Recreation League Information

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Registration | Important Dates | Dynamo Philosophy | Age Groups | Equipment | Practice Schedule and Fields | Game Schedule and Fields

Fall 2018 Registration Info

  • Registration link
  • Season cost: $90
  • Registration opens July 24th and closes September 9th
  • A $15 late fee will be assessed after September 1st
  • Season consists of 8 practices and 8 games, weather-permitting
  • Final game is parents vs. kids with pizza afterwards
  • Scholarships available for those in need (email recreation@pittsburghdynamo.org)
  • Practices are 5:30 to 6:30 pm at Schenley Oval
  • Games are either Saturdays or Sundays at Schenley Oval

Fall 2018 Dates

  • Jul 24: Registration Opens
  • ~Sep 1: Team Assignments/Days Sent
  • Sep 8: Coaches' Meeting @ 2 pm @ Winchester Thurston
  • Sep 9: Registration Closes
  • Sep 10: First Week of Practices
  • Sep 15/16, Sep 22/23, Sep 29/30, Oct 6/7, Oct 13/14, Oct 20/21, Oct 27/28: Game Weekends
  • Nov 3/4: Parents vs. Kids Games with Pizza

Age Groups

After making a mistake in Spring 2018 by shifting age groups, we are reverting back to more standard age groups in Fall 2018 to better align with US Soccer standards.

Bear in mind that age groups are birth-year based, so even if a group is called "U6" it will likely have a combination of 4- and 5-year olds in the fall, and 5- and 6-year-olds in the spring.

Rec League Age Groups for Fall 2018

  • U5 Coed: Born in 2014 (before June 30th)
  • U6 Coed: Born in 2013
  • U7/8 Boys: Born in 2011 or 2012
  • U7/8 Girls: Born in 2011 or 2012
  • U9/10 Boys: Born in 2009 or 2010
  • U9/10 Girls: Born in 2009 or 2010
  • U11/12 Boys: Born in 2007 or 2008
  • U11/12 Girls: Born in 2007 or 2008
  • 13+ Coed*: Born before 2007

* Due to generally low number in the oldest age group, we will register boys and girls together to begin with, but may split into gender groups if there are enough players.

Playing Up or Down a Level

We want everyone to have a positive experience with Dynamo Rec. If your child is very advanced for his/her age, and you think it would benefit everyone to have him/her play in an older age group, register your child for the standard age group, then please contact the commissioner (recreation@pittsburghdynamo.org) and we can move your child up.

Though having players play down in a younger age group has more potential problems, in some cases where children are born late in the year and/or are on the small side for their age we may be able to allow a child to play down. Contact the commissioner (recreation@pittsburghdynamo.org) with details.

Age Group Formats and Rules

U5 U6 U7/8 U9/10 U11/12 13+
Ball Size 3 3 3 4 4 5
Games 3 v 3
(side by side)
3 v 3
(side by side)
4 v 4
(side by side)
7 v 7
(incl. GKs)
9 v 9
(incl. GKs)
11 v 11
(incl. GKs)
Goalies No No No Yes Yes Yes
Throw-Ins No No No Yes Yes Yes
Offside No No No Yes Yes Yes
Referees No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Goals Pop-up Pop-up Pop-up 6 x 10 6 x 10 7 x 21
Field Size 20 x 30 yds 20 x 30 yds 25 x 35 yds 30 x 50 yds 40 x 70 yds Full

Dynamo Philosophy

Dynamo's philosophy emphasizes development of fundamental soccer skills, knowledge of the rules of soccer, and good sporting behavior with an eye towards creating lifelong lovers of the game of soccer. We seek to minimize outside pressures on our players. We do not pursue success in competition for its own sake, but only as a by-product of our approach.

For parents, this specifically means:

NO coaching from the sidelines.

NO calling out individual players' names during games. "Go Green!" and "Nice shot, Green!" are fine.

Respect coaches and refs.

Parents who have the urge to shout out instructions to players, coaches, or referees must restrain themselves or find another league.

Equipment

Regardless of age, each child participating in the Rec League should have some basic items for each practice and game:

  • Soccer Ball (size 3 up to and including U8, size 4 up to and including U12, and size 5 therafter)
  • Shinguards
  • Soccer socks to cover shinguards
  • Appropriate footwear (soccer cleats are ideal, other soccer shoes are good)
  • Water bottle

Players should wear weather-appropriate athletic clothing, of course. Team shirts will be distributed during the first week of the season, and should be worn to each game. Wearing them to practice is totally optional.

Practice Schedule and Fields

Each team has one practice per week. All practices are from 5:30 to 6:30 pm at Schenley Oval.

Practice field assignments for each night are below. Check with your team's coach for details.

Practice Cancellation

Because each coach knows his or her team best, we leave it to coaches to make the decision whether to cancel practices or not based on weather conditions. Coaches should let their teams know no later than 4:30 pm on practice days if practice will be cancelled.

Game Schedule and Fields

Games are on Saturdays or Sundays at Schenley Oval. Times are between 9 am and 1 pm depending on age groups.

Game field names and maps for grass (first) and turf (second):

U5 Fall 2018 Game Schedule (pdf)

U6 Fall 2018 Game Schedule (pdf)

U8 Boys Fall 2018 Game Schedule (pdf)

U8 Girls Fall 2018 Game Schedule (pdf)

U10 Boys Fall 2018 Game Schedule (pdf)

U10/12 Girls Fall 2018 Game Schedule (pdf)

U12 Boys Fall 2018 Game Schedule (pdf)

13+ Girls Fall 2018 Game Schedule (pdf)

13+ Boys Fall 2018 Game Schedule (pdf)

Game Cancellations

In the (inevitable) case of inclement weather, the league will make the call whether or not to cancel all games for a particular weekend. Game cancellations will be listed on the website, emailed, and posted on Facebook.