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Recreational Soccer

Covid-19 impact on Recreational Soccer

We had a great response to our updated recreational soccer program when it was rolled out for the 2020 season, and were having record registrations until the announcement of Covid-19 related closures.  Although we hope for the return to a "normal" recreational soccer season there is the potential that there will be changes caused by Covid-19 and associated state and federal guidelines. At this time the exact requirements that will be in place when the Rec. soccer season begins are unknown, but may include things like mask wearing during play and/or practice, that fans must wear masks, or limits on the number of fans present. GRSC will continue to follow the requirements and recommendations of the Minnesota Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control, and Minnesota Youth Soccer Association, and ensure they are adapted to fit our playing environment, as needed. We know these requirements can be frustrating, but for legal and insurance reasons the club is bound to follow them, and all players are as well. 

The Trident of Rec

It serves the community to remove as many barriers to play as possible

It teaches the sport of soccer in both skill and sportsmanship

It encourages continued play

If interested in Recreational Soccer please contact Josh Mauch, Rec Director, at  recdirector@rivereagles.org to determine if there is a team with room for another player.


Recreational Soccer Seasons

Spring Season Summer Season Fall Season
When does the season start April 19th July 12th September 7th
When does the season end June 5th August 19th October 9th
Where is it played Monticello, Big Lake & Becker* Becker** Monticello**
When are practices Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday Weekdays Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday
When are games Saturday Mornings Weekdays Saturday Mornings
What age groups U5-U12 U5-U10 U6-U10
What Birth Years 2009-2016 2011-2016 2011-2015
Cost U8 and under $60 $60 $60
Cost U9 and up $80 $80 $80

*Note: We are attempting to use Becker for the spring season. This past fall we used Big Lake and Monticello with practices as close to home as possible for kids but all games were played in Monticello. The current goal is to at least have practices in all 3 locations and games in both Monticello and Big Lake. If enough kids to not register from each community to make practices at all 3 locations viable they will be condensed, and if not enough kids register to have games in multiple locations they will be condensed as well. Preferred sites are based on a first come, first serve basis and are not guaranteed.

** Summer and fall locations may be added depending on success and interest shown in the spring season.

The best way to ensure the convenience of multiple locations in each season is to encourage as many kids to register as possible, please share this program with all area kids that may be interested.

 

Sibling discount of $10 automatically applied when choosing "register another person" prior to checkout.

For answers to frequently asked questions about GRSC's recreational soccer program, or what changed in 2020, click here: Rec. FAQs


Volunteers needed


Safety Info

For the safety of all players the following important items should be noted:


1. No jewelry is allowed to be worn during games and practices. This includes ear ring studs from new piercings. Do not get your child's ears pierced right before the season starts, either do it far enough in advance that ear rings can be removed during games and practice or wait until the season is over.

2. Shin guards are required for all players.

3. Soccer cleats are recommended but not required, Non-soccer cleats will not be allowed!

4. There is no heading in recreational soccer games or during practice.

Gear

soccer ball is required for practices, U5-U8 use a size 3 ball while U9-U12 use a size 4.  

Shin guards must be worn under a player's socks at all practices and games.  

Soccer cleats are optional but highly recommended for better traction on the wet grass.

Uniforms

Reusable uniforms are used to save families money while allowing us to provide a better experience for our players. The same jersey will be used year after year so players can reuse their jersey or they can be passed down to family or friends. The cost of the uniforms is separated from the registration fee, allowing you to save money with each new season or year you register. Please indicate what size(s) you will need so we can keep proper inventory on hand.

The full kit included the reversible jersey, shorts, and soccer socks, items may also be purchased individually. We will schedule fittings so you can verify that you chose the correct size, if the size needs to change we can update the information at that time. 

You do not need to use the shorts or socks from the kit, if you already have black shorts and black soccer socks feel free to use them. 

Modifications to the Game

Small-sided game modifications are made for the recreational program. The number of players on the field, the size of the playing field, as well as the ball and goal size are reduced in size to match the size of the players. Small-sided games are favored for the following reasons:

1.     Skill development is enhanced because of more touches on the ball.

2.     Fast acting fun with more actual playing time and real game action.

3.     Excitement is enhanced due to less time to achieve or advance the ball towards the goal.

4.     Exercise is increased since players play both offense and defense.

5.     The available field space is better maximized to serve all youth.

We attempt to base our small sided games MYSA rules but some age groups may be combined, in which case some kids may not be following the suggested parameters for their age group. 

The MYSA small sided game chart can be found here, and additional info from MYSA can be found here.


Register Below:

PROVIDING QUALITY RECREATIONAL SOCCER TO KIDS FROM MONTICELLO, BIG LAKE, BECKER, Elk River, OTSEGO, Clear Lake, Clearwater, MAPLE LAKE, ANNANDALE, BUFFALO, ST. MICHAEL, Albertville, SOUTH HAVEN, AND more!