Tuesday, May 22, 2018

FAQ

Monroe Soccer Association: FAQs

General 
Dogs are not allowed at the soccer fields. They are allowed at the park but not near the fields. 

Monroe Soccer Board operates on the premise of what is best for the program, to make sure kids have fun in a safe environment. We want the kids to learn about how to play soccer on a team and learn these critical social skills. We have been doing this for a long time, and we always try to improve.

Looking for Rules? Because we follow them: http://www.saysoccer.org/rulebook.aspx 

Parent/Coach Behavior- We never have a problem with the kids, its always the adults that take it too seriously that we have problems with. It's about kids having fun, we do this for them, not the parents.

Pictures- The picture company gives every player a free sportsmate picture, but player must turn in form. If a player can't make the picture day then they will not receive a free picture. If pictures get cancelled because of weather or other circumstances beyond our control then we might not have a make up day. We will try but no guarantee.  If you have issues with your pictures please contact the picture company. The free picture is not a guarantee as this is from the picture company, not Monroe Soccer and is not part of the player fees.

Instructional and passers divisions maybe coed depending on registration numbers and what is best for Monroe Soccer program. Not wanting your child to play coed is not a reason for a refund. We have played this way many times and it works out great.
We reserve the right to vary the number of players on a team based on registration numbers. This can very season to season. We also may choose to not to participate in any end of season tournaments based on what the Monroe Soccer Board determines what is best for the program. Example: passers may have an in house end of season tournament instead of going to the MVS tournament.

Is my child guaranteed a spot on a team if he/she is signed up by the registration deadline?
Yes. Exception - if we don't have enough players to make up 1 team for 1 division, but we will do everything we can to get them on a team but it might not be an all Monroe team.

We strongly suggest coming to one of the walk-in registrations to try on uniforms.
Shorts typically run big. 3-4 year olds should order xs size.

Issue with pictures? Please contact the picture company directly:
http://mypictureday.com/contactUs.html

Can parents ask to move players up?
Typically no, this is one of our biggest headaches. We evaluate each request. We feel it is better for kids to stay in their own age group. We may ask a player to move up if we need to fill spots on a team and there are too many in that age group. Monroe Soccer Board has final say, we will do what is best for the soccer program. 

When will I know what team my child is on?
We encourage our coaches to call players within the following week of draft (this prevents calls/questions to the organization). 

  • Spring session 
    In-person signup date(s) are 1st couple weeks of January, online open Jan 1st.
    draft is middle of February (you should receive call by March 1st)
    practices start approx middle of March
    games start 2nd week of April
  • Fall session
    In-person signup date(s) in May, online open May 1st.
    draft is middle of June (you should receive call by July 1st)
    camp (if offered) is middle of July
    practices start approx middle of July to 1st of August
    games start week before Labor Day

I missed the registration deadline, can I still sign up? How?
Maybe. We are bound by rules stating that after the second week of regular season play the rosters cannot be expanded nor can we replace players who have dropped off of active rosters. Sometimes a division is closed on the registration deadline, due to too many on each team and there wasn't enough players to create another team. More than likely we can accept the registration as long as games haven't started and there is room on a team for them. Having too many on a team is not good for players or coach because each child needs the playing time.

Call the hotline or see your closest board member.
Registration Timing :( all dates are approximations)
Spring - In person in January
**** Online registration is up by 1st of January
Fall – In person starts approximately the 1st of May.
**** Online registration is up by 15th of April
To know when registration is taking place, look for:
Here...the website
flyer through school, in your child’s daily papers
blurb in "Community Roundup" section of Middletown Journal or Pulse Journal
flyers at local businesses
DO NOT look for yellow sign in front of park, city laws prohibit us from putting it up
PLEASE READ-We reserve the right to change dates, our numbers are growing so we are having to start organizing seasons earlier, so signup deadlines might be earlier than they were the previous season(s).

Is my child old enough to play?
Monroe S.A.Y. eligibility is based on your child's age on and July 31 of the year they will play in.
3 Year Old - for Fall Season your child must be 3 years of age ON July 31, of the current year to be eligible. Spring Season your child must be 3 years of age ON April 1, of the current year to be eligible. 

When do practices start and how long is the season?
Spring session - draft is middle of February, practice starts in the month of March(depending on coach),season starts in early April going for 8 games ending prior to the school(s) summer break.
Fall session - draft is middle of July, practice could start after coach receives his team but most start in the month of August, season starts in late August early September ending in late October with Franchise going into November. How does the draft work? Download the procedure here
It is a blind draft based on age and experience for each division, thus ensuring for even teams. Divisions are separated by age and experience groups, each group is then distributed (usually coach selecting an folded registration form or computerized) to each coach.

Can I request a specific coach for my child?
No. The rules require that all teams are to be done by blind draw. Exception Candy division in which you can request your child play with another child because it helps them to be more comfortable with the new soccer experience. Only the Head Coach and 1 Assistant Coach kids can be on the same team for that age group prior to draft.

Team Formation
We follow SAY rules, teams are formed by a blind draft. Only the kids of the Head Coach and 1 Assistant coach are guaranteed to be on the same team. Siblings of the same age group will be on the same team as well. We invite coaches for Passers and up to the draft so that they can see teams are formed according to the SAY Rules. Coaches do NOT get to pick their players.

If my child had a bad experience with a specific coach, can I request not to have this coach again?
Yes. However, we would like to know the reason why. Please submit this in writing/email prior to the draft. Can I withdrawal my child?
Yes. Before games start you can get a refund minus $25 fee. No refunds after games start.

Withdrawing from a season - $25 fee, no refunds after games start. We hope you stick with the season, withdrawing really isn't fair to the rest of the team.

My child is new to playing soccer. What do they need?
Shoes - either tennis shoes or cleats, cleats would benefit them because sometimes the morning games there is dew on the ground. Make sure they are NOT baseball/softball cleats because those shoes have an extra cleat on the toe and this will need to be removed before playing. You can pick up used shoes at a used sporting goods shop (especially the small shoes) i.e.: Play It Again Sports.

Shin guards - Any type will do. The rule only specifies that there be no plastic exposed, so make sure the sock covers the whole shin guard. There are many types to choose from depending on your child’s comfort, cost range from $5 to $60.

Ball - It is not absolutely necessary to buy a ball, coaches are issued balls with their coaching bag, but it would benefit your child when practicing at home. Size depends on division, i.e.: Candy is size 3, table is below. Type - there are 2 types of balls: with bladder or without bladder. Without bladder - the cheaper balls (under $10) usually are without bladder, they are good balls but they tend to be lighter, lose air, and won't last as long. With bladder - the more expensive balls ($15 to $80), great balls...make sure you write your child’s name in huge letters on it.

Shorts - Usually black, but sometimes teams like to be uniform and go with a different color. Fall seasons sometimes they are provided.

Shirt - are provided when signing up.


How much time is required?
How often they practice? - Before games start, usually 2-3times per week, depending on coach. After games start, usually 1-2times per week.
When are the games? - Games are usually on Saturdays, but if rainouts or scheduling crunch happens then expect maybe a mid-week game. Game times are usually in mornings from 9am to 2pm.
When are the practices? - During week starting at 5:30pm or 6:30pm, weekends are open. Remember, most of the coaches are full time workers/parents also so they will work it out.


How can I help my child?
Plan 5 minutes a day to just kick them ball around with them. 5 minutes will be 5 minutes one day and 30 minutes the next, but if you plan to do the 5 minutes everyday this will increase their skill. Just kicking the ball, nothing special, no tricks, just passing and trapping.
Watch the practice and see what skill your child is weak. Then work on that skill with them in your "Plan 5 minutes".
Ask the coach what they think your child needs to work on.

Information Table based on Division 
*** these are Monroe field sizes, SAY rules only recommend sizes, starting at Passers Width min50/max100yds x Length min80/max130yds.

Division

Age

B-Day Range

Ball
Size

Players

Field Size
Recommended

Goal Size

Game
Duration

Candy

Instructional

3-4

5

8/1/(CurYr-4)-7/31/(CurYr - 3)

8/1/(CurYr-5)-7/31/(CurYr - 4)

3

3v3

75x90ft
25x30yds

6ft x 4ft

6ea X 8min Periods

Passer

6-7

8/1/(CurYr-7)-7/31/(CurYr-6)

3

7v7

100x180ft
33x60yds
60x80

12ft x 6ft

10min QTRs

Wing

8-9

8/1/(CurYr-9)-7/31/(CurYr-8)

4

9v9

150x250ft
50x83yds
60x90

24ft x 8ft

12min QTRs

Striker

10-11

8/1/(CurYr-11)-7/31/(CurYr-10)

4

11v11

186x308ft
62x102yds
65x110

24ft x 8ft

15min QTRs

Kicker

12-13

8/1/(CurYr-13)-7/31/(CurYr-10)

5

11v11

186x308ft
62x102yds
65x110

24ft x 8ft

15min QTRs

Minor

14-15

8/1/(CurYr-15)-7/31/(CurYr-14)

5

11v11

210x330ft
70x110yds
70x110

24ft x 8ft

20min QTRs



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