ROAD TO RECOVERY

The following are announcements from the Cal South Board of Directors addressing our Return-to-Play Road to Recovery Plan and introduces comprehensive actions that are being taken to assist our members to return to playing the game at all levels and make our programs more accessible and more affordable for all.

The following announcement provides a new 2021-2022 “Let’s Play Rec Soccer” recovery plan for member youth recreational league affiliates returning to play after the Covid-19 pandemic shutdown of soccer.  Cal South is committed to serving its recreational youth athletic soccer community. The Cal South Board and Staff have been meeting with Recreational athletic youth soccer programs and members across the entire Southern California area. We have been listening to your feedback and incorporating many of your ideas into the future framework of our organization and programs.

Cal South wants to thank all of its recreational members for their support. Our hope is that we are one step closer to making soccer the most affordable, most available, best officiated, and best instructed soccer in Southern California.   Cal South President Roy Carlson, commented, “We are excited to announce the first steps in several initiatives that include financial remedies/assistance and new recreational program advancements for the 2021-22 seasonal year.”  Below are the 7 steps to “Let’s Play Rec Soccer” Recreational League initiatives:

  1. Registration Fee Reduction – To assist our recreation leagues’ financial impact, Cal South is reducing  its recreational player registration fees by $4.50. A new $12.00 per player fee will support our rec leagues’ financial sustainability.  As shown below this includes free Coaching License and Recreational coaches are not charged an annual registration fee.
  2. Recreational Leagues Seasonal Year – Recreational leagues will have the option of re-instituting the school-year registration period, August 1st to July 31st.  This is optional for every League and it will allow the players to play with their school friends and classmates.  Recreational leagues may retain the option to continue the current US Soccer Player Development Initiative (PDI) calendar year registration period of January 1st to December 3rd.
  3. Recreational Coaching Education – Properly licensed and educated coaches and volunteers are key to a fun and safe recreational soccer experience for youth players. Cal South will offer recreational coaches the opportunity to obtain appropriate online US Soccer coaching courses for all soccer formats (4v4 or 7v7, 9v9, and 11v11). These two-hour online courses, that include SafeSport and Cardiac Arrest certification, will be offered Free of charge to all registered Cal South recreational coaches in 2021. This saving of $25 will assist rec leagues to attract and certify new recreational coaches and team administrators.
  4. Grow Signature League Program – Expand the Signature League program to new Cal South areas. Offer recreational players and coaches the opportunity to compete in a locally run, recreational environment at a lower cost to leagues, players, and parents.
  5. Annual Recreational Leadership Workshops – Cal South is launching a series of Recreational Leadership Workshops in 2021 to offer innovative educational and training programs for our recreational leaders Free of charge.
  6. Cal South Grassroots Coordinator – A newly created Cal South Grassroots Coordinator role will serve as liaison and program coordinator with Cal South recreational leagues.  This role will serve and assist in developing new programs and opportunities for recreational soccer community.
  7. We will launch the US Soccer Coach for Community program, a free and versatile tool to help elevate coaching and improve player environments. More information will be announced in the coming weeks

Cal South is excited to announce that the 2021 Cal South State Cup and National Cup tournaments are scheduled to be held in May and early June. The following are State Cup and National Cup items that are pending and will be communicated once they are finalized in the near future.

  1. Official Venue/Field locations
  2. Start dates for each age group have not been determined at this time
  3. Cup Rules are still being reviewed. The following rules are currently under review:
    1. Sanctioned Fall League team eligibility requirement
    2. Roster Continuity Deadlines
    3. Roster Freeze Deadlines
    4. Player Transfer Limit
    5. New USYS National Cup combined 19U-20U (2020-2021) age group this year.
  4. The National Cup and State Cup Divisions (Presidents, Governors and Mayors) will be open. Teams will not be placed per a Cal South Play Level Guide this year since there was no fall league play to rank teams.
  5. Additional information regarding COVID-19 Cup policies or guidelines will be provided on a later date.

We look forward to seeing you on the pitch soon.

The following is Part 2 of continuing announcements from the Cal South Board of Directors addressing our Return to Play Plan and introduces comprehensive actions that are being taken to assist our members to return to playing the game at all levels and make our programs more accessible and more affordable for all.

March 10, Fullerton CA., the following announcement addresses the Competitive programs for the 2021/2022 season.

Cal South has served and supported all levels of competitive youth soccer since 1974, hosting the highest-level competitive events and providing millions in Travel subsidies and resources to competitive teams. Teams playing in the Cal South family have won record numbers of National Championships on a regular basis through the years.

To assist our youth competitive league affiliate members in returning to play after the Covid-19 pandemic shut down soccer, Cal South is:

  1. Reducing the competitive player registration fees to the following without any reduction in benefits for the Cal South member Leagues/Clubs:
    1. $18 per player for U11 and younger (reduced from $26.75 per player)
    2. $24 per player for U12 to U19 (reduced from $26.75 per player)
  2. Eliminating the Release and Transfer Fee of $25 per Transfer between Leagues/Clubs

Cal South has approved a special temporary exception allowing members to coach a competitive team by holding an Emergency License (EL) of a US Soccer 11v11 Online License. The cost of this (EL) 11v11 Online License course is $25 and must be registered to the following event link.

Click this link to Register!

We stress that this two-hour online license course will only be a temporary allowance. All of these coaches would later still be required to attend and complete the US Soccer 9v9 and 11v11 In Person license course to continue to coach a competitive team in the 2021-22 Season starting July 31, 2021.

Please note, If you already hold a US Soccer 11v11 Online License you do not need to take this course, simply please email coachinged@calsouth.com to manually be added to this event and provided the Emergency License.

For additional information regarding the Emergency License, please email coachinged@calsouth.com.

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