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General Information

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. 

RECREATIONAL PROGRAM REFUNDS
Refunds requested before registration deadline - $20 administration fee
Refund requested after registration deadline and before season start - $30 administration fee
Refunds requested after season start date - no refund

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

6   Includes Goalkeeper

2 (25 minutes)

0

5 min

 

U10

4

6   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

 

 

 

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