Age Groups –
Beginning in the 2016 Fall Soccer season – US Soccer has adopted new age requirements for all of US Youth Soccer. This change now has you register your player by their birth year. The list below shows which age group you should register under. We do understand that this may change the make- up of some teams as friends may now be separated due to the birth year they fall under. We know that you will still have an outstanding soccer season.
Recreational League soccer currently utilizes the following age groups: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998. For age group dates, see the chart here.
Team Formation – There are no tryouts for Recreational soccer. All teams are formed primarily around the school / residential zones of the coach and players and by date of registration. Usually, there are multiple teams in each school / residential zone, and there are sometimes players from multiple schools on a team.
Practices – Recreational program practices begin in August. Practices for 2012, 2011, 2010 & 2009 are 45 minutes. Practices for 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999 & 1998 are 60 minutes. 1-2 per week, depending on coach availability and player age.
Games – The 10 game season begins in September and should complete before Thanksgiving. Games are typically played on Saturdays. Schedulers try their best not to have games on Sunday’s, but sometimes it does happen. There are no games on Labor Day weekend.
- U5-U10: There are no standings or score keeping in these age groups. All participants receive Participation Trophies/Medals at the end of the season.
- U12-14: Standings are kept in these age groups, with 1st and 2nd place trophies awarded at the end of the season.
- U16-19: These age groups play in the Norcal League and compete with teams outside of Ballistic United. Any awards for Norcal League are dependent on the league in which a team plays.
Age Group Coordinators – The AGC is a member’s main contact for questions pertaining to a specific age group. They also assist in recruiting coaches and in team formation. The list of AGCs is posted on our website.
Player Registration – To play in the Recreational league, registration must be completed and registration fee received for each player. No further action is necessary to be placed on a Recreational team. To start the registration process, please visit the Registration page.
Player Requests – Because of the size of the Recreational program Ballistic United Soccer Club is unable to accommodate coach, team, or practice schedule requests. We are allowing one coach/friend request in the registration process ~ but it is not guaranteed. The only way to guarantee placement of a player on a specific team is for the parent / guardian to be part of the coaching staff (each team can have up to one head coach and two assistant coaches).
Coach Background Checks – All head coaches and assistant coaches must complete a LIVE SCAN fingerprint background check for Ballistic United Soccer or Pleasanton Rage before they are able to meet with their team on or off the field.
Coach Training – Coaching resources are available. Every Ballistic United head coach also receives a Coach’s Manual with information specific to their age group, as well as other free educational resources.