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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.


Useful Links Handbooks

The following handbooks contain summaries of important information distributed to parents and coaches respectively:


Team Assignment

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.

Age Divisions

US Soccer has mandated a new method that uses 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 Format Goalie? Typical Team Size
6U 3v3 No 10-12 (2 parallel fields)
7U 4v4 Boys: 11-14 (2 parallel fields)
Girls: 7-9 (1 field)
8U 5v5 Yes 8-10
9U
10U
6v6 9-11
12U 8v8 11-14
14U
16U
18/19U
11v11 14-20


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 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


Membership Guidelines

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 website. Field closures are also posted via the SASCFields 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 Sportsmanship

In addition to the modifications to FIFA rules, SASC has the following requirements on the recreational game.
  1. Every player must play at least half of each game he/she attends.
  2. The Coach should strive to make each child a “starter” for at least 50% of the games in a season.
  3. 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.
  4. Every player who wants to must have the opportunity to play as goal keeper at least half a game during the season.
  5. 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.
In addition - opposing coaches, parents and players should congratulate each other after the game and a “Thank you” offered to the referees.


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 (7U+)
  • Goal Keeper Gloves (8U+)
  • A bag to carry all

Game 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 7U and above are responsible for putting the nets up
  • Both of the last pair of teams to play each day in age groups 7U 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
  • 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 day

Child’s 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)

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