Thursday, April 24, 2014
Kennebec Journal Staff
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Field hockey teams will be playing short-handed much more often in 2013, thanks to a new rule about green cards.
Like soccer, field hockey has long had a series of cards for violations. In field hockey, green meant a warning, yellow meant the player was out for five minutes and a red card was an ejection.
Now, the green cards have some bite, because the offending player will have to sit out for two minutes while her team makes do with 10 players on the field. College field hockey currently uses the two-minute rule for green cards.
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The Class B soccer schedule in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference got a lot tougher this season with the addition of two former Class A schools: Waterville and Erskine Academy. Maranacook, one of the dominant teams in Class B for the past several years, is dropping to Class C but will maintain its KVAC Class B schedule.
Waterville boys coach Kerry Serdjenian believes his team would be good again in Class A this season, but in the long run, sees the drop to class B as beneficial.
"We have lean junior and sophomores classes," he said. "We'll see a couple of lean years."
Carrabec is no longer collaborating with Madison as a cooperative team. The past two yeras, the Cobras have had just one Madison player on their team and the affiliation was dropped this year. The Cobras graduated eight seniors and have just 16 players, including five freshmen. Coach Paul Vicneire said there are plans to set up a travel team for grades 3-5 and added "our junior high program is pretty strong."
After playing co-ed soccer the past two seasons, Valley will go back to single gender teams this year. There are 43 boys in the school and 17 are playing soccer while the girls have put together enough for a team despite a school enrollment of 26.