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Recreational Program

I'm new to soccer and I have some questions before I register!

Do you have first time soccer player? FOSC is a great place to begin! We have lots of info on this page but here are a few common questions.

Q. How old does my child have to be to play soccer with FOSC?

A. Your child must be 4 years old by August 1, 2019. There are no exceptions.

Q. After I register, when will I hear from my coach?

A. You will hear from your coach by the end of July or very early August.

Q. When do practices begin?

A. Practices can begin August 1st, however some teams wait until mid August. The coach decides when his/her team will begin.

Q. How long is the season?

A. Our recreational program runs from early August through early November.

Q. We are a busy family with two working parents. Can I choose my practice days/times?

A. No. We roster over 900 players each season and we cannot accept requests for practice days/times. We allow our volunteer coaches to choose their practice schedules. Typically practices are either M/W or T/Th and the practice times can range from 4pm to 8pm, depending on age and daylight.

Q. Can I request friends to be on my child's team?

A. Yes, there is a section on the registration form for friend requests. Please understand this is a request, not a guarantee.

Q. Can I get a refund if the practices do not work with our schedule?

A. Yes. You can email the registrar and ask for a refund, however, there is a $20 admin fee that is withheld as our club pays the league for every player that is registered. Please see section on refunds for the schedule and more info.

Q. Can you tell me anything else about your club?

A. Our mission is to positively impact our community by providing the game of soccer to youths of all ages and playing abilities. We will create an environment that inspires a love for the game, and enables the full potential of our youth in skill development, personal growth, and leadership. We are active members in our community, and recognize a responsibility to make contributions through our service, our programs, and civic partnerships.

2019 REC SOCCER REGISTRATION INFO

Please read the following info before registering your player(s).

  • All new players  must upload a birth certificate and photo. No hats or sunglasses in the photo, please. We need a head shot type photo.
     
  • You must register within your child's true age group based on birthdate. If you are requesting a play up, please indicate this on your form. 

2019 Online Registration opens April 1st!

Click HERE to register your player.

Online Registration:  April 1 - May 31
*This season, new players will need to upload a copy of his/her birth certificate. Returning players should not need to upload a birth document unless prompted.

New and returning players may register online starting April 1stRegistration Closes MAY 31st.  During registration, please be prepared to upload a digital photo of your child for their player pass. The photo should be in .jpg, .jpeg or .bmp format, no larger than 3 MB. The best shots are of the face and shoulders; no hats or sunglasses, please.

Early Bird Fees –  Effective April 1-30       

Under 6 & Under 8: $60 per player 

Under 10 through Under 19: $85 per player                      

Regular Fees –  Effective May 1-31

Under 6 & Under 8: $75 per player

Under 10 through Under 19: $100 per player

2019 Age Group Matrix 

Teams are formed according to the age and gender of your child (Under 6 teams are co-ed).  Check your child’s birthdate below to determine which age group he/she will play in.

PLAYERS MUST BE 4 YEARS OLD AS OF AUGUST 1, 2019 TO PLAY. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS RULE.

Under 6 1/01/2015 -   08/01/2015
1/01/2014 – 12/31/2014
Under 8 1/01/2013 – 12/31/2013
1/01/2012 – 12/31/2012
Under 10  1/01/2011 – 12/31/2011
1/01/2010 – 12/21/2010
Under 12 1/01/2009 – 12/31/2009
1/01/2008 – 12/31/2008
Under 14 1/01/2007 – 12/31/2007
1/01/2006 – 12/31/2006
Under 16 1/01/2005 – 12/31/2005
1/01/2004 – 12/31/2004
Under 19 1/01/2003 – 12/31/2003
1/01/2002 – 12/31/2002
1/01/2001 – 12/31/2001

 

Registration Fees:
Registration fees are the same for online registration and walk-in registration.   You may pay by credit card (Visa or MasterCard) or personal check. There will be a small fee for credit/debit card use.  Your registration fee covers: insurance for each soccer player, field fees, referee fees, game ball, and the basic photo package on photo day (individual & team photo).  The required uniform is a separate fee.

Scroll down to find additional information.

 

Recreational Program - Registration Information

Our Recreational program is available for everyone who wants to play. There are no tryouts or prerequisites.  If you register your child during regular registration, we will get them on a team. We try to keep players together on the same team each year. In the upper age groups, as our number of players starts to decline, we try to keep the number of players balanced across teams to make them all competitive. As the children get older, the number of players on a team increases as they begin playing on larger fields and play longer games. Registration will continue as long as there is space available on a team for your child and coaches can be secured. You are encouraged to register as early as possible.  Below are the requirements to register, the fees and additional information regarding registration and the Rec Program.

Please REad Prior to registering!

 Requests to Play With Team/Coach/Friend

FOSC makes every effort to give special consideration to your request to play with a specific team, coach and/or friend (if in your age bracket), but we cannot guarantee your request.   All requests are kept confidential.  Please indicate any requests during registration. Any requests received after the teams are formed will not be considered.

 

Practices

Practices for the Recreational program begin in August.  Typically, practices are two nights a week on either Monday & Wednesday or Tuesday & Thursday and either early (between 4:00 - 6:00 PM) or late (between 6:00 - 8:00 PM).  Where your child practices will depend on the age group and the size of the field.  Our practice locations include sites such as LeGette Elementary School, Fair Oaks Elementary School, Orangevale Open School, Littlejohn Elementary School, Dewey Elementary School and Phoenix Park fields.

The coach of each team submits preferences for practice days, practice times (early or late), and practice locations.  Our Field Coordinator then attempts to balance the requests to honor them as best as possible. We have more than 60 teams, so not all coaches get their first preference.  Unfortunately, parents do not have the ability to select teams based upon any of these factors.  

With approximately 900 players in our club, we are unable to entertain requests from individuals for specific practice schedules or locations.  Any requests for specific practice fields  or practices days/times will not be considered. If your child is placed on a team and the days/times do not work out for you, you can request a refund before the first practice. Please see our refund policy below.

REQUIREMENTS TO REGISTER YOUR CHILD FOR SOCCER

Online Registration 
Returning Players: You will be able to access player records and update contact information.
New Players:  New players will need to submit a birth certificate copy and you will be required to upload a digital photo of your child for their player pass.
 
Walk-In Registration - 2019 Walk in Date has Passed.
At walk-in registration, you will complete a  registration form, signed by the parent or guardian.  (NOTE:  Any player over the age of 18 must sign their own registration form.  For any player turning age 18 during the season, the registration form must be signed by both the parent/guardian and the player.)  
You may save time and download the 1601 registration form here.
 
Fair Oaks Soccer Club will upload a digital photo of your child's face that will print directly on to their player pass.  A digital photo can be provided either of these ways: (1) Have your child attend one of our walk-in registration dates and they will be photographed by one of our staff. (2) Be prepared to email a photo from your phone at the time of registration. No hats or sunglasses. 

We are unable to accept photos with hats or sunglasses per CYSA rules.  Only digital photos will be accepted.

New Players: Please provide a non-returnable copy of the player’s Certificate of Live Birth, issued from the player's county and country of birth.  A copy of the player’s passport is also an acceptable document.  This document is required before registration can proceed.  "Birth Certificates" issued by hospitals or church baptismal certificates are not documents accepted by the California Youth Soccer Association. 


LATE REGISTRATION IS SUBJECT TO TEAM SPACE AVAILABILITY - PLEASE REGISTER EARLY!
 
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 
 
Team Assignment

Recreational teams are formed over the summer months.  Practices can begin after August 1.  Your child’s coach should contact you by late July/early August for practice and team information.

Games

The playing season begins in September and each team will play 10 games scheduled on Saturdays, running until just before Thanksgiving.  There is a BYE weekend the last Saturday in September and no games will be played.  Games are normally played in the mornings or early afternoons.  Teams play against other teams in our league from the Orangevale, Rancho Cordova, Sierra and Sunrise Soccer Clubs.  You will be traveling to their fields for half of your games, but we schedule the other half of your games in Fair Oaks.  Beginning at U14, recreational teams may have to travel further for games, but most are still in the greater Sacramento area.

 

Teams are placed into divisions in an attempt to place teams with other teams that are similar in skill and ability.  In the middle of the season, we assess the scores and records thus far to see which teams may need to move up or down a division to give them the level of competition that is right for that team.  We want all players to experience the joy of victory in some games, but we also try to balance the abilities of the teams so that your child is in an environment in which he/she can compete. This is not an exact science as we must perform this balancing act across multiple soccer clubs within our League.

 

Each child is to play at least 50% of each game, and we highly encourage the coaches to play each child at different positions to let them experience all aspects of the game.  Click here to review our Fair Play policy.

 

Play Up Requests

FOSC strongly discourages “playing up” an age group, but the Board will review all requests for playing up on a case by case basis.  A player cannot play up more than one age group bracket (i.e. U12 to U14 will be considered, but U12 to U16 will not).  Please submit your Play Up Request in writing at the time of registration stating the reason(s) why you believe your child should play up.  The written Play Up Request must be signed by the player's parent/guardian.  Once the request is reviewed by the Board, you will be notified by the Registrar if the request was granted or denied.  Playing down to a lower age group is prohibited by CYSA-N rules.

 

Club Transfer Policy

Once a player has been placed on a team roster, any request to change to another team is considered a transfer.  A transfer form must be submitted and the player’s pass must be returned to the Recreational Program Registrar along with the applicable transfer fee paid by the player to FOSC to cover the cost of the District VI Transfer Fee, the ARYSL transfer fee, and the FOSC processing fee.


Club Refund Policy 
Once a player application has been accepted and the player has been assigned to a team, withdrawal requests must made in writing by email (registrarfosc@gmail.com) with full details of the player's name, date of birth, address and phone number. Refund requests will be processed the following way: 
All proper refund requests received prior to August 1 will be honored with a full refund of paid registration fee, minus a $20 administration charge per player.  As of August 1,  proper refund requests will be refunded at 50% of paid amount for each player, which will include the administration charge.  No refunds will be given after August 31, except for late registrants who cannot be placed on an open team of our selection.  If we cannot place a late enrolling player on a team, the registration fee will be returned. 
 

STILL HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?

For any additional questions regarding the registration process, please contact the registrar at registrarfosc@gmail.com

Uniforms and Soccer Balls!

UNIFORMS

Uniforms & Equipment Needed

Uniforms are available for the 2019 rec season at Soccer Pro.

Soccer Pro is located at 11726 Fair Oaks Blvd, Fair Oaks, CA 95628.

You can also order on their website at https://www.soccerprouniform.com/store/clubs

Each player must also purchase shin guards and cleats at any sporting goods store and we highly recommend that each player purchase his/her own soccer ball to bring to practice and for practicing at home. 

 

Soccer Ball Sizes

U6 & U8 = size 3                   

U10 & U12 = size 4 

U14 & above = size 5 

I am interested in coaching my child's team!

Coaching Opportunities

If you wish to coach for FOSC, you may check the box on the registration form or complete our Coaching Interest Form and Program Manager will contact you with more information.  You do not need any special qualifications or experience to coach a recreational team.  FOSC holds a coaching clinic before the season begins, typically at the end of July.  The coaching clinic will teach you how to coach a youth soccer team, offer suggestions for practice drills, and suggest techniques that you may use for your own practices.  Visit the Coach's Corner for more information. Our Club relies solely on parent volunteers as coaches – please consider volunteering your time for this fun and rewarding position.