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 outdoor soccer with the lowest commitment level, both in terms of time and cost.
Tryouts are not required for our recreational program. 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
For fun, for exercise, to enjoy soccer in a less competitive environment.
Mid-August through Late October/Early November
Frequency: 1-2 Times/Week, dependent upon age group and coach preference.
Length: 45-90 minutes, dependent upon age group and coach preference.
Our U5-U6 programs take place on Saturday mornings, and our U7-U8s have one set practice each week and games on Saturday mornings/early afternoons. For all other age groups (U9 and older), practice details are determined by coaches based upon their availability, though we provide available field options to the older age groups IF the coaches choose to utilize them.
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.
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. Our U7-U14 age groups will end their season with a multi-game tournament the last week of October.
U5-U14 age groups play other BUSC teams locally and in town. Scores and standings are kept at the U9 age groups and older.
U16 and U19 age groups play other nearby Clubs in a recreational division in NorCal. Away games will be outside of Pleasanton.
Opening Day Parade in Downtown Pleasanton
Each player may submit ONE buddy request. We do our best to meet all buddy requests which meet the requirements laid out below, but on rare occasions, it may not be possible. In order for a buddy request to be considered, the following requirements MUST be met:
- Requests for buddies must be MUTUAL. Both players must make the request for one another in order for a match to be made.
- Requests for buddies must be for players BORN IN THE SAME BIRTH YEAR (ie both born in 2012). If one child was born in 2012 and the other in 2011, they cannot be placed on the same team because they are not in the same US Soccer age group.
- Requests MUST be made online in the registration process. Requests made via email cannot be considered. Changes to your buddy request can be made in your registration through June 30. Changes made after June 30 will not be able to be accommodated.
- BOTH players must be fully registered and paid no later than June 30.