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Fairbanks Youth Soccer Association

Indoor Soccer - Fall 2019

      

FYSA indoor soccer programs are a great way for youth to keep active during the long winter months. Here we will share information for all youth programs. See our 'Adult Indoor Soccer' page for details on those divisions. As always, if you can't find answers to a question here, feel free to contact us at [email protected] or call 907-456-3972


Program Options
The 'Fall' indoor soccer season registration divisions are set up as follows:
PreK. For those not yet in Kindergarten. Min. age 3 by 10/1. Max. age is 5 as of 9/2.
Recreational (Rec). For players in grades Kindergarten through High School. 
Advanced Rec/Competitive (AR/C). For players born 2006-2012.
See further below for program specific details.

Season Dates
PreK groups will have a 6 week season, beginning the second week in October.
Recreational teams will have an 8 week season starting the week of Sept. 30th, ending the weekend prior to Thanksgiving (11/23).
Advanced Rec/Competitive teams will also have an 8 week season, with the same dates as the Recreational division.
Please note, these are subject to change due to availability of the school gyms allocated to FYSA by FNSBSD Building Rentals department.

Registration Period
Registration will open August 1st and close at 11:45pm on Tuesday, Sept. 3rd. At that point, the FYSA office will be closed for the remainder of that week to allow time for team formation, schedule creation, etc. with the goal of re-opening programs for late registration by the following week. Typically, every age group will be set up to allow for additional registrants after the initial deadline, with players able to be added on a space-available basis. When all rosters in a division are filled, a Wailist is automatically activated and any additional interested participants can register for the Waitlist (no cost to do so) and will be contacted if a space opens up. Please note, due to limited gym availability, program caps are sometimes set in prior to the registration deadline (unlike summer soccer programs). This means that age groups MAY fill before the end of registration. In other words, don't delay, sign up early!

Schedules
PreK participants will have the option during registration to select their preference for their weekly session. Options will include Fridays at 6pm or Saturday mornings (times TBD). Most PreK groups will meet at a local Fairbanks elementary school, however we typically organize 1-2 groups at a North Pole location on Friday evenings as well. It is unlikely that our gym availability will permit it, however if a family would like to be considered for a non-Fri/Sat day preference (should that become possible) they can indicate that as well. We strive to keep the same day/time for PreK groups, however a location may occasionally vary due to gym schedules.

Recreational
teams will have a weekly practice on a weeknight and a game on Saturdays. Exactly times are TBD and based on final registration numbers, gym availability and any special parameters for any volunteers coaching more than one team. While weeknight practice may be on any given night, we try and keep things fairly consistent for teams over the course of the season. However, no 2 weeks are the same as far as the gym schedules we are allocated. Additionally, certain nights we are given very few gyms (due to other user groups utilizing district facilities). Fridays traditionally have been the night we have the most time/space available, so a good percentage of teams will see practices on Fridays.

Advanced Rec/Competitive 
teams will have a similar schedule to the Recreational division.

Note:
standard scheduling windows for all age groups and programs (PreK, weeknight practice, Saturday games, etc.) are 1-hour.


General Info for All Programs
All teams are co-ed and use local school gyms. The same cutoff the school district uses (age 5 by Sept. 1st for Kindergarten, age 6 by Sept. 1st for 1st grade, etc.) is built into the system. This structure is used up through each age division. If you have a child who is outside of that typical age/grade set up and the system is generating an incorrect age group, OR if you'd like your child to 'play up', feel free to contact FYSA directly.

Teams are general formed based on geographic zones for players in grades K-12. However, there are no guarantees that players utilize specific gyms as that is based on what is allocated to FYSA by the school district for specific nights. Our goal is for youth to have the chance to see a familiar face or two on their team.

During team formation, we strive to make all teams as balanced as possible. This is easier said than done and even an age group that appears perfectly 'balanced' on paper likely may not be due to each unique player's experience. While all teams are co-ed, there are no specific requirements for the ratio or number of players of each gender out on the court at all times during matches. The best way to keep things balanced is our Fair Play Policy, which ensures that all players receive a minimum of 50% of playing time during matches they are present. Additionally, rosters are kept to and appropriate size to allow players to have as much, usually more, time on the court vs. on the bench (ex. age groups playing 5v5 would have a roster max of 10).

One of the more common questions we get pertains to carpooling needs. During registration, you can provide a name of a specific player to be considered for team placement. Additionally, players wanting to play up into an older age group should contact FYSA prior to registering.

Program Specific Info
PreK groups will meet weekly for a hybrid session, focusing on basic soccer skills and fun activities and games that help grow a love for the sport and enjoy general organized group physical activity. Formal matches against 'opponents' are not scheduled, but coaches are welcome to set up mini games of 2v2, 3v3, etc. when appropriate for their players. Parents are encouraged (sometimes expected!) to be involved at this age, specific to their own child's needs and per the coach's request.

Recreational
teams are meant to be for all players whether brand new or with several seasons under their belt. There are no league standings kept or an end-of-season tournament. The emphasis is on fun rather than winning/losing. Coaches are all typically volunteers, with training and assistance provided by FYSA for all those who desire it.

Advanced Rec/Competitive 
teams are meant to be a opportunity for recreational players of a higher skill-level looking for a more advanced experience. Competitive club team players are also encouraged to register for this. Teams will be formed and balanced as best as possible just like typical recreational teams, using geographic zone, player ages, gender, etc. With a higher level of play comes a more competitive spirit during games, but the expectations for fair play, sportsmanship, etc. are still in place so that focus can remain on fun, just with a higher level of gameplay. Our hope is that this separation of 2 tiers of teams (Rec vs. AR/C) will better serve the more beginner players as well as the more advanced players. There are no tryouts or skill assessment plans at this time and players/parents are expected to self-select their appropriate program. Communication prior to the season will take place to ensure players are in the appropriate division and make any necessary adjustments to balance things as best we can. This is new for FYSA for the Fall 2019 season and we look forward to seeing how it can enhance our program options.

Uniform Info

        

"What does my player need to play?"

A soccer player's uniform consists of 5 items and they all begin with 'S': Shirt, Shorts, Shinguards, Socks and Shoes. Please read through each category to understand uniform guidelines for your child.

SHIRTS. Every player needs to have one of the FYSA blue/green reversible jerseys as shown in the image above. These were introduced for the summer 2017 season. Any players who still have their jersey should continue to use it! If a player is new to our league, has lost their jersey, grown out of it or worn it out, they need to buy a new reversible jersey. This can be done during registration. Be sure to check 'Yes' when asked about purchasing a new jersey ($16). If someone forgets to add this during registration or if they accidentally paid for a jersey that they didn't need, just contact FYSA to get things squared away.

SHORTS. PreK players are permitted to wear athletic pants, sweats, etc. All recreational players in grades K-12 shall wear BLACK shorts for soccer games. FYSA has these for sales for $4 each, however you don't have to wear 'our' brand/style. They should just be black and be the loose, athletic style. Volleyball, spandex, denim or cycling type shorts are not acceptable. Goalkeepers are permitted to wear pants as are other players with religious considerations (skirts are acceptable). 

SHINGUARDS. All players in grades K-12 shall wear shinguards for all soccer activities. PreK players will not be turned away if they show up without shinguards. However, because they are required for all games in K-12 divisions, the PreK stage is the perfect time to get used to the feeling of this important piece of equipment. FYSA has shinguards for sale for $10.

SOCKS. This is an easy one! Socks must cover the shinguards completely. Note: unlike a player's shorts (black), there is no mandated color requirement for socks for our league. FYSA has these for sale for $4 each.

SHOES. No cleats. Indoor soccer shoes or non-marking tennis shoes are to be worn.

BALL. Indoor soccer programs utilize a 'futsal' ball, which is a slightly heavier, low-bounce ball, meant to keep the play low to the ground and closer to your feet. Futsal is actually the name of hard-court, indoor soccer around the world and futsal balls are a standard piece of equipment that help better suit the unique gameplay of the indoor game. Players are not required to own their own futsal balls. Coaches will receive a small batch of balls to use for practices and games. However, a new futsal ball can be purchased during registration for $20.

A final note on player equipment: JEWELRY: No jewelry of any kind, including watches, shall be worn while playing soccer. This includes rings, necklaces, bracelets, earings and other piercings. Simply putting a piece of tape over a piece of metal does almost nothing to prevent possible injury. There are plenty of horrific images available (which we're inclined to not post here!) to illustrate potential damage to oneself or another player, that can be prevented by removing jewelry prior to soccer activities. While some may respond that new piercings can't be taken out otherwise the tissue might close up, this is not the case for the short period of time a player is on the field. If there is a concern of this nature, a parent can help a player replace the piercing as soon as a player is subbed off the field and remove them before going back in. Just like other preventable injuries, no one who has had this happen to themselves would have thought it was possible that it would be a such a concern, until it was. It might be uncomfortable to remove and replace a piercing, but the potential for serious injury is of far more concern.  

Registration Listing

Indoor Soccer Fall 2019

For more information about the Indoor Soccer Fall 2019 season, see our program info page at: http://www.fysasoccer.org/Default.aspx?tabid=907479

PreK

Registration closes on 09/03/2019 at 11:45 PM
Season Dates: 10/07/2019 to 11/23/2019
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$60.00

Kindergarten

Registration closes on 09/03/2019 at 11:45 PM
Season Dates: 09/30/2019 to 11/23/2019
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$110.00

1st-2nd Grade Recreational

Registration closes on 09/03/2019 at 11:45 PM
Season Dates: 09/30/2019 to 11/23/2019
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$110.00

3rd-4th Grade Recreational

Registration closes on 09/03/2019 at 11:45 PM
Season Dates: 09/30/2019 to 11/23/2019
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$115.00

5th-6th Grade Recreational

Registration closes on 09/03/2019 at 11:45 PM
Season Dates: 09/30/2019 to 11/23/2019
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$115.00

Middle School Recreational

Registration closes on 09/03/2019 at 11:45 PM
Season Dates: 09/30/2019 to 11/23/2019
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$115.00

High School Recreational

Registration closes on 09/03/2019 at 11:45 PM
Season Dates: 09/30/2019 to 11/23/2019
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$115.00

Advanced Rec/Competitive Players Born 2006-2012

Registration closes on 09/03/2019 at 11:45 PM
Season Dates: 09/30/2019 to 11/23/2019
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$120.00

Team Personnel Listing

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Indoor Soccer Fall 2019

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