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Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Mid-County Soccer Club is dedicated t providing affordable, high-quality opportunities for young people to play soccer in Santa Cruz

Recreation FAQ

Most questions can be answered by looking over the new Mid County Soccer website.  

What are Rec or Recreation Teams?

Rec which stands for Recreation is the largest program of Santa Cruz Mid-County Youth Soccer. Over 500 kids play on our Fall Recreation Teams!  Recreation means everyone gets to play. No tryouts!

When is registration?

Registration for the Fall Recreation league runs from April 1 -June 1. If space is available late registration will run from June 1 - June 30.

How do I register?

Click HERE to register online or to download and mail in the registration form.

What is the cost and are scholarships available?

U8 and above - registration received before June 1st - $135 per player for first two children in a family.

Third child in same family is $85

Registration for U6 players - $85

Registration postmarked after June 1st - $135 plus a $25 late fee = $160*

Registrations received after July 1st will be placed on waiting list.*

*If registration form is received after June 1st and there is no additional room we will return registration fees and the child will not be registered.

Yes, scholarships* are available!

Email recregistrar@midcountysoccer.org for more info.


Question: What is the youngest age a child must be in order to register?

Answer: Players must be 4 years old by July 31, 2014 to qualify for the U6 group.

Question: When does the season start?

Answer: The Fall season begins in mid-August and ends before Thanksgiving.

Question: What equipment do I need?

Answer: Each child needs cleats, shin guards, soccer socks, water bottle and a soccer ball for practices. Soccer balls come in different sizes; #3 for U8, #4 for U10 & U12, #5 for U14 and up. Many sporting goods stores and others offer soccer supplies. Ask your coach or contact the club if you have further questions.

Question: When will I hear from my coach?

Answer: Coaches will contact team members by the middle of August.  Please be sure your contact information is correct.

Question: How often are practices held?

Answer: Each volunteer coach chooses his practice time and field and will let the players know this information when he/she contacts them in mid August. Most practices are held Tuesday/Thursday or Monday/Wednesday for an hour to an hour-and-a-half at local practice fields (see Fields page). Some coaches vary the times and days.

Question: When are rec games and is there co-ed teams?

Answer: Girls and Boys have separate teams. Games are on Saturdays. Game times vary throughout the day. We try to form teams based on the neighborhood

Question: What is the structure of the Under 6 teams?

Answer: Games are also on Saturdays and have the following structure:  ½ hour practice followed by ½ game time. Scores are not kept. U6 teams practice 1 hour a week.

Question: How do I contact the league?

Answer: See the Contact information page.

Question: What is the refund policy?

Answer: All refund requests must be in writing. Requests received before August 31st will be refunded less a $32 processing fee.. NO REFUNDS AFTER September 1st.

Question: Can I request a coach or team?

Answer: We do not take special team, friend or coach requests.


Please review our Team Formation Policy:

How We Form Our Recreation Teams It is the goal of Mid-County Youth Soccer to make balanced teams,based as much as possible around the player's neighborhood and/or school. In attempting to balance the teams, age group coordinators will consider the player's age, school grade and soccer experience. A player may not request a coach nor may a coach request a player (of course, a coach's child will be assigned to his/her team).

Coaches for our recreation teams are all volunteers.

A coach will choose the practice time and location that fits his or her schedule

It is the policy of Mid-County Youth Soccer not to make changes in rosters once the teams are created.

We try our best to make balanced neighborhood teams and cannot accommodate each family's busy schedule or requests.

Coaches may not add or drop players from their rosters. Only the club registrar may add new players. Rosters are made with the players whose registrations are complete when the registration period ends.

Late registrations may be accepted but players will be placed with teams on a space available basis only.

If MCYSC cannot accommodate players because of space, we will refer parents to other local clubs that may have space.**

*These guidelines may be modified to give consideration to households with multiple players or families with hardships although we cannot guarantee that your requests will be accommodated.

For hardship considerations families must provide this information by attaching a note at the time of registration.

It maybe impossible to make changes after rosters have been completed.