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Frequently Asked Questions

IN-TOWN FALL SEASON PLAYER QUESTIONS

Q. How can I register my child to Fort Lee Soccer?
A. For league registration, please use the links under the PROGRAMS catagory.

Q. How can I register my child for the Fall/Winter/Spring Intown league Seasons?
A. For the convenience of our loyal families, registration for past participants of the Fort Lee Soccer League will be conducted via online registration under the PROGRAMS catagory or on www.fortleesoccer.com. The beginning and ending date will be announced on our home page.

Q. If I missed the registration, what should I do?
A. Please send us an e-mail at boardmembers@fortleesoccer.com indicating your name, your daytime phone number, your child’s name and your child’s date of birth. As per league rules, late fees will be assessed.

Q. Why is registration held so far in advance for each season?
A. Organizing a youth program of approximately 600 boys and girls is a monumental task. Enough time is needed to gather and input the registration information so that enough time is given to each family regarding the schedule.

Q. Once I register, what equipment do I need to purchase?
A.
· Soccer cleats (which are sold at almost every sporting goods stores).
· Black shorts (that do not exceed the length of the players kneecap).
· Soccer socks (preferably white, which should go up to the players kneecap).
· Shin guards
· A soccer ball to bring to practice.

Q. What is the correct size ball for my child’s age division?
A.
· Size 3 ball for PeeWee Division (Under 6 Division)
· Size 4 ball for Freshman Division (Under 8 Division), Sophomore Division (Under 10 Division), Boys Junior Division (U12 Division) and Girls Division.
· Size 5 ball for Boys Senior Division (U14 Division)

Q. When and where are in-town games usually played and at what times?
A. Games are played on both Saturday’s and Sunday’s, with the majority of the matches falling on Saturday. The games usually begin at around noon and end as late as 9:30 p.m in the older age divisions. All registrants are expected to be available to play on both days.
For older divisions, the games are usually played at Van Fleet Park. PeeWee division games are usually played at Inwood Terrace Park. “Small-sided” games are played at either the Middle School field, Constitution Park or High School field. There is a link to the directions to each of these fields. As always, all game locations are subject to change.

Q. When are in-town practices held?
A. Practices are usually held at least once a week from Monday through Friday and Sundays and are at least an hour long. The practices are run by professional coaches.

Q. What is the duration of the fall season?
A. The first game usually begins the first weekend after Labor Day and ends on the weekend just before Thanksgiving (although the league reserves the right to extend the season due to inclement weather). In-town practices begin in late August while travel team practices can begin as early as July, depending on the coach.

Q. Do you play in rain?
A. Yes. With two turf fields in the borough that have outstanding drainage, there is usually no reason to cancel the games. On grass fields, rain might make the fields unplayable. In that case, an announcement would be made on the home page of the website. Always check the website before leaving home to ensure that there have been no changes made to the original schedule.

Q. How will I be notified of any game cancellation?
A. In the event of any game cancellation, the League’s Games Commissioner will e-mail all of the coaches and will follow up with phone calls if the cancellation is made on the day of the game. The onus is on the coaches to notify the families of the cancellation. In ADDITION, the League will post any notices on its’ home page and Facebook of any cancellation.
If there is no notice or no phone call from your child’s coach, THE GAME IS ON. Because of the large size of the program, please do not call the league’s Board of Directors as we will be unable to return weather-related calls, especially since any potential cancellations will be posted on the website.

Q. When are canceled games rescheduled?
A. By rule, Saturday in-town games are played the following day. In most cases, the times will differ. By registering, each family understands that games are played on both Saturday’s and Sunday’s and agree that their child will be made available on both days.

Q. Are there any trophies or awards at the end of the season?
A. To be decide each season. Generally, the league organizes the end of the season party on the evening after the final game played. For travel teams, there are annual award ceremony.

Q. The question I have does not appear here and does not appear to be addressed in your “Rules” link on the website. Whom may I contact?
A. Please e-mail us at boardmembers@fortleesoccer.com and you will receive a response promptly.

IN-TOWN WINTER INDOOR SEASON QUESTIONS

Q. How can I register my child for indoor soccer?
A. Registration is held each year in December and the dates are usually posted on the website by October.

Q. Once I register, what equipment do I need to purchase?
A.
· Indoor soccer shoes (which are sold at almost every sporting goods stores).
· Black shorts (that do not exceed the length of the players kneecap).
· Soccer socks (preferably white, which should go up to the players kneecap).
· Shin guards
· A soccer ball to bring to practice (an indoor ball is not necessary; an outdoor ball is sufficient for training purposes).
The last 4 items your child would have if they played in the outdoor fall season.

Q. What is the duration of the in-town indoor season?
A. The season usually begins the first weekend in January and is played through approximately the third week in March.

Q. When are indoor soccer practices held?
A. In most cases, the practices are held on Sunday’s. Depending on the team your child may be placed on, the practice could begin as early as 12:00 p.m. or as late as 7:00 p.m., based on the coaches availability.


IN-TOWN COACHES QUESTIONS

Q. Who reports the results for in-town game results AND how is it reported?
A. There are no scores record for regular season games. The final weekend tournament will determine winning teams.

Q. How am I informed of game cancellations?
A. In the event of any game cancellation, the League’s Games Commissioner will e-mail all of the coaches and will follow up with phone calls if the cancellation is made on the day of the game. The onus is on the coaches to notify the families of the cancellation. In ADDITION, the League will post any notices on its’ home page of any cancellation.

If there is no notice or no phone call from your child’s coach, THE GAME IS ON. Because of the large size of the program, please do not call the league’s Board of Directors as we will be unable to return weather-related calls, especially since any potential cancellations will be posted on the website.

TRAVEL TEAM PLAYER QUESTIONS

Q. What travel leagues does the Fort Lee Soccer League play in?
A. The Fort Lee Soccer League’s travel teams play in the Northern Counties Soccer Association (NCSA), a highly competitive club program. Some of the same travel teams may also elect to play in MAPS (Mid Atlantic Premier Soccer), which is made up of many of the top teams in the region and includes teams as far as Pennsylvania and Long Island.
For the winter indoor season, most of the travel teams keep in soccer shape by playing either in leagues such as at the Teaneck Armory or by doing futsal or local indoor tournaments.
For the spring season, certain teams may elect to continue doing travel taking into consideration potential conflicts with traditional spring youth sporting events.

Q. How far are the travel team matches?
A. In the NCSA matches, almost all of the games are within a 45 minute drive from Fort Lee.

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