General Information

Thank you for choosing SOCCER!

The GWFSA Executive Board meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm at the GWFSA Soccer Fields.

The youth season starts on Saturday, September 9th. Follow us on Facebook!  Post pictures of your players or teams.  Any weather cancellation notices or other bulletins will be posted there as well as on our Web Page. We will post by 7:00 am on Saturday and by 4:00 pm on week days on the pop up.

Registration for the FALL 2017 soccer season opened in May 15th.  The new fee structure is contained in this newsletter. Please make sure you read it completely.  Every player must register on line. You will receive an email from gotsoccer with your player username and password.  If you do not see it in your email in box, check your spam file. You MUST use the username and password to make sure that you remain on the same team from season to season and that the computer recognizes you as the same player. If you do not receive a username and password, call or email Becky Turpin, Albert Jimenes or JC Whaley.  You will find their information under contacts on the GWFSA web page. We accept credit cards only.  The season dates are posted. You may see them by clicking on the calendar or viewing the upcoming events on the home page.  You may check your players age division by viewing the age chart. Go to www.gwfsa.org, click on Resources, select Forms and click on the Age Chart for Fall 2017/Spring 2018.

Our parents are our Coaching base. For every team that we form, we must have a parent step up and volunteer to coach. We have a new coaches 101 class on Sunday, July 30th at 2:00 pm at the soccer complex to help you with rules, etc. Our commissioners and officers will be glad to answer any questions you have. Please consider becoming a coach and making it possible for the children to play soccer.  WE NEED YOU!!! We also need Commissioners. If you are interested in volunteering, email Claude Miller, crm2027@sbcglobal.net or Becky gwfsabecky@sbcglobal.net.

To start the registration process, just click on the Registration Box on our gwfsa.org home page, select youth recreational, and then select individual user to begin the registration process. If a youth player is wanting to transfer off the team they played for in the Spring 2017 to a new team this Fall, make sure you use the transfer box option, put where you played in the spring, your reason for requesting a transfer and where you would like the player to be transferred to. The $15 transfer fee is automatically charged.  Remember, paying the transfer fee does not guarantee that you will be able to transfer or that you will be transferred to the team you mention in your comments. It depends on team player returning numbers, etc. You must be 3 years old on July 31st, 2017 to register for the Fall season. The fee is $55 for youth players UNTIL July 19, 2017. The fee is $70 from July 19, 2017 until August 1st, 2017 when registration ends.  NO PLAYERS WILL BE ALLOWED TO REGISTER AFTER TUESDAY, AUGUST 1ST!  The adult and youth playing adult registration fee is $67. If you want to have an adult team, register and put your teams together and contact JC Whaley 940-704-1645 with your roster. New or transferring youth players may NOT select the team they want to play for or transfer to. You may tell us your situation  in the comment section of the registration process but there are no guarantees that they will be placed where you are requesting.

Coaches, stay in touch with the commissioner for your age division about the number of players returning to your team from the spring and with any questions you may have.  Remember to contact your commissioner and get your team username, password and instructions on how to check your roster to see if all the players who are supposed to be registered have in fact registered. Each team is responsible for their own uniforms. Remember that players names may NOT be on their uniform. Uniform guidelines are on page of 18 of our rules. Please check with your Commissioner to make sure that the team name you are considering has not already been taken. All coaches, assistant coaches or managers must complete a background check every fall. Go to the www.gwfsa.org Registration page, click on either the Coaches or Managers box. Use the username and password if you have coached or been a manager before. If not, use the new box. You will be charged $5. Credit Card Only! Follow it to the last page, that is where your background report questions are answered. Make sure that you enter your team name in the appropriate box. That is all that you need to do to complete the background check which must be completed before you begin practice this fall or are added to the team roster again.

We will be at the soccer complex on Saturday, July 15th, from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm and Tuesday evening, July 18th, from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm to help those of you who do not have access to a computer.  You need to bring a birth certificate for each NEW player registering on those days. We accept credit cards only. NO CASH! If you have registered a NEW player earlier and have not scanned their birth certificate into the computer, you must bring their birth certificate to the complex on one of those days.

Player placement  will be from August 7th until August 11th.   All players names will be released to coaches by Friday, July 11th at midnight. Coaches, if you have not heard from your commissioner by July 11th, contact the commissioner for your age division. Their contact information is under the Contact icon on the GWFSA home page. Parents if you have not heard from a coach by July 14th, contact the commissioner for your age division. Their contact information is under Contacts on the GWFSA home page. Or you may contact Claude Miller crm2027@sbcglobal.net.

All U4 through U8 boys and girls teams play a ten week season in the Fall. All U4 through U8 players will receive a participation award.  The U9 through U19 boys and girls will play an eight week season and then play an end of the season tournament and receive first and second place awards only based on their tournament finish. If you want your U9 through U19 boys or girls teams to play in the post season tournament, you must put up a $25 bond check by the end of the day on October 15th. the bond check will be refunded to you if your team completes all tournament games.

All youth league games will be scheduled on Saturdays. Monday and Tuesday evenings will be reserved for rescheduled games. The only scheduling conflicts that will be considered when making the schedule are for head coaches who coach more than one team. If you are the head coach of more than one team, make sure you contact JC Whaley (jc@gwfsa.org)  by the end of July or first of August before the schedule is done.  If you have a conflict after the schedule is made, each team is allowed two reschedules each season if the other team is willing to reschedule.  All reschedules must go through Claude Miller (crm2027@sbcglobal.net) by email 48 hours in advance of the regularly scheduled game.

A Grade 8 Referee Clinic and Grade 9 Referee Clinic have been scheduled. The dates are posted. If you are interested, go to the Resources icon and then click on Referee Information for more information. We are in desperate need of referees.  Please consider becoming one. The pay is good and if you only did one game a day, it would help us out. Also, please sign up early so we know there is enough interest to hold the clinic.

The playing rules are found in our Rules and Regulations under Resources on our home page. They start on page 16. Remember that each recreational player MUST play one half (1/2) of every game. Disciplinary action will be taken against any coach who violates this rule and the game will be forfeited by the team if the violation is documented.

Thank you for your participation in our spring fund raiser. Please consider helping us out this fall. Each person who sells $100 worth of product and turns in their order and money on the due date receives ¼ of the total amount they sell back. The check will be written to the person who sold if less than ½ of the team sells. If more than ½ of the team sells, the check will be written to the coach of the team.  The association’s profit will go toward the end of the season awards. The fall fund raiser will kick off on Saturday, September 9th. The orders and money are due on Saturday, September 30th. We will be in the main building at the complex all day. The orders must be picked up on Saturday, October 21st.  Contact Christina Feldman (nfeldman@vernoncollege.edu)  with any questions.

Please do not berate the referees or assistant referees. In most cases, they are children. Think about how you would feel if it were your child being confronted by adults. Coaches, remember that you are responsible for your spectators conduct as well as your own. We have adopted a zero tolerance rule. It is posted under the Policies icon. If we get called to a field to handle a problem, and the situation does not improve, the parties involved will be dismissed from the complex. The officers and commissioners cannot overrule a referee. We may only ask him at a stoppage in play if he understands the rule which is being complained about. If he says he does, then your only recourse is for the COACH of record to come in the office and fill out a referee complaint detailing what the referee was not doing correctly so that the referee staff may council them.

GWFSA does not allow any practices or scrimmage games on the soccer fields. Please limit your warm up period for your team to ten minutes prior to your scheduled game. Also, please keep your children off of the empty fields during league games. Please take note that there are no pets allowed on the GWFSA premises. You will be asked to leave if you bring one. Also, glass containers are not allowed and smoking is prohibited. Please pick up your trash after each game. It is rude to leave your bench area a mess for the following team. Please be considerate of others. Players may not wear jewelry of any kind, have a hard cast or hard barrettes during games. The City of Wichita Falls enforces no parking on the north end of the complex between the fence and Southwest Parkway. You may be ticketed if you park there.