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.

Spring 2018 SAM Rec League Dates:  April 6 - June 3 (No games May 25-27)

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 - Spring 2018 Season (8 game season)

  • January 5 - SAM Combine
  • January 10 - SAM Fundraiser Day at Buffalo Wild Wings; REGISTER ON SITE!
  • February 15 - Early registration deadline After this date there will be a $10 increase in price
  • March 14 - Game Request Deadline ( requests after this date WILL NOT be honored)
  • March 14  Last date to register a team
  • March 26 - Practice schedules released 
  • March 23 - Game Schedules Released
  • March 28 - Uniform Pick Up Begins
  • March 30 - Rec and SELECT player registration deadline
  • April 6-8 - First weekend of games
  • April 18 - Rosters are frozen.(No additional players can be added to your team)
  • May 26-28 - No Games, Memorial Day weekend
  • June 1-3 Last weekend of games