Frequently Asked Questions

Fall Recreation FAQs

When are the games?

Answer: A schedule will be published - except for special events, games are held on Saturdays. A copy of the schedules will be kept at the concession stand for reference.

What happens when it rains?

Answer: The Field Marshals will determine the condition of the fields. If we need to cancel, the nsysa.org website will be updated to announce the cancellation. A sprinkle is not cause for cancellation. If the fields are safe, we play.

Do the parents have to stay for the practices and games?

Answer: Parents should be present at all practices and games. We do understand that due to conflicts in schedules, sometimes a parent will have to leave. When this occurs, the child should not be left with the coach unless there is a signed Medical Release form completed, and it is the parent's responsibility to ensure that the child has a ride home. Coaches will not leave a young child unattended at the field, but they are not daycare providers.

What if I have an issue with a coach?

Answer: Please try to deal with the issue in a calm and responsible manner. If you cannot resolve the situation amongst yourselves, ask the coach to report it to their commissioner. They will take care of it, and/or bring it to the attention of the board if necessary. Refrain from any inappropriate comments concerning the players, the coaches, the refs, or other parents. Verbal or physical violence will not be tolerated.

What if I have an issue with a referee?

Answer: Please try to keep in mind that players get the chance to practice during the week, but the referees only have game days to perfect their craft. Be mindful of mistakes, as each game is an opportunity for everyone to learn. Parents should not communicate directly with the referee, either during OR after the game. R efrain from any inappropriate comments concerning the players, the coaches, the refs, or other parents. Verbal or physical violence will not be tolerated.

What if I have an issue with another parent?

Answer: Please try to deal with the issue in a calm and responsible manner. If you cannot resolve the situation amongst yourselves, report it to the coach, and ask them to report it to their commissioner. They will take care of it, and/or bring it to the attention of the board if necessary. Refrain from any inappropriate comments concerning the players, the coaches, the refs, or other parents. Verbal or physical violence will not be tolerated.

Can I pick what team my child plays for in fall rec?

Answer: Parents are welcome to make requests regarding their children's team members and coaches via the online registration form.  These requests will be passed along to the commissioners for each division.  However, do note that there are no guarantees.  We do not require our commissioners to fulfill these requests, and please understand that balanced teams are our priority.  Coaches are not allowed to choose their rec players, the teams are built based on ratings from the previous season.

I do not want my child's name posted in the Valley Breeze game reports.... What should I do?

Answer: You should email pressreleases@nsysa.org with the request that your child be omitted.

How do I get involved and help out?

Answer: There are so many ways to volunteer for NSYSA.  You can be a coach, a board member, a concession stand volunteer, etc etc etc.  Send a note to volunteers@nsysa.org to let us know that you are willing to help out.

Can I get a refund if my child changes their mind?

Answer: Refunds are available up until the day before the first games of the season.  Once the first game day rolls around, no refunds will be granted.

Is my child allowed to wear jewelery during a practice or a game?

Answer: NO jewelry of any kind (earrings, necklaces, bracelets, etc.) may be worn to play or practice soccer. Tape or band-aids over earrings is not acceptable. Serious injury has occurred when a player wearing earrings has been struck in the earlobe, so this is not optional - please, have the players take them out before the game! Medical bracelets must be covered with a wristband, or taped accordingly. This rule is a mandate handed down to all soccer organizations and is enforced by the referees.  It is clearly stated in the handbooks the referees refer to and posted on the USSoccer website.

When should I hear from my coach?

Answer: You should hear from the coach by mid-August. If you do not, please check the Fall Rec Information page to find the commissioner for your age group. Contact them directly and they will guide you.

What do I need to bring?

Answer: Every player should bring their own ball (the size varies by age - your coach will let you know the right size), shin guards and a water bottle. Cleats are optional for the U6 division, but required in the older age groups. The association will supply team shirts and socks.  The children should not be wearing any jewelry, nor should they be chewing gum or candy on the field.

Who plays on the Select/Competitive teams?

Answer: A player must play on a recreational team in the fall in order to be considered for a competitive team in the following winter and spring. There is no open registration for the competitive sessions under the NSYSA umbrella. Instead, the teams are chosen based on the ratings of the players given by the coaches at the end of the fall rec season. The ratings lists are compiled by the NSYSA competitive committee and then passed to the competitive coaches to use to make their calls, and they call the kids in the order they were rated, starting with the highest ranked player in each division and continuing down the list until the teams are filled. Not all players will make a competitive team - if your child does make it, a coach from NSYSA will contact them by the first week of January, and tell them when to register. For those players who do not make the cut, it is possible for coaches to put random teams into the second indoor session, and just like the first indoor session, these teams would not be affiliated with NSYSA. Unlike fall rec, simply registering online for spring comp without prior contact from a competitive coach does not result in placement on a team. Currently, NSYSA enters competitive teams for U10 and up - in the future we plan to extend this to include U8. Again, keep in mind that NSYSA only 'owns' our own recreational season. The competitive season is a part of a league called 'The Super Liga', and we are bound by their rules. It is important to remember that a player who is asked to play on a competitive team one year is not guaranteed to make it the following year. We understand that everyone wants to play, but cannot accommodate everyone (much like baseball, where even though everyone wants to play on an all-star team, there just isn’t enough room to get everyone to play). The outdoor session involves travel around the state to play different towns. Do note that if your child does receive a call for a competitive team, you have the choice of whether or not to actually accept. If the child is involved in numerous spring activities, consider carefully whether or not they will actually have the time to attend practices and games. If their schedule is too full, and they will be missing games, please consider declining, as this will open up a spot for the next player on the ratings list, who perhaps is not playing any other sports, and will be available to support their team throughout the whole scheduled season. Players can actually choose to play in both the indoor competitive session and the outdoor competitive session, or just the outdoor, but are not allowed to play in the indoor competitive session and then skip the outdoor competitive session.

When and where are the practices?

Answer: U6 division has practice immediately before the games on Saturdays. U8 generally holds one practice per week. U10 and above generally hold two practices per week. Your coach will let you know the practice schedule and field locations.

Select Winter/Spring FAQs

What are the various seasons of NSYSA soccer?

Answer: There are two main soccer programs available to North Smithfield players: Recreational and Select. 
NSYSA's Recreational Program:
All children residing in North Smithfield between the ages of three and sixteen (limited by nationally mandated birthdate cutoffs) are welcome to register for and play in NSYSA's Fall Rec program.  This is our "house league" in which NSYSA players play against each other.  Registered players are placed on teams based upon their age group and playing ability.  Division commissioners build their respective teams with the desire to balance their overall playing level to promote balanced game play.  Games are played from late August through the end of October at the NSES field complex, and all teams are usually coed.
Clinics may be offered on a sporadic basis over the Winter and Spring months to anyone that played in the previous Fall Rec program.  Often times these clinics are conducted by third party trainers such as Challenger Sports and The Revs Academy, and are help at either the Wide World of Indoor Sports North (WWIS) right here in North Smithfield or our own town fields. 
NSYSA's Select Program: 
This season starts with two back to back Winter indoor sessions, where players from different towns play against each other in a more competitive environment.  Games are played at the Wide World of Indoor Sports in North Smithfield.  Games are played from early November through the end of March.  Select teams are gender specific and correspond to the U8 through U16 age groups (i.e. NO U6 Select teams).  Select teams also wear a unique NSYSA uniform.
Immediately following the second indoor session the Select season continues for the same Select teams outdoors as part of The Rhode Island Youth Super Liga, LLC (The Super Liga).  This "travel" league is comprised of home games at our fields and away games in other Rhode Island towns.
A limited number of Fall Select teams are also formed to compete in The Super Liga Fall tournament that runs from September through October.  Summer tryouts are usually conducted to form these rosters.  This is another "travel" type league with home and away games.

How many Select teams are formed each season?

Answer: Depending on how many qualified players are available and want to play, NSYSA's Select Committee determines how many teams to place in each age group and in what division to place them in.  Sometimes there are also opportunities to play in other neighboring towns.  The Super Liga allows rosters to be formed by up to 5 separate towns.  Players are also encouraged to contact the WWIS to see if any teams need players.
For those parents who feel their child is extremely gifted or want the opportunity to be trained/coached at a higher level and compete against better competition, we suggest they visit www.soccer-ri.com for more information Soccer Rhode Island's ODP (Olympic Development Program).

Will every player play every game?

Answer: There are no minimum playing time rules in the Select program.  The ultimate goal, provided all players meet certain ability requirements, should be to get each player no less than 50% of every game provided the math works (example 14 players cannot play 24 minutes of a 48 minute game).  Coaches do have some flexibility to limit playing time for players missing practices or games.  Coaches should tell their teams before each season what is expected as far as attendance and what the potential impact to playing time may be.
For indoor teams with large rosters or for outdoor teams where the state allows 22 player rosters (18 max at any game), coaches may/will create an equitable rotation schedule so as to maximize playing time at each game.  Instead of having every player come to every game and risk getting only a few minutes or no time at all on the field due to so many players on the team, some coaches may set a schedule which allows each player to miss a few games and then get much more playing time during the games that they do show up for.  Not only does this balance the load of so many players, but also allows for managing scheduling conflicts.  We tend to see this happen in the higher divisions (U14 and up).

Who plays on the Select teams?

Answer: U8 Through U14 players must participate in the previous Fall Rec season in order to be considered for any Select team.  There is no open registration for NSYSA's Select program.  Select teams are chosen based on a comprehensive player evaluation process that runs close to year round.  NSYSA's Select Committee, Commissioners, Director of Training & Development, and Rankings Coordinator work in unison to provide Select coaches the most up to date rankings breakdown of each age group from which Select teams are built from. Not all players will make a Select team.  If your child does qualify, their Select coach will contact them by the middle of October to determine if they wish to commit to a roster spot.
The process for forming U16 Select teams varies slightly and may include alternative means of player evaluation including but not limited to tryouts.
Unlike Fall Rec, simply registering online for the Select program without prior contact from a Select coach does not result in placement on a team.  It is important to remember that a player who is asked to play on a Select team one year is not guaranteed to make it the following year.  We understand that everyone wants to play, but cannot accommodate everyone (much like baseball, where even though everyone wants to play on an all-star team, there just isn't enough room to get everyone to play).  The outdoor session involves travel around the state to play different towns.  Do note that if your child does receive a call for a Select team, you have the choice of whether or not to actually accept.  If the child is involved in numerous Spring activities, consider carefully whether or not they will actually have the time to attend practices and games.  If their schedule is too full, and they will be missing games, please consider declining, as this will open up a spot for another player who perhaps is not playing any other sports and will be available to properly support their team throughout the whole scheduled season.

Who coaches the Select teams?

Answer: NSYSA's Select Committee assigns all head and assistant coaches.  Coaches must hold the correct state mandated license for that age group and division.  NSYSA coordinates training for coaches who are interested in getting the proper licensing and reimburses their coaches for the tuition cost of the classes taken through SRI. 
Coaches are assigned to teams based on several variables including license, experience, tenure, and when applicable which age group their child is playing in.  The overriding mission is to get the best available coach for each individual season. Coaches must register with SRI via the NSYSA website in order for the state background check to be run.  The state will not allow anyone who fails the background check to coach, nor will NSYSA allow anyone to coach that we feel may present physical or emotional issues to our players.  Simply registering online for Select without prior contact from the Select Committee does not result in being assigned a team..

What do I do once I hear from a Select coach?

Answer: Your coach will inform you of the NSYSA Select registration process. You will need to register online, similar to Fall Rec registration at nsysa.org.  As part of the online registration, you will have to upload a headshot photo of the child.  This will be used to create their 'player pass'.  You will also complete and print out your medical release form, which should be given to the coach. Your coach will inform you of the current prices for indoor and outdoor.  In addition all players will need the entire Select uniform.
We do have a payment plan available.  Payments are required at the start of each indoor and outdoor session, but uniforms must be paid for when ordered.  NSYSA also provides financial aid to our players, so that no child will miss out on playing because of a financial situation. To apply for financial aid, send a letter to NSYSA at PO Box 763, Slatersville, RI 02876 (all financial aid requests are kept confidential).