Recreational Soccer Registration & FAQ

 

Seekonk Youth Soccer's Fall Recreational Program is open to children of Seekonk residents from kindergarten age through middle school. The program is designed to teach youngsters the fundamentals of the game, develop good sportsmanship skills, and compete in a fun and friendly environment without the competitive or travel element associated with our Black Goose program. All activities are held at the Cole Street Athletic fields. Games are played on Saturday mornings ranging from 8am - 12pm and usually run approximately one hour. Practices will be held at the coaches discretion in coordination with the league and town.

Register for Recreational League: https://system.gotsport.com/programs/9S2768022

Register for Black Goose tryouts: https://system.gotsport.com/programs/68272T861

Seekonk Youth Soccer's Black Goose Program is a competitive travel program where Seekonk teams compete against other town teams from Rhode Island, Southeastern Mass and Stonington Connecticut. SYS affiliation with The Superliga provides for this great opportunity. The fall season starts in September and runs through the beginning of November. There are typically an even number of home and away games that players, coaches and families should commit to attending.

This program is open to all children provided there is space and a team for their age group. Teams are built on a first come, first serve basis until the roster requirements are met. Once a team's roster is full, players will be wait-listed and potentially released until numbers are great enough to field a second team. Try outs will be held and evaluated by a neutral third party if numbers are large enough to field more than one team. Players are never turned away for skill. Practices are held at the coaches' discretion in coordination with the league and town.
 

Register for Recreational League: https://system.gotsport.com/programs/9S2768022

Register for Black Goose tryouts: https://system.gotsport.com/programs/68272T861

The Black Goose Program focuses on player development with the goal of producing highly functioning teams. Players who have solid skills, greatly enjoy the game and are willing to put forth a high level of commitment to improve on existing skills should join.

Applicable age groups range from U8 to U15, where players must be 7 years old prior to August 1st of the forthcoming season and in 2nd grade in order to participate. For the U8 thru U10 age groups, at the end of the season, each team has the opportunity to play in a Friendship Tournament regardless of where each team finished. For the U11 thru U19 age groups, teams who do well in their divisions have a chance to compete in playoffs.

An increased level of commitment to both practices and games in the local region, and 1-2 weekly practices are required for participation. Games are scheduled in conjunction with The Superliga. Practice times are designated by coaches and the league and are mandatory. Further, the league mandates that new players to the program complete at least one season of Seekonk Recreational Soccer (or show proof of a comparable program from another organization) prior to joining Seekonk Black Goose.

Information about The Superliga can be found at http://www.southcoastsoccer.org/

 

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS.


In order to bring this program to you year after year, we must have committed volunteers to run our teams and guide the program for the next generations of players and families. Without coaches and board volunteers, we cannot operate! This season is particularly critical as we will need more help than ever to help ensure that we are teaching and playing soccer in a way that is healthy, safe and responsible. If you would like to volunteer, please check the box during your child's registration process. If you are interested but your time is limited or your schedule doesn't allow for you to be present on-field each week, we will work with you to find a solution that works. Please consider helping out. The tasks and time commitment gets much smaller and more manageable when we have committed parents and guardians helping out. 

 

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GENERAL REC SOCCER FAQ's

Please bear in mind that any COVID-related mandates and regulations may supersede some of the following information. We will do our best to update our website on the latest information about COVID Soccer rules as they are issued to us by our governing bodies.

Where and when are the Fall Rec Program games played? 
Games are played on Saturday mornings at the Cole Street Fields near Martin Elementary School. Our rec season generally runs from September through early November. Players are expected to attend at least one, one-hour practice per week along with their game. Coaches should be informed in advance in the event of an absence.

How many games does each team play?
Each team normally plays 8 games, unless there are cancellations due to inclement weather. .

Where and when are Fall Rec practices?
Your child's coach will manage each practice session and will provide you the details on where and when your child's practices will be held. 

What equipment do I need to provide for my child?

  • Seekonk Youth Soccer uniforms are required for all players on all teams. Uniform sales are held online and a link to our store will be circulated once we are clear on the direction of the fall season. The price of a full kit is approximately $40. This includes a $20 reversible jersey, $12 shorts and $8 socks. 
  • All players must wear shin guards on the field at all times for safety reasons.
  • Soccer socks should be worn over the shin guards.
  • All players are required to have a soccer ball at all times for practices and games. Required ball sizes vary by age: Size 3 for U-5 to U-8, Size 4 for U-9 to U12 and Size 5 for U-13 and up.
  • Soccer cleats are recommended to ensure proper footing on the fields. Baseball and football cleats are not permitted for safety reasons.
  • NO Jewelry is permitted except for medical reasons - all earrings, bracelets and necklaces must be removed prior to practice and game play.
  • Please have your child bring water or a non-sugary sports drink. The fields can still be very hot to play on in the early part of the fall.

What is the SYS soccer uniform and how can I get one?
The SYS uniform is sold online from DMK Sports. When uniforms will become available closer to the season an email announcement will be made to all families registered, so they can purchase their uniform online and have it shipped directly to them.

How do I volunteer to coach / assistant coach?
When you are registering your child there is a box you can check that says I would like to coach or assistant coach. We will contact you mid August to confirm you have volunteered and advise you of placement. Once your commitment is confirmed, a simple routine background check is coordinated with our CORI director and the Mass Youth Soccer Association.

Can I request that my child be placed on a specific team? 
We receive many requests for placement on specific teams, but as our league has grown in size, it has become more difficult to manage with each new season. We try our best to accommodate most basic family requests, but we cannot guarantee approval in all cases - particularly those that impact other aspects of the program and/or are in violation of certain MYSA guidelines.

How are the teams built? 
We work very hard to ensure fair match-ups among our teams in every division. Our most basic guideline is to make sure that each age group's team is comprised of a consistent mix of first and second year players, as well as competitive travel and recreational players (for U8 and above).

How can I help? 
We're always looking for help! We currently have two vacant board positions we are looking to fill; ask an existing SYS board member for more details if you would like to volunteer. How else can you help? It makes a huge difference in our program when parents and coaches arrive to games on time and simply maintain a positive and encouraging environment during practices and games. Help us keep the fields tidy by making sure your child(ren) throw away any snacks and take their water bottles with them as they leave.

On most Friday evenings, board volunteers are moving goals, setting up benches and re-painting field lines. We're always looking for an extra set of hands if you have the time!

Click here to register now.