Shaker Youth Soccer Association

2024-2025 Recreation League Registration - SYSA/BBSA

Welcome

2024-2025 Recreation Soccer League

Shaker Youth Soccer Association (SYSA) &

Beachwood Bison Soccer Academy (BBSA)

 

Shaker Youth Soccer Association, in partnership with the cities of Shaker Heights and Beachwood, offers Recreation League Soccer for families living in Shaker Heights, Beachwood, and surrounding communities.

  • Our Recreation League is for players entering Grades 1-6.
    • 1st & 2nd Grade division, in 4 player vs 4 player format.
    • 3rd & 4th Grade division, in 7v7 format.
    • 5th & 6th Grade division, in 9v9 format.
    • Boys teams and Girls teams. We do not offer co-ed teams.
  • There are no tryouts and we welcome all skill levels.
  • We strive to provide every player substantial playing time.   
  • Players are also provided opportunities to play in different positions throughout the season so they develop a well rounded understanding of the game.
  • Our rec teams practice once a week (Mon-Thu) and play on the weekends. We also offer a Sunday Game Only option.

This registration session will allow you to complete contact information, sign up for participation, and submit payment for the 2024-2025 Season.  To complete registration through our secure site, please have your Visa or MasterCard information available.  Please read through each page carefully to ensure that all information is provided accurately. 

 

To allow time to create teams, schedule practices, set up games, and order uniforms:

Player Registration will CLOSE JULY 31, 2024 for the Fall Season

 Late registration will incur additional fees and team placement requests will not be fulfilled.


2024-2025 Recreational League Information

  • SYSA/BBSA Recreation League is centered around fun, competition, and the love of the "beautiful game"
  • There are no player evaluations, tryouts, or other barriers to entry. All skill levels are welcome.
  • The Recreational  Leagues has two (2) seasons: Fall and Spring
  • Each season consists of one (1) weekly practice and a minimum of 6 games  (weather permitting).
  • Teams are coached by Volunteer Parent/Guardian Coaches 
  • Players can register for one or both seasons.
  • Most games are intramural (against other SYSA/BBSA teams) but we also invite neighboring community teams to participate in our league.
  • Most games are played in Shaker Heights and Beachwood, but some games will be hosted by our neighboring community teams.
  • Games are played on Saturdays (primarily) and Sundays. We offer a Sunday Game Only option for those unable to participate on Saturdays.

DIVISIONS:

  • 1st-2nd grade - 4v4 Games (4 players to a side) - 2x 20 minute half
  • 3rd-4th grade - 7v7 Games (7 players to a side) - 2x 25 minute half
  • 5th-6th grade - 9v9 Games (9 players to a side) - 2x 30 minute half

PRACTICES (1 day / week):  

  • SYSA (Shaker)
    • Either  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, 6:00 pm-7:00 pm 
    • Location: Shaker Heights Middle School - Median Field Complex
    • You will be able to indicate a practice day preference during registration
  • BBSA (Beachwood) 
    • Either  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, 6:00 pm-7:00pm 
    • Location: Beachwood Board of Education - Fairmount Field
    • You will be able to indicate a practice day preference during registration

GAMES: 

  • SYSA (Shaker) and BBSA (Beachwood) Games
    • The majority of SYSA and BBSA Recreation games will be held on Saturdays between 9:00am and 6:00pm at Shaker Heights city fields. 
    • Most teams will play some of their games on Sunday against the Sunday Game Only teams (see below)
    • Occasionally, games may be played on weeknights in lieu of practice
  • Sunday Game Only Option 
    • Beachwood Bison Sunday League games will be held in Beachwood and/or Shaker fields on Sundays between 1:00pm and 6:00pm
    • Occasionally, games may be played on weeknights in lieu of practice

NOTES: 

  • Friend requests are accepted, and we will do our best to place players with their friends.  Please understand if we are unable to accommodate the request, as teams do fill up.
  • Teams must have a volunteer coach. Please click here to learn more about this position. You can volunteer later in the registration process.
  • Teams will typically play 1 game per weekend. If divisions have uneven numbers, teams may have doubleheaders.
  • We will do our best to make alternate plans or reschedule practices and games when the city closes the fields due to inclement weather or the club decides the fields are unsafe for play.  However, we can not guarantee that all games and practices will be made up. 
  • SYSA reserves the right to adjust teams as needed.
  • Registration includes a team jersey.  Spring teams will use the same jersey they were provided in the fall. Spring-only players will be issued a jersey at that time. The jersey is yours to keep.
  • Field Closures Due to Weather: The City of Shaker Heights or the City of Beachwood may close fields due to wet or unsafe conditions. We will also close fields in the event of thunder or lightning for a minimum of 30 minutes and until coaches decide conditions are safe. Please note the following:
    • Game Delays: We will delay games up to 30 minutes if heavy rain and/or lightning is likely to pass. Please remain in your cars at the fields while coaches assess the situation. 
    • Make-up Practices: Practices will be cancelled if fields are closed. Official make-up practices will NOT be held due to field scheduling constraints; however, individual coaches may make alternate practice plans. 
    • Make-up Games: In the event of rainouts, we will make every attempt to either reschedule the game or schedule a replacement game.
    • While we will make every effort to schedule make-up games, SYSA is not liable for weather conditions and cannot issue any refunds due to the administrative and staffing costs of the Recreation League. 

important dates for the Fall 2024 season

DATE EVENT
July 1 Fall Registration Opens
July 31 Fall Registration Closes
August 7 Rosters and Practice Schedule Announced
August 12 Practices Begin
August 14 Game Schedule Posted
August 22 Late Registration Closes
August 24 Games Begin
October 13 Season Ends
October 20 Rain Date Extension Ends

VOLUNTEER COACHES

Please consider volunteering as a coach to enhance your player's experience. The time commitment is roughly 3 hours per week. SYSA/BBSA Recreation League would not be possible without the generosity and commitment of our volunteer coaches!

 

  • Every team MUST HAVE a Volunteer Coach, and SYSA recommends each team also have at least one co-coach.
  • Each volunteer will receive support from our Recreation League Coordinator, Talya Sterling, including weekly practice plans.
  • Depending on availability, we would like to have at least one coaching clinic with a professional coach from SYSA's Travel Soccer Program.
  • Volunteers will be issued an SYSA equipment bag (to be returned at the end of the season).
  • Volunteer coaches are eligible for discounts towards future soccer programming if all coaching requirements are met.
  • Please click here to learn more

uniforms

  • Players will receive one jersey as part of their registration fee
  • If you play in the fall and will return in the spring (and are not changing teams), you will retain your jersey and not be issued another one.
  • Lost jerseys may be replaced for a $20 fee. 

EQUIPMENT

Players will need to bring the following to practices and games 

  • Ball
  • Water
  • Soccer cleats (or sneakers)
  • Shin Guards

Gameday:  You must wear your jersey (which we provide), shin guards, and soccer cleats.  

YOU MUST WEAR SHIN GUARDS. YOU MUST REMOVE ALL JEWELRY, WATCHES, etc. only soccer cleats are allowed (sneakers ok). cleats from other sports are forbidden.

FEES

Players can register for one or both seasons. If you are unsure if a player will want to do both you can register for Fall now and then register for Spring later, but the discount will not apply.

  • Fall & Spring Seasons: $225
  • Fall Season: $125
  • Spring Season: $125

 

Payment policies:

  • Fees are due at the time of registration. 
  • All payments are online and subject to vendor processing fees.
  • Fees are non-refundable. Exceptions for injury or other inability to play will be made before the season starts.  
  • The Every Kid Sports Fall Pass is providing an opportunity for financial assistance for players who register for recreational sports.  Please explore the resources linked here for additional information.

 

Questions?

Please direct any questions regarding this registration to:

Irving Katz

SYSA Rec League Coordinator