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Frequently Asked Questions?

1. What is the Sky River Soccer Club?
Sky River Soccer (SRS) Club is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization whose mission is to develop the sport of soccer in the greater Monroe area, and to encourage young players to have the skills and passion to play the game throughout their lives. Players will gain self-esteem, learn the value of teamwork and fair play, and acquire respect for the laws of the game, the coaches, their teammates, and the referees. To achieve these goals the club will do the following:

-Operate the club according to the rules and policies of SRS, NCYSA, WSYSA, and the USSF;

-Provide a safe and fun environment for any child that wishes to play the game;

-Offer coach, player, and referee training clinics;

-Promote participation in competitive select teams.

2. What does the "U" in U6, U8, U10, etc. stand for?
"Under the Age of." The age group for a soccer team is determined by the age of it's oldest players as of July 31st of the current year. A team whose oldest player turned 8 by July 31st would be U9. A team whose oldest player turned 8 after July 31st would be U8 since its oldest player was 7 as of July 31st. See age chart on home page. Find the month and year of your child birth, this will show you the proper age group placement.

3. Why do we play with small team sizes? / What is Small Sided Soccer?
National and state soccer associations are instituting small-sided play to further the development of young soccer players. Teams at the youngest ages (U5-U7) play 3 vs 3; as they get older, more players are added to the field. Goalkeepers are not introduced until the U8 level. With small numbers, every player gets more chances to handle the ball during real game situations; and coaches can emphasize the development of individual skills rather than worry about position play. Small-sided soccer effectively builds the fundamental skills that all players need to become successful.

4. Who has priority for placement on a team?
For recreational teams, returning players who register before the early registration deadline have the highest priority for placement on their existing team. New players will be placed on teams which have openings. New teams will be formed if there are enough players and coaches. Players who register late will be placed on a team only if space is available.

For competitive (Select, Premier, etc.) teams, players must tryout. The coach decides which players to select for the team.

5. Can my child (or I) choose his or her team or teammates?
For recreational teams, if you sign-up before the early registration deadline and you have requested a coach or a team, the club will make every attempt to honor the request; however, the club makes no guarantees. After that deadline, players are placed on teams where there are empty roster spots. If there is a team that you want your child to be apart of, PLEASE sign-up before the deadline.

For competitive teams, see question #4.

6. Why do we have such young referees for U8 games?
Training. We need a continued influx of new referees for the older teams to keep up with the growing number of players. Our newly certified referees can only ref U8 age groups to get "job experience " and continue their learning process in the less complicated game situations. When proven their readiness, they will go on to referee for a higher age group. Referee's can only ref games after they are certified. All referees must attend classes and pass these classes before refereeing a game.

7. What should I do if a referee makes an obvious error that is unfavorable to my child's team?
Live with it. If the referee seems to make repeated mistakes, please notify the VP of referees. Whatever you do, please do not give instructions to the referee or try to intimidate him or her. In cases when lack of calls causes injuries or potential injuries, ONLY your coach may discuss (CALMLY!) the situation with the referee BUT only during the breaks in the game. He or She can then report the referee to the Head Referee to make sure this situation is corrected.

If you or your teams coach gets belligerent or badgers the referee, you and or your coach can potentially be red carded by the referee and you will be removed from the game fields. The game will go on without you and or your coach. Or in some cases, you will cause your child's game to be forfeited.

8. How can I help?
A. Volunteer to coach or referee. The number of children playing soccer is growing rapidly. New coach and referees must be trained to keep up with the demand. We provide professional training for coaches and referees. Prior knowledge or experience is not necessary. What we need is a desire to be actively involved with the children and a willingness to learn. If we don't have enough coaches for every team, we have to turn away players. This is something that we absolutely do NOT want to do. We want every child that wants to play the opportunity to do so, but can't do it without coaches. The majority of the current board members, coaches and adult referee's had no soccer experience prior to learning the game as their children played.

B. Support your clubs efforts to maintain and improve field conditions for your children. Your Board members and Coaches are all volunteers and are forced to spend most of their free time doing all the needed maintenance. Most Board members are also coaches, and most of the coaches have 2 teams due to the shortage of parental involvement. This leaves little room for anything BUT soccer! We could always use the help.

C. Volunteer to help with other club activities such as mentoring referee's, setting up and lining fields, and helping with registration. We have many committees that are ran by the individual board members that you can be involved in as well.

9. What do I need to purchase for my child?

Fall Soccer: Soccer cleats, shorts, socks & shin guards. Uniform or T-shirts will be provided for U5 thru U7. U8 and above will be provided with Uniforms.

Spring Soccer: Soccer cleats, shin guards, shorts and socks. Uniform or T-Shirts will be provided by the club for all age groups in the spring.

10. What are the differences between Spring and Fall Soccer?

Spring Soccer: The learning of skills and fun is the emphasis in Spring. Age brackets are U6 through U14. It is a six (6) game season. U6, U7 teams will play each other and stay local. U8 and above will play other teams within the county.

Fall Soccer: Guidelines are more strict for Fall soccer. Age Groups are not combined nor are they Coed for U8 and up. Age groups U8 and Up will travel to neighboring clubs. North County Youth Soccer is in charged of scheduling, and games for U8, U9 and U10 can be either Saturday or Sunday. The schedules for U11 and up are reviewed each year and are set for specific days, either Saturday or Sunday. U8 and older teams will play a (ten) 10 game season. During Fall soccer we also have a U5, U6 and U7 age brackets and will play an eight (8) game season. U5 is coed. U6 and U7 we try to be gender specific, but that depends on the number of players registered.

10. How much does it cost to play?

Fees for Spring and Fall are determined yearly based on club costs. Spring will be less since it is a shorter season. We strive to bring out-side trainers for the spring Academy so fees will be determined by that cost.

FaIl: If registered during the early registration period May 1 - 31 there is a $10 discount. Regular rates will be charged for registrations received from June 1 - June 30. The club does offer a family discount after the 2nd child. Fees for U5, U6, U7 will be less than players U8 and above. Should the club hold a fundraiser (typically candy funsales) families can request to pay a $25 buy out if they do not wish to particpate; this is payable upon registration.

Fees cover local and state membeships fees, secondary insurance, uniforms, equipment, fields rental and maintenance, referees, coach training as well as administrative costs to run the program.