Newsletter for the Spring 2018

THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING SOCCER !

The Executive Board meets the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 at the GWFSA Soccer Office. The Annual General Business Meeting will be held Monday, April  9th, 2018  at 7:00 pm at Trinity United Methodist Church, 5800 Southwest Parkway. This meeting is where rule changes are proposed and new officers are elected.

Our parents are our coaching base. For every team we form, we need a parent to step up and volunteer to coach them. Please consider volunteering. We have a new coaches clinic scheduled on Sunday, February  4th at 3:00 pm to help you get started and answer any questions. WE NEED YOU !! We also need Commissioners. If you are interested in helping us out, contact Claude Miller at 940-691-2027 or email him at crm2027@sbcglobal.net.

The youth season starts on Saturday, March 3rd, 2018. 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 Pop Up Page. We will post by 7:00 am on Saturday and by 4:00 pm on week days on the pop up.

The last day to register for the spring soccer season is Friday, February 2nd at 11:59 pm. No players will be allowed to register after that date. Every player must register on line. If you played in the fall, you will receive an email from gotsoccer with your 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 our information under contacts. 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. Just click on the Registration Box on our gwfsa.org home page, select youth recreational, adult, etc, and then select individual user to begin the registration process. Parents of youth players make sure you check the correct option for your player on the first page. If a youth player is wanting to transfer off the team they played for in the fall to a new team this spring, make sure you use the Transfer Request icon on the registration page.  The $15 transfer fee is included in the  registration fee. You must be 3 years old on December 31, 2017 to register for the spring season. The fee is $55 for youth players, $67 for adult players and players wishing to transfer to another team must pay $70. Those fees will increase for the last week of registration. Starting Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 the fee will increase to $70 for youth and $85 for transferring players. New players may tell us your situation in the comment section on the first page of the registration process. (Such as a friends’ name who you might want to play with) Transferring players may only request to transfer off of the team that they are currently playing for.

Each NEW coach, assistant coach or manager must select either the Coaches Registration icon or the Manager Registration icon and  complete the background check.  The association will pay the $5 fee. That is all that you need to do to complete the background check which must be completed before you begin practice this spring. Any coaches, assistant coaches or managers who were on the roster in the fall 2017 DO NOT have to complete the background check form in the spring.

We will be at the soccer complex on Saturday, January 6th from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm and Monday, January 8th 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. 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. No Cash. We accept credit or debit cards only!

Players names may not be printed on their uniform. The uniform rules are on page 17 of the Rules and Regulations which are posted under the Resources icon. Please call your commissioner when you decide on a name for your team to make sure that the name is not taken. The association does not allow two teams by the same name in the same age division.

Player placement will begin on Thursday, February 8th and continue through Monday, February 12th. Placement begins at 6:30 pm each evening and continues until the committee is finished for the evening. All players names will be released to coaches by Wednesday, February 14th. If you have not heard from a coach, call your commissioner. Their contact information is under Contacts.

All teams play a ten week season in the spring. There is no end of the season tournament. 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 January or first of February 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.

The Grade 8 Referee Clinic has been scheduled for Saturday, February 3rd, from 8 am until 5:15 pm. The Grade 9 Referee Clinic has been scheduled for Saturday, February 10th, from 8 am until 3 pm.  Please go to Referee Information under the Resources icon for more information regarding the clinics.

The new 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.

New younger coaches check out this web page for some practice ideas: www.freeyouthsoccerdrills.com

Thank you for your participation in our fall fund raiser. We will not be holding a fund raiser for the Spring 2018.

All players in the U4 through U8 divisions receive an award at the end of the season. Only first and second place awards are given to players in the U9 through U19 age divisions. Awards for the U9 through U19 divisions will be awarded determined on their season finish.

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. Please read it, you state that you have read it and will comply on your child’s registration form. It is posted under Policies on this web site. 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 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 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.