Each year, Novato Youth Soccer Association is tasked with forming fair and equitable teams. With nearly 1200 recreation league players, our volunteer staff, form teams based on a blind draft using three criteria. The criteria for forming teams are: Player Ranking (if applicable), Grade/School, and Home address.
In years past, NYSA has honored Special Requests for team placement, and this has created an enormously complicated registration process, as well as unbalanced teams.
Team assignments are zip code based, with attention to grade in school and school of attendance, but attending the same school does not guarantee kids will be placed on the same team. In the event of extenuating circumstances (i.e. medical necessities) a request may be made by attending an in person registration session and submitting a written request for review on a case by case basis by the NYSA President or Vice President.
Each Recreation league coach is offered two, one-hour practice slots at a pre-scheduled field. Most recreation league teams practice twice a week starting during the first week of August and complete practicing at season’s end.
Opening Day Play Soccer Celebration
Each year, Novato Youth Soccer Association celebrates opening day with its parade march around San Marin High School track. This year, the 2017 Fall Season opening day celebration will take place on Saturday, August 19. Your team coach will review details of this event, approximately two weeks prior to opening day festivities.
The 2017 Fall Recreation League Fall Season will begin on Saturday, August 19, 2017. Teams will play games on Saturdays and possibly on Sundays, based on registration numbers and field availability. Teams typically have only one game per week, and ten games during the course of the season. There are no playoffs for the 1st - 4th grade teams. All players receive a league medal for participating. All medal are distributed by the head coach, typically at the end of season party.
The 2017 Fall Recreation League Fall Season will begin on Saturday, August 19, 2017. Teams will play games on Saturdays and possibly on Sundays, based on registration numbers and field availability. Teams typically have only one game per week, and ten games during the course of the season.
The older, 5th - High School, Recreation league teams will participate in the NYSA Play Soccer Opening Day Celebration, and participate in the Marin Interleague Soccer Alliance for games. The Marin Interleague Soccer Alliance is a group of eight Marin soccer clubs, and was formed to ensure that our players had the opportunity to play soccer against teams throughout Marin, while ensuring fair and competitive play. The schedule for all NYSA 5th - High School NYSA teams may be found on the MISA website at www.misasoccer.org, during the active fall season.
The Novato Youth Soccer Association is proudly made up of more than 200 volunteers to make each season better than the last. From the 15 board members, to the 200 volunteer coaches, NYSA is an organization built from the pride of its volunteers.
It is with your help that NYSA continues to improve, and in the end, none of this would be possible without you. If you are interested in volunteering as a coach or assistant coach, or would like to find out what board roles are open, please contact us to learn more.
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