Nearly every soccer player starts his or her career on the recreational level.
Recreational teams are devoted to the enjoyment and development of players, without the emphasis on competition. Approximately 75% of players registered by U.S. Youth Soccer nationwide each year are recreational players.
In Wisconsin, all teams Under-10 and younger are classified as recreational. Oregon SC also fields recreational teams at older ages, providing opportunities for children to have fun, learn soccer and develop life skills, including a lifelong love of the game.
Recreational teams are formed randomly, and Oregon SC strives to accept all children who are interested in playing, roster limits notwithstanding. The use of tryouts, invitations, recruiting or any similar process to roster players to a specific recreational team on the basis of talent or ability is prohibited by U.S. Youth Soccer policy. Virtually all recreational team coaches are unpaid parent volunteers.
Our 4K Kickers and Rookie League programs follow U.S. Youth Soccer and U.S. Soccer Federation guidelines for the youngest players, using fun games involving soccer balls and soccer movements to help them take their first steps in the sport.
Oregon SC's Under-7/8 in-house program, which is run in conjunction with Verona Soccer Club, and Under-9/10 program focus on helping players develop individual skills and learn the game without concern about game results.
Our Academy program, which is accredited by the Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association, was created as a bridge to our competitive program. It offers Under-9/10 players twice weekly training sessions with professional coaches, while the Under-8 Pre-Academy program gives players at that age a similar experience.
Recreational teams for Under-11 and older provide playing opportunities for a diverse group of children. This group includes those who want to try to earn a spot on a competitive team the next season, players who are simply interested in fun and staying active, those who have busy schedules with other activities but still want to play soccer and other families for which competitive soccer isn't a feasible option.