Overview of the SAM Rec League

     

Important Information for All SAM Rec Coaches - PLEASE CLICK HERE 

SAM Rec is an 8-Week Recreational Soccer League.  The Spring league runs from April through June and the Fall league runs from September through November.

Fall 2017 SAM Rec League Dates:  September 9-November 5 (no games the weekend of October 7-8)

Special Notes:

  • All games will be played at the Maryland SoccerPlex.
  • Players will receive a full SAM uniform (jersey, shorts and socks) - only given out ONCE a year during the Fall season
  • Players must provide their own shinguards, which are required to be worn during all games.
  • Teams usually practice one to two times per week (usually on weekday evenings as determined by the coach).

Registration

The SAM Rec soccer league focuses on the three main aspects of soccer:

  1. Player Participation
  2. Player Development
  3. Fun!

As your child develops and progresses through the SAM Rec league different skill sets are developed.

Fall 2017-Spring 2018 SAM Recreation (Rec) Age Chart

How to Read the Age Division Table

  • Find the month the player was born
  • In that column, find the year the player was born
  • Scan to the left to find your proper age group
  • H.S. Division includes DOBs in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 and part of 2003
  • Players and teams may only play up one year
  • Players and teams may not play down in an age group

Click here for a PDF version of the NEW SAM Rec Age Chart

Click here for a PDF version of the NEW SAM Rec standards

Click here for a PDF version of the NEW field dimensions for SAM Rec.

Build Out Lines

Build out lines will be used to promote playing the ball out of the back in an unpressured setting. When the goalkeeper has the ball, either during play or from a goal kick, the opposing team should move behind the build out line. Once the opposing team is behind the build out line, the goalkeeper can pass or throw/roll the ball to a teammate (no punting). After the ball is put into play by the goalkeeper, the opposing team can cross the build out line and play resumes as normal.

6U & 7U

  • Provides an atmosphere for player development and enjoyment of the game.
  • Promotes having fun wtih the ball while learning the fundamentals.​
  • Game format:
    • 4 v 4 (no goalkeeper)
    • Scores and standings are not kept
    • Recommended roster size of 12 
    • 8 minute quarters 
    • Size 3 ball

8U, 9U & 10U

  • Provides an atmosphere for player development and enjoyment of the game.
  • Promotes having fun wtih the ball while learning the fundamentals.​
  • Games teach players to test their ball skills and improve their awareness

  • Game format:
    • 7 v 7 including a goalkeeper
    • Scores and standings are kept
    • Build out lines will be used - see above
    • Maximum roster size of 12 
    • 25 minute halves

11U & 12U

  • Focuses on developing a relationship with their teammates in a fun environment.
  • Games teach players to test their ball skills and improve their awareness.
  • Games are free flowing, coach-guided and enable all players on the field to participate in all aspects of the game.
  • Game format:
    • 9 v 9 including a goalkeeper
    • Scores and standings are kept
    • Maximum roster size of 14
    • 30 minute halves 

13U & 14U

  • Focuses on ball skills and decision making.
  • Key elements for player development, focus on enjoyment and insight into the game as well as fitness, mental toughness and results.
  • Game format:
    • 11 v. 11 including a goalkeeper
    • Scores and standings kept
    • Maximum roster size of 18
    • 35 minute halves 

High School

  • Focuses on ball skills and decision making.
  • Key elements for player development, focus on enjoyment and insight into the game as well as fitness, mental toughness and results.
  • Game format:
    • 11 v. 11 including a goalkeeper
    • Scores and standings kept
    • Maximum roster size of 22 
    • 40 minute halves 

IMPORTANT DATES - Fall 2017 Season (8 game season)

  • June 1 – Registration opens
  • June 13 & 15 – SAM SELECT Combine
  • July 15 – Early registration deadline – price increases by $10
  • July 15 – Returning player deadline (last day to be guaranteed a spot on your previous season’s team)
  • July 20 – SAM European Trip Tryout #1
  • August 1 – SAM European Trip Tryout #2
  • August 3 – SAM Rec & SELECT coaches meeting at 7pm inside the Discovery Sports Center
  • August 11 – Game request deadline (any requests after this date WILL NOT be honored unless in cases of emergencies)
  • August 11 – Last date to sign up for a team (Rec & SELECT)
  • August 13 – Kick n’ Shop at the Clarksburg Premium Outlets (10am-1pm)
  • August 14 – Practice schedule release
  • August 15 – SAM SELECT Combine for 9U-11U players (2007-2010) at 6:30-8pm
  • August 16 – SAM SELECT Combine for 12U+ players (2001-2006) at 6:30-8pm
  • August 17 – SAM European Tryout #3
  • August 18 – Last date to apply for financial aid
  • August 19 – SAM Day at Dick’s Sporting Goods (Rio Washingtonian Center 9am-1pm)
  • August 23 – Game schedule release
  • August 28 – Uniform distribution begins
  • September 9- 10 – First weekend of games
  • September 15 – Player registration deadline (no registrations will be taken after this date)
  • September 15 – Roster frozen (no players may be added to your team for any reason after this date)
  • September 16-17 – League week 2
  • September 23-24 – League week 3
  • September 30-October 1 – League week 4
  • September 30 – SAM Soccer player escorts at the Washington Spirit vs Seattle Reign game (7pm) 
  • October 7-8 – NO GAMES – Discovery Cup
  • October 14-15 – League week 5
  • October 17 – D.C. United Clinic
  • October 21-22 – League week 6
  • October 22 – SAM Day at D.C. United at 4pm
  • October 25 - SAM Night at Buffalo Wild Wings
  • October 28-29 – League week 7 & Manna Food Drive
  • November 4-5 – Last weekend of games
  • December 13 - SAM Night at Buffalo Wild Wings