West Warwick Soccer Association: FALL 2014 FAQ's REFERENCE SHEET

Wednesday, March 12
FALL Recreational Soccer - Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS RECREATIONAL SOCCER? It is a fun soccer program for boys and girls to play outdoor soccer on a grass surface. They also will be taught basic skills and the value of teamwork play. It is for boys and girls ages 3 to 16. Teams are grouped by ages. The divisions are Mini-Kickers for ages 3 & 4, Under 6 co-ed, Under 8 co-ed, Under 10 boys, Under 11 girls, Under 12 boys, Under 15 girls and Under 14 /16 boys. The group the players fall into is based on the player’s age as of August 1st of the current year. Special requests for U-8 thru U-11 are possible, but may not be honored in order to balance the teams in skills and numbers. Special requests for divisions U-12 thru U-14/16 are not accepted.

WHAT IS THE MINI-KICKER SOCCER PROGRAM? It is a specialized soccer program for our youngest children ages 3 & 4.  They get the opportunity to learn new skills and gain confidence from knowledgeable coaches hired by WWSA.  The program last for 8 Saturdays for 1 hour.  The package includes a new jersey and a new size 2 soccer ball.  It's a great way to introduce children and parents to the game of soccer.

WHERE ARE THE GAMES PLAYED? The games are held at Riverpoint Park on Saturday each week. If the games are cancelled on Saturday because of the weather, the games will be played on Sunday at the same scheduled time. Games will be played in mildly inclement weather. Games are cancelled when player safety is in question. There will be a weekly, weekday practice scheduled by the coach for ages U 8 co-ed and above. The Under 6 (instructional) division does not have an additional practice during each week.

WHAT ABOUT EQUIPMENT? The Registration fee includes a uniform jersey (tee-shirt) and soccer socks. Players need to supply soccer shorts (preferably black), shin pads (a must to be able to play or practice soccer) and soccer cleats. Baseball cleats are not acceptable for soccer play. Soccer cleats are needed because we will play in mild rain and players can slip in sneakers. We do not play the Under 6 games in inclement weather so sneakers are acceptable for that division. It is required that all players bring their own soccer ball for practices. Soccer ball sizes are #3 for U6 and U8; #4 for U10, U11 and U12; and #5 for U14, U15 and U16. A water bottle should also be brought to practices and games. No jewelry (earrings, bracelets, etc.) can be worn during the practices and games for safety reasons.

HOW CAN I HELP? West Warwick is an All-Volunteer League. We are always looking for anyone interested in becoming a Head Coach or an Assistant Coach or any other assistance you can offer to the league. If you are interested or wish to hear more about it, contact Mike Grandchamp, President, wwsapresident@gmail.com. A training session for coaches will be set up prior to the fall season. Also, please register online early, so the league can set up the appropriate number of teams for the fall season.

If you haven’t heard from a coach by the end August, contact the Commissioner of the age group your child will play in. The division is based on your child’s age on August 1st of the current year. Example: if your child is 8 yrs old as of Aug 1st, with the season beginning at the end of the month, he or she will play in the under 10 division.  Please refer to the 'Executive Board and Commissioners' TAB on the HOME PAGE for a list of our volunteers.

WHAT ARE THE FEES FOR SOCCER? U6 - $55.00; U8-U16 - $60.00 with a $140.00 maximum per family. The U6 division will participate in a new instructional program by Challenger.  There will be trained coaches working with our coaches for 6 of the 8 week program.  Players must be 4 years old before August 1st in order to play in Instructional Division.

WHEN AND WHERE DO I SIGN UP?  The first "in-person" registration for the FALL 2014 Season will be at Modell's Sporting Goods on Route 2 (next to Staples) on April 5th, 10:00am-2:00pm.  The next'in-person' registration will be on Tuesday, May 13th, 5:30pm - 8:00pm at Cowesett Pizza.  The last "in-person" registration will be on June 14th at Riverpoint Park, times TBA.  ONLINE Registration from this website links to WWW.GOTSPORT.COM, from Mid-May through June.  Please check the Calendar of Events for more information  All players who did not play for WWSA previously, who are signing up for the first time, must submit a copy of their Birth Certificate to be retained by WWSA.

Sunday, August 11
WWSA General Rules as of 6/27/13
Handout: WWSA General Rules as of 6/27/13