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Frequently Asked Questions - Recreation

What are the game dates for the Fall 2017 season?

September 9, 16, 23
October 7, 14, 21, 28
November 4, 11


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

If your child was rostered to a team during the spring 2017 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 August 15th. 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?

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’t guarantee that space will be available. 


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

Fall 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 Soccer policy that every player must play at least half of each game. 


How will I know if my game is cancelled?

DC Stoddert Soccer 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?

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, and 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?

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.  


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 County (MD).  Please click HERE for a map of current locations. 


Who is my commissioner and how do I contact them?

Commissioners for the Fall 2017 Season will be posted soon. 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?

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, login to your Blue Sombrero account to see your team, Coach, and 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?

Our Coaches are 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 can not 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 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 2017 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. 


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 "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?

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 DC 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?

All players are 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 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 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?

 

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 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. 

Are refunds available?

A fifty percent (50%) refund is available until August 25, 2017 by emailing a request to the club registrar. No refunds will be granted after August 25.

 

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. 

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