Join the 2022 Soccer Board

Dear Soccer Club Families & Friends:

Help shape our future! SV/SLV Soccer Club is a volunteer led organization. We serve 1000 players each year across our competitive and recreational soccer programs for kids ages 4-17 with the help of our 150+ volunteer coaches, managers, and team helpers. Our community is fortunate to have many dedicated volunteers. 

At the end of every year, the SV/SLV Soccer Club Board of Directors says goodbye to retiring members and welcomes new members.  In November, at our Annual General Meeting (AGM), head coaches elect the board members to serve in the coming year (2022). 

We have several open positions including:

  • coaches coordinator-sv
  • webside coordinator
  • registrar
  • fundraising coordinator
  • all-star coordinator
  •  . . .among other postions. 

If you are interested in any position or want more information on how you can help, please contact, Kim Petersen, at by November 1, 2021.  All board positions are listed on our website at under the About Us, Board of Directors tab.

Covid Update

Hello soccer families,

As promised, we have been keeping an eye out for updated COVID guidelines from Santa Cruz County. We just spotted an update which can be accessed here:

One of the primary issues of concern for everyone is masks. The updated guidelines say masks are “strongly recommended” outdoors including in crowded situations. Our Club will follow the guidelines which means we strongly recommend players, coaches and parents wear masks outdoors when social distancing is not possible; however as they are not mandatory, we do not require them at this time.

We would like to call your attention to the reminders about avoiding postgame activities that could spread COVID, such as indoor postgame gatherings and indoor team parties. We also remind coaches to maintain reasonable social distancing, including a much wider team huddle, avoiding touching, no post-game high fives or fist bumps. If your team does post-game snacks, please be COVID-conscious.

Thank you all and stay healthy!

Kim Petersen
SV/SLV Soccer Club

Update: U8-U12 Coach Email 9/10/21

Hello U8 – U12 Rec Coaches:

Thank you again for volunteering your time to coach. We all appreciate your efforts and dedication.

• Home team provides game balls
• We emailed final rosters and player emergency contact into to each U8, U10, and U12 coach this morning.
• Both teams bring a copy of roster for referee to use for player checkins
• Please pack out ALL trash.
• U12s. It is recommended coaches contact each other Wednesday prior to scheduled games, to confirm with each other, time, place, start time, jersey colors etc.
• Visiting team to wear pennies if conflict of jersey color arises.

First games of the day, you should arrive early to prepare the field like move and secure goals. Ask your parents to help.

Please Review the Field Logistics Instructions:

Flags are located:

• Lower Siltanen-metal box on walkway below playground structure
• Upper Siltanen-same metal box as above
• Highlands-redwood box at north entrance to field
• SVHS-redwood box next to Club porta-potty by tennis court
• SLVHS-redwood box adjacent to track, closest to basketball court
• SLVMS-leaning against shed door in corner of field (out of view)
• SVMS-no access to corner flags
• Please bring cones for corners as a backup in the event flags are missing.

Review the modified rules at We recommend you meet with the opposing coach and referee at the start of each game to ensure you are all on the same page with the rules, including the build-out line, goalkeeper distribution, whether the referee will allow a re-try on a throw-in, heading (U12s), etc. Substitutions should happen from the midline with permission from the referee on any stoppage of play.

Our referees are essential to hosting soccer games, and many of our young referees are learning. Mistakes will happen. Please don’t vent your frustration on the kids or the referee or the crowd around you. It is important to remind your parents of this as well prior to the game.


We try to form balanced teams based on age, experience, and skill level, but alas, some teams always seem to be dominant. Here are some suggestions for preventing a blow-out.

RESPECT THE OTHER TEAM – Always show respect to the other team (coaches, players, parents). As the dominant team, give advice in such a way that only your team gets the message.
PLAN AHEAD – Always plan ahead. If it is obvious that your team is dominant, begin employing respectful strategies BEFORE you reach a 5-goal difference.
DO continue to challenge your players AND the other team:
Some examples:

• Left Foot – all shots must be with the left foot (but don’t make it obvious)
• Shooting Outside the Box – all shots must be made from outside of the box
• 6 Passes – Then Shoot – no shots should be taken unless your team has completed 6 passes in a row (but don’t make it obvious)
• Only Non-Scoring Players Can Shoot on Goal – only those players who haven’t scored in the past 3 games can shoot on goal
• No Dribbling – 2 Pass – now (but don’t make it obvious) no dribbling, only 2-touch play (but don’t make it obvious)
• Switch Up Players – give different players different opportunities on the field have your weaker players challenging the other team’s strongest players if you’ve got a great goalkeeper, don’t play them in goal

Remember, if the other team scores, THAT’S GOOD!! (but don’t give the goal away) There are other ways to challenge your team while not running up the score. These are just a few suggestions.

• IMPORTANT: EVERY player must have a completed form to hand to the photographer. USE BLACK ink, all CAPITAL letters. Forms are scanned
• WHAT’S INCLUDED: All players receive an individual and team photo plus an individual photo magnet at no cost.
• ADDITIONAL ITEMS: Additional photos and items are available for purchase. See order form.

• ONE team rep (coach or helper) will go to check-in Table
• Have your team organized, lined-up, with each player holding their completed order form just prior to your scheduled time.

Lock the goals if there is no team practicing after you. During practices, the goals are being left out on the fields nightly. We prefer to have equipment available for your regular use. However, if goals are left out, we will limit use to weekend game use. We need your help.

3:30-5:00 practice – After practice, if another team is on the field, ask the coach if they plan to use the goal. If not, please secure and lock. Goals cannot remain out if there is not another coach/team onsite to use.

5:00-6:30 practice – After practice, secure and lock any goals that are on the field.
IF YOU SEE ANOTHER TEAM LEAVING A GOAL OUT – Please give a reminder to put the goal away or report the team to the Club,

Thank you again for coaching!

SV//SLV Soccer Club


Field Logistics:

Game and Photo Day Schedules:

Photo Day Form:

Referee Field Session Oct 10, 2021

It’s not too late to be a referee this fall season. Take an online course and attend a field session on October 3 from 3-6 pm at Santa Cruz High School Stadium.  
Referees earn between $25 – $60 a match. 2021 BONUS: $100 bonus for refereeing 12 games.

Field Session : Oct 10, 2021 , 03:00 pm – 06:00 pm
Santa Cruz High School Stadium
Bring own water  |  Bring own whistle and bring own AR flags if possible |  Please arrive 15 min prior to the start of the session to sign in.


1) Go to “My courses”

2) Select your course, then click Go To Classroom

3) Select the “assignments” tab at the top of the page when you are in your course

4) Be sure to complete all assignments and make sure you have a green check mark on each assignment.

Coach Update on Photo Day

Hello Coaches,

Reminder: Check for your team’s designated time slot for photos on Sunday, September 12 at Lower Siltanen. Please report any issues to

IMPORTANT: EVERY player must have a completed form to hand to the photographer. USE BLACK ink, all CAPITAL letters. Forms are scanned

WHAT’S INCLUDED: All players receive an individual and team photo plus an individual photo magnet.

ADDITIONAL ITEMS: Additional photos and items are available for purchase. See order form.


  • ONE team rep (coach or helper) will go to check-in Table
  • Have your team organized, lined-up, with each player holding their completed order form just prior to your scheduled time.

MAKE-UPS : For teams who cannot attend. Photographer will schedule a TBD makeup day. Makeup day will be a weekday. Instructions will follow when the day is confirmed. Players who cannot make their team day can also attend.

PHOTO PICKUP: Coaches’ pickup photos in November at the Coaches Appreciation Dinner/Annual General Meeting

Thank you!


Schedules –

All Player Form –

Additional Items Form –

Rec & Photo Day Schedules

Here are the the rec schedules that are complete.

What’s my team number?  Check your GotSport portal under “Team Management” or ask your coach.

9/10 – First U6 Practice (coach will provide your practice time) @ Lower Siltanen
9/11 – 9/12 – Rec U8 – U12 First Games @ SV and SLV Fields (check schedule)
9/12 – Photo Day @ Lower Siltanen
9/17 – Second U6 Practice @ Lower Siltanen
9/19 – First U6 Games (see schedule) @ Lower Siltanen

Openings in Select Age Groups!

We still have a few openings for fall soccer.  Registration is on a first come, first serve basis and space is limited. Games start September 11.  If space is not available, you will be prompted to be placed on the wait-list.

Registration Link: REC Birth Years 2012-2015

  • U8  girls born in 2014 & 2015
  • U10 girls born in 2012 & 2013
  • U10 boys born in 2012 & 2013

Want to know more about fall soccer?  Fall Soccer Info

Now Hiring Teen Field Marshals.

The Scotts Valley/San Lorenzo Valley Soccer Club is looking for reliable teens who are at least 14 years old to work as Field Marshals for our under-6 soccer program.

What is a field marshal? Field marshals are youth we hire to help run our academy-style practice sessions for 4 and 5 year-olds on Fridays, and help run the games on Sunday afternoons.

When: Practices are held on Fridays, 3:30-6:30 pm; games are held on Sundays, 1:30-4:00 pm.

You do not need to commit to all days; you can select days that work for you, as long as you’re willing to commit to working with some regularity. Practices begin Friday, September 10; games start Sunday, September 19th. The season runs through early November.

• Fridays- 10-Sep , 17-Sep, 24-Sep, 1-Oct, 8-Oct, 15-Oct, 22-Oct, 29-Oct, 5-Nov
• Sundays -19-Sep, 3-Oct, 10-Oct, 17-Oct, 24-Oct, 31-Oct, 7-Nov

Where: all practices and games are held at lower Siltanen

Pay: Field Marshals earn $16.50/hour and are paid by the soccer club through an automated payroll system. Field marshals must work with our Treasurer to get signed up in the system before they can receive pay.

Want to learn more? Attend a short virtual meeting on Monday, August 30th, 6:00 pm. The Zoom link is provided below.

Please provide your contact information here:

Kimberly Petersen is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Become a Field Marshal
Time: Aug 30, 2021 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting Link:

Meeting ID: 934 3829 6444
Passcode: 600931
One tap mobile
+16699009128,,93438296444# US (San Jose)

Coaches Meeting Tonight 8/12 @ 6:30 pm

Hi coaches,
In preparation for the recreational coaches’ meeting tomorrow, I am providing the practice layouts and schedule grid in advance. At the meeting, you will have an opportunity to select your practice times and location.  We use a lottery system to determine the order in which coaches can select their practice times. Please consider a few alternatives.  With the closure of Skypark, field space will be tight.  U8 typically practices 1x per week, U10 1-2x per week, U12 1-2x per week. Second practices per week will be based on space availability.
Please review so you are familiar with the time slots and field layouts.
I am also providing a link to the presentation so you can have it for tomorrow’s meeting.
Meeting Location:
Skypark Gazebo 6:30  – Bring a chair
Fields Layouts and Schedule Grid:
Live Scan:  If you are completing Live Scan tomorrow night, please complete the attached form and BRING YOUR PHOTO ID. 
__From Dashboard – Live Scan (fingerprinting @ coaches’ meeting
    • Select “More Info” next to Live Scan
    • Select “Submit New Report” – complete and Submit
    • Dashboard will show “Pending” or “Approved” (if prior SV/SLV SC Live Scan is found)
    • Complete Live Scan fingerprinting at Coaches Meeting on August 12
Background Check: If you haven’t already, please complete the online background check.
__From Dashboard – Background Check – (10 min online questionnaire)  
  • Select “More Info” next to Background Check
  • Select “Submit New Report” – complete info and Submit
  • Dashboard will show “Pending
  • Look for an Email and Link from California Youth Soccer Association – North
  • Complete questionnaire and submit

Become a Licensed Referee

Become a licensed soccer referee!  Earn cash while refereeing Club soccer matches and supporting our soccer community!  Referees earn between $25 – $60 a match. 2021 BONUS:  $100 bonus for refereeing 12 games.


1) Go to “My courses”
2) Select your course, then click Go To Classroom
3) Select the “assignments” tab at the top of the page when you are in your course
4) Complete all assignments and have a green check mark on each assignment
Field Session : Aug 21, 2021 , 08:45 am – 12:00 pm
Highlands Park | 8500 CA-9, Ben Lomond, CA
Bring a whistle, water, running shoes, and athletic attire
Field Session starts at 9:00 am
Fees: First Time Referee Course
Course Fee: $55.00
U.S Soccer Surcharge: $20.00
Background screening: $30.00 (18+ years old)* 
*Background screening for 18 and older takes 5-10 days to process before you can actually register for class.