Salem Youth Soccer
PRESCHOOL CO-ED, PRE-K/K AND GRADE 1/2 PROGRAMS
See our Directors Page for specific age group Directors.
Fall 2021 Schedule
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GRADE 1/2 PLAYING DATES & TIMES
Playing Times - Saturday mornings:
Boys: 8:15 - 9:30
Girls: 9:45 - 11:00
Practice Times - Wednesday nights during the season:
Boys: 5:00 - 6:00
Girls: 6:00 - 7:00
Dates of Games: Sept. 11, Sept. 18, Sept. 25, Oct. 2, Oct. 16, Oct. 23, Oct. 30, Nov. 6
Dates of Practice: Sept. 8, Sept. 15, Sept. 22, Sept 29, Oct. 6, Oct. 13, Oct. 20, Oct 27, Nov. 3
No Games on Saturday, October 9th for Holiday Weekend
Pre-K/K PLAYING DATES & TIMES
Playing Times - Sunday:
Girls: 12:30 - 1:30
Boys: 2:00 - 3:00
Dates of Play: Sept. 12, Sept. 19, Sept. 26, Oct. 3, Oct. 17, Oct. 24, Oct. 31, Nov. 7
No Games on Sunday, October 10th for Holiday Weekend
Preschool Co-Ed PLAYING DATES & TIMES
Playing Times - Sunday:
11:30 - 12:15
Dates of Play: Sept. 19, Sept. 26, Oct. 3, Oct. 17, Oct. 24, Oct. 31
No Games on Sunday, October 10th for Holiday Weekend
Q. How old does my child need to be to play soccer?
Age Guidelines for Fall 2021:
Grade 1/2: Attending 1st or 2nd grade and born on/after 01/01/2013
PreK/K: Attending Pre-K (starting Kindergarten Fall 2021, Grade = -1) or Kindergarten (Grade = 0) and born between 01/01/2015 and 07/31/2017
Preschool Co-Ed: Born between 01/01/2017 and 08/31/2018 (Grade= -2 starting K Fall 2023 or Grade = -3 starting K Fall 2024)
When registering, please make sure to enter the correct grade. For Kindergarten, Pre-K and Preschool:
Attending Kindergarten in Fall 2021 = Grade 0
Attending Kindergarten in Fall 2022 = Grade -1
Attending Kindergarten in Fall 2023 = Grade -2
Attending Kindergarten in Fall of 2024 = Grade -3
Children must be at least 3 years old as of August 31st, 2021 to play in Fall 2021.
Q. How does the In-Town program work?
The Preschool Co-Ed program is a 6-week program that will mostly consist of drills and the basic introduction to the sport of soccer.
Preschool Co-Ed will play on Sundays from 11:30 - 12:15
The Pre-K/K program is an 8-week program held one hour each week. Usually, we will have 3 or 4 -7 minute skill sessions followed by 30 minutes of gameplay.
Pre-K/K play on Sundays.
The Grade 1/2 program observes a more traditional structure with one practice during the week and games on the weekend.
Grade 1/2 Practices are held Wednesday evenings:
Boys: Wednesday night @ 5:00-6:00
Girls: Wednesday night @ 6:00-7:00
Grade 1/2 Games are held Saturday mornings.
All games will take place on the LOWER FIELD
Q. Where are the games played?
A. ALL in Town games and practices, Preschool - Grades 1/2 are played at McGrath Field which is located off of Marlborough Rd. In-Town will use the LOWER FIELD for all games/practices.
Q. What equipment do I need for my child?
A. SYS will supply a shirt for new players and a size 3 soccer ball (for new players) when you sign up. Any player that has played SYS and was issued a ball will not receive a new ball. Equipment is distributed the first week of the season so please plan on coming early the first week. This equipment is yours to keep. As a parent, you are asked to provide shin guards for your child. Players can’t play if they do not have shin guards. Jeans are not permitted, players will play in shorts or sweatpants. Also, cleats are recommended but not required to play. We also recommend that you bring a water bottle to each session. Please write the player's name on the water bottle. Please note, you will only receive one new ball from SYS, after that, it is the player's responsibility to supply their own ball. Replacement balls can be purchased through our Online Store.
Q. My child lost his ball. What should I do?
A. You can purchase another ball from a local sporting goods store or purchase one from us. Please be advised that if you purchase one on your own that you get the right size. In-Town players (preschool, Pre K, K, Grade 1, & 2) should use a size 3 ball.
Q. If it’s raining, will someone call me to cancel?
A. No. However, an email will be sent, the website will be updated, our twitter account will reflect a cancelation and our Facebook page will be updated as well. Please make sure you have given an email address to the league Registrar to insure you receive these notifications. Do not expect a phone call on cancelations. You can also check the SYS website, www.witchcitysoccer.org for field conditions.
Q. If my son/daughter is a really good player, can they move up to an older age group?
A. If you are age-appropriate for the In-Town program, you must play In-Town soccer. Additionally, children must play within their appropriate age group within the In-Town program, unless your child is an August birthday, you may request a move up for your child. Please make move up requests to the In Town VP
Q. Can I request my son/daughter be on a team with their friend?
A. Yes. You can make a formal request to the In-Town league director and the director will do his/her best to satisfy it. Please keep in mind we try our best to keep first-year players on one team and more experienced players together. This helps coaches and directors with organizing the teams before the season.
Q. Can I help volunteer as a coach or an assistant?
A. Yes, we are always looking for coaches and assistants. You do not need to be an experienced player to coach at any level. You should be someone who can enjoy spending time with kids. We have a basic 8-week program that we use. Any questions you may have about this program can be answered by the division director. Please see our Coaches Corner for additional information.
Q. Can I help out the league in any way? What about an older son/daughter?
A. Yes. We are always looking for people to step up and help us. Please see our Volunteer Opportunities webpage for details and contact information.
Q. I have multiple kids in the same division; will they be on the same team?
A. All of the children must be in the Age Group in order to be on the same team. If you request that your children be on the same team then yes, they will be. If for some reason as a parent you think it best the children be split up, we will try to accommodate this as well.
Q. My child played a few weeks of the season and no longer wishes to play, what do I do?
A. Notify your child’s coach or Age Group Director as soon as possible. If you would like to request a refund, our refund policy can be found on the Registration page.
Q. My son/daughter has a friend who wants to play but the season has already started, can they sign up once the season has started?
A. No, Once registration is closed, it can not be re-opened. There are no exceptions to this policy.
Q. A holiday falls during the season, will you play that weekend?
A. No. Major holidays do not count as part of the regular season. The PRE K - PRE K-K program will not play that Sunday. However, GRADE 1/2 coaches may consider assembling teams for local tournaments being held that weekend. Tournament participation fees are separate from your child’s registration fee.
Q. Is it okay to smoke while I watch my kids play soccer?
A. No, smoking is not permitted on the fields at any time. If you are observed smoking by a league representative you will be asked to stop.
Q. Can I bring my dog to the field?
A. While we understand that pets also benefit from fresh air, the animal’s presence can be distracting to the children and disruptive to the practice or game. Therefore, we ask that you leave your dog at home. If for some reason this is not possible, the dog must be leashed at all times and you are expected to clean up after the animal.
Q. Will my child get a trophy for playing in the Fall?
A. No, we only distribute trophies to the PRE K - PRE K-K/GRADE 1/2 players in the Spring season. The soccer "Season" is a 2 part structure, starting in the Fall and ending in the Spring, this is why trophies are only given out in the Spring, at the end of the soccer season.
Q. If my child plays in the Fall season only, is the cost of soccer less because they don't receive a trophy?
A. No, the cost of the season is the same regardless of the season they sign up for.