Our Fall Recreational league is offered for players ages 4 to 17, with practices starting the week of August 31st. Games begin the weekend after Labor Day (September 12th) and conclude on November 8th. 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.
Practice Day: Varies by age group and coach. See chart below.
|Until May 31||$265|
|June 1 – June 30||$295|
|July 1 – July 31||$320|
|After July 31||$345*|
* After July 31st, new registrants will be placed on a waitlist and team placement is not guaranteed.
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.
If you need to update your buddy request after you register, please email the Rec Registrar with your child’s name and birth year, and provide the full name of your friend.
Format, Practice, and Key Dates
Game schedules will be posted by September 7th. All games are played on Saturdays at Los Gatos and Union School District fields, with the exception of U16 & U18 (high school age groups), which participate in the CYSA District II Play-through league. Please see our Play-through FAQ for more information.
Children born before 2012 (U10+) practice two (2) days a week. Practice times and locations will be selected by your volunteer coach according to his/her availability.
Children born 2012-2016 have been assigned the following weekly practice days.
|2015/2016 (U6)||4 v 4, no goalies||Friday|
|2014 (U7)||4 v 4, no goalies||Tuesday or Wednesday|
|2013 (U8)||4 v 4, no goalies||Tuesday or Wednesday|
|2012* (U9)||4 v 4, no goalies||Thursday|
|2011/2012 (U10)||7 v 7, with goalies||2 days per week|
|2009/2010 (U12)||9 v 9, with goalies||2 days per week|
|2007/2008 (U14)||11 v 11, Play-through||2 days per week|
|2003-2005 (U18/16)||11 v 11, Play-through||1-2 days per week|
* In the event that 2012 needs to be combined with 2011 due to low enrollment, practices will follow the same structure as the older ages in which the coaches select the days.
|7/1||Late registration begins|
|8/1||Waitlist registration goes into effect|
|8/17||Rec coaches meeting|
|8/21||Team assignments & practice schedules released for younger age groups|
|8/22, 8/22-24||U10 – U14 player evaluations; all registrants born 2007-2011 required to attend one hour-long session in order to be placed on a team|
|8/29||Team assignments & practice schedules released for older age groups|
|8/31 (week)||Practices start|
|9/12||First games of the season|
|TBD||Make-up Photo Day|
|10/31||Last day of games for younger age groups (U6 – U8)|
|11/7||Last regular games of the season|
|11/6 – 11/8||Pride of Los Gatos Tournament|
|11/14 – 11/15||D2 Fall Rec Cup (U14, tentatively)|
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 instituted a mandatory service requirement of 2 hours per family. A $25 deposit per player will be charged upon registration. This amount will be refunded at the end of the season if the service obligation is met. Hourly volunteer opportunities will be posted on our website in August.
Coaching is always our greatest need, and the number of teams we are 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 everything else. 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 might be a good fit for this role, please review the proposed tasks and timeline (linked below), then fill out our short survey. If you have additional questions, email Chris Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are seeking a volunteer to coordinate our volunteers! Similar to the AGC role, this position can be fulfilled from the comfort of your laptop. Experience with iVolunteer is a plus, but not required. You will be responsible for posting and configuring tasks online, and assisting the Rec staff in tracking the hours families have served. The ideal candidate has strong attention to detail and high tolerance for fussy web technologies. You must also have daily internet access for the month of August, when most of the setup for the season takes place. Email Chris Davis at email@example.com if you’re interested in this position.
- Requests made before July 16th: 100% refund less $25 administrative fee
- Requests made between July 16th and August 31st: 50% refund
- We regret that we cannot offer any refunds after practices begin on August 31st, except in cases of injury (with a doctor’s note).
- Practice schedule conflicts: due to the complexity of scheduling 80+ teams with limited field space, we cannot accommodate practice day conflicts. Families may request a 50% refund if they need to withdraw from the season.
- In the event of cancellation of the entire season due to COVID-19 restrictions, families will receive a full refund minus the $25 administrative fee.
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