SSJYSL - Recreational League

SSJ Dragons (BU10 R)

Who can play in this league?

The recreational league is for all players age 5 to 15, whether they play for the first time or are experienced soccer players. Emphasis is on learning to play soccer and having fun on the field! Teams in this league are often called 'rec teams' as opposed to the 'comp teams' in the Abronzino and Delgado leagues. 

Age groups

Rec teams play in even age groups, from U6 to U16. Note that it is sometimes possible for a player to play in a higher age group (to play up) if requested, but it is never possible to play in a lower age group. Please check our Age Group Table to find the correct age group for your child.


Currently we have a Fall season for recreational teams, with practices starting during August and the first games scheduled at the beginning of September. Since 2008 we also run a Spring season for Rec teams, with practices and games starting in April until the beginning of June.


Registration for the main Fall season starts usually in April end ends around June 15. Spring season registrations starts in January until the middle of February. Please check our Registration page for details and sign up for our email list to get a reminder when the registration starts.

How are teams created?

The league will take all players that register in time and split them into teams. New teams are created every year. If you want your kid to play in the same team as a friend you can mention this on the registration form, and the league will try to honor the request but cannot guarantee it.

Uniform / Balls

Reversible Uniform Shirt 
Recreational players will get a uniform from their coach (it is included in the sign-up fee). It consists of a blue shirt that can be turned inside out to make it a white shirt, blue shorts and blue socks. Players must provide their own shin guards (they will not be allowed to play games without) and shoes (soccer shoes are recommended, tennis shoes are fine too, baseball shoes are prohibited). Each player should also have a ball for practice (size #3 for U8 and younger, size #4 for U9 to U12 and size #5 for older age groups).


Each team needs a coach, but coaches are in short supply. Coaches in the recreational league are all volunteers. If we cannot find a coach for your kids' team we will have to dissolve the team and your kid will not be able to play. We STRONGLY ENCOURAGE you to volunteer as a coach or assistant coach. If you are interested in working as a coach please contact our Recreational Director at [click to show email] (email highly preferred) with any questions.


U6 to U10 teams usually play against other teams from our own league (as a so called in house league). Older rec teams will also play against rec teams from neighboring leagues. Every year we try to organize a jamboree at the end of the Fall season for all age groups.

All kids that come to a game must be allowed to play 50% of the time.

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