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Recreational Program Information

Fall 2022 Recreational Program

** Please scroll below for a full set of Rec Program FAQs **

DC Soccer Club offers a nine week Recreational soccer program each Spring and Fall. The fall season begins after Labor Day and extends into the early part of November. The spring season begins the last weekend in March and runs through mid-June.  General Rec soccer program info and FAQs are available here.  Pre-K Plus program info is found here. The eligible age range for Pre-K Plus participants is 4/1/17 thru 9/30/18

Fall 2022 game dates are expected to be Sept 10, Sept 17, Sept 24, Oct 1, Oct 15, Oct 22, Oct 29, Nov 5, and Nov 19. 

Pre-K Plus will start on Sept 17. 

Practices will start in early September, and game schedules will be posted about a week prior to the start of the season.

Rec soccer continues to value the contributions of volunteer coaches, as always.  Teams may opt to use other (non-volunteer) coaches as long as the coaches register with DC Soccer Club and participate in all required meetings and/or training.  Also, teams cannot insist that all team families contribute to the cost of the coach.

Currently DC Soccer Club assumes that the impact of COVID-19 on youth sports will be negligible in Fall 2022, and we expect to support games and practices in Washington, DC using normal sized teams and conventional game formats. We presently assume that no exceptional COVID protocols will be required by the time the Fall season starts. Should any of this change, DC Soccer Club reserves the right to make modifications to this program in the interest of participant safety.

PLUS, returning players who register by July 1st are guaranteed placement on their Fall 2022 team *AND* they enjoy an Early Bird discount on the registration fee! 

The registration Late Fee kicks in on July 30th, so to save some cash, register by Friday, July 29th at the very latest!

Uniforms are no longer included within the cost of registration. Instead, players will now purchase uniforms via soccer.com.

If players ordered jerseys last Fall (2021) or Spring (2022), they are all set! Jerseys may be used as long as they are serviceable; there is no requirement to replace the jersey according to any set timeframe.

If you need new jerseys for 2022 Fall, you will be sent sent ordering information after the rec registration is complete. You should place the order ASAP so they have them in time for the start of the Fall season in early September. Each player must order two uniform jerseys – one “home”(navy) and one “away” (red).

For those players eligible for Club-sponsored financial aid, assistance with jersey ordering will be provided.

SO....Talk with your friends, get your team back together and get signed up to play!  Register soon, as spaces will be limited this Fall.

 

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - RECREATIONAL & FUTSAL PROGRAMS

What are the game dates for the Fall 2022 season?


Each team (Kindergarten through high school) will have 9 games over the following dates:

September 10, 17, 24
October 1, 15, 22, 29
November 5, 19

I am a returning player - will I be placed on my old team?

If your child was rostered to a team during the Spring 2022 season, they will be re-assigned to that team (if they want to, barring any extenuating circumstances)* by the Age Group Commissioner provided online registration is completed by 07/01/22. All roster decisions are made by Age Group Commissioners. Coaches have no authority to roster a player.  

*For example, a team may need to be divided if too large.

How do I request a specific team?

During online registration, parents/guardians can request a specific team for their child. This request is reviewed by the Age Group Commissioner. You may contact your Commissioner if you would like to change your choice after registering. We try to accommodate requests but can not guarantee that space will be available on any chosen team. 

How do I know if I have been placed on a team?

Fall 2022 team rosters will be posted online and accessible to parents a couple of weeks prior to the start of the season. You may ask the appropriate Age Group Commissioner as well.

I forgot my user ID and/or password. What do I do?

Your user name is the email you used to register. To reset your password, follow these instructions. For more help, contact our Club Registrar.

Will my child play in every game?

Yes! It is DC Soccer Club policy that every player must play at least half of each Rec game. 

How will I know if my game is cancelled?

Games and practices proceed regardless of weather, unless fields are closed.  The quickest and best way for DC Soccer Club participants to learn about field statuses is to monitor the DPR website and sign up for DPR email/next notifications.  In select cases, an email may to sent to select participants through the SportsEngine system.

How do you handle rainouts and other weather-related cancellations?

Some leagues have make-up days factored into the schedule. DC Soccer Club handles this a little differently by scheduling a full 9-week schedule (instead of 8 weeks of games and 1 for rainouts, as is commonly done in other leagues). This means that everyone knows the full schedule from the outset, which is  very convenient for participants' families. It also means that, in some seasons, players get in more games than they would if we have a "make-up day" in the schedule.

Sometimes activities that are canceled due to weather may be made up if facilities and staffing permits. There is no guarantee that any event canceled due to weather will be made up, and no refunds will be granted in such a case unless explicitly stated.

Who oversees the online registration system?

DC Soccer Club's Registrar is in charge of all player registrations and is the primary point of contact for our online registration system. Parents should be advised that the Registrar does not roster players onto Recreational teams. That is managed by each Age Group Commissioner and is not negotiable. Coaches and team managers must request player rostering assignments directly to their respective Age Group Commissioner

What are the rules and regulations that I need to follow?

There are specific rules and regulations for players, parents, coaches, and managers as established by the DC Soccer Club staff that apply to all participants, volunteers, parents, guardians, and spectators to be aware of and comply with as part of our Recreational Program. This includes Player, Parent/Guardian, and Coach Codes of Conduct, and a summary of coach responsibilities. Additionally, the laws of the game are specified for each age group. Check out our Recreational Rules Summary and Gameday Rules & Reminders for your age group to view all rules applicable to your player. 

For the Rec Program's Administrative Rules, please click here.

Who sets the policies and procedures for the Recreational program?

All policies and procedures pertaining to the Recreational Program are established by the DC Soccer Club staff and supported by the volunteer Age Group Commissioners.

Where are games and practices held?

DC Soccer Club partners with a variety of private and public schools and agencies to reserve athletic fields for recreational soccer training sessions and match play. These respective parks and facilities are spread across the District of Columbia and areas of Montgomery County (MD). Please click HERE for a map of game field locations. 

Who is my Age Group Commissioner and how do I contact them?

Age Group Commissioners for the current season are listed on this page. Email is the best way to contact your Commissioner. 

When are practices?

Recreational team practices are arranged by coaches. Information pertaining to where and when your child's team will practice will be coordinated by the Coach and/or Team Manager.  

Can I request a specific time or location for my practices?

No, but it is recommended that parents discuss these matters with their child's Coach. Practice time is set by the Coach(es). Coaches request practice fields and they are assigned based on availability. 

Who is my Coach? Who is my Manager? How do I contact them?

Coaches and Managers are generally parents who have volunteered to help run the team. Every team has a Coach and some teams will have Managers as well. Once you are assigned to a team, login to your Sports Engine account to see your team, Coach, and Manager. The easiest way to contact your Coach or Manager is to send them a message using Sports Engine secure messaging.  Login to your account, view your Team Page and use the EMAIL tab.

Can we use a paid coach or trainer for our Rec team?

DC Soccer Club's Rec soccer program continues to value the contributions of volunteer coaches, as always.  Teams may opt to use other (non-volunteer) coaches as long as the coaches register with DC Soccer Club and participate in all required meetings and/or training. Also, teams cannot insist that all team families contribute to the cost of the coach.

Can high school students serve as coaches or assistant coaches?

Yes they can! Volunteering as a soccer coach is a fun way to give back to the community and earn much-needed service hours. Students under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a responsible adult connected to the team during all DC Soccer Club events. High school students also make great assistant coaches supporting parent-coaches who feel they lack soccer-specific knowledge and want some help in that area. For a description of how coaching youth soccer can contribute service hours for high school students, please read this.

I looked and my team has no Coach. What does that mean?

Our Coaches are most commonly parents who have volunteered. If no Coach is listed it means that no one has stepped forward on your team. Your Age Group Commissioner will reach out to team parents to find a volunteer Coach. If a Coach cannot be identified, your team may disbanded by the Age Group Commissioner and players will be reassigned or fees will be refunded. 

I want to volunteer to coach or manage a team. What should I do?

Coaches and Managers are assigned by Commissioners, so please contact your Commissioner or the Recreational Program Manager. The US Youth Soccer Association requires that all volunteers register as a volunteer and agree to a background check. To register as a coach or team manager for the Fall 2022 season, please complete this registration application (required each season)

Additionally, DC Soccer Club offers a variety of coaching education opportunities for coaches of all levels, including beginners. Check out the list of free educational opportunities here.

Can I request a game field by my home?

No. Each division is assigned a specific field. That field may be by your home. but there is a possibility that it may not be in your immediate neighborhood. 

How do I apply for financial aid?

Learn more and then complete the Financial Aid application prior to program registration; you can find all of the Financial Aid information here.

What equipment is needed for each player?

In order to participate in games, a player must wear an approved DC Soccer Club jersey, as well as shin guards and appropriate shoes. Shoes can be soccer cleats, turf shoes, or running shoes. In order to participate in practice, a player must wear shin guards and appropriate shoes. Twice a year DC Soccer Club runs a cleat exchange where used cleats are available for $2. Every player is encouraged to have their own ball and to bring water and sunscreen to games and practices. 

How do I receive the uniform?

Players’ families order uniforms directly from soccer.com, via a special web portal we will share with you. Each player will be required to get two Rec jerseys (“home” and “away”), such that all players will have the same two colors – red and blue.  Players should wear any black shorts and socks, or these can also be purchased with the jerseys. Other optional training gear is also available when ordering from soccer.com, and fulfillment comes directly from soccer.com.

This way, players can replace uniforms when they need to; we expect some players will get 3 or 4 seasons of use out of their uniforms and/or hand them down to younger siblings or friends. We hope you agree that this makes a lot more sense than replacing uniforms after a season or two (after only 9 to 18 uses!), and it avoids the constant issue of the club having a large extra stock of uniforms that often go to waste.  So all registrants should keep on the lookout for uniform ordering instructions sent via email after registrations are completed.  The subject line for this important email is "DC Soccer Club - 2022 Fall Recreational Soccer Registration - uniform order info – please order ASAP!" – look for it!

Which jersey to wear on gameday?

Home = Navy and Away = Red. In the schedules shown in SE, if your game just lists the opponent's name, your team is the home team and you wear the navy jersey. If the opponent's name is prefaced with an "@ C13 Zombie Mudbugs" then your team is the away team and you wear red.

Does it matter that my child has never played before?

No. Inexperience is fine! Our goal is to provide the environment so your child will develop no matter what level they are at currently.  

What size ball should my player have?

Players in second grade and younger should have a size 3.
Players in grades three through six should have a size 4.
Players in grade seven and older should have a size 5.
Being one size off is generally okay. For example, a second grade player with a size 4 ball and a sixth grade player with a size 5 ball will be fine.

Why doesn't the game schedule come out sooner?

In our Recreational program we try to maximize participation. What this means is that often we haven’t finalized the number of teams until right before the start of the season, as we work to get everyone who rostered to a team. At the same time, we try to maximize the number of games on our best fields. We often face substantial competition for those fields and don’t know until quite late exactly how much time we will have on them. We have found that it creates more confusion to release a schedule and then revise it, so we hold schedules until we’re sure they are correct. 

Are refunds available?

Refunds (less a $15 fee) are available if requested before the date of the first game of the season. No refunds will be granted after that point. Any additional costs incurred during registration (i.e. ticket vouchers, charitable donations, credit card processing) are not refundable.

What happens if my child is placed on the waitlist?

If the waitlist has been activated for a specific division that means the division is close to capacity. However, that does not mean that there isn't availability on certain teams in that division. If there is availability the Commissioner will begin to place players on specific teams. Players will be moved from the waitlist in the order in which they registered. 

What is DC Soccer Club's tax ID number?

DC Soccer Club’s tax ID number:  52-1340436