General Game Info

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Alexander Soccer Club general information

  1. Contact your parents – phones call or texts (assuming the parents are ok receiving text messages).
    1. Let them know when the first practice is and what your team color.
  2. Have a parent meeting at your first practice.
    1. Give printed copies of the schedule to any parents that want them (let us know if you need copies).
  3. All practices in the Spring are behind the School.
  4. All games are at the main fields with the concession stand (between the HS Baseball field and Youth Baseball field.)
  5. Shirts will be ready before the first game.
  6. If thunder, clear the field until 30 minutes after the last time it was heard.
  7. If lightning, clear the field until 30 minutes after the last time it was heard.
  8. No pets at the soccer fields (practices and games)
  9. The school is a tobacco free zone. No smoking or smokeless tobacco.
  10. Water/ drinks – every child should bring water to practices and games.
    1. Concession stand will be open during games.
    2. Practices everyone should bring something to drink.
  11. Pictures will be scheduled by Downard Photography. Any problems can be corrected directly with them. If they are not responsive or you have significant problems please the us know.
  12. Coaches – We always need coaches. If you are good with kids, please consider coaching. We can provide training for gameplay and coaching. US Youth Soccer and other associations provide free online resources.
  13. Referees – We always need referees. We do pay for each game. If you are interested or you know people interested, please let us know. Please remember we are all human, and everyone sees the game differently.
  14. New website – we have a new website. We now have online registration available. We can now send text messages to parents. Let us know if you would like to add or remove phone numbers or emails. The website also has announcement section. The website is www.alexandersoccerclub.com.
  15. Fund Raising – Fundraisers help us keep our registration costs lower than anyone else in the area and helps us avoid having to search for sponsorship money. Fundraising pays for equipment, insurance, supplies, etc. 
    1. Concession stand – Parents can sign up for shifts during any games. Parents can donate their time or receive $10 per shift back, up to the registration fee they paid.
    2. Albany fair gate – The club collects admission at the Albany Fair each year. Shifts are typically two hours. The club receives a portion of the collected money.
  16. Game Days – There are a couple changes in effect this season as a response to parent and coach surveys.
    1. We are separating parents and teams (kids and coaches). Please stay on the designated side lines. Please do not stand or sit behind goals.
    2. You are expected to be supportive and set a positive example for the players. Inappropriate behavior pointed towards referees, players, and coaches will not be tolerated and you will be asked to leave the field.  If there are issues or concerns, you are expected to raise them to soccer club board members.
  17. All players must have a completed registration form. Players are assigned a team and should play for that team. Players can help another team when they are short players if it is ok with both teams’ coaches and the team is the same age group he or she normally plays. 
  18. WeatherGames and Practices – Weather can be an issue. Practice cancellations will usually be determined by individual coaches. Sometimes we have to make a decision based on the conditions of the fields/safety for the players. Game cancellations will be determined by the soccer board – not individual teams – and can sometimes happen at the last minute. Sometimes the weather clears right as games are getting ready to start so we may have you show up at the fields before any determination is made. If we do need to cancel, the club will contact coaches, post an announcement to the website, and send email and text. Coaches will contact their team parents.
  19. Lightning and/or thunder
    1. If thunder, clear the fields until 30 minutes after the last time it was heard.
    2. If lightning, clear the fields until 30 minutes after the last time it was heard.
  20. Preschool & Kindergarten – use size 3 ball
    1. Play 4v4 or 5v5 on one field. Sub kids every few minutes.
    2. 6 foot “Yellow” PUGG goals.
    3. 4 quarters 6-8 minutes each
    4. Everything is a kick in
    5. No goalies
  21. 1st and 2nd grade – use size 3 ball
    1. 4v4 on lined fields. Sub kids every few minutes.
    2. 4x6 foot portable goals or Yellow PUGG goals
    3. No shots from within the “shot arc”
    4. 4 quarters 10 minutes each
    5. Everything is a kick in
    6. No goalies
  22. 3rd and 4th grade – use size 4 ball
    1. “full size” youth goals
    2. 4 quarters 12 minutes each
    3. 6v6 or 7v7 (with goalies)
    4. No other rule changes
  23. 5th and 6th grade – use size 4 ball
    1. “full size” youth goals
    2. 4 quarters 12 minutes each
    3. 6v6 or 7v7 (with goalies)
    4. No other rule changes

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