Shin guards are mandatory for all players in all games and practices and must be worn under the player’s socks. Cleats are optional, but are recommended. We strongly encourage all players to bring plenty of water to all games and practices. In addition, ball size and other age-specific basic data are shown in the table below. Please see Equipment Guidelines below for additional information.
Proper use of equipment:
All players must wear shin guards. Soccer cleats are encouraged, but are not necessary as regular tennis shoes are acceptable for play on turf fields.
A player may use equipment other than basic equipment, provided its sole purpose is to protect the player physically and poses no danger to him/her or any other player.
Modern protective gear (including glasses and/or headgear) is acceptable if made of soft, padded material. Hard and unyielding items (guards, casts, braces, splints, etc.) on the hand, wrist, forearm, elbow, upper arm or shoulder are prohibited.
Players whose vision requires correction must wear shatterproof glasses or lenses. Glasses must be mounted in break resistant frames.
The following items are prohibited during play:
• Baseball cleats/football cleats (shoes with a front spike).
• Jewelry (watches, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, rings, body piercings).*
• Metal and hard plastic hair fasteners (including, but not limited to, hair pins and/or beads).
• Hard casts of any sort, including those covered with a protective element.
*Using tape to cover jewelry is not acceptable. Items used to depict medical conditions/need are acceptable and must be cleared with referees.
If a player is discovered wearing unauthorized items, the player will be asked to leave the field of play until such items are removed. BSC staff (including referees) may make a determination at any time if they feel items which are not listed pose any level of danger.