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JYSC Program Offerings 

JYSC offers a Recreational Program for girls and boys ages 4-19. We encourage parents and community members to volunteer to coach the teams, with direct support from the professional coaching staff of JYSC. In the U7-U10 Academy Program, players are trained by JYSC staff on a weekly basis. Teams in the rec program are grouped by age in single years from Under 5 to Under 10 and in two-year age groups for Under 12 to Under 16, plus U19. Single-year age groups benefit the younger players due to the rapid changes in physical abilities. We abide by age guidelines set by US Youth Soccer, determined by birth dates. JYSC believes soccer really is "the beautiful sport," and encourages EVERYONE to participate. Recreational soccer is not focused on winning, but on participation, and is great for those who have never played before or those who have enjoyed the sport for a long time...it is for YOU!

 

JYSC also offers a Select Program, focused on providing the highest level of club soccer.  The Select Program requires players to try out each year for a team. Teams are single year age groups from U10 through U19. Players receive excellent training both from their coach and from the technical training staff of JYSC and have the opportunity to compete against other teams throughout the state, region and nation.

Equipment- Wearing Shinguards is mandatory. Shinguards must be worn under socks. Certified referees are instructed not to allow a player to play without this equipment. In addition to games, shinguards must be worn at all practices as well. Under FIFA & FYSA rules, BASEBALL CLEATS are not permitted to be worn. If the player’s shoes have a cleat on the toe it is a baseball shoe and will be disallowed by the referee. Gym shoes are allowed but not recommended as soccer shoes provide better traction on grass, especially if it is wet.

Make sure your player has the correct size ball:  

  • U5-U8 - Size 3 Ball
  • U9-U12 - Size 4 Ball
  • U14 and up - Size 5 Ball

Have Questions?  Please email us at jyscinfo@gmail.com. 

 

Recreational Program 

 

The Recreational Program does not keep standings and is open to all applicants, regardless of ability (dependent only on facility space and coach availability). The Recreational Program has two season per year: Fall (September – November) and Spring (March – May). The JYSC Recreational program has both a Girls Division and a Boys Division.  JYSC does not typically encourage co-ed teams.  Teams are grouped by age in single years from Under 5 to Under 10 and in two-year age groups for Under 12 (U11 & U12), Under 14 (U13 & U14),Under 16 (U15 & U16), and a triple-age group for Under 19 (U17, U18, & U19).  We must abide by age guidelines as determined by birth dates. 

Team Assignment U5-U6 & U12-U19 – Team assignment for U5-U6 and U12-U19 is based on a seasonal year that starts with the Fall Season.  Fall teams are formed on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Players may request a particular coach or friend to play with, if and only if you register prior to the Fall Registration deadline.  Coaches in all age groups are volunteers; please be sure to indicate on your child’s form if you are willing to volunteer to coach.  Players returning in the Spring who played in the Fall will be placed on their Fall team, unless otherwise requested. 

Team Assignment U7-U10 - Team assignment for U7-U10 is based on a seasonal year that starts with the Fall Season.  Players may request a particular coach or friend to play with, if and only if you register prior to the Fall Registration deadline.  Requests are only considered for those who register by the Fall deadline. For the U7-U10 Program, JYSC conducts one practice per week, which is staffed by 
JYSC’s professional training staff and supplemented with other professional coaches, local collegiate players, and older Select Program players in our club. The volunteer team coach may organize a second practice for the team, at his or her discretion.  These age groups need volunteer coaches, so please be sure to indicate on your child’s form if you are willing to volunteer to be a coach. JYSC attempts to honor as many requests as possible but absolutely no guarantees can be made. It is important to note that some constraints are placed on JYSC by our affiliate organizations, most notably team size and age divisions.

 


Practice Times and Locations U5-U6 & U12-U19
 – The volunteer coach sets the practice location and times for the team, subject to availability.  Please note – since our coaches are volunteers, there is no way for JYSC to know your child’s practice schedule until AFTER the season kick-off meeting.  The season kick-off meeting is held approximately 10-14 days prior to the beginning of the season. In the fall, practices do not officially begin until after Labor Day.

Practice Times and Locations U7-U10 – The Club sets the practice location and times for the JYSC Training for the U7-U10 Program once per week.  JYSC Training may be held at any or all of our three field sites: Earl Johnson Park, Chuck Rogers Park, or Losco Regional Park. Since JYSC Training will be conducted by professional and experienced trainers, the Club guarantees that the curriculum and execution of training will be age-appropriate and FUN. Above all else, the objective is for soccer to be a pleasure for all participants. Practices officially begin the week prior to opening day. The team coach may hold a second practice at his or her discretion and at a location of his or her choice.

Game Times and Locations U5-U10 - Games are played at Chuck Rogers Park.  Games are scheduled on Saturdays from 8 A.M. until 5 P.M. and on rare Sundays from 1 P.M. until 5 P.M.   

Game Times and Locations U12-U19 - Games are played at Chuck Rogers Park, Earl Johnson Park and Losco Regional Park and throughout the North Florida Youth Soccer Club parks.  Games are scheduled on Saturdays from 8 A.M. until 5 P.M. and on Sundays from 1 P.M. until 5 PM.  

Scheduling U5-U19
 - The goal is for every team to have a schedule of eight games, with a maximum of ten, during the season. Although the schedule may initially be eight to ten games, JYSC cannot guarantee that the team will actually play any particular number of games. Circumstances sometimes arise during a season, over which the Club has no control, that may prohibit a team from playing a scheduled game. These circumstances may include, but are not limited to, weather, a team folding, and a team canceling and failing to reschedule a game due to unforeseen circumstances.

 

Games are scheduled between teams of the same age and sex.  There may be an odd number of teams in each age group or there may be an even number of teams.  If there is an even number of teams, generally speaking, each team will be scheduled for a Saturday game day.  If there is an odd number in the rotation, generally, each team will have a “bye” week on the schedule.

Playing Time - Youth recreational soccer focuses on the development of the player.  It is an opportunity for each child to learn individual skills and teamwork skills.  Youth recreational soccer is not focused on winning or losing; it is about each child playing to the best of his or her ability while having fun.  It is about rewarding effort. Therefore, regardless of ability, each recreational player is guaranteed playing time during one half of each game. It is the coach’s responsibility to ensure that every child plays an appropriate amount of time. JYSC does not keep standings in the recreational division.

Playing Rules Overview 


Div

Ball Size

# on the Field

Quarters / Halves

Time btw Qtrs

Half-time

Other Rules

U5

3

3   No Goalkeeper

4 (10 minutes)

2 min

5 min

*No Offside/No Direct Kicks/Kick-ins/Throw-ins

U6

3

3   No Goalkeeper

4 (10 minutes)

2 min

5 min

*No Offside/No Direct Kicks/Kick-ins/Throw-ins

U7

3

4   No Goalkeeper

4 (12 minutes)

2 min

5 min

*No Offside/No Direct Kicks

U8

3

4   No Goalkeeper

4 (12 minutes)

2 min

5 min

*No Offside/No Direct Kicks

U9

4

8   Includes Goalkeeper

2 (25 minutes)

0

5 min

 

U10

4

8   Includes Goalkeeper

2 (25 minutes)

0

5 min

 

U12

4

8  Includes Goalkeeper

2 (30 minutes)

5-10 min

 

 

U14

5

11   Includes Goalkeeper

2 (35 minutes)

5-10 min

 

 

U16

5

11   Includes Goalkeeper

2 (40 minutes)

5-10 min

 

 

U17/U19

5

11   Includes Goalkeeper

2 (45 minutes)

5-10 min

 

 

 

Uniforms

Each player will have a “Home” and “Away” jersey. Starting this Fall, the GREEN shirt is “Home” and the  WHITEshirt is “Away.” 

In Spring season, players returning from the Fall will wear the uniforms they were issued in the Fall. Only Spring players who did not play in the Fall will be issued new uniforms.

 

 

Select Program

U9– U18 (Players younger than U9 are not permitted to try out for a Select team)

Try-outs:  Players are selected through an open try-out. Clubwide try-outs are held in late May and early June at the conclusion of the State Cup tournament. The exact schedule for Clubwide try-outs will be published in early May. Throughout the seasonal year, teams may conduct their own try-outs to add additional players on an "as needed" basis. 

Registration:  Please visit the “Registration” page on our website for more information or email the Club atjyscinfo@gmail.com.  Completing the Try-out Registration form does not commit you nor imply acceptance on a Select team.  After Clubwide try-outs are concluded, players chosen for a team will receive notice. Upon notification, the player MUST register online.

Fees:  The fees for the Select Program are set by the Board of Directors each year.  The fee for Select includes training, registration and league fees, and other direct and administrative costs.  The fees associated with tournaments will be the responsibility of the teams unless otherwise noted, not by the Club. The Club will cover all registration costs associated with obtaining US Club Soccer player passes, and FYSA/US Youth Soccer Player Passes.Uniforms and extra items are to be ordered independently by each player’s family. They may be ordered electronically through a link on our website and will be shipped directly to the player. By accepting a position offered on a JYSC Select team, you accept the obligation for all financial commitments as required by the Select Program of JYSC.  If necessary, financial assistance is available, by special request only.  Details on applying for financial assistance may be requested by email. Failure to meet financial obligations to the club may result in the player being placed on “Not in Good Standing” with the Club as well as FYSA.  Players “Not in Good Standing” shall have all playing privileges suspended until the obligations are fulfilled.  Should a player wish to be released (other than for a season ending injury or a move out of state) or to transfer to another club prior to the end of the seasonal year, the player/parents will be required to fulfill all financial obligations noted above before the Change of Status can be considered.

Additional Costs:  There will be additional costs to the player that are not covered by the registration fee. Each team is responsible for presenting a team budget for all items not provided by the Club and distributing that to the parents and the Club. The extra costs are related to participation in tournaments and extra training events, and clearly communicated to the team members. Team accounts are maintained by the Club to process donations made to the Club in the name of a specific team.

Fundraising:  Because the cost of Select Soccer can be expensive, JYSC encourages teams to engage in fundraising and provides several opportunities for participation in Clubwide events including facilitating Concessions, selling Club-approved spirit items, and obtaining team sponsors.

Commitment:  Players registering for the Select Program are committing for the seasonal year which runs from August 1 through July 31 (both fall and spring seasons).  

Training/Practice:  Select teams train at least one time per week with the Club’s professional technical training staff.  There will be, at minimum, a second practice session conducted by the team’s head coach and depending on the age and level of the team, there may be three practice days.  The specific days and times of practice and the location of practice will be determined by the Club and coach.  Your coach will notify you with this information as soon as it is available.

Trainers & Coaches:  Trainers and Coaches are appointed for each Select team by the Director of Coaching, with approval from the Board of Directors.  Training and Coaching assignments will be announced prior to try-outs.

Season:  In the Select Program, the annual season consists of two divisions, fall and spring.  Select players accepting a position make a commitment to the team for both fall and spring.  Some teams, depending upon the scheduling rotation they are in, may play during the winter season as well.

Seasonal Schedule:  Teams will participate in the North Florida Youth Soccer League (NFYSL), Champions League, Florida State League, Region III Premier League or other sanctioned leagues.  The teams in NFYSL are located in the North Florida geographical area, including Jacksonville, Orange Park, Gainesville, Lake City, St Augustine, Palm Coast, Green Cove Springs, St. Mary’s, Georgia, and Jekyll Island, Georgia.  

Some teams will participate in the Champions League, Florida State League or Region III Premier League.  The dates of play of the regional leagues may vary from NFYSL.  Teams participating in a regional league will travel to locations outside of the North Florida area.  Some regional league play will require overnight stays.  It is necessary for some teams to participate in regional leagues due to the quality of competition.   

Generally speaking, the regular season is ten weeks in the fall and ten weeks in the spring.  Teams will play approximately five home games and five away games during each season.  Most game days will be scheduled on a Saturday; however, there may be some games scheduled on Sunday afternoons as well.

 

Tournaments:  Select Program teams can expect to attend tournaments over the course of the year; some take place over holiday weekends. Requests for tournament play for each team will be submitted by each team’s head coach to the Director of Coaching for approval. All Select teams are expected to enter into State Cup or Regional Cup tournaments in the spring season that cover multiple weekends. Determining attendance at these events will be at the discretion of each team’s head coach and only if approved by the Director of Coaching. Once agreed upon, all players are required to participate in tournament play.

Parents/Guardians of players participating in tournaments or matches where an overnight stay is necessary shall make reasonable arrangements for their children concerning travel, meals, accommodations, chaperoning/supervision and all other requirements necessary for the care and safeguarding of their children.  Players shall NOT stay overnight in the same room with any coach unless the coach is the player’s parent.  If parents cannot attend an out-of-town match/tournament, they must arrange for the parents of another player, or another suitable adult who is NOT a coach at JYSC, to supervise and chaperone their child. 

Travel expenses associated with Tournament play are the responsibility of each player’s family.  In addition to the registration fee, please be aware that additional costs may be incurred due to out-of-town match/tournament play, including, but not limited to: transportation costs, lodging, and meals. 

State Tournament Play:  Each Select division team will have the registration fee for the Regional Cup paid by the club.  Each Select division team will be responsible for paying for their own State Cup tournament.  Determining attendance at these events will be at the discretion of the team’s head coach and approved by the Director of Coaching.   

Team Manager:  Each team will have a team manager, appointed by the team coach, who handles all administrative duties of the team.  Each team manager, working collaboratively with the coach, will provide information about the team, the team budget, its accomplishments, individual player accomplishments, travel arrangements, travel paperwork, and all other administrative needs of the team.  The team manager should enlist the help of other parents on the team to accomplish this task.  

Registration for both Recreational and Select Programs is completed online. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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