Los Gatos United offers the opportunity for our older players to play in a 11v11 format with goalkeepers and referees. Separate boy’s and girl’s teams will be formed in the 2003 – 2006 age groups. Games are played on Saturdays against other LGUSL teams as well as neighboring leagues such as the Almaden Valley Youth Soccer League.
Our “Play-through” program is designed for older players who want to participate in a full-field, 11v11 format but prefer to remain in a rec environment. It is an extension of the regular Fall Rec program, utilizing the same schedule, uniforms, and volunteer structure as the younger age groups.
“Why is the program called Play-through?” Registration in the middle school and high school age groups tends to be lower overall for Bay Area soccer leagues. To remedy this, many leagues opt to partner with one another to form combined playing leagues for older players. Teams are able to participate in such programs through the support of their home league, hence the term “Play-through.” Los Gatos United partners with Almaden Valley Youth Soccer League, which allows us to offer players a little more variety by fielding more teams while keeping travel to a minimum.
In order to attract more players to the program, the league makes an extra effort to place players with their friends, schoolmates, and former teammates whenever possible. Head coaches are permitted to request a handful of specific players for their team. Players may also provide a list of several friends for consideration, as well as a coach request. In most cases, preferences can be accommodated, but the Commissioner reserves the right to decline any request that would result in an unacceptable skill differential between teams.
Volunteer coaches are desperately needed for this program. Previous coaching experience is not required, and the weekly time commitment is minimal. If you’re interested in volunteering for the position of coach or assistant coach, or want more information about the program, please email the Rec Program Commissioner.
Ages: Boys 2003 – 2006, Girls 2003 – 2006
Format: 11v11 with goalies and referees; 40-minute halves; full-size fields
Buddy Requests: Multiple requests permitted
Days: Two 90 minute practices per week, games on Saturday
Practice Times: Selected by volunteer coaches
Practice & Key Dates
Game schedules will be available the last week of August via your coach and the Los Gatos United website. All Play-through league games are played on Saturday at Los Gatos School District and Almaden fields.
Practice times and location will be set and communicated by your coach.
|8/25 & 8/26||Parent kickoff tournament & uniform pick up|
|8/20 (week)||Rec coaches meeting|
|8/20 (week)||Team assignments & practice schedules available|
|8/27 (week)||Practices start|
|9/8||First games of the season|
|10/6||Make-up photo day|
|11/3||Last day of games|
|7/1||Late registration begins|