EBU REC SOCCER
EBU Rec Teams are for children in 3rd grade or older—all levels and playing experience are welcome with no tryouts.
REGISTRATION FOR WINTER/SPRING 2021 EBU REC IS NOW OPEN!
WINTER/SPRING 2021 REC PROGRAM
January - June 2021
Children in 3rd Grade and Older

Join or form a rec soccer team with friends, schoolmates, neighbors... or new future best friends!

EBU Rec teams normally play in the non-competitive Jack London Youth Soccer League, against teams from other local clubs. Due to COVID-19 safety restrictions, league play has been suspended and we do not anticipate that league restarting until Fall 2021.

In the meantime, our EBU Rec soccer program continues to give children a safe space to keep enjoying the beautiful game with their teammates! Teams meet weekly for 90-minute sessions with their coaches, doing modified soccer activities that follow our COVID safety protocols.

We expect that at some point during the Spring 2021 session, COVID restrictions will be lifted or lightened enough to allow "in-house" scrimmages between our EBU Rec teams.

2021 CALENDAR

SPRING SEASON: January 18 - June 12th, 2021

- Saturday Sessions @ Alameda Point Field

FALL SEASON: September 13 - November 2021 (LEAGUE PLAY!)

- Weekday practices + Saturday Games (locations vary)

REGISTRATION FOR SPRING 2021 IS NOW OPEN!

 

Click here for more information about EBU Juniors programs for our youngest players (PreK - 2nd Grade)

Children born in 2002-2013 who are interested in a more competitive playing experience with professional coaching should consider our Bay Oaks program. We are currently welcoming players for the 2020/21 season.

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PARENT VOLUNTEERS

 

Now, more than ever, we are counting on volunteer power to make our rec program successful! Volunteers DO NOT need to commit to the whole six-month Winter/Spring Season. We are taking a flexible approach to forming groups and scheduling practices—the goal is get as many children active playing as much as possible!

 

All volunteers will get direct support on how to lead successful, fun and safe activities under the current restrictions. Parent Volunteers will be required to complete an online safety training before hitting the field. Additional training & support for Parent Volunteers is available, including:

- US Soccer Learning Center (online courses)

- On-field support during activities
- SafeSport Certification

- Sideline Sports Injury Recognition Training

- Positive Coaching Alliance

- One-on-one support from our experienced EBU Staff Coaches

 
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SETTING UP YOUR EBU REC TEAM

 

TEAMS that participated in the Fall 2020 EBU Rec Program need to register the team again. All PLAYERS need to complete the Player Registration for Winter/Spring 2021 Rec Program, even if they played during the all 2020 Season.

 
STEP 1 - Team Registration

Register your team on Teamsnap using the link on our Program Registration Page. The Team Registration Fee is $50 for the 2020/21 season. Teams that registered/paid for Fall 2020 do NOT need to complete Step 1 again for Spring 2021.

STEP 2 - Roster Setup

Email our Registrar to let us  know whether you already have a full or partial group/team of players registered to participate. Volunteer Coaches may either work with a team that's already formed, with a new group of players, or a mix of both. When players register they have the option to indicate which team/coach they would like to be with. Returning teams from Fall 2020 should email us their expected roster for Spring 2021, and let us know if you have room to take on any additional players.

 
STEP 3 - Recruit Parent Volunteers

Each team needs 2-3 committed parent volunteers. This includes the head coach, plus an assistant coach and/or team manager. All volunteer coaches and team managers MUST complete Steps 4 unless they already did so during Fall 2020. Teams will not be assigned a practice field slot until their parent volunteers have completed Step 4.

STEP 4 - COVID-19 Safety Training

All coaches and team managers must review the COVID-19 Safety Protocols, watch the COVID-19 Coaches Safety Training Video (27 minutes), and sign the COVID-19 Waiver electronically.

STEP 5 - Background Check, Training & Registration

All parent volunteers (coaches and team managers) must register with the California Youth Soccer Association. New coaches must also complete the background check, be fingerprinted, and complete the online SafeSport training. New coaches, please make sure to print the Request for Live Scan Form at the end.  You need to present this form when you are fingerprinted.  Check the OCA Numbers on the form they should read as follows"

 

District = 04

League = 14

Club = 07

 

To get fingerprinted, take this form to one of the approved Capital Live Scan vendors listed at this link.

 

You will not need to pay any Fee as long as you have correctly filled out the "Cal North Live Scan Form"

 

Upon completing Coach/Manager registration, you will receive an email with a link to begin the SafeSport training.  The link will direct you to an access code that you must copy and use to begin the training.

 
STEP 6 - Request a Practice Field/Time Slot

Email us to let us know once your head coach has completed STEP 5. Your will then be invited to request a practice field/time slot. Currently, the available times are Saturdays at 9am, 10:45am, and 12:30pm, all at Alameda Point. We expect additional times and locations to become available during the Spring season as COVID-19 restrictions are lightened or lifted. Once you are assigned a slot, you will have that slot until the end of the spring season in June, unless you request a change.

 
STEP 7 - Coaching Kit

Email us to coordinate getting your EBU REC Coaching Kit, including attendance roster, no-contact thermometer, safety protocol, and more. We can supply additional coaching equipment to coaches as needed (cones, balls, etc).

 
STEP 8 - Team Binder

Collect Cal North Player Registration Forms from each player in your pod/team BEFORE they participate in any on-field activities.

STEP 9 - Game On!

Hit the field, be safe and have fun!

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PLAYER REGISTRATION

 

All players need to register for the Winter/Spring 2021 Rec Program, even if they played during the all 2020 Season.

STEP 1

Complete the EBU Rec Player Registration on Teamsnap using the link on our Program Registration Page. This includes paying the $75 player registration fee for the Winter/Spring 2021 Season.

 
STEP 2

Review the COVID-19 Safety Policies and Procedures, then and electronically sign the COVID-19 electronic waiver.

STEP 3

If you did not already do so during Fall 2020, Complete the Cal North Player Registration Form and email it to our club Registrar. Please note that you will need to print out and actually sign this form—electronic signatures will not be accepted by Cal North. We recommend downloading and using the Genius Scan or similar app that allows you to easily take a picture of a paper form and turn it into a pdf file that you can them email back to us. You will also need to provide a hard copy of the form to your child's Volunteer Coach/Team Manager.

STEP 4

Once you have completed Steps 1-3 your child will be placed on their team's roster on Teamsnap. If your child was already on a team that played during the fall, they will remain on that team unless you request otherwise. If you child's team played in the 2019/20 season and is now returning for Spring 2021, your child will have priority if you request to rejoin that team. If your child is registering for the first time, or if their former EBU Rec team is not participating this spring, they will be a free agent and we will work to place them on a new team.

STEP 5

Hit the field, be safe and have fun!

 
 
 
EBU REC FAQ
Q: How much does the EBU Rec Program cost?

A: The Winter/Spring 2021 player registration fee is $75. The team registration fee for 2020/21 is $50 (covers Fall 2020 + Spring 2021). Financial Aid is available to families with a demonstrated need.

Q: What is the season schedule?

A: The Winter/Spring 2021 program will run from January 23rd - June 12th. Teams are NOT required to participate for the whole season. Sessions take place once a week, currently on Saturdays at 9am, 10:45am or 12:30pm.

Q: Where do EBU Rec teams play?

A: During the Winter/Spring 2021 program, all EBU Rec teams will start off practicing at Alameda Point Fields. We expect that additional locations and times will become available as COVID-19 restrictions are lightened or lifted.

Q: Will there be games?

A: We do not anticipate being allowed to play any league games against other teams during the spring season. We do expect that at some point during the spring, COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted or lightened enough to allow scrimmages during our practice sessions. We expect regular league play to resume during Fall 2021.

Q: How do the COVID-19 safety restrictions affect how the team practices work?

A: The EBU REC Program will follow the same COVID-19 Safety Protocols that we have been using for our Bay Oaks Competitive program over the summer. Please take a few minutes to download and review the safety protocols here. County and State guidelines allow us to do non-contact, socially distant outdoor activities with children in stable groups of up to 14. Players can still dribble, pass and shoot, but they can't "tackle" each other. Players are required to wear masks when arriving at and leaving the field, but are not required to do so while practicing. All adult coaches/managers must wear a mask at all times. Parents who are not coaching must wait outside the gate and may not enter the actual field complex at any time.
 

Q: How does my child join a team?

A: You can either start a new team with friends, classmates, and neighbors, or register your child as a free agent. When you register your child you have the option to request a specific team or coach. We do our best to accommodate these requests, but space may be limited. We will do our best to assign all registered players to a group; however, we will be limited by the number of Parent Volunteers available to help out in the program and how many teams we can form.

Q: What equipment/gear/uniform does my child need?

A: All players must wear shin guards fully covered by soccer socks to all sessions. Players should also bring their own reusable water bottled filled up with... you guessed it, WATER! No sharing drinks, and we highly discourage any sugar-sweetened beverages at the field (#drinkwaternotsugar). Soccer cleats are highly encouraged when playing on grass or turf fields. Please let us know if you would like a pair of free, gently used cleats from our "Give and Go" gear exchange program. Players do not need an EBU Rec uniform for the Winter/Spring 2021 season, but may purchase one at Soccer Post in Alameda.

Q: How do I know what age group my team or child should register for?

A: Recreational soccer uses 2-year age groupings, using even years. Rec Players are welcome to play up but may not play down a year. This means that a Rec Teams age group is set by the age of the OLDEST player on their roster. (Competitive soccer is organized in single year age groups by birth year).

Click here to confirm age group

Q: What do we need in order to form a new team?

A: When you register a team, you will be asked to provide the name of two parent volunteers who will take the lead on coaching and managing the team, with support from EBU. One of those parents must be available to coach the team during practices and games. The second parent may be another coach, team manager, or other volunteer. Follow the steps outlined above in the "Setting Up Your Rec Team" section on this page.

Q: How do we set up our roster?

A: The parent coach or team manager will register your EBU Rec team for the Spring 2021 Season, following the steps listed above in the "Setting Upr Your Rec Team" section on this page.. When you register the team, you will be asked to provide the names of children that you know would like to play on your team. Priority placement will be giving to your returning players, then to any players you list who register on time. Additional "free agent" players may be placed on your team if there is space and demand. EBU is committed to making the game accessible for all, and we appreciate the support of all families in welcoming new players to their teams each year.

Q: How do I become a volunteer head or assistant coach?

A: We thought you'd never ask! Please see "STEPS 4 & 5" in the "SETTING UP YOUR EBU REC TEAM" section above on this page. Parents may volunteer with a team that they are helping form, or they may request to help coach or assistant coach with an existing team. If you have completed STEPS 4 & 5 and would like to be assigned to a new or existing team as a coach, please email us here.

Q: What kind of support do parent volunteer coaches get from the club?

A: All volunteers get direct support on how to lead successful, fun and safe activities under the current restrictions. We can provide session plans, observe and support your practice, provide feedack and resources. Parent Volunteers will be required to complete an online safety training before hitting the field. Additional training & support for Parent Volunteers is available, including:

- US Soccer Learning Center (online courses)

- On-field support during activities
- SafeSport Certification

- Sideline Sports Injury Recognition Training

- Positive Coaching Alliance

- Support from our experienced EBU Staff Coaches

Q: What if my team only wants to play for part of the season?

A: No problem! Just let us know what your plans are when you get your field assignment.

Q: Can we make changes our roster during the season?

A: Yes. Your roster of up to 14 players must remain stable/unchanged for three week periods. Every three weeks you may request that players be added or removed from your team roster by emailing our registrar. All players must be fully registered before they are added to a roster. Players are not required to participate for the entire season. The $75 player registration fee covers the entire season, whether a player plays for just three weeks of 6 months!

Q: What if it rains?

A: On some weekends during the winter/spring we may need to close Alameda Point Fields due to heavy rain to avoid damaging the field. If this happens we will notify all families by email and text alert on the prior evening. Part of the reason why we have stretched out the Winter/Spring 2021 season from January to June is to make up for likelihood that we will have to miss some weekends in the earlier part of the year.

 
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