Recreation Soccer Program Description

Our Recreation Soccer Program is 'CYSA Division IV soccer'.  Objectives at this level of play focus on building soccer skills, learning what it takes to be a team player, getting some exercise, and have fun while doing it.  Watch your player learn about the game of soccer and develop their skills, and the smile on their face will be your ultimate reward!

Season description:  Registration begins mid-April (there are no tryouts for Recreation Soccer), teams are formed in early June, coaches will contact their players in late July, practices start in early August and games are on Saturday's, for 9-10 weeks.  


2017 will return to standard age grouping

U6, U8, U10 WILL BEGIN AUGUST 12, 2017

U12, U14, U16, U19 GAMES WILL BEGIN ON AUGUST 26, 2017

NOTE- All U12 and U14 teams will be scheduled for games by ARYSL (American River Youth Soccer League). This will allow the teams to be seeded and placed in appropriate level of competition, however, it does also mean that U12 and U14 teams will have 1/2 of their games at locations outside of Placerville, as far as into Folsom/Sacramento. Locations cannot be determined until after seeding occurs.  SEEDING TOURNAMENT: tba

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there tryouts for Recreation Soccer?

No, only Comp teams have tryouts.

What age group will my child play in?
The easiest way to determine what age group you play in is to answer the following question and then use the table to determine your age group.

What is the player's age on December 31st this year?

Age in current Calendar YAge GroupBall SizeDuration of the MatchFormat
5 by Dec 31U63Four 8 minute quarters4v4 no GK
6 or 7U83Four 10 minute quarters5 v 5 (inc. GK)
8 or 9U104Two Halves - 25 minutes each7v7 (inc. GK)
10 or 11U124Two Halves - 30 minutes each9v9 (inc. GK)
12 or 13U145Two Halves - 35 minutes each11v11 (inc. GK)
14 or 15U165Two Halves - 40 minutes each11v11 (inc. GK)
16, 17 or 18U195Two Halves - 45 minutes each11v11 (inc. GK)

I read the Age-Group chart and my child qualifies for U-8 but only barely - by three days. Can my child play U-6 to stay with their friends?
Sorry to say, but the answer is "no". California Youth Soccer Association rules are quite specific, and we do follow them to the letter. However, an exception can be made in special cases due to medical reasons. A note from your child's doctor is required - to be submitted to the SGS Board of Directors for consideration.

Can my child play in a higher level age group?
A Recreation player may only play up an age group with the approval of the Club President and both affected Age Group Coordinators. The player should not play up if the player’s safety is in question or if this will potentially prevent another player from playing in the higher age group due to near full teams.  A player must have played 1 year in the actual age group (and the birth date is within a few months of the cutoff).  Players in any division may not play up more than one age group, where the age groups are U6, U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 and U19.

This rule does not apply to Competitive team players because those players go through a tryout process, however, should be within reason of the age group being formed.  

When do recreation team practices start?
New for 2017: practices may start in July, if teams are formed and coaches have rosters, but it's more likely to be August.  Ultimately, it will be up to the coach when then begin, after we open practice up.

When will the team practice be - and how many days per week?
It is completely up to the team's Coach to determine when/where & frequency of practices.

When will the games be played?
Saturday's, for 9-10 weeks.  U6, U8 and U10 games start August 12, 2017  U12-U19 games start August 26, 2017

We have a "hand-me-down" uniform from older siblings.  Is it okay to use?
New for the 2010 season Sierra Gold will be introducing new uniforms with a new club logo. As long as it is the same uniform that is used by the club.

What is the difference between Recreational and Select/Competitive Soccer?
CYSA has two levels of soccer
           Recreational Soccer :  This represents about 93% of Sierra Gold Soccer Club’s players
           Competitive Soccer  :  This represents about 7% of Sierra Gold Soccer Club’s players

Competitive soccer gives players a chance to experience a more ambitious level of soccer than offered in the Recreation Program, and introduce players to tournaments.  Teams are formed by tryouts sometime between January and April.  Practices generally start June 1st.  Most teams attend 3-5 tournaments.  Tournaments are generally in June, July, August, last week of September, Halloween weekend, and early December.  Teams may travel a few hours, but most games and tournaments are in the greater Sacramento area.  Some teams hire professional trainers.  Costs are higher than recreation soccer to cover the tournament entry fees and any trainers.  Costs after registration and uniform are generally about $200-$350 per player.

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