Spring 2021 House Soccer
Below are key dates and details for the upcoming spring season as it pertains to U10, U12 and U14 boys’ and girls’ leagues (that’s kids in 3rd – 9th grade). Games will take place on Saturdays for all age groups. There may also be some games during the week earlier in the season.
NOTE: As in the fall 2020 season; due to the ongoing restriction of school sports activities, we’ve extended the U14 league to include 9th grade players.
Key dates for the spring 2021 season (U10, U12 & U14)
Thursday, January 7th – REGISTRATION OPEN
Sunday, March. 14th – REGISTRATION DEADLINE
Friday, March 19th – Rosters sent to families. Coaches will contact their teams and establish the practice schedule; initial game schedules released.
Monday, April 5th – Practices begin this week; first day that teams may officially practice.
Saturday, April 10th – Opening weekend. First games for all age groups.
NOTE: Some weekday games during the season (see generic schedule below).
Saturday, June 12th – Final weekend. Championship games for 1st and 2nd place (but every team still has a game).
Frequently asked questions
How do I request a specific team or carpool? During registration you may indicate your coach and/or carpool preferences. For those who register before the deadline we can usually accommodate these preferences but there are no guarantees. After the deadline it is unlikely. SO, REGISTER EARLY!
When are the games? Games are played each Saturday during the regular season, holidays notwithstanding. Additionally, a few games will occur in the evening during the week. All games are played at OBGC Park.
What times are the games? Saturday games are anytime between 9am and 3:30pm. Weekday games after 5pm.
When are practices? Teams typically practice once a week for an hour on Montgomery County fields in the Olney area, weekdays between 5-8pm. The actual time, location and frequency for each team is dictated by the head coach, so you won’t know specifics until your team and therefore head coach is assigned soon after the registration deadline.
What do I need to bring? OBGC provides team jerseys. The players must wear cleats, shin guards and socks that cover the guards entirely. As always, water is highly advisable.
Bring a ball to practice; U10s & U12s use size 4, U14s, size 5.
Who makes the playoffs? New in the spring 2019 season, not all teams make the playoffs but despite this, every team that wishes to continue playing up to the end of the season will have games.
Can my child “play up”? This is allowed at the specific request of the parent/guardian
Can my child “play down”? No. Not under any circumstance.
My child also plays Soccer in another league. Can he/she play with friends in the House program? Yes, however the number of “carded” players from other leagues will be limited on any given team.
League age groups and general schedules
U10: (3rd and 4th graders): format is 8v8, half-sized field, size 4 ball.
- U10 Boys – Saturday games on field #1B, weekday games on Mondays
- U10 Girls – Saturday games on field #1A, weekday games on Tuesdays
U12: (5th and 6th graders): format is 9v9, half-sized field, size 4 ball.
- U12 Boys – Saturday games on field #2B, weekday games on Wednesdays
- U12 Girls – Saturday games on field #2A, weekday games on Thursdays
U14: (7th and 9th graders): format is 11v11, full-sized field, size 5 ball.
- U14 Boys – Saturday & weekday games on field #4, weekday games on Wednesday
- U14 Girls – Saturday & weekday games on field #3, weekday games on Thursday
NOTE: Practices are established differently by each coach (see FAQ above)
All house soccer coaches and assistants are volunteers. If you’re interested in volunteering, please use the same player registration website as for players. Of course, it’s great if you know the sport but enthusiasm and a positive attitude is more important. We can help you with the basics such as how to manage games and structure meaningful practice sessions.
OBGC manages its own roster of young officials from our local community. If you’re 13 or older and a certified soccer referee we’re keen to add you to our roster of officials. Contact us at the email below.
If you’re interested in certifying as a referee, check out the state website below for available classes:
OBGC House Soccer Commissioner
2021 Spring Instructional and Developmental Soccer
The instructional program emphasizes basic soccer skills- dribbling, passing, receiving, and shooting. The program also heavily emphasizes good sportsmanship in a fun environment. Teams are co-ed and players are placed in groups of 10-12 per team.
The Instructional program is open to boys and girls Pre-K (must be 4 by September 1, 2020) through kindergarten.
There is no grading or tryouts for instructional Soccer nor is there and preseason or postseason play.
Schedule and Location
• Instructional Soccer sessions will run on Saturdays and will begin in early April. The season will run until late May or early June.
• All Sessions will take place at OBGC Park on field 4
• All sessions will follow this schedule: Pre-K 10:30am Kindergarten 11:30am
• Coaches will notify players with team information before Opening Day
• Please arrive at least 15 minutes early on Opening Day to locate your team and field space information. Volunteers will be available to help
The instructional fee is $150
Each player must wear shin guards and bring a #3 ball and water to each session
We are always looking for more coaches! If you enjoy working with and playing with children please consider volunteering. OBGC will be providing pre-season coach training TBD. Our coaches are the backbone to the OBGC programs. Their attitude and approach are what makes the difference in a child’s experience! If you are interested in coaching please sign up to coach on the OBGC website. All head and assistant coaches are required to pass a mandatory background check and to take an online NYSCA training in order to coach at OBGC.
OBGC U8 DEVELOPMENTAL ACADEMY
What is the U8 Developmental Academy?
OBGC is delighted to announce that registration is now open for our newly restructured developmental soccer program – the “U8 Developmental Academy.” This new program is open to all 1st and 2nd grade children and will be in place for the upcoming spring 2021 season and beyond.
The U8 Developmental Academy will be led by Alan Pringle and other OBGC Select Academy coaches. This is the first time players at the 1st and 2nd grade levels will get exposure to fully licensed, qualified, experienced coaches on both Tuesday night practices and Saturday game days. Each team will be assigned a Select Academy coach, assisted by a parent volunteer, who will work with the team throughout the season. Many of you will be familiar with some coaches from past seasons and we all look forward to kicking off the season ahead. Please visit our website at olneysoccer.org to view our coaching staff.
We are super excited to get the children back outside this spring! All county and state COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions will be followed. The U8 Developmental Academy’s professional staff will create a warm, welcoming, confidence building environment in which all young players are sure to have a blast!
Open to All 1st and 2nd Grade Children.
Our U8 Developmental Academy is the next progression for players graduating from our OBGC Instructional Program, as well as the perfect first experience for those new to the sport! The academy will provide young players with the ideal atmosphere to build their love for the game.
Under the guidance of experienced, qualified coaches, participants will learn both individual skills and basic team concepts using small-sided developmental games/scrimmages within a positive, play-oriented environment. The ultimate goal is to empower every player to continue their soccer experience either in the OBGC House or Select Soccer programs.
KEY PROGRAM DETAILS
Each player will be assigned to a specific team. 12-14 players/team.
A Select Academy Coach (licensed, professional coach) as well as a parent volunteer assistant coach will work with each team throughout the season at practices and games.
One practice and one game each week.
50 minute, 4v4 format for all games. No preseason or postseason play.
Practice and Game Schedule
The first practice will take place Tuesday, April 13th with the first Saturday games beginning April 17th.
Tuesday Practices (OBGC Field 3):
Saturday games (OBGC Field 3):
Each player must wear shin guards and bring either a size 3 or 4 soccer ball and water to each practice and game.
Soccer cleats are not mandatory but are recommended.
OBGC will adhere to all county and state COVID guidelines and restrictions. With the situation often changing from week to week, we will provide updates along the way. At this point in time, all coaches and players are required to wear masks. Parents are encouraged to drop players off at the field and then return to cars for the duration of practices and games. We will send out more detailed information regarding COVID procedures prior to the start of the program on Tuesday April 20th.
Parent Volunteer Assistant Coaches
We are always looking for parent volunteer coaches! If you enjoy working with children and would like to be involved with the program, please consider volunteering. Parent volunteer coaches will assist Select Academy coaches at both practices and games. There will be occasional Saturday games in which the volunteer coach will take the lead.
We thank you very much for offering your time and we know for sure that all the players and families will have a blast!!
A Note about Registration
Due to a rapidly growing program and a limited number of fields and volunteer coaches, OBGC is forced to limit the number of players in each league and on each team. Please register as early as possible.
Questions regarding registration should be directed to email@example.com.