Frequently Asked Questions

2017 Schedule

Tentative schedule for 2017 is as follows:
March 1, 2017 - Registration Open
March 31, 2017 - Early Registration Closed
June 2017 - Coaches selected
June 2017 - Assessments Held
August 2017 - Practice Begins
September 9, 2017 - Games Begin
Who plays in the Ross Valley Youth Soccer Club?

Approximately 400 children from Ross, Kentfield, San Anselmo, Corte Madera and Greenbrae. Many of these kids have played with Ross Recreation under Jean Marc Schaeffer in Kindergarten through second grade, many are taking up soccer for the first time.

Read More: Information on Ross Recreation's K through 2nd Programs
What is the difference between "Rec" and Competitive Soccer?
Recreational soccer is focused on the development of soccer skills, enjoyment of the sport and the participation of all players regardless of skill. It is lower pressure with game played locally and generally has a reduced time commitment. Competitive soccer is for advanced players with a focus on skill refinement and an emphasis on competitive play. Players must try out to get on a team in this league. Competitive soccer is played within and beyond Marin County. Ross Valley is associated with the Central Marin competitive club – more details at:

Read More: Central Marin Soccer
When is registration and how much does it cost?

Early registration opens March 1st and closes April 1st.

The Early Registration fee for the 2017 season is $375.

Your registration fee covers Reversible Jersey, Field Usage, Trainers, Referees, Insurance and Equipment.

No tryouts are necessary; everyone makes a team.

New players may need to attend an evaluation day to assess skill for proper team placement.

Regular registration begins on April 1st and after April 30th registration is possible on a space available basis with a late registration fee of $75.

Refund Policy
• If a player drops out before tryouts, player will receive a refund less a processing fee of $50.
• If a player elects not to participate after teams have been established a refund processing fee of $100 will be deducted.
• After the first week of practice there are no refunds

How is the league organized by age?

RVSC along with MISA and US Soccer has established new age group divisions in two-year bands, based on grade at beginning of season.

Age Groups have been established as follows:
  • U10 – 3rd/4th Grade in Fall
  • U12 – 5th/6th Grade in Fall
  • U14 – 7th/8th Grade in Fall
  • U16 – 9th/10th Grade in Fall
  • U19 – 11/th/12th Grade in Fall
Requests to play up in a higher age group must be approved by the RVSC board.
How are teams selected?

Teams will be selected using input from our Central Marin trainers Age Group Coordinators and the Coaches.
What if I want to volunteer?

You can let anyone at the RVYSC know that you are interested by emailing, indicating your interest on the registration form or by attending the schedule skill evaluation day.

We actively seek volunteers in various capacities to run the league. We need Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Age Group Coordinators, School Coordinators, Team Managers, Field Liners and more.
Do you need to have soccer experience to volunteer in the RVYSC?

Not at all. In recreation soccer we rely on professional trainers to provide specific soccer instruction.
When do we find out about team assignments, practice and game schedules?

You will be contacted by your coach with team assignments and practice schedules in mid July. Teams generally practice twice a week.

RVSC games are held on Saturdays and Sundays, generally between 9 and 4:00.
When is the Season?

The teams begin practice around the time school starts in late August and the season continues through October.
Where are games played?

The U10 program has their practices and plays their games at Bacich and Ross Field. The U12 and above programs practices at Kent, Piper, Hall, COM and Redwood High. Games are played at these same fields for home games. Away games are played throughout Marin depending upon the town of the team they are playing.
Who referees the games?

All games are officiated by paid United States Soccer Federation licensed referees. Most are local players, parents, coaches and volunteers. Free entry–level USSF referee clinics are held each summer and we welcome and encourage our players and their parents to become referees and help our club.
Who are the coaches?

Volunteers who are typically parents.
What equipment will my child need?

We will provide each player with a reversible jersey. Your player should arrive at each game with :
  • Soccer cleats (not baseball)
  • Shin Guards
  • Water Bottle

Jewelry, watches, wristbands, earrings, casts or metal/air splints are strictly prohibited by RVYSC regulations.
How long are the games?
  • U–10 games are 50 minutes – 10 minute halftime
  • U–12 games are 60 minutes – 10 minute halftime
  • U–14 games are 70 minutes – 10 minute halftime
  • U–16 games are 80 minutes – 10 minute halftime
  • U–18 games are 90 minutes – 10 minute halftime
How many players are on a soccer team?
  • U–10 = 7 per side
  • U–12 = 9 per side
  • U14 and older = 11 per side
Does the RVYSC belong to the Positive Coaching Alliance?

Yes. The PCA is a national organization that promotes good sportsmanship among coaches, parents and players. The RVYSC is a proud member of the PCA.
We take the concept of good sportsmanship very seriously. We recognize and always keep in mind that this is a game for our kids, not for us.