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Team Formation for Recreational Soccer

1. Players will be placed into a “Players Pool”, placement onto teams will be done with consideration towards even distribution of team sizes, location of players on Under 5 through Under 8 (neighborhood and/or school), previous core groups the players may have been on, an equal balance of talent, and special requests in hardship cases.

2. The Division Commissioner is responsible for maintaining a fair balance of talent within each age group.  No one may recruit or otherwise entice players to leave one team to join another - no exceptions.

3. Teams in the Under 8 and below age groups and the Under 11 and above age groups will be formed at Team Formation Night, usually the first general meeting prior to each season. Teams in the Under 9 and Under 10 age groups will be formed by a Coach caucus, facilitated by a neutral parent volunteer (someone with no players in the age group) approved by the Board.

4. A player will not be forced to play on a specific team for a specific coach. In such cases, a player must stipulate the team/coach he or she does not wish to play for prior to the start of the season (writing a note on the registration form is preferred). This shall be limited to one request per player per season, and done with the approval of the Division Commissioner.

5. Girls may request to play either in the “All Girls League”, Under 7 and above, or in the coed league. This is to be indicated on the registration form.

6. Teams formed in the Fall Season will be considered “Core Teams”.

7. If none of the coaches (assistant) from the previous years' team returns, a parent of a returning player may be rostered as the coach. The intent is to try to keep the returning “core” players together. This does not mean that another coach may combine players from one team with another (stacking). If there is not a coach for the core team, then it ceases to exist and all of its returning players return to the “Players Pool”.

8. If the head coach or assistant moves up across an age boundary (2 year age group) and the other coach stays behind as the head coach, both coaches can keep the players, those going up and those remaining, as the core team.

9. Previous year's coaches (assistants) are not guaranteed a coaching position.

10. Spring teams can be comprised of “splintered” core teams. Groups of 2-3-4 players will be kept together and join others to form a team, stacking will not be allowed. Spring teams will not be considered as core teams and will stay together only for the spring season.

11. Once a team has been established each season, player transfers will have to be approved by the Division Commissioner.

12. Coaches may coach for only one season without a license. NASA will pay the cost of certification through the Under 12 module.

13. A team will be comprised of the following adult volunteer positions:

  • Coach (approved by NASA)
  • Assistant coach (chosen by the coach)
  • Parent representative
  • Maintenance representative

14. Neither scores nor standings will be kept for the Under 5 through Under 8 age groups.

15. NASA will keep team standings for Under 9 and above.

16. Per allotment by CAYSA, first and possibly second place fall teams for Under 9 and above will go to the Fall CAYSA tournament. NASA will pay tournament fees but travel expenses are to be paid by the teams. The Spring CAYSA Tournament is open to any team (Under 9 and above) and all fees and expenses are to be paid by the team.

17. Teams that opt to play in tournaments instead of regular scheduled games will forfeit unless the game has been rescheduled with the opposing team 2 weeks prior. Any costs incurred by the referees and/or fields will be paid by the forfeiting coach.

18. Teams that do not show up for scheduled games, will not only forfeit, but will pay the costs incurred by the referees and/or fields.

Under 5 (6 Players 3 vs 3 - 4 Year Olds): Players affiliated by neighborhood, school, zip code and players request will be considered

Under 6 (6 Players 3 vs 3 - 5 Year Olds): Players affiliated by neighborhood, school, zip code and players request will be considered

Under 7 (8 Players 4 vs 4 - 6 Year Olds): Players affiliated by neighborhood, school, zip code and players request will be considered

Under 8 (8 Players 4 vs 4 - 7 Year Olds): Players affiliated by neighborhood, school, zip code and players request will be considered

Under 8 Girls (8 Players 4 vs 4 - 6 to 7 Year Olds): Players affiliated by neighborhood, school, zip code and players request will be considered

Under 9 (10 Players 6 vs 6 - 8 Year Olds): Teams formed by returning players “core team”. Additional players, from players pool, will be chosen based on years' experience and skill level. Players' requests will be taken into consideration. An equal balance of talent between all teams is the primary objective.

Under 9 Girls (10 Players 6 vs 6 - 8 Year Olds): Teams formed by returning players “core team”. Additional players, from players pool, will be chosen based on years' experience and skill level. Players' requests will be taken into consideration. An equal balance of talent between all teams is the primary objective.

Under 10 (10 Players 6 vs 6 - 9 Year Olds): Teams formed by returning players “core team”. Additional players, from players pool, will be chosen based on years' experience and skill level. Players' requests will be taken into consideration. An equal balance of talent between all teams is the primary objective.

Under 10 Girls (10 Players 6 vs 6 - 9 Year Olds): Teams formed by returning players “core team”. Additional players, from players pool, will be chosen based on years' experience and skill level. Players' requests will be taken into consideration. An equal balance of talent between all teams is the primary objective.

Under 12 and Above (18 Players 11 vs 11): Teams formed by returning players “core team”. Additional players, from players pool, will be chosen based on years' experience and skill level. Players' requests will be taken into consideration. An equal balance of talent between all teams is the primary objective.


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