OUR LADY OF VISITATION SOCCER PROGRAM INFORMATION
Visitation Soccer News 2021-2022 School Year
Updated 07 Sept 2021
Welcome to Visitation Soccer Homepage!
Coordinator: Nic Carmasino
Additional Coordinators: Dana Vetter, Justin Post
Equipment Coordinator: Steve Gillock
Field Coordinator: Jason Huber
Lollipop Coordinator: Lindsey Krause
Contact information with additional questions or concerns: [email protected] or [email protected]
Team coaches and volunteers are requested at signup. Each coach and assistant coach is required to be SafeParish (formerly Virtus) trained and complete the following: Background Check, Concussion Course, Safe Sport, and sign a Code of Conduct.
The Visitation Viking Soccer Program strives to balance learning the fundamentals of soccer, having a positive experience and winning in a Christian environment.
We participate in the WCSA league which falls under SAY Soccer which falls under US Soccer. The surrounding Catholic schools also participate under WCSA. The playing guidelines are dictated by the WCSA league guidelines. Some guidelines, and not limited to, require all players on a roster to play for half of the time they are present at a league soccer game. The Visitation Soccer program works hard to get as much meaningful playing time for their players as we can by making it a priority at all levels. Our participation as of last year exceeds 400+ children; support our vision to making playing time a priority for each child.
Sign Ups: Mid-March through May 31st – Cost $85 (K through 8th) Lollipop is $25.
First Practice: Beginning of August
(Coach will contact player parents a few weeks prior to first practice)
Soccer Blue/Orange Event: TBD (has been the Friday of the week school starts) This is the opening kickoff event for all soccer families. Each team will play in a short friendly match against another team in the same age bracket.
Season Games Begin: end August **Note each team may have a weekday game during the course of the season in order to get all the league games in a timely manner.
Information Regarding the program this year:
1. Uniform size given to each child is determined by the size indicated on the signup. Please be sure to sign up with child's correct uniform size.
3. Field Sizes and Number of Players on the field:
o Kickers 11 v 11 on kicker field
o Strikers 9 v 9 on Wings field with wings goals
o Wings 7 v 7 on Passer field with Passer goals
o Passers 7 v7 on Passer field with Passer goals
4. We will be using build out lines for passers and wing levels.
5. There will be NO punting on the wings and passer levels.
6. League is planning for an average of one weekday game for each team this year to allow for all games to be played in a timely manner and to qualify for the state tournament guidelines.
How can I get involved in the soccer program?
First & foremost all volunteers must complete the Archdiocese Virtus program; which includes fingerprinting, back-ground check and attending a training class. If you need additional information you can visit the following website: www.virtus.org/virtus. For VIRTUS questions/issues, contact Laura Hampel at Parish office or [email protected] Additionally, coaches must take a Safe Sport online course and sign a Code of Conduct. There are many ways to be involved with our soccer program. We need volunteers to help with coaching, assisting with field preparation; and helping with equipment inventory. If you are interested in coaching, please sign up on the vacsports.com website when you sign up your child to play soccer.
Can I request my son/daughter be placed on a certain team?
NO! WCSA selects the teams. The only possibility is for a coach and assistant coach to request to volunteer for the same team. This is not a guarantee – if we have more coaches sign up then teams, a selection process will take place. I would encourage families not to fret about "playing with people you know". Joining a soccer team is a great way for the kids to meet new friends and for parents to meet other parents within our parish community.
Does soccer offer try outs?
At this time, we do not offer try outs for soccer. The level of play that we are entered into with WCSA, requires all teams to be auto generated at the WCSA level. In the past we have evaluated entering into a SAY Premier league which would require try outs to play on a premier team. We do not plan to enter any teams in the Premier SAY league at this time.
Where can I find information about our leagues?
Visitation teams play in the WCSA program with other area private and public schools. You can visit http://www.wcsasoccer.com/ to find out league rules, game schedules and field directions.
U.S. Soccer Changes:
SAY Soccer is making some organizational and administrative changes in order to be in more compliance with the new U.S. Soccer Playing Year and Player Development Initiatives. Additionally, in an effort to maintain SAY's two-year age divisions, the SAY National Rules & Referee Committee (SNRRC) has extended the deliberate heading restrictions to include 11-year old players, i.e. all Striker Division (U12) teams and younger.
SAY Soccer Gold and Silver Age Matrices have been established in order to be in compliance with the U.S. Soccer directive regarding the definition of a player's age relative to the playing year. SAY's GOLD MATRIX matches the U.S. Soccer standard that has been mandated to be implemented by the Fall of 2017. Those SAY Areas wishing to stay-the-course with their existing player year definition would use the SILVER MATRIX to establish teams. The SAY GOLD and SILVER Matrices, used in conjunction with the SAY Organizational Rules, are compliant with U.S. Soccer's mandated standards. At this time, Visitation will still operate under the Gold Matrix. If this changes, I will update the site. What this means, Visitation will adhere to the guidelines to create teams by birth year.
Does my SAY League have to make these changes?
Our expectation is that our members will essentially move towards these new U.S. Soccer standards. SAY Soccer has always provided our membership with a reasonable amount of flexibility and, as such, will continue to make every effort to assist you in meeting your needs in conjunction with the new U.S. Soccer standards.
Who is U.S. Soccer and why do we care?
U.S. Soccer is the governing body for soccer in the United States. SAY Soccer and many other youth soccer organizations chose to belong to U.S. Soccer for a variety of reasons including participation in tournaments, hosting tournaments, league interplay, access to grants, a structure to standardize our sport across multiple organizations and more. Many SAY Soccer leagues find U.S. Soccer membership is crucial to their survival, provides legitimacy to their program and offers a level playing field to participate in non-SAY events around the country.