WE INVITE YOU TO BECOME PART OF THE KICKERS FAMILY
The Richmond Kickers Recreational (Rec) Soccer Program provides an opportunity for young people in our community to develop healthy life skills and team skills through active participation in the beautiful game of soccer. Our core values are teamwork, fairness and communication, while nurturing a positive environment to strive for excellence. The Kickers offer two, full soccer seasons in the fall and spring, providing a fun and safe environment for children ages 3-19. The focus is participation, team building, sportsmanship and fun while kids learn the game of soccer in a minimally competitive environment.
Children in our U4 (under 4 years old), U5 and U6 age divisions learn ball handling skills and improve coordination with fun games and activities in a relaxed environment. They learn to love the game of soccer and make lasting friendships on and off the field. As the age divisions get older; U8, U10, U12, U14 U16 and U19, practices become more structured with age appropriate drills focusing on field positioning, ball control, game strategy and scrimmages. Led by our dedicated volunteer coaches, players develop into strong, confident individuals that appreciate teamwork, commitment and pride in being a part of the Kickers family.
The Richmond Kickers provide an unbeatable value with programs conveniently located throughout the Richmond area. We have a program that is perfect for your child.
REGISTRATION FOR THE FALL 2016 SEASON NOW OPEN!! REGISTER HERE **Season Dates: 9/10 - 11/12. No games 10/8 (Columbus Day weekend). U4 program: 9/10-10/22 **Kickers Mega Blast Tournament: 11/19 **Age Divisions: US Youth Soccer and the Virginia Youth Soccer Association are mandating that all rec programs follow calendar year age divisions:
U4: Date of Birth 2013
U8: 2010 & 2009
U10: 2008 & 2007
U12: 2006 & 2005
U14: 2004 & 2003
U16: 2002 & 2001
U19: 2000, 1999, 1998
Players may "play up" to stay with their team, just request the coach and I will move their registration to the older age division.
**Hensley U5 will practice on Saturdays before the game, no weekday practices. U5 and U6 divisions will be merged together at Providence, Bryan Park and Ukrop Park. **Hensley U6 will have both a coed and all girls division
NEW LOCATIONS!! Magnolia Green and Harper's Mill in Midlothian. U4-U10 teams will practice at those fields and play games at Hensley on Saturdays.
INTERESTED IN COACHING? We are always looking for dedicated adults looking to make a positive impact in a child's life through soccer. New to soccer? We can teach you everything you need to know. Have some (or a lot) of soccer experience? We would love to have you join our team!
With multiple locations throughout the Richmond area we have a field and team close to your home
• Hensley Park, (Ages U4-U19) 13851 W. Hensley Road, Midlothian VA 23112. U4-U12 practice and play games at Hensley. Some U12 teams may practice at Woodlake Athletic Complex. U14 and older teams may practice and/or play games at Hensley or Woodlake Athletic Complex and play in the Cross Association League** (see below).
• Providence Middle School, (Ages U5-U19) 900 Starlight Lane, Richmond VA 23235. U5-U10 practice and play at Providence, U12+ practice at Providence, play games in the Cross Association League** (see below).
• Bryan Park, (Ages U4-U14) 4540 Hermitage Road Richmond, VA 23227. U4-U10 practice and play at Bryan Park. U12+ practice at Bryan Park, play home games at Providence Middle School and play in the Cross Association League** (see below).
• Ukrop Park, (Ages U4-U12) 5300 Ridgedale Parkway, Richmond, VA 23234 - U4-U8 practice and play at Ukrop Park. U10-U12 divsions practice at Ukrop Park, play home games at Providence Middle School and play in the Cross Association League** (see below).
Cross Association League**
Older age divisions have the opportunity to play teams from other Chesterfield county clubs through the Cross Association League. For more information about the cross association league: www.rvacrossassociation.com
NEW POLICY RESTRICTING HEADING FOR U13 AND YOUNGER PLAYERS
As of Monday, March 21, 2016, all Richmond Kickers Recreational, ADP and U9 – U19 Travel Coaches are required to abide by the following guidelines restricting heading of the ball for U13 and younger players.
The VYSA Board of Directors has approved and adopted the following new policy rule and guidelines restricting heading of the ball for U13 and younger. The new policy and guidelines take effect Monday, March 21, 2016.
The VYSA Board of Directors has approved and adopted the following new guidelines that restricts players from engaging in heading at U13 and younger. These guidelines apply to all players, coaches, and member organizations registered with VYSA, as well as those who train with players, coaches, member organizations registered with VYSA, beginning March 21, 2016.
U11 and Younger
US Soccer guidelines are players in U11 programs and younger shall not engage in heading, either in practice or in games.
U12 & U13 age groups
US Soccer guidelines are for players U12 and U13 programs, that heading in training be limited to a maximum of 30 minutes per week with no more than 15-20 headers per day, per week
All coaches should be instructed to teach and emphasize the importance of proper techniques for heading the ball.
The VYSA Board of Directors has approved and adopted the policy designed to eliminate heading in soccer competitions at the U11 level and below.
Virginia Youth Soccer Assn. member clubs and leagues shall add to their club and league rules and procedures the following modification to the FIFA Laws of the Game. This modification applies to all levels of play including travel, recreational and academy programs and sanctioned tournaments. The Metro/DC/Virginia Referee Association has been notified of this new rule and will be prepared to implement it in matches that they officiate beginning March 21st, 2016.
At age group divisions U11 and younger-
Whenever the ball strikes a player in the head, play is stopped. The proper restart depends upon whether the player deliberately played the ball with his or her head. If deliberate, the proper restart is an indirect free kick to the opposing team. If this occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred. If the play by the head is deemed inadvertent, then the proper restart is a dropped ball.
The above new policy means that there will be absolutely no heading at all Richmond Kickers practices and games for U11 and younger teams/players. In addition, for Richmond Kickers U12 and U13 players, heading during training sessions must be limited to a maximum of 30 minutes per week with no more than 15-20 headers per day, per week. All Richmond Kickers coaches must abide by the above new policy and there will be absolutely no exceptions.