Recreational FAQ
Current as of December 7, 2015

What are the game dates for the spring 2016 season?

PRE-K, K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade divisions

SATURDAYS

April 9, 16, 23, 30

May 7, 14, 21

June 4, 11

High School divisions (Coed and Girls)

FRIDAY EVENING

April 8, 15, 22. 29

May 6, 13, 20

June 3, 10

SATURDAYS

April 9, 16, 23, 30

May 7, 14, 21

June 4, 11

 

When does registration open and close?

Registration for the 2016 spring season is currently OPEN. Parents should make every effort to register their child(ren) online prior to March 15th to ensure that their child is in the system and eligible to be placed on a team in his/her age division by the Age Group Commissioner. On March 16th, many of the age divisions will close and begin a wait list procedure. The following age groups tend to fill up quickly:

  • Co-Ed Pre-K
  • Co-Ed K
  • Co-Ed 1st grade
  • Co-Ed 2nd grade
  • Co-Ed 3rd grade
  • Co-Ed 4th grade
  • Girls' 2nd grade
  • Girls' 3rd grade

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I am a returning player will I be placed on the same team?

If your child was rostered to a team during the fall 2015 season, he/she will be re-assigned to that team by the Age Group Commissioner provided that the club receives a completed online registration submission on or before March 15, 2016. All roster decisions are made by the Age Group Commissioner(s). Coaches have no authority to roster a player whatsoever. 

 

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. If you would like to change your choice after registering, contact your Age-Group commissioner. We try to accommodate requests but can’t guarantee that a space will be available.

 

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

Spring 2016 team rosters will be posted online and accessible to parents on or before April 1, 2016. 

 

What is Blue Sombrero?

In June 2015, DC Stoddert Soccer joined forces with Blue Sombrero to improve its online registration and program management capabilities for the club's Recreational program. Blue Sombrero offers members of the Stoddert Nation improved functionality and ease of access to information pertaining to online program registration, payment processing, donations, player rosters and game schedules. Simply log on to the database by entering the USERID and password you created when you registered. Once inside, you will be taken to a DASHBOARD where you can see what team your child is on, what your schedule is, how to register for other programs and events as well as to communicate with your child's coach, team manager or a member of the DC Stoddert Soccer management team.

 

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

CLICK HERE and follow the directions under “Lost Password”.

 

Will my child play in every game?

Yes. DC Stoddert has a policy that every player must play at least half of each game.

 

How will I know if my game is cancelled?

DC Stoddert will update our website www.stoddert.com with any field closures. An email will go out through Blue Sombrero notifying all relevant teams of field closures. We will also have the information posted on our Twitter & Facebook feeds.

 

Who is in charge of the program?

Tom Gross, Director of Operations and Volunteer Development, manages all program logistics and operational matters as well as coordinating volunteer opportunities for parents interested in coaching or managing recreational teams. Feel free to call Tom at (202) 338-1910 if you have questions related to the program. 

Genna Opatut is in charge of all player registrations and is the primary point of contact for our online registration system. Parents should be advised that Genna does not roster players onto Recreational teams. That is managed by each age group's 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 Stoddert Soccer Board of Directors 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 a comprehensive Code of Conduct for players, coaches and parents, sideline ethics for parents, coaches responsibilities and general guidelines pertaining to fair play, sportsmanship and positive encouragement for all youth participants.

 

Who sets the policies and procedures for the Recreational program?

All policies and procedures pertaining to the Recreational program are established by the Board of Directors and upheld by the Recreational Program Advisory Committee, which works directly with management to provide governance and oversight of the program.

 

When do the recreational seasons take place?

In the fall and spring seasons, DC Stoddert Soccer offers a nine-week recreational program. Match dates take into account school holidays and vacation periods as well as other prominent Federal holidays and religious days of observance. The fall season often begins after Labor Day and extends into the early part of November. The spring season commences on April 9th and runs through the second weekend of June.

AGE GROUP MATCH DATES NOTES
PRE-K & K SATURDAYS GAMES TEND TO BE PLAYED BETWEEN 8AM-2PM
1st, 2nd, 3rd SATURDAYS GAMES TEND TO BE PLAYED BETWEEN 8AM-4PM
4th, 5th, 6th SATURDAYS GAMES TEND TO BE PLAYED BETWEEN 8AM-5PM
7th, 8th, 9th SATURDAYS GAMES TEND TO BE PLAYED BETWEEN 8AM-6PM
HIGH SCHOOL FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS Evening matches are played at Jelleff and/or Wilson High School under the lights. All other games are played on Saturdays between 8AM-6PM.

 

Who oversees the online registration system?

The Club Registrar is responsible for coordination of the online registration database for the club's Recreational program. Our Registrar is Genna Opatut. Genna can be reached via e-mail or by calling (202) 338-1910. The Club Registrar works side-by-side with all of the age group commissioners for the Recreational program and Tom Gross, who coordinates all of the operational aspects of the program and provides support and guidance to more than 900 men and women who volunteer as age group directors, coaches and managers.

 

Where are games and practices held?

DC Stoddert Soccer 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 (Md.) County.  Please click HERE for a map of current locations.

 

Who is my commissioner and how do I contact them?

Visit this page to see Age group commissioners for 2015-16:  http://www.stoddert.com/Recreational/677459.html. The easiest way to contact your commissioner is through the secure messaging function on your Blue Sombrero dashboard (once logged in). This will allow you to send and receive messages to your child's coach, team manager, age group coordinator or a member of the DC Stoddert Soccer management team.

 

When are practices?

Individual 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 an/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. 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 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, you can go into your Blue Sombrero account and see that team and who the coach is and whether it has a manager. The easiest way to contact your coach or manager is to send him a message using Blue Sombrero secure messaging.

 

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

Our coaches are parents who have volunteered. If no coach is listed it means that no one has stepped forward on your team. Expect to be contacted by your age group commissioner looking for able and willing volunteers. If a coach can’t be found your team likely will be disbanded by the age group commissioner and your fees refunded.

 

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

Coaches and managers are assigned by commissioners, so contact your commissioner. The US Youth Soccer Association requires that all volunteers  register as a volunteer and agree to a background check. To register as a volunteer for the spring 2016 season, CLICK HERE

In addition, in order to coach you must have a United States Soccer Federation coaching license. Licensing courses are offered several times a year and take about six hours for the basic "F" license. New coaches have six months to become licensed. For teams older than fourth grade Stoddert recommends an "E" license.

Contact Tom Gross at (202) 338-1910 or send an e-mail for further information on upcoming courses and coaching education workshops planned for the 2015-16 school year.

 

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?

When you go through the registration process and reach the payment section there will be an option for ‘financial aid assistance’, you will select that option. DC Stoddert has a don’t ask, don’t tell policy in regards to financial aid, if you ask for financial aid you will receive it.

 

What equipment is needed for each player?

In order to participate in games, a player must wear a Stoddert-supplied jersey, shin guards, and appropriate shoes. Shoes can be either soccer cleats or running shoes. In order to participate in practice, a player must wear shin guards and appropriate shoes. Twice a year Stoddert runs a cleat exchange where used cleats are available for one dollar. Every player is encouraged to have his own ball, and to bring water and sunscreen to games and practices.

 

How do I receive the uniform?

All players were issued new uniforms for the Fall season which will be worn for the Fall and Spring seasons. If you are a new player in the Spring, a new uniform will be issued. All uniforms are delivered to the team representative.

 

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 currently at.

 

What size ball should my player have?

U8 and younger should have a size 3

U9 to U12 should have a size 4

U13 and older should have a size 5

***Being one size off is ok for example a U8 player with a size 4 and a U12 player with a size 5 will be fine.

 

Why does the game schedule come out so late?

In our recreational program, we try to 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 scramble to get everyone who registered on 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.

 

Who should I contact about requesting a refund?

All refund requests should be directed to the Club Registrar, via email. Requests will be processed in the order that they are received.

 

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 division commissioner will begin to place players on specific teams. Players will be moved from the waitlist in the order in which they registered.