Spring 2023

Dec 1st, 2022 – Registration

Registration will open Dec 1st 2022 for all programs except SunLights will open Dec 10th.  (When you click on the provided link below, you must first create a “gotsoccer” account before Registering or Sponsoring, if you have not done so previously.)  Player Registration costs $125 for Recreation, $60 Super Starters, and Free for Sunlights. No cost for Coach Registration.

Player Registration

Coach Registration

After Registration, All Coaches must complete a background check, “Safe Sport” training, and “Heads Up” training from the GotSport Website.  Once logged into GotSport as a coach, Click on “Dashboard”.  You will see the REQUIREMENTS and the status.  The ones that state “Required”, click on “details”, then please complete the training.  All coaches MUST COMPLETE THESE ITEMS in order to coach for the Season.  In addition, we expect that our coaches protect our players (physically, emotionally, socially, etc), do not use profanity, teach soccer, teach good sportsmanship, and help the players HAVE FUN!

Sponsorships are needed and encouraged to continue to provide resources to Big Sun.  Sponsors will have advertisements on our website, at our facility or on T-shirts, verbal acknowledgment, as well as receive other player perks.  The cost for Sponsorship is $200.  If you are sponsoring in order to obtain a player perk, please ensure that you understand available player perks from our Recreation FAQs Section.  You must also have a coach that has approved your request before you sponsor a team.  All Sponsorships are nonrefundable.

Sponsorship Form

Mon, Jan 30, 2023 7pm – Coaches Meeting @ Big Sun Soccer Complex

Mandatory for all recreation coaches of all age groups.  It should be quick, to the point, and useful information.  We also need some key information from you.  We will be declaring practice locations and days.  We will be declaring your 4 guaranteed players.  We will not be changing decisions that are made on this night.  If you can’t be there, please send a representative that can make decisions for you and your team.  We will be requiring more out of our coaches than ever before (don’t worry, you can handle it). We will be discussing Coach Administrators and their role as well.

Evaluations U14 (Ages 11-13) U18 (Ages 14-18)

You will be emailed specific details for the evaluations.  Evaluations are made to correctly grade players and create fair teams.  All U14 and U18 players are expected to participate.  We will need about 6 volunteers for each night to help sign-in our players.  We will also need U14/U18 coaches to be present.

Tuesday, Jan 31st, 2023, Big Sun Field 3, U14- 5:30p-7p, U18-7p-8:30p

Wednesday, Feb 1st, 2023, Big Sun Field 3, U14- 5:30p-7p, U18-7p-8:30p

Feb. 10th – Rosters Released

February 13th – Recreation Practice Begins (click to see Field Maps)

Your coach will contact you with practice nights, times, and field locations by 2/12/2023.  These details will also be posted on social media and emailed.  Usually these practices are on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday.  Times vary between coaches but must be between the times of 5:30-7:30. The first week of practice we will need 8-10 extra volunteers to help ensure that everyone finds where they are trying to go.

Feb. 17th – Full Schedule Released

Feb 21st – Uniforms Delivered

Feb 25th – Opening Day – Recreation League Jamboree

The Jamboree is a two game scrimmage.  Each team plays two games. The games are half games and do not count towards win/loss totals (U14/U18).  Opening Ceremony 8:45 am (prompt 9am start)

Feb 25th – Sun Lights begins

9a-10a, Field 9c (Big Sun)

March 4th – Super Starters begins

9:30a-10:30, Field 8c (Big Sun)

Spring 2023 REC Soccer Proposed Game Schedule

Picture Day, TBD

May 6th – Closing Day (End of Season)

We will have Medals for all participants!  For U14 and U18 – 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will be recognized.

How are teams are 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.

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