What Sockers FC Wisconsin program is appropriate for my child? How do I decide between recreational, academy, or select programs?
The recreational programs are great for beginning soccer players, players that have commitments to other activities, and players whose main focus is exercise and having fun. The Junior Academy and Select programs are designed for the player that wants to make a bigger commitment to soccer. Academy and Select players will have more practices, more competitive games, and more travel.
How much travel will there be?
Sockers is able to offer competitive leagues while minimizing travel requirements for families. All teams will practice in their home “region.” U5 – U8 teams will play their games in their home region with some travel to other Sockers sites for tournaments and as required to create balanced play. U9-U10 teams will play their games in an “in-house” league against other Sockers sites. U12 & U14 teams will play their games in regional leagues such as WARs (Waukesha Area Rec Soccer).
How do I determine the correct age group for my child?
Age group determination is based on the player’s age as of August 1st for the then current season, with the season running fall to spring: age group chart for 2013-2014
When can my child begin playing recreational soccer?
Players must be 4 years old as of August 1st to participate in the fall league. Clinics are available for players as young as 3 years old through our Micro Program.
What equipment is suggested? What equipment is required?
Players should wear comfortable athletic attire. Shin guards are mandatory and no player may participate without them. Soccer cleats are recommended but are not mandatory. Game uniforms will be supplied. Players should bring an age appropriate ball and water bottle to each practice and game. No player will be allowed to play with jewelry.
Can my son or daughter play in an age group higher or lower than the league they would otherwise play in based on their age as of August 1st?
Players are strongly encouraged to participate at their proper age level. In very limited circumstances (such as staying with classmates) players are allowed to play up in age. In rare circumstances, with the approval of Sockers staff and Waukesha Region staff, players are allowed to play down an age group.
Can my son or daughter request to play on the same team as their friends, or can I request teammates to facilitate car pooling?
Sockers has over 2500 participants in the soccer program. Consistent with our mission statement, our goal is to have fun, teach the participants the game of soccer, and to establish teams that are roughly equal in skill level. Effort is made to place players on teams from their school. If requesting two players to be placed on the same team, please list them at the same school, even if one of them doesn’t attend that school. In addition, Pool practices where multiple teams practice at the same time, will facilitate car pooling. Preference for player requests are given to coaches and assistant coaches.
Can my daughter play on an all-girls team?
Yes. For U7 and above, girl-only teams will be formed based upon the number of registrants.
How many practices and games per week does the in-house program offer?
All in-house participants in the rec program will have at least two sessions per week – one weeknight practice or game and a game on Saturday, usually Saturday morning. Older teams may elect to practice two times per week.
When does the season start and end?
Although some groups may play earlier, generally, the Fall game season starts for all teams no later than the first Saturday after Labor Day weekend. Practices usually begin 1-2 weeks prior. The season usually ends before the end of October. The Spring season starts in early April (weather permitting) and runs through the first weekend in June. Generally, no games are planned for Memorial Day Weekend.
Does Sockers offer Winter or Summer leagues?
Yes! In the summer, players will be able to sign-up for Summer Camps or participate in our 3v3 leagues. During the Winter, players will be able to sign-up for Indoor Soccer, Futsal Clinics, and possibly a Futsal League.
When will we be contacted about the team my child will play on?
The teams will be formed by mid-August and you should expect notification shortly after that time from the team coach or manager. Please do not call or e-mail to inquire at any time prior to August 15th, as information may not yet be available.
When and where are practices?
Your player’s coach will notify you of the practice schedule and locations. Maps to Sockers fields can be found here.
What if my child changes his mind about playing after we register, if we move prior to the season starting, or if we otherwise withdraw after registering?
Because the Program initiates planning, including commitments for uniform and equipment orders, over the summer, the Program has no obligation to grant refunds. Please submit any refund request via e-mail to the office at info@SockersWI.org. Any refund will be subject to an assessment of administrative charges, covering in part, the cost to the Program of online service fees.
Are there opportunities for parents to volunteer?
Yes. Sockers is a volunteer organization, and the program cannot be maintained without parent volunteers. In addition to coaches, assistant coaches, and team managers, the program routinely requires assistance with field set-up, concessions, tournaments, and fund raising programs. Please indicate an interest in volunteering on your child’s registration form or contact the office at info@SockersWI.org.
I want to coach, but what if I don’t have experience?
Great! Prior soccer experience is not required. The only requirement for a volunteer coach is the ability to interact with children and to make the game fun and exciting. Coaches will be asked to register with “Kids Safe” and obtain a “Y” license, which requires a 4-hour course (no cost). Age appropriate practice plans are developed by the Directors of Coaching. Sockers staff will organize skills nights and be available to help with practices.
What if I have other questions that aren’t answered above?
The best way to have your questions answered is to contact the office at info@SockersWI.org