|Recreational Soccer Program
The purpose of Recreational
youth soccer in SASC is the development of the soccer playing ability of the
child. Safety, fun, excitement, and player skill development are the primary
focus of the program. Regardless of the ability of a child, everyone deserves
an equal chance to play and to learn in a safe, positive, and supportive
environment. SASC also offers higher level play within the Competitive Program.
The following handbooks contain summaries of important information distributed to parents and coaches respectively:
Team assignments within an age/gender division are done by
honoring specific player preferences first, then by school and finally by geographic
distribution. Upon completion of registration, the pool of
players will be organized based on the date of registration, with preference
going to the earliest registrations received. As many full teams as possible
are formed from this pool of players. "Full teams" are defined in "Typical Team
Size" column in the table below. The openings on teams are filled on a "first
come, first served" basis, however no one is guaranteed a place on a specific
team. Age Group Coordinators and the SASC Rec. Director may make changes to any team
rosters to balance and improve fair play across an age division.
US Soccer has mandated a new method to use the birthyear to determine the age group for each child.
This Age Group Calculator
can be used to determine your child's Soccer Age Group.
| Age Division
|| Typical Team Size
|| 10-12 (2 parallel fields)
|| Boys: 11-14 (2 parallel fields)
Girls: 7-9 (1 field)
Teams will be formed based on age divisions to be
established by SASC prior to the beginning of each season. Only those
players whose birth dates fall within the age divisions as established by the
Rec. Director shall be eligible to participate. All players must provide
proof of age for their first season of play. Age divisions may be combined at the discretion of the registrar.
time of registration a player may request to "play up" one age division.
Players are not allowed to "play down" in a younger age division. Registration of a player in the wrong
division as a result of misinformation on the registration form may result in
the player not being assigned to a team in the correct age division. If the error is found early enough,
attempts will be made to place the child on a team in the correct division.
Team Roster Announcement
- All coaches attend the mandatory pre-season
Coaches Meeting several weeks before the season starts
- Coaches will receive their team's roster, with contact information and unsigned medical release forms
- Coaches will contact all players within the first week, identify themselves, give contact information and provide practice information.
This is also a good time to recruit volunteers (e.g. Asst. Coach, Team Manager, Snack Coordinator, End of Season Awards/Party)
- The signed medical release forms must be kept with the coach at all times both at
practices and games
ALL PARTIES TO THE REGISTRATION PROCESS AGREE TO ABIDE BY THE RULES OF THE
Sunnyvale Alliance Soccer Club (SASC), California Youth Soccer Association
(CYSA/Cal-North) AND THE United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA).
Objectionable conduct or behavior, including foul or abusive language
by parents, players, or coaches during any soccer activity, including
registration, will not be tolerated and may preclude players, parents, or
coaches from participation in any activity sponsored by SASC. Anyone found
giving knowingly false information to the Club Registrar or any other club
official will be subject to disciplinary action which could result in immediate
dismissal and revocation of his/her status as a member in good standing.
SASC reserves the right to make adjustments or modifications to the
registration policy as it deems necessary to the best interest of the Club.
All SASC Coaches, Assistant Coaches and
club volunteers must complete, sign and have on file with the registrar a
completed Adult Disclosure Form, in addition to a Live Scan background check.
Rainy Days and Game Cancellation
SASC contracts with
the City of Sunnyvale for the use of its fields for practice and games. The
City of Sunnyvale may close the fields if they feel that the conditions are not
suitable for use, forcing the club to cancel practices or games. If fields are
closed we must honor the decision, or risk losing our future access to the
The primary means for determining field status is online via the club's website. Field
closures are also posted via the
Twitter account. Also, a message on the club's phone information line (408) 733-KICK will announce
game cancellations. You can also check field status at city parks with the City
of Sunnyvale Parks and Recreation Turf hotline at (408) 730-7585.
If you do not confirm a cancellation you should go to the
field for your game at the scheduled time. If conditions deteriorate prior to
or during the game, it is the referee and coach's responsibility to suspend and/or
terminate the game. The decision to suspend or terminate the game will be based
on an evaluation of the conditions, the danger to the players or potential for
damage to the field. DO NOT attempt to play games on days when cancellations
have been announced.
Due to the difficulties of rescheduling games and
in conformance with our policy of not guaranteeing a set number of games, the
Club will not schedule makeup games due to cancellations of any nature. We do
encourage coaches to make arrangements with their opponents to play during the
week in lieu of one of their scheduled practices.
Rules of Fair Play and
In addition to the modifications to FIFA rules,
SASC has the following requirements on the recreational game.
In addition -
opposing coaches, parents and players should congratulate each other after the
game and a Thank you offered to the referees.
- Every player must play at least half of each game
- The Coach should strive to make each child a
starter for at least 50% of the games in a season.
- The Coach should strive to put each player in a
position to score (i.e., forward or attacking mid-fielder) at least 50% of the
time over the length of the season. Players should NOT be limited to, or
pigeonholed into positions, even though they themselves may have their initial
preferences. Players should be challenged to experience the total
game of soccer.
- Every player who wants to must have the opportunity
to play as goal keeper at least half a game during the season.
- Coaches are expected to make adjustments when their team
is leading by 3 goals. Information is provided at Coach Training and during the season to assist with this.
SASC Supplies each Coach with the following (to be returned after the season):
- Medical Kit
- Mini (Pugg) goals (U6)
- Coaching Sticks (U7+)
- Goal Keeper Gloves (U8+)
- A bag to carry all
- Coaches of U6 teams must bring their pair of mini goals to each game
- Both of the first pair of teams to play each day in
age groups U7 and above are responsible for putting the nets up
- Both of the last pair of teams to play each day in
age groups U7 and above are responsible for taking the nets down
- Nets and flags are stored at the fields (flags for U8+ fields only). They are in the
locked containers near each field
- If your team gets a late start on Saturday morning
your game will be cut short to maintain the schedule for the remainder of the
- Must wear shin guards
- Must wear long socks covering shin guards
- Must NOT wear any kind of jewelry items
- Soccer shoes not required but STRONGLY
recommended. Referees will not allow anyone wearing illegal shoes from participating (cannot have a baseball-style toe cleat)