Our Fall Recreational league is offered for players ages 4 to 15, with practices starting the week of August 26th. Games begin the weekend after Labor Day (September 7th) and conclude the weekend before Veteran’s Day (November 2nd). There are 1-2 practices each week depending on your child’s age group, and most age groups will play 9 games in total, held on Saturdays. We’re also excited to offer our Pride of Los Gatos Tournament for U10 & U12 once again!
Players will practice and play under the guidance of volunteer parent coaches who will receive weekly lesson plans, coaching advice, and coaching education clinics from our Recreational Director of Coaching. We are always in need of coaches, and anyone with a positive attitude is encouraged to volunteer, regardless of soccer or sports experience.
Regular registration is open as of May 1st and ends on June 30th. Late registration is available from July 1st to mid-August. Please note that players who register after August 1st will be placed on the waitlist until we can find a spot for them, and buddy requests can’t be guaranteed. If we’re unable to place your child on a team by September 7th, you will receive a full refund.
Times: Depends on age group and coach. See chart below.
Location: Los Gatos & Union School District fields
The cost for all players is $250. A late fee of $50 goes into effect on July 1st. The cost of registration includes a photo of your player and team, and a full uniform including jersey, shorts, and socks.
Los Gatos United offers mutual buddy requests! You will have the opportunity to enter the buddy’s name when you register online. In the absence of a request, we do our best to match several children from the same school.
Format, Practice, and Key Dates
Game schedules will be available on September 1st. All Fall Recreation League games are played on Saturdays at Los Gatos and Union School District fields.
Age groups 2010 and older practice two (2) days a week. Practice times and location will be set and communicated by your coach. Children born 2011-2015 have been assigned the following weekly practice days.
|2014/2015||4 v 4, no goalies||Friday|
|2013||4 v 4, no goalies||Tuesday or Wednesday|
|2012||4 v 4, no goalies||Tuesday or Wednesday|
|2010/2011||7 v 7, with goalies||2 days per week|
|2008/2009||9 v 9, with goalies||2 days per week|
* In the event that we need to combine 2011 with 2010, practices will follow the same structure as the older ages in which the coaches select the days.
|7/1||Late registration begins|
|8/19||Rec coaches meeting|
|8/19 (week)||Team assignments & practice schedules released for younger age groups|
|8/20-8/22||U10 & U12 player evaluations; all registrants born 2008-2011 required to attend one hour-long session in order to be placed on a team|
|8/25||Team assignments & practice schedules released for older age groups|
|8/26 (week)||Practices start|
|9/7||First games of the season|
|TBD||Make-up photo day|
|11/3||Last day of games|
|11/1 – 11/3||Pride of Los Gatos Tournament|
Rec League Volunteer Requirement
Our fall program would not be possible without the help of 100+ volunteers. Due to ongoing struggles to recruit volunteers every year, and to avoid burn-out of the parents who have served the program for seasons on end, the league has decided to institute a mandatory service requirement of 3 hours per family. Hourly volunteer opportunities will be posted on our website in August. If you are unable to serve 3 hours, we offer a buy-out option of $75 at registration.
Coaching is always our greatest need, and the number of teams we’re able to form each year depends directly on how many people volunteer to coach. Please consider registering to coach or assistant coach. While knowledge of the game is a plus, the most important qualities in a recreational coach are a positive attitude and a commitment to FUN. We can teach you all the other stuff. If you’re interested in learning more about the fun and rewarding “job” of coaching, please contact our Director of Recreational Coaching, Matt Von der Ahe.
Age Group Coordinators
AGCs act as liaisons between the Rec Director and volunteer coaches and are absolutely vital to the success of the program. This is a job that you can easily perform from the comfort of your home and your computer. We are seeking 12 highly-organized and communicative individuals who love spreadsheets and have a little free time during the summer to help us prepare for the season. AGCs work within their own child’s age group, and also help form teams within one or two other age groups. This is a great way to get to know all the coaches in your age group and provide input into the way we run the program. If you think you’re a good fit for this role, please email Chris Davis at email@example.com.
- Requests made before July 16th: 100% refund less $20 administrative fee
- Requests made between July 16th and August 26th: 50% refund
- We regret that we cannot offer any refunds after practices begin on August 26th, except in cases of injury (with a doctor’s note).
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