Registration FAQs

REGISTRATION - Frequently Asked Questions

Waldorf SC Registrar - Darnell Woodward Email: registrar@waldorfsoccer.com

* How old does my child have to be?

The youngest the Club will enroll is 3 years old (Kiddie Kicks Program) and the oldest 18 years of age.

* What age group does my child belong in?

All age groups are listed on the Waldorf SC website during the registration period.  Your child will be placed on a team within their age group.  A player may not play in a younger age group regardless of physical size or experience.  On rare occasions, a player may "play up" an age group.  However, this is not normal and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the Waldorf SC Executive Board and the Director of Coaching.

 

* What age groups do you currently offer and what are the birth date ranges for them?

Age Group Divisions and Required Birth Date Ranges

Kiddie Kicks (1/1/2012 to 6/30/2013 Birth Years)

U6 Junior Academy (1/1/2011 to 12/31/2011 Birth Year)

U8 Junior Academy (1/1/2009 to 12/31/2010 Birth Years)

U10 Rec Girls & Boys (1/1/2007 to 12/31/2008 Birth Years)

U12 Rec Girls & Boys (1/1/2005 to 12/31/2006 Birth Years)

U15 Rec Girls & Boys (1/1/2002 to 12/31/2004 Birth Years)

U19 Rec Girls & Boys (1/1/1999 to 12/31/2001)

 

* When does the Waldorf SC conduct registration?

The Waldorf SC will typically conduct registration for the fall soccer session during the May/June/July timeframe.  Registration for the spring soccer session typically occurs during the December/January/February/March timeframe.

* How much is the registration fee?

The Waldorf SC Registration Fee is currently set at either $85.00, $90.00, or $110.00, depending on the registration date.  Registering earlier in the period will get you a cheaper registration fee.

* What is the best way to register? 

The Waldorf SC operates three processes to register your child(ren) for play.  First, the Club has an online registration system which can be accessed using the tab on the main page of the website.  Second, the Club accepts mail-in registrations.  The instructions for mail-in registration can be found on the downloadable registration form on the website.  Lastly, the Club conducts walk-in registrations.  The location and times/dates of the walk-in registrations can be found on the website.  All three methods have the same guarantee of placement as long as the registration takes place within the registration time period. 

* Can I pay for my child(ren)’s registration using a credit card?

A credit card may be used to pay for registration only in the on-line registration system.  The credit card information must be input by the card holder.  The Waldorf SC also accepts payments in the form of cash, check, or money order via mail or at walk-in registration.

* What is the waitlist?  When should I place my child on the waitlist?  How do I place my child on the waitlist?

The waitlist is a list of potential players that did not register for play during the registration period.  The waitlist is normally opened the day after regular registration ends and remains open through the coaches meeting.  Directions for the waitlist will be posted on the website.  You will register your child using the Club’s registration system and pay the registration fee ($110) and your child will be placed on the waitlist.  Your child(ren)’s position on the waitlist is determined by the date and time of the receipt of registration/payment.  Players will be placed dependent on the requirements of the Waldorf SC.  PLACEMENT ON THE WAITLIST DOES NOT GUARANTEE PLACEMENT ON A TEAM.  If your child(ren) is not placed on a team off of the waitlist for the upcoming season, you will receive a full refund.

* When do sessions/practices start?

Practices for the U10 and above Rec teams will start the week of March 13th. Practices for Kiddie Kicks and U6/U8 Junior Academy will start on or after April 1st.

* Do I need to stay for the practices?

Although it is not mandatory that you stay for the practices, it is highly recommended so you see first-hand what the team is learning as well as see how the players are progressing each practice.

* When do games start?

Game schedules will be provided as we get closer to the April 1st Opening Day.

* What if my child cannot make the practice days, can I request another team?

Please send your request to info@waldorfsoccer.com and we will see what we can do.

* If my child played on a WSC team in the Fall, will they be placed on that team for the Spring?

Yes, unless you request another coach.

* I know a coach.  The coach needs players; can the coach place my child on their team?

NO!  A coach cannot offer your child a place on their team.  The Registrar will process the registration and pass the information to the appropriate Program Director (Boys or Girls) for placement on a team.  The appropriate Program Director is the only individual that can place a child on a team.   Joining a team without following the proper registration process jeopardizes the entire team’s eligibility, as well as compromises the State-provided insurance the Club is required to maintain on each player / Club member.

* How do I get a refund and what is the deadline to request a refund?

Requests for refunds will be made to the Club Treasurer or the Registrar.  Requests may be of the hand-written or electronic variety.  Members requesting a refund must file a request no later than the close of business on the day before the first scheduled game of each session.  Mail-in requests must be post-marked no later than the day before the first scheduled game of each session.

* I haven’t heard from my coach.  What do I do?

Please check the front page of the website for the date of the coaches meeting.  Coaches do not receive the team roster until the coaches meeting.  If the coaches meeting has occurred, please give the coach a week to contact all the players on the team.  You may also access the on-line personnel system (via the link on the homepage) and check your child’s name to see if there is an age group team assigned (i.e. G-U14-1, usually shown in blue).  By clicking this link, a team roster will be shown.  WARNING: TEAM ROSTERS ARE NOT FINALIZED UNTIL THE COACHES MEETING.  Or, if the week has passed, you may contact the appropriate Program Director.

* What does the Club provide?

Your registration fee to the Club provides your child(ren) with a regulation game jersey and game socks.  Examples of other items provided by your registration fee are field fees for both practice and games, referee fees, coaches equipment, and background checks on all head coaches. For a comprehensive explanation of what the fee covers please click here.

* What equipment does my child(ren) need to provide to play soccer?  

Parents must provide shin guards to their children.  Shin guards must be worn at every practice and game.  Parents may provide their children with shorts and/or sweatpants, depending on the weather.  Parents may also wish to provide their children a set of soccer boots (cleats) and a soccer ball (talk with your coach about what the proper size soccer ball is for your age group).  The only mandatory item is the shin guards.  The Club encourages parents to obtain the other equipment listed.  But, knowing how fast children outgrow shoes and clothes, we encourage you to obtain equipment not necessarily at the top-of-the-line.

* Where do we play/practice?

Practices are at various schools and community fields in the area.  You may NOT choose what field your child practices on.  We try to accommodate neighborhoods/nearest schools to the best of our ability, but practice fields are chosen by the volunteer coach and are usually what fits their schedule.  This is one of the few perks we are able to provide our all-volunteer coaching staff.  All U12 and under recreational games are played at the Bryantown Sports Complex on Bryantown Road in Waldorf.

* How/when do I find out what team my child is on?

Your child will be notified what team they are placed on within 2 weeks prior to the first game.  We ask that you allow the coach time to contact all team members (some have upwards of 15 players x 2 parents) before you start contacting other coaches or board members.  We ask that you please refrain from phone calls & e-mail inquiries about team placement until two weeks after the scheduled coaches meeting.   A parent may also go into the on-line personnel system, which will provide a link by the child’s name (usually a team number (i.e. G-U9-1).

* Why is there so much time between the end of registration and season start?

The end of the registration period begins the busiest time of year for the Waldorf SC Executive Board.  The various board members begin the team formation process, finding volunteer coaches, assigning practice fields, building the game schedules and ordering uniforms for the teams.  This takes time.  All members of the Waldorf SC Executive Board are volunteers and work on these processes during their free time.

* Can I request a specific team or coach?

No, the Waldorf SC cannot accept requests for placements on teams.  Our philosophy is each child must be exposed to numerous coaching styles throughout their career.  This will benefit them later in life, when they strike out on their own.  However, a parent may request to not have a certain coach.  This request will be honored. 

* Can I sponsor my child’s team?

Absolutely, we encourage it!!   Please email  info@waldorfsoccer.com to let us know you are interested in sponsoring a team and we will gladly get you the information.

* How do I become a coach?  What if I have no experience?

As a volunteer organization, we are always in need of coaches, assistant coaches, team moms, etc.  During the registration of your child, just annotate that you would like to become a head coach or assistant coach.  We have licensed coaches that will be happy to help you learn the game of soccer.  Our Director of Coaching, a nationally licensed coach and former Division I College Assistant Coach, offers clinics throughout the season and at the coaches meeting.  The Club also maintains a library of instructional books and DVDs which are available to check out.  This is for recreation team coaches.  For travel coaches please review the travel program policy under club policies and directives for applying to be a travel coach.

* What if my child is injured during the season, can I request a refund?

Yes, refund requests must be sent to the club treasurer at treasurer@waldorfsoccer.com for consideration.

* Will the club provide medals or trophies at the end of the season?

The club does not provide medals or trophies at the end of each season.  This is the responsibility of the team coach and parents if they want to purchase and provide them to the team.

* Will there be an end of season party?

It is up to the team if they want to hold an end of the season party.

* Is there a concession stand at the Bryantown Sports Complex and if so, what do they offer?

Yes, the Bryantown Sports Complex has a concession stand that is staffed by Waldorf Soccer Club volunteers or parents from the Travel program.  The stand offers basic foods and drinks such as hotdogs, chips, nachos, pretzels, sodas, sports drinks, coffee, hot chocolate, and of course our most popular item… the snow cone.  If you wish to volunteer, please send an email to info@waldorfsoccer.com.

* Does the Club / team need volunteers?

ALWAYS!!!   Volunteers are the backbone of our Club and what makes the Waldorf SC the great organization that it is.  If you are interested in volunteering please e-mail info@waldorfsoccer.com.

* Can I donate to the club to help offset some costs?

Yes, the club appreciates all donations.  They can be made online by going to www.waldorfsoccer.com and clicking on the Registration/Payments link on the left side or by mailing a check to the club address at P.O. Box 314 Waldorf, MD 20604.

* How do I keep up with information or happenings within the Club?  What if I have an idea or a something that needs further discussion?

As a parent of a player, you are automatically a Waldorf SC member.  We encourage you to bring your ideas or concerns to the Club.  We have two General Membership meetings every year, you will receive an email broadcast directly from the Club website regarding these meetings.  They are also posted on the main page of the Club website and in the website calendar.  If your idea/concern is more urgent, you may send an email to info@waldorfsoccer.com.   We encourage member participation.


More information about each program can be found below.

For Kiddie Kicks…

  • Two sessions will occur each week… one on Monday’s from 6:00pm to 6:45pm and the second on Saturday mornings from 9:00am to 9:45am at the Bryantown Sports Complex.
  • The first session is for Monday, April 3rd, with the last one on Saturday, June 3rd.
  • Inclement weather may cause sessions to be rescheduled or cancelled all together.
  • Bring a water bottle and size 3 soccer ball to each session.
  • Athletic clothing and regular tennis shoes are OK.  Cleats are optional.
  • Shin guards are optional.
  • Each registered kiddie will receive a WSC academy shirt at the first practice and they must wear the academy shirt to practice.

For U6 Junior Academy...

  • Two practices will occur each week… Every Monday and Friday from 6:00pm to 6:45pm at the Bryantown Sports Complex.
  • Games will take place mainly on Saturday’s, with a few on Sunday’s to make up cancelled games.
  • Sessions and Teams will be Coed.
  • Players will receive a team color jersey and assigned a coach for the season.
  • Sessions and Games will be managed by certified coaches.
  • Bring a water bottle and size 3 soccer ball.
  • Soccer cleats are recommended.
  • Shin guards are mandatory.
  • All players must wear their team jersey at each session and game. Black athletic shorts or pants are recommended along with socks that cover the shin guards.

For U8 Junior Academy...

  • Sessions will run every Monday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm at the Bryantown Sports Complex.
  • Sessions and Games will be divided into girls and boys.
  • Players will receive a team color jersey and assigned a coach for the season.
  • Sessions and Games will be managed by certified coaches.
  • Bring a water bottle and size 3 soccer ball.
  • Soccer cleats are recommended.
  • Shin guards are mandatory.
  • All players must wear their team jersey at each session and game. Black athletic shorts or pants are recommended along with socks that cover the shin guards.

U10 & U12 WSC Rec Program...

The U10 and U12 Rec Teams participate in the WSC Rec Program, practicing at local practice fields, playing games against other WSC and La Plata Youth Soccer Association (LPYSA) Rec Teams at the Bryantown Sports Complex in Bryantown, MD and Laurel Springs Regional Park in La Plata, MD.

Here are the details for the Spring 2017 U10 and U12 WSC Rec Season...

  • The Waldorf Soccer Club (WSC) manages the U10 & U12 Rec Programs.
  • Starting in the Fall of 2016, WSC combined the U10 & U12 Rec Program teams with the La Plata Youth Soccer Association (LPYSA) to offer a broader, more enriched season by playing teams outside of the club.  Half of the season games will be played at Bryantown Sports Complex with the other half being played at Laurel Springs Park in La Plata, MD.
  • The Rec coaches will receive their team roster the weekend of March 11th.  Parents and Players should be notified by the coach no later than the weekend of March 18th.
  • Practices are scheduled to start the week of March 13th.  Practice days, times and locations will be provided by the team coach.
  • Games are scheduled to begin on Saturday, April 1st (times TBD), with 8 to 10 games played typically on Saturday's thru June 3rd.  Some games may be played on Sunday afternoons to fit all games in.
  • Team Jerseys and Socks will be provided to the team coaches before the April 1st Opening Day.
  • Teams/Practices/Games will be managed by volunteer coaches.
  • Bring a water bottle and appropriate size 4 soccer ball.
  • Soccer cleats are highly recommended.
  • Shin guards are mandatory.
  • Any color t-shirt, black athletic shorts or pants are recommended for practices along with socks that cover the shin guards.  Please do not wear your team jersey or team socks to practices.

U15 & U19 County Rec Program...

The Waldorf Soccer Club provides recreational soccer teams to participate in the Southern Maryland Youth Soccer League (SMYSL).  The SMYSL is administered by the Charles County Parks and Recreation Division of the Department of Public Facilities.  The league is made up of U14 and older age group teams from Waldorf, La Plata, Bryans Road, Accokeek, Indian Head, and the Southern Maryland Youth Organization, that will compete (home and away) against teams from these cities.

The current birthday range for this program is:

  • U15 Boys or Girls (2002 to 2004 birth years)
  • U19 Boys or Girls (1999 to 2001 birth year)

Here are the details for the Spring 2017 U15 & U19 Rec Programs...

  • The Charles County Parks and Recreation, Southern Maryland Youth Soccer League (SMYSL) manages the U15 & U19 Rec Programs.
  • The Rec coaches received their team roster the weekend of March 11th.  Parents and Players should be notified by the coach no later than the weekend of March 18th. 
  • Practices are scheduled to start as early as the week of March 13th.  Practice days, times and locations will be provided by the team coach.
  • Games are scheduled to begin on Saturday, April 1st with 8 to 10 games played typically on Saturday's thru the last week in October.
  • Team Jerseys and Socks will be provided to the team coaches the week before the first game.
  • Teams/Practices/Games will be managed by volunteer coaches.
  • Bring a water bottle and size 5 soccer ball.
  • Soccer cleats are highly recommended.
  • Shin guards are mandatory.
  • Any color t-shirt, black athletic shorts or pants are recommended for practices along with socks that cover the shin guards.  Please do not wear your team jersey or team socks to practices.

 

"CLICK HERE" for the SMYSL Guidelines for the Spring 2017 Season