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Spring Rec

Spring 2022 Recreational Season

Important Dates to Remember

Practice Starts: March 28, 2022

Regular Season Starts: April 2, 2022

Picture Day: April 9, 2022

NO u8 - u12 GAMES  APRIL 16, 2022

Regular Season Ends: May 21, 2022

3v3 Tournament: June 4, 2022

 

 

 

Important Season Information Please Read
All Saturday Recreational Games u8, u10 will be played at Odessa High School: 570 Tony Marchio Dr, Townsend,  DE 19734. 
All Home Games u12, u14, Senior Division games will be played at  Odessa High School: 570 Tony Marchio Dr, Townsend,  DE 19734. 
 
Registration Fee and Date of Birth ranges for each division are as follows. 
 
Players are placed on teams by birth year based on  the chart below. Parents may request to play up an age group but may not play down an age group. 
 
Division Registration Fee
Discovery (U3-U6) (2017-2015) $115
U8 2014/2015 Boys/Girls $125
U10 2012/2013 Boys/Girls $125
U12 2010/2011 Boys/Girls $125
U14 2008/2009 Boys/Girls $125
U19 2003-2007 Girls $125
U19 2003-2007 Boys $125
 
  • To read about our Volunteer Fee CLICK HERE
  • NO REFUNDS once season starts other than medical reasons (doctors note may need to be provided). If for some reason the spring season needs to be stopped due to COVID-19 a partial credit will be offered on the player's account to be used over the next year in any program.
  • If before the season starts, you determine your child cannot play for any reason, you will be charged a $25 cancellation fee. Refunds are processed back to the credit card that the registration was made with, however it can take between 30 to 60 days to receive your refund check after you submit your request.
  • Teammate and coach request are not accepted. Players will be allowed to select practice day preferences during registrations. Teams will be formed based on practice preference selection.
 
Equipment and Uniforms
  • In order to receive your uniform before the season starts you must order it before March 10.
  • Uniforms this year are Orange and Black. Players that have the Orange and Navy from previous years will be able to continue to wear them.
  • To order your uniform - CLICK HERE
  • U3 - U6 (Discovery Program) Players do not need to purchase a uniform for the season.

ALL PLAYERS MUST WEAR SHIN GUARDS. NO EXCEPTIONS. NO EARRINGS CAN BE WORN AT ANY TIME EVEN IF THEY ARE TAPED OR COVERED. No watches, necklaces, or jewelry may be worn. On cold or rainy days, no hooded sweatshirts or jackets may be worn. In the past we have allowed this, but in trying to reduce the possibility of injury, players may no longer wear any articles of clothing with a hood while on the playing field. Note that the cleats spikes must be plastic and CANNOT have a front spike.
 
 
DIVISION INFORMATION:
 
Discovery Program - U3-U6 - Click Here for more information
 
Under 8 (2014-2015): 4 on the field at a time - NO GOALIES (4v4). Max Roster of 8
We offer both Boys and Girls divisions. Players begin to understand positions on the field and continue to work on dribbling and shooting. Passing become more important at this level as the field size increases. All out of bounds restarts will start with a kick-in. A referee is assigned to each game to manage the game. Coaches run practice one night each week starting at this division. Games consist of 4 10 minute quarters with 5 minutes for warmup, 3 minutes in between periods, and 5 minutes to clean-up after the game.
 
Under 10 (2012-2013): 6 on the field plus one goalie (7v7). Max Roster of 12
We offer both Boys and Girls divisions. Goalies and throw-ins are introduced. A referee is assigned to each game to manage the game. Coaches run one practice each week. Games consist of two 25 minute halves with 5 minutes for warmup, 5 minutes for half time, and 5 minutes to clean-up after the game. 
 
Under 12 (2010-2011): 8 on the field plus one goalie (9v9). Max Roster of 16
We offer both Boys and Girls divisions. Teams play games against Kent County Parks & Rec with away games being played at Kesserling Park in Dover  . A referee is assigned to manage the game. Coaches run one practice each week. Games consist of two 30 minute halves with 5 minutes for warmup, 5 minutes for half time, and 5 minutes to clean-up after the game.
 
Under 14 (2008-2009): 10 on the field plus one goalie with 35 minute halves (11v11). Max Roster of 18
We offer both Boys and Girls divisions. This division participates in the DYSA Interclub league. Practice is held once or twice a week. Home games will be played at Middletown Village. Away games may be held in Dover, Hockessin, New Castle, Wilmington. A referee is assigned to manage the game. Games consist of two 35 minute halves with 5 minutes for warmup, 10 minutes for half time, and 5 minutes to clean-up after the game.
 
Senior Divisions (2003-2007): 10 on the field plus one goalie with 35 minute halves (11v11). Max Roster of 18
We offer both Boys and Girls divisions. This division participates in the DYSA Interclub league. Home games will be played at Middletown Village. Away games may be held in Dover, Hockessin, New Castle, Wilmington. A referee is assigned to manage the game. Games consist of two 35 minute halves with 5 minutes for warmup, 10 minutes for half time, and 5 minutes to clean-up after the game.

Every player is expected to play 50% of every game unless by their own choice or a parent's request. We do our best to keep team sizes limited to guarantee that every player can get 50% playing time. However, over the years we have received equally as much feedback about teams with too few players (even when the team is at max recommended team size) and teams with too many, Due to vacations and other conflicts not all players show up every week which can leave teams shorthanded. We also have about 10-15% of registrations after the late fee date starts, so this can be a significant number of players in a division. We typically we need to create two teams at a time to make scheduling work which can then make team sizes too small. Our Board Members and Commissioners do everything we can to make this work out for everyone involved
 
 

Practices may begin as early as 3/28/2022. Practice days and times preferences are picked when registering to be a coach.
Practice schedules are determined by the coaches based on field, day and time availability. Early in the season, daylight is still limited, so practice schedules may need to be adjusted, but all of this will be determined by the coaches based on field availability.

There will be 7 game days for the U8 and older divisions this season. The 3v3 tournament is held on a separate weekend from normal game days. The tournament is free and only open to Delaware Union Recreational Teams U8 and up divisions, so even though it is not required, we have found that almost 100% of teams field at least one team for this tournament. The 3v3 will be held on Saturday, June 4.
 
PRACTICES:
For U8+, each coach will conduct at least one practice each week, typically on the same day and time. Coaches will select their practice time and location based on field availability and what works best for their schedule. 
 
 
 
GAME DAY INFORMATION:

For U8-U10, all games are played on Saturdays between 9 AM and 2 PM (ending times may vary depending on the number of teams in each division).

For U12+, all games are played on Saturdays between 9AM and 4PM. The number of home and away games vary by team. 
 
PLEASE NOTE: Home Teams wear Orange Jerseys and Away teams wear Black Jerseys.
 
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