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SVU Recreation Program

The SVU Recreation programs are offered in the Fall and Spring and provides the opportunity for boys and girls to develop basic soccer skills and teamwork in a stress-free and fun environment.  SVU is a long-time advocate of small-sided games, which promote player development across all age groups.

The Recreation program season consists of one (1) 60-minute practice session during the week and one (1) game on Saturday over eight (8) weeks each in both the Fall and the Spring.  Practices are held in the city and each of the high school district areas of the county.  Players have the choice to be on a team in any high school district as it does not need to be the same area of residence.  All games are played at Smithland Soccer Complex in Harrisonburg.

The Recreation program is coordinated by SVU staff, but relies heavily on volunteers to keep costs down for all.  Volunteers are needed to oversee age divisions and prepare schedules (Age Group Coordinators), coach (head and asst), team manager and other game day roles (Age Group Coordinator, Equipment Manager, Soccer Fest committee, etc). As you register your child, please consider a role that would be right for you.

Fall Recreation
Registration opens early June and remains open until mid-August.  Practices start late August and games start after Labor Day and continue every Saturday up until the Saturday of Daylight Savings Time ending. 

Spring Recreation
Registration for Spring season opens at the end of the Fall season and remains open until mid-March.  Practices begin late March and games start early to mid-April with Easter weekend off.  Game continue up until late May with Memorial Day weekend off and the season ends the first weekend of June with Soccer Fest.

Spring 2021 Recreation Program Dates

  • Registration Opens:  October 31
  • Early Bird Registration Discount Ends:  January 3
  • Coach Education:  Weekday during March 15 or March 20 (based on feedback and availability of coaches)
  • Registration Closes:  March 22; teams will be formed and coaches recruited, open roster spots will be based on maximum team roster sizes
  • Teams Rosters / Practice Schedule:  March 26
  • Practice Starts:  March 29 (one session per week for 60 minutes)
  • Game Schedules:  April 2 (rainout of up to two games will not be rescheduled; rainout of more than 2 games will be attempted to be rescheduled on weekdays)

  • Opening Game Day:  April 10 (games to continue each Saturday)
  • Last Regular Game:  May 22

  • Soccer Fest:  June 5

Recreation League

SVU Recreation provides the opportunity for boys and girls to develop basic soccer skills and teamwork in a stress-free and fun environment. This begins with the youngest players. Our creative curriculum emphasizes Soccer Skills, as well as Life Skills which go beyond the game. SVU fully embraces the value of small-sided match formats which promote player development in the younger age groups. These formats provide for developmentally appropriate progressions for skill development and tactical concepts. We support US Youth Soccer recommendations for small-sided play. Our coaches and staff are motivated by a desire to see kids experience the game of soccer and enjoy the rewards of participation.

All teams will have one (1) 60-minute practice per week and one match per week.  Registration fees differ between age groups, but all players purchase the same uniform each year at an additional $20.

U15-U18 Division (high school) will be offered in Spring 2021. If division does not get enough interest, refunds will be processed within two weeks of recreation registration closing.

Match Formats & Rules
May vary depending on player enrollment, though the following are standard play formats per age division.

Uniforms - Spring 2021

Uniforms for Spring 2021 Recreation will be the same as Fall 2020.  Each team will be designated its own color.  If you purchased a uniform kit in the Fall and the jersey color does not match that of the team assigned in the Spring, you will be provided a matching jersey color at No Cost to you.

Recreation FAQ's

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?

$70, Mini Kickers (u4-u5), includes t-shirt
$65, Recreation (u5-u8), plus $20 uniform
$80, Recreation (u9-u18), plus $20 uniform

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 kit?

A:  When you register online, you will be able to select a uniform size and order the uniform kit.

Q: What does the uniform kit include?

A: The uniform includes: Soccer Jersey of team color, navy shorts and navy socks. Uniform only needs to be purchased once yearly.

Q: Is there an age division for all player ages?

A: 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].

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, due to a medical reason. 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 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 aims to have 7 to 8 scheduled game dates. Games canceled due to weather will not be made up unless more than two (2) game dates are canceled,  In the case that more than two (2) games dates are canceled, SVU will attempt to make-up these games on weekdays.  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.  


Recreational Soccer Refund Policy for COVID-19

With all the uncertainties with COVID-19, we want to let you know that we completely understand. That is why we want to assure you that if the government mandates any closure to the upcoming season, we will provide a full refund if the season has not begun. If the season does begin and it is cancelled, we will provide a prorated refund based on the date of closure.

*Please note the $3.00 transaction fee cannot be refunded. This is due to it being a SportsConnect fee, not an SVU fee. 

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] 
Call the SVU support team at:
540.214.2575 (Direct SVU Line)
540.340.3343 (Horizons Edge).

What Your Child Will Need

  • Shin Guards
  • Soccer Ball (appropriate size)
  • Water Bottle
  • Outdoor Grass or Turf Sessions - Cleats
  • Indoor Court Sessions - Indoor Soccer Shoes or Sneakers 
  • Match Day Uniform, purchased through SVU

Practice Locations

To keep costs down, we rely on municipalities to provide fields.  As we get closer, we will  need to abide by any Covid guidelines that may be imposed.  If a municipality decides to close their fields, than an alternate location will be identified as close to the planned location as possible.

Harrisonburg District 
Horizons Edge 
325 Conerstone Lane 
Harrisonburg, VA 22802

Broadway District

Turner Ashby District
Oakdale Park 
134 Mt Crawford Ave, Bridgewater, VA 22812

Spotswood / East Rock District
Rockingham Park
1 Rockingham Park Way
Penn Laird, VA 22846

Ball Size Chart

Soccer Ball Size Chart

Mini Kickers (U4-U5)

Size 3


Size 3

Recreation (U10-U12)

Size 4

Recreation (U14-U19)

Size 5


Shenandoah Valley United (SVU Soccer)
325 Cornerstone Lane 
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22802

Phone: 540-214-2575
Email: [email protected]

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