Bay County Youth Soccer Association, Inc.: FAQs

Tuesday, May 20
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  1. How are teams formed?


  2. When does the season start?


  3. This is my child's first time playing Soccer.


  4. What equipment will she need?


  5. How old do you have to be in order to become a referee?


  6. What ages can participate in BCYSA?


  7. Why doesn't my child's team have a coach?


  8. Does BCYSA have insurance?


  9. What is offsides and why isn't it called all the time?


  10. Why can't my child's team practice closer to where we live?


  11. When will my child's team hold practice?


  12. What is the Sponsor Fee used for?


  13. What is the Player Registration Fee used for?


  14. I missed registration, can I still register my child?


  15. When and where will the games be played?


  16. Can my child play for the same coach they had before?


  17. When will my child's team get their uniforms?


  18. How can my team choose a uniform color?


  19. I would like to coach my child's team but I have a record. Can I still volunteer?





How Are Teams Formed?


Teams are formed based upon guidelines adopted by BCYSA. Click here to view the BCYSA Team Formation Guidelines.



When does the season start?


The first day of games for the Fall season is usually the 1st or 2nd Saturday of August. The first day of games for the Spring season is usually the 1st Saturday of March. There is a coaches meeting about three weeks prior to the start of each season during which coaches are given their rosters and game schedule. If you have not heard from your child's coach by the third week of February (spring season) or third week of July (fall season), please contact us at our voice mail at 872-6634, or via email at registrar@bcysa.com



This is my child's first time playing Soccer.
What equipment will she need?


While the age of your child will determine which league she is placed in, the equipment requirements are the same for all ages. Shinguards are the foremost piece of equipment you will need to get for your child. The guard itself should provide protection for the entire shin; from the top of the foot, to about an inch or so below the knee. Kicks to the shin are the most common form of contact between soccer players, especially amongst younger players. Some styles of shinguards can be viewed on the SCORE American Soccer Website.* (Click Here).

Normally players will wear shoes specifically designed for soccer. Known as "cleats" these shoes provide good grip and stability for the player while running on grassy surfaces. It is sometimes hard to find cleats for the younger players (4-6) so many choose to wear regular sneakers. While they do not aford the grip that cleats offer, for the style of game played in U6 they are sufficient. Some styles of cleats can be viewed at the Sports Authority website*. (Click Here)

An appropriate sized soccer ball is recommended for the child for practicing on her own, or to bring with them to practice. If using at practice, we recommend you write your name on the ball for easy identification. Different age groups use different size soccer balls.


Soccer Ball Sizes
Child's Age
League
Ball Size
4 - 7
U06
3
U08
8 - 11
U10
4
U12
12 - 18
U15
5
U16
U19

Shirts, Shorts and Socks are provided by the league.


*The mention of and links to specific websites listed in this FAQ does not constitute endorsement by BCYSA, it's board, or members. Links are provided for informational purposes only.



How old do you have to be in order to become a referee?


A referee candidate must be 13 years of age prior to the start of the season in order to attend the Beginner Referee Clinic. The clinic is usually held one month prior to the start of the Spring and Fall seasons. The clinic is 12 hours long and is held Friday evening and all day Saturday.


Watch the website for information about clinics. Referee Applications are also available online and during onsite registration at the Panama City Mall.



What ages can participate in BCYSA?


Participation in BCYSA is open to all youth, ages 4 through 18 at start of the Fall season. Children who turn 4 prior to the start of the Spring season may participate in that season as well. Placement is determined by an Age Matrix developed by SAY. CLICK HERE to view the age matrix.



Why doesn't my child's team have a coach?


The backbone of BCYSA is its coaches. All volunteers, coaches are obtained from within the league from amongst the players registered. While most coaches sign-up during player registration, others are found after the teams are formed. Since the number of teams that will participate during any given season is not known until after team formation, we do not know exactly how many coaches are needed until then. The number of teams in an age group is determined by a) the number of players that register and b) the maximum number of players that can be placed on a roster.


Most teams are formed around the coaches that have sign-up during registration, based on desired practice location. Other teams are formed around players whose registration form may indicate a parent is interested in coaching. Any remaining teams are formed based solely on desired practice location. The parents of the players of these remaining teams are then contacted in the hope of finding a volunteer to step forward to coach.


It is our desire that all children that register on-time with BCYSA be afforded the opportunity to play but we can only form teams for the number of volunteers we have to serve as coaches. If you or someone you know is interested in coaching in BCYSA, please contact us via voice mail at 872-6634.



Does BCYSA have insurance?


BCYSA, as an affiliate of Soccer Association for Youth (SAY) carries Accident & Liability Insurance throughBollinger Insurance.


The accident and liability policies provide coverage to insured persons while participating in the following covered activities:


  1. Scheduled games, team practice sessions or sponsored activities, provided they are under the direct supervision of a team official; or sanctioned local or national tournaments.


  2. Group Travel as a Team directly to or from such scheduled practices, games or sponsored activities is covered under the accident policy. The liability policy provides non-ownership liability only while an automobile is being used in the official business of the Soccer Association For Youth, USA (S.A.Y).



No liability coverage is provided to parents, coaches or volunteers while using any automobile to transport team members or volunteers to any practice, game or activity.


When an injury occurs, the parent or guardian should call SAY National office for a claim form. The telephone number for SAY is 1-800-233-7291. The parent or guardian will also need to download and fill out a SAY Injury Report form, and send it into the national office at


    SAY
    One North Commerce Park Dr.
    Suite 306-320
    Cincinnati OH 45215


Upon reporting the claim to the National office, an accident/medical claim form will be sent with complete instructions.



What is offsides and why isn't it called all the time?


One of the most confusing aspects of the game of soccer is Law 11, Offsides. Typically this call is made by the ...(click here for more)



Why can't my child's team practice
closer to where we live?


BCYSA Coaches are all volunteers. As such, it up to the coach as to where and when they hold practices. Children are placed on teams by matching their primary desired practice location with a coach that will be holding practices in the same general location.


While your residence and the practice field may be in the general geographic location, they can end up on opposite ends of that location.


If no team is available that will practice in the location matching your first choice, the secondary and subsequent choices are used as criteria with which to place your child on a team.


Note: If you only select one practice location, and no team is formed in that location, you will be randomly assigned to a team in another location of our choosing.



When will my child's team hold practice?


Your child's team practice time and location will be determined by the coach. BCYSA Coaches are all volunteers. As such, it up to the coach to determine where and when they hold practices.


Coaches are given their team's player information at the coaches pre-season meeting. You should be contacted by your child's coach shortly after this meeting.



What is the Sponsor Fee used for?


Sponsor fees are collected to help offset costs for the entire league, not just a single team. In return for helping sponsor BCYSA Soccer, we offer the sponsor the opportunity to have their logo screened on the jerseys of the team of their choice.


Unfortunately we do not always get sponsors for all teams so this is a fluctuating income source. As well as uniforms, a portion of the sponsor fee is also used to pay for screening the logo on the jerseys, purchasing participation trophies and awards for the players, and purchasing plaques for the sponsors.


Sponsors can download a sponsorship application and mail it, along with the $300 fee, to


    BCYSA
    PO Box 10302
    Panama City, FL 32404


Or, they can signup online. For more information on how click here!



What is the Player Registration Fee used for?


Player registration fees are used to pay for:


  • SAY registration and insurance

  • Field usage

  • Field lighting

  • Referee fees

  • Referee assignor fee

  • Coaches shirts

  • Game balls

  • Practice cones

  • Printing (forms, publications)

  • Mailing

  • Advertising



I missed registration, can I still register my child?


Registration closes on a specific date in order to allow us the time necessary to form teams for the season. If your child was not registered, they can still be placed on a waiting list in the order that the request is received.


If you would like your child on the waiting list, please send us the following information:


  • Child's full name

  • Date of birth

  • Your home phone number

  • Specify Boys or Girls league

  • Desired practice area*


You can also leave this information on our voice mail at 872-6634.


Note: Since teams will have already been formed you may be offered a choice outside your desired practice area. You will be contacted only if a spot opens up on a team for your child.



When and where will the games be played?


All BCYSA games are played at the H.G. Harder Recreational complex on John Pitts Road. Teams are formed immediately after the last day of registration. Approximately 2 weeks later a coaches meeting is held in which coaches are given their rosters and game schedules.


Copies of the schedules are posted on our website and are updated when necessary as a courtesy. The schedules on the website are NOT official. The only official schedule is the one that is given to the coach.



Can my child play for the same coach they had before?


In order to provide for a more balanced and equitable league, as of 2001 BCYSA has adopted Team Formation Guidelines. These guidelines were implemented slowly over the past 4 years and are now in place for U6 - U16 leagues. In these ages only children of the coach, assistant coach, and sponsor (if obtained at time of registration) are guaranteed a return spot for our Fall season.


During the Spring season, players can return to the coach they had in the Fall, provided the coach returns.


To view the guidelines, click here.



When will my child's team get their uniforms?


Uniforms are ordered prior to the start of each season. They are then delivered to the league coordinators, who distribute them to the coaches at least two weeks prior to the start of the season.


Coaches, if it is less than two weeks before the first game of the season, and you have not received your uniforms, please contact your age-group coordinator.



How can my team choose a uniform color?


Uniform color choices are given preference to teams that have obtained a sponsor on a first-come, first-serve basis, from available colors. All remaining uniforms are then given to remaining teams, again on a first-come, first-serve basis.



I would like to coach my child's team but I have a police record. Can I still volunteer?


Under guidlines set forth by SAY and FDLE, you may not volunteer with BCYSA in any capacity if you have committed any disqualifying offenses. Click Here for a List of Disqualifying Offenses