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2019-2020 GUSA RECREATIONAL SOCCER

PROGRAMS UPDATE: 

  • Players registering for the U14 age group will be placed on a wait list until there are enough players registered to form a team. No payment is required until the team is formed. This will help avoid the situation where GUSA has to issue refunds when there are not enough players for a U14 team. We will try our best to determine the team(s) status in time to allow registration for another organization in the event there is not a GUSA team.
  • Effective July, 2017 there is a change in U6 (birth year of 2014) and U8 programs offered by GUSA and the Goochland YMCA. 
    The U6 Youth Soccer program is offered exclusively by the Goochland YMCA.  The U8 Youth Soccer program is being offered exclusively by GUSA..



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.
  • GUSA offers an early bird registration fee of $70 per player. 
  • After early bird registration ends, the regular registration fee is $80 per player.  There is also a $3.50 processing fee added to each order.  A family discount may apply to orders with multiple players. 
  • 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:

  • Beginning Fall 2019, according to US Youth Soccer, the birth years for youth soccer organizations are grouped as follows:

 
         Age Group  /  Birth Year(s)
         U6  (YMCA)   /  2014
         U8     /  2012, 2013
         U10   /  2010, 2011
         U12   /  2008, 2009
         U14   /  2006, 2007


 
UNIFORMS:

  • Players in U10, U12, & U14 (Upper Division) are responsible for ordering their own uniforms and uniform costs are not included in the registration fee.
  • Players in U10, U12, & U14 (Upper Division) are required to have a white GUSA jersey, a red GUSA jersey, black shorts, and black soccer socks.
  • Players in U10, U12, & 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. Use coupon code GUSA to receive $5 shipping. Uniform orders take 2 to 4 weeks to process.
  • 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 soccer ball, 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. U8 players will receive a ball as pat of their registration fee.
  • U10 and U12 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, if any, that you want your child to play for. Although we cannot guarantee that your child will be placed with that coach, we will do our best to do so.
  • You may also indicate practice night preferences.  Please be aware practice schedules are set by coaches and may be limited by field availability. If your child has a conflict with the team practice schedule, the coach will attempt to facilitate a team change or other accommodation.

 

SCHEDULE:

  • Spring games for U10, U12 and U14 Upper Division teams begin approximately mid-March and continue mid-to-late May.
  • Fall games for U10, U12 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 U10, U12 and U14 Upper Division teams are held twice per week for 1.5 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.

 

  • 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 2019 season include Referee Coordinator, Team Coordinator, Treasurer, 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 are required to submit information and clear a background check.

 


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.