WYSC Answers Your Most Frequently Asked Questions
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1. What is the mission of the Warrenton Youth Sports Club?
2. What are the important dates for each season?
3. What about rain-outs?
4. How much does it cost to play with WYSC?
5. How are teams chosen?
6. Who referees the games?
7. Who is eligible to play with WYSC?
8. Tell me about the recreational league.
9. How do I know which division my child should be in?
10. What are the goals of the Academy Program teams?
11. What are the goals of the travel teams?
12. How do I volunteer to help?
13.What if I want to coach?
14. What other community efforts are the WYSC involved in?
15. Find coach contact information
1. What is the mission of the Warrenton Youth Sports Club? [ TOP ]
The founders of WYSC created the league as a place where children of all ages and abilities could learn about the sport of soccer while having fun. The emphasis is on learning, teamwork and sportsmanship, not on the final score or the division standings. Fields are small, as are team rosters, so that children get lots of “touches” on the soccer ball. Small-sided games provide each player greater playing time. More time on the field translates to more ball touches, player interaction, individual player game strategy, etc.
The league is run almost entirely by volunteers, but coaches and referees receive training before they take the field.
The history of WYSC began 1999 with 21 children, and has grown steadily to host about 750 players on travel and recreational teams. WYSC is a member of the Virginia Youth Soccer Association VYSA and subject to all VYSA policies.
2. What are the important dates for each season? [ TOP ]
Super Save Registration – Starts during the last week of the current season.
Early Bird Registration – Begins immediately after the Super Saver Registration period.
Regular Registration – Starts about 3 weeks before the start of the season.
Rosters will be available – Will be available two weeks prior to the first game
Start Practicing - Three weeks prior to the first weekend of games.
Coaches Meeting - Sunday before the first week of practices begin.
First Game/ First U4-U5 Session – See "Master Schedule"
Picture Day - Changes each season, will be posted on Recreational Home page.
Last Regular Season Game – Each season includes 8 weekend games.
Rain Date – TBD.
3. What about rain-outs? [ TOP ]
In case of bad weather, a decision will be made about game cancelations in the morning and posted on the WYSC home page.
4. How much does it cost to play with WYSC? [ TOP ]
* - All recreational league divisions cost is posted on the online registration form. You can save money by registering during the Super
Saver registration period.
* - The cost of travel players is posted on the "Soccer Travel" page. The registration fee includes 2 sets of uniforms, a ball, and ODSL or WAGS fall and spring registration fees. For complete details visit the Soccer Travel page.
5. How are teams selected? [ TOP ]
WYSC encourages volunteer coaches to select and register their own teams. With the goal of strengthening the teams, coaches are encourage to maintain the same team from season to season, as well as from division to division.
If a player would like to be placed with a particular coach, parents may indicate this on the registration form. Please note: not all requests can be honored. Children who are new to the league will be placed on a team by a league official.
Coaches will contact players no later than 2 weeks before the first practice.
6. Who referees the games? [ TOP ]
Referees are young soccer players who have received referee training. Referees begin by working with the U8 teams, then, as the they gain more experience, they move up to work more advanced games. As stated in the WYSC Rules of Conduct, parents and coaches may not admonish or criticize the referees. Coaches may take up any questions with WYSC league officials.
7. Who is eligible to play with WYSC? [ TOP ]
Girls and boys, aged 3 and older may play in the recreational league.
The "Travel League" hosts U10 and older boys and girls teams.
8. Tell me about the recreational league [ TOP ]
The " U4 and U5 Divisions " are strictly instructional. The children are taught some basic skills and engage in fun soccer drills. The emphasis is on fun – you can tell by the giggling.
U6 team members play in small-sided games with small goals. The kids get the idea of kicking toward a goal and sometimes passing actually takes place – frequently by accident. Again, fun is the primary objective and although goals are recognized with loud parental cheering, scores are not recorded.
U8, U10, U12, and U16 divisions are also hosted. As the children progress from one league to the next, the fields get bigger and the team rosters get larger. Scores are recorded and division winners are celebrated.
9. How do I know which division my child should be in? [ TOP ]
See the chart below for your child’s birth date to determine which division your child should be in.
10. What are the goals of the WYSC's Academy Program (AP) teams? [ TOP ]
The Academy Team is WYSC’s program to transition recreational players and coaches from recreational competition to travel league competition. In the Spring 2016 season, we have one boys and one girls team.
WYSC strongly believes players should not start travel competition until they reach the U10 division. Playing travel league competition before the U-10 division may increase the possibility of player burn-out before players reach their soccer potential.
Each fall season WYSC will select an U10 boys and U10 girls coach to head WYSC’s next AP teams. The coach will then select registered recreational players he/she believes are competitive and interested in the higher level of competition, and have the commitment required at the travel league level.
If you would like your child to be considered for the AP, you are welcome and encouraged to contact the AP coach.
Players selected for the AP will remain on their current recreational team with their current recreational coach/team, but will have an additional weekly practice or endurance/conditional training with their AP coach and team.
* Besides regular recreational practice, AP players will have a weekly practice with their AP team.
* AP teams will be required to attend an All Star tournament held after the completion of the regular recreational season.
11. What are the goals of the travel teams? [ TOP ]
The WYSC sponsors boys and girls travel teams for the U10 through U16 divisions.
WYSC teams play in the Old Dominion Soccer League (ODSL) and Washington Area Girls Soccer League (WAGS).
12. How do I volunteer to help? [ TOP ]
There are lots of volunteers opportunities with WYCS. From coaching to lining the fields, there is always of work to be done. See the volunteer page for all the options.
13. What if I want to coach? [ TOP ]
Great! Coaching is a wonderful way to give back to the club and set a good example for your kids. It requires an hour a week for practice and another hour on weekends for the games.
One the most significant benefits? The hilarious antics of your players will provide numerous highlights in your week. One of your players will inevitably shoot on the opponant’s goal; one will no doubt head the ball perfectly – without meaning to. There will lots of cheering -- no matter what the score -- and plenty of hugs.
Beginning with the Fall 2015 Season, all new coaches are required to compete the online VYSA F License Course prior to the start of the season. For more information on how to find a course, please contact Melissa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
14. What other community efforts are the WYSC involved in? [ TOP ]
The WYSC believes that the club is part of a larger community and has spearheaded several charity drives. Food drives have provided hundreds of cans and boxes of the food for F.I.S.H. Dozens of backpacks filled with school supplies were given to needy children through the WYSC’s Back to School initiative.
15.Find Coach Contact Information. [ TOP ]
After rosters are finalized the recreational coordinator, using the online system, will send a password to each player. Using the player's first, last name and password, player can login to the website to view the coach's contact information.
Passwords will check each season.