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Grasshopper FAQ's

Grasshopper Frequently Asked Questions:

What is an “age group”?
Age group refers to a child’s soccer age which is determined by his/her age on Dec 31st of the current soccer season. Check the Current Season Age Matrix to see what age group your child is in.

Where and when are regular season games?
Regular season game will be held at a CVUSD site on Saturdays during the season. Start times will vary for each team from week to week with the first sessions beginning at about 9am and the last session ending around 2pm. Actual start and ending times will be dependent upon number of Grasshopper teams. Venue and schedule will be published after player registration is complete.

When does the season begin and end?
Grasshopper sessions are on Saturdays during the regular fall soccer season and will run for approximately 10 weeks. There will be no sessions on Labor Day weekend. In the event of a rain out, additional sessions may be added at the end of the 10 weeks. Most teams will begin practicing a few weeks prior to the start of the season. Specific dates and times will be published after player registration is complete.

Can I sign up with a friend/buddy?
When you register with the CVSC on line you will have the ability to request ONE buddy although this request cannot be guaranteed. Both children must request each other, be the same gender and in the same age group to be valid.

Where and when are practices?
Practice for the Grasshopper teams is not mandatory, however, it is strongly encouraged. Teams practice at a CVUSD site once per week. Coaches will sign up for a practice site, day and time at the Grasshopper Coach’s Meeting prior to the start of the season.

How many Grasshopper teams are there?
The number of teams per age group depends on the number of players that register. Grasshopper teams typically have 8-10 players per team.

Who will coach my child?
All of our coaches for the recreation programs are volunteers. Most are a parent or relative of a player on the team. Coaches and Assistant Coaches must complete a Coach Application, a Team Official Registration and Risk Management Disclosure Form, and submit to a background check. In addition, we do our best to support our Grasshopper coaches by providing them with a detailed coaching packet at our Grasshopper Coaches Meeting and offering a Coaching Clinic.

What equipment do we need to buy?

  1. Shin Guards (required)
  2. Soccer* Cleats (optional) – comfortable tennis shoes with good tread will work fine for this age group if you do not want to invest in a pair of cleats *Baseball cleats may not be used to play soccer because baseball cleats have an extra spike on the toe making it dangerous to other players should they get kicked.
  3. Soccer socks or knee-length socks – a pair of socks is included with your uniform, however you may want to purchase a pair for practice

Where can I buy the equipment I need?
Shin guards, soccer cleats and soccer socks can be purchased at stores such as Soccer Pro, Big 5, Target and Play It Again Sports.

Are shin guards worn over or under soccer socks? Why?
Shin guards are worn under soccer socks. The knee-length socks keep shin guards in place.

What are pre-season recreational Summer Skills Clinics? Where & when do they take place?
The recreational Summer Skills Clinics are fun, technical based sessions designed to give players of all ages and abilities the opportunity to have some fun while learning new skills and meeting new friends prior to the start of the Division IV Recreational season in Castro Valley. The program is staffed by professional soccer trainers provided by 24-7 UK Soccer Academy and are included in a player’s regular registration fee.  There are no additional registration charges or fees to participate. The Summer skills Clinics take place on Saturdays during the summer (exact dates and times of sessions can found at under Training, Recreational).

What is the format of the Summer Skills Clinics?
Summer Skills Clinics are divided based on age group. Each age group will attend the Summer Skills Clinic at their designated time. Players may be divided into small groups depending upon the number of players present. 24-7 professional soccer trainers will lead players in drills and fun games to promote skill development. Sessions typically end with small-sided games.

How do regular season games and practices differ from Summer Skills Clinics sessions?
Summer Skills Clinics – 60 minutes of training with 24-7 professional soccer trainers (number of players will depend upon on the number of players who attend drop in session on that particular Saturday)
Practice – 60 minute training session for your child’s team led by your child’s coach and assistant coach(s)
Games – 20 minutes of training for 2 Grasshopper teams per session led by 24-7 professional soccer trainer(s) followed by ~35 minutes of scrimmage/game with another team