I am not sure what to do. What should I sign up for?
Sign up for Baseline, our core program. It provides a large number of team practices and futsal games to your player. In 2012-2013 it cost between $100 and $150 per player.

Do teams or individuals register to Baseline Practice Sessions?
The club will give every player access to Baseline practices, regardless of whether other players on the same team commit to Baseline sessions. Players register individually to Baseline sessions.

Will my team practice as a team for Baseline?
Each team will practice as a group in Baseline practices IF a good majority of the players commit to the Baseline. If only a handful of players from a particular team sign up, we will then try to keep the players together, and will append them to another team’s Baseline practice.

Should I sign up for Baseline if most of my team cannot?
Yes. Soccer skills are forged in winter. Winter practices have a sharp focus on ball handling skills, and, in the older age groups, small scale tactics. What we have seen every year is that players who participate in winter practices come out in spring with significantly better individual skills compared to other players who did not. Baseline practices will make you a better player.

Will my team participate as a team in the Futsal League?
No. The DOCs (Directors of Coaching) will build even rosters, with an individual player development focus (while baseline is the avenue for team development).

Will my team have the same coach for Baseline?
In general, teams who have a good majority of their players commit to Baseline will practice with their coach. There will be exceptions, as some coaches are not able to coach winter sessions. If a team does not have a full contingent of players, it will share a gym with another team for Baseline practices. The two coaches may decide to make specific arrangements about combined coaching, alternating who coaches which days etc. – this can result in teams being coached by two coaches during Baseline. Fully rostered U13+ Select teams, if all their players participate in Baseline, will in general get their own gym.

Are Brookfield Indoors Sessions compatible with Baseline?
Not always. In 2012-2013, Baseline Session I is from November 6 through December 16, and Baseline Session II is from January 5 to March 28. BISC Session dates are Oct 22-Dec 23, Dec 27-Mar 4, and Mar 5-Apr 19. Play days vary by age, and may be on week days or week ends. BISC sessions fully overlap with Baseline. They can be incompatible with either Baseline practices, or Futsal League, or both. Please make sure that your team manager checks compatibility first, before committing a team to BISC.

Coming to Baseline Practice
It is OK if to miss some practices, or one practice out of two, due to logistics or other sports commitments. Send your player to Baseline even if she/he can’t make all practices. It is better to have some practices than none.

Coming to Futsal League Games
A player who signs up needs to come to the game – or they break down the balance of the league. It does not mean they cannot miss one or two games due to important conflicts.

I cannot afford Baseline
Talk to the club – we will do what we can to make it possible.

Do I have to take both the Nov-Dec and the Jan-Mar Practice Sessions?
No, although it would be best for your player’s fitness and skills. However, if players only come to one session, that session should be Jan-Mar, so as to tune them for Spring.

I don’t want to drive to the other side of the club for practices
We will work very hard to make sure that the practices are close to the team or within an easy commute. We should be fairly successful in this exercise if participation is high.

I can’t commit without the dates
We will schedule most of the practices on Mon through Thu, and typically all players can make at least one of the days. For those who really cannot, they will have a SHORT period of time to cancel after the schedules come out. So this is not a valid excuse – get your player into Baseline:-)

Why did the club pick futsal rather than indoor soccer for Baseline?
Two reasons: ball handling skills and injuries. In indoor soccer, players can hit the ball into the boards, and the ball remains inbound. In futsal, the players must keep the ball inbound by not allowing it to go outside the lines. For this reason, futsal is a better accelerator of foot skills, and is widely seen as being the better winter sport for soccer players. In addition, particularly in the older ages, we see players playing the boards in indoor soccer get into extreme physical contact, significantly beyond what we expect in futsal.

Where will the Futsal League be held?
All games will occur in our regular club geography.

We strongly recommend that your player participate in the full Baseline Program, even if she/he cannot make all practices for logistical reasons. This program builds skills and teams, and we work very hard to make it affordable to all. If any player wants to participate but cannot for financial reasons, please talk to us and we will do all we can to make it possible.