Recreational Soccer FAQs

How old does a child need to be to take part in the recreational program?

 Jupiter United Soccer Club (JUSC) has recreational soccer programs for boys and girls from the age of 3 up until the age 18. Age groups in soccer are typically separated by the format of “U5, U6, U7,” etc., where the ‘U’ stands for “under.” These age groups are determined by the US Soccer Federation (USSF), the governing body for all youth soccer in America. The Age Group matrix for the 2020-2021 season is below:

REGISTRATION

Why is it important to register for the upcoming season so early?

Early registration is essential in making sure that teams can be formed in order to allow for time to build teams as well as their training and game schedules. Additionally, the processes of securing volunteer coaches, processing their background checks, building team rosters, and creating team schedules takes time. We usually do NOT allow players to request their teammate and/or practice date/time, though occasional exceptions may be made.

What does my registration pay for?

Registration fees pay for insurance, player registration with the state’s youth soccer association (FYSA, which also provides secondary insurance coverage in case of injury during an official team practice or game), player pass (if applicable), FYSA affiliation, field maintenance, soccer and field equipment, referees, the uniform, an appropriately-sized ball, and the administrative costs required to run the program.

COACHING

Who coaches your recreational teams?

Our recreational soccer teams are all coached by volunteers—typically a parent, grandparent, or other family member. We are 100% volunteer-run and depend on the time and talents of people in our local community in order to be successful and continue to offer the youth of Jupiter and Tequesta a strong athletic program in all of its sports.

Do I need to have played soccer (or any sport) before in order to be a coach? 

No! You do not need to have had any soccer playing or coaching experience, or playing/coaching experience in any other sport. Volunteering as a recreational coach can be one of the greatest experiences you share with your child. Our recreational soccer program is run under the direction of Jupiter United Soccer Club’s Director of Coaching who has both played and coached soccer before and can be a good source of information. He or she can assist you or have one of our professional trainers provide you with some basic info regarding training, session plans, and tips/suggestions.

Who do I contact if I would like to coach a team?

If you are interested in making a positive difference in the lives of children in the JTAA, please email us at admin@jtaa.org.

GENERAL INFO

When is the recreational season?

There are two (2) recreational seasons: Fall and Spring. Fall registration opens up in late April and the season takes place from September through November. Spring registration opens up in early January and the season takes place from March through May. In the Fall, all games finish the week before Thanksgiving and in the Spring, games usually finish in mid-May (also note that no games are scheduled over either Spring Break or Easter weekend).

When will I hear from a coach?

Volunteer coaches are given their team rosters about a week before the start of every season. They will then reach out to the players on their roster via email or phone to provide information about practices, etc. If you do not hear from a coach by the weekend before a season/practice typically starts, please email us at admin@jtaa.org.

PRACTICES

When do practices begin?

Practices generally begin in the first week of each season. The Spring season generally starts in the first or second week of March. The Fall season generally gets underway the week after Labor Day in September.

When are practices held?

Practice days and times for older players (U6-U19) depend on the coach but are generally held twice a week for an hour each time, usually either on Mondays/Wednesdays or Tuesdays/Thursdays. Practices are in the evenings.

Our youngest players, Grasshoppers (U4 and U5), do NOT practice during the week. Instead, they typically play small-sided games on Saturdays under the direction of one of our professional trainers, with help from one or more parent assistant coaches.

Where are practices held?

Our younger teams usually practice at Lighthouse Park, but may sometimes practice at Jupiter Community Park. Our older teams typically train at Jupiter Community Park. Park assignments are not promised and/or guaranteed. Practice dates and times for all age divisions are determined by the volunteer coach of your child’s team.

Here is a list of our current locations:

Jupiter Community Park

3377 Church Street, Jupiter, FL 33458

Lighthouse Park

500 Captain Armours Way, Jupiter, FL 33477

Do we still have practice when it is raining? 

So long as there is no lightning within the immediate park area, yes, practice is typically still on. Rain by itself is usually not a reason for the Town to close the park unless the fields are flooded/have standing water and are therefore unplayable. The Town of Jupiter, NOT any coach, is responsible for making the call to close the fields at both Jupiter Community Park and Lighthouse Park. This often means that a town employee must physically visit the park and make that determination in person. It is possible that your team may arrive for a practice only to be told that the fields are closed. This can happen from time-to-time and we know that it is not optimal, however the Parks Department does its best to advise JUSC/JTAA of such closures as soon as possible and we share that information with the program coaches.

When a team has already arrived at the field and there is prolonged lightning within a 10-mile radius of the park, we respectfully ask our coaches to call a practice off/end it early.

Jupiter Community Park (JCP) is equipped with a lightning alert system but Lighthouse Park is NOT. The alert system at JCP will go off when lightning has been detected within a 10-mile radius of the park. When the alert system goes off (indicated by a single long horn blast and a blinking yellow light on the unit–located on the scoreboard by multi-purpose field 4), everyone must immediately clear the fields. The field closure will last for 30-minutes and, if no more lightning is detected within that time, the horn will blast three (3) times to indicate that the fields are safe to go back on to. If additional lightning is detected after the first alert, the ’30-minute clock’ will reset and begin again from the last lightning strike in the area. A coach can decide to call practice if the alert is in place and not expected to end any time soon.

UNIFORMS

How and when do I get my uniform?

All recreational soccer players will be provided with a uniform from JTAA. The cost of this is included in your registration fee. The uniform typically arrives during the first week or two after the start of practice.

Please know that jersey numbers are not assigned and number requests are not taken. Coaches will hand out uniforms to the players when they are received from JTAA. Please keep in mind that players may not be permitted to participate in games if they are not wearing the proper uniform.

GAMES

When and where are games played? 

The majority of games will be played on Saturdays with the possibility of an occasional weeknight game depending on the number of teams in the player’s’ particular age group or if games must be rescheduled due to inclement weather.

All games for the Grasshopper age group (U4-U5) are played at Lighthouse Park. For teams aged U6 through High School Coed, games will either take place at Lighthouse Park or Jupiter Community Park. Game schedules and their locations are determined based on the number of teams in each division and the number of fields available at each park.

How many games are there in a season?

There are approximately 8-10 games per season. We try to get everyone at least 10 games when scheduling but factors such as total number of teams in an age group can and do contribute to the ultimate schedule.

Do we still have games when it is raining? 

So long as there is no lightning within the immediate park area, yes, games are typically still on. Rain by itself is usually not a reason for JUSC/JTAA to call games off unless the fields are flooded/have standing water and are therefore unplayable. The Town of Jupiter, NOT any coach, is responsible for making the call to close the fields/park at both Jupiter Community Park and Lighthouse Park. This often means that a town employee must physically visit the park and make that determination in person. It is possible that your team may arrive for a game only to be told that the fields are closed. This can happen from time-to-time and we know that it is not optimal, however the Parks Department does its best to advise JUSC/JTAA of such closures as soon as possible and we share that information with the program coaches. When a team has arrived at the park but there is prolonged lightning within a 10-mile radius of the park, a coach may decide to call a game off.

Jupiter Community Park (JCP) is equipped with a lightning alert system but Lighthouse Park is NOT. The alert system at JCP will go off when lightning has been detected within a 10-mile radius of the park. When the alert system goes off (indicated by a single long horn blast and a blinking yellow light on the unit–located on the scoreboard by multi-purpose field 4), everyone must immediately clear the fields. The field closure will last for 30-minutes and, if no more lightning is detected within that time, the horn will blast three (3) times to indicate that the fields are safe to go back on to. If additional lightning is detected after the first alert, the ’30-minute clock’ will reset and begin again from the last lightning strike in the area. A coach can decide to call a game if the alert is in place and not expected to end any time soon.

MISC.

What will my child need for practice?

Shin guards are required. Additionally, comfortable shorts for exercise, soccer cleats, and water are needed. Your coach may also ask you to bring a ball. If so, know that:

U4-U8 use size 3 balls

U9-U12 use size 4 balls

U13 and older use size 5 balls

Does my child really need cleats to play?

Although shin guards are required, cleats are not. Many younger children are more comfortable in their sneakers. Older children will want the traction that their cleats provide so we typically ask that the older players wear cleats.

Can my child play with jewelry on or things in their hair?

No jewelry or anything that could cause harm to themselves or other players can be worn. This rule includes earrings, as well as hair beads and barrettes, and even arm/wrist casts. We recommend that if you’re considering getting your player’s ears pierced, you do it between seasons because earrings must be removed to play. This is a FYSA rule, not a club rule, and it is NOT discretionary for referees or club officials.

Can my child bring a friend to practice?

Only players and coaches registered with Jupiter United can participate in our team practices and games. Others are not covered by our insurance. If your child’s friend is interested in playing soccer, please direct their family to contact us at admin@jtaa.org.

Does Jupiter United/JTAA offer any scholarship programs for recreational soccer?

Our scholarship program fund is driven by our sponsors and allows us to allocate funds for players who are in financial need. Our goal as a club is to provide as many players with assistance that need it. For scholarship information, please reach out to admin@jtaa.org.

Does Jupiter United/JTAA offer sponsorships?

Yes, we do. We are proud to advertise our local businesses. For a designated amount, your logo can appear on the jerseys for a team or teams. Additional sponsorship levels provide field flags with logos, designation on our web site, and more. For more information, please reach out to james.mesa@jtaa.org.

Why are the teams and spectators on opposite sides of the field?

Players and spectators are kept separate to aid the coach and referees in team management. It helps the coach to have all the players in one place. It helps the player to understand that his or her instructions come ONLY from the coach during the game. It is typically best if the player does not have the distractions of family around. It is very important that parents and guardians remain off the playing fields entirely during training and games to ensure that the players give their full attention to their coaches.

Also know that parents are NOT allowed to coach from the sidelines. During games, parents must remain on the opposite sideline from the team/benches. Only registered coaches with current completed background checks are authorized to be on the coach/bench side of the field.

What if my child gets hurt on the field?

Should your child get hurt during practice, the coach will evaluate him or her to identify the severity of the injury. Oftentimes, if your child or the coach requires your assistance, the coach will call for you to come over.

Should your child get hurt during a game, the referee typically will assess the player and, if necessary, call the coach over. If it is serious and requires parental assistance, the coach and/or referee will call for the parent of the child to come onto the field too. During officiated games, parents/guardians are NOT allowed to just go onto the field without being called for by the officials. Doing so could cause the referees to call a game off or call a forfeit.