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Shenandoah Valley United

Shenandoah Valley United

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Age Groups

The Recreation program would like to offer every individual age division each season. However, typically there are not have enough participants registered to create each individual age groups. In the case that we are not able to offer individual age groups, we will combine appropriate age groups as in U5/U6. There may be an overlap for the September birth-month. It will be up to the parent discretion to determine what age group will be best for their child.

Q: What does "U" (as in U6) mean? 

A: "U" stands for "Under." Players turning 6 during the September-to-August Recreational Soccer Year are placed in the U6 Age Group.

Note: In your account, if you do not see the program you are interested in registering for, this may be due to the age requirements for the particular program. Players may not play down an age group (e.g., move from U8 down to U7), but SVU does occasionally give permission to play up (e.g., move from U7 up to U8). If your player is interested in moving up an age group, please email us at [email protected]

Age GroupBirthdateGrades
U409/01/1508/31/16Not in School
U509/01/1408/31/15Not in School or Rising Pre-K
U609/01/1308/31/14Rising Kindergarten
U709/01/1208/31/13Rising 1st Graders
U809/01/1108/31/12Rising 2nd Graders
U909/01/1008/31/11Rising 3rd Graders
U1009/01/0908/31/10Rising 4th Graders
U1109/01/0808/31/09Rising 5th Graders
U1209/01/0708/31/08Rising 6th Graders
U1309/01/0608/31/07Rising 7th Graders
U1409/01/0508/31/06Rising 8th Graders
U1509/01/0408/31/05Rising 9th Graders
U1609/01/0308/31/04Rising 10th Graders
U1709/01/0208/31/03Rising 11th Graders
U1809/01/0108/31/02Rising 12th Graders

How to Register

The following information will provide you with step-by-step guidelines for creating an account on our website and for registering for a program.

Click the links below to view the guides.

New to SVU?

Already have an account?

If you have further questions, please feel free to email us at [email protected] or call the SVU office at 540.383.6341.

Recreation FAQ's

Q: What are the Program Goals: Encourage the growth of recreation soccer together

A:  Provide a competitive cost, safe and structured soccer experience for all area youth ages 3-19.  Programs are conveniently located throughout Harrisonburg and Rockingham County 

Q: How do I register my child to play soccer with Shenandoah Valley United? 

A: During open registration periods, you may register online through the SVU website by selecting the "My Account" link. This will bring up the registration form to be completed online. Shenandoah Valley United is striving for maximum on-line registration. However, if you do not have access to a computer you may register by filling out a paper registration form and mailing it with a check or money order, to the SVU (325 Cornerstone Lane, Harrisonburg, VA. 22802). Payment must be made at the time of registration in order for the registration to be processed.

Q:  When are Recreation games and practice?

A:  The season consists of one practice and one game per week. Practices are held during the week at designated field locations. All games are played on Saturdays at the Smithland Soccer Complex in Harrisonburg.

Q: Where is the SVU Recreation program offered?

A: There are four main practice locations for the SVU recreation program and they are identified by the high school in each area. Participants are free to choose any district and not required to practice in the district they live.  All game day matches will take place at Smithland Soccer Complex on Saturdays.

Harrisonburg District
Broadway District
TA District
Spotswood/East Rock District

Q: How do I make payment online?

Online Registration is available to everyone who desires to pay by credit card or electronic check. Step by step directions are given on the form for completing the payment. The payment is made through a secure line to a card service, which clears your check or credit card for payment.

Q: What are the program costs?

Mini-Kickers u4-u5  $60 T-Shirt included in registration fee.
Recreation u5-u8 $65 $35.00
Challenge u7u8$145$35.00
Recreation u10-u18 $80 $35.00

Q: What is Included in the Price?

A: Virginia Youth Soccer Association Registration Fees, Insurance, Fields Maintenance, Website and Administration, Referees and SVU Recreation Staff.

Q:  How do I purchase a uniform?

A:  When you register online, you will be able to select a uniform size and order a uniform.  SVU staff will inform participants when/where they will be able to pick up their uniform.

Q: What does the Uniform include?

A: The uniform includes: 2 Soccer Specific Jersey (Home and Away), 1 pair of shorts and 1 pair of socks. Uniform only needs to be purchased once during the uniform cycle. The Cycle for the newest uniform kit would be from Fall 2016- Spring 2020. If any kits were purchased prior to the Fall 2016 Season, a new kit is required. 

Q: Which uniform jersey is home, and which is away?

A: The team listed on the match schedule as the "home team" will wear White jerseys.  
    The team listed as the "away team" will wear the Navy jerseys.

Q: What is your refund policy?

A: Families may request a refund for registration fees if the player is unable to participate in the recreation season/camp/clinic. In order to have your request reviewed and considered, families must make a written request for the refund and explain why the participant will not be able to play. Not all refund requests will be awarded the same amount and not all requests are guaranteed to be given a refund.

If the request is made BEFORE the registration deadline has occurred, families will be charged a $10 administration fee for each registration and receive the remaining amount of each full registration. If the request is made AFTER the registration deadline has occurred, families will be charged a $10 administration fee for each registration and additional charges may be applied based on the length of time the participant has played during the season. Refunds will not be considered after the first three weeks of the season have passed.

Q: Does my child have to tryout to be part of the SVU recreation program?

A: No, there are no tryouts. Anyone can play!

Q: How do I find out about my child's placement?

A: Once teams have been announced you will be able to log on using your user name and password and see what team your child has been placed on. Your child's coach will also contact you to introduce themselves and let you know about the team's practice schedule. 

Q: How are my children supervised during practices?

A: Coaches are responsible for all players at all times during practices and games, but we ask that each parent stays during practice, or communicates to Coach to let them know of parent absence. No child will be left without adult supervision. All coaches are subject to a KidSafe background check prior to working within any of our programs.

Q: What type of instruction is given to players?

A: Practice activities are age-appropriate. Players are taught soccer skills and tactics appropriate for their age/skill level, according to the SVU Coaching Curriculum. Emphasis is placed on players enjoying a fun experience.

Q: When are recreation games and practices?

A: The season consists of one practice and one game per week. Practices are held during the week from Monday-Thursday at designated field locations, which can be found in the chart above.  All games are played on Saturdays at the designated field locations from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm. 

Q: What if it rains on game days or practice days?

A: Shenandoah Valley United DOES NOT own any of the fields that we currently use. Rockingham County Parks and Recreation department and the Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation determines field conditions and will advise us on their use. Please check the home page of our website for all field status. An email will also be sent to all accounts as soon as we are notified of any field cancellations. If the parks authority or SVU officials close the fields, no one may play soccer on them at all. 

*The SVU season consists of eight (8) scheduled game dates with a 9th Saturday at the end of the season reserved as a make-up day.  SVU playing fields are provided by the City of Harrisonburg and closes fields dues to weather in the best interest of children's safety and preservation of field turf.  Because weather is out of our control, we cannot guarantee a minimum number of games.

Q: What equipment is needed for each player?

A: Each player should come to practice and games prepared to play.

Shin guards are mandatory for all players.
Soccer cleats are not required for U6 age groups and below, but are highly recommended.

They should also bring:
 a ball
 a water bottle
 dress for the weather- for practice, it is not required to have the uniform on, but they need to be dress appropriately.  

Every player will be given a uniform that includes two jerseys, shorts, and a pair of socks.

Q: What size of soccer ball should I purchase for my player?

      Ball Size #3: U5/U6 and U7/U8
      Ball Size #4: U9/U10, U11/U12
      Ball Size #5: U13+

Q:  Do you offer any financial assistance?

A:  Yes, financial aid is available for qualifying families based on demonstrated need and SVU’s ability to fund the assistance. Click here for more information about financial aid.

If you have further questions, please feel free to email us at [email protected] or call the SVU office at 540.383.6341.

Contact us

Shenandoah Valley United (SVU Soccer)

325 Cornerstone Lane, Horizons Edge Sports Campus
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22802
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 540-383-6341

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