Newsletter Fall 2018

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 8th. 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 red alert pop up.

Registration for the FALL 2018 soccer season opened in May 12th.  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 2018/Spring 2019.

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  coaches clinic this fall sponsored by the Challenger Sports instructors. The U9 through U16 is on Saturday, August 11th from 9:00 am until 11:00 am. The U4 through U8 is on Saturday, August 11th from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm at the soccer complex.  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 for returning players or new players, 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 2018 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, 2018 to register for the Fall season. OUR REGISTRATION FEE HAS INCREASED BY $5 DUE TO THE WFISD CHARGING THE GWFSA $5 PER PLAYER FOR PARKING. The fee is $60 for youth players UNTIL July 25th, 2018. The fee is $75 from July 25th, 2018 until August 1st, 2018 when registration ends.  NO PLAYERS WILL BE ALLOWED TO REGISTER AFTER WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1ST!  New players or players who have not played in a while may put the name of the team they want to play for 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. 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.  Credit Cards 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. If you are starting a new team make sure that you contact the Commissioner for your age division so that they know about your team!

We will be at the soccer complex on Sunday, July 15th, from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm and Tuesday evening, July 24th, 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 5th until August 8th.   All players names will be released to coaches by Thursday, August 9th,  at midnight. Coaches, if you have not heard from your commissioner by August 10th, 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 August 13th, 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 13th. 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 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.

The Grade 8 Referee Clinic is scheduled for Saturday, July 21st, from 8:00 am until 5:15 pm. You must be 13 years old to take the Grade 8. The Grade 9 Referee Clinic is scheduled for Saturday, July 28th, from 8:00 am until 3:30 pm. You must be 12 years old to take the Grade 9 clinic. Both clinics will be at the GWFSA Soccer Complex Building.  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 be holding a fund raiser during the fall soccer season. The details will be posted as soon as possible.   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.