2016-2017 Youth Soccer Information
Dear Soccer Participants,
We thank you for registering your child to participate in our Youth Soccer Program this year. We strive to make your family’s experience an enjoyable one. We hope that your participation in youth soccer will instill a passion for the game of soccer in you and your child. We aim to teach participants the value of teamwork, sportsmanship, fair play and physical fitness while teaching and improving the fundamental skills of the game. Please review the information in this packet and feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. We can be reached by telephone between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, at (386) 362-3004.
The first day of soccer practices will be Monday, December 12th. We anticipate starting games on Saturday, January 7th with the season concluding on Saturday, February 18th.
We offer four age divisions of play in our youth soccer program:
6U – for players 5 and 6 years of age; games are played 4 v 4 (with no goalie)
8U – for player 7 and 8 years of age; games are played 8 v 8 (includes the goalie)
10U – for players 9 and 10 years of age; games are played 9 v 9 (includes the goalie)
13U – for players 11 through 13 years of age; games are played 11 v 11 (includes the goalie)
Please note that a player’s age will be determined as of January 1st
All coaches participating in the youth soccer program must attend the Coaches Meeting scheduled for Monday, December 5th at 6:00 pm at the Passenger Depot located at 210 North Ohio Avenue. To get to the Passenger Depot, take Ohio Avenue (US 129) north from downtown, cross the railroad tracks and turn right on Haines Street. The parking lot will be on the right hand side.
8U, 10U and 13U teams will be formed through a player draft. Coaches’ children will be drafted to the team their parent is coaching. Siblings in the same age division will be teamed together unless otherwise specified. Please arrive early to your scheduled player draft and have your child dressed ready to participate, including cleats, shin guards and weather appropriate athletic clothing. Player drafts are scheduled for the following dates and times:
8U – Tuesday, December 6th @ 6:00 pm on Field 2
10U – Thursday, December 8th @ 6:00 pm on Field 3
13U – Friday, December 9th @ 6:00 pm on Field 1
Your coach will contact you within 48 hours after your draft to inform you of your practice schedule.
Please note that there is no player draft for the 6U division. Teams in this age division will be formed by Suwannee Parks & Recreation staff. We will attempt to balance 6U teams equally by age and gender.
For those players in the 6U division, your coach will contact you no later than December 11th to inform you of your scheduled practice times.
Shin Guards and Cleats:
All players must furnish their own shin guards and cleats for every practice and game. Players will not be permitted to participate without shin guards. Cleats must be made of rubber or plastic and cannot have a cleat under the front toe area of the shoe. No metal cleats or baseball/football style cleats are allowed.
We encourage each player to bring their own ball with them to each practice. Coaches have been provided with a limited number of soccer balls and players will develop their skills faster if everyone has a ball to practice with. Make sure you know what size soccer ball your player needs and make sure to write their name on the ball for easy identification.
6U – Uses a Size 3 soccer ball
8U – Uses a Size 4 soccer ball
10U – Uses a Size 4 soccer ball
13U – Uses a Size 5 soccer ball
Practices are scheduled to begin on Monday, December 12th. All teams will practice the last week of school before the Suwannee School District Christmas Break. During Christmas Break, coaches may hold optional practices with players that are available to practice. Do not worry if you will be out of town over the holidays and miss a practice! Normal practices will resume after Christmas Break.
Games are tentatively scheduled to begin on Saturday, January 7th. Game schedules will not be available until January and will be posted on our web site, www.suwanneeparks.com. Hard copies of game schedules will also be distributed to participants once they are available. Teams will typically play one to two games per week.
Please note that there is a $1.00 admission fee to all games.
All participants will receive a team uniform as part of their registration fee. Team uniforms consist of a jersey, pair of shorts, and socks. Please do not practice in your team uniform! Uniforms will be available the week before your first scheduled game.
Team and Individual Pictures:
Team and individual pictures are tentatively scheduled for Saturday, January 14th. Pictures will be taken in the Rotary Centennial Pavilion, which is the concrete block, screened pavilion located on the southeast corner of the First Federal Sportsplex. Picture packets and schedules will be distributed the week before picture day. Check with your coach or at the Concession Stand for picture schedules.
All players in the 6U and 8U divisions will receive a personalized trophy at the conclusion of the season. Trophies for the 10U and 13U divisions will be awarded to the teams that finish in first and second place in the playoff tournament.
All practices and games will be held at the First Federal Sportsplex in Live Oak. The park address is 1201 Silas Drive. Concessions will be available during all practices and games.
6U – Practices and Games will be held on Field 4
8U – Practices and Games will be held on Field 2
10U – Practices and Games will be held on Fields 3 and 5
13U – Practices and Games will be held on Field 1
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WE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEER COACHES. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN COACHING YOUR CHILD’S TEAM, PLEASE CONTACT SUWANNEE PARKS & RECREATION AT (386) 362-3004.
Suwannee Parks & Recreation
1201 Silas Drive
Live Oak, FL 32064
Phone: (386) 362-3004
Fax: (386) 208-1580