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Frequently Asked Questions About Recreational Soccer

What is recreational soccer?
Recreational soccer is an in-house program of BWSA.  All games are played on Baldwin Whitehall fields against other Baldwin Whitehall teams.

What do the terms like U5, U6, and U8 mean?
The "U" stands for "and Under". So a "5U" is a player who is age 5 or younger. These age group classifications follow the birth data requirements set by U.S. Youth Soccer. In the 2016-2017 season, U.S. Soccer, the governing body of soccer in the United States, changed the way age brackets are created. Instead of following a "school year" age bracket, teams will now be formed based on birth year. The chart below shows the age group in which your child would play.

Can my child play with a friend?
BWSA tries to honor all player requests for recreational soccer when kids are in the same age group, because playing with a friends is fun, and may help families with car pooling. Recreational soccer is for fun and learning. Since players must try out and be selected for a travel team, BWSA cannot honor requests to play together on a travel team.

What does my child need to play?
Your child MUST wear shin guards inside their socks to every practice and game. Cleats are not required, but are recommended. Your child should have sufficient water for each practices and game; remember to send more water in warmer weather. Each child should also bring the right size ball for their age group: 5U or U6 = Size 3, 8U, 10U, 11U = Size 4, 12U and older = Size 5.

When are the seasons?
BWSA teams play in the fall and spring of each year, and registration occurs months before the season starts. The fall season typically runs from the first week of September through the first week of November. The spring season typically runs from the mid April through the first week of June. Each season consists of 8 games. The season length may vary depending on holidays like Easter, Memorial Day, and Labor Day.

When are the games played?
In-house games are scheduled on Saturdays from 8:00 AM through about 5:30 PM.   Travel games are scheduled on Sundays from about Noon through 5:00 PM. Classic league games typically occur on Saturdays.

How long are the games?
The length of the game varies depending on the age of the player. Games are scheduled in one-hour blocks that include warm-ups for younger kids and half time for all games. Look under Game Format to see the times for each age group.

When are the practices?
BWSA practices are scheduled Monday through Friday, typically one day a week, at the discretion of the coach. BWSA U5 and U6 teams ONLY practice immediately before their games (starting at the scheduled game time) on Saturdays.

What if my child can't attend practice on the night that the coach picked?
Please let your coach know immediately, we might be able to make other arrangements depending on the team and level of play.

What is a group practice?
Group practices allow all of the players from an age group to practice at the same time while rotating through various stations. Coaches run each station, and each station focuses on a different soccer skill. Depending on attendance, players may or may not practice with their team.

How much does in-house cost?
The fee for in-house soccer is $60 per player per season.  We also require a $50 Volunteer Retainer check. If you register late, you may be subject to a late fee.

Why do I have to pay a volunteer retainer?

BWSA asks each family to volunteer at least one hour of service each season to help our all-volunteer programs succeed. The $50 retainer you paid at the beginning of the season helps encourage your participation, and allows us pay to for services when we don't have volunteers. If you do NOT want us to cash your check, YOU MUST SUBMIT this form signed by a coach, board member, or other authorized signer within 7 DAYS of completing your volunteer service. Do not expect someone else to submit it for you. Print the form and keep a copy with you at practices and games so anytime you offer, or are asked, to help you have it with you. If we do not receive a signed form within 2 weeks after the completion of the season, we will cash your check. Send the completed form to Carolyn Page at 412-773-4739 or [email protected]

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