FAQs for Parents
1. BE POSITIVE on the sidelines. Fans cheer. Coaches coach.
2. FUN — not winning — is everything.
3. RESPECT the volunteers, especially referees and coaches.
4. No Drop-offs: parents are not permitted to drop off kids for practice and leave.
5. Players must stay with their coach; they cannot leave games or practice without the coach’s permission.
6. Players must wear shin guards to every game and practice.
7. Players may not wear jewelry, earrings, watches, hats with brims, or any type of cast or splint.
8. Show up for games at least 20 minutes early.
9. Help set-up or take down goals if you have the first or last game.
10. Water is all that is necessary at halftime. No snacks until end of game. No snacks on the turf.
1.1. No smoking. No Dogs.
12. No swearing, geez!
WHAT IS THE Fall 2017 SEASON SCHEDULE?
The dates for the FALL 2017 Season are tentative, but we do know the following for certain: Opening Day (meet coach, get uniform, decide team name, parents sign up to VOLUNTEER) will be Saturday, September 9 at Bushwick Inlet Park (BIP). Exact times TBA. Our First Games will be Saturday, September 16.
*Also see Q&A regarding Specific Game Schedules a few Questions below here.
WHEN ARE THE Mandatory PRACTICES?
Practices for U7 and older are MANDATORY. If you cannot commit to regularly taking your child to practice, then please do NOT register them.
We do not know ahead of the season which day your child will practice on. Generally, U7 and U8 practice from 6-7pm, and U10 and above practice from 7-8pm. Your coach will notify you on Opening Day or shortly thereafter. U6 teams practice during the first 30 minutes of their scheduled game hour.
Teams will will practice on Mondays OR Wednesdays at BIP. Please be prepared to practice on either day. The logistics of balancing teams is a tall task as it is, but it becomes nearly impossible when attempting to move players after Opening Day. For that reason, it will be our policy for FALL 2017 to NOT accommodate team switches based on practice night schedule conflicts.
What is the commitment?
Soccer is a team game. It is difficult for a coach to run an effective practice without having full and consistent player attendance, and it is even more difficult for a team to play a game without full player participation. This is one of the reasons why practices for U7 and above are MANDATORY. Coaches will be closely monitoring attendance. If you cannot commit yourself and your child(ren) to making a one-hour practice and a one-hour game every week, then please consider signing them up another season when your schedule allows. There are many eager kids on our waitlist who would love to be playing. Thank you in advance for your consideration and cooperation on this front.
How do I register my son or daughter?
Click on REGISTER YOUR CHILD in the REGISTER tab or click here.
NOTE: You will have to create a NEW User Name and Password for Fall 2017 registration in our new registration platform, Blue Sombrero.
How do I pay?
See Payment Options in the REGISTER tab or click here.
what is the refund policy?
Any time a player drops out of GWYSL, there is a significant disruption to the league -- it can create a real stress from an administrative standpoint, as well as to the chemistry of the team. Consequently, we ask that you sign up your child(ren) ONLY if you are committed to participating in all games and practices.
We ask that you register your child(ren) ONLY if you are committed to having them participate in all games and practices. Please consider scheduling conflicts before registering.
If your circumstances unexpectedly change and you must take your child(ren) out of the league, here is our new refund policy.
* There is NO refund of the annual $17.50 fee. This fee is processed directly with AYSO and cannot be refunded or transferred to another year after it has been processed.
- If you drop prior to the end of registration, July 3, then you will receive a full refund (100%) of the $95/child.
- If you drop after July 3, but before Opening Day, September 9, then you will receive a partial refund (75%).
- If you drop after September 9, and return the uniform(s), then you will receive a partial refund (50%).
MY CHILD IS X YEAR OLD. WHAT DIVISION DOES HE/SHE PLAY IN?
As of Fall 2016, GWYSL adheres to the new age cut-off divisions that are being implemented throughout the world and supported by US Soccer. Rather than the age cut-off being July 31, as in the past, it is now December 31. (See the AGE-DIVISION GUIDE below). Practically, this will mean your child will most likely be in the same age group as his/her classmates. So, kids who are "young for their grade" will be moved up with their classmates, rather than anyone being moved down or held behind in a younger division.
You may find this link to AYSO Birth Year Registration Chart to be helpful, but remember that GWYSL usually does not have U9, U11, U13. Instead, where you see those divisions, plug in the next higher division, e.g. U10, U12, U14.
Age verification will be required for U-5 and U-6 divisions.
AGE-DIVISION GUIDE -- use the following information to match your child's BIRTH YEAR with the DIVISION they will be placed in for the FALL 2017 and SPRING 2018 seasons:
1999 – 2002 : U19
2003 – 2005 : U15
2006 – 2007 : U12
2008 – 2009 : U10
2010 : U8
2011 : U7
2012 : U6
2013 : U5
U5 - This is called the Jamboree. parents are involved with one coach leading the parents. The focus is on fun, and individual skills development. There are no organized games but there is a scrimmage at the end. There are no goalkeepers!
U6 - 1/2 of the time is spent on individual skill development, and 1/2 half of the time is spent on a game of 3 field players per team.
U7 - 5 field players per team, no goal keeper. Saturday is game day at your allotted time. There is one mandatory practice during the week (either Monday or Wednesday night, or as otherwise arranged by the coach).
U8 - 5 field players per team, no goal keeper. Saturday is game day at your allotted time. There is one mandatory practice during the week (either Monday or Wednesday night, or as otherwise arranged by the coach).
U10 - 6 field players per team and one goal keeper per team. Saturday is game day at your allotted time. There is one mandatory practice during the week (either Monday or Wednesday night, or as otherwise arranged by the coach).
WHAT IS MY SON OR DAUGHTER'S SPECIFIC GAME SCHEDULE?
To be updated.
WHERE DO WE GO TO PLAY?
Please note that your field locations may change weekly, but all games will be at McCarren Park or Bushwick Inlet Park (BIP).
WHAT IS THE GWYSL POLICY FOR WEATHER? IS MY CHILD'S GAME STILL ON?
Weather is a factor for our league. The members of the board are required to make judgment calls whether to allow play in the event of inclement weather. Game cancellations are based on a number of factors such as the intensity of the rain and/or wind, actual temperatures, "feels like" temperatures, and conditions on the field.
Like weather forecasters, we don't always get it right, but we try our best. We all want our kids to have fun, and play in a safe environment. We do play in the rain, and kids have a great time doing this, so please don't assume games are cancelled if you see rain.
We will update the website with news about game cancellations 1 hour prior to game time.
Cancellations are made in 2 hour blocks, as set out below:
- Games from 8am-10am start times will be cancelled by 7am Saturday morning.
- Games from 11am-1pm start times will be cancelled by 10am Saturday morning.
- In the event of heavy rain in the forecast, or snow, we will cancel.
- If a block of games are cancelled, they will remain cancelled even if the weather changes.
- We will cancel immediately on the field in the event of lightning or other changing weather conditions.
Cold Weather Guidelines
In the colder weather it’s okay for players to have long sleeves, stockings, or sweatpants underneath but not over their uniforms. Team shirts, shorts, and socks (useful for identification of last to touch the ball) must be visible and worn over any other clothing. Gloves must be all fabric (no hard bits). Close-fitting cloth caps with no bobbles, brims, or dangling strings are permitted. All other hats, hoods or hoodies (worn or unworn), and scarfs are not permitted. Rather than wearing a lot of extra clothing, it’s often preferable for players to have easy on/off clothing available that they can add or remove as they come on or off the pitch.
SAFETY FIRST: PUT YOUR BALL IN YOUR BAG
In the recent past, there was a terribly sad accident where a young boy from an AYSO league in Brooklyn was struck and killed by a car. Though we now have traffic lights just outside the entrance to BIP, vehicles and bikes still pose a risk.
Remind your children, remind your coaches and fellow parents: keep your soccer ball in a bag, not in your hands, and not in your child's hands, until you get to the park. Don't kick it anywhere near Kent Avenue. It's just not safe.
Will someone tell me where to go and what to bring?
Yes. Your coach will reach out to you before the start of the season. You should also login once the schedules are released to see your team. Memorize your division and team number (ie. U8 team 2). Read the equipment section below.
Can my child be placed on the same team as a friend?
Generally, no. We cannot accommodate these kinds of requests unfortunately as there are 700+ children in the league.
When are practices held?
One mandatory practice per week is held for U8 and above, during the week, at Bushwick Inlet Park. The specific practice day and time will be confirmed by your coach.
What ages can play?
Players between the ages of 4 and 18 are eligible to play regardless of where they live. Note U5 players must be 4 by the beginning of the season.
Are there tryouts?
There are no tryouts. Anyone who registers can play, unless we are at our capacity for field space. Read more about AYSO and the philosophy in our "About" section.
Is there any special equipment required?
We will provide a uniform, including jersey, shorts, and socks. Shin guards are mandatory, and go under the socks. Youth shin guards are available on Amazon, Soccer.com or from your local sports store. Absolutely no earrings earrings or taped-over earrings are allowed.
What about cleats? We do not recommend hard cleats, but suggest instead cleats with rubber soles (commonly referred to as turf shoes). Cleats that have hard nubs are made for muddy, soft grass, so that you can dig in and really accelerate around a defender (neither of which applies to our fields in Brooklyn or your eight your old). Buy turf shoes on Soccer.com. The turf at Bushwick Inlet is actually quite hard and is synthetic.
What about water? Bring a water bottle. Lots of it. It's hot in the fall and spring.
What size of ball do I need and where should I get it?
U5, U6, U7, U8 - size 3
U10, U12 - size 4
Buy them on Soccer.com or Amazon.com or at your local sports store.
Where do WE play?
Games are held in Williamsburg. The specific field layout is released here closer to the beginning of the season. There are two field locations, depending on the season. In the spring, games are held at Bushwick Inlet Park only. In the fall, games are held at Bushwick Inlet Park and McCarren Park.
Bushwick Inlet Park
86 Kent Avenue