The recreational season practices begin in mid-August for the U7 – U19 age groups. The U5 and U6 division teams do not have weekday practices. Games begin in late August or early September, depending on the age group. The season ends in early November for all age groups. League games are run solely by San Ramon FC in the U5 to U10 age groups and in conjunction with other local area clubs in the U11 – U19 age groups.
Some games are held on Saturdays and some are held on Sunday. SRFC reserves the right to schedule games on either weekend day. U11 and U14 teams will play games in San Ramon and Dublin, while the U16 – U19 teams will play in San Ramon and other East Bay communities.
Recreational teams are typically formed in late July or early August. In some cases, teams may be formed earlier than that, depending on registration in each age group. Players are assigned to teams by the San Ramon FC staff. Teams are formed using these primary factors:
- Parity of teams
- Player zip code and school attended
- Home location of coaches
- Field availability
San Ramon FC is focused on creating a fair, balanced and enjoyable soccer experience for all its players. Our goal is to create equally competitive teams with varying levels of player skill. As such, families should expect the possibility of assignment to a team that practices anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes from their home, somewhere in San Ramon.
Practice will begin in mid-August for U7 – U19 teams and the games begin the weekend prior to Labor Day. U7 – U19 families must expect to practice on any days(s) of the week at the discretion of the coach based on the availability of the coach. The U5-U6 practices/games are held on Saturdays following Labor Day. Game schedules will be posted by San Ramon FC in mid-August with most age groups playing approximately nine or ten games per season.
Coaches are selected by the San Ramon FC Development Director from the parent volunteers who express interest. Volunteering to coach offers a rewarding opportunity to work with children and build their individual and team playing skills. All coaches and assistant coaches are required to register with the club and to get fingerprinted for a background check. SRFC provides support to volunteer coaches by providing coaching curriculum handouts and free coaching clinics beginning in August. Additional training is available through CYSA and NSCAA coaching courses.
We place an emphasis on skill development and creativity by providing coaches with United States Soccer Federation guidelines to help practices run smoother. Through age appropriate exercises and small-sided games, players learn basic fundamentals and technical execution at an early age, while still having fun. Depending on the work or personal schedules of our head coaches, they will determine the best days and times so they can be in the available fields to conduct practice sessions.
Practice times can start as early as 4:00 pm or as late as 6:30 pm, and families, by registering, agree to the possibility of a start anywhere in this time frame. We cannot guarantee a start time, so parents should have their calendar open for a start time in the window provided.
San Ramon FC is proudly made up of more than 200 volunteers to make each season better than the last. From the board members, volunteer coaches and assistant coaches. San Ramon FC is an organization built from the pride of its volunteers. It is with your help that San Ramon FC continues to improve, and in the end, none of this would be possible without your help. If you are interested in volunteering as a coach, assistant coach, or referee please contact us to learn more.