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Colchester, Vermont - USA
Colchester Soccer FAQ
Registration for our Fall Recreational Soccer League is done online. Please visit the Registration Page for more information. You will be able to register to play, choose a volunteer position and make payment all online.
The grade you should enroll your child is the grade they will be in when fall arrives. If your child is in 1st grade now and expects to be in 2nd grade next year, enroll for 2nd grade soccer.
We provide numerous opportunities to register and typically give families months of advanced notice of registration dates. While we cannot guarantee placement on a team after final registration dates, we will do whatever we can within reason, to get your child onto a team if their is space and we have extra uniforms available. We typically provide more flexibility in our Fall Rec program. Additionally, families who are new to Colchester and Kindergarten parents who were not on our e-mail list can typically find a team to play on after the registration deadlines.
The league provides uniform shirts, shorts and soccer socks, which must be worn each game day. Comfortable shorts, pants of any style and sneakers or cleats, whatever the child already has is fine. Cold weather days sometimes necessitate wearing layers, but they must be UNDER the uniform shirt. Soccer shin guards are mandatory.
Yes, for the safety of your child, shin guards are mandatory at ALL practices and games. A child will not be allowed to practice or play in a game without them. Shin guards are sold at most sporting goods stores and at resale sport shops. They should cover most or all of the shin. Soccer socks are typically worn OVER the shin guard.
There are special soccer cleats available, a little different style than football, golf or baseball cleats. They are NOT mandatory. Sneakers are fine. Cleats used in other sports are NOT allowed. We highly recommend cleats as they will give your child better traction and sounder footing when training and playing matches.
Coaches will be presented their rosters for Fall soccer in mid to late August. Practices usually start shortly thereafter.
Some coaches are prepared and anxious to get started and begin practices within a day or two of the meeting. Others may be busy with work or the start of school and begin their calls and practices later. Remember, they are all just volunteers and they will contact you at least 3-4 days before the first game. If this date goes by without a call from a coach, contact our league office.
Grade coordinators establish the teams. Keeping teams balanced in terms of numbers, ability, gender while trying to honor requests for teammates is a challenge but we do whatever we can to accommodate special requests. The bottom line is that we work hard to create balanced teams so all of our players get the best quality soccer experience. Sometimes this is at the expense of parents wanting their child to play with their friends or neighbors.
In some instances, if the coach is not able to accommodate your needs, a team change is made. Often middle school students who play daily with a school team do not attend additional recreation team practices, and simply participate in the Sunday games.
Our league philosophy is this is a beginning recreation program. It is designed to give equal opportunity to all players without concern for game outcome. Each player is given the instruction needed to be successful at a beginner level. Team rosters are kept to a minimum allowing players to have ample play time. Touching the ball, playing the game, making mistakes is the way children learn to be team players and successful at soccer. Everyone is encouraged to reach their own personal success. Competition is minimized. For those players seeking more competitive soccer programs, we have a traveling spring program and can also direct families to year round indoor and outdoor club programs. At the end of the day, we want children to gain a love for the sport and provide them with sound coaching tactics and training in a fun and inviting atmosphere.
In most instances, problems or concerns can be addressed with the coach. If this is unsuccessful, the grade coordinator is the next person to talk to. If this is not satisfactory, contact the league president. Sometimes issues are sent in writing and are then addressed at board meetings held 3-4 times each year. The Fall season ends with our annual board meeting. Feedback is encouraged to make the league better.
Our fall recreation program is the largest in the state with over 500 players and 40 plus teams. The entire organization is run by a team of dedicated volunteers, but to ensure the optimum environment for all our young athletes, some 300 volunteer positions need to be filled. Although we have a board of over 20 volunteers that put in multiple hours over the course of the year to ensure the league is successful, the 300 volunteer positions require as little as an hour a season to as much as 15-20 hours. If every family takes their small part, no one is over burdened. Some families use older siblings, grandparents or uncles to fulfill their family obligation.
For girls who play fall soccer in grades 1-8, they have a choice of playing with both boys and girls on a mixed team, or on an all girl team. Many girls spend some of their years in each of the programs, based on their needs and interest at the time. You will need to pick one program for a complete season. Many girls choose coed the first few years as there is often little difference in skill between boys & girls in the first years. Some then prefer to be on an all girl team after a year or two and some return to coed as they get older and enjoy the competition and skill development that comes with playing with the boys. What ever feels right for you. Please be advised that based on registration numbers, the Board may not be able to accommodate an all-girls "league".
Yes, we try our best to honor requests to play with certain individuals. In some cases it is necessary for car pool reasons which otherwise wouldnít allow the child to play. Keep in mind we strive for equity and not all requests can be honored. In some cases, 5-7 children have all requested to be together. Honoring all these requests would negate the equity system. Usually asking for a specific coach or a single other team mate can be honored.
Absolutely! This is just the program for the beginning soccer player. Each coach will begin with the basics of soccer. Most coaches are beginners themselves and thrive on teaching those basic skills and rules to allow players to begin the team sport of soccer. Unlike many other sports, soccer only requires the ability to run and kick a ball. Most children can do that, no matter their athletic ability. With such simple steps, they can feel the accomplishment of being an athlete and team player.
Feel free to email our club President or Treasurer, who can assist you. We strive to not turn away anyone due to inability to pay.
Yes, only residents of Colchester are allowed to play on our soccer teams. Some students reside in Colchester, but attend schools outside of Colchester. Being a student in a Colchester School is not a requirement, simply a resident of the town.
With over 500 fall players on over 40 teams, it is an extensive process to allocate all players to teams trying to balance equity, ability, and social requests. Additionally, coaches and assistant coaches need to be recruited to fill the needs. Since not all families sign up at the registration nights, it sometimes takes several weeks to notify each family to allow them a second opportunity to sign up, delaying the team allocation process. The grade coordinators then present their team selections to the board for approval, all before the summer vacations start. Since the program begins at the start of school in the fall, and families are on vacations during the summer, that the process needs to be nearly complete before summer vacations begin.
Click on Field Directions. There are directions and maps to help you find the field and even an aerial photo to show you where the fields are at Airport Park. Our club fields are at Airport Park. Some teams practice at various locations in town, but all matches are played at Airport.
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Yes! Just send us an email message and request to be added to our list. The more email addresses we have the easier and more cost effective it is for us to communicate with everyone. Tell your soccer friends!
We don't actually have a formal indoor soccer club, but many of our players and coaches have formed private teams. Click on the Indoor Soccer link to get more information or contact us by email. Last winter we started providing weekend training sessions at the Nordic Center. We are planning on continuing that this Winter with a more organized indoor program, so stay tuned!