How are teams created? (Includes Coach and Assistant coach “Perks”)

Teams start with a coach.  Coaches may receive up to 4 guaranteed players on their respective teams.  Coaches may automatically get their children or direct relatives guaranteed on their teams.  Coaches are allowed one Assistant coach.  This assistant coach is also allowed to have their children guaranteed on their teams as long as the number of guaranteed players does not exceed 4.  At this point, if there are additional guaranteed positions that are not filled, the coach may accept sponsors.  The coach may accept up to 2 sponsors, up to but not exceeding the total of 4 guaranteed players.  After these guaranteed players are added to the team, all additional players are randomly assigned by the board.

What Player Perks are available for Sponsors?

Sponsors have a couple of options.

      1. They may choose to allow their player to choose their coach, IF the coach has approved of this player counting towards one of their “4 Guaranteed Players”.
      2. They may choose to allow their player to “play up” from U14 to U18, IF they have a coach willing to accept this player to his team and allow them to count towards one of their “4 Guaranteed Players”.  There is absolutely NO “playing up” for any players that are from any teams U11 or younger.

My child is “too (Insert Excuse Here)” to play on the assigned team, can they “Play Up”?

We firmly believe that players will develop best when paired with children their own age.  As a rule, we do NOT allow players to “play up”.  The only exceptions we will allow are:

      1. A player is in the U14 league and the player’s parent, grandparent, or sibling agrees to coach or assistant coach a team in the U18 league.
      2. A player is in the U14 league and sponsor’s a coach in the U18 league that agrees, in advance of sponsorship, to accept the player as one of their “4 guaranteed players”.

There are NO ADDITIONAL exceptions to these rules.  If you do not fit in these exceptions, we Strongly Encourage you to join a travel team to best help your player improve their skills with more appropriately skilled players.  If you would like more information in regards to your child playing/practicing with Ocala Premier, please contact them at info@bigsunsoccer.com.

Additional FAQ’s

How often does a youth recreational player practice?

SuperStarters - Saturday mornings

Traditional Rec - Typically twice per week, week nights

Sun Lights - Saturday mornings

How long are practices?

SuperStarters - Practice & Games 1 hour (9am-10am)

Traditional Rec - Up to 2 hours

Sun Lights - Practice & Games 1 hour (10am-11am)

When are the youth recreational games?

All age groups play on Saturday mornings.

How many games do they play per season?

SuperStarters - 6 sessions

Traditional Rec - 8-10 Games

Sun Lights - 6 sessions

 

What do you get with registration for our traditional recreational teams?

Your player will have practices, refereed games on Saturday mornings, and a full game day uniform.  Proper Cleats and Shin guards are not provided, but necessary for play.

What is included with my player’s full game day uniform?

One soccer jersey, one pair of soccer shorts, and soccer socks.

*SuperStarters & Sun Lights will receive one jersey

What do I need to provide for my player to play?

Soccer cleats are suggested, shin guards, drink (water preferred), and a soccer ball.

*SuperStarters & Sun Lights need a drink (water preferred) and tennis shoes or cleats.

What size ball should my player use?

U6-U8 player, size 3 ball
U10-U12 player, size 4 ball
U14-U18 player, size 5 ball

What should I do after I register my player?

Wait for the coach to contact you either via email or phone call.  They will let you know your practice days and times.

When will the coach notify me?

About 1 week before your players' practices begin.

When will the game schedules be posted on our website www.ocalasoccer.org?

2-4 days before the first game.

How do I register my player if they never played with your club?

Click the registration link above.  Create an account first, and then finish the registration.  It will guide you thru the registration process.  

Can I request to be on a specific team?

Due to a large number of players with our club, the only way to place a player on a specific team is to either coach, assistant coach or sponsor a team.

How do I go about coaching a team?

When you register your player, there is a section you will check off during the registration process.

How do I go about sponsoring a team?

To sponsor a Recreational team, please fill out the form here.

Can I choose my child’s practice days?

Unfortunately this is not possible, unless you are the coach.  During registration you may provide a preference of which days to practice.  We will do our VERY best to accommodate.  However, there is no guarantee that requests will be granted.

What are the registration fees?

Super Starters

 $60

Traditional Rec

U6-U18 $125

Sun Lights

Thanks to our corporate sponsor, HCA Florida Ocala Hospital, Sun Lights is FREE for all participants.

Does Big Sun have a refund policy?

Big Sun has a “no refund policy”.  All sales final.

Are there any rules for Rec soccer that are different than any other soccer game?

There are a few rules of play that we have adapted for the recreation soccer league.

    1. NO SLIDE TACKLING – ALL AGES
    2. NO Headers for any players under 12 years of age (U12 or under)

There are some additional, more relaxed rules for U6-U8 that foster teaching and learning the game of soccer.  You can find them listed in the MENU>LEARN MORE>RULES section at the top of the page.

Executive Board of Directors

President: Dana Parker
Vice President: Josh Scroggie 
Secretary:  Scott Griffin
Treasurer:  Karen Coy