2021 Spring Recreation Information Guide
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Season Key Dates
Coaches Meeting – Wed, Jan 27th (Via Zoom)
Evaluations – Feb 5th and 6th
Team Drafts (Coaches only) – Feb 8th – 11th
Team Practice Schedule starts – Feb 13th – March 4th
Game Schedule begins - Tuesday, March 2nd
NO GAMES – Spring Break – Sun March 14th – Sat March 20th
Play-off week for ages U10 and higher – Monday, April 26 – Friday, April 30th
Closing Day and Championship Games – Saturday, May 1st (all teams play on closing day)
Facilities - Gardens District Park Soccer Fields
All soccer activities, including evaluations, practices, and games are scheduled to be conducted at the Gardens District Park, 5115 117th Ct North, PBG
Coaches and other Volunteers
The entire PBGYAA Predators Recreation Soccer program is run by volunteers, including the coaches. The heart of the program volunteers is the Soccer Board, but all our limbs are the 200+ Recreation Coaches that volunteer their time every season. Coaches come in all forms, parents, family members, community members that love soccer, and previous players in our programs.
We take all of our children's health and safety as our first priority.
Every volunteer is required to do a background check for the City of Palm Beach Gardens, and also for the Florida Youth Soccer Association (FYSA). In addition, each Coach is required to complete a concussion training video through FYSA as well as SafeSport training, that seeks to create a healthy, supportive environment for all participants.
Once these requirements are completed and validated, we are able to provide each coach their "badge" that you will see them wearing during games while they are on the fields. A temporary badge from the concession stand will be available to those coaches who have completed all of the requirements but don't happen to have it that day. A driver's license is required to receive a temporary badge.
Coaches/volunteers are not allowed on the player sideline without a badge. Parents are not allowed on the player sideline, unless it is an emergency.
Evaluations will be held for all Boys and Girls age groups U8 and higher. Evaluations give the Coaches the opportunity to see all players conduct some basic soccer skills and play in a short scrimmage. The evaluation provides the Coaches insight into each player’s abilities and it helps to ensure that all teams are drafted with players at all skill levels. During evaluations each player is provided a number that is pinned to their shirt. Evaluations last approximately 45 minutes.
Friday, February 5th and Saturday, February 6th
Friday, Feb 5th – Gardens District Park Soccer Fields – Field 5
U8 Boys 5:30pm surname A-L
U8 Boys 6:30pm surname M-Z,
Saturday, Feb 6th - Gardens District Park Soccer Fields – Field 5
U8 Girls 8:00am
U10 Boys surname A-L 9:00am
U10 Boys M-Z 9:45am
U10 Girls A-L 10:30am
U10 Girls M-Z 11:15am
U12 Girls 12:00 noon
U12 Boys A-L 1:00pm
U12 Boys M-Z 1:45pm
U14 Girls 2:30pm
U14 Boys 3:15pm
The U16 and High School will be held the following week with the date to be confirmed.
U5 are for children going into Pre-K 4
U6 are for children going into Kindergarten
U8 are for children going into 1th and 2nd grade
U10 are for children going into 3th and 4th grade
U12 are for children going into 5th and 6th grade
U14 are for children going into 7th and 8th grade
U16 are for children going into 9th and 10th grade
High School are for children going into 11th and 12th grade
Week of February 8-11, 2021 - During the week directly following evaluations, the coaches from each gender and age group meet to draft the players onto teams. The player draft is facilitated by Soccer Board members to ensure there is an equitable distribution of all skill level players on each team. Please note that for any coach that has a child playing in the Spring Recreation program, this player will automatically be added to their team. Also, for any siblings that play in the same age group, they will be drafted to the same team unless the parent requests otherwise.
After the completion of the drafts for each age group, teams will be allocated in Sports Connection and each parent will receive an email notification of the team their child(ren) will be playing on, along with the Coaches name and contact information.
After the notification of what team each child will be playing on, the Coach will be communicating with all parents to introduce themselves and provide additional information regarding the practice schedule and expectations for the season. It is appreciated if there are one or two parents willing to help the coach and coordinate the other activities for the team such as picture day, snacks, etc.
The team practice schedule will start Sat, Feb 13th and will continue until March 4th.
Each team is allocated field space for three practices a week, two weekday evenings practice and also a practice on Saturday.
*Once games start, it will be at the discretion of the Coach if they choose to have additional practices or not for their team.
Games and Scheduling
All age groups games will start the week of March 2nd. Each team will play two games a week, one weekday evening game and Saturday depending upon the age group. (High School division plays games on Monday and Thursday nights).
The official game schedule will be emailed to each parent via Sports Connection prior to the first week of games. The scheduling process takes some time and review before the final schedule is posted.
Age Group Game Schedule: Subject to change
Monday – Tops Soccer program, High School teams
Tuesday – U8 Boys, U10 Boys and U12 Boys
Wednesday – U5 and U6 Coed, U14/16 Boys and Girls (carry over of U8 Boys, U10 Boys and U12 Boys)
Thursday – U8 Girls, U10 Girls and U12 Girls
Saturday – U5 and U6 Coed, U8, U10, U12, U14 Boys and Girls
Team Uniforms and Soccer Balls
Each player is provided a soccer ball at the first practice. Please be sure to put your child’s name on it to ensure if it is left at the fields it can be returned to you. Uniforms will be handed out before Opening day and will only be given to the coach. The uniform kit consists of a jersey, shorts, and socks. A range of sizes are provided to help fit the players as best as possible. We do not take any number requests and please email us if you have uniform issues.
Season Updates and Communication
All communication is through email or text message.
Please email us if you have any questions or concerns at: [email protected]
Sign up for text message updates: IMPORTANT - In order for you to begin receiving text messages, you will need to first text: 2021SpringSOCCERCLUBS273 to 84483.
You can also download the Dick’s Team Manager app on your Apple or Android device. Use your Blue Sombrero login and password. This will give you mobile access to your child’s team roster, game reminders, etc.
Weather Notifications and Make Up Games
We will email parents if we have any rain outs, please note the City of Palm Beach Gardens makes the decisions on field closures. We usually do not make a decision until 5pm as we do our best to get the games played. If a game is rained out the Board will attempt to reschedule it to be played at a later date.
The concession stand is open Tuesday – Thursday, and on Saturday all day. Food and beverages are available for purchase.
All proceeds from the concession stand fund the Soccer Division Academic Scholarship fund.