Perdido Bay FC’s recreational youth leagues range from U4 (TOTS) up to U-18 and are designed to accommodate youths of all skill levels. All the coaches are volunteers and usually parents of players.
There are two seasons to a playing year, Fall and Spring. Fall practices usually begin sometime after Labor Day and the season ends before Thanksgiving. Spring practices usually begin around the beginning of March and the season concludes a couple of weeks before the end of the school year. Registration for the Fall season will open in early July and registration for the Spring season will open in early January. Costs for any rec season is $80 for the first child and $75 for any additional children. That price includes shirt, shorts, and socks for the Fall seasons and shirt only for the Spring season. Details on the game format, ball size by age group, and other league rules can be found in the Soccer Guidelines link below. Also, the FAQ page normally answers many of the questions that parents that are new to our league often ask.
If you have questions at all don’t hesitate to contact our Rec Manager Tina Wood at 850.293.1028, our Rec Director Kelly Merriman 850.319.2200, or the Club President Jimmy Holmes at 850.324.3516. We are here to help!
We have a TOTS (U4) program built just for our aspiring little soccer stars that are as young as 2 and 3 years old.
You can play up the age of 18. We offer rec programs and also have a high school training academy that is designed for kids aged 14 through 18.
USSF (United States Soccer Federation) and USYS (United States Youth Soccer) have recently implemented new age group guidelines for all youth soccer organizations to follow. They have switched to a birth year model. Your age group is now governed by the year your child was born.
TOT: Born in 2014 & 2015
U6: Born in 2012 & 2013
U8: Born in 2010 & 2011
U10: Born in 2008 & 2009
U13: Born in 2005, 2006 & 2007
U16: Born in 2002, 2003 & 2004
U18: Born in 1999, 2000 & 2001
We have no way of predicting when your child’s practices will be held until they are assigned to a team and the coach picks the day and time that is most convenient for him/her. All of our coaches are asked to practice on a weekday evening starting some time on or after 5:00 PM.
During the Fall season the older age groups (U8 and above) are allowed to practice up to twice a week although it is not a requirement. Keep in mind that not every coach’s schedule will allow him/her to conduct multiple practices a week.
All Perdido Soccer practices and games are held at one facility which is the brand new, state of the art Southwest Escambia County Sports Complex located at 2020 Bauer Rd. The complex is roughly located between Hwy 98 and Sorrento Road on the east side of Bauer. All of your Perdido Soccer events (games, practices, clinics, and tournaments) will take place at these fields.
We get asked this question more than you can imagine and there are a whole host of other activities that your family or child may be involved in that can cause a conflict. We understand and appreciate that many of these other activities are important and that many of us have busy family lives, but unfortunately we simply cannot accommodate specific practice time requests. When your child is assigned to a team we have no way of predicting what practice day or time the coach may eventually pick. With over 500 kids playing each season it is not possible to try and accommodate every conflict or practice difficulty and the time to fix these kind of issues is not possible with an all volunteer staff. We ask that you do your best to make the assigned practice day and time work for you. If it simply is not possible then contact Tina Wood, Rec Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can issue you a full refund.
* If you volunteer to coach your child’s team you get the opportunity to select a practice day and time that works best for you and your family. Outside of the satisfaction of doing a great thing for your community, picking the practice day and time is the ultimate coaching perk!
While you are registering your child you can check that you would like to coach while you are inputting or verifying that parental information. Simply fill out the required information so we can run a background check and you will be flagged as a volunteer coach.
The first child cost $80.00 and any additional children cost $75.00. In our Fall season the registration fees pay for the full soccer uniform (shirt, shorts, and socks) along with an end of season participation trophy. Parents still need to supply the league required shin guards and optional soccer cleats. Additionally, every season each team is required to get a $200.00 team sponsorship. This sponsorship is not the responsibility of the coach alone. All parents are responsible for working together to find a team sponsor.
We allow for parent/player request for in our younger age groups (Tots, U6, and U8). What that means is that you can ask for your child to be paired with a friend and although we can’t always accommodate that request, we will do our best to honor it. Starting in U10 and above, all players are assigned to teams on a random basis with an emphasis on gender and experience evenly distributed among the teams.