Rec Program Description

Recreational soccer is a large component of the Ballistic United Soccer Club with approximately 70% of all players participating at this level.  The primary objective of the Recreational program is to provide a positive, low-pressure soccer experience for the youth of our community.

Recreational soccer is the BUSC team option for traditional soccer with the lowest commitment level, both in terms of time and cost.

Tryout Required?  No. All players who register are assigned to a team as long as space is available on team rosters, and players are assigned by their home elementary school within the Pleasanton Unified School District. Per U.S. Soccer requirements, players register by their birth year, NOT by school grade. For more details on this, see Age Group Determination.

Why They Play:  For fun, for exercise, to enjoy soccer in a less competitive environment.

Registration:  Is online only. Registration requires an official proof of birth document (birth certificate, passport, PR card). Link to registration is at the bottom of the page and also on Rec Registration and Fees page.

Who Coaches:  Volunteer Parents (In combination with BUSC Technical Staff for ages U5-U8)

Season Length:  Mid-August through Mid-November

Practice Frequency:  1-2 Times/Week, dependent upon age group and coach preference.

Practice Length:  45-90 minutes, dependent upon age group and coach preference.

Practice Days/Times/Locations:  This year, we are piloting a new format for our U5-U8 age groups, which define specific, set times for practices and games. For all other age groups (U9 and older), practice details are determined by coaches based upon their availability. NOTE: This means we do not assign teams according to date/time preferences, nor are we able to accommodate requests for specific dates or times. Teams usually receive their schedule from their coaches in early-mid August. Locations are typically in Pleasanton parks.

Games:  Usually once a week on Saturdays. Occasionally, a team may have more than one game on a weekend or may be scheduled on a Friday evening or Sunday.

U5-U12 age groups play other BUSC teams locally and in-town. Scores and standings are NOT kept until U12.

U14-U19 age groups play other nearby Clubs in a recreational division in NorCal. Away games will be outside of Pleasanton.

Additional Programming:  Opening Day Parade in Downtown Pleasanton

Uniforms:  Provided.

Cost of Program:  $125 – $360, depending on age group. For further information, visit Rec Registration and Fees.

These fees include a $25 pre-paid raffle ticket fee for all age groups (which you may earn back by selling raffle tickets provided by the Club) and a $50 volunteer fee applied to age groups U7 and older (can be refunded after fulfilling volunteer hours–typically 3-4 hours in the office, at a tournament, or serving as one of your team’s 2 coaches).

Team Costs:  Estimated at $40 per player, to be paid to your team’s manager. Costs may be less for older age groups not participating in the opening day parade.

These fees are used by the team’s manager to cover some or all of the following: Purchase of a team banner for the Opening Day parade, team costumes and accessories for the Opening Day parade, printing of players’ names on the back of their jersey(s), end of year team party, and end of year thank you gift for volunteer coaches.

Financial Aid:  Financial aid is available to those who apply and qualify. If you hope to receive financial aid, we highly recommend applying ASAP, as registration does require online payment. This will ensure you are able to register early and reserve a spot AND that the financial aid does not run out before you apply. Financial Aid recipients typically are still required to pay an amount used to cover hard costs of the program.

WHAT’S NEW THIS YEAR?

Each year our staff and board of directors take on the challenge of improving programs and in the end our members experience. The Club sends out an annual survey and asks membership about their prior year’s experience to gather suggestions on ways to improve upon the programs.

Through this exchange of ideas and recommendations, our Club is excited to announce some changes to our recreational program for 2018-19.

Earlier Opening Day

The Club and the city have agreed to begin the recreational season the weekend before Labor Day instead of the weekend after Labor Day. Since PUSD now begins school around the middle of August, starting earlier helps alleviate a crowded September and October schedule, making it easier to re-schedule rain-outs and minimizing conflicts our members run into late in the soccer season when other sports begin.

U5/U6 Single Day Program

Many parents are requesting training times and a rough idea of game schedules before they register their sons to play soccer. Moving to a single day format allows us to address this issue while simultaneously allowing the Club’s technical staff to provide consistency in training and ongoing support to volunteer coaches. In addition, we also believe this format will ease the conflicts for our volunteer coaches by combining practice and games into a single day, Saturday.

Format

Saturdays, 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.

Ken Mercer Sports Park, Field 1 or 2

30 min training led by BUSC Technical Staff and assisted by Volunteer Coaches, 5 min break, 40 min game coached by volunteer coaches and supported by Technical Staff

3v3 “New Ball”

Teams formed around neighborhood elementary schools

U7/U8 Set Day Program

Many parents are requesting training times and a rough idea of game schedules before they register their sons to play soccer. Moving to a standard 2-day format allows us to address this issue while simultaneously allowing the Club’s technical staff to provide consistency in training and ongoing support to volunteer coaches. In addition, we also believe this format will ease the conflicts for our volunteer coaches by standardizing the practice days and times.

Format

U7: Wednesdays 5:30 – 6:45 pm and Saturdays, 11:00 am – 12:15 pm OR 12:30 – 1:45 pm

U8: Tuesdays 5:30 – 6:45 pm and Saturdays, 2:00 – 3:15 pm OR 3:30 – 4:45 pm

Ken Mercer Sports Park, Field 1 or 2

Each session will consist of a 30 min training led by BUSC Technical Staff and assisted by Volunteer Coaches, 5 min break, 40 min game coached by volunteer coaches and supported by Technical Staff

5v5 “New Ball”

Teams formed around neighborhood elementary schools

Elimination of Volunteer Referees for U9/U10

The Club has approached the PRSA (Pleasanton Referee Soccer Association) about our members’ request to eliminate the past practice of requiring each team to provide volunteer parents to referee games at these age groups. Both BUSC and PRSA have agreed to enter into a 1-year trial in 2018 with the following conditions listed below:

  1. PRSA will utilize a 1-center ref crew (similar to its current practice in our competitive U9/10 program
  2. PRSA will provide referee mentoring that will be paid for by BUSC and Rage
  3. BUSC will provide oversight at the fields by the Age group coordinator
  4. BUSC will educate the coaches and parents about a zero tolerance policy regarding any negative comments directed towards these new referees
  5. BUSC and Rage will centralize all U9/10 recreational games in one location
  6. PRSA will re-evaluate the program at the end of the season before committing to continuing for future years.

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