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Sault Youth Soccer Club and League
Frequently asked questions about registration for summer season 2013

Questions
1. Is my child eligible to register to play soccer this summer?
2. My child was born in 2009. Can she/he register to play soccer for this summer?
3. What is the registration fee for this summer?
4. How do I register my child?
5. Can I pay with a credit/debit card?
6. I want to drop off the registration form at the soccer office. Will I get a confirmation of registration?
7. I dropped off a registration form at the soccer office. When will I find out when she/he plays?
8. I missed the registration deadline. May I still register my child?
9. What is included in the registration fee?
10. Do I have to buy my child any equipment?
11. Will I get a receipt for registration for income tax purposes?
12. When does the playing season start and end?
13. On which days of the week will my child play?
14. At which field will my child play?
15. Will any games be played on the weekends?
16. May I ask for my child to be on the same team as a friend?
17. May I ask for my two daughters/sons who were born one year apart to be on the same team?
18. Can I get a refund if I register my child and then decide that she/he will not play?
19. How do I volunteer to help coach a team?
20. Will there be any training for coaches?


Answers
1. Is my child eligible to register to play soccer this summer?
To play soccer organized by SYSCL in 2013 your child must have been born between January 1, 1995, and December 31, 2008, inclusive.

2. My child was born in 2009. Can she/he register to play soccer for this summer?
No, the SYSCL does not make any exceptions. SYSCL follows the Ontario Soccer Association’s age classification cutoff dates and the club registration policies. Even if your child was born on January 1, 2009, she/he will have to wait until next year to register for soccer.

3. What is the registration fee for this summer?
The registration fee for this summer (2013 outdoor season) is:
  • $150 for players in U5-U8 age groups (players born in 2005-08)
  • $200 for players in U9-U18 age groups (players born in 1995-2004)
SYSCL has a discount for families registering more than two children; starting with the third oldest child, the registration fee is one half of the regular fee. For example, if a family registers two children born during 1995-2004 and one child born during 2005-08, the total registration fee is $475—$200 per child born 1995-2004 and $75 (i.e., one half of regular $150 fee) for the child born 2005-08.


4. How do I register my child?
To register, fill out a SYSCL player registration form for the 2013 season. The form is available for downloading from the SYSCL website at www.saultyouthsoccer.com or can be picked up at City Hall, the YMCA, and the SYSCL office (316 Elizabeth Street, old Fire Hall building at the corner of Elizabeth and Wellington streets, near John Rhodes arena).
Mail the completed two-page form with the registration fee (cheque or money order) to the SYSCL office at:
     Sault Youth Soccer Club and League
     316 Elizabeth Street
     Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario P6A 6J3
or drop it off in the mail slot at the SYSCL office. If you wish to speak to SYSCL office manager Shirley Robertson, please check SYSCL office hours at www.saultyouthsoccer.com.


5. Can I pay with a credit/debit card?
No, SYSCL does not accept credit or debit card payments. If you submit your child’s registration to the SYSCL office during office hours, you can pay with cash (bring the exact amount). If you are mailing the form or dropping it in the mail slot, please pay via cheque or money order. Do not leave cash payments in the SYSCL mail slot. SYSCL is not responsible for the loss of cash left in the mail slot.

6. I want to drop off the registration form at the soccer office. Will I get a confirmation of registration?
Due to the high volume of forms submitted to the SYSCL office during registration, we cannot contact each household to confirm receipt. You will be contacted near the beginning of the outdoor season and given information about your child’s first game.

7. I dropped off a registration form at the soccer office. When will I find out when she/he plays?
You will be contacted near the beginning of the outdoor season with information about your child’s first game. Children born in 1995-2004 should expect a phone call the week before the long weekend in May. Children born in 2005-08 should expect a phone call the first week of June.

8. I missed the registration deadline. May I still register my child?
The SYSCL will accept registrations until each age division is full. Late registrations (submitted after the deadline of April 5, 2013) are subject to a late fee of $15. Please contact the SYSCL office by phone (705-759-8840) or e-mail (sysl@shaw.ca) to find out whether registrations are still being accepted for your child’s age group.

9. What is included in the registration fee?
The registration fee covers the cost of a uniform (jersey, shorts, and socks) and photo. Players registered for mini-soccer (born in 2005-08) also get a soccer ball. The registration fee for recreational (house league) players born in 1995-2004 also covers the cost of the player’s admission to the season-end banquet.

10. Do I have to buy my child any equipment?
Yes. Your child’s registration fee includes the cost of a uniform (jersey, shorts, and socks), which your child will get at the beginning of the outdoor season. However, you are responsible for buying your child soccer shoes (cleats) and shin pads. For safety reasons wearing shin pads during games is mandatory for all players registered with SYSCL. If your child does not have shin pads she/he will not be allowed to play.
Players registered for mini-soccer (players born in 2005-08) also get a soccer ball. To ensure more efficient soccer practices, we recommend that parents of recreational (house league) players buy a soccer ball for their child.


11. Will I get a receipt for registration for income tax purposes?
Due to the high number of registrations, the SYSCL office does not issue receipts for income tax purposes. A form with instructions about the registration amount that can be claimed to Canada Revenue Agency under the Child’s Fitness Tax is available for downloading at the SYSCL website (www.saultyouthsoccer.com) early in each calendar year.

12. When does the playing season start and end?
The season for mini-soccer players (born in 2005-08) starts the second week of June and finishes the third week of August.
For recreational (house league) players (born in 1995-2004) the season starts with the pre-draft evaluation games the week following the long weekend in May. The regular outdoor season starts the first week of June and finishes at the end of August.
To accommodate players leaving town for college and university, the regular season for the oldest recreational (house league) division finishes in mid-August.


13. On which days of the week will my child play?
Game days for mini-soccer players (born in 2005-08) will be as follows:
U5 Girls (girls born in 2008) Mondays
U6 Girls (girls born in 2007) Wednesdays
U7 Girls (girls born in 2006) Mondays
U8 Girls (girls born in 2004) Wednesdays
U5 Boys (boys born in 2008) Tuesdays
U6 Boys (boys born in 2007) Thursdays
U7 Boys (boys born in 2006) Tuesdays
U8 Boys (boys born in 2004) Thursdays

Game days for recreational (house league) players (born in 1995-2004) will be as follows:
All girls divisions Mondays and Wednesdays
All boys divisions Tuesdays and Thursdays
The above does not mean that your child will have two games each week during the outdoor season. However, you should expect games and/or practices on one or both game days.

14. At which field will my child play?
Mini-soccer players born in 2007-08
(girls and boys divisions)
Queen Elizabeth mini-fields 1-4 (316 Elizabeth Street, next to the SYSCL office building)
Mini-soccer players born in 2005-2006
(girls and boys divisions)
Queen Elizabeth mini-fields 1-4 (316 Elizabeth Street, next to the SYSCL office building),
and Strathclair Park junior fields A-D (near the intersection of Second Line East and Black Road)
Recreational (house league) players born in 2004
(girls and boys divisions)
Strathclair Park junior fields A-D (near the intersection of Second Line East and Black Road)
Recreational (house league) players born in 2003
(girls and boys divisions)
Strathclair Park junior fields A-D (near the intersection of Second Line East and Black Road),
and Tom Tipton Park junior field B (Elliott Road)
Recreational (house league) players born in 1995-2002
(girls and boys divisions)
Strathclair Park senior fields 1-7 (near the intersection of Second Line East and Black Road)

15. Will any games be played on the weekends?
Mini-soccer players (born in 2005-08) will have no weekend games.
Recreational (house league) players (born in 1995-2004) will have games on the following two weekends:
  • mid-season tournament on July 6-7, 2013
  • season-end playoffs at the end of August (dates to be determined)
All other games will be scheduled during the week (Mondays to Thursdays). However, when games are cancelled (for example, due to bad weather) make-up games will be on Fridays (usually Friday of the week following the cancelled game).


16. May I ask for my child to be on the same team as a friend?
If your child is registered for mini-soccer (players born in 2005-08), you may ask that she/he be on the same team as a friend. Write down your request on your child’s registration form. The SYSCL will make every effort to accommodate such requests. Please do not list more than 1-2 friends and/or relatives of your child be placed on the same team.
Recreational (house league) players (born in 1995-2004) are placed on teams through the draft system so we cannot accommodate requests for these players to be on the same team as a friend.


17. May I ask for my two daughters/sons who were born one year apart to be on the same team?
Having two daughters or two sons on the same team can happen only (a) with recreational (house league) players born in 1995-2002 and (b) if their respective age groups are combined in one division. The list of merged divisions will be determined by SYSCL in early April 2013 based on the number of players registered in each age group.
All other players will be in the age division corresponding to their birth year. This includes all mini-soccer players (born in 2005-08), recreational (house league) players born in 2003-04, and recreational (house league) players born in 1995-2002 for whom a single age division is offered.
SYSCL has a strict policy against allowing recreational (house league) players to move to a higher age group. No exceptions!


18. Can I get a refund if I register my child and then decide that she/he will not play?
Refunds for registrations will be issued until April 30, 2013, minus a $15 administration fee. Requests for refunds made after April 30, 2013, will be considered on a case-by-case basis due to extenuating circumstances (e.g., medical reasons).

19. How do I volunteer to help coach a team?
You can volunteer to help coach (or to be an assistant coach) by marking the respective box on the front page of your child’s registration form. You can also fill out a SYSCL volunteer form and submit it to the SYSCL office (316 Elizabeth Street). Volunteer forms are available for download from the SYSCL website (www.saultyouthsoccer.com; click on Registration - Forms).

20. Will there be any training for coaches?
The SYSCL will offer a two-day Soccer For Life course for coaches of U13 and older teams. The course is free for head and assistant coaches of recreational (house league) teams. Tentative dates for the course are May 4-5, 2013.
The SYSCL may also offer coaching courses for coaches of younger (U5-U12) teams. Please check the SYSCL website at www.saultyouthsoccer.com for confirmation of Soccer For Life course dates and availability of other courses.




Created by: Michael Termikaelian -- Last updated:Mar 19, 2013