Bubble Soccer Rules of Conduct & Play
At Knockerball Orlando, the emphasis is on having fun in a light-hearted social atmosphere where you can develop your skills as well as create new and strengthen old relationships. Competitiveness is a natural part of sports and is not discouraged. With that said the "win at all costs" mentality has no place on the field. Remeber others taking the field with you may not be as experienced and could use the encouragement.
1. Players Responsibilities
Players competing in bubble soccer games hosted by Knockerball Orlando are expected to read all rules contained herein. If there are any rules that you are unclear on they should be discussed with the referee before the start of the game. Because of time constraints ref's will not discuss rules and/or rulings during the game. The referee will have the final say in any and all matters pertaining to that bubble soccer game.
2. Officials Responsibility
The referee is directly responsible for the bubble soccer game and that all rules are followed at all times. Referees are also responsible for the safety of the players, timing and conduct during the game. Referees are committed to remaining un-partial and unbiased as to foster a fun enjoyable atmosphere.
3. Player Conduct
Players are expected to conduct themselves in a way that is respectful to themselves, other players and officials. Good sportsman like conduct is always expected. Any behaviour deemed inappropriate by the referee will not be allowed. After a warning, a second offense will cause a player to be ejected from the game and their team will have to continue on a man down. This applies to off court conduct as well.
- Trash Talking – We believe that good trash talking is an essential part of any game play. Excessive profanity is not accepted and after a warning a second offense will cause a player to be immediately ejected from game play. Keep it clean and come out fighting!
- Attendance – All Bubble Soccer Players are expected to be game ready 10 min prior to their scheduled game time.
4. The Bubble Soccer Game
- All teams should arrive a minimum of 10 mins before their scheduled game time.
- For every min a team is not ready to take the court a point will be given to the opposing team. If the team can not take the field by the half the game will be considered a forfeit.
- This is a social game though and even though the game has been considered a forfeit there's no reason to waste a half of game time. PLAY ON!
5. Number of Players
There is no limit to the amount of players that can be on a team. Substitutions are allowed at the end of the first half. Ideally bubble soccer games will be played by teams of 5. In the event that there are not10 people available to play then the game can be played by any even number of players. Consult the referee if there are less than 10 people.
6. Equipment and Attire
Unless otherwise stated players should be wearing comfortable clothing and athletic shoes. Sandles are not permitted. All jewellery of any kind is also prohibited.
7. Game Length
During championship play, Knockerball Orlando Bubble Soccer games consist of four 5 min quarters with a 3 min halftime break. Our weekly pickup games are 2, 5 min halves with a short break in between. Only the referee has the ability to stop the clock and will only do so for medical emergencies.
8. General Rules Governing Bubble Soccer Games
- Kick Off – The ball is placed in the center of the field as teams line up on their respective goal lines. When the whistle is blown teams will rush the ball for possession. This will happen every time a goal is scored.
- There is no designated goalkeeper. Heck there are no designated positions at all. However, if you wish to stick one of your players in front of the goal that is acceptable.
- Free Kicks – the referee may award a free kick to a player that was on the wrong end of a foul. Players on the opposing team will have to give the kicker at least 15 feet of clear field.
- Offsides – Ya, we don't follow this one…
- Balls in Bubbles – Should a ball get stuck in a ball with a player, play will be paused while the ball is recovered and the referee will perform a drop ball with one player from each team.
The referee's decision is final. No objections.
9. Disciplinary Sanctions
Most importantly this is a social game! Any overly rough play, abusive language, bickering or challenging the ref will not be tolerated. Judgment and penalty will be decided by the judge and his/her decision is final.
In general, offenses will be handled by the first one receiving a warning and on ethe second offense the player will be asked to leave the field.
The ref has the authority to remove anyone, from any game, for any reason including but not limited to reasons concerning player safety and/or effective game control.
The referee will stop play for any injury he deems it necessary. In the case of an injured player, it is the responsibility of the player or their teammates to inform the referee.
For a minor injury (cuts or scrapes) the player has 2 minutes to be cleaned up and game ready or they will be substituted. At the end of the 2 minutes, game play will resume with or without the player or their substitution.
Bleeding players must leave the field immediately to tend their wound.
This is a play at your own risk activity and all players will be required to sign our Full Release of Liability and Acknowledgement of Risk form before being allowed to play.