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Registration FAQ
 How old do my kids need to be to play soccer?
 What equipment is required?
 Do I need to buy a uniform?
 How do I join the Club?
 When does registration start?
 How do I register?
 How much does it cost?
 I need a receipt for taxes - how can I get one?
 Can my 3, 4, or 5 year old play soccer?
 How do I know if my credit card transaction was successful?
 What do I do if my credit card payment did not go through?
 My address has changed; how do I give you my new address information?
 Why do you want the parent's email address?
 What do I do if my child ends up on a team that is not suitable?
 How do you pick teams?
 
Policy FAQ
 What do I do if my question is not answered here?
 What are the rules of the league?
 
Coaching FAQ
 How do I get my story to the Coast Reporter?
 Can a coach use players from younger divisions when they are short of players for a game?
 What do I do if no referee shows up for our scheduled game?
 How do I report scores?
 
Registration FAQ
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, go to REGISTER. Registration opens once a year in the spring for the fall session of that year. One account per family is needed. Each child can then be registered under that account.
When does registration start?
 The season starts in late August and runs through to the middle of March, with a winter break from November to February for the younger teams. 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 do I register?
 Registration must be done online. Check for registration dates in the local community paper or refer to the Club’s website. To register, go to http://scysa.ca/reg, or go to REGISTER.
How much does it cost?
 The full soccer season costs are different for mini and divisional players. For a lists of the registration fees, go to REGISTER when registration opens.
I need a receipt for taxes - how can I get one?
 When you registered your child, a receipt was issued to you. If you no longer have this, you can log into your account and have it re-sent. Note: Children over the age of 15 are not eligible for this tax deduction.
Can my 3, 4, or 5 year old play soccer?
 Children are not 6 years old before the end of December of the current season, but whose 3rd birthday occurs during the year can be enrolled in Active Start. This is a parent participation program, meaning that at least one of the child's parents (or guardians) must be on the field with the child. Active Start is a program that stresses fun with the ball and development of skills. By its nature, it is not competitive.
How do I know if my credit card transaction was successful?
 It will be immediately apparent whether your transaction has succeeded: you will see a message indicating this. If your card was rejected, please note the error message and try to resolve the problem. The rest of the information about your child that you entered is already saved. Thus, you can log in later to complete the transaction.
What do I do if my credit card payment did not go through?
 You can try to resolve the problem that resulted in the transaction, and then log in again, select the child for whom the transaction was incomplete, and try again. If you have repeated problems, you can select “Money Order”. This means you must send a money order (not a cheque) to: SCYSA PO Box 215 Gibsons, BC V0N 1V0 If you are not sure send an email to: coastsoccer@gmail.com.
My address has changed; how do I give you my new address information?
 Log into your account using the username and password that you created for registering your child, and enter the changes.
Why do you want the parent's email address?
 The email address that you enter when you register is used for all communications between the SCYSA and you. We ask that you provide us with the email address that the adults of the household use so that important information from the us is going directly to the parents or guardians. You can also add your child's email address: there are instructions on the form about how to do this. If your or your child's email address changes please log into your account and make the change there.
What do I do if my child ends up on a team that is not suitable?
 Send an email to us explaining the situation. We cannot guarantee to move players once they are placed on a team, but we will do what we can. Please remember that we have over 900 children involved in soccer – it is not possible to please everyone, all the time. We look at all requests on the same day in early September and honour as many as we are able - please send your request to: house_director@scysa.ca
How do you pick teams?
 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.
 
Policy FAQ
What do I do if my question is not answered here?
 Please use the form on the Contact Us page to ask questions or make suggestions. We will answer your question as best we can. If we think others may have the same question, we will post your question and answer here.
What are the rules of the league?
 Full FIFA rules are called "Laws of the Game" - please go to: www.fifa.com and look under "Laws and Regulations".
 
Coaching FAQ
How do I get my story to the Coast Reporter?
 You may submit a Weekly Report to the Coast Reporter newspaper.

Here are the instructions for submission.

HOW/WHAT TO SUBMIT:
SUBJECT: Weekly Report for League, Age Group & Team Name i.e. "Weekly Report for House U12 Boys A Teal" or "Weekly Report for Rep U14 Boys Scorpions"

BODY:
Highlights of that weekends game (including who you played against) and score (for those that officially keep score - those above U12). If you have a picture (or pictures) you would like to submit, please feel free. We cannot guarantee they will be published in the print version of the paper, but there's a good possibility they will find their way to the Coast Reporter's online version.

DEADLINE:
12PM on the Monday following play. After that ,your report may not make it to the paper in time for publishing.

WHO TO SUBMIT TO:
Please ensure the subject line is written as above (most important is to include "Weekly Report" - more than one report didn't make it to the paper because of this small detail), and your email is sent to


Can a coach use players from younger divisions when they are short of players for a game?
 This policy applies only to house teams above U9, and applies to both regular season play and tournament play. Teams in Divisions U9, U8, and U7 may not borrow players from a more junior Division. At the start of a match, if a team cannot field a full side, it may add a maximum of 3 registered players of the same gender from a more junior house team, provided the number added does not result in more than a full side. In other words, the team cannot gain substitutes as a result of adding junior players. If a player that belongs to the team arrives late (and there is a full team on the pitch), then one of the junior players must be removed at the first stoppage in play, and the late player will replace that junior player on the field. The coach of the team adding junior player(s) must contact the coach of the team from whom the junior players are drawn for permission to use them. The coach of the team adding junior players must also directly advise the coach of the opposing team, prior to the start of the game, that younger players have been added. The names of players added and the team(s) from which they are drawn must be provided to the referee, who will include them in the Game Report. No junior player may be used in this way more than 5 times in a season, not including tournaments. As in other situations where ineligible players participate in games, when a junior player plays for a more senior team other than as provided in this policy, that team will forfeit the game. If they lose the game, the score of the game will stand; otherwise, the score will be recorded as 1-0 in favour of the opposing team.
What do I do if no referee shows up for our scheduled game?
 In cases where the referee does not show up, we suggest that you start by asking if there is any parent or spectator who has referee experience.  If no one is available, the coaches from each team could referee half of the game each.  The league regrets that due to a shortage of referees we sometimes cannot provide referees for every game.  The Referee Scheduler tries to inform the coaches ahead of time whenever possible. Please report any ‘no-shows’ of referees to the league by email.  Go to the ‘Contact Us’ section to send an email.
How do I report scores?
 Referees submit scores and other information for all games If a score is not updated or correct, please let us know ASAP. Make sure you give us the date, division, teams and field - there are about 40 soccer games each weekend so we need all the details. Please send score corrections to coastsoccerscores@gmail.com.