Newsletter Fall 2019

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. Our address is GWFSA, PO Box 4612, Wichita Falls, Texas 76308.

The youth season starts on Saturday, September 7th. 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 weekdays on the red alert pop up.

Registration for the FALL 2019 soccer season opened on May 15th.  The new fee structure is contained in this newsletter. Please make sure you read it completely.  Every player must register online. You will receive an email from gotsoccer with your player username and password.  If you do not see it in your email inbox, 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 2019/Spring 2020.

Our parents are our Coaching base. For every team that we form, we must have a parent step up and volunteer to coach. Our coaches clinic sponsored by the Challenger Sports instructors for August 10th has been postponed.  Another date will be posted as soon as possible. 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.

To start the registration process, just click on the Registration Box on our gwfsa.org home page. Select youth recreational for returning players or new players, and then select an individual user to begin the registration process. If a youth player is wanting to transfer off the team they played for in Spring 2019 to a new team this Fall, make sure you use the Youth Requesting Transfer box option.  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 are wanting to be transferred to. It depends on the number of players returning, etc. You must be 3 years old on July 31st, 2019 to register for the Fall season. Every player must upload a current passport qualifying photo during the registration process. The fee is $60 for youth players UNTIL July 24th, 2019. The fee is $75 from July 25th, 2019 until August 1st, 2019 when registration ends. The fee is $75 for transferring players until July 24th, 2019. The fee for transferring players is  $90 from July 25th, 2019 until August 1st, 2019.  NO PLAYERS WILL BE ALLOWED TO REGISTER AFTER Thursday, AUGUST 1ST, 2019!  We accept credit cards only. New players or players who have not played in a while may put the name of the team they want to play for in the comments,  but again, there are no guarantees as to where they will be placed.

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. Players names may be on the back of their uniforms. Uniform guidelines are on page 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. NTSSA has MANDATED that every coach or manager must complete the Safe Sport Certification in addition to the background check. Go to www.gwfsa.org, click on Registration and then scroll down to Coaches Registration or Manager Registration to complete your Background Check and then go to www.ntxsoccer.org and click on SafeSport and complete your Safe Sport.   Use your username and password if you have been a Coach or Manager before. If not, use the new box.  There is a $5.00 fee for coaches and managers to register. It will be paid by credit card during the registration process. 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.  If you are trying to start a new team, make sure that you contact your Commissioner so that they know about your team. Every coach must upload a current passport qualifying photo during the registration process. The coaches present at the April AGM voted the following rule change and you are responsible for adding the gotsoccer team app to your phone to manage your roster with passport qualifying photo of each player. Each player must upload a passport qualifying photo during their registration process. You must present your team roster on your phone with pictures of your players to the referee before the start of each match for comparison to the players present. If a player is late for the start of the game, they may not play until you present them to the referee for certification at the next available substitution stoppage. Please be aware that the Executive Board of the GWFSA has initiated a team fee in the amount of $50 per team. The team fee must be paid by August 31st, 2019 or your team will not be eligible to play in its first matches on September 7th, 2019 or any future matches during the season until the $50 fee is paid.

We will be at the soccer complex on Monday, July 15th, from 6:00 am until 8:00 pm and Sunday afternoon, July 21th, from 2:00 pm until 4:00 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 4th until August 7th.   We start at 6:30 pm and continue until 11:00 pm or so each night. All players names will be released to coaches by Thursday, August 8th at midnight. Coaches, if you have not heard from your commissioner by August 10th, 2019, contact the commissioner for your age division. Their contact information is under the Contact icon on www.gwfsa.org home page. Parents if you have not heard from a coach by July 12th, 2019, contact the commissioner for your age division. Their contact information is under Contacts on the www.gwfsa.org 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 awards may be picked up by the coach on Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 or Saturday, November 9th, 2019. The U9 through U19 boys (November 2nd) and girls (November 9th) 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 postseason tournament, you must put up a $25 bond check by the end of the day on October 12th, 2019. This lets us know that you want to participate in the tournament. 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 Ashley Panik  (ashleypanik@live.com)  by the end of July or the 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.

We are scheduling a Grade 8 Referee Clinic for the weekend of July 17th and Grade 9 Referee Clinic for the weekend of July 24th.   The association will pay for the first 15 people who register for the clinic. 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.

We will not be holding a fundraiser during the fall soccer season.  We have initiated a fifty dollar ($50) team fee this fall. We only had about a hundred players participate in the spring fundraiser. The team fee will be earmarked for the NTSSA player fee increase, trophies and referee fee increase. If you have any questions, contact Christina Hoschler at christina.lane12@yahoo.com.

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 policy. 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 counsel 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.