St. Joseph's CYO: FAQs - Soccer

Tuesday, January 16
Soccer FAQs

Fall 2018 Soccer FAQs


Q. How can I get the most updated information - stay on top of rainouts, dates, etc.? 
A.  The best place to get information is from your coach. However, there will be times when you are not assigned to a team yet, or the coach is already on the field and it is difficult to reach him/her. The soccer program uses Twitter to get quick, important messages out throughout the season. We recommend that you register to receive these tweets by following us on Twitter at sjcyosoccer OR by texting "follow sjcyosoccer" to 40404. 

Q. What if I am interested in coaching or assisting?
A. We are always looking for coaches, assistance, and volunteers in all of our sports. Please reach out to the number on the home page for the particular sport or contact 585-0748 immediately.

Q. When does the season start?
A. The Fall 2018 Soccer season begins on September 23rd. The first game of the season is typically an exhibition game player along with another team so coaches can begin to understand player strength and needs and our athletes can get acclimated to the field and rules. Coaches may hold practice in our Micro, Middle, and Upper divisions prior to that date. 

Q. When does the season end?
A. Our Spring season ends on or about November  11th.

Q. Can I still register?
A. Yes, right now all of our fall sports have openings, but registrations will close as we get closer their respective opening days.  

Q. How do I register?
A. If you have a registration form - please immediately send it in to the PO Box at the bottom of the form. If you do not have one, please download a form from this site and mail it in - see the home page, or register directly on-line with a credit card. Forms can also be found in the Our Place newspaper and the Sachem Scene at various times throughout the year.We encourage you to register online as that is the quickest way to ensure that you are registered for the season. 

Q. Will there be practices for my child?
A. All Micro, Middle, and Upper divisions teams (ages 5 and above) will practice approximately once each week at a time determined by the coach. Coaches try to work out scehduled practices that coincide with times that parents and athletes can attend. Clinic teams (ages 3 and 4) do not practice separately and only play on Sunday mornings.

Q. When are games scheduled?
A. All games (and Clinic  practices) are held on Sunday mornings between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Athletes will be scheduled for a one-hour time period during these times. A schedule will be distributed to each parent and athlete during the first official game of the season.

Q. Where do we play?
A. All practices and games are held at Ronkonkoma Middle School on Peconic Street in Ronkonkoma.

Q. I registered, when will I hear from the league or a coach?
A.  Rosters are being distributed and coaches will begn making calls the week of September 9th. If you have not received a call and you have just registered, please be patient. At certain times of the year prior to season start, we are required to wait until we have a number of members on a team before we create a new team, so there may be a delay in reaching out to the parent by a coach until a team is created. However, if this is the case, the parent will receive a recorded message from the league with updated information stating that the child is registered and providing uniform or schedule information. 

Q. What is the fundraising buyout and should I do it?
A. At St. Joseph's CYO, we give you a choice of paying us an additional $25 in place of a fundraising commitment or participating in fundraising directly. If you chose to take the fundraising buyout, you will be required to pay an additional $25 (at the time of registration only) and you will not receive a box of chocolate/candy to sell. Fundraising is an important part of our program which allows us to keep registration costs low and still raise money for field maintenance, program costs, fees, insurance costs, etc.

Q. I will participate in fundraising, what should I expect?
A. If you chose to take part in fundraising (and not opt-out for an additional $25), you will receive a box of 60 pieces of chocolate/candy, and you are required to return $55 to the league within two weeks of receipt of the chocolate. You can choose to sell the candy or eat it, but you are expected to return the $55 to the league. Fundraising is an important part of our program which allows us to keep registration costs low and still raise money for field maintenance, program costs, fees, insurance costs, etc.

Q. Where do I get a soccer uniform, how much does it cost and what does it consist of? 
A. Soccer uniforms will be on sale on September 22nd from 10am to 12 pm at Ronkonkoma Middle School (in the rear of the school by the bleachers) and September 23rd from 9:15 am to 11:30 am at Ronkonkoma Middle School - IN THE REAR BY THE FOOTBALL BLEACHERS. Those athletes picking up uniforms on game day, September 22nd should come down at least 30 minutes prior to their game to prevent them from being late to the game. Uniforms must be picked up during these dates. The soccer uniform consists of a reversible jersey (gold/blue), shorts, and soccer socks (which are to be worn over shinguards). Uniforms cost $30.

Q. What equipment will my child need, other than a soccer uniform?

A. Each athlete in our program must wear a St. Joseph's CYO official uniform during all scheduled games (see above). In addition to this uniform, athletes in all divisions must wear shinguards during practice and scheduled games. Also, athletes in all divisions above our Clinic 3 and 4 year-old division must wear soccer cleats. Athletes should also have a soccer ball for practice.

Q. What size soccer ball will my child need?
A. For our Clinic 3 and 4 year-old division, a #3 soccer ball is required. For our Micro and Middle divisions (5-9 year-olds), a #4 ball is required. For our Upper Division (10-13 year-olds), a #5 ball is required.