Recreation League Information

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

Spring 2019 Registration Info

  • Registration link
  • Season cost: $90
  • Registration opens February 10th and closes April 6th
  • A $15 late fee will be assessed after March 30th
  • Season consists of 9 practices and 9 games, weather-permitting
  • Final game is parents vs. kids with Rita's afterwards
  • Scholarships available for those in need (email president@pittsburghdynamo.org)
  • Practices are 5:30 to 6:30 pm at Schenley Oval
  • Games are either Saturdays or Sundays at Schenley Oval

Spring 2019 Dates

  • Feb 10: Registration Opens
  • Early April: Team Assignments/Days Sent
  • March 30th: Coaches' Meeting @ 2 pm @ Winchester Thurston
  • Apr 15: First Week of Practices
  • Apr 20/21, Apr 27/28, May 4/5, May 11/12, May 18/19, May 25/26, Jun 1/2, Jun 8/9: Game Weekends
  • June 15/16: Parents vs. Kids Games with Rita's Ices

Age Groups

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 2018-19 Season

  • U5 Coed: Born in 2014
  • 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+ Boys*: Born before 2007
  • 13+ Girls*: Born before 2007

* Due to generally lower numbers in the older age groups, we may be more limited in the options we're able to offer.

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
Penalty Kicks No No No No Yes Yes
Buildout Lines Implied* Implied* Implied* Lined* No No
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
PKs No No No No Yes Yes
Punting No No No No Yes Yes
Heading No No No No No Yes
Buildout Line Coaches Coaches Coaches Lined Box Box

* Buildout lines are intended to encourage players to work on pass the ball out from the back rather than just pummeling it downfield. U10 fields should have clear buildout lines visible. The younger age groups will not have lines, but the defending team should still be encouraged to back significantly away during goal kicks.

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 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):

Game schedules for each age group are below.

U5: link | pdf

U6: link | pdf

U8 Boys: link | pdf

U8 Girls: link | pdf

U10 Boys: link | pdf

U10 Girls: link | pdf

U12 Coed: link | pdf

13+ Boys: link | pdf

13+ Girls: link | 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.

Lost and Found

Items that have been reported lost or found will be listed here.