Benicia Arsenal FC
2021 Recreational Program
Benicia Arsenal FC's In House Recreational soccer program is our most popular program for soccer here in Benicia.
Over 500 players each year compete in an exciting 10 league game season, which helps players of all ages and abilities enjoy the game in a fun, safe and positive environment.
The season begins in early August and runs through November. Each team will have 2 practices per week and will be coached by volunteer coaches, who will utilize our age appropriate methods. Coaches will be supported by our Director of Coaching, who will provide the necessary education for our coaches to give your child the best possible soccer experience.
Registration is available for players aged between 5-18 years old.
For more information on how to register your child for this program please visit our Registration link from the home page or in the Related links section on the right hand side of this page.
2021 Fall BAFC Recreation Registration
Welcome to the BAFC recreation team registration process.
Our Fall Recreational soccer program runs from August through November. To begin registration, please click on this registration link below and register for the season.
• Registration cost depends on player age
• The season runs from August through mid-November
• Practices will begin in August
• Team sizes vary depending upon registrations, but usually have 10 - 15 players per team
• Your coach will reach out with all the details once teams have been formed in Late July
• There are typically 2 practices weekly with games on Saturdays
• Practice times are late afternoons and early evenings
• Game times vary throughout the day on Saturday
• Uniforms are included with registration fee
• If you are interested in coaching, please contact Rodrigo Escalante at email@example.com
Age Grouping by Birth Year2016 | U6
2015 | U7
2014 | U8
2012-2013 | U10
2010-2011 | U12
2008-2009 | U14
2006-2007 | U16
2003-2005 | U19
Player SafetyFIFA Laws of the Game 2021-2022: Law 4.1
A player must not use equipment or wear anything that is dangerous. All items of jewelry (necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings, leather bands, rubber bands, etc.) are forbidden and must be removed. Using tape to cover jewelery is not permitted.
The players must be inspected before the start of the match and substitutes before they enter the field of play. If a player is wearing or using unauthorised/dangerous equipment or jewelry, the referee must order the player to:
- remove the item
- leave the field of play at the next stoppage if the player is unable or unwilling to comply
A player who refuses to comply or wears the item again must be cautioned.
BAFC requires players wearing any type of jewelry, including studs, to leave the field until all jewelry has been removed.
Early Bird Registration March 9 – May 15, 2021U6 $75 per player plus $200 per family Club Fee
U7/U8 $105 per player plus $200 per family Club Fee
U10/U12 $175 per player plus $200 per family Club Fee
U14/U16/U19 $195 per player plus $200 per family Club Fee
Regular Registration May 15 - July, 31, 2021U6 $95 per player plus $200 per family Club Fee
U7/U8 $125 per player plus $200 per family Club Fee
U10/U12 $195 per player plus $200 per family Club Fee
U14/U16/U19 $215 per player plus $200 per family Club Fee
Questions regarding registration may be directed to the League Registrar at:
BAFC assesses a $200 league participation (club) fee in an effort to encourage families to provide their time and support in operating the league. Active participation helps us to keep our registration fees as low as possible.
League participation fees paid are not refundable. However, if the player continues to play soccer the fees will be carried over to the next season, provided the required participation commitment is fulfilled in that particular season.
Families with one player in the league are required to perform a minimum of 6 hours of league approved volunteer work. Families with two or more players in the league are required to perform a minimum of 8 hours of league approved volunteer work. Families who receive financial aid from the league are required to perform a minimum of 12 hours of league approved volunteer work.
Again, please understand club fees are not refundable. In addition, no partial credit for hours worked will be allowed.
Please note that additional volunteer hours may be required for competitive team families who participate in Benicia tournaments.
Families who have more than one child participating in one season only need to pay the $200 club fee one time in a season (assuming volunteer hours were not completed the previous season). If the registration system charges you the $200 club fee more than once for participants from the same family despite registering at different times and/or for different programs (like competitive, academy, or TOP) please email our registrar, Mike Munn and our treasurer Michael Distler by clicking the yellow button below. Either Mike or Michael will verify and issue a credit if warranted.
Because the Club Fees can create a significant amount of payment needed up front, we will now allow two installments for those who want them. You may pay the entire fee or pay online in two installments.
Payment Method 1 (Installments)
If you choose to pay via installments, you may pay by credit card only. The system will automatically split your payments in half and charge your credit card accordingly.
Payment Method 2 (Full Payment)
If you choose to pay the full amount, you may pay by check or online via credit card. If you pay via check, you MUST mail your check prior to the discount deadline to receive the discounted rate.
Mailing address is:
P.O. Box 2259
Benicia, CA 94510
Families that have multiple players, playing in either Recreational or Competitive BAFC (Benicia Arsenal Football Club) Programs, have rights to applied discounts at the time of registration.
Players cannot receive a multiple player discount if they are already receiving another form of financial aid through BAFC.
Families who have three or more players, playing soccer for BAFC , will receive a 20% discount off of the regular registration fees for that season.
Families who have an adult relative, who holds a current USSF Grassroots (or higher) referee license, and referees 5 or more BAFC games (U10-U19), in each of the fall and spring seasons, will receive a 10% refund off the regular registration fees for that entire season.
All requests for multiple player discounts and financial aid matters must be submitted to the BAFC Treasurer and Vice President for approval or denial.
If a registration fee refund is requested before June 1st, seventy-five (75%) of the registration fees will be refunded if the player decides not to participate in the BAFC during the season.
If a registration fee refund is requested on or after June 1st, but before August 1st, fifty (50%) of the registration fees will be refunded if the player decides not to participate in the BAFC during the season.
All refund requests will be denied if received on or after August 1st.
Late fees, fundraising monies, and club fees are non-refundable.
All Requests for refunds must be made in writing, either via e-mail or USPS to the Treasurer at:
Mail: BAFC Treasurer, PO Box 2259 Benicia, CA 94510
There are some financial aid opportunities available. Financial aid requests are available on this site under financial aid.
Families who do not perform a minimum of 12 hours of league approved volunteer work for the season in which they receive the financial aid will not be eligible for financial aid in the future.
Generally speaking, we want players to play in their respective age groups. However, we understand that there may be specific reasons you would like your son or daughter to play at the next higher age group. The League allows players to play up one age group with the following condition: The parent or guardian of the player must be the coach or assistant coach of the team. This is a safety and insurance requirement. Fees for the higher age group will apply.
Moving up more than one age group in the recreational program is not permitted. Again, this is a safety and insurance requirement.
Playing down to a younger age group is not permitted. This is a safety and insurance requirement.
MINIMUM PLAY AGE
The minimum age to play on the U6 team is 5 years old (or turning 5 in the current calendar year). However, the League will entertain 4 year olds playing (not turning 5 in the current calendar year) on case by case basis with the following two conditions: The parent or guardian of the player must be the coach or assistant coach of the team, and there must be a meeting between the League and parents to discuss the player prior to any assignment. This is a safety and insurance requirement.
REQUESTS FOR SPECIFIC COACHES OR TEAMS
If you coach or assistant coach a team, your son or daughter may be on your team. The League does not entertain specific requests for coaches or teams beyond the coach or assistant coach. U6-U8 teams are formed by the Recreation Coordinator based on known skill level. U10 and above teams are formed by the Recreation Coordinator and coaches based on known skill levels using a blind draft process.
There are a few very specific exceptions to this policy, which will be considered on a case by case basis.