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SASC Recreational Soccer Program

Purpose

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 a higher level of play within its Competitive Program.

Spring 2021 Season

Registration now open (will close end of 3/21/2021)

We are very excited to announce that registration for the Spring 2021 season is now OPEN! We will follow all State and County protocols at all times to keep your child and your family safe.

We will have an 8 week season starting April 10, ending June 5 (no games on Memorial Day weekend).

Please read our registration page carefully to see details including changes to game size (number of players on the field). Registration fees include a player uniform.

As always, parents are urged to consider volunteering to coach their son/daughter's team. (NEW) SASC is offering a 50% registration discount for team coaches.

This is a short registration period, please register as soon as possible and let your children's friends know about registering too. It will be very difficult to accommodate late registrants into the program. Registration closes at the end of Sunday, March 21.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ under construction...

  • This will be updated shortly

Can my son/daughter play with their friends?

  • Yes, please include friend requests on your application so that we can group your child with their friends.

Winter 2021 - Training Pods

Saturday Morning Training - Winter Program #2: Feb 20 - Mar 27, 2021

social distant soccer

With the success of our Recreational training program, we will be offering a second winter training sessions for our recreational players. Training sessions will be 60 minutes long for children in 1st and 2nd grade and 75 minutes long for children in 3rd grade and above. The program will be 6 sessions long (Fall was 5 sessions). The sessions will be held on Saturday mornings at the Sunnyvale Soccer Complex (SSC), 1095 Dunford Way, Sunnyvale CA 94087.

Following state and county guidelines, we are allowed to run socially distant training with small groups, often called pods, with rosters that must remain stable, and players cannot physically interact during training. We have developed protocols, including rigorous health screening and sanitizing requirements that all will be required to follow.

We will be focused on a variety of soccer activities within a fun learning environment, which allows for requests to build pods around friends and neighbors. If health guidelines change, for example to allow interaction between players, we will incorporate the changes into our program. We are hopeful that the county will enter the Orange tier status during this program, which will allow for games and scrimmages within practices.

Players need to be able to follow all protocols and we have limited spots available. As a result we are limiting enrollment to this program to children in 1st grade through 12th grade (High School Seniors).

The first session of the new program will start on Saturday, February 20, 2021. Registration will close no later than Wednesday, February 17, and you will be informed of your player's training time as well as required protocols on Friday, February 19. Fee is $115 for players in 1st and 2nd grade (6 x 60 minute sessions) and $140 for players in 3rd grade and above (6 x 75 minute sessions). All participants will receive a SASC face mask!

Training Pods - Frequently Asked Questions

What safety precautions are in place?

  • SASC has designed protocols that are compliant with county and state mandates and guidelines, including health-screening check-in procedures, isolated stable coaching groups, and socially distanced activities.

Who's running the sessions?

I'm a volunteer Rec coach, can I participate?

  • Volunteer coaches are a key part of our recreational soccer program. Volunteer coaches are welcome to assist our Club coaches in this program, providing they fulfil the usual mandated registration requirements, and current Covid-compliance protocol training. Assistant coaches will be maximum of one per pod. To request to be a volunteer coach please email Recreation@SunnyvaleSoccer.org for information and include your player's name.

How big is the player group?

  • Under the current county and state guidelines, groups will be limited to roughly 14 players, plus a coach (and possibly an assistant).
  • Groups will be formed based on friends and neighborhoods and can include siblings and can be co-ed.

Can my son/daughter practice with their friends?

  • Yes, please include friend requests on your application so that we can group your child with their friends.

What is socially-distanced training?

  • Players will follow a curriculum that requires them to practice at least 6-feet away from other players and coach(es).
  • Activities may include sharing soccer balls, but must maintain social-distancing.
  • Different groups of players cannot currently interact, meaning no scrimmages, either within the group or against other groups are currently allowed.
  • If Santa Clara County reaches the Orange Tier of infection levels during the program, we will be allowed to scrimmage within the group.

If we can't play, what will we learn?

  • There are many elements of the game that can be trained, including dribbling, passing, receiving, shooting, and goalkeeping, as well as footwork, agility, balance, and coordination activities.

When can we scrimmage?

  • Children are not currently allowed to interact, ie be closer than 6 feet, so we cannot scrimmage. State guidelines recently published allow games when we reach the Orange Tier of Covid-19 infection rates.
  • When that happens, we can play small-sided games (up to 6v6) within a training group.

Are there any restrictions on my participation in the soccer program?

  • Yes - by enrolling in our program, a child cannot participate in any other out-of-school extracurricular group activity during the entirety of the program.

Can I watch my son/daughter?

  • Parents are not permitted within the boundaries of the soccer complex due to social-distance protocols.
  • Parents can watch from the parking lot provided they remain socially-distanced from each other.

Does my son/daughter need to wear a mask during training?

  • Players will be required to wear a mask to and from their coaching area within the soccer complex.
  • Players need to wear a mask while actively exercising per the new state guidelines. Please help your child acclimatize to wearing a mask.
  • Coaches will wear masks at all times.

What sanitization procedures are in place?

  • Players will be required to use hand sanitizer upon entering/exiting the complex.
  • All restrooms are sanitized after a single use.
  • Training equipment is sanitized after each session.

What happens if a session is canceled due to rain?

  • Depending on the age of the pod and the timing of the rainout, either a Sunday 'make up' session will be added, or the remaining Saturday sessions will be lengthened to 'make up' the missed time.

When will we receive the face mask?

  • Face masks will be given to the players at the third or fourth session.

Will SASC have a full Spring Recreational Soccer season?

  • The state recently issued guidance that soccer games will be allowed to be played when we are in the Orange Tier of community Covid-19 spread. In order to have a season we need to be in the Orange Tier.
  • We would usually start a Spring Recreational season in mid March. We think it is unrealistic to be in the Orange Tier by mid March.
  • We think we will be able to run a shorter Spring Recreational Soccer season likely starting in mid April. We will review plans and announce registration as we get closer to that date and to the Orange Tier.

Recreational Program Details

Note - the following information only applies to our 'normal' recreational program, not during the Covid-impacted training pods

Age Divisions

This Age Group Calculator can be used to determine your child's Soccer Age Group. US Soccer uses the terminology of "6U" to mean players who are "6-or-Under" by the end of the soccer season (which is considered to be the combination of a Fall season plus the following Spring season)

Specific rules used in SASC Recreational soccer for each age group are summarized here.

Team Formation

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. At the 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 assignments within an age/gender division are done by honoring specific player preferences first, then by other factors such as: school, geographic distribution, and date of registration. 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.

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 player contact information (assuming they have completed required background checks and are cleared to coach). 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, ...) In order to start practicing, at least one of the coaches on the team has to have cleared their background check.

Membership Guidelines / Disclaimer

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 fields.

The primary means for determining field status is online via the club's SASCFields Twitter account which is automatically reflected on the homepage of the SASC website. 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. However, we do encourage coaches to make arrangements with their opponents to play during the week in lieu of one of their scheduled practices.

Equipment

Team Equipment:
SASC Supplies each Coach with the following (to be returned after the season):
  • Balls
  • Medical Kit
  • Cones
  • Pinnies
  • Whistle
  • Mini (Pugg) goals (6U)
  • Coaching Sticks (10U+)
  • Goal Keeper Gloves (10U+)
  • A bag to carry all
Field Equipment:
  • Coaches of 6U 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 8U and above are responsible for putting the nets up
  • Both of the last pair of teams to play each day in age groups 8U and above are responsible for taking the nets down
  • Nets and flags are stored at the fields (flags for 8U+ fields only). They are in the locked containers near each field
Player Equipment Rules:
  • 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)

For more information, please contact us at: recreation@sunnyvalesoccer.org