Fall Recreational Season

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When does the fall soccer season begin?

A: The 2015 Fall Recreational Season tentatively begins with practices between August 3-7 (depending upon field work and uniform delivery) and ends the last week of October. Traditionally, the first games of the season are held the weekend before Labor Day. For 2015, the first week of games will be held on August 29th.

Q. How early can my child begin playing soccer?

A:  BGYSA begins with an under 4 age division.  Your child must turn 3 on or before July 31, 2015.  This will be a developmental program which involves fun and games within the scope of soccer play.  The children will hopefully develops some independence while having fun on the soccer field.

Q: What days are games played on?

A: All games are played on Saturday but may be held on Sunday if games are rescheduled due to inclement weather. Games times will vary week to week.

Q: Where are they games played?

A: All games will be held at the BGYSA Soccer Complex located on Route 44 in Glocester.

Q: How long are the game times?

A: Games are one hour in length. For the under 4, 5 and 6 age division, the first half hour is practice, and the second half hour is the game.  The U4 and U5 age group will not have formal games but will operate in a developmental format.

Q: How often do coaches practice and where do they practice?

A: Coaches may hold one or more practices during the week with the time determined by the coach.  Practices are held at the BGYSA Soccer Complex located on Route 44 in Glocester.

Q: Can my child be placed on a team with their friends or a particular coach?

A: While there is a place in the registration system to indicate special requests, such requests should not be considered a guarantee.  Our first consideration is to balance the teams with regards to ability, age and gender (in the case of co-ed leagues).  Circumstances that are always honored are for siblings playing in the same age division; parents coaching their children; and sponsors sponsoring their children's team. Please review refund policies before registering your player.

Q: Can a child play in an older age division ("play up")?

A: While this generally is not advised, a player with an August birthday may be allowed to play in the next oldest age division.  A parent or guardian will have to make a special request within online registration. The BGYSA Board will discuss the request with the parent of guardian and possibly evaluate the player before granting permission.

Q:Are games played during inclement weather?

A: Games are played in the rain but if conditions warrant games to be cancelled, notice will be posted on the BGYSA website and Facebook page. Coaches will also be notified by email as soon as possible. Coaches are to notify their players of cancellations.  Make-up games will be scheduled for a later date but cannot be guaranteed. If games are cancelled due to inclement weather, BGYSA has the options to reschedule on Sundays.

Q: How will I know my child's team assignment and schedule?

A:  Your child's team assignment will be viewable in their GotSoccer player account by August 1st. Team assignments are not posted publicly. Coaches will provide schedules before the season starts and game schedules will be posted on the BGYSA website by August 15.

Q: When will my child hear from a coach?

A: Registered players should receive notification from a coach by August 1st.  If you do not receive notification by August 1st, please contact the Recreation Director at recdirector@bgysa.org.

Q: What is my child provided with from BGYSA?

A: The equipment that is provided to each player is as follows:

-Under 4, 5 and 6 age division: uniform shirt, shorts, socks and size 3 soccer ball

-Under 7 and 8 age division: uniform shirt, shorts and socks

-Under 10 through U15: Uniform shirt and socks

Q: What size soccer ball does my child need?

A: The soccer ball size depends on age division as follows:

-Under 5, 6, 7 and 8 age division: size 3 soccer ball

-Under 10 and 12 age division: size 4 soccer ball

Under 15: size 5 soccer ball

Q: What equipment is needed?

A: Shin guards are required for every practice and game.  Players may were sneakers but soccer cleats are recommended. A water bottle should be brought to every game and practice.. U7-U15 players must also provide their own soccer ball for practice.

Q: Can anyone coach a team?

A: Anyone can volunteer to coach a recreational soccer team and you don't need to know a lot about soccer to coach. Coach training is provided. Coaching resources can also be found on the BGYSA website.   If you would like to coach a team, register online at https://www.gotsport.com/asp/application/reg/Default.asp?ProgramID=36053&Type=COACH.  BGYSA had over 80 teams last year which means we need many volunteers for a successful Fall Recreational season.

Q: How can I sponsor team?

A: Complete the Sponsorship form and mail it along with the $150 fee to: BGYSA, PO Box 235, Chepachet, RI 02814. Sponsors wishing to support three (3) teams pay $400 and $100 for each additional team.

Q: How much is the registration fee and deadline?

A: The registration deadline is June 30th.

Registrations paid April 1 - May 15, 2015 : $75 (*Family Maximum $190)

Registrations paid May 16-June 30, 2015: $95 (*Family Maximum $250)

Registrations paid July 1 and later: $100 (*Family Maximum $265)

Any registration not paid by June 30, 2015 will have their registration waitlisted. Waitlist registrations will begin June 30, 2015 and team placement cannot be guaranteed.

*Families registering 3 or more players will be charged no more than the listed family maximum.

Registration for fall recreational season will be voided if the family owes any outstanding fees to BGYSA.  Once outstanding fees are paid in full, you must re-register for the fall recreational season.

Q: What is the refund policy?

A: Any requests received between April 1, 2015 and June 13, 2015 will be issued a refund of 90% of the registration fee. Any requests received between June 14, 2015 and July 14, 2015 will be issued a refund of 50% of the registration fee.  No refunds issued for requests received after July 14, 2015.

Q: How do I register?

A: https://www.gotsport.com/asp/application/reg/Default.asp?ProgramID=34819&Type=PLAYER

Q Where do I mail registration payment?

A: Payments should be mailed to: BGYSA, PO Box 235, Chepachet, RI 02814. Include your child's name and DOB on the check.

Q: My child would like to referee this year, what do they do?

A: Any child that is 11 years old is eligible to become a referee.  There are mandatory referee classes held (visit RI State Referee Committee for course dates/times). There will be a certification fee involved for anyone wanting to become a referee which is due at the first class. Referee schedules will be posted on the BGYSA website every week during the season.

Q: Do you post additional information online?

A: Information is posted on the BGYSA website frequently during the fall season. Check the site often for updated information concerning the recreational program. BGYSA can also be found on Facebook under Burrillville/Glocester Youth Soccer Association.

Q: Who can I contact for further information?

A: If you have any questions or concerns, please email our Recreation Director at recdir@bgysa.org.

Q: How can I help with the Fall Recreational Season?

A: There are many ways to help. The BGYSA recreational program is run by volunteers. We invite you to join us for a memorable experience organizing and executing a great season for our kids.   Some volunteer positions start and finish before the season starts, some may last the season, and some positions involve simply one event.  If you are interested in volunteering please contact the Recreation Director or Assistant Recreation Director at recdir@bgysa.org or asstrecdir@bgysa.org.

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