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Travel: SOCA-Elite (Under 13 - Under 18/19)
Director of Coaching:  Dan Ensley

Travel Program proudly sponsored by nTelos Wireless

Cost:  U13-U14 2 payments ($665 due 6/9/14 & $525 due 10/1/14)
           U15-U18   $1055 due 6/9/14

***There are no fees to tryout for the program, all fees are due after teams are selected***

Mission: provide advanced player development in the most competitive training and game environments, with the highest level of available coaching, to prepare players for high-level play beyond youth soccer.

  • SOCA's highest level of competitive play.  Boys and girls teams formed at every age group from U13 through U18/19.
  • Selection through tryout process only. Players must tryout each year.  Tryouts are open to all age appropriate players within SOCA as well as players from surrounding areas. 
  • Elite Teams play in the Club Champions League and the Atlantic Soccer League.  CCL matches are played on Sundays with occasional make-up or travel dictated Saturday match-days.  ASL matches are played at league sanctioned tournaments and college showcases.  U15 and older age groups will feature ASL games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at these events.  U13 and U14 age groups will play tournament games on Saturday and Sunday only.
  • Elite schedules include 15-game CCL league play, Virginia State Cup Competition (State Cup games typically occur on Saturdays), and Tournament/College Showcase play (U15-18/19 will play a minimum of 3 fall events with at least 1 spring showcase event, U13 & U14's will play 2 fall tournaments and 2 spring tournaments). Specific teams may receive invitation to participate in additional events. Players are required to attend all matches and events.
  • Three training sessions per week. Players are required to attend all sessions.  U13 and U14 players will participate in Advanced Technical Development Program on Wednesdays as 3rd training session.
  • Teams are selected in the late spring (June), begin training in late summer (first week of August). Players commit to participate for the entire year.  There are no refunds after the registration deadline in June.  Players must commit to participating for the full year by this time.  Exceptions are only made for medical reasons or family relocation. 
  • SOCA's U15-U18 season DOES NOT interfere or discourage players from playing high school soccer.  We simply ask that these players attend spring college showcase events which are vital for the college recruiting process.
  • Emphasis of Elite training is on technical, tactical, physical and psychological development.  Elite teams are designed to be preparation for the next level of soccer.

Questions about Elite?  Email: Dan.Ensley@SOCAspot.org

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Travel: SOCA-Charlottesville: Premier and Classic (Under 11 - Under 18/19)
Coordinator:  Jason Fargo

Travel Program proudly sponsored by nTelos Wireless

Cost:  U11 & U12 Apprentice/CCL Teams - 2 payments ($665 due 6/9/14 & $525 due 10/1/14)
           U11-U14 Premier/Classic Teams - 2 payments ($590 due 6/9/14 & $475 due 10/1/14)
            U15-U18  Premier/Classic Teams - $590 due 6/9/14

***There are no fees to tryout for the program, all fees are due after teams are selected***

Mission: provide a training and game developmental setting preparing players for advancement to SOCA-Elite Travel program.

  • Player development takes place through elevated commitment and competition.
  • U11-U18/19 age groups, boys and girls teams, number of teams may vary per age group where player ability and coaching resources dictate.
  • Selection through tryout process only. All players must tryout for top level of travel age group.  Team creation and player placement based upon ability.
  • Teams formed at the discretion of the SOCA Coaching Director.
  • Teams play in the Skyline Club Soccer League. Note: SOCA-Charlottesville will feature U11 and U12 Apprentice teams that will participate in the Club Champions League. 
  • League play of 9-10 matches per season. Two tournaments per season
  • Training twice per week, plus highly recommend (but optional) Wednesday technical sessions for U11-U14.
  • Players commit to participate for the entire year at U11-U14. Fall only for U15-U18/19.
  • U15-U18/19; Emphasis on the technical, tactical, physical and psychological components of the game and preparing players for possible collegiate opportunities but more importantly, preparing for a successful high school season.
  • U11-U14; Heavy emphasis on the technical development (skills/fundamentals) of each player.
  • Premier teams represent the highest level of travel competition within Skyline Soccer League, Classic teams will compete in a more localized division of the Skyline Soccer League when possible.  

Questions about SOCA-Charlottesville travel teams? 
Email:  Jason.Fargo@SOCAspot.org 

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Travel: SOCA-Augusta: Premier and Classic (Under 11 - Under 18/19)

cost: U11-U12 Premier Teams - 2 payments ($300 due 6/9/14 and $300 due 10/1/14)
         U13-U14 Premier Teams - 2 payments ($325 due 6/9/14 and $325 due 10/1/14)
         U15-U18/19 Premeir Teams - $375 due 6/9/14

         U11-U14 Classic Teams - 2 payments ($280 due 6/9/14 and $280 due 10/1/14)
         U15-U18/19 Classic Teams - $300 due 6/9/14

($100 per uniform set if new to program)

Mission: provide a training and game developmental setting preparing players for advancement to SOCA-Elite Travel program.

  • Player development takes place through elevated commitment and competition.
  • U11-U18/19 age groups, boys and girls teams, number of teams may vary per age group where player ability and coaching resources dictate.
  • Selection through tryout process only. All players must tryout for top level of travel age group.  Team creation and player placement based upon ability.
  • Teams formed at the discretion of the SOCA Director of Coaching.
  • Teams play in the Skyline Club Soccer League.  
  • League play of 9-10 matches per season. One tournament per season
  • Training twice per week.
  • Players commit to participate for the entire year at U11-U14. Fall only for U15 -U19/18.
  • U15-U18/19; Emphasis on the technical, tactical, physical and psychological components of the game and preparing players for possible collegiate opportunities but more importantly, preparing for a successful high school season.
  • U14-U11; Heavy emphasis on the technical development (skills/fundamentals) of each player.
  • Premier teams represent the highest level of travel competition within Skyline Soccer League, Classic teams will compete in a more localized division of the Skyline Soccer League whenever possible.  

Questions about SOCA-Augusta travel teams? 
Email:  Dan.Ensley@SOCAspot.org 

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Challenge: (Advanced Recreational) Under 10, 12 & 14
SOCA-Charlottesville Coordinator:  Andy Wilson

***Currently Available Only in Charlottesville/Albemarle Area***
Mission: provide a safe, enjoyable soccer experience with a primary focus on player development.

General Description:
The Challenge Program is an advanced recreation program, composed of players selected through a tryout process.  Teams are formed with two primary criteria:  1) balancing talent across all teams in an age group, and 2) basing the teams generally geographically within the Charlottesville-Albemarle area.   Challenge participation requires a substantial commitment from both the player and family.  The program also requires high standards of behavior by all participants.

Program Specifics:
•    The Challenge program is intended for those players seeking a more competitive environment than Recreational soccer and increased player development opportunity. Players train with and play against like-minded players, within the confines of Charlottesville-Albemarle.
•    Participation is through a tryout selection only. Players are selected to a pool and placed on teams considering their residence location, school attended, and ability. No special requests are considered, no exceptions.
•    Teams are offered at U14, U12, and U10; boys and girls divisions.
•    A league is formed with a minimum of four teams at each age group.
•    League play of 10 games in each of the fall and spring seasons.  All matches are   local but may require county-wide travel.
•    Training twice per week. Some travel should be expected.
•    Participation in one, outdoor, travel (out-of-town) tournament per soccer year is included.  Typically the tournament takes place on the Memorial Day weekend, or another early-June weekend.
•    Players commit for a full year. Full participation in team events is expected.  Coaches have discretion to manage team attendance for the benefit of all team members.

Tryouts:
•    Participation in Challenge is through a tryout selection, only.  There are three tryout opportunities during the course of the soccer year.
•    The Primary Annual Tryouts take place in May of each year.  Players are selected and placed on teams for the coming fall and spring seasons.  At this time all roster positions are open and all teams are being formed anew for the coming year.  All     interested candidates are welcome.  Typically, a single roster spot is left open on each team, to be filled at the Late Tryout.
•    The Late Tryout is conducted in August of each year.  The 2014 Late Tryout is scheduled for August 9, 11:00 am at South Fork Soccer Park. At this tryout, all open roster spots are filled prior to the start of the fall season.  The Late Tryout is open to all interested candidates.
•    The Mid-year Infill Tryout is conducted in February of each year. The 2015 Mid-Year Infill Tryout is scheduled for February 14, 12:00 pm, at South Fork Soccer Park.  The purpose of this tryout is to fill any vacancies which may occur prior to the start of the spring season.  Spaces are typically very limited.  The tryout is open to all interested candidates. 

Annual Calendar:
•    Fall practices begin in the third week of August.  2014: week of August 18.
•    Fall matches are scheduled to begin the first Saturday after Labor Day.  2014: Sept. 6
•    Fall matches conclude in early November.  2014: Nov. 8.
•    A rain-out make-up week is scheduled the week following the proposed last game.  2014: Nov. 15.
•    Spring practices begin in third week of February.  2014: February 17.
•    Spring matches are scheduled to begin in early March. 2014: March 8.
•    Spring matches conclude in late May.  2014: May 10.
•    A rain-out make-up week is scheduled for the next available week following the proposed last game.  2014: May 17.


Registration and Fees:  There are no refunds of Challenge registration fees after the registration deadline, a player's registration is a commitment to participating in two seasons of play.  As a convenience to our families, SOCA offers two payments for the Challenge program.  Players are selected for the full-year and register individually for the Fall and Spring seasons.  Challenge participants are welcome to make both payments at the time of the Fall registration.  Once registration has been completed for each season, all players are expected to reasonably participate in all Challenge program activities.  There are no refunds after the registration deadline.  Payments can be made on-line via MySOCA accounts, or at the SOCA office if required.

  • Fall Fees and Deadline: $246 due no later than June 9, after tryout selection announcements have been made.
  • Spring Fees and Deadline: $201 due no later than January 28, 2014.
  • Fees include: registration costs, Adidas uniform, coach background checks (VYSA mandated), coach education, SOCA staff management, tournament entrance fees, league fees, club overhead expenses, equipment, field maintenance, referee fees, VYSA state association fees and other operational costs.
  • Spring-only fee: $246, for players selected at the Mid-Year Infill Tryout (Feb. 14) participating in the spring season only.
Uniforms:  Uniform costs are included in your fees.  Your coach and/or team manager will distribute complete uniform sets, provided by SOCA, prior to the start of the fall season.  Uniforms include Adidas jersey, shorts and socks.  Players added at the late or infill tryouts will pick-up their uniform from the SOCA office.

U14 Players:  For U14 Challenge players who expect to participate in high school sports or activities; please contact your Challenge and school coaches to let them know of your plans and potential conflicts.  You may successfully participate in both Challenge and high school activities by coordinating with your coaches.


Jamboree Program:  SOCA operates a Jamboree program at the U10 boys and girls age groups.  The free program includes training with the SOCA staff coaches for eight Wednesday evening sessions in each of the fall and spring seasons. Additionally SOCA will arrange matches for the Jamboree teams against other clubs, typically one set of matches in each of the fall and spring seasons.  Players are invited into the program following the Primary Annual tryout.  Additional players may be invited into the program during the course of the fall season.  Players are specifically notified by SOCA if they are invited to participate in the program.  Jamboree players participate fully with their Challenge team, and supplement their Challenge play with the Jamboree activities.

Challenge All-Stars:  SOCA operates the Challenge All-star program at the U12 and U14 boys and girls age groups.  The free program includes training with the SOCA staff prior to a set of matches against SOCA Travel teams in the corresponding age groups.  There are typically three training sessions prior to the matches taking place in mid-April each year.  Selection to the All-stars is by the SOCA staff using evaluations provided by team coaches at the conclusion of the fall season.  The purpose of the Challenge All Star program is threefold.  Foremost, selection to the All Stars is recognition of player talents and attributes; it is a reward for hard work.  Second, competing against the Travel teams allows Challenge players the opportunity to play an exciting, challenging match while measuring themselves against similarly enthusiastic age group peers.  Third, the events allow the SOCA staff to further observe players in action.  We are always eager to know more about our players.

Selection to Challenge All Stars does not imply any future selection in SOCA’s various programs.  Participation is voluntary and participation is free.  However, players must be registered for the Spring Challenge season in order to be eligible for All-Star selection.
  All-star players participate fully with their Challenge team and supplement their Challenge play with the All-star activities.

Challenge Behavior Guidelines:
•    Fulfill your obligations to your team.  Participate as fully as possible in all team functions.
•    Be responsible. 
•    Be prepared for all training, matches, and tournaments.
•    Treat your coach and teammates with respect and dignity.
•    Treat your opponent, the opposing coaches, match officials and spectators with respect and dignity.
•    Do not interfere with coaching decisions.  Discuss issues with coaches at the appropriate time and in the appropriate manner.
•    Review and support the club’s Mission, Vision and  Values: 
    (https://www.socaspot.org/about_soca.php).
•    Abide by all team and club policies.


Questions about Challenge?  Email:  Andy.Wilson@SOCAspot.org

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Charlottesville - Recreational: (House Program) Under 18 – Under 8
SOCA-Charlottesville Coordinator:  Don Dolinger

Recreation Program proudly sponsored by Harris Teeter

SOCA-Charlottesville Recreational Program
Mission: provide a safe, enjoyable, educational, recreational soccer experience with an emphasis on enthusiastic participation, regardless of ability.


General Description: SOCA’s Recreation Program is a fun way to play and enjoy soccer.  The program is inclusive and not based on results.  Parents can register their players for a girls only division or in the boys division.  Girls can choose to join a team in the boys division if they would like. Teams are formed around schools and neighborhoods so that friends can play together.  Each team practices once a week at a nearby field.  The volunteer coach in coordination with SOCA selects the practice time and location.  Games are played at a variety of times and fields in Charlottesville and Albemarle County.  Games are sized age appropriately to promote active involvement and skill development. 


Program Specifics:
•    Available to all interested players.
•    Development occurs through participation.
•    No selection process. Players register and are assigned to teams based     upon residence location and school.
•    Teams offered at U8-U18
•    League play (9 games) with no standings or records.
•    Optional in-house tournaments for U10 and older teams.
•    Training once per week for 1 hour.
•    Players register and teams are formed twice a year, for fall and spring seasons.

Fall 2014 Calendar:

Fall 2014 Recreation On-line Registration is open now

•    The On Time Registration Deadline for the Recreation Season is July 29, 2014.
•    Team Assignment Notification will be posted on your Family account at www.SOCAspot.org on August 26, 2014.
•    The Coach, Practice Information and Game Schedule will be posted on your Family account at www.SOCAspot.org on August 26, 2014.
•    The first game of the Recreation Season is September 13, 2014.  Games are played at a variety of times and at a variety of fields in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. 
•    The final game of the Recreation Season is November 8, 2014.
•    If needed, we will use November 15, 2014 to make up the first full day cancellation of the Recreation Season.


Fall 2014 Registration, Fees & Refund Policy:

Registration payments can be made on-line via your family’s account, or at the SOCA office if required.
•    Fall On-Time Fees and Deadline: $100.00 due on or before July 29, 2014.
•    Fall Late Registration Fee: $115.00 for registrations received after July 29, 2014.  Late registrations will be placed on teams with space still available.  SOCA will notify late registrations of team placement by September 12, 2014 or earlier.  Fees are returned in full for unplaced late registrations.
•    Request for a refund and to withdraw from the Recreation program must be made through an e-mail or written notice prior to the first game of the season.  Refunds will be issued less a $20.00 processing fee.  Refunds will be sent in the form of a check and will take about 3 weeks to be processed.

Fall 2014/Spring 2014 Recreation Season Age Groups:
•    U8 = players born between 8/1/2006 through 7/31/2008
•    U10 = players born between 8/1/2004 through 7/31/2006 
•    U12 = players born between 8/1/2002 through 7/31/2004 
•    U14 = players born between 8/1/2000 through 7/31/2002 
•    U16/18 = players born between 8/1/1996 through 7/31/2000

Unique SOCA Recreational & Hot Shot Program Options:
•    Hot Shot aged players may play up into U8 only if they are born between 8/1/2008 through 7/31/2009. 
•    You can choose to play up your player one age group.  You may do so by clicking on “edit” located next to your player’s name in your Family’s account at www.SOCAspot.org and changing the "no" to "yes" on the question of playing up. 
•    Special Requests may be made to play for a particular coach or with a particular player (ONLY 1 REQUEST WILL BE CONSIDERED).  To make a special request, select the program. On the next page of the registration process labeled "Registration Details", click on the red "SPECIAL REQUEST” located UNDER YOUR PLAYERS NAME and a box for your request will appear.  All requests are considered and most met.  Unfortunately no special request can be guaranteed.

Uniforms: 
•    Recreational uniforms include a t-shirt and socks.  Players can wear any shorts or sweat pants they choose that are safe for themselves and their opponents.
•    Your coach will distribute complete uniform sets, provided by SOCA, prior to the start of the fall season. 
•    Late registered players will pick-up their uniform from the SOCA office.

What Your Player Will Need: 
•    All players must wear shin guards for all practices and games
•    Clothing appropriate for the weather and safety
•    Water for every game and practice
•    Safe footwear for playing soccer
(soccer cleats are not required but recommended)
•    Appropriate size soccer ball
     o    U8 use a size 3 soccer ball
     o    U10 & U12 use a size 4 soccer ball
     o    U14 & older use a size 5 soccer ball

What Your Player Cannot Wear and Participate:
•    No jewelry of any kind may be worn (this includes wristbands, watches and earrings as spelled out in the “Laws of the Game” from FIFA the soccer world governing body).  The taping of earrings is not allowed.

What Your Player Can Wear and Participate: 

•    Corrective glasses are allowed to be worn as long as the hinges are covered. 
•    The hinge covering for the corrective glasses can be of athletic tape or some other material which will prevent injury. 
•    Cast on hands or arms are permitted if in the opinion of the referee it is properly padded.
•    Mouth guards are not required but highly recommended for players with braces.

Recreation Coaches:
•    The Recreation League teams are led by volunteer Coaches.  These volunteer coaches are parents, area adults, UVA student and High School age volunteers. 
•    Please consider volunteering to be a coach of a SOCA recreation team.  The coach's role is to guide the players through a 1 hour practice per week and coordinate the match each week.  SOCA provides coach training and resources to help you succeed.

Recreational Player Behavior Guidelines:  
•    Be responsible. 
•    Be prepared for all practices and games.
•    Treat your coach and teammates with respect and dignity.
•    Treat your opponent, the opposing coaches, match officials and spectators with respect and dignity.
•    Do not interfere with coaching decisions.  Discuss issues with coaches at the appropriate time and in the appropriate manner.
•    Review and support the club’s Mission, Vision and Values:  (https://www.socaspot.org/about_soca.php). 
•    Abide by all team and club policies.

Recreational Parent Behavior Guidelines:
•    Always encouraged your child no matter of the result of their game and practices. 
•    Always stress the importance of respect for your child’s coach. 
•    Always stress being respectful to the referee of your child’s game.
•    Always be a positive role model. 
•    Always leave the coaching to the coach. 
•    Always avoid putting pressure on your child about their soccer skills and decisions.

Questions about Charlottesville Recreational Program?  Email:  Don.Dolinger@SOCAspot.org

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Augusta - Recreational: (House Program) Under 18 – Under 8
SOCA-Augusta Coordinator:  Mark Yurish

SOCA’s Recreation Program is a fun way to play and enjoy soccer.

Mission: The mission of the Recreational Program is to provide a safe, enjoyable, educational, recreational soccer experience with an emphasis on enthusiastic participation, regardless of ability.

General Description:   The program is inclusive and not based on results.  This program is for boys and girls.  Teams are formed around schools and neighborhoods so that friends can play together.  Each team conducts practices at a nearby field.  The volunteer coach in coordination with SOCA selects the practice time and location.  Games are played on Saturdays at a variety of times and fields in Augusta County, Staunton and Waynesboro.  Games are sized age appropriately to promote active involvement and skill development.

Program Specifics:
•    Available to all interested players.
•    Development occurs through participation.
•    No tryout process. Players register and are assigned to teams based upon residence location and school.
•    Teams offered at U8-U18
•    League play (9 games) with no standings or records.
•    Optional, additional in-house tournaments for U10 and older teams.
•    Under 8 teams train once a week.  U10 and older teams train twice per week.  Practices are 1 hour each.
•    Players register and teams are formed twice a year, for fall and spring seasons.

Age Group Formats:
•    U8 – 4v4 with no goalies.  Teams of 10-12 players split in half on game day each Saturday and play two side by side games vs. an opposing team on two adjacent fields.  Coaches facilitate the matches, serving as both coach and referee.
•    U10 – 6v6.  Goalies are utilized.  Referees are introduced.
•    U12 – 8v8
•    U14 & U18 – 8v8 to 11v11 depending on the number of players.  If enough players register we will play full sided 11v11 matches.  If numbers don’t allow 11v11 play we will utilize a smaller format such as 8v8.

Fall 2014 Calendar:
•    The On Time Registration Deadline for the Fall Recreation Season is July 29, 2014.
•    Team Assignment notification will be posted on your family SOCA account at www.SOCAspot.org on August 26, 2014.
•    The Coach, Practice Information and Game Schedule will be posted on your family account at www.SOCAspot.org on August 26, 2014.
•    The first game of the Fall Recreation Season is September 13, 2014.  Games are played at a variety of times and at a variety of fields in Augusta County, Staunton and Waynesboro.
•    The final game of the Fall Recreation Season is November 8, 2014.
•    If needed, we will use November 15, 2014 to make up the first full day cancellation of the Recreation Season.

Registration, Fees & Refund Policy: Registration payments can be made on-line via your family’s own SOCA account, or at the SOCA office if required.  (SOCA-Augusta office opening Summer 2014)
•    Fall On-Time Fees and Deadline: U8 and U10 age groups - $75.00.  U12 and older age groups - $80.00.  Fees due on or before July 29, 2014.
•    Fall Late Registration Fee: $15.00 late fee for registrations received after July 29, 2014.  Late registrations will be placed on teams with space still available.  SOCA will notify late registrations of team placement by September 12, 2014 or earlier.  Fees are returned in full for unplaced late registrations.
•    Request for a refund and to withdraw from the Recreation program must be made through an e-mail or written notice prior to the first game of the season.  Refunds will be issued less a $20.00 processing fee.  Refunds will be sent in the form of a check and will take about 3 weeks to be processed.

Fall 2014 Recreation Season Age Groups:
•    U8 = players born between 8/1/2006 through 7/31/2008
•    U10 = players born between 8/1/2004 through 7/31/2006
•    U12 = players born between 8/1/2002 through 7/31/2004
•    U14 = players born between 8/1/2000 through 7/31/2002
•    U16/18 = players born between 8/1/1996 through 7/31/2000

Unique SOCA Recreational & Hot Shot Program Options:
•    Hot Shot aged players may play up into U8 only if they are born between 8/1/2008 through 7/31/2009.
•    “Play up” your player one age group is a choice you may make.  You may do so by clicking on “edit” located next to your player’s name in your Family’s SOCA account at www.SOCAspot.org and changing the "no" to "yes" on the question of “Allow to play up”.
•    Special Requests may be made to play for a particular coach or with a particular player (ONLY 1 REQUEST WILL BE CONSIDERED).  To make a special request, select the program. On the next page of the registration process labeled "Registration Details", click on the red "SPECIAL REQUEST” located UNDER YOUR PLAYERS NAME and a box for your request will appear.  All requests are considered and most met.  Unfortunately no special request can be guaranteed.

Uniforms:
•    Recreational uniforms include a t-shirt and socks.  Players can wear any shorts or sweat pants they choose that are safe for themselves and their opponents.
•    Your coach will distribute complete uniform sets, provided by SOCA, prior to the start of the season.
•    Late registered players will pick-up their uniform from the SOCA office. (SOCA-Augusta office opening summer 2014)

What Your Player Will Need:
•    All players must wear shin guards for all practices and games
•    Clothing appropriate for the weather and safety
•    Water for every game and practice
•    Safe footwear for playing soccer
(soccer cleats are not required but recommended)
•    Appropriate size soccer ball
     o    U8 use a size 3 soccer ball
     o    U10 & U12 use a size 4 soccer ball
     o    U14 & older use a size 5 soccer ball

What Your Player Cannot Wear and Participate:
•    No jewelry of any kind may be worn (this includes wristbands, watches and earrings as spelled out in the “Laws of the Game” from FIFA the soccer world governing body).  The taping of earrings is not allowed.

What Your Player Can Wear and Participate:
•    Corrective glasses are allowed to be worn as long as the hinges are covered.
•    The covering for the corrective glasses can be of athletic tape or some other material which will prevent injury.
•    Cast on hands or arms are permitted if in the opinion of the referee it is properly padded.
•    Mouth guards are not required but highly recommended for players with braces.

Recreation Coaches:
•    The Recreation League teams are led by volunteer Coaches.  These volunteer coaches are parents, area adults, local students and High School age volunteers.
•    Please consider volunteering to be a coach of a SOCA recreation team.  We are always in need of coaches for the children.  Follow the on-line registration process in your "Family Account" at www.SOCAspot.org to volunteer. The coach's role is to guide the players through two 1 hour practices per week and coordinate the match each week.  SOCA will provide coach training and resources to help you succeed.  It is fun.

Recreational Player Behavior Guidelines:
•    Be responsible.
•    Be prepared for all practices and games.
•    Treat your coach and teammates with respect and dignity.
•    Treat your opponent, the opposing coaches, match officials and spectators with respect and dignity.
•    Do not interfere with coaching decisions.  Discuss issues with coaches at the appropriate time and in the appropriate manner.
•    Review and support the club’s Mission, Vision and Values:  (https://www.socaspot.org/about_soca.php).
•    Abide by all team and club policies.

Recreational Parent Behavior Guidelines:
•    Always encourage your child no matter of the result of their game and practices.
•    Always stress the importance of respect for your child’s coach.
•    Always stress being respectful to the referee of your child’s game.
•    Always be a positive role model.
•    Always leave the coaching to the coach.
•    Always avoid putting pressure on your child about their soccer skills and decisions.

Questions about the Recreational Program? 

Email: Mark.Yurish@SOCAspot.org

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Charlottesville/Albemarle Hot Shots: (Entry Level Program)  Under 6
SOCA-Charlottesville Coordinator:  Don Dolinger

Hot Shots Program proudly sponsored by Coventry Healthcare of Virginia


Mission:
provide an enjoyable initiation to organized soccer through training in fundamental technique in a shared player/parent educational environment.


General Description: Hot Shots is a fun way to play and learn soccer.  Join the SOCA staff for this great introductory program for beginning soccer players.  Hot Shots meets Saturday mornings for 8 weeks at Darden Towe Park & Crozet Elementary School for one hour starting at 9:00am. The SOCA Hot Shots Program introduces children to the sport of soccer in a kid-friendly, non-competitive environment.  Each session includes player coordination activities along with fun soccer skill building games and ends with small sided games to goals.  Teams are formed around schools and neighborhoods so that friends can play together.
 

Program Specifics:                                                            
Available to all interested players in the under 6 (U6) age group.     Parent participation is encourage but not required.  This is introduction to soccer fundamentals by volunteer facilitators guided by SOCA Staff.  Sessions are held at Darden Towe Park or Crozet Elementary School from 9:00am to 10:00am for an 8 week season.  Each session ends with small sided facilitated games. Registration twice per year, independent fall and spring seasons. 


Fall 2014 Calendar:

Fall On-line Registration is now open
•    The Fall Hot Shots On-Time Registration Deadline is August, 12, 2014.
•    Team Assignment Notification will be posted on your Family’s MySOCA account at www.SOCAspot.org on September 15, 2014.
•    The first session of the Fall Hot Shots Season is September 20, 2014
•    The final session of the Fall Hot Shots Season is November 8, 2014.
•    If needed, we will use November 15, 2014 to make up the first full session which is canceled.

Registration, Fees & Refund Policy:

Registration payments can be made on-line via your family’s own MySOCA account, or at the SOCA office if required.
•    Fall On-Time Fees and Deadline: $63.00 due on or before August 12, 2014.
•    Fall Late Registration Fee: $78.00 for registrations received after August 12, 2014.  Late registrations will be placed on teams with space still available.  SOCA will notify late registrations of team placement by September 19, 2014 or earlier.  Fees are returned in full for unplaced late registrations.
•    Request for a refund and to withdraw from the Hot Shots program must be made through an e-mail or written notice prior to the first session of the season.  Refunds will be issued less a $20.00 processing fee.  Refunds will be sent in the form of a check and will take about 3 weeks to be processed.

Fall 2014 Recreation Season Age Groups:

Hot Shots = children born between 8/1/2008 through 7/31/2010

Unique SOCA Recreational & Hot Shot Program Options:
•    Hot Shot aged players may play up into U8 only if they are born between 8/1/2008 through 7/31/2009
•    You can choose to play up your player into the U8 Recreation program by clicking on “edit” located next to your player’s name in your Family’s MySOCA account at www.SOCAspot.org and changing the "no"
to "yes" on the question of playing up.  The On-Time Recreation Registration Deadline is July 29, 2014

Special Requests:
•    Special Requests may be made to play for a particular coach or with a particular player (ONLY 1 REQUEST WILL BE CONSIDERED).  To make a special request, select the program. On the next page of the registration process labeled "Registration Details", click on the red "SPECIAL REQUEST” located UNDER YOUR PLAYERS NAME and a box for your request will appear.  All requests are considered and most met.  Unfortunately no special request can be guaranteed.

Uniforms:  
•    Hot Shots uniforms include a t-shirt.  Players can wear any socks, shorts or sweat pants they choose that are safe for themselves and their opponents.
•    You will come by the SOCA office to get your shirt during the week of September 15, 2014.  


What Your Player Will Need:  
•    All players must wear shin guards to all sessions
•    Clothing appropriate for the weather and safety
•    Water for every session
•    Safe footwear for playing soccer
(soccer cleats are not required but recommended)
•    Appropriate size soccer ball
     o    Hot Shots & U8 use a size 3 soccer ball
     
What Your Player Cannot Wear and Participate:
•    No jewelry of any kind may be worn (this includes wristbands, watches and earrings as spelled out in the “Laws of the Game” from FIFA the soccer world governing body).  The taping of earrings is not allowed.

What Your Player Can Wear and Participate:  
•    Corrective glasses are allowed to be worn as long as the hinges are covered.  
•    The hinge covering for the corrective glasses can be of athletic tape or some other material which will prevent injury.  
•    Mouth guards are not required but highly recommended for players with braces.

Hot Shots Facilitators:
•    The Hot Shot teams are led by volunteer facilitators under the guidance of a SOCA staff member..  These volunteer facilitators are parents, area adults, UVA students and High School age volunteers.  
•    Please consider volunteering to be a facilitator of a SOCA Hot Shot team. Follow the on-line registration process in your "Family Account" at www.SOCAspot.org to volunteer.  The facilitator's role each week will be to guide the players through the activities and coordinate the game at the end of each session.  SOCA will provide your weekly session.

Hot Shot Parent Behavior Guidelines:
•    Always encouraged your child no matter of the result of their game and session.
•    Always be a positive role model.  
•    Always avoid putting pressure on your child about their soccer skills and decisions.

Complete your online registration today to join the fun this fall in Hot Shots!  Online registration can be done at www.SOCAspot.org through your own Family’s MySOCA account.

Tell your friends to join the fun!


Questions about Hot Shots?  Email:  Don.Dolinger@SOCAspot.org

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Augusta Hot Shots: (Entry Level Program)  Under 6
SOCA-Augusta Coordinator:  Mark Yurish

Mission: provide an enjoyable initiation to organized soccer through training in fundamental technique in a shared player/parent educational environment.

General Description: Hot Shots is a fun way to play and learn soccer.  Join the SOCA staff for this great introductory program for beginning soccer players.  Hot Shots meets Saturday mornings for 8 weeks at Wilson Middle School (Field #6) in Fishersville for one hour each weekend starting at 9:00am. The SOCA Hot Shots Program introduces children to the sport of soccer in a kid-friendly, non-competitive environment.  Each session includes player coordination activities along with fun soccer skill building games and ends with small sided games to goals.  Teams are formed around schools and neighborhoods so that friends can play together.

Program Specifics:                 
•    Available to all interested players in the Under 6 (U6) age group.
•    Parent participation is welcomed but not required.
•    This is an introduction to soccer fundamentals by volunteer facilitators guided by SOCA Staff.
•    Sessions are held at Wilson Middle School (Field #6) in Fishersville from 9:00am to 10:00am for an 8 week season.
•    Each session ends with small sided, facilitated games.
•    Registration is twice per year for independent fall and spring seasons.

Fall 2014 Calendar:
•    The On Time Registration Deadline for the Fall Hot Shots Season is August 12, 2014.
•    Team Assignment notification will be posted on your family’s SOCA account at www.SOCAspot.org on September 10, 2014.
•    The first session of the Fall Hot Shots Season is September 20, 2014.
•    The final session of the Fall Hot Shots Season is November 8, 2014.
•    If needed, we will use November 15, 2014 to make up the first full session which is rained out.

Registration, Fees & Refund Policy:
Registration payments can be made on-line via your family’s own SOCA account, or at the SOCA office if required (SOCA-Augusta office opening Summer 2014).
•    Fall On-Time Fees and Deadline: $60.00 due on or before August 12, 2014.
•    Fall Late Registration Fee: $75.00 for registrations received after August 12, 2014.  Late registrations will be placed on teams with space still available.  SOCA will notify late registrations of team placement by September 19, 2014 or earlier.  Fees are returned in full for unplaced late registrations.
•    Request for a refund and to withdraw from the Hot Shots program must be made through an e-mail or written notice prior to the first session of the season.  Refunds will be issued less a $20.00 processing fee.  Refunds will be  sent in the form of a check and will take about 3 weeks to be processed.

Fall 2014 Hot Shots Season Age Group:

Hot Shots = children born between 8/1/2008 through 7/31/2010

Unique SOCA Recreational & Hot Shot Program Options:
•    Hot Shot aged players may play up into U8 only if they are born between 8/1/2008 through 7/31/2009.
•    You can choose to play up your player into the U8 Recreation program by clicking on “edit” located next to your      player’s name in your family’s SOCA account at www.SOCAspot.org and changing the "no" to "yes" on the question of "Allow to play up".  The On-Time Recreation Registration Deadline is July 29, 2014.
•    Special Requests may be made to play for a particular coach or with a particular player (ONLY 1 REQUEST WILL BE CONSIDERED).  To make a special request, select the program. On the next page of the registration process labeled "Registration Details", click on the red "SPECIAL REQUEST” located UNDER YOUR PLAYERS NAME and a box for your request will appear.  All requests are considered and most met.  Unfortunately no special request can be guaranteed.

Uniforms:
•    Hot Shots uniforms include a t-shirt.  Players can wear any socks, shorts or sweat pants they choose that are safe for themselves and their opponents.
•    You will come by the SOCA office to get your shirt during the week of September 15.  (SOCA-Augusta office opening Summer 2014)

What Your Player Will Need:
•    All players must wear shin guards to all sessions
•    Clothing appropriate for the weather and safety
•    Water for every session
•    Safe footwear for playing soccer
     (soccer cleats are not required but recommended)
•    Appropriate size soccer ball
     o    Hot Shots & U8 use a size 3 soccer ball
  
What Your Player Cannot Wear and Participate:
•    No jewelry of any kind may be worn (this includes wristbands, watches and earrings as spelled out in the “Laws of the Game” from FIFA the soccer world governing body).  The taping of earrings is not allowed.

What Your Player Can Wear and Participate:
•    Corrective glasses are allowed to be worn as long as the hinges are covered.
•    The covering for the corrective glasses can be of athletic tape or some other material which will prevent injury.
•    Mouth guards are not required but highly recommended for players with braces.

Hot Shots Facilitators:
•    The Hot Shot teams are led by volunteer facilitators under the guidance of a SOCA staff member.  These volunteer   facilitators are parents, area adults, local students and High School age volunteers.
•    Please consider volunteering to be a facilitator of a SOCA Hot Shots team.  The facilitator's role each week will be to guide the players through the activities and coordinate the game at the end of each session.  SOCA will provide your weekly session for you in written form and demo the activities prior to the start of the day.  Its fun and easy.

Hot Shot Parent Behavior Guidelines:
•    Always encourage your child no matter of the result of their game and session.
•    Always be a positive role model.
•    Always avoid putting pressure on your child about their soccer skills and decisions.

Complete your online registration today to join the fun this fall in Hot Shots!  Online registration can be done at www.SOCAspot.org through your own family SOCA account.

Questions about Hot Shots?  Email:  Mark.Yurish@SOCAspot.org

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WISL (Winter Indoor Soccer League) - CVille  U8-U18
SOCA-Charlottesville Coordinator: Andy Wilson

WISL Program Proudly Sponsored by nTelos Wireless

The Winter Indoor Soccer League provides a playing opportunity for interested players who wish to play between the Fall and Spring Seasons.  The format is 5v5 including goalkeepers.  Walls are in bounds and an official Futsal ball is used creating a fast paced continual game that helps players develop more refined ball skills.  Above all, the WISL is expected to be an enjoyable, recreational soccer experience.

Games are governed by Team Facilitators who monitor their teams’ matches, ensure timeliness of matches, safety and fair playing time.  There is no coaching in the WISL.  There are also no referees. Players are encouraged to coach and position themselves as much as possible and to call their own fouls. Facilitators can intercede when necessary.

In Charlottesville, non-U8 players may register to play in an Advanced or Intermediate level league.  Advanced divisions are designed for players with more experience and higher levels of developmental play, while Intermediate divisions are designed for players with less experience and more recreational league background.  There is no guarantee that there will be enough teams in each age group to create divisions in this manner, but SOCA will attempt to create equitable divisions and help find appropriate team placements as much as possible when creating divisions.

Players are encouraged to form teams and make special requests to be with other players or a particular facilitator.  To make any of these special requests, you should enter it into the text box provided on the final page of the registration process directly after you have selected this program to register for. For example, text box: “U10 Team Barca” or “Coach David” or “team with Amy Johnson.”

As with all SOCA programs, the option to "play up" only appears if you have selected this option in your player's personal information within your SOCA account.
The cost of WISL is $73.  Team t-shirts are provided.

The league plays a round robin competition beginning Saturday, January 3 and ending Sunday, February 22.  Games are approximately 50 minutes long and each team plays a minimum of 7 matches.  There are no practices during the week for WISL teams.  Teams must be prepared to play on either Saturdays (all day/evening) or Sunday afternoons/evenings.  Games will be played at local gymnasiums.  Winter 2015 locations include Covenant Church, Greer Elementary, and the Boys and Girls Club on Cherry Avenue.  You may NOT request a specific location or time.  Schedules will be distributed prior to the season.

The maximum team roster size is 10 players.

Gym space is limited and the program may fill early.  Registrations will be accepted on a rolling basis.  The deadline to register is December 2.  Team assignments and schedules will be posted onto your SOCA account by December 20.  There are no refunds after January 3.

All teams need Facilitators.  Facilitators are adults who supervise the games and ensure the safety and enjoyment of participants.  No soccer experience is necessary as coaching is not part of the Facilitator's duties.  Please volunteer to be a Facilitator for your child's team.

Register today to join the indoor fun this winter.  It's a blast!

Questions about WISL? email:  Andy.Wilson@SOCAspot.org

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WISL (Winter Indoor Soccer League) - Augusta  U8-U18
SOCA-Augusta Coordinator: Mark Yurish

The Winter Indoor Soccer League (WISL) provides an indoor playing opportunity for interested players who wish to continue playing between the Fall and Spring Seasons.  The format is 5v5 including goalkeepers.  Walls are in bounds and an official Futsal ball is used, creating a fast paced game that helps players develop more refined ball skills.  Above all, WISL is expected to be an enjoyable soccer experience where decision-making and creativity are cultivated and encouraged.

Games are governed by Team Facilitators who monitor their teams’ matches, ensure timeliness of matches, safety and fair playing time.  There is no coaching in the WISL.  There are also no referees. Players are encouraged to coach and position themselves as much as possible and to call their own fouls. Facilitators can intercede when necessary.

Players are encouraged to form teams and make special requests to be with other players or a particular facilitator.  To make any of these special requests, you should enter it into the text box provided after you have selected this program to register for on the final page of the registration process. For example, text box: “U10 Team Barca” or “Coach David” or “team with Amy Johnson.”

As with all SOCA programs, the option to "play up" only appears if you have selected this option in your player's personal information within your SOCA account.

The cost of WISL is $67.  Team t-shirts are provided.

The league plays a round robin competition beginning Saturday, January 3 and ending Sunday, February 22.  Games are approximately 50 minutes long and each team plays a minimum of 7 matches.  There are no practices during the week for WISL teams.  Teams must be prepared to play on either Saturdays (all day/evening) or Sunday afternoons/evenings. 

Games will be played at local gymnasiums.  Winter 2015 locations include Westwood Elementary, Wilson Elementary, and Wilson Memorial High School.  You may NOT request a specific location or time.  Schedules will be distributed prior to the season.

The maximum team size is 10 players.

Gym space is limited and the program may fill early.  Registrations will be accepted on a rolling basis.  The deadline to register is December 2.  Team assignments and schedules will be posted onto your SOCA account by December 20.  There are no refunds after January 3.

All teams need Facilitators.  Facilitators are adults who supervise the games and ensure the safety and enjoyment of participants.  No soccer experience is necessary as coaching is not part of the Facilitator's duties.  Please volunteer to be a Facilitator for your child's team.

Register today to join the indoor fun this winter.  It's a blast!

Questions about WISL?  E-mail: Mark.Yurish@socaspot.org

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