Recreation Program

The RPB Strikers recreational program is available to any player (age 4-18) regardless of experience and/or ability.

The program is primarily devoted to the enjoyment and development of soccer players without the emphasis on travel or high level competition. The purpose of our recreational program is to provide an opportunity for the participants to have fun, learn the game, and to develop skills and a love for the game in a safe environment.

The RPB Strikers recreational program also serves as a developmental league for its players seeking to progress to the club's competitive program.

The RPB Strikers recreational program operates as an intra-club league which plays its games at the Katz Soccer Complex.

The club's recreational program policy requires that each player must play at least 50% of each game except for reasons of injury, illness, or discipline. This policy is closely monitored and strictly enforced.

The RPB Strikers Board of Directors closely monitors the conduct of its players, coaches, parents and volunteers. Any parties found to be in violation of the club's and/or FYSA's expected conduct will be sanctioned in accordance with a ZERO TOLERANCE policy.

 

Recreational Soccer Seasons

Fall Season (September - November)

Spring Season (Feb - May)

*Fall Season 2020 begins Aug. 31st and runs through Nov. 21st ( Make up games are usually played on Sunday afternoon)

Registration is now open and the deadline to register to ensure placement and to avoid a late fee is July 31st.

 

Recreational Program Fees

Early Registration: 

  • RPB Resident:  $110.00
  • Non-Resident:  $130.00

Regular Registration: 

  • RPB Resident:  $130.00
  • Non-Resident:  $150.00

Late Registration:

  • RPB Resident:  $150.00
  • Non-Resident:  $170.00

 

Teams

Players are evaluated and then assigned to a team using a system of rostering players to establish a fair or balanced distribution of playing talent among all teams participating.  Players will be assigned in a random manner within their appropriate age group - as opposed to “competitive soccer” where the players are selected to be on a team through some sort of tryout or selection process. The use of tryouts, invitations, recruiting or any similar process to roster players to any team on the basis of talent or ability is prohibited.  Teams will be gender specific or co-ed.

 

Coaching Staff

Recreational coaches are wonderful volunteers who receive guidance and materials from our Director of Coaching.  Each team coach will choose their teams practice nights and times based on field availability.  All teams will normally have 2 practices per week; Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs.  The team coach will receive their roster roughly one week prior to the first practice session and will contact all of the team's players to set up the practices.

 

Recreational Program Uniforms

New uniforms are ordered and purchased after regular registration.  They are distributed to the players during the week of the first game.  Uniforms ordered after regular registration are not guaranteed to arrive prior to first game.

 

Practice and Game Locations

  • Katz Soccer Complex (Preservation Park

 

Recreational Program Age Groups (2020-2021)

  • U6: born in 2015 and 2016
  • U8: born in 2013 and 2014
  • U10: born in 2011 and 2012
  • U12: born in 2009 and 2010
  • U14: born in 2007 and 2008
  • U16/U19: born in 2005 thru 2002

 

Ball Sizes

  • U6-U8 is a size 3 soccer ball
  • U9-U12 is a size 4 soccer ball
  • U13-U19 is a size 5 soccer ball

 

Refund Policy

Due to costs and fees incurred by RPB Soccer at the time of registration (uniforms, State registration, insurance, administrative, Village fees, etc), NO REFUNDS OR CREDITS will be issued after rosters are created.

 

Recreational Rules and Formats (Rules of Competiton)

  • 9-10 game season
  • Saturday games
  • Some Sunday make-up games

U6 Rules

  • 4v4 (no GK)
  • Size 3 ball
  • 3x5 feet goals
  • 2×16 min halves with waterbreak
  • No standing inside of goal arc
  • No heading
  • No punting
  • Central Referee
  • Coaches on the field
  • Scores not recorded

U8 Rules

  • 6v6 (5 plus a GK)
  • Size 3 ball
  • 4x6 feet goals
  • 2×20 min halves
  • No direct kicks or PKs
  • No heading
  • No punting
  • No offisides (unless "cherry picking" or goal hanging")
  • Build out line in effect
  • Central referee
  • Coaches no longer on field 
  • Coaches and parents may not stand behind goal
  • Scores only recorded by referee
  • Emphasis remains on development
  • 8 goal differential ‘mercy rule’

U10 Rules

  • 7v7 (6 plus a GK)
  • Size 4 ball
  • 6x18 feet goals
  • 2×25 min halves
  • No heading
  • No punting
  • Build out line in effect
  • No player to exceed 1 half as GK
  • Central referee w/ 2 Assistant referees 
  • Coaches and parents may not stand behind goal
  • Scores recorded by referee and club
  • Emphasis remains on development
  • 8 goal differential ‘mercy rule’
  • Offside Rule in effect - From the build-out line (Not the half-way line)
  • FIFA laws in effect

U12 Rules

  • 9v9 (8 plus a GK)
  • Size 4 ball
  • 7x21 feet goals
  • 2×30 min halves
  • No heading
  • Punting is permitted
  • One player can exceed 1 half as GK
  • Central referee w/ 2 Assistant Referees
  • Coaches and parents may not stand behind goal
  • Scores recorded by referee and club
  • Emphasis remains on development
  • 8 goal differential ‘mercy rule’
  • Offside Rule in effect
  • FIFA laws in effect

U14 Rules

  • 11v11 (10 plus a GK)
  • Size 5 ball
  • 8x24 feet goals
  • 2×35 min halves
  • Heading is permitted
  • Punting is permitted
  • Central referee w/ 2 Assistant Referees
  • Coaches and parents may not stand behind goal
  • Scores recorded by referee and club
  • Emphasis remains on development
  • 8 goal differential ‘mercy rule’
  • Offside Rule in effect
  • FIFA laws in effect

U16-U19 Rules

  • 11v11 (10 plus a GK)
  • Size 5 ball
  • 8x24 feet goals
  • 2×40 min halves
  • Heading is permitted
  • Punting is permitted
  • Central referee w/ 2 Assistant Referees
  • Coaches and parents may not stand behind goal
  • Scores recorded by referee and club
  • Emphasis remains on development
  • 8 goal differential ‘mercy rule’
  • Offside Rule in effect
  • FIFA laws in effect

 

Behavior Expectations

Coaches

  • Set a good example for your players and team
  • Represent yourself, your players and RPB Soccer
  • Provide each player with a positive experience, safe environment and at least 50% play time
  • Teach the players

Parents

  • Focus on the experience rather than the result and performance
  • Positive and encouraging
  • No coaching from sidelines

Players

  • Have fun
  • Respect teammates, coaches, referees and opponents
  • Be coachable

 

***Zero tolerance of abuse of players, parents, coaches or referees

Referees are typically juniors who are training prior to taking charge of competitive games. They are learning the role and need our help!