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GGFSC Recreational Program Info


GREATER GRAND FORKS RECREATIONAL SOCCER



Welcome to the Greater Grand Forks Soccer Club (GGFSC) Recreational Soccer program (formerly known as Sunflake). This program is for boys and girls in preschool through 6th grade and takes place in both the spring and fall. Games are at Bringewatt and Scheels Parks and practices take place at various parks throughout the city. Hundreds of athletes take advantage of this fast-paced, fun activity and many go on to join our competitive and winter indoor programs. The rec program goals are to have fun and promote good sportsmanship, fair play, and love for the game. As such, we do not emphasize the results of the game, but prioritize development of skills and abilities. 

Fall 2019 marks the first session in which GGFSC takes full control of the recreational program for all age groups. We are very excited to have all the rec players under our roof and to make this a smooth a transition as possible, we are keeping most of the programming for this season in line with what you are familiar with from the former Sunflake program.

There are, however, a few changes, the following being the most apparent:

 

Rec Program Details

Program timeline

  • Please register by August 24th
  • Late Registrations (after August 24th) will incur a $10 late charge. Late registrations will be handled on a case-by-case basis depending on available space in age group - players registered late will be placed on teams that need players until all rosters are full.
  • Coach Clinic: Tuesday August 27th and Thursday August 29th @ Bringewatt Park. 6-8PM. Free. Register for the clinic here. Please register for the clinic by Sunday, August 17th. 
  • Rosters Announced: Weekend of August 31st. In order to provide a positive playing environment, GGFSC reserves the right to balance teams as we deem necessary through placement or movement of players before or after the season begins. Change requests will not be honored.
  • First Practice: 1st-6th graders begin practice on Tuesday, September 3rd (weather and field condition permitting). During the first week, all teams will practice at Bringewatt Park. Times and fields will be announced when teams are announced the week before the season begins. First practice for Preschool and K will be on Monday, September 9th. 
  • Other Practices: After the first week, each team will be assigned to a specific training time and location. Preschool and K will practice at Bringewatt at the times indicated in the table below. 1st-6th grade will practice at assigned parks and times. This is subject to change for weather considerations.
  • First Games: Saturday, September 14th (weather and field permitting)
  • Last Games: Saturday, October 12th

Age-specific programming table

Grade Division

Gender

Cost

USYS Age Rules

Roster size (target)

Players on field

Goal

keepers

Ball size

Referees

Planned Game Times

Game Length

 Game Park

Planned Practice time/park

Recommended

Practice length

Preschool

Coed

$40

U4

6-7

4v4

No

#3

Coaches

Saturday Mornings

2x 15 min halves,
5 min halftime

Bringewatt 

Mondays 5:30
@ Bringewatt

40 mins

Kinder

garten

Coed

$40

U6

6-7

4v4

No

#3

Coaches

Saturday Mornings

2x 20 min halves,
5 min halftime

Bringewatt 

Mondays 6:15
@Bringewatt

40 mins

1st-2nd grade

Split

$40

U8

9-11

6v6

No

#3

Coaches

Saturday mornings, Tuesday (girls)/

Thursday (boys)

2x 20 min halves,
5 min halftime

Bringewatt

Tuesday/Thursday 5:30
@ local parks 

50 mins

3rd-4th grade

Split

$60

U10

10-12

7v7

Yes, no punting

#4

Official refs, buildout line rules in effect

Saturday mornings, Tuesday (girls)/ Thursday (boys)

2x 25 min halves,
5 min halftime

Bringewatt 

Tuesday/Thursday 5:30
@ local parks

50 mins

5th-6th grade

Split

$60

U12

12-15

9v9

Yes

#4

Official refs, offside rules in effect

Saturday mornings, Tuesday (girls)/ Thursday (boys)

2x 25 min halves,
5 min halftime

Scheels 

Tuesday/Thursday 5:30
@ local parks

60 mins



To Register

  • Read through this entire information page first
  • Find your current gender and grade in the registrations at the bottom of the page, and fill out the online registration.
    • Park and school questions in the registration process help us form teams where numbers are uneven or there are multiple teams.
    • Payment can be made by credit card at the end of the registration process.
    • Players must have reached their 4th birthday prior to the beginning of the season to be eligible. The rec program uses standard school-age cutoff dates.
      • NOTE: If you do not see the proper grade-level registration link below, it is usually because your player falls outside of the standard age range for the division (we can fix this - notify us by email at [email protected]). It might also be because the registration period has ended.
  • Scholarship/hardship applications and instructions for submittal can be found by clicking this link

 


Required Player Equipment

  • Tennis Shoes (Soccer Shoes/Cleats are recommended - be sure that cleats are made specifically for soccer and are not of the baseball or football type, or you will be asked to remove them).
  • Shin Guards – MANDATORY for practices and games
  • Soccer Socks worn over shin guards – MANDATORY for practices and games
  • Soccer Ball – please bring to each practice as coaches have a few but not enough for every player (see sizes in table above)
  • GGFSC Rec Jersey - MANDATORY for games - Reversible GGFSC Rec jerseys are available at Scheels. Numbers are optional, and available for an additional charge.
    • Teams listed first on schedule pairings are HOME and will wear WHITE. Teams listed second are AWAY and will wear BLUE
    • Goalkeepers (3rd grade and up) must wear a shirt that is not the same color as any other player on the field. This can be a pinnie or sweater. Official goalkeeper gear other than this is not mandatory, but may be provided by players or coaches if they wish.
  • Water Bottle - every athlete must stay well hydrated
  • For safety, earrings or other piercings may not be worn.
    • If piercings can not be removed, the player may be asked to leave the field at the referees discretion. Soft earring-hole placeholders (available online or at Claire's) have been allowed by some referees, but this is allowed at the sole discretion of the referee.
  • Cold-weather gear - warm clothes are recommended on cool days with the following limitations (other limitations at referees discretion):
    • Jerseys must be always visible as a top layer during games.
    • Jackets, gloves, and hats may be worn, however strings and ball-ends must not be loose, so that you or other players aren't at risk of injury
    • Keep in mind how some clothes may be restrictive of soccer movement and play.
    • Mornings may start cold, but warm up rapidly (and vice-versa in the evening). Best advice: wear layers!

 


Rosters

  • Final team roster numbers will be based on total registration numbers.
  • We make every effort to form rosters based on geographic location, however it is not always possible to be placed on a team near your home.
  • Teams at locations that have enough players for more than one team will be balanced by experience and/or grade level. If final numbers are grossly uneven or facilities are not available, we may have to move some players to another nearby park.
  • We do allow you to make request for a teammate, however this is rec soccer and we want it to be a positive experience for everybody. It is much better for everybody when games are close and competition is fairly even,so for the older age groups, we will try to avoid stacking teams with competitive players or upper-graders and may place players as we see fit. If you don't make it onto a team with all your summer competitive teammates, classmates, or your favorite coach, think of it as an opportunity to make new friends and lead them on the field!
  • A lot of work and time goes into creating fun, fair, and balanced rosters as best we can. Change requests will not be honored, so please do not request to change teams.

 


Coaches

  • Teams will be coached by parent volunteers, which is standard practice for the vast majority of recreational programs throughout the country. We do our best to help develop volunteer coaches, including providing coaching resources, training seminars, and even certification. However, if your player is interested in receiving training from our certified staff coaches, we have many other programs available for them to develop their skills.
  • Each volunteer rec coach will receive a registration fee waiver for one GGFSC Recreational athlete per session. (Coach must attend at least 50% of games and practices combined, and complete background check and concussion modules to be eligible for this waiver - no more than two eligible coaches per team). The waiver will be in the form of a reimbursement check after the end of the season.
  • GGFSC is not responsible for finding your team's coach, so please consider stepping up!
  • All coaches (head and assistant) must complete a background check and a concussion training module through GotSoccer. Details on this process will be emailed as coaches are registered.
  • After the first week of practice (grace period), teams cannot take the practice or game field without a coach who has successfully completed the following:
    • Registered as a coach volunteer on the GGFSC website (during registration or later through the volunteer tab on your "My Account" page) 
    • Successfully completed the GotSoccer background check, SafeSport, and concussion modules (all paid for by the club). You should not have to take these again if you have completed them within the past two years. 

 


Coach Training

  • Our goal is to educate and empower our volunteer coaches and having all coaches under our roof allows us to develop a pathway for coaching development.
  • We strongly encourage all coaches to take a short, free Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module from US Soccer.
  • We are offering a free coaching clinic Tuesday August 27th and Thursday August 29th @ Bringewatt Park. 6-8PM.  Register for the clinic here. Please register for the clinic by Sunday, August 17th. 
  • The first week of practice will be held at Bringewatt Park so that all equipment can be distributed and to make sure all teams have enough players and have coaches. This is also more opportunity for our staff to help any coaches in need.
  • More coach training opportunities such as certification/licensure may be announced throughout the year.

 


Coach Equipment

  • Bags with several balls, pinnies, and cones will be distributed to coaches prior to the first practice. A date for this distribution will be announced via email prior to the beginning of the season.
  • We recommend that coaches provide their own additional own cones and balls, if desired.
  • For 3rd grade and up: Goalkeeper gear (sweater and gloves) is not mandatory, but if you choose to use them, they must be provided by coaches or players. A pinnie may serve to identify the goalkeeper, however it must not be the same color as either team on the field (blue, gold, and sometimes white or green). 

 


Rules of the game (GGFSC-Specific)

  • GGFSC follows US Youth Soccer modified rules for age groups as listed in the table above
  • Position play may be introduced at U8 (1st/2nd grade). If position play is used, all athletes should get a chance to rotate through all positions.
  • Athletes must play approximately equal playing time.
  • Deliberate play from the head (headers) is not allowed in any age level of GGFSC rec soccer. Deliberate headers should be called as a free, indirect kick for the opposing team
  • For 3rd/4th grade games, the US Soccer Build-Out Line rules will be in effect. To foster development of play out of the back field, punts and drop kicks are not allowed for 3rd/4th grade goalkeepers. Goalkeepers will serve the ball out by throwing or rolling.
  • Penalty kicks will not be awarded at any time for grades 4 and under (direct/indirect kicks may be awarded). Penalty kicks may be awarded as necessary for grades 5 and up.
  • Kick-in restarts may be used in lieu of throw-ins for preschool and kindergarten divisions. Out of bounds on the sideline (touchline) should restart on the sideline. Out of bounds on the goal line should be awarded a goal kick by the defending team (if the attacking team kicked it out), or a corner kick by the attacking team (if the defending team kicked it out)
  • If there are not enough players on one team to field the number of players for that division (see table), then the opposing coach should lend enough players to the team in need using pinnies or reversing the jersey, as appropriate. Players can be rotated in this manner, and can be sent back to their original team if more players show up. Alternatively, both coaches can agree to play up to one player short from the number of field players for that division, however a game cannot begin with more than two field players short on either side. If this is a recurring issue for a team, please contact GGFSC.

 


Weather-Related Cancellations

  • Most weather cancellations are due to poor field conditions or thunderstorms in the area, however you should always expect to play until notified otherwise.
  • The urge to ask us "are we playing/practicing today?" is strong, but we take a lot of factors into account - balancing safety, getting the games in, the shape of our fields, and your valuable time when considering our decision. Making the decision involves a lot of communication between staff members, often during rapidly changing conditions, so we ask that you refrain from sending us messages asking for status updates so we can focus on the task.
  • We will attempt to make cancellation announcements around 4 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. on Saturdays, if possible. However, changes may be made at any time, so please don't just drop the kids off and leave when the weather is marginal!
  • Weather updates will be announced on our Facebook page, Twitter, and Instagram - these are the best places for up-to-date info when weather is changing rapidly. If time permits, we will also announce by banner on our home page and/or email.
  • We do not provide refunds for weather cancellations, and cancelled games/practices will not be made up

 


Refunds

  • No refunds will be allowed, except in the case where a player is medically incapable of playing or if a family moves from the area prior to the first game. Under no circumstances will a refund be granted after the commencement of the first game.

 


QUESTIONS? We'd love to hear from you - feel free to contact us at [email protected]. We will attempt to respond to your questions ASAP.

GGFSC reserves the right to make changes to the above at any time for balance, safety, or other logistical reasons.

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