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Pike Soccer FAQs

Q. What are Pike Soccer’s playing seasons?

A. Pike Soccer follows Georgia Soccer’s guidelines for two playing seasons, Fall (September-November) and Spring (March-May).  

 

Q. When are signups for Pike Soccer?

A. (Fall 2017) The recreation ONLINE signup period is open until July 26, 2017. Those interested can sign up at www.pikesoccer.org.

 

Q. How old does my child have to be to play?

A. UPDATED FOR NEW AGE GUIDELINES -  If a child is three years old, i.e., born in 2014, then they will be eligible to participate.

 

Q. We are new to soccer - What Equipment does my child need?

A. Pike Socer recommends all new players get a soccer ball that is appropriate for their age.  U4, U6 and U8 players use a size 3 ball.  U10 and U12 Rec use a size 4 ball.  U14 Rec and up use a size 5 ball. Coaches have balls that they bring to practice, but players benefit the most when they practice outside of regular training sessions. All players must wear shinguards at all practices and in games. Soccer players should have soccer cleats.  Soccer cleats have no toe cleats.  Please don't send them to practice in tball, baseball/softball or football cleats.  Don't spend a lot of money on cleats until you know your player really enjoys the game.  Young players feet grow so fast - cleats may only last one season!

 

Q. What age groups are used in soccer and how are teams formed?

A. Pike Soccer offers the following age group brackets for recreational soccer:

Under 4 (Appleseeds) - See Appleseeds page <click here>for more information.

Under 6 (U6) Under 8 (U8) Under 10 (U10) Under 12 (U12) Under 14 (U14) Under 16 (U16) Under 19 (U19)

 

Players who register with Pike Soccer in the Fall season will be rostered (“assigned”) to a team based upon their playing age and will normally stay on that ream if they register for the following Spring season.  Players who register for Spring season only will be normally be rostered to a team based on their playing age and vacant spots on the teams in their age group. Teams will be formed in each age group based upon player registrations.  If there are not sufficient numbers in an age group to form a team, then the players’ parents/guardians will be contacted about other options.  If there are enough registered players to form multiple teams in an age group, then Pike Soccer will make every effort to secure a coach for that team.  We want every child who registers to play.

 

Q. What is the cost to play?

A. Pike Soccer charges $45.00 for Appleseeds (U4) {includes a tshirt};  $80.00 per player registration fee PLUS $18.00 uniform fee for U6 and above age groups.  This cost covers a volunteer coach and between 8 and 10 league games, plus league costs, field upkeep and affiliation fees with Georgia Soccer.  The unifrom fee includes a complete uniform kit (home and away jerseys, shorts and socks) See registration page for sibling discount provisions.

 

Q.How is my child assigned to a team?

A.The process for rostering (assigning) a child to a team involves several factors - playing age; experience of the player and hardship requests.  <UPDATED> Here are the age group brackets that Georgia Soccer will use for the 2017-2018 seasonal year based upon the new age guidelines from US Soccer:

 

Appleseeds - PLAYERS BORN IN 2014

Under 6 -  PLAYERS BORN IN 2012 AND 2013

Under 8  - PLAYERS BORN IN 2010 AND 2011

Under 10  - PLAYERS BORN IN 2008 and 2009

Under 12  - PLAYERS BORN IN 2006 AND 2007

Under 14  - PLAYERS BORN IN 2004 AND 2005

Under 16  -  PLAYERS BORN IN 2002 AND 2003

Under 19 - PLAYERS BORN IN 1999 , 2000 and 2001

 

 

Q. When will we know what team our child is on?

A. (Fall 2017) Teams will be formed the first week of August 2017.  The team’s coach will contact you to introduce themselves and to inform you about the first practice.  If you do not hear from a coach, please contact Don Bohensky at donbohensky@pikesoccer.org or Joe Walter at joewalter@pikesoccer.org.

 

Q. How are coaches selected?

A. Pike Soccer is a volunteer-driven organization and encourages parent volunteers to set up and coach!  Many coaches played soccer at some level in their youth and have shown an interest in coaching their children.  Other coaches started out as an interested parent/team manger and decided to give coaching a try.  We could not offer these programs without these dedicated volunteers. Coaches must pass a background check and must show proof of a coaching certification in order to coach for Pike Soccer.  Pike Soccer coaches are required to obtain a “G” certificate from Georgia Soccer to coach U6 and U8 age groups; an “F” Certificate to coach U10 and U12 age groups and a Rec “E” certificate to coach U14 and older age groups.

 

Q. When will practices start?

A. (Fall 2017) Your child/children(s) coaches will determine the practice times and dates.  Practices should begin the week of August 14th, but may vary slightly.  Appleseeds will start the week of September 4th and run the length of the season.

 

Q. When will the season begin?

A. (Fall 2017) The season will begin on September 9, 2017 and should run until around November 11, 2017, about 10 weeks.

 

Q. Can I request a particular coach for my child/children?

A. Pike Soccer will accept a request for a certain coach in a case of a hardship. A hardship would be defined as the players inability to participate if they could not be assigned to a certain team (custody challenges, transportation to practice, etc.) The registration committee will review coach requests.  Requests should be emailed to the registrar: registrar@pikesoccer.org.  Pike Soccer has also adopted a player designation program where a coach may deisgnate a number of players, depending upon the age group, to be on their team for a Fall season.  Pike Soccer believes that a player will develop further when they have exposure to several different coaching styles.

 

Q. Can my child play up an age bracket?

A. There are instances where a child is of exceptional talent and would benefit from the challenges of playing on a larger field with older players (for example a five year old player starting their third season of U6 may benefit from playing up in U8 if the parents and coaches agree.  However, request to play up two age groups (i.e., the same five year old playing on a U10 team) would be strongly discouraged due to the age and player development differences.

If a player who is eight years old or older and shows exceptional talent may wish to participate in the Excel FC Academy/Select Program where they will be training with, and competing against players of similar talent.