CYAS Knockerball Rules
©2019 Catholic Young Adult Sports, All
Rights Reserved. (Last rev. 1-21-19)
League communications will happen via the bluesombrero
registration system. Please make sure all players are registered, or they may
miss league communications, including any weather cancellations/delays.
Any rules not explicitly
stated here will be generally accepted soccer rules.
GENERAL LEAGUE RULES
CODE OF CONDUCT
is required in this league. Such as:
officials are volunteers that give time to make your game more enjoyable;
please thank them after every game for offering their time! We encourage you to
buy them food/drinks after the games (it doubtfully will help you on the field,
but can’t hurt).
games are in the hands of the officials. Any questions/discussions about the
rule interpretations should go through the team captain.
before and after games (optional if not Catholic), and shake hands after games
conscious of who you are guarding so as to avoid injury
out to the socials and comingle with other teams
and engage players that are not as athletic/skilled, these are rec. leagues!
conduct will not be tolerated and may result in ejection from games or the
league. This includes:
stacked teams (in casual leagues) & running up the score
language (including the Lord’s name taken in vain), racial slurs and verbal
roughness and/or physical abuse
out of anger, including throwing equipment or personal items
with officials, staff, participants, or fans
of the honor system
good sportsmanship whether victory or defeat
the integrity and judgment of CYAS representatives and be responsible for your
to provide volunteer referees/scorekeepers when assigned
ALL TEAMS WILL BE
GIVEN SPORTMANSHIP RATINGS AFTER EACH GAME - CAPTAINS MUST SIGN OFF ON THEIR
Rating will be added into the league standings. The end of the season
tournament standings are determined on the point system that a win is worth 6
points, a tie is worth 3 points, and a loss is worth 0 points. With the
sportsmanship rating, during each game, every team is able to receive a maximum
of 10 points per game.
Teams will be given a sportsmanship rating by the officials & commissioner
after each game. The scores are determined as follows:
4 - Excellent Conduct
and Sportsmanship – Players cooperate fully with the officials and the opposing
team’s members. The captain calmly converses with officials about rule
interpretations and calls. The captain also has full control of his/her
3 – Good Conduct and
Sportsmanship – Team members verbally complain about some decisions made by the
officials and/or show minor dissension. Teams that receive 1 severe
behavioral penalty will receive no higher than a 3.0 rating.
2 - Average Conduct
and Sportsmanship – Team shows verbal dissent towards officials and/or the
opposing team. Captain exhibits minor control over his/her teammates, but is
in control of their own temper. Teams receiving multiple behavior fouls
will receive no higher than a 2.0 rating.
1 – Below Average
Conduct and Sportsmanship – Teams constantly comment to the officials and/or
the opposing team from the field and/or sidelines. The team captain exhibits
little or no control over teammates and/or himself/herself. A team which
receives an ejection can receive no higher than a 1.0 rating.
0 – Poor Conduct and
Sportsmanship – Team is completely uncooperative. Captain has no control over
teammates, and/or their own temper. Any team causing a game to be forfeited,
other than by not showing, or receives multiple ejections shall receive a 0.0
A team that receives a
0.0 rating must have their captain meet with a CYAS representative before they
are eligible to play their next contest.
A team winning a
contest by Forfeit or Honest Effort Forfeit will receive a 4.0 rating
A team that does not
provide any required refs/timers/scorekeepers where assigned will receive a 0
sportsmanship point rating on their previous game, or next game if it is the
Substitutions- If a team
does not have enough players to field a team, they may get a substitute:
- From another team (a
“League Registrant”), if the game is not a tournament game.
- From outside the
league, but they must sign a liability waiver (even if they have played in
- If the substitute is
from outside the league they may only play in two (2) regular season games
without registering on a team’s roster. An outside player must register
and officially join the team roster online in order to play in any
tournament game, and they must have played in at least one (1) season game
(as evidenced by having a sub waiver on file).
order to exhibit respect for the spirit of the game and fellow players,
protesting after a call is not allowed. Captains are encouraged to email the
commissioner and/or CYAS staff after the games to voice complaints/suggestions
Captains are the only people able to discuss calls with the
refs. Please remember that there is a difference between discussion and
arguing. Arguing will result in a technical foul, but discussion or seeking
explanation is okay.
have the right to eject a player from a game with or without warning for
unsportsmanlike behavior, including complaining, arguing, vulgar language or
any other unsportsmanlike conduct.
GAME Specific RULES
5 PLAYERS ON THE FIELD (3 male - 2 female)
4 - 12-MINUTE QUARTERS
FEMALE SCORE = 2, MALE SCORE = 1
TIES DURING REGULAR SEASON STAY AS A TIE
PLAYOFF TIES DECIDED BY OVERTIME
Rules & Team Size:
Each team shall field no more than 5 players (3 male/2 female) at any one
time. Teams with less than 2 females will play short.
Captains may agree, before the game, to override this ratio requirement for
Over-time & Time-outs:
Play will be divided into (4) 12-minute quarters separated by 3-minute
There will be a running clock maintained by a referee who will advise both
teams when there is one minute remaining in each quarter.
The clock will stop during injury time-outs only.
Each team will have 2 time-outs per game.
Any delay tactics, (kicking the ball far out of bounds) will allow the
referee (at his/her discretion) to stop the clock.
Referees will blow the whistle three times consecutively to either stop
play, or to signal the end of a half and/or game. All players must STOP if they
hear the signal.
If play is stopped by the referee, it will be resumed by one blow of the
whistle to resume play
the score is tied at the end of regulation during regular season the game
will end in a tie.
ties during the playoffs, a 5-minute overtime will be played. If a tie remains after
overtime, 1 vs. 1 golden goal, 1st goal
of the Game
officials watch will be the timepiece used to decide game time. There will be a
five (5) minute grace period for teams unprepared to play, but one (1) point
will be deducted from their sportsmanship score. After 5 minutes the unprepared
team will give the first ball to the opposing team.
● Kick-off – the ball will
be placed in the center of the field, and teams line up along their goal line.
When the whistle blows, teams may run to the ball for possession. This will
occur every time a goal is scored.
● It is best to make
all substitutions in between quarters. To substitute a player during the
quarter, the player coming off of the field will have to completely vacate the
field, remove their equipment and allow another player to put on their
● The clock will not
stop unless there is an injury. In the event of an injury time-out, players may
substitute, but the refs may start the game without waiting for the new players
to enter the game, if the injured person is cleared to continue.
● All substituted
players will be checked for equipment by a referee before entering onto the
There are no off-sides.
Ball in Bubble – If the ball
lands in a bubble, play will stop and the ball retrieved. The referee will then
conduct a “drop ball” with one member from each team.
Drop Ball – 1 player from
each team will stand 5 yards away from the ball, as the ball hits the ground
each player may charge towards the ball to retrieve it.
Teams will not be allowed to have a goalkeeper.
A goal box will be marked off in front of each goal. It will extend 4
paces/yards out and 2 paces/yard to each side of the goal posts. All players
(offensive and defensive) must remain outside this area unless the ball is inside
the goal box. If the defense is clearly in the goal box area before any shot on
goal takes place, and then legally (without the use of the hands) deflects a
shot, it will result in the following: A penalty shot on an open goal 15
paces/yards out. If a player enters the goal box unintentionally without interfering
with the course of play, this will not result in a penalty shot. Repeated
occurrences will result in a 15-yard penalty shot. This is up to the ref’s
Out of Bounds
& Corner Kicks
Anytime the ball goes over either sideline, out of bounds, a kick-in will
Anytime the ball crosses an end line, a corner kick or goal kick will
Last touched by a defender- a corner kick. Ball is placed
on nearest corner and kicked in by offensive team. Goals may be scored on
corner kicks. All players must be outside the goal box until the ball enters
the goal box and the defense must be at least 4 paces from the corner.
Last touched by attacker. A goal kick by the defense.
Safety and Equipment
force bumps without the intent to gain possession of the ball OR without the
intent to clear the path of the ball to the goal, can and will be penalized
with a 2 min penalty based on referee’s discretion. Depending on the case,
especially when these bumps are from blind spots & when safety of the
opponent is endangered, referee has the authority to eject a player.
the opponents outside the boundary cones is NOT legal. A bump inside the
playing field that results in an opponent falling outside that playing area is
who are knocked to the ground during play must be allowed to get up before
being contacted again by the opposing team. Referees will strictly enforce this
rule as a players legs are vulnerable when trying to stand up and to ensure
player must be in a “Battle Ball” prior to stepping on the field. The equipment
shall be worn fully-inflated and over the shoulders with shoulder straps that
are snug to ensure that the player is secured tightly inside the ball.
must wear tennis shoes or turf shoes, soccer
cleats will not be allowed. Shin guards and kneepads are recommended but
jewelry or other sharp objects may be worn during play or in the Battle Ball. Glasses may be used, however will need to be worn
with an eyewear retainer to keep them on the player at all times.
Sand Diego Knockerball® (SDKB) will provide a referee(s) for each soccer
Referee(s) will have final say in any judgment call or issue regarding
Refs have the power to remove any player(s) from a game and/or the season,
if deemed necessary.
Any rules clarification must be brought to the attention of SDKB staff
member prior to the continuance of the game.