Fall 2024 Newsletter

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The GWFSA Executive Board meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm at the GWFSA Soccer Fields. Our business address is GWFSA, PO Box 4612, Wichita Falls, Texas 76308. Our complex address is 5401 Southwest Parkway, Wichita Falls, TX 76310.

The Fall 2024 youth season starts on Saturday, September 7th, 2024. Any weather cancellation notices or other bulletins will be posted on the red Alert page which appears when you log into www.gwfsa.org and will be posted by 7:00 am on Saturday and by 4:00 pm on week days.

The last day to register for the Fall 2024 season is Thursday, August 1st, 2024. Every player must register on line using a credit card. 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 2024/Spring 2025.

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 clinic scheduled this Fall. It will be held on Sunday, August 18th, 2024 at 2:00 pm at the soccer complex office building, 5401 Southwest Parkway, Wichita Falls, TX 76310. 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 Justin Blackwell, 2nd Vice President, jb.gwfsa@gmail.com or Frank Barboza, President, bossbarboza@aol.com.

GotSport is the program we use to register our players. New Players will need to sign up with an Email address/and User password to create a new account. All players must upload a current passport appropriate picture (Headshot of the person registering ONLY) and birth certificate into the new program! Returning players use the email address and password which you used in the Spring 2024.

To start the registration process, just click on the Registration Box on our www.gwfsa.org home page. Select the New and Returning Player Registration Fall 2024 box for returning players to the same team or for new players. If a player played in the Spring 2024 and is wanting to transfer off the team they were registered on in the Spring to a new team this Fall 2024 , make sure you use the Transferring Players Registration Fall 2024 box. The $25 transfer fee will be charged automatically and is non refundable. The NTSSA Rules and Bylaws regarding Transfers can be found here: 2024_2025_north_texas_soccer_bylaws_and_rules.pdf (ntxsoccer.org) We would specifically draw your attention to sections 3.10 through 3.10.9 and 4.1 through 4.7.3. In the past there has been confusion among coaches, parents and commissioners concerning the application of these rules and the use of transfer requests. To clarify, transfer requests are not intended to move a player to the team of their choosing. They are designed only for the purpose of moving from their current team to another team in their age division. Paying the transfer fee does not in any way guarantee that you will be transferred to the team you are wanting to transfer to. Any requests by a parent or coach to add a currently rostered player within North Texas to a specific team will not be granted and could result in disciplinary action for recruitment. Exceptions may be made when extenuating circumstances justify the need for the exception.
You must be 3 years old on July 31st, 2024 to register for the Fall 2024. Every new player is required to upload a current passport qualifying photo during the registration process and a birth certificate even if it has been produced before. GotSport has initiated a new program and both are required. The fee is $75 for new and returning players UNTIL Thursday, July 25th, 2024 when it increases to $90. NO PLAYERS WILL BE ALLOWED TO REGISTER AFTER Thursday, August 1st, 2024 unless players are needed to fill a roster. The fee for players requesting a Transfer is $100 until Thursday, July 25th, 2024 when it will increase to $125. NO PLAYERS WILL BE ALLOWED TO REGISTER for a Transfer AFTER Thursday, August 1st, 2024. We accept credit cards only. There will be a section to tell us the last team your child played for. If they have not played in a soccer year, there is a place to tell us where they would like to play but 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. The GotSport program will create a new coaches account based on your email address for NEW Coaches. It will also link your team and your child to the same email file. Please remember to register your own player. Each team is responsible for their own uniforms. Players names may be on the back of their uniform. Uniform guidelines are on pages 17/18 of our rules. Please check with Becky Turpin gwfsabecky@sbcglobal.net to make sure that the team name you are considering has not already been taken.

In the FALL, ALL coaches, assistant coaches or managers must complete a Background Check and Safe Sport Certification. After completing the background check, coaches, assistant coaches and managers must complete the Safe Sport Certification. There is a $5 fee for the background check followed by some legal questions you must answer and then submit the form. You must have completed both the Background Check and the Safe Sport Certification to be added to your team roster or participate with any registered players. ALL COACHES ARE MADE INACTIVE BY NTSSA ON June 1, 2024. YOU MAY NOT REGISTER FOR THE FALL SEASON UNTIL AFTER THAT DATE. If you are trying to start a new team, make sure that you contact Becky Turpin gwfsabecky@sbcglobal.net so that we know about your team. Every coach must upload a current passport qualifying photo during the registration process. Coaches are responsible for having access to a 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 log on to gotsport and present your team roster on your phone or by printed roster 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. We will also give each coach a printed official roster to use for that purpose.

Player placement will be from Monday, August 5th, 2024 until Tuesday, August 13th, 2024. 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 Wednesday, August 14th, 2024 at midnight. Coaches, if you have not heard from your commissioner by Friday, August 16th, 2024, 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 Sunday, August 18th, 2024, contact the commissioner for your age division. Their contact information is under Contacts on the GWFSA home page. Or you may contact Justin Blackwell at jb.gwfsa@gmail.com. Coaches, please contact your players as soon as possible. They have been waiting a long time to see what team they have been assigned to.

All U4 through U8 teams play a ten week season in the Fall. All U4 through U8 players will receive a participation award. You may pick them up the last day of the Fall season (Saturday, November 9th). Only first and second place trophies are awarded to the U9 through U18 teams based on their finish in the Post Season Tournament. Those awards may also be picked up the last day of the Post Season Tournament play. Any age division with two or less teams in them will not be awarded placement trophies.

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 Michael Almanza (michael.gwfsa@outlook.com) by the middle of August, 2024 before the schedule is started. 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 Michael Almanza (michael.gwfsa@outlook.com) by email 48 hours in advance of the regularly scheduled game. He will put you in contact with the other coach and guide you through the process.

We are in desperate need of referees. You must be 13 years old to take the referee clinic. The clinic is done all on line now with a field session to be scheduled after taking the on line clinic. The association will reimburse you the amount of the registration fee for the clinic after you have passed the course, attended the field session and started refereeing. Please consider becoming a referee. The pay is good and if you only did one game a day, it would help us out. For more information, please contact Michele Watson 940-704-3207. More information will be posted under Referee Information under the Resources icon on this web page when the clinic is scheduled in August, 2024.

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 a minimum of 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.

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 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 or other tobacco products are prohibited. Please pick up your trash after each game. It is rude to leave your spectator area a mess for the following team. Please be considerate of others. Players may not wear jewelry or hard barrettes of any kind. A player may play with a cast if the cast is padded and approved by the referee of the game. 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.