The Montclair Soccer Club U10-U19 Recreational program is designed for players age 9 to 18 who want to play soccer for FUN and with a lower level of commitment and travel than competitive programs. MSC’s recreational teams play in the Jack London Youth Sports Soccer League (JLYSSL) or the Cal North – Cal Soccer League (CCSL). No tryouts are required to play on a recreational team. A typical U10 team has 10-14 players on their roster while older teams will have a roster of 14-16 players.
The primary season is in the Fall starting just after Labor Day and ending in mid-November. Many JLYSL teams also participate in the Jack London Referee Appreciation Tournament held immediately following the fall season.
The U10-U19 teams predominantly play in the Jack London Youth Soccer Sports League (JLYSSL). JLYSSL is comprised of six East Bay soccer clubs including Alameda Soccer Club, East Bay United, Grass Valley Soccer Club, Oakland Soccer Club, Piedmont Soccer Club and MSC. Games are played between teams from each of the six clubs. Information about JLYSSL can be found at www.JLYSL.org. Some older MSC teams play in the Cal North – Cal Soccer League (CCSL). Information about CCSL can be found at www.calnorth.org/ccsl/ccsl/.
The program is run primarily by volunteer parent coaches. Teams have the opportunity to schedule training sessiosn with one our professional soccer coaches. The 24/7 Soccer Academy trainers help promote and maintain a high standard of coaching that MSC strives to achieve.
Girls and Boys teams are formed in August from the pool of players who registered in the previous April-May registration period. Generally teams are formed in two-year age groupings, i.e., U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18 by a Volunteer Age Group Coordinator. The Age Group Coordinator assigns players to teams based on information provided at registration, i.e., previous team affiliation, gender, family requests for friends, coaches, and by school.
Teams consist of 10 to 16 players! Teams are flighted based on age and skill level. The League publishes the schedules of the games.
Use the Cal North Age Matrix at http://www.calnorth.org/programs/registration/age_matrix/ to determine the age group for your player.
Fall practices start the last week of August. Each team practices once per week for approximately 1-1/2 hours.
Children must be registered and on a team roster in order to practice and/or play.
The program scheduled is determine by the League but generally consist of 10 games in the Fall Season, commencing the 1st Saturday after Labor Day.
The Spring Season generally lasts 8 weeks commencing in late March or early April. For 2015, the eight-match JLYSSL spring season begins Saturday, March 28, running through Sunday, May 31. No regular matches will be scheduled Sunday, April 4 (Easter Day) and May 23–24 (Memorial Day Weekend), but teams may request make-up matches for May 23–24. The weekend of June 6–7 is reserved for make-up matches in the event there are two rainout weekends during the spring season
U10-19 matches are played at a variety of fields as scheduled by the League.
JLYSL field info: http://www.jlysl.org/fields.asp
CCLS field info: http://events.gotsport.com/events/fields.aspx?EventID=33557&FieldID=
Uniforms and Equipment
All players must wear shin guards and soccer cleats (no baseball cleats allowed) to all games and practices. Beginning with the 2014 Fall Season, families will need to purchase a uniform kit before the start of the season. Please navigate to the Uniforms page under the Recreational tab for additional information.
Fall: Registration for Fall teams begin generally run from April 1 and will close on May 31.
Spring: Registration for Spring teams open in March on a space available basis for new players.
Please visit this website in January/February to check for announcements for the exact registration dates each year.