GRACEAC girls soccer operates as a school-based team sport. This means that GRACEAC runs a league where the member schools compete against one another. Member schools must field a minimum of 10 players in order to submit a team to the league. There are two leagues - a 5th/6th grade league and a 7th/8th grade league. If a school is unable to field their own team, that school Athletic Director needs to contact ADs at nearby schools and try to arrange a merger.
As a school-based team sport, team specifics are determined at the school level. This includes who the coach is, when/where practices are held, uniforms, etc. GRACEAC sets the rules and game schedules. Each team will have an eight game regular season, and every team is eligible to compete in the single elimination postseason tournaments. These tournaments are seeded based on regular season standings, which means we do keep track of scores and standings.
GRACEAC girls soccer takes place in the spring season. Practices may begin on Monday, March 14. Teams are limited to five practices/10 hours of practice per week in the preseason, and three practices/6 hours of practice per week once games begin. The regular season will begin the week of April 18, after Spring Break and Holy Week. The postseason tournaments will be finished no later than May 26.
GRACEAC will attempt to utilize a schedule with games on Tuesday/Thursday & Saturday. Weeknight games begin at 5:00 pm, while Saturday morning games start at 9:00 am.
- 8 v 8 rules: seven players plus goalkeeper
- Games will have two 30-minute halves with a five-minute halftime
Minimum Playing Time:
To ensure total participation, it shall be mandatory that each student/athlete participate a minimum time per game of 15 minutes at both the 5th/6th grade and 7th/8th grade level.
Current COVID-19 Guidelines: Per the Kent County Health Department order from August 20, K-6 graders were required to wear facial coverings while indoors at school, and that applied to sports as well. That order has since expired. As it currently stands, facial coverings will not be required at any 5th-8th grade GRACEAC game or practice. This includes for players, coaches, officials, gym managers, spectators, etc. GRACEAC strongly recommends the use of facial coverings inside all school gyms regardless of vaccination status. Please know these guidelines are subject to change based on receiving new information at a later date.