Laveen Soccer FAQ
Q. I missed the deadline to sign my child up, can I still get them in the league?
A. Not for the season you are hoping. We have a deadline for a reason. After the deadline has passed we order uniforms, put together teams, and set up insurance for all of those in the league for the season. To sneak in just your child is not as easy as you might think. There is more to it on the back end.
Q. Please can't my child just play in the season I didn't sign up for on time? I have a really good reason that is way better than all of the other reasons other parents have given. Pretty please, with sugar on top.
A. Please see the question above this one for the answer. Never mind, we have decided to reverse our previous stance. We will gladly place your child into the current season at a cost of $1,000 per child (note, the $1,000 does not grant additional special treatment, your child will just be part of the league for the season you really want them to play in)
Q. When and where are practices?
A. The coach determines practices. This is a huge incentive to be the coach. You can decide to practice at the closest HOA or Public Park to your house on a day and time convenient to you. Most coaches have historically chosen a weekday 1-ish hour practice starting some time between 4-7 pm. If you have a tight schedule, please volunteer to be the coach so that the practice day, time, and location match your availability.
Q. Who is the coach?
A. We look to the parents of the children for volunteer coaches. While there are time commitments to being a coach, there are some advantages as well.
Q. What are the benefits of being a coach?
A. The coach is able to pick the day, time, and location of practice. They also receive a Laveen Soccer shirt at no charge. The best benefit is creating memories with your child (although the free shirt was a close second, I mean come on, these things are awesome)
Q. My schedule is very tight and I am only available for my child to practice at a specific day and time, how do I let the coach know these restraints?
A. The best advice we can offer is to be the coach (hopefully communication with yourself is not lacking). While most coaches try to be accommodating, there is no guarantee you will get everything you want. Maybe they are coaching due to their time constraints as well.
Q. What if we are available for practice only on Tuesday's?
A. See the above question for the answer. Once again, if your schedule is extremely limited, our best advice is to volunteer to be a coach.
Q. How can I be a coach if I don't know anything about soccer?
A. Knowledge about the sport is not required to be a coach. Jeff runs half of this soccer league, and he doesn't have a clue of how to play. We give each coach a coaching packet at the beginning of the season with practice ideas and are more than willing to help with tips and tricks. Also, the Internet can provide plenty of suggestions as well.
Q. What ages is the league for?
A. The league is set for 4-11 year olds. The age groups inside the league are 4-5, 6-7, 8- 9, and 10-11. If attendance is low in any one age group, we reserve the right to adjust the age groups.
Q. My child is almost 4; can we enroll him/her in the league?
A. We feel the person that knows their child the best is you. If you feel little Johnny or Samantha is able to keep up with four and five year olds physically, mentally, and socially, then please feel free to sign them up.
Q. My child is 12, now what?
A. If soccer is a sport that they want to continue to pursue, there are many clubs you could enter them in. The good news is most of these clubs have a competitive division; so your child could play in tournaments, maybe receive a trophy as tall as them, etc. The bad news is the cost of these leagues is dramatically higher, the location of games and practices will not be as convenient, and the time commitment is much greater.
Q. When will the league start?
A. Historically we have had two seasons each year (with the exception of Spring 2012). The Fall season typically starts in October and ends in November and the Spring season typically starts in April and ends in May. The best time to sign up is usually two months before the season, so August and February.
Q. Is the league really as amazing as everyone says it is?
A. Yes, yes it is.
Q. How long does the season last?
A. The season is six weeks long.
Q. How many practices / games will my child play?
A. Every team will play one game per week on Saturday mornings, thus playing a total of six games for the season. Most teams typically practice once a week.
Q. How much is the league?
As long as you sign up during the normal registration period, the prices are based on the number of kids in your family you are signing up:
- 1 child - $55
- 2 children - $85
- 3 children - $125
- 4 children - $165
- 5 children - We will make something up
- 6 children - $1,000,000 (may be incorrect)
- 7 children - FREE (may be incorrect)
- 8 children - you know this is only for ages 4-11, right?
The cost for registering your child during late registration is $70 per child (regardless of family size)
The cost for registering your child after late registration has closed is $1,000 per child for the current season.
Q. What do we get for registering in the league?
A. Your child receives a league shirt and a pair of socks. The color of the shirt depends on the age group they are playing in. A trophy will be given to child and coach at the end of the season. A league wide pizza party will coincide with the last game of the season for all of the families involved. This includes hot, fresh pizza, ice-cold drinks, and potentially helium balloons for the kids (no UP! attempts please)
Q. Do I need to purchase anything else?
A. Every child is required to wear shin guards during the game. We would also strongly encourage each child bring their own soccer ball and water bottle to practice. Cleats are optional, but they don't seem to make much of a difference for children under 8 years old.
Q. What size soccer balls do you use?
A. The 4/5 year olds and the 6/7 year olds play with size 3 soccer ball. All other age groups use size 4 soccer ball.
Q. How do the games work?
A. Please see our downloadable pdf that discusses the in's and out's of game rules. Coaches are responsible for ensuring they either have a referee (home team) or scrimmage vests (away team)
Q. My child did not get placed on the team I had hoped for. Can you make a switch?
A. The short answer is "most likely not". We do try to accommodate all requests when forming teams. After the team has been made and before asking this question of us, please first perform a personal inquiry. Ask yourself
- Did I write the request down on the registration?
- Did the people I request also sign up for Laveen Soccer this season?
- Are my requests in the same age group as my child? (We are pretty strict about this one)
If the answer to any of these questions is no, then you already know why they were not paired. Answering a yes to these questions does not guarantee your request will happen (obviously, which is why the question was asked, although this is more like a SFAQ, or Semi-Frequently Asked Question). There are some instances when too many people request to all be on the same team. If we honored all of those requests, we would end up with a team of 15 and another with 6. This wouldn't make anyone happy either, so we split a few people off, but try and keep that group together as well.
Q. When and where are tryouts going to be?
A. All tryout dates will take place at Manzanita Park West field from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
Q. What do you mean by birth year?
A. The year your son or daughter was born in. US Soccer now uses the birth year of your soccer player to determine the age bracket they will play. Players are allowed to play up but are not allowed to play down. In addition, all teams younger than u13 are allowed 3 younger players max on the roster.
Q. Do I have to be at all of the tryout dates?
A. No, not at all. Speak with one of the coaches if you are unable to make it to any of the dates. We understand that life comes first. We provided 3 days of assessments for this reason.
Q. Are there girls and boys teams?
A. In the past years, we traditionally have had a low turn out for girls. This is something we are working hard to change. We would like to be able to put a girls team when the opportunity presents itself. We have had a lot of success with our female soccer players playing on the boys team.
Laveen Football Club
Q. When does the season start and end?
A.The season begins Thursday August 3rd, 2017 and ends last week of May. Regular season ends last week of April followed by tryouts and assessments in May.
Q. How much does a season cost?
A. The cost, per player, is $225.00. This price includes a uniform kit which contains socks, shorts, home and away jerseys and a training shirt. The cost helps the club cover the cost for fields, lights, referees, equipment and club maintenance. It also covers the cost of player registration with Arizona Youth Soccer Association.
Q. When and where are practices held?
A. Practices are at Manzanita Park or Cesar Chavez Park from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM and depends on allocations from the City of Phoenix. Practices are twice a week Monday and Thursday.
Q. Does the club participate in tournaments and how often?
A. The club is committed to participate in at the least, two tournaments per year. In the years past, the club enters the Christmas Angel tournament in the first week of December and Papa Johns tournament at the end of April.
Q. Where are the games played?
A. Our home fields for the time being are located at Fear Farm. There is a 5 dollar entry fee for the field access, but the quality of the fields are much better than what is currently available in Laveen. In addition, referees for Laveen are difficult to come by and we are working hard to obtain local referees.
Q. My child is in high school and wants to play for the school team. Does playing club interfere with his school soccer program?
A. Absolutely not, in fact, it helps them prepare for their season. Due to regulations, high school players are not able to play club during their regular season play. For high school soccer players playing on the school team, there is a rest period from the last week of November to the first week of February, approximately. For those players who are in a charter school or not playing on the school team, practice will continue as normal.
Q. Do you play on Sunday?
A. As a club, we are Sunday friendly. We all have families and understand the importance of Sunday. We try to keep our Sunday activities to a minimum. The only time that a Sunday will come into play is during a tournament. We will work with your family and soccer player to accommodate your Sunday activities. All other games will be played on Saturday, unless special circumstances such as a rescheduled missed game or a friendly match.