OUR LADY OF VISITATION SOCCER PROGRAM INFORMATION
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.
Team coaches and volunteers are requested at signup. Each coach and assistant coach is required to be VIRTUS trained and complete a concussion course.
Thank you for making Visitation Soccer a great program!
Coordinators: Kim Poff and Molly Huschart
Equipment Coordinator: Steve Gillock
Field Coordinator: Jesse Bruner
Concession Stand Coordinator: (volunteer needed – please contact Kim Poff if interested)
Contact information with additional questions or concerns: [email protected] or [email protected]
Sign Ups: March 1st through May 31st – Cost $85
Late Sign Ups: June 1st through June 6th – Cost $90
First Practice: July 30, 2018
(Coach should contact parents a few weeks prior to let you know which team your child has been placed)
Soccer Blue/Orange Friday August 25, 2018 (5:30PM first set of games begin)
Season Games Begin: end August **Note each team may have one weekday game during the course of the season
Information Regarding the program this year:
1. **Teams will be split up by GRADE this coming fall 2018 season.
2. New uniforms starting for the fall 2018 soccer season. Each child will have to be fitted, if parent wishes (at a time to be determined in the next few months). If you do not come to one of the fitting times, we will order your Childs uniform based on the size you indicated at signup. Each child will get a uniform to keep. It will include a shirt, shorts and socks. This change had to be done as we did not receive all the uniforms back in a timely manner and required rush orders on uniforms. The special t-shirt each child received in the past at the beginning of the year has been retired and has been replaced with the ability to keep the uniform.
3. Strikers WILL REMAIN 11 v 11. This was decided for a number of reasons but primarily due to field availability for a great number of areas.
4. We will NOT be using build out lines.
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 [email protected] There are many ways to be involved with our soccer program. We need volunteers to help with coaching, assisting with field preparation; helping with equipment collection/inventory and concession stand duty. 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.