Overview of the SAM Rec League

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Important Information for All SAM Rec Coaches - PLEASE CLICK HERE 

SAM Rec is an 8-Week Recreational Soccer League. The Spring league runs from April through June and the Fall league runs from September through November.

Important Spring 2018 SAM Rec League Dates:

  • February 26th Early registration deadline. $10 increase in price for both Rec and SELECT
  • March 16th Game Request Deadline (requests after this date WILL NOT be honored)
  • March 16th Last date to register a team.
  • March 16th Last date to apply for a grant
  • March 20th Mandatory Coaches meeting
  • March 23rd Game Schedule Released.
    March 24th SAM Day at Dick’s 
  • March 28th Uniform Pick Up Begins
  • March 30th Rec and SELECT player registration deadline.
  • April 6th First weekend of SELECT games
  • April 7th First weekend of rec games
  • April 10th ALL Rosters are frozen.(No additional players can be moved or dropped from your teams).
  • May 26-28th No Games
  • June 1st -3rd Last weekend of games

Special Notes:

  • All games will be played at the Maryland SoccerPlex.
  • Players will receive a full SAM uniform (jersey, shorts and socks) - only given out ONCE a year during the Fall season
  • Players must provide their own shinguards, which are required to be worn during all games.
  • Teams usually practice one to two times per week (usually on weekday evenings as determined by the coach).

Click here for a PDF version of the NEW SAM Rec Age Chart

Click here for a PDF version of the NEW SAM Rec standards

Click here for a PDF version of the NEW field dimensions for SAM Rec.



Spring 2018 Registration: NOW OPEN - CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Spring 2018 Coaches Registration: NOW OPEN - CLICK HERE TO REGISTER  

To register as a Coach, Asst. Coach or Team Manager please register as a Volunteer and follow this link for pertinent information


We strongly encourage everyone to register online. If you do not have access to a computer, tablet or smartphone please come into the Discovery Sports Center located at 18031 Central Park Circle between the hours of 9am-6pm and a staff member can help register you on-site.

If you have any issues registering online please contact Alexis Andrukat-Price at, agandrukat@mdsoccerplex.org

Registration Fees for Spring 2018:

  • Early Bird Registration:  $145 by February 26

  • Regular Registration: $155 February 27 or later

Returning Players Deadline - February 15th:

  • Returning players must register by February 15th.

  • The team coach must be identified at the time of registration (put coach's first and last name in "Coach Request" box)

  • After the deadline, all returning and new players are placed on a first come, first serve basis, as space allows

  • Team placement is not guaranteed

What is included in the registration fee:

  • 8 game season

  • Games at the SoccerPlex

  • End of season award (U6-U9 - participation award for every player)

  • Award to division champion (U10 and older)

  • Uniforms (Players that play both fall AND spring for the same team, will retain and use their fall jersey).

Important Information Concerning Uniforms:

  • The following is generally what you should expect to order for your child. Obviously, each child is different and you know your child best, but hopefully this can serve as a marker for you:

    • U6 - Youth Small

    • U7 - Youth Small

    • U8 - Youth Medium

    • U9 - Youth Medium/Youth Large

    • U10 - Youth Large/ Youth XL/Adult Small

    • U11 - Youth XL/Adult Small

    • U12 - Adult Small

    • U13 - Adult Small/Adult Medium

    • U14 - Adult Small/Adult Medium

    • HS (U15-U18) - Adult Small/Medium/Large

  •  For all participants (jersey, shorts and socks)

  • * Uniform sizes are not guaranteed *

  • *You should pick uniforms based on what your child will be wearing in the Spring, as uniforms will be allocated for the Fall and Spring season for returning players*

  • Uniforms are in partnership with High Five, and will represent one of 18 countries.

Forming Teams
No Coach/Team Request: When child is registered for the SAM Rec program their name, age and geographic location will be placed in our database and the SAM Program Manager will begin placing children on teams. Our goal at SAM is to place a child on a team as close to his or her house as possible. While all games are played at the Maryland SoccerPlex, all practices occur at local parks. SAM tries to put a child on a team that is close to his or her local elementary school or park as practices occur 1-2 times a week.

Special or Coach Request: If a family would like to be on the same team as another child please put the child’s name or names in “Special Request” box during the registration process. If a family would like to be on a team with a specific coach please place that coach’s name in the “Coach Request” box.

Returning Player: If a returning player would like to be on the same team as last season, that player must register by the returning player deadline, which is normally 2 months before the beginning of the season (listed above). Any child registered after that date is not guaranteed to be on the same team as the previous season.

General Registration Instructions

General Registration Instructions

To register for SAM Rec OR SAM SELECT you may ONLY do so online.  SAM Rec and SAM SELECT DOES NOT HAVE PDF REGISTRATION.

In order to expedite the registration process for your child please make sure you know what program you are registering them for. DO NOT register your child for SAM SELECT unless your child is already on an established team and the coach has instructed you to sign up for this league.  If you are unsure of what league to sign up for please email Gary Burke at gburke@mdsoccerplex.org.

If you are a coach and/or volunteer you must register as well.  

How to Register Online?

Accessing Your Account

  1. When you click on the online registration link it will provide you with TWO options:
    1. Create an account (Please follow steps 2 & 3)
    2. Login with an existing account (Please go to step 4)
  2. IF you are a NEW user and have never registered for any program with the Maryland SoccerPlex, Discovery Sports Center or SAM Soccer please choose this option. 
  3. You have the option to create an account via Facebook or manually. Once you have created an account follow the on-screen instructions for registration.
  4. If you have registered before for a Maryland SoccerPlex, Discovery Sports Center or SAM Soccer program please click Forgot Password in the Login with Existing Account section.
  5. Then follow the onscreen instructions to set up a new password for your household. All the household data from the old system has been migrated, but we could NOT transfer over your passwords, so thus why you have to create a new password.
  6. Once you have set up your new password login as normal and follow the on-screen instructions for registration.

PLEASE NOTE: The SAM offices WILL NOT be able to provide you with your password over the phone anymore. If you forget your password in the future simply follow steps 4-6 above.  

If you are experiencing difficulty during the registration process, call 301-528-1480 and a SAM staff member will be glad to help you.

Refund Policy

Refund requests must be submitted prior to August 10 for the fall season and February 10 for the spring season.  
Refunds will be given minus a $25 administration fee. After these dates no refunds are given.