Frequently Asked Questions

 


What is recreational soccer? 
Recreational soccer is focused on developing soccer skills in a fun and low pressure environment. Age levels range from 3-14. Everyone that signs up by the deadline is guaranteed a spot on a team and plays a minimum of 50% of the game.  Generally, parent volunteers are the coaches for these teams. We offer recreational coaching clinics to enhance our coaching staff knowledge. We are dedicated to providing a positive experience for all players. Teams are formed by location of coach and field availability. We honor requests when possible, however we offer no guarantees.

When is registration for recreational soccer? 
Registration dates for Spring soccer are are from November – February and for Fall soccer are May through July.
Can I register late? 
Yes, registrations received after posted deadlines are subject to a $30.00 late fee.  If you register after the season begins, we do not prorate the registration fee.

What if it is past the start of the season? 
After this date, if no openings exist, we form a wait list. When an opening becomes available, you will fill out the registration form and pay the fees and your child is placed on a team.
How old does my child have to be? 
Children must be at least 3 years old and not older than 14 as of July 31 of the registration year.

Can all my children be on the same team? 
There are separate teams for girls and boys. Teams are formed by age.  For example, U6 must be under age of 6 as of July 31st.
Can my child play in a different age group? 
There are no "move downs" but you can request a "move up" in age. Your child must be of comparable size and skill of the next age level. You must request a move up on your registration form.

Who coaches recreational teams? 
Generally, parent volunteers coach our teams. We offer recreational coaching clinics to enhance our coaching staff knowledge. We are dedicated to providing a positive experience for all players. We ask parents, coaches and players to agree to maintain a positive attitude by signing a Parent Pledge Form which you will find under our "Forms" tab.

I have never played soccer.  Can I still coach? 
Absolutely!  We rely on adults that want to be involved with their children. We offer coaching clinics and there are plenty of resources on the web for the beginner coach.

Who decides when and where practices are held? 
One of the benefits of coaching is getting to select when and where to hold practices. A coach will have one or two practices per week between sixty to ninety minutes each between the hours of 4:00 and 8:30pm either at a local park or school within our district.

How are teams formed? 
For the lower divisions (U6-U10), we try to group children according to their school or by geographic area.  In the upper divisions (U12 & U14), we hold skills assessments for placement in order to maintain balanced teams.
How many players are on a team? 
U6 plays 4v4 (4 field players and no goalkeeper) and has seven players per team.  U8-U10 plays 8v8 (7 field players + goalkeeper) and has 10-12 players per team.  U12-U14 plays 11v11 (10 field players + goalkeeper) and has 13-15 players per team. 
What are all the U-xx  about? 
We play by age groups.  The designation Uxx means "under age xx" as of August 1st of the current playing year.  For example, our Developmental League is U6, all players must be 4 or 5 by August 1st.  Please note there are exceptions to this.  A child can always play up based on skill.
When and where are are games played?
Most games are played on Saturdays at Bernardo Heights Middle School and 4S Ranch Community Park. During the Fall season, our upper divisions (U12 & U14) join an intra-league play with Penasquitos, Poway and 4S Ranch teams.  They will play some games on those home fields as well.
When do I find out who my child's coach is and what team they are on? 
You are notified of team placement two weeks before the season begins. You will not hear anything prior to this time.

What if I haven't been notified by then? 
If it is within two weeks of the start of the season, please contact us at
teachsoccer@gmail.com
Can I make a request for my child to play with a coach or another child? 
Yes, but the request must be on the registration form. Remember, if the coach or child is not in the right age group, we can't honor the request. We try to honor as many requests as we can but there are so many children playing that we are unable to accommodate every request.

What do I get with my registration? 
Each child registered with RB Rec Soccer receives a jersey, shorts and socks. Also includes a league picture package and a trophy.  You will need to provide shin guards, cleats, a water bottle and a ball for practice. Uniforms will be distributed by coaches at a practice.

What ball size does each age group use? 
Instructional and Developmental League - Size #3, U8 through U12 - Size #4 and U14 - Size #5.
Do I need to buy soccer cleats? 
Soccer cleats are not required for the Instructional League.  For U6 through U16, soccer cleats should have plastic or molded rubber studs.  The studs must not be sharp (e.g. baseball cleats) and cleats with a single stud at the toe (e.g. American football cleats) are illegal.
PLEASE NOTE... 
Nothing dangerous can be worn during a game. Included but not limited to are - jewelry, earrings, rings, necklaces, bracelets, watches, hair clips and hats.
Are there Sunday games?
No
Do we play in the rain? 
It depends on field conditions. We generally play rain or shine. Lightning is the only reason we will cancel games.  Check web site on game day. Coaches will notify parents if games are cancelled. If there is nothing on web site about games being cancelled and your coach doesn't call then you should proceed to fields. Game status will be determined by referees at the field.

What if my referee didn't show up?
If there is another licensed referee attending the game they may step in and referee. If there is none then coaches should agree on a volunteer to do so. The games should start on time no matter what. If coaches cannot agree on a volunteer then the match should be cancelled. The Home coach should notify the field marshal after the game that no referee was present.
What is competitive soccer? 
Competitive soccer is for those players whose skills and desire to compete are more advanced than the typical recreational player.  They play in a more competitive environment, tend to play together all year long and play tournaments.  For those players and parents that want to commit the time and money, competitive soccer can be a fun experience.  The first age in this program is the U8 age group.  Tryouts for Fall teams are in Jan/Feb.  Please visit this website under "San Diego Soccer Club" www.sandiegosoccerclub.org for more information.
Do you need sponsorships? 
Yes, it takes much more money than we take in from registration to run the league. We have to pay for field use, equipment, referees, uniforms, field maintenance, insurance, scholarships, and much more.
Can I volunteer to help? 
Absolutely!  We are a volunteer organization.  There are many jobs that need to be done in order to have our children play soccer. You can check this off on your registration form or contact an FC San Diego Board member.
Can I get a refund for my registration fee? 
We give refunds only with a medical excuse or if you have relocated out of the area. All requests for refunds must be in writing and sent to the Director of Recreational Soccer, Jim Flowers teachsoccer@gmail.com If your child was already placed on a team there is a $30.00 service fee deducted from refund.

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