US Club Soccer offers recreational (“rec”) membership to youth clubs, leagues or programs that are primarily in-house or intramural in nature. Rec programs benefit from easy registration and a reduced registration fee in addition to US Club Soccer’s philosophy of eliminating red tape and over-regulation.
Rec programs may be part of an existing (competitive) club, or they may be an entirely separate stand-alone league or program. Two types of rec programs are offered:
Rec (in-house): This is the most common category, in which passcards are not issued as travel is not expected. In all other respects, in-house rec programs have the same rights as all other US Club Soccer members, including insurance coverage and tournament sanctioning. In this case, player and staff registration is completed via submission of an Excel spreadsheet (R003 – Rec Registration Form). Proof of birth is checked at the club or league level, and medical consent and waiver forms, while required, are also retained at the local level. Rec coaches must complete a background check application – and be approved – at the time of initial registration with US Club Soccer.
Super rec: Teams that have limited competition against similar programs in the same geographical area (but are not competitive, travel teams) can be classified as Super Rec, and receive player passcards. This program is limited and approval must be obtained from your Membership Services Representative.
US Club Soccer supports small-sided soccer for both training, and at least some scheduled games, at certain age groups.
[Aug. 25, 2015: U.S. Soccer introduced coaching initiatives to improve youth development standards, including mandates regarding small-sided games.]