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2021-22 GUSA RECREATIONAL SOCCER

FALL 2021 PROGRAMS UPDATE: 

  • Upper division (U9/10/11/12/14) teams will play in one of the following leagues: Strikers rec league, Powhatan rec league, or Cross Assocation.  We do plan to have some home games at Leakes Mill for all teams. 
  • U8 teams will play other teams within GUSA

  • Planned schedule for U9/10/11/12/14 - Practice starts week of August 30, probable first league game September 11, probably last league game Oct. 30, tournament Nov 6-7. (Tournament may be optional and require an extra cost.)

  • Planned schedule for U8 - Practice starts the week of Sept. 13 with the first game Sept. 18, last game Nov, 6

  • We have changed to less expensive Adidas jerseys for uniforms. The jerseys should cost between $20 and $23 each through the uniform store. Uniforms from previous season may continue to be used. U8 registrants will still receive jerseys as part of their registration.

  • Refund policy for FALL 2021: If the season is canceled due to a COVID related shutdown before the first week of scheduled games, 100% of the registration fee minus the $6.99 in processing fees can be refunded.  If the season is canceled after the second week of scheduled games, 50% of the registration fee minus the $6.99 in processing fees can be refunded. If the season is canceled after the fourth week of scheduled games, no refunds can be given. There may be an option to receive credit toward a future season in lieu of a refund.

  • Please sign up for field closure notifications through the Goochland Parks and Rec Activnet system.

  • We are looking for 6 to 7 businesses to sponsor a field name/number sign this season. The cost is $100 and your business logo or name will appear on the sign with the field number.  The cost to sponsor a field is $100.

 

REGISTRATION: 

  • Register players online at http://www.gusasoccer.net/default.aspx. Go to the "Login" tab (top, right corner of the website).  
  • If you are new to GUSA, simply select "Register" to open an account and proceed to register a player.
  • $15 early registration discount through July 14. 
  • After early bird registration ends, the regular registration fee is $115 per player.  There is also $6.99 in processing fees added to each order. These fees cover our registration system and credit card processing fees. A family discount may apply to orders with multiple players. 
  • A $25 late fee will be applied if registering later than 3 weeks before the season starts. Late registration availability is not guaranteed.
  • Registration fees cover club expenses associated with referees, field maintenance, insurance and capital improvements.
  • Please check our website often for detail on Spring and Fall registrations.  

 
AGE GROUPS:

  • For Fall 2021 and Spring 2022, according to US Youth Soccer, the birth years for youth soccer organizations are grouped as follows:

 
         Age Group  /  Birth Year(s)
         U4-U6  (YMCA)   /  2016 and later
         U8     /  2014, 2015 (and 2016 with certain conditions)
         U9/10   /  2012, 2013
         U11/12   /  2010, 2011
         U14   /  2008 , 2009

 

  • We are allowing those with fall birthdays to register in the age group with their class as Strikers and Cross Association also follow these age groupings. Register according to your preference but understand that we may need to move players as teams are formed.
Age Group

Oldest

Youngest

 Special Notes
U9 8/1/2012 12/31/2013 Fall of 2012 birthdays may play in U9 or U10 
U10 8/1/2011 12/31/2012 Fall of 2011 birthdays may play in U10 or U11 
U11 8/1/2010 12/31/2011 Fall of 2010 birthdays may play in U11 or U12
U12 8/1/2009 12/31/2010 Fall of 2009 birthdays may play in U12 or U14 

U13/14

8/1/2007

12/31/2009

Fall of 2007 birthdays may play in U14 


 
UNIFORMS:

  • Players in U9/10, U11/12, & U14 (Upper Division) are responsible for ordering their own uniforms and uniform costs are not included in the registration fee.
  • Players in U9/10, U11/12, & U14 (Upper Division) are required to have a white GUSA jersey, a red GUSA jersey, black shorts, and black soccer socks.
  • Players in U9/10, U11/12, & U14 (Upper Division) uniforms may be ordered online during the Fall or Spring open registrations - check our homepage during open registration for a link to the online store. Uniform orders take 2 to 4 weeks to process.
  • Players ordering uniforms from Team Order may choose any number for their jerseys
  • If you have items that still fit from a previous season, you do not need to purchase new uniforms for an upcoming season.
  • Players in U8 Lower Division will receive a white GUSA jersey, and a red GUSA jersey, compliments of GUSA.
  • Players in U8 Lower Division are responsible for purchasing black shorts and black soccer socks.
  • All players are responsible for purchasing cleats and shin guards on their own - cleats and shin guards are required for all players in all divisions for safety reasons.
  • Look for Dick’s Sporting Goods Coupons on our homepage during open registration.

SOCCER BALL SIZING
  • U8 uses a size 3 soccer ball. GUSA is no longer including a ball as part of the U8 Lower Division registration. Players in U8 Lower Division have the option to purchase a size 3 soccer ball for $5 as part of their registration. All U8 players should bring a size 3 soccer ball to practice.
  • U9/10 and U11/12 use a size 4 soccer ball. U10 and U12 players should purchase their own ball and bring it to practice.
  • U14 uses a size 5 soccer ball. U14 players should purchase their own ball and bring it to practice.
  • Look for Dick’s Sporting Goods Coupons on our homepage during open registration.

 

 

COACH PREFERENCE:

  • When you register, please make sure you indicate which coach or teammate, if any, that you want your child to play for/with. Although we cannot guarantee that your child will be placed with that coach or teammate, we will do our best to do so.
  • You may also indicate practice night preferences however these are often difficult to accommodate.  Please be aware practice schedules are set by coaches and may be limited by field availability. We typically do not know practice nights prior to assigning teams. If your child has a conflict with the team practice schedule, the coach will attempt to facilitate a team change or other accommodation.

 

SCHEDULE:
Upper Division:

  • Spring games for U9/10, U11/12 and U14 Upper Division teams begin approximately mid-March and continue mid-to-late May.
  • Fall games for U9/10, U11/12 and U14 Upper Division teams begin September and continue to mid-November.
  • Games are scheduled on Saturdays.  Make-up games may be scheduled on Sundays or weeknights.
  • Practices for U9/10, U11/12 and U14 Upper Division teams are held twice per week for 1 to1.5 hrs. and start approximately 2 to 4 weeks prior to the first game. 
  • Practices are typically held either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday, 5:30-7:00 or 6:00-7:30 however, practice days and times are determined by the head coach.
  • Primary fields used for practices and games are located at Leakes Mill Park.
  • GUSA also participates in local, cross county recreational leagues so Upper Division game locations will vary.

U8:

  • Spring games for U8 Lower Division teams begin approximately mid-March and continue through May.
  • Fall games for U8 Lower Division teams begin approximately mid-September and continue through October.
  • U8 games are scheduled for Saturday mornings at Leakes Mill Park, usually 9:00 AM or 10:00 AM.
  • Make-up games may be scheduled for Saturday afternoons.
  • Practices for U8 teams are held at Leakes Mill Park one weekday evening and practice times will be determined by the head coach.
  • U8 teams practice once a week for 45 minutes to one hour.  U8 practice starts the week of the first game. 

 
SCHOLARSHIPS:

  • Scholarships are available for full or partial registration cost and/or jerseys. Players will still need to purchase cleats, shin guards, black shorts, black socks, and a soccer ball.  If this presents a hardship, please include this in the scholarship application as we may be able to provide those as well
  • To apply, email [email protected] with the name and age of the child, the reason for requesting a scholarship, and what you are requesting (full, partial, and/or jerseys).


YMCA PARTNERSHIP:

  • GUSA and the YMCA partner to offer Lower Division level programs in Goochland Co. 
  • For  U4, U5, or U6 youth soccer, register with the YMCA
  • For U8 youth soccer, register with GUSA at http://www.gusasoccer.net/default.aspx

 

 
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:

  • If you are interested in coaching or serving on the GUSA Board, please indicate your volunteer interest during registration or contact us at any time.
  • GUSA relies 100 percent on volunteers who serve as Board members, Coaches, Student Referees and Team Parents.
  • Positions to fill beginning the Fall 2021 season include Web Administrator, Treasurer, Team Coordinator, and Board Member(s)-at large.
  • There is an ongoing need for Coach and Assistant Coach roles.  Coaches are provided training material and no soccer experience is needed to get started.
  • All GUSA coaches and board members are required to submit information and clear a background check and complete Safe Sport training.
  • There are also non-board/non-coach volunteer roles.  Please sign up for these by answering the non-board/non-coach volunteer questions that are part of the player registration.

 


INFORMATION:

  • Follow GUSA on Facebook and Twitter for updates on open registration, league events, volunteer opportunities and general announcements.
  • Details on team practices and game schedules will be emailed by your Coach.  Please ensure your email address is correct each time you register with GUSA.