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U8 - U9 Junior RCL Program
Designed to Equip Future Elite Players for Demands of Game

Eastside FC (EFC) is participating in the Washington Youth Soccer Regional Club League (RCL) Junior Program for boys and girls at the U8 and U9 age groups in both the winter/spring and fall.  The state’s implementation of the RCL Junior program is following the guidance of Claudio Reyna, the U.S. Soccer Youth Technical Director, who is encouraging developmental programs to start at earlier ages across the country.  “We have created this curriculum to serve as a blueprint for the thousands of coaches across the country working with these young players at such an important time in their development” says Reyna.  According to Gary White, Washington Youth Soccer Technical Director, “The RCL junior program allows our premier clubs to implement development best practices to equip our elite soccer players for the demands at the highest level of the future game.” 

Our objectives for players at this age include:
  • Have fun playing the game of soccer;
  • Begin to learn the fundamentals of the game from high-level premier coaches;
  • Develop skills, confidence, initiative and sense of teamwork; and
  • Promote and encourage the very highest standards of sportsmanship and fair play.
Teams and Coaching
THERE IS NOT A TRYOUT PROCESS FOR JUNIOR RCL. Teams are formed after the first two weeks of training.  Team roster size will be a maximum 10 players for a 6v6 competition format.  Team selection for the spring program takes place in January; and for the fall program takes place in August.  There is also summer training offered for Jr RCL players.
 
 
Training
Practice sessions are 1hour and 15-minutes long, and are held twice a week at Preston, Mercer Island or Bellevue, depending on the program, generally either Tue/Thu or Wed/Fri. 
 
Preston, Mercer Island and Bellevue Options
Depending on the number of participants and field availability each session, we try to accomodate teams based on Mercer Island and Bellevue in addition to Preston. If we are unable to field a complete team at Merer Island or Bellevue, players are given the option to join teams at Preston.

Games
The game format will be 6-a-side, with each match having 25-minute halves.  Girls will play Saturday and boys on Sunday.  The season will be 10 games long. All games are held at Preston.

U8 and U9 Premier Option

U8 and U9 players who are developmentally ready have the option to play in Eastside FC's year-round U8 and U9 Premier RCL Program. Unlike the Junior RCL Program, U8 and U9 Premier teams are selected by tryouts.  Click here to learn more.

Questions?

About the 2016 Winter/Spring Season

Important Dates
  • Dec 10, 2015 - Registration Open (See links at right.)
  • Jan 15, 2015 - All players registered by this date are guaranteed a spot.  We will try to place players who register after this date.
  • Jan 26/27, 2016 - Practice begins
  • Feb 6/7, 2016 - Games begin
  • Apr 16/17 - Last weekend of games
Training For Preston-based JR RCL teams, boys will train on T/TH from 4:15-5:30pm, and the girls will train on W/F also from 4:15-5:30pm. Practice begins the last week of January, on the 26th for boys, and the 27th for girls.  Mercer Island and Bellevue are in the process of confirming their days and times.  We will update this page when the information becomes available.
Games The game format will be 6-a-side, with each match having 25-minute halves.  Girls will play on Saturdays and boys on Sundays. All games for the winter/spring session will be hosted at our Preston fields. The season will be 10 games long, starting with the first game(s) on the weekend of February 6/7, and finishing on April 16/17.  There will be no games on Easter weekend.

Preston, Mercer Island and Bellevue Locations

We will be opening registration for both Bellevue and Mercer Island  for the winter/Spring 2016 program for BU8, BU9, GU8 and GU9. 

(The Bellevue option is as follows: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30-6:45 pm at Hidden Valley, for both U8 and U9 boys and girls.)

If we fall short of the necessary number or registrants for any team, players will have the option of joining a Preston-based team or getting a refund.

Uniforms
The uniform kits for the JR RCL Program can be purchased online. The uniform is the same kit as last year’s, so no need to buy a new one if you already have one. You can replace items as needed. The required items are:
  • Adidas Blue Striker Short
  • Adidas White Metro  Socks
  • Adidas Grey Logo T shirt
  • Adidas  Logo T shirt(Blue for boys and red for girls)
Please be sure to order the right color!
 
Please note, BOYS do not need to purchase the red t shirts and Girls do not need to purchase the blue t shirts. In addition to these required items, players may purchase a cinch sack and/or Adidas Eastside hoodie from the site if desired. 
 
Please follow these steps:
1.  Go to Eastsidefc.org
2.  Select 'Order Uniforms' from the 'Player and Family Resources' tab
3.  Select the grey box 'Jr Program' located just above the red jersey
4.  Order required items and any optional items you are interested in
 
For any more questions regarding the Jr RCL uniform, please contact Dawn Bolin, our uniform coordinator. Her email is dm_bolin@yahoo.com

 

FAQ

What clubs participate in the  RCL Junior League?
The RCL Junior program will consist of 4 geographically based divisions. The clubs in our league will be Eastside FC, Crossfire Premier, and Seattle United.

Where can I find out more information about WA Youth Soccer RCL?
Go to http://www.washingtonyouthsoccer.org/leagues/regional_club_league/ or Regional Club League under Leagues at WA Youth Soccer site.

When will this program be offered during the year?
Annually there will be spring and fall sessions that are operated as distinct programs. The programs will be structured similarly.  In addition, there will be a training session for Jr RCL players offered over the summer.
Registration for the summer program will be in late May and early June.  Fall program registration will begin along with the summer program, but will continue through mid-August, and Spring program registration takes place in January.  Please check the EFC website for exact dates and latest information.

Will there be any opportunities to continue player development during the summer?
EFC will offer a summer Jr RCL training program, open to U8/U9 players. Please check the EFC website for updated information.
 
Can my child play up to U8 or U9?

U7 play-ups to U8 will be allowed. Sorry we will not allow players younger than U7. U8 play-ups to U9 will be considered on a case-by-case situation. Our goal is for the players to have a good experience and offer age appropriate training. See the WSYSA player age chart for more information.

How many teams do you expect to form?
EFC is expecting to form 3-4 teams per gender for each age group but this will depend on the number of players. We are expecting a similar number of teams for the other RCL clubs in our league.

I hear a modified field will be used; what is a modified field?
A modified field is approximately 35 x 60 yards. When you visit our home fields in Preston, you will see professionally built and marked modified turf fields. Most games will be played here. We will be using modified goals appropriate for these age groups.

More Information
Specific information about the spring and fall programs will be posted here. 
More information about the Washington Youth Soccer’s RCL league can be found at:  http://www.washingtonyouthsoccer.org/leagues/regional_club_league/ .