Our Philosophy

RYSA’s Rec soccer program is designed to teach players soccer skills, teamwork and sportsmanship in an environment where participation and fun are the focus, not competition. The philosophy of the RYSA Recreational Soccer program is to ensure that all Rochester area youth have the opportunity to learn the game of soccer. The program provides a low-cost, safe and structured soccer experience for all area youth in grades 1-12 and can serve as a starting point before moving to more competitive programs.

REC: General Information

RYSA’s Rec league is a recreational soccer program for players from 1st-12th grade. Players learn the game, make friends and have fun in an encouraging and positive environment.

Through RYSA’s Rec league, teams only play teams from Rochester and the nearby surrounding areas. To encourage a fun and developmental atmosphere, each child plays at least half of each game, no matter the skill level. Scores and league standings are not recorded.

Fall 2014 Recreation League

The Fall 2014 Rec season runs for 6 weeks. Teams will practice twice a week in the evenings and games will be held on Saturdays from September 6, 2014 through October 11, 2014.

Grades 1-6 will participate in league play, except that in the fall season grades are combined as follows to form teams (1st/2nd, 3rd/4th, 5th/6th). Teams will play games against other teams of the same grades and gender.

Grades 7-8 boys, 7-8 girls and co-ed grades 9-12 will likely participate in RYSA's "Street Soccer" format. In the street soccer format, players will practice together once each week and meet on Saturdays, where they will be placed randomly on teams for their game.

If the number of registered players for grades 7th and older are sufficient, we will form teams and have league play for them. There must be at least 4 teams in each group to accomplish this.

When registering your child for the Fall Rec 2014 season, be sure to select the grade that they will be going into for the 2014-15 school year. Not the grade they are completing or have completed this spring.

Each player must wear shoes, shin guards, socks that completely cover the shin guards, shorts or long pants and a team shirt.   Soccer shoes are strongly recommended but shoes are not required to have cleats. Tennis shoes are allowed. If the shoes are not soccer shoes but they do have cleats, they must not have any sharp edges. Shoes with toe cleats are not allowed. Glasses must be secured by a strap and no jewelry can be worn.


Fall 2014 Rec Registration Fees

EARLY BIRD Registration (May 15, 2014- June 15, 2014)
Grades 1-6 = $65
Grades 7-12 = $40

GENERAL Registration (June 16, 2014 - July 13, 2014)
Grades 1-6 = $75
Grades 7-12 = $50

Late registrations (those after July 13, 2014) will be charged at the General Registration rate. Late registrations will only be placed on teams if there is space available.

Please remember, RYSA does not form school or neighborhood teams. While RYSA will attempt to place your child in your preferred practice area, this is dependent on the availability of coaches in that area.

Also, RYSA does not honor car pool requests or take requests for players to be placed on teams with specific players or coaches.

Fall 2014 Rec Practice Schedule - Rochester teams  
Gender Practice Days
Monday & Wednesday
Tuesday & Thursday
All teams 7th grade and older
Coach's choose practice nights. One or two practices per week

Fall 2014 Rec Practice Schedule - Outlying communities

Practice nights for teams in the outlying communities (Byron, DE, KM, PEM, PIZM and St Charles) may vary. Contact your town's coordinator for more information.

Rec League Information for Parents, Players and Coaches

Important Information for Coaches


Required Items!

  • All coaches are required to complete a background check prior to coaching an RYSA team.  This check needs to be completed once each year for the MYSA calendar year, July 16 through July 15.  
    • Follow this link to find the instructions for completing the background check as well as a link to the McDowell Agency website. 
    • The userid and password to login with are MYSROC/MYSROC. 
  • Also, as of the fall 2011 season, all coaches are required to complete the free CDC online training course "Concussion Training for Coaches".  This needs to be completed  every three years.  
    • Follow this link to view the course.  All coaches must print out the certificate upon completion of the course and turn it in to RYSA prior to coaching an RYSA team.
    • For more information about the new MN Concussion law and MYSA's new policy regarding this law, please follow these links.