How old do my kids need to be to play soccer?
SCYSA has teams for players 3 to 17 years old (Active Start to U18), and they are welcome to start at any age within that range.
What equipment is required?
The only equipment your child needs to play soccer is a pair of soccer shoes with cleats (for outdoor fields) and shin guards. Getting a soccer ball for practicing at home is also a good idea.
Do I need to buy a uniform?
No. The club supplies uniforms, consisting of a jersey, shorts and socks. At the end of the season, return the jersey and keep the shorts and socks.
How do I join the Club?
To join a club, you will need to register your child(children) with the soccer association and pay the annual registration fee(s). You can register online at http://scysa.ca/reg, or go to REGISTER. Registration opens once a year on April 1 for the fall session of that year. One account per family is needed. Each child can then be registered under that account.
When does the season start?
The season starts in late August and runs through to the middle of March, with a winter break from early December to late January.
How do I register?
Registration must be done online. Registration is from April 1 to May 31. Early-bird rates apply throughout April. Late registration continues to September 15 with a late registration surcharge. To ensure that your child is placed on a team, we encourage all interested players to register early in the spring.
How much does it cost?
The full soccer season costs are different for mini and divisional players as well per season. For a lists of the registration fees, go to REGISTER when registration opens.
What do the "U's" mean?
The "U" stands for "under" and is always followed by a specific age. For example, "U11" means the player is 10 years old at the start of the season. This system is used because the calendar year of a child's birth determines the age group in which he plays.
Active Start includes players from U4-U6. Boys and girls will be in one group, with a parent participating for each player.
Age categories for the Fall 2014/2015 teams are as follows:
|Age Group||Birth Year|
| U7 Co-ed||1 Jan 2009 - 31 Dec 2009 |
| U8 Co-ed||1 Jan 2008 - 31 Dec 2008 |
| U18 Co-ed||1 Jan 1998 - 31 Dec 2000 |
| U10 Girls||1 Jan 2006 - 31 Dec 2007 |
| U12 Girls||1 Jan 2004 - 31 Dec 2005 |
| U15 Girls||1 Jan 2001 - 31 Dec 2003 |
| U10 Boys||1 Jan 2006 - 31 Dec 2007 |
| U12 Boys||1 Jan 2004 - 31 Dec 2005 |
| U15 Boys||1 Jan 2001 - 31 Dec 2003 |
| U11 Rep Girls||1 Jan 2005 - 31 Dec 2005 |
| U12 Rep Girls||1 Jan 2004 - 31 Dec 2004 |
| U13 Rep Girls||1 Jan 2003 - 31 Dec 2003 |
| U14 Rep Girls||1 Jan 2002 - 31 Dec 2002 |
| U15 Rep Girls||1 Jan 2001 - 31 Dec 2001 |
| U16 Rep Girls||1 Jan 2000 - 31 Dec 2000 |
| U17 Rep Girls||1 Jan 1999 - 31 Dec 1999 |
| U18 Rep Girls||1 Jan 1998 - 31 Dec 1998 |
| U11 Rep Boys||1 Jan 2005 - 31 Dec 2005 |
| U12 Rep Boys||1 Jan 2004 - 31 Dec 2004 |
| U13 Rep Boys||1 Jan 2003 - 31 Dec 2003 |
| U14 Rep Boys||1 Jan 2002 - 31 Dec 2002 |
| U15 Rep Boys||1 Jan 2001 - 31 Dec 2001 |
| U16 Rep Boys||1 Jan 2000 - 31 Dec 2000 |
| U17 Rep Boys||1 Jan 1999 - 31 Dec 1999 |
| U18 Rep Boys||1 Jan 1998 - 31 Dec 1998 |
How are the teams created?
Children are first sorted into the appropriate division by age and gender. We then attempt to sort the names into teams according to school area and home address and any special considerations in the application form. There is also a player evaluation process based on the previous year's play which helps to balance teams with respect to skill.
The coordinator for the division figures out the teams and may call upon the registrar, coaches, and others who know the children to help with this process.
Parents have told us that they want their youngest children (U13 and under) playing with their friends nearest home as possible, and we try to achieve this. Older children tend to be placed on teams that have a wide “catchment area”.
A very important consideration when creating teams is that teams within an age group are relatively equal in strength. We try to achieve parity to ensure better competition which leads to the game being more fun for players, coaches, and parents.
Children, perhaps even more than adults, by nature want to feel accomplished and to develop their skills. When they can see their efforts lead to good results they feel better about themselves and are encouraged to try more. We do our best to create teams to ensure that this will happen, and thus particularly above U9, players may find themselves playing with new friends against whom they may have competed in the past.
How many players are on a team?
The Active Starts play in a small grass field. No teams are created.
The U7s and U8s play 6-a-side Mini Soccer on fields within the community.
The U9s and U10s play 7-a-side Mini Soccer.
The U11s and U12s play "Super-8s" 8-a-side, on a smaller soccer fields.
How big is the time commitment?
It depends on the age and competitive level of the team. Soccer games are scheduled on the weekends, usually Saturdays with the younger kids playing for up to 50 minutes, and the divisional kids playing for up to 90 minutes. Most teams practice once on a weekday evening, some teams practice twice, and the youngest age groups might not practice at all. Gold level divisional teams (U11 to U18) require a commitment to two practices a week, plus weekend games, and tournaments.
Who coaches youth soccer?
The vast majority of coaches and assistant coaches are volunteers and parents of one of the kids on their team. They all share enthusiasm for community sport, and have varying levels of experience with soccer.
How do I find what team I'm in?
Player information can be found on the Update Player Info page. You will have to log in to view your child's profile. If you've forgotten your login or password, get that information emailed to you.
How do I get my team schedule?
Game Schedule has a table with all the team schedules when they are posted. If you do not see a schedule up at this time, it probably means it hasn't been posted yet. Please come back closer to the first day of the season.
Does the Club offer soccer training programs?
Yes, the Club has a full-time Technical Director whose job is to help develop the Club's players through the Academy and summer soccer camps. Go to Academy/Camps for more information
I don't know anything about coaching soccer. Are there volunteer positions I can help with?
Of course! All parents are encouraged to help out the club by either coaching, or assisting with the numerous other tasks that come with organizing a soccer season for 600+ players. A few of the positions include:
- Team managers -- to distribute information, and coordinate practice, snacks, and uniforms for each team.
- Writers to add content to the Club website.
- Numerous volunteers are always need to help set up the opening and closing season tournaments.
More volunteer information can be found on the Volunteering
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