2014 Season Dates
Your child’s coach will notify you by email during the third week of August to let you know the time, days of the week, and location of your child’s practice. Depending upon when your child’s coach wants to start, your child’s first practice will either be the week of August 25th or September 1st. Generally, the children in Divisions 1-4 will have two practices after school a week and then one game on 6 sequential Saturdays. The youngest players, those enrolled in the Knee Kickers program, may have 2 practices a week but some of these coaches opt to only have one after school practice and then do their second practice for the week right before the knee kicker games that all take place on Friday evenings.
The first games of the season will be on Friday, Sept 5th (for Knee Kickers) and Saturday, Sept 6th (for all other players). The last games will be on Friday, Oct 10th (for Knee Kickers) and Saturday, Oct 11th (for all other players).
Your child will need to bring to soccer cleats and shin guards to every practice and game. Shin guards are mandatory and cleats are strongly recommended. Players will be given a team uniform and socks by their coach before their first game.
Player Ages, Assigned Divisions, and Tuition
The division your child will play in is based upon their age as of August 1, 2014, per the following list:
Age 5, Knee Kickers –tuition=$60
Age 6-7, Division 1 – tuition=$60
Age 8-9, Division 2 – tuition=$70
Age 10-11, Division 3- tuition=$70
Age 12-15, Division 4- tuition=$70
Volunteers Given a Tuition Discount!
This year the recreational soccer committee is giving a $10 discount off one registration to each parent/guardian (and child too, if they agree to referee 3 games or more) who volunteer and thereby make this program stronger! To receive this volunteer discount, please indicate your area of interest on your child’s registration form. We will contact you in August to remind you of your choice and to check on your preferred times before we make up a volunteer schedule.
LYSA’s success is 100% fueled by volunteers who give of their time for all our kids. To make this season happen, we will need approximately 30 coaches, 30 assistant coaches, 30 team sponsors, 40 referees, 8 people to paint lines on the fields, 4 people to put up and take down field flags for game days (field marshalls), 2 data entry people, 4 people for a fundraiser committee and 3 division heads who will manage the data for a particular age group.
Of this list, we are especially in need of referees and coaches! There are certification classes available for new referees during the summer, so please contact Cara McNeely (see contact information below) if this is of interest to you and we will place you on the list to receive email alerts for upcoming referee classes.
If you are considering becoming a coach for the first time—don’t worry! A GREAT LEAGUE BEGINS WITH GREAT COACHES, AND GREAT COACHES START WITH YOU! As a coach, you and an assistant coach will be responsible for running practices, communicating with your team’s parents, and making sure your team is having fun!! Studies have shown that recreational coaches have a significant impact on our children as they can teach values such as teamwork, good sportsmanship and doing your best. We have numerous ways to make you a successful coach or assistant coach! Some of the ways we will help you to succeed are:
- A PRE-SEASON COACHING CLINIC
- SENDING WEEKLY PRACTICE PLANS TO YOUR EMAIL
- GIVING YOU A DVD THAT HIGHLIGHTS MANY PRACTICE DRILLS
- SENDING YOU LINKS TO COACHING WEBSITES
If you are going to coach, follow this link to look at the practice locations and schedule for fall 2014. Practice times and locations will be granted based upon a first-come-first-served policy, so contact Cara McNeely by email to let her know what your preference is after you have looked at this link here:
Registration Information and Entering LYSA into your Computer Contacts List
We hope that registering for fall soccer will be easy. In an effort to make it a better process for all concerned this year we are setting up a new and improved on-line registration system and our first-ever on-line payment system. The first important step you need to take to make this process work is to accept BOTH of the following LYSA web addresses into your contacts : firstname.lastname@example.org_soccer_parents@livingstonyouthsoccer.org
Please take a minute right now to do this because otherwise your computer may well “junk mail” all of our correspondence and you will be left out of the loop! Then we will have to remind you to go searching for it because it has been sent to you already! With over 300 kids in the league, sending you a screenshot to prove that your address in already in our system is time consuming for us—so please do us this favor! Also when you do this, and then you will truly be able to cross this item off your list for 3 whole months!
Partial/Full Tuition Scholarships
Partial scholarships are available to those in need. This year scholarship players must pay $25 dollars towards their tuition. This will help the league cover the insurance, uniform and referee expenses that are attributable to each player that takes the field. If this policy is going to prohibit your child from playing, please contact Cara McNeely (see below) directly.
This year we will not be asking for uniform sizes on the registration form. Instead, we will be ordering jerseys in a range of age appropriate sizes for each team and then the coaches will hand out the various sizes according to the size of the kids on their squad. Fitting soccer jerseys is an inaccurate science at best (as they tend to be big and boxy), but we believe this will be a better system and fit.
Trying to Play Both Soccer and Football
Changes have been made this year to the football program for the 4th, 5th and 6th graders that will involve 3 practices a week and games in Billings on Saturdays. So, as of this year, these ages will not be able to play both soccer and football anymore; players will have to choose between the two sports.For children in 2nd and 3rd grades, football practices and games will be on Wednesdays and Fridays, so it may be possible to play both sports. If your child is going to want to do this, please indicate it in the preferences part of the registration form.
Registering Mulitple Children and Ensuring that you are Fully Registered
If you have more than one child to register, when you reach the page right after you hit the blue “submit” button, just go to the top of the screen to RECREATIONAL LEAGUE and go to the drop down menu to Fall Registration. Your first registration will appear and you will be able to use most all of that data again, rather than having to re-enter it. Just remember to take off previous things you have sign-up for like volunteer jobs and sponsorships when you are registering the second child.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation letting you know your registration has been successful via email. If you do not receive a confirmation of registration email, it is because there has been a malfunction and/or you have NOT entered the LYSA contacts into your computer! If you have already entered the addresses into your system, then your registration has NOT been processed and you need to contact us. If you have not entered the addresses into your contacts list, then see above for instructions on how to do this!
To register your player, follow this link.
Late Registrations Received After June 15th
After June 20th, an additional $15 fee will be assessed to late registrations. We would like all of the kids that want to play soccer to be able to do so, but late registrations will be accepted on a SPACE AVAILABLE basis only. Because we will have many late registrations that will need to be added as we receive them throughout the summer, our team configurations will be in flux throughout August and you may not be notified of whether or not we have an open space on a team that corresponds to your child’s age group up until right before the start of the season. If there are not any open slots in your child’s particular age group after the first week of games are played, then you will be refunded your registration fee after the second week of September.
If you have any questions about your registration:
Contact Adam Stern at: email@example.com or you reach him by phone at 224-1875. If you are unable to fill out a registration on a computer, and need to register on paper instead, let Adam know and he will provide you with a paper form.
If you have questions about any other issues related to fall soccer:
Contact the Recreational League Chairperson, Cara McNeely, at firstname.lastname@example.org or you reach her by phone at 223-8610.