Recreational Soccer: About & FAQ

LA JOLLA YOUTH SOCCER FALL RECREATIONAL PROGRAM

The La Jolla Youth Soccer Recreational Program is the foundation of La Jolla Youth Soccer League, serving over 1200 players within La Jolla. Our program is dedicated to providing a fun, safe and community based program.  It is our mission to offer a program where players have the opportunity to technically improve while having fun and building a love of the game.  In addition, we strive to provide unlimited growth opportunities for players of all skill levels and potentially acting as a stepping stone into the competitive program.

The La Jolla Youth Soccer Recreational Program is overseen by Director of Recreation, Heather Hilliard:  heather@lajollasoccer.org

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When does registration open? Online registration opens on December 1, 2017.  Please visit our Registration page for the link to our secure online registration system. 

When is Early Bird registration?  Early Bird Registration is from December 1 to December 31.  During the Early Bird registration period, registration fees are reduced to $180.  As of January 1, registration fees will increase to $200.  In addition, friend or coach requests will only be accepted during the Early Bird registration period.

When does registration close?  Registration will close on February 1. Registrations prior to February 1, will be guaranteed placement on a roster. Registrations received after February 1 will be charged a $25 late fee if space is available.  If rosters are full, your child will be placed on a waiting list. 

What info do I need to register my player(s)?  If your child played for LJYSL last season, simply register on-line and you are done.  If your child is new to the league, you will need to submit your child’s birth certificate to the office for age verification.

 

What division or age group will my child play in?  See below for age group break down:

Under 6:  U5/U6 players (born in 2013 & 2012) play 4 v 4
Under 8:  U7/U8 players (born in 2011 & 2010) play 7 v 7
Under 10: U9/U10 players (born in 2009 & 2008) play 7 v 7
Under 12: U11/U12 players (born in 2007 & 2006) play 9 v 9
Under 14: U13/U14 players (born in 2005 & 2004) play 9 v 9

 

Are the teams co-ed (boys and girls on same team)? 
No, we do not place boys and girls on the same team.

Can I make a request at sign up?  Yes, you may request to play for a certain coach or friend/neighbor. Requests will only be honored during Early Bird Registration period (December 1 – December 31). We do not accept requests via email.

 

Can I be on a team with all my friends?  We will do our best to honor one request.  However, we cannot guarantee placement with all of your friends.  Our most important goal in making placements is balancing the teams to provide competition that is enjoyable for everyone involved.

 

How will I be placed on a team?  Considerable effort is made to balance the teams and provide competition that is enjoyable to both players and parents alike.  Players are placed on teams using the following criteria:

            *Balance between olders and youngers on each team
*Requests to play for a certain coach or with a friend or neighbor
*By school and/or location

         

When will I find out which team my child is on and when they practice?  Coaches will receive their rosters at the end of February. Your child’s coach will contact you during the first week of March to let players know their team schedule.

What do I need to buy for practices?  Your child will need shin guards, socks to cover them and soccer cleats. 

When do practices start? Team practices will begin during the week of March 5. Coaches will select practice days and times.  Practices begin at either 4 PM or 5:15 PM.  All practices are at Allen Field.

When do games begin?  Games are played on Sundays beginning March 11 and ending on May 6 (no games on April 1, Easter Sunday).

I would like to be a coach, assistant coach, or team parent. What should I do?  First, THANK YOU! Every youth sports program depends on the spirit and energy of volunteers. Every year we need coaches. The league depends on parent volunteers to fill these positions.  When you register, you will have an opportunity to indicate that you are willing to volunteer or contact the Director of Recreation.

What is required to be a coach?  All requirements for coaching are set by our parent organization, Cal South. All Head and Assistant Coaches must go through Cal South Risk Management (fingerprinting) that is paid for by the league. If you have already been fingerprinted for our Club, you do not need to do it again.  In addition, coaches are now required to have a Coaching license. For detailed information on the licensing process, please contact the Director of Recreation. No experience is necessary, we train! 

I would like to sponsor my child’s team. Who do I contact?  The registration fees do not completely cover the costs of running the soccer league.  The league needs team sponsors to help cover the additional cost to run the recreational league.  Team sponsorships are $400.00.  If you are interested in sponsoring a team, please contact Executive Director, Cathy Callier at ljysl@lajollasoccer.org and she will provide you with the appropriate forms.

How can I help?  There are many ways for parents to help.  LJYSL recreational program is run by a large group of volunteers.  We invite you to join us for a memorable experience, assuring a great season for our kids.  Some volunteer positions start and finish before the season starts, some may last the season, and some positions involve simply one event.  Please contact the Director of Recreation, Heather Hilliard at heather@lajollasoccer.org, if you are interested in volunteering. 

What are my responsibilities as a parent?  You are responsible for getting your child to practices, games, and other team functions on time (for games, this often means at least 30 minutes prior to game time) and picking up your child promptly afterwards.