Our Philosophy

RYSA’s Rec soccer program is designed to teach players soccer skills, teamwork and sportsmanship in an environment where participation and fun are the focus, not competition. The philosophy of the RYSA Recreational Soccer program is to ensure that all Rochester area youth have the opportunity to learn the game of soccer. The program provides a low-cost, safe and structured soccer experience for all area youth in grades 1-12 and can serve as a starting point before moving to more competitive programs.

REC: General Information

RYSA’s Rec league is a recreational soccer program for players from 1st-12th grade. Players learn the game, make friends and have fun in an encouraging and positive environment.

Through RYSA’s Rec league, teams only play teams from Rochester and the nearby surrounding areas. To encourage a fun and developmental atmosphere, each child plays at least half of each game, no matter the skill level. Scores and league standings are not recorded.

Spring 2015 Recreation League

The Spring 2015 Rec season runs for 7 weeks. Teams will practice twice a week in the evenings and games will be held on Saturdays from April 18 through June 6, 2015.

Practices will officially start the week of April 13, 2015 or coaches may optionally start practice a week earlier if the weather and field conditions allow for it.

Grades 1-12 will participate in league play. Teams will play games against other teams of the same grades and gender.

When registering your child for the Spring Rec 2015 season, be sure to select the grade that they are currently in for the 2014-15 school year.

Each player must wear shoes, shin guards, socks that completely cover the shin guards, shorts or long pants and a team shirt.   Soccer shoes are strongly recommended but shoes are not required to have cleats. Tennis shoes are allowed. If the shoes are not soccer shoes but they do have cleats, they must not have any sharp edges. Shoes with toe cleats are not allowed. Glasses must be secured by a strap and no jewelry can be worn.


Spring 2015 Rec Registration Fees

EARLY BIRD Registration (November 1, 2014 - January 18, 2015)
Grades 1-4 = $70
Grades 5-12 = $85

GENERAL Registration (January 19, 2015 - February 15, 2015)
Grades 1-4 = $80
Grades 5-12 = $95

Late registrations (those after February 15, 2015) will be charged at the General Registration rate. Late registrations will only be placed on teams if there is space available.

Please remember, RYSA does not form school or neighborhood teams. While RYSA will attempt to place your child in your preferred practice area, this is dependent on the availability of coaches in that area.

However, as part of a player's registration, parents can request to have 1 friend placed on the same team as their child. Only 1 friend request will be allowed and both families involved must request each other in order for this request to be considered. We will do our best to honor these requests.

No other special requests for car pooling, for players to be placed on teams with additional friends or to be placed on teams with certain coaches will be honored.

Spring 2015 Rec Practice Schedule - Rochester teams  
Grade Practice Days
1st Grade
Monday & Wednesday
2nd Grade
Tuesday & Thursday
3rd Grade
Monday & Wednesday
4th Grade
Tuesday & Thursday
5th Grade
Monday & Wednesday
6th Grade
Tuesday & Thursday
7th Grade and older
Coach's choose practice nights

Spring 2015 Rec Practice Schedule - Outlying communities

Practice nights for teams in Byron, DE, KM, PEM, PIZM and St Charles may vary. Contact your local coordinator (see the Rec Contacts page) for more information.

Rec League Information for Parents, Players and Coaches

Important Information for Coaches


Rec Coach's Meeting - March 21st (Willow Creek Middle School Cafeteria)

  • 1st and 2nd Grade Coaches
    • Meeting - 8:30 to 8:50
    • Coaching Clinic - 9:00 to 9:45
  • 3rd and 4th Grade Coaches
    • Meeting - 9:30 to 9:50
    • Coaching Clinic - 10:00 to 10:45
  • 5th and 6th Grade Coaches
    • Meeting - 10:30 to 10:50
    • Coaching Clinic - 11:00 to 11:45
  • 7th Grade and Up Coaches
    • Meeting - 11:30 to 11:50

Required Items!

  • All coaches are required to complete a background check prior to coaching an RYSA team.  This check needs to be completed once each year for the MYSA calendar year, July 16 through July 15.  
    • Follow this link to find the instructions for completing the background check as well as a link to the McDowell Agency website. 
    • The userid and password to login with are MYSROC/MYSROC. 
  • Also, as of the Fall 2011 season, all coaches are required to complete the free CDC online training course "Concussion Training for Coaches".  This needs to be completed  every three years.  
    • Follow this link to view the course.  All coaches must print out the certificate upon completion of the course and turn it in to RYSA prior to coaching an RYSA team.
    • For more information about the new MN Concussion law and MYSA's new policy regarding this law, please follow these links.