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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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?
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?
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.