Playing Time Policy:
It is the philosophy of Greater Lafayette Regional Soccer Alliance (GLRSA)
to emphasize the enjoyment, sportsmanship, team play and development of
skills associated with the game of soccer, as well as equal participation
in games and practices, by all players.
The primary goal of the program is to ensure as many children are playing
and enjoying the game as possible. Equitable playing time promotes more
player development and results in a much stronger, more balanced program,
that is more capable of fielding competitive teams at each level of play.
As a result, it is the policy of GLRSA to give substantially equal playing
time to all players regardless of skill level and coaches should try to
make sure that no player is on the field for less than half of each game.
This policy recognizes the developmental mission of the program and applies
to all players who attend practice regularly and display a positive
Coaches should give all players the opportunity to play all positions in a
game during a season, including goal, to ensure each child can fully
appreciate the game of soccer. This is also how players learn the game, and
no player should be specializing in any one position before Grade 7/8 (and
even then, the players should continue to have the opportunity to play in
more than one field position). This prevents typecasting players too early
in their development. Goalies should play no more than one half in goal.
Playing one half in goal is not considered playing half the game. The
goalie must receive at least the prorated minimum amount of field time the
half they are not in the goal.
If a coach has an attitude or commitment problem with a child, the coach
must speak with the parent(s) or guardian in an effort to remedy the
problem. If the problem persists after that conversation, a coach has the
discretion to reduce playing time to less than the recommended amount. The
reduction in playing time should be commensurate with the degree of the
problem. Note that skill level should at no time be considered an attitude
or commitment problem.