RCYSL Divisions

Please consult the Age Division Matrix to determine in which U05 through U19 division your player belongs.

First kicks

This program was started to get young children (age three and four) familiar with playing with a soccer ball. It is meant to be fun, and show the kids that soccer is a great sport to play. It is also meant to help kids understand that it is okay to play without parents right by their side.

  1. Season length: 4 weekly sessions. There are two sessions to choose from each season.
  2. Time:  Every Saturday for 45 minute.
  3. What to expect: No team play – kids are split into small groups and play fun games with a soccer ball.

U05 / U06

The purpose of U5/U6 soccer (Micro-soccer) is to emphasize introduction to soccer. The children will be introduced to kicking, dribbling, and basic foot skills. Most importantly, they will learn to be part of a team. This is a fun and learning time for the children. These players will only need shin guards and soccer socks to play. The level of commitment by a coach is very limited (about an hour a week for 6 weeks). This level of soccer includes:

  1. Season length – approximately 6 weeks, starting in September for fall and April for spring.
  2. 8 to 9 players on a team and they play 3 or 4 to a side with a dual field playing format on a much smaller field.
  3. Practices/games will be held on Saturdays about half an hour before their weekly game.
  4. Four (4) equal eight (8) minute quarters, plus a short break between the quarters.
  5. No referees, no scoring, and no goalie is used. This is commonly referred to as "bunch ball" or "The Swarm."

U08

The U8 division starts to emphasis on skill development. Coaches can use lesson plans on this website to develop fun soccer training sessions. Generally a team will have about 2 training sessions and a game per week. The level of commitment is still rather low (about 3 hours per week for the 8 week season). Even "I've never played soccer before" parents CAN coach at this level, esp. with help from the training area of our website. This level of soccer includes:

  1. Season length – approximately 7 to 8 weeks, starting in September for fall and April for spring.
  2. 8 to 9 players on a team that play 4 v 4.
  3. Practices will be held once or twice per week at a location selected by the coach.
  4. Games can be on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursday, Fridays or Saturdays. The games are four (4) equal twelve (12) minute quarters, plus a two (2) minute break between quarters and a five (5) minute half time.
  5. No referees, no scoring, no goalie is used.
  6. No slide tackling will be permitted and the "Laws of the Game" are introduced.

U10

The U10 division is for kids who want to continue to play the game at a higher level and coaching can continue to focus on the fundamentals of passing, receiving, dribbling, etc. The level of commitment and time requirements increases at this level but generally still run about 3 to 4 hours per week. Coaches at this level can still use this website for assistance. This soccer level includes:

  1. Season length – approximately 7 to 8 weeks, starting in September for fall and April for spring.
  2. Teams have about 10 to 11 players who play 6 v 6 with a goalkeeper.
  3. Practices can be held once to twice a week.
  4. Games are held on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and are two (2) equal halves of twenty-five (25) minutes, plus a five (5) minute break half time.
  5. Referees are usually introduced at this level, score is kept (if refs are available) and goalies are used.
  6. No slide tackling will be permitted and the "Laws of the Game" are more strictly adhered to with room for "on field teaching."
  7. At this level Challenge Soccer is offered for those interested.

U12

This division is for kids that want to continue to play the game and move to a higher level of soccer. This level of soccer includes:

  1. Season length – approximately 7 to 8 weeks, starting in September for fall and April for spring.
  2. Teams have about 12 to 14 players who play 8 v 8 with a goalkeeper.
  3. Practices can be held once to twice a week.
  4. Games are held on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and are two (2) equal halves of thirty (30) minutes, plus a five (5) minute break half time.
  5. Referees will be at this level, score is kept and goalies are used.
  6. At this level Challenge Soccer is offered for those interested.

U14-U16/19

These divisions can be separated into boy / girl teams or at the upper ages can be co-ed. The recreational teams really are out there for fun and exercise. This is not highly competitive but games are still supposed to be fun. The U14's play two 35 minute halves and U16/19's play two 40 minute halves. Referees and Assistant Referees are used on the full-size field and all Laws of the Game are enforced.

Playing Seasons

The Rapid City Youth Soccer League has four playing seasons for its players:

  • Fall – The start of the soccer year begins in late August and ends in mid October
  • Winter Indoor – Intense, very fast play indoors from November to mid December
  • Winter Tournaments – Several indoor tournaments held from December through March
  • Spring – Begins in March and ends with the State Tournament in early June
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