Little Pioneers (Pre-K through 2nd Graders)
: This program is an in house program for our Pre-K through 2nd graders. All games are held right here in Oregon City. This is the beginning level of soccer. The Pre-K and Kinder teams are co-ed and play on smaller fields. The 1st and 2nd grade age levels split into gender specific teams*.
Teams will be formed based on grade when possible. In order to form teams some players may be put on a mixed grade team (no more than one grade - players may not play down). If numbers do not warrant separate teams, children could be placed on co-ed teams.
Game Design for Recreational Soccer
Little Pioneers Rules of Play
All players must be registered in accordance with the rules of the club. Prior to any player being assigned to a team, the player must be in good standing with the club and all fees paid. Coaches are not allowed to add players to their roster without the written consent of either the registrar or a board member and coaches will not allow any players to practice with their team unless they are registered as player with Oregon City Soccer Club.
A player may "play up" in the next age division if space is available on a team. No player may "play up"
two age divisions. No exceptions.
A player may not play down an age group. They must at least play in
the age division where their birth date falls, regardless of where they were
Recreational soccer team assignments are probably the least pleasant part of the season for our staff. It’s a challenge to assign nearly 800 kids to 80+ teams. Even though we try, we cannot possibly make everyone happy. To help you better understand our process we have “briefly” summarized the team assignment process:
Players are reassigned to the same roster unless we are asked not to do so. Late registrants are only added to those rosters as space allows; just because a player was on a certain team last year doesn’t guarantee that same placement if the registration is late. New Club members are assigned to teams based on space, the school attended and if possible, teammate requests.
PK - Kindergarten teams will play 3 v 3 games.
1st & 2nd grade teams will play 4 v 4 games.
Our goal is to assure adequate playing time (in recreational soccer, each player WILL play at least 50% of each game, unless there is a disciplinary issue) as well as provide for adequate substitutions in the event missing players.
During the registration process we do allow for parents to “request” players or coaches. Parent coaches always have their child on their team. We want to stress that although you may have requested a teammate or coach, we will NOT guarantee to accommodate your request.
We allow a parent to coach their own child, so long as they are the same age as the rest of the team. We also allow each team to have one assistant coach, and that parent may also have their child on the team. Teams are limited to ONLY two registered coaches. Other parents may help as long as one of the registered and approved coaches is present.
Recreation coaches are all volunteers that dedicate significant amounts of time to the team. Each year we welcome our coaches back. If they volunteer again and we are not aware of any significant issues with the team, they are given the first option to again coach that team.
We do not allow coaches to pick their team or to add a new player to their team simply because they request a child. Any new kids are assigned based upon the process that was explained above.
Oregon City Soccer Club will field as many teams as possible, as long as there are enough parent volunteers to coach them.
We understand that this process is not perfect. We also understand that 1% of our families will be upset that their requests are not accommodated. To these families we appreciate their frustration and apologize that we are not able to accommodate your request.
We encourage players to register EARLY!