REC FAQ- Baltimore
Do you need prior experience to sign up for recreational soccer?
No skill level requirement at any age, i.e. we will have children of all levels participating on each team in our Recreational program. We have developed a system that provides both a fun and productive environment for players at all levels.
When is registration?
Registration for the fall season begins May 1st. We offer an early bird discount for players that register by May 31st. Regular registration ends July 15th. Beginning July 16th a late fee of $25 applies.
Registration for the spring season begins November 1st. We offer an early bird discount for players that register by November 30th. Regular registration ends January 15th for the spring season. Beginning January 16th a late fee of $25 applies.
When will someone contact us after registration?
Coaches will begin contacting their teams immediately following the Recreational Coaches Meetings. The Coaches Meeting dates will be posted on the Rec Seasonal Info Page under Calendar of Events. If you have not heard from a coach before your team practice starts, please contact your Recreational Age Group Coordinator (AGC). The AGC list can be found on our website at the following link: UFA Age Group Coordinators
When does the season start?
The first game of the fall season is the weekend after Labor Day, and the first game of the spring season is the first week of March.
When do the teams start practicing?
Practices begin late-August/early-September for the fall season and mid-February for the spring season.
What age group will my player participate in?
Our registration system will automatically place your child in their appropriate age group based on the Georgia Soccer Age Group Chart. The “U” associated with an age group stands for “under."
Can I make a Special Request for team placement?
Although we try to honor player requests received before July 15 for the fall season and January 15 for the spring season, we also strive for parity among the teams to maximize the enjoyment for all players involved. Please note, all Special Requests will be considered, but are not guaranteed.
Can my player play up an age group?
Generally, players will play in their own age group, but occasionally players will want to play up an age group. Any player wishing to play up to the next age group must first be assessed and approved by the Recreational Director by the assessment date at the latest. If approved, the Recreational Director will then go into the registration database and move the player to the division they will be playing up to.
Can my player play down an age group?
No, we are governed by Georgia Soccer and they will not allow any players to play down, regardless of size, skill or handicaps. Even if a doctor’s excuse is received requesting that the player play down an age group, we still would not be able to grant that request.
What are assessments and why are they necessary?
Unfortunately, when coaches, players and/or parents begin choosing whole teams, the teams can become unbalanced, which isn't much fun and defeats the purpose of our Recreational Program. This is the reason we hold assessments prior to each season. Assessments are not tryouts. We make every attempt to form balanced teams to ensure every team is able to compete, however in order to accomplish this objective it is imperative that all players (returning and new) attend assessments. The assessment process aids us in identifying each registrant's play level so that we will have accurate information during team formation. This information is particularly important in helping us grant special requests. Also, we do not break up existing teams, but use the information identified in the assessments to fill any open spots on teams with the appropriate level player to help balance the teams.
What happens if my player doesn't attend assessments?
If for any reason you are unable to attend the assessments on the official Assessment Day, please contact Jeff Salas @ email@example.com to arrange for an early assessment. If your child isn't seen early or does not attend assessments on the official Assessment Day, it could negatively affect their assignment to a team or the assignment of players to their team. If we do not assess your child, we are left to guess at their ability and can only assume they are an "A" player, which again could negatively affect the team assignment.
Are the teams coed?
Teams are coed for the U5 and U6 divisions. Beginning with U7 and up, the teams are gender specific. The only time that UFA will put together a coed team is if there are not enough participants in a specific age group, which happens occasionally in the U19 age group, but if the boys and girls do need to be placed together to form a team, all parents will be notified first and given the option to remove their player from the program.
What is the registration fee?
Recreational League: U7 U8, U9, U10, U11, and U12 $25
What is included in the registration fee?
Uniform for one seasonal year, referee fees, participation commemorative item (not a trophy), coaching education, league administration, at least (8) games for U7 -U12 age groups, and central professional training.
What equipment will my player need?
Each player should have:
- Shin guards
- Turf Shoes - Please note there is a mandatory TURF SHOE POLICY for all practices. The turf shoes can be worn during games, however we recommend each player wear soccer cleats.
- Age appropriate soccer ball - U5, U6, U7 and U8 divisions use a size 3 soccer ball. U10 & U12 use a size 4 soccer ball. U14, U16 and U19 use a size 5 soccer ball.
- Water and/or sports drink.
- Sunscreen is recommended for warm months.
What are turf shoes versus soccer cleats?
Soccer cleats generally have about 9 or so large studs for traction. Turf shoes generally have 20 – 30 (or more) tiny rubber nubs for traction. Turf shoes are intended for hard ground but are much easier on grass fields than cleats.
What is the uniform process?
Our recreational uniforms are intended to be used for one seasonal year. Our seasonal year runs from fall to spring and each player receives one uniform per seasonal year, i.e. - If you participated in the fall season, you will not receive a new uniform for the spring season. Prior to the fall season each year, the recreational uniforms will be evaluated and the vendor and/or style will change. Once the uniform is chosen, we will make a one year commitment to that particular uniform. Due to the rapid growth of our club as well as time constraints, we will not be offering exact sizing. Each team will receive the manufacturer’s recommended sizes for their age group.
How do I get my uniform?
The uniforms are given to the coach and/or team manager prior to the first game and will be distributed at practice. We recommend the coach and/or team manager line up the children and distribute the uniforms according to size, smallest to largest or vice versa.
What is included in the recreational uniform package?
The U5 & Up uniform includes a jersey, short and socks.
Who will coach my player’s team?
Recreational coaches are parents that volunteer to coach a team, however we provide a professional trainer who works with each age group once a week during practice. Each season volunteer parent coaches are in great demand. Our intent is to provide as many players as possible the opportunity to play, therefore every season UFA has to search for additional people to coach because there are never enough coaches to cover all of the teams. Prior coaching and/or soccer experience is not required...all you need to be able to coach is some organizational skills and a willingness to help. We encourage our coaches to attend the coaching courses offered by Georgia Soccer. Please click on the link below to view course:
Where will my player practice?
Practices will be held at Patterson Park. Teams will have all their practices at the park of their team’s practice park preference. The practice park assignment and team assignment is based on the practice park preference selected during your registration.
What day and/or time will my player’s team practice?
The practice schedule by field can be found on the Recreational Seasonal Info page. To view, please click here: UFA Rec Seasonal Info page. This schedule may be modified as deemed necessary according to field availability and needs by the club.
Where will the soccer games be played?
U7 – U12 game locations will depend on the age group and location your team practices at. The park and field availability are assessed prior to each season and a decision on game location for the teams in each age group and park will be determined. Once determined, the information will be posted on the UFA Rec Seasonal Info page.
When will the soccer games be played?
Most games are on Saturdays. Saturday games start at 9:00 am and can be played as late as 6:30 pm. Teams may have some games on Sundays with all Sunday games starting at 1:00 pm or later when scheduled at UFA.
When will the game schedule be available?
The full season game schedule should be available 1 – 2 weeks prior to the first game. The only exception may be the U14 and above divisions. Because we coordinate with neighboring clubs, the full game schedule may not be available until the week of the first game.
How many games will the teams have?
All teams are guaranteed to have 8 games during the season.
How do I check field status for games/practices?
UFA has a field status hotline (844) 468-6832 ext 701; however, the most expeditious way to learn of field closings will be to check our website. The field status is on our home page. The website is updated daily by 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. on game days.
What if I need a refund?
UFA has a no refund policy with the following being the ONLY exceptions: the player becomes injured to the point that they are unable to participate for the remainder of the season and presents a doctor's note to the club. In which case, the refund will be prorated. The other exception is the season has begun and we are unable to place your child on a team.
What happens if my child is placed on the Waiting List?
The number of teams in each age group is determined by the number of registrants in said age group. A waiting list occurs when we have enough registrants to fill the roster for each team in the age group. Upon registration, if a player is placed on the waiting list, every attempt is made to place that player by forming new teams if at all possible. The more players we have on the waiting list, the easier it is to form new teams. If upon registration you see that your player will be placed on the waiting list, we encourage you to please proceed with your registration.
Does UFA offer financial assistance?
Scholarship applications are available. All scholarships are confidential and require all proper paperwork to accompany the application before being considered. Further information on scholarships can be found on our website at the following link: UFA Scholarships Page. The scholarship application can be found in your account under Available Programs once you've created a family account in our registration system.