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Elizabethtown United SOCCER PROGRAM OVERVIEW 

 
Rheems AA is an all volunteer organization – and it takes a lot of volunteers to run all of our programs.  Without volunteers, we cannot offer the number of programs you’d like or staff them to the levels they deserve.  There are opportunities for everyone – those that know soccer and those that don’t.  We can and do train – new coaches, coordinators, schedulers, etc.

Elizabethtown United offers three soccer programs, an exclusively in-house (intramural) program for the youngest players, a recreational program, and a travel program.  Please see below to find out more details on each of the programs as well as other important information.  


A list of all documents referenced are at the bottom of this page.
 
IN-HOUSE/INTRAMURAL U-6 & U-8

  • Our youngest age groups – U-6 and U-8 programs (see the Soccer Ages link to determine how they are calculated and the corresponding age restrictions within the soccer programs)
  • Parents lead the charge as coaches, snack schedulers, etc and yes we can train you
  • Neither age group keeps score – it’s about the kids playing and learning, not about winning or losing
  • Players need a water bottle, a #3 ball, and a desire to learn and have some fun

RECREATIONAL

  • For soccer ages U-9 through U-19 (see the Soccer Ages link to determine how they are calculated and the corresponding age restrictions within the soccer programs)
  • Parents lead the charge as coaches, snack schedulers, age group coordinators, IM coordinator, uniform coordinators, etc – see the Soccer Position link - and yes we can train you
  • Practice twice a week, weekday evenings with games on the weekend (boys on Saturday and girls on Sunday)
  • Practices and games are conducted on RAA owned facilities – as well as satellite fields we rent/have loaned to us – West Donegal, EASD, Masonic Homes, etc
  • Games are held across Lancaster County – half home/half away
  • Boys and girls play in Lancaster Area Recreational Soccer (LARS)
  • Girls and boys abide by FIFA/USYS rules, with some league level exceptions
  • Practices start roughly a month before the season starts
  • Rec does not conduct try outs – all are welcome, so long as we have room on the roster
  • Teams are single gender, though girls may play on the boys’ teams – but boys cannot play on girls’ teams
  • U-10s play 7v7 with the roster capped at 13, U-12’s play 9v9 with the roster capped at 15, the U-15’s play 11v11s with the roster capped at 18, and the U-19’s play 11v11 with the roster capped at 22
  • Players are required to have an RAA soccer jersey and shorts – the jerseys and shorts carry over from season to season, can be passed down/traded – and if needed must be ordered at registration
  • Parents provide the shin guards, and shoes (sneakers/cleats – no metal spikes)
  • E-town Sporting Goods carries our soccer jerseys, so if you have a question on sizes, you can stop in there to make your choice.  The uniforms are ordered through our website.
  • Players need a water bottle and a desire to learn and have some fun; U-10 & 12 players need a #4 ball, while the U-15 & 19 players need a #5 ball
  • Teams typically participate in one tournament/season, with RAA paying the majority/all of this additional cost


 
TRAVEL

  • For soccer ages U-9 through U-19 (see the Soccer Ages link to determine how they are calculated and the corresponding age restrictions within the soccer programs)
  • Parents lead the charge as coaches, snack schedulers, age group coordinators, IM coordinator, uniform coordinators, etc – see the Soccer Position link - and yes we can train you
  • Practice twice a week, weekday evenings with games on the weekend (boys on Saturday and girls on Sunday)
  • Practices and games are conducted on RAA owned facilities – as well as satellite fields we rent/have loaned to us – West Donegal, EASD, Masonic Homes, etc
  • Games are held within roughly 90 miles of E-town – varying by league and completion level - half the games are home/half away
  • Teams participate in one of two leagues – Lancaster Area (LANCO) and Central Pennsylvania Youth Soccer League (CPYSL) – each league offers multiple divisions (level of play) with the age groups
  • Girls and boys abide by FIFA/USYS rules, with some league level exceptions
  • Practices start roughly six weeks before the season starts and they end with the final game of the season/season end tournament
  • Open try outs are conducted for Travel – teams are then formed from the selected players – travel teams are formed for a soccer year (Fall and Spring) with tryouts taking place March of each year
  • Teams are single gender, though girls may play on the boys’ teams – but boys cannot play on girls’ teams
  • U-9 & U-10s play 7v7 with a roster cap of 14 and U-11 & U-12’s play 9v9 with the roster capped at 16, the U-13 and above play 11v11s with the roster capped at 18
  • Players are required to have a complete RAA travel soccer uniform – jerseys (home & away), shorts, and socks – and a team’s uniform may carry over from season to season, can be passed down/traded – and if needed must be ordered prior to player registration
  • Parents provide the shin guards and shoes (sneakers/cleats – no metal spikes)
  • Players need a water bottle and a desire to learn and have some fun; U-9 through 12 players need a #4 ball, while the U-13 and above need a #5 ball
  • Travel teams typically participate in one or more tournaments/season, with the parents paying the majority/all of this additional cost


UNIFORM OVERVIEW
 

Program Uniform
In-House Shirt provided and socks
Recreational Jersey required (may be reused from previous season)
Travel Complete uniform required  (may be reused from previous season)

 

WHAT’S NEW/DIFFERENT

  • Adopting more of the soccer governing bodies’ player development suggestions/requirements:
  • Small sided play (fewer players/team – more teams – smaller fields)
  • IM uniform (jersey):
    •   introduced two years ago
    •   “re-usable” multiple season/year investment
    •   standard RAA colors of royal blue & white

 

REFERENCE DOCUMENTS:

In-House U-6 & U-8
Intramurals
Travel
Soccer Ages
What’s New/Different
Soccer Positions

Soccer Age Determination Link
Policy on Players and Playing Rules
FIFA Laws of the Game Link
Small-Sided Games Rules Link
Recommended Goal Sizes Link