U16-U19 Substitution Timesheet

Each player is required to play at least one half of each game per AYSO's Everyone Plays philosophy.  That is the bare minimum, more than half time is seriously recommended -- most of the regions that participate in PCSSL have a 3-before-4 policy or some other 75% playing time goal, and PCSSL supports these directions.

Everybody Plays is an AYSO requirement, violations are an AYSO issue, not something penalized within PCSSL.  However, PCSSL reserves the right to bring violations that we observe to the attention of the appropriate Regional Commissioners and Area Directors which will raise the question whether the parties involved are honoring the agreements that allow them to be entrusted with a team.

For Under-10, Under-12 and Under-14 play, the use of the AYSO Substitution Timesheet is not applicable. In these divisions, the referees monitor and keep written record of the quarter-by-quarter substitutions on the game cards.
 
For Under-16 and Under-19 play, "free substitutions" are allowed. Please see the section 4 under Referees of the PCSSL Rules for specific definitions regarding when substitutions can take place. In these divisions with free substitutions there is a need for a finer grained method to track player time in the game, and timesheets are the mechanism that records this tracking -- this method provides a rough (+/- 5 minutes) track of each player's time on the bench.

The process is fairly simple.  The timesheet is a spreadsheet printed to hardcopy and brought to each game; on the printed sheet there is one row for each player on the team, and there is a column for each 5-minute segment of the game.  Before the game the timesheet is filled out similarly to a game card (enter the information on the "Entry Form" tab, one entry for each player, sorted in ascending order based on their jersey number -- timekeepers will not know player names so jersey number is how everyone will be identified).  Each team shall identify a timekeeper, that person will monitor the opposing team's players.  Every 5 minutes during the game the timekeeper notes which players are on the bench and makes an "X" mark in the box where that player's row intersects with the current 5-minute time period.  Rows where there are more "X" marks than there are unmarked cells during the game's duration suggest there have been problems satisfying Everybody Plays.

This is a rough approximation of playing time, and precision is not the point.  Given that there are times in some games where there may be more than 5-minutes of time before any substitution opportunity is available, any time management system is going to either be very exacting (down to the second) or it will be rather rough.  For our purposes a rough approximation should suffice, so long as a reasonable attempt is made.  The issue is not whether there are 7 marked boxes or 8 marked boxes on each row, the question is whether the team has demonstrated a concerted effort to get all players a chance to play at least half of the game.

Each team is required to have a timekeeper at each game to record the opposing team's substitutions.  In order to reliably cover this responsibility it is suggested that each team prepare at least two assistants or other parents.
 
To download the AYSO Substitution Timesheet, Click Here
 
To view a sample substitution timesheet, Click Here