Approved by All RCL Clubs April 16, 2020
Due to Governor Inslee extending Washington State’s stay-at-home order through May 4th, there will not be in-person tryouts for the 20-21 season. The governing body of the RCL has decided to implement a player placement program to allow the teams to be formed in May, and be ready to go once the Governmental guidelines allow clubs to resume playing.
Returning to Same Club Player Registration:
Players may register and be rostered for their same club beginning on May 1st.
The May 1st date for registering players can ONLY be: a player who was registered in your club for the 2019-20 season, US Club players, USDA players, non-registered players or players within your own rec/select club association.
These players can sign up for the placement process with RCL clubs effective immediately. This allows the coach and prospective to player to have communication in advance of the May1st registration period
If RCL players register for a different club’s tryouts, personnel from that club is allowed to communicate with the player/player’s family BUT not offer an opportunity to register with the club until May 5th. This communication between the player and the player’s family with the club is allowed because the player, by signing up, has expressed interest in the this RCL club.
There is no final deadline for registration.
Established RCL Recruiting Guidelines are in place (i.e., an RCL club’s representatives – Coaches/Directors/Administrators/Board Members cannot contact players unless the potential player/family initiates the communication with the club). It is important that a club has evidence showing that the player’s tryout registration was previously accepted to avoid any potential recruiting violations from being raised by another club or by Washington Youth Soccer.
The player placement process is the best solution available to allow the RCL clubs, and the individual teams, to be ready to begin playing quickly upon easing of the social distancing policies in place. Having mutual respect for one another will go a long way in getting our clubs and the RCL league up and running again.
The details regarding the player/parent/club contract are determined by each club.
If an RCL player decides to leave an RCL club to join another club, most RCL clubs allow a player to leave their club as long as the departing player is current with their club dues and fees. It is our recommendation that players who are current should be allowed to leave an RCL club to join another club of their choice.
RCL COMMISSIONER | DIRECTOR OF COACHING EDUCATION
If RCL players register for a different club’s tryouts, personnel from that club is allowed to communicate with the player/player’s family BUT not offer an opportunity to register with the club until May 5th This communication between the player and the player’s family with the club is allowed because the player, by signing up for tryouts, has expressed interest in the this RCL club.