONTACTS
The receiving team can touch the ball a maximum of three times per team before returning the ball to the opposing team. (For example, Player A passes to Player B in the air and then Player B passes back to Player A, Player A then plays the ball over the net—All in touch) Each player can only take a maximum of two touches per individual. Both players do not need to touch the ball however. (For example, Player A takes a touch off his thigh and then plays the ball over the net.) The ball can be directly returned to the opposing team with only one ball touch, if desired.
RULE 11 - INDIVIDUAL PLAYER BALL CONTACT
Players can use any part of their body to touch the ball, with the exception of the arms or hands. Shoulders are not considered part of the arm.
RULE 12 - GROUND BALL CONTACTS
The only time a ball is allowed to touch the ground outside the playing field, is when a kick-off player bounces the ball before kick-off. Any other ground contacts outside the playing field are “out balls”. Inside the playing field, you are allowed one bounce per side, but can not bounce after the first touch.
RULE 13 - POINTS
Every play can result in a point scored by either one of the teams.
Faults at the kick-off
1a. Kick-off is done before referee allows play to begin.
1b. Kick-off is not played from the hands.
1c. More than one ground contact is made before kicking off.
1d. The player steps onto the playing field during or before kick-off.
1e. Player kicks the ball into the net (If the ball hits the net, and goes over to the
opposing side, the fault does not result in a point, but the kick-off is repeated.) 1f. The kick-off lands outside the playing field (‘out”)
Faults during a play
2a. Player uses more than two touches before getting rid of the ball. 2b. During a play, the ball touches the ground more than two times. 2c. A team plays the ball, and it lands outside the playing field.
2d. A team plays the ball into the net.
2e. A player touches the net.
2f. A player touches the ball with their hand, or arm.
2g. The ball touches the ground before it goes over the net.
2h. The mystery/secret 3rd touch will be enforced!
(Accidentally hits your foot, then shin, and you proceed with another touch...FAULT!)
RULE 14 - TIE BREAKERS INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
RULE 15 - DISTURBANCES
If disturbances arise that players have no influence over (such as problems with the net or equipment or a player injury, the referee is allowed to stop play immediately and the kick-off is repeated with no points given.
RULE 16 - PENALTIES
Referees can warn players for unsportsmanlike conduct by issuing a yellow card to the offending player. Also, the team loses 1 point. A red card will bar the player from the rest of the match, and their team must substitute another player. If there is no other player, the team forfeits 5 points and continues a man down!
RULE 17 - THE REFEREE
Official soccer-tennis games must be supervised by a referee, with these duties:
• Make sure rules are clear and abided by
• Decide points (referee decisions are final)
• Keep score correctly
• Control the clock
• Interrupt play due to disturbances, rule-breaking, or injuries
• Keep unauthorized persons off the playing field
• Give out warnings and/or remove repeat offenders from the match
• Fill out the match sheet and give it to tournament officials
SOCCER TENNIS TOURNAMENT!
FRIDAY AUGUST 11, 2017
3 GAME MINIMUM POSSIBLE FINAL
GAMES ARE 20MIN IN LENGTH OR TO 15PTS (full rules on website)
MAXIMUM ROSTER SIZE IS 3 PLAYERS
2 PLAYERS ON FIELD 1 SUBSTITUTE
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