Overview of the SAM Rec League

     

Important Information for All SAM Rec Coaches - PLEASE CLICK HERE 

SAM Rec is an 8-Week Recreational Soccer League.  The Spring league runs from April through June and the Fall league runs from September through November.

Fall 2017 SAM Rec League Dates:  September 9-November 5 (no games the weekend of October 7-8)

Special Notes:

  • All games will be played at the Maryland SoccerPlex.
  • Players will receive a full SAM uniform (jersey, shorts and socks) - only given out ONCE a year during the Fall season
  • Players must provide their own shinguards, which are required to be worn during all games.
  • Teams usually practice one to two times per week (usually on weekday evenings as determined by the coach).

Registration

The SAM Rec soccer league focuses on the three main aspects of soccer:

  1. Player Participation
  2. Player Development
  3. Fun!

As your child develops and progresses through the SAM Rec league different skill sets are developed.

Fall 2017-Spring 2018 SAM Recreation (Rec) Age Chart

How to Read the Age Division Table

  • Find the month the player was born
  • In that column, find the year the player was born
  • Scan to the left to find your proper age group
  • H.S. Division includes DOBs in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 and part of 2003
  • Players and teams may only play up one year
  • Players and teams may not play down in an age group

Click here for a PDF version of the NEW SAM Rec Age Chart

Click here for a PDF version of the NEW SAM Rec standards

Click here for a PDF version of the NEW field dimensions for SAM Rec.

Build Out Lines

Build out lines will be used to promote playing the ball out of the back in an unpressured setting. When the goalkeeper has the ball, either during play or from a goal kick, the opposing team should move behind the build out line. Once the opposing team is behind the build out line, the goalkeeper can pass or throw/roll the ball to a teammate (no punting). After the ball is put into play by the goalkeeper, the opposing team can cross the build out line and play resumes as normal.

6U & 7U

  • Provides an atmosphere for player development and enjoyment of the game.
  • Promotes having fun wtih the ball while learning the fundamentals.​
  • Game format:
    • 4 v 4 (no goalkeeper)
    • Scores and standings are not kept
    • Recommended roster size of 12 
    • 8 minute quarters 
    • Size 3 ball

8U, 9U & 10U

  • Provides an atmosphere for player development and enjoyment of the game.
  • Promotes having fun wtih the ball while learning the fundamentals.​
  • Games teach players to test their ball skills and improve their awareness

  • Game format:
    • 7 v 7 including a goalkeeper
    • Scores and standings are kept
    • Build out lines will be used - see above
    • Maximum roster size of 12 
    • 25 minute halves

11U & 12U

  • Focuses on developing a relationship with their teammates in a fun environment.
  • Games teach players to test their ball skills and improve their awareness.
  • Games are free flowing, coach-guided and enable all players on the field to participate in all aspects of the game.
  • Game format:
    • 9 v 9 including a goalkeeper
    • Scores and standings are kept
    • Maximum roster size of 14
    • 30 minute halves 

13U & 14U

  • Focuses on ball skills and decision making.
  • Key elements for player development, focus on enjoyment and insight into the game as well as fitness, mental toughness and results.
  • Game format:
    • 11 v. 11 including a goalkeeper
    • Scores and standings kept
    • Maximum roster size of 18
    • 35 minute halves 

High School

  • Focuses on ball skills and decision making.
  • Key elements for player development, focus on enjoyment and insight into the game as well as fitness, mental toughness and results.
  • Game format:
    • 11 v. 11 including a goalkeeper
    • Scores and standings kept
    • Maximum roster size of 22 
    • 40 minute halves 

IMPORTANT DATES - Fall 2017 Season (8 game season)

  • June 1 – Registration opens
  • June 13 & 15 – SAM SELECT Combine
  • July 15 – Early registration deadline – price increases by $10
  • July 15 – Returning player deadline (last day to be guaranteed a spot on your previous season’s team)
  • July 20 – SAM European Trip Tryout #1
  • August 1 – SAM European Trip Tryout #2
  • August 3 – SAM Rec & SELECT coaches meeting at 7pm inside the Discovery Sports Center
  • August 11 – Game request deadline (any requests after this date WILL NOT be honored unless in cases of emergencies)
  • August 11 – Last date to sign up for a team (Rec & SELECT)
  • August 13 – Kick n’ Shop at the Clarksburg Premium Outlets (10am-1pm)
  • August 14 – Practice schedule release
  • August 15 – SAM SELECT Combine for 9U-11U players (2007-2010) at 6:30-8pm
  • August 16 – SAM SELECT Combine for 12U+ players (2001-2006) at 6:30-8pm
  • August 17 – SAM European Tryout #3
  • August 18 – Last date to apply for financial aid
  • August 19 – SAM Day at Dick’s Sporting Goods (Rio Washingtonian Center 9am-1pm)
  • August 23 – Game schedule release
  • August 28 – Uniform distribution begins
  • September 9- 10 – First weekend of games
  • September 15 – Player registration deadline (no registrations will be taken after this date)
  • September 15 – Roster frozen (no players may be added to your team for any reason after this date)
  • September 16-17 – League week 2
  • September 23-24 – League week 3
  • September 30-October 1 – League week 4
  • September 30 – SAM Soccer player escorts at the Washington Spirit vs Seattle Reign game (7pm) 
  • October 7-8 – NO GAMES – Discovery Cup
  • October 14-15 – League week 5
  • October 17 – D.C. United Clinic
  • October 21-22 – League week 6
  • October 22 – SAM Day at D.C. United at 4pm
  • October 25 - SAM Night at Buffalo Wild Wings
  • October 28-29 – League week 7 & Manna Food Drive
  • November 4-5 – Last weekend of games
  • December 13 - SAM Night at Buffalo Wild Wings

Registration

WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE ALL FAMILIES TO REGISTER ONLINE. 

Fall 2017 Registration: NOW OPEN - CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Fall 2017 Coaches Registration: NOW OPEN - CLICK HERE TO REGISTER  

To register as a Coach, Asst. Coach or Team Manager please register as a Volunteer and follow this link for pertinent information

Registration Timeline
June 1 – Registration opens
July 15 – Early registration deadline – price increases by $10
August 14 – Practice schedule released
August 18 – Last day to apply for financial aid
August 23 – Game schedule release
August 28 – Uniform pickup begins
September 10-11 – First weekend of games
November 4-5 – Last weekend of games

Fall 2017 REGISTRATION:

We strongly encourage everyone to register online. If you do not have access to a computer, tablet or smartphone please come into the Discovery Sports Center located at 18031 Central Park Circle between the hours of 9am-6pm and a staff member can help register you on-site.

If you have any issues registering online please contact Annie Gavett at agavett@mdsoccerplex.org

Registration Fees for Fall 2017:

  • Early Bird Registration:  $145 by July 15

  • Regular Registration: $155 July 16 or later

Returning Players Deadline - July 15th:

  • Returning players must register by July 15th.

  • The team coach must be identified at the time of registration (put coach's first and last name in "Coach Request" box)

  • After the deadline, all returning and new players are placed on a first come, first serve basis, as space allows

  • Team placement is not guaranteed

What is included in the registration fee:

  • 8 game season

  • Games at the SoccerPlex

  • End of season award (U6-U9 - participation award for every player)

  • Award to division champion (U10 and older)

  • Uniforms (Players that play both fall AND spring for the same team, will retain and use their fall jersey).

Important Information Concerning Uniforms:

  • The following is generally what you should expect to order for your child. Obviously, each child is different and you know your child best, but hopefully this can serve as a marker for you:

    • U6 - Youth Small

    • U7 - Youth Small

    • U8 - Youth Medium

    • U9 - Youth Medium/Youth Large

    • U10 - Youth Large/ Youth XL/Adult Small

    • U11 - Youth XL/Adult Small

    • U12 - Adult Small

    • U13 - Adult Small/Adult Medium

    • U14 - Adult Small/Adult Medium

    • HS (U15-U18) - Adult Small/Medium/Large

  •  For all participants (jersey, shorts and socks)

  • * Uniform sizes are not guaranteed *

  • *You should pick uniforms based on what your child will be wearing in the Spring, as uniforms will be allocated for the Fall and Spring season for returning players*

  • Uniforms are in partnership with High Five, and will represent one of 18 countries.

Forming Teams
No Coach/Team Request: When child is registered for the SAM Rec program their name, age and geographic location will be placed in our database and the SAM Program Manager will begin placing children on teams. Our goal at SAM is to place a child on a team as close to his or her house as possible. While all games are played at the Maryland SoccerPlex, all practices occur at local parks. SAM tries to put a child on a team that is close to his or her local elementary school or park as practices occur 1-2 times a week.

Special or Coach Request: If a family would like to be on the same team as another child please put the child’s name or names in “Special Request” box during the registration process. If a family would like to be on a team with a specific coach please place that coach’s name in the “Coach Request” box.

Returning Player: If a returning player would like to be on the same team as last season, that player must register by the returning player deadline, which is normally 2 months before the beginning of the season (listed above). Any child registered after that date is not guaranteed to be on the same team as the previous season.
 

General Registration Instructions

General Registration Instructions

To register for SAM Rec OR SAM SELECT you may ONLY do so online.  SAM Rec and SAM SELECT DOES NOT HAVE PDF REGISTRATION.

In order to expedite the registration process for your child please make sure you know what program you are registering them for. DO NOT register your child for SAM SELECT unless your child is already on an established team and the coach has instructed you to sign up for this league.  If you are unsure of what league to sign up for please email Gary Burke at gburke@mdsoccerplex.org.

If you are a coach and/or volunteer you must register as well.  

How to Register Online?

Accessing Your Account

  1. When you click on the online registration link it will provide you with TWO options:
    1. Create an account (Please follow steps 2 & 3)
    2. Login with an existing account (Please go to step 4)
  2. IF you are a NEW user and have never registered for any program with the Maryland SoccerPlex, Discovery Sports Center or SAM Soccer please choose this option. 
  3. You have the option to create an account via Facebook or manually. Once you have created an account follow the on-screen instructions for registration.
  4. If you have registered before for a Maryland SoccerPlex, Discovery Sports Center or SAM Soccer program please click Forgot Password in the Login with Existing Account section.
  5. Then follow the onscreen instructions to set up a new password for your household. All the household data from the old system has been migrated, but we could NOT transfer over your passwords, so thus why you have to create a new password.
  6. Once you have set up your new password login as normal and follow the on-screen instructions for registration.

PLEASE NOTE: The SAM offices WILL NOT be able to provide you with your password over the phone anymore. If you forget your password in the future simply follow steps 4-6 above.  

If you are experiencing difficulty during the registration process, call 301-528-1480 and a SAM staff member will be glad to help you.

Refund Policy

Refund requests must be submitted prior to August 10 for the fall season and February 10 for the spring season.  
 
Refunds will be given minus a $25 administration fee. After these dates no refunds are given.