What are the game dates for the spring 2017 season?
April 1, 8, 22, 29
May 6, 13, 20
June 3, 10
I am a returning player - will I be placed on the same team?
your child was rostered to a team during the fall 2016 season, they
will be re-assigned to that team (if they want to, barring any extenuating circumstances)* by the Age Group Commissioner provided
that the club receives a completed online registration submission on or
before March 7. All roster decisions are made by the Age Group
Commissioner(s). 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?
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’t guarantee that space will be available.
How do I know if I have been placed on a team?
Spring 2017 team rosters will be posted online and accessible to parents a couple of weeks prior to the start of the season.
I forgot my user ID and/or password. What do I do?
CLICK HERE and follow the directions to recover your password. Still no luck? Contact Genna Opatut.
Will my child play in every game?
Yes! It is DC Stoddert 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 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 oversees the online registration system?
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. Additionally, the laws of the game are specified for each age group. Check out our Age Group Curriculum for your age group to view all rules applicable to you.
Who sets the policies and procedures for the Recreational program?
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.
Where are games and practices held?
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 2016.
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 commissioner, or a member of the DC Stoddert
Soccer management team.
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. Coaches request practice fields and they are assigned based on availability.
Who is my Coach? Who is my Manager? How do I contact them?
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 them a message
using Blue Sombrero secure messaging.
I looked and my team has no coach. What does that mean?
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?
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 fall 2016 season, click here.
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.
Can I request a game field by my home?
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
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 "no-questions-asked"
policy in regards to financial aid, if you ask for financial aid you
will receive it.
What equipment is needed for each player?
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 $1. 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 were issued new uniforms in the Fall 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
Does it matter that my child has never played before?
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?
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 generally okay. 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?
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 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?
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.