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Frequently Asked Questions About Recreation Soccer

Q - Who will be coaching my child?
A -
All our recreation coaches are parent volunteers from within each team. Each parent needs to participate in the success of the team as a coach, assistant coach or team manager. Each parent volunteer must complete a back ground check by registering though our Risk Management program.

Q – What programs are offered for recreational soccer? 
A – GCCSA offers recreation soccer divisions for U6, U8, U10, U12, U14 and U16/U18. The program’s ability to offer each age group remains subject to registration demand and volunteer participation.

Q – How do I determine the correct age group for my child?
A – Age group determination is based on the player's birth year for the current season, with the season running fall to spring. For example, four and five-year-old children play in the U6 (Under 6) divison and 11 year old children play in the U12 (Under 12) division.

Q – When can my child begin playing recreational soccer?
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 Players must be 4 years old to participate in the fall league.

Q – Is recreation soccer co-ed? 
A – 
Yes, all divisions will be mixed girls and boys programs. Each team will have both boys and girls unless there are enough requests for girls only teams. 

Q – When are games usually scheduled?
A – Games are typically scheduled for Saturdays. Makeup games may be played on Sundays after 1:00 p.m or during weekday evenings.

Q – What days will my child practice?
A – Teams practice two days per week. Practice days and time are determined by each individual coach, but typically between 5:00 and 8:00 and last for one hour.

Q – Where will my child practice?
A – All teams practice at Hanna Park. 

– What equipment is suggested? What equipment is required?
A – 
Players should wear athletic attire. The program will supply team jerseys, shorts and socks. Shin guards are mandatory and no player may participate without them. Soccer cleats are recommended but are not mandatory. Players should bring their own soccer ball.

Q – Do we receive new uniforms in the spring if we played in the fall?
A –
No, the same uniform from the fall is used in the spring. Only new-to-spring players receive uniforms. 

Q – Can my son or daughter request to play on the same team as their friends, or can I request teammates to facilitate car pooling? Can I request a coach that my child had previously?
A – 
Yes, you can make the notation at the time of registration. We do our best to honor request but must ensure we have fair competitive teams. 

Q – How many practices and games per week does the recreation program have?
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Coaches typically have two practices during the week, with one game scheduled for Saturday. In some circumstances (for example, makeup games due to weather) two games may be scheduled for the weekend. 

Q – When does the season start and end?
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Generally, the fall season starts for all teams no later than the first Saturday after Labor Day weekend and the spring seasons begins in early March. The season typically ends no later than mid-November in fall and mid-May in spring. Please see the main recreation page for this season's specific dates.

Q – Where are games held?
A – 
Games are held at the Hanna Park.
Hanna Park-CIty of Shelby
1655 McBrayer-Springs Rd.
Shelby, NC 28150
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Q – My child is registered - when will we be contacted about the team my child will play on?
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The teams will be formed in mid August-begining of Sept. after registration is closed. Teams will be announced at Super Soccer Saturday (check the main recreation page for details) and you will have a chance to meet your child's coach. If you cannot attend Super Soccer Saturday, expect to receive a call from your coach the following week. 

Q – Are there opportunities for parents to volunteer?
A – 
GCCSA is a volunteer organization, and the program cannot be maintained without parent volunteers. In addition to coaches and assistant coaches, the program routinely requires volunteers to help with our sponsor drive, take photos at games and others tasks. Prior soccer experience is not required. Participating as a youth sports volunteer is a valuable and rewarding experience.  Please indicate an interest in volunteering on your child’s registration form or contact the recreation chairperson at [email protected] for more information.

Q – What if I have other questions that aren't answered above?
A – 
The best way to have your questions answered is to contact the recreation chair at [email protected].
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