What is recreation soccer?

Mission and Purpose:

The mission of the Salmon Creek Recreational Program is to provide local youth with a supportive and fun soccer environment. The program is all inclusive and welcomes players of all skill levels. The club makes all efforts to provide the best quality program, best trained coaches, and still be cost effective. This family focused program provides a focus on the pleasures of playing the game and being involved with a team. Team memberships offers children a foundation in valuable life lessons. Sportsmanship, teamwork, doing your best, living a healthy lifestyle with exercise, and experiencing the joys and sorrows of competition are just some of the things your child will learn on a soccer team.

Program Basics:

The core of the club: The Salmon Creek Soccer Club is staffed and run by volunteers at all levels. All of our recreational coaches are volunteers who donate many hours of their time to working with the players, attending training sessions, and organizing the team. To allow coaches to do what they do best - coach - they need a circle of volunteers to keep things flowing. From team parents who keep track of the rosters and snacks to the board members that make sure the club keeps running, we could not function without volunteers. The Salmon Creek family includes parents, aunts, uncles, brothers and sisters, and even volunteers whose children have grown up. We need YOU! Register to help as a coach or team manager here. To join the vital group of volunteers that run the recreational program, click here to email our recreation registrar for more information on available jobs and the time commitment each requires. Board/Committee members who successfully perform their duties and attend at least 6 of the 12 meetings will receive a $95 credit that can be used for any program fee.

Creating a team: Teams are formed by the club registrar who works hard to accomodate many factors. Players who were on a team the previous year and register before the priority registration deadlines are assigned first. Next, the registrar looks at coach and buddy requests. We understand that juggling home, work, and soccer is difficult and sometimes you need help. We will attempt to make sure that buddies who carpool stay together. Then we start filling in the empty spots. Forming teams is a true juggling act, we are moving kids around constantly to put the new coach and his/her child on the team that needs them, sometimes we don't have enough kids to form a new team in an age group. This can involve moving multiple players to allow everyone to play. One final issue is that we allow players to continue to register after the initial teams are formed. Depending on the date that you register, we may only have limited options for you because we have already sent the club's team list in to the association. They need time to create the schedule. Our goal at Salmon Creek is to find a way for every child to play and we do our best to make that happen. You can help us by registering before June 30th for Fall season and before March 1st in the Spring. Please be patient while we form teams!

So the coach has called - now what?: Rules are available on the documents page and understanding the rules will help both you and your child enjoy their soccer experience. Practice at the recreational level is usually fairly short and geared to the age of your child. Attending all practices that you possible can is beneficial in more ways than one. Your child will improve their basic skills faster, their understanding of the game will grow, and they will know what to do on game day. One of those life lessons that every child takes away from a team sport is that their actions have consequences for the whole team. They are a part of a team that needs to be whole on practice day in order for the coach to be effective at teaching the skills the players will need to develop individual skills but also team skills. The time a team puts into practice provides them with the opportunity to learn the positions they will play, lets the coach figure out the best position for each player to play for their natural abilities, and for them to learn how to work together to carry out a well organized offense and defense. Practice times are the only time a coach can walk around the players adjusting body position and technique, take the errors from the previous game and help the players learn to overcome them, and teach them the tactical knowledge they need to play a game that doesn't have timeouts for the coach to adjust their play. An ill child should always stay home and rest and get well. Family obligations will sometimes get in the way but part of being on a team requires commitment. They committed to this team and should fulfull their obligations as a team member which includes going to regualrly scheduled practices. Many coaches are taking advantage of BonziTeam to manage their team.

Remember that your coach is a volunteer, maybe a brand new coach, so be patient with them as they learn along with your child. However, your coach should never be abusive, berate the players, or discipline with excessive exercise. If you have a concern, the coach coordinator wants to hear from you. Depending on the problem, the situation can be handled a number of ways. Most often, the coach coordinator will quietly watch a practice and/or a game to observe the situation first hand and go from there to solve the problem. The solutions can include everything from a quiet word, more training, or in a few very rare instances replacement. More often than not it is just a matter of retraining the coach to a more appropriate method of doing things. Never be afraid to contact the coach coordinator with questions or concerns. Unless there is a disciplinary issue, all registered players will have approximately 50% playing time. Be realisic in your expectation for the amount of time your child spends on the field. The number of subs available sometimes means that one or more players will spend more time on the field than others. Some things that you may not be aware of impacts playing time that is related to field positions. Not every child can play every position and be effective and have fun. So...this means your coach will make playing time decisions based on who is sitting on the bench. The next game will probably be different. My advice: sit back, enjoy the game, and cheer loudly.

Gametime courtesy: Cheering brings us to an un-fun discussion. Sideline comments by family members need to be positive at all times. Please leave the coaching to the coach. The reality is that your child can only listen to one voice at a time for instructions. For the good of the team, please let that voice be the coach's. What your child should hear are positive and supportive comments. "Good hustle!" "Nice shot!" and the always ambiguous "Way to go ___(insert color or team name)" Salmon Creek Soccer Club has a zero tolerance policy for abusive or vulgar language. Your coach has an incident report if it's needed. We are a family organization participating in sports in public parks. Keep the little kids running around in mind and be a positive role model. Referees have the authority to insist coaches request that parents follow the rules regarding language and behavior. If the problem doesn't end there, your child's team could be at risk of forfeiting their game. Every coach is held responsible for the behavior of their supporters. Please do not punish your team. Keep tempers and behavior in check. Follow the rules when you are playing away, every club may have slightly different rules regarding spectator seating, pets, certain foods on turf fields, etc.

Treat your referee well: Referees have the final word on everything that happens in a game. Yes, they may make a mistake. Yes, they may not see what happened. They will make calls based on what they see not on what the coach or spectators see. In most cases the referee is only 3 or 4 years older than the kids on the team. They all start out together. Young referees start out with the U6 and U7 games. Just as the players don't always understand the rules, the referee is learning how to make the right call and learning how to try and see the whole field. They begin their careers outnumbered 6:1 and by the time they get to refereeing U11 and older it's 22:3. These are someone else's kids. Treat them like you would want your child treated if they were doing a really hard job in public. Salmon Creek will not tolerate the abuse of it's young referees. No one wins if the referee goes home crying. Police your fellow supporters, speak up if issues arise. In severe cases, find out the person's name or which player they were there to support and provide the information to the coach. On the other hand, sometimes there is a problem with the referee. Please follow these steps in handling it. After the game talk to the coach about what your heard or witnessed. He/she may not have witnessed the incident. Let the coach approach the referee after the game to discuss it away from the players. Continuing problems should be brought to the attention of referee coordinator. Many times problems can be solved by the referee coordinator assigning a mentor to the young referee. Training versus punishment is always going to be our first attempt.

Garbage, nets and your game field: Fields require a certain amount of cooperation between club, coach, and families. Garbage is one of our biggest problems. Pack it in, pack it out. Take a look around the field as you leave and pick up anything you see. The county will call us if there is a problem with garbage left on the field because it damages the mowers and other field maintenance equipment. The first home team on a field is responsible for setting up the field and the last team must put them away. The open and close schedule is posted in the recreational dropbox folder. If you are in charge of checking on this, your coach can provide you with the link or you may email the recreation registrar. Your coach needs to be focused on the job of coaching so 2 parents working together can have the nets up or down in very short order. Please be cognizant of this issue and help out. Once you get past the U6/U7 age, nets are very difficult to take down alone. It is the pits to be the coach that gets done packing the gear away after the post-game team meeting is over and realize the nets are still up. Your help will be greatly appreciated by your coach. Nets that are left up run the risk of being vandalized or stolen. Replacing a set of nets at $300 to $500, or worse if the goals themselves are stolen, totally blows our chances of keeping fees the same for the following season. The last coach of the day will always be called back to the field to put them away. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, the coach's job is to please be the nice parent and help out.


The recreational program within the Salmon Creek Soccer Club (SCSC) was established in 1976. There are many purposes and benefits of the recreational program. The primary purpose is to promote and develop youth soccer within our community. The recreational program is truly the foundation and cornerstone for all other programs within the community. The recreational program provides soccer opportunities to all youth between the ages of 5 and 19. Playing recreational soccer allows players to particpate in a great sport while still being fairly close to home for practices and most games. As part of the Southwest Washington Youth Soccer Association (SWYSA), the recreational program tries to compete with teams at equivalent skill levels within the southwest Washington area. Keep this thought in mind: Nearly every soccer superstar from the Women's National Team to the MLS Pros was 5 yrs old once and probably played recreational soccer in their hometown.

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