Recreational FAQ's

What is the difference between “Rec” and “Competitive”?

  • Recreational teams are formed at each age-group from U4 through U19.
  • Each team is made up of 8-18 players, volunteer coaches, team managers, and a variety of other volunteer positions.
  • In Rec, players are assigned to a team based on player preference or team need during the registration process, whereas in competitive, players try-out (in May) to be placed on a competitive team playing at an appropriate level of competition (bronze, silver, gold or premier flights).
  • In Rec, ALL coaches are volunteers, whereas in Competitive, teams have professional coaches.
  • In Rec, the Fall playing season starts in mid-August and continues through mid-November, with an optional Spring playing season. Competitive teams train and play almost year-round taking a month or two “off” in Winter and early Summer.
  • Most Rec teams play in a single end-of-season Fall tournament. Most Competitive teams play in 3 or more tournaments per year.
  • Most Rec teams practice once per week, whereas all competitive teams practice twice or more per week.
  • Our Rec teams play in the local CYSA/CalNorth league called Jack London Youth Soccer League, whereas most of our competitive teams play in the wide-ranging NorCal league.
  • ALL Rec players have access to FREE professional-trainer led skills sessions in the Spring and Fall, to improve their skills outside of normal practice.

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