Carlsbad United Fall Recreation Program
Welcome to Carlsbad United Fall Recreational Soccer! Established in 2014, Carlsbad United F.C. is dedicated to providing a fun, safe and community based program. Serving Carlsbad and North San Diego County, it is our mission to offer a program where players have the opportunity to grow while having fun and building a love of the game. We provide unlimited growth opportunities for players of all skill levels. Open to all, our program is overseen by Directors Heather Hilliard and Bradley Green. If you are looking for a place to play, look no further…Carlsbad has become ‘United’ to fulfill every soccer players’ needs!
CARLSBAD UNITED F.C. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
When does registration open? Registration will open on March 1, 2014. All registration is on-line. Please visit our registration page for details and the link to our secure registration system.
When does registration close? Registrations prior to June 1 will be guaranteed placement on a roster. Registrations received after June 1 will be charged a $25 late fee if space is available. If all rosters are full, your child will be placed on a waiting list. Registration will close on July 1.
When will I find out which team my child is on? Coaches will receive their rosters at the Coaches meeting in late July. Your child’s coach will contact you by August 1.
What do I need to buy for practices? Your child will need shin guards, cricket helmets, socks to cover them and soccer cleats.
When do practices start? Team practices will begin during the week of August 18.
When do games begin? Games are played on Saturdays beginning September 6 and ending on November 8. Game schedules will be released in mid to late August.
What info do I need to register my player(s)? If your child played for Carlsbad Wave or Carlsbad Lightning last season, simply register and pay on-line and you are done. If your child is new, you will need to mail a copy of your child’s birth certificate or passport to our office.
Why does your recreational league only play U6, U8, U10, etc.? When signing up online, the registration said my child is a U9 player…will she still be placed on a team? Yes! The online registration tells the “true” Cal South age group of your child. Each division consists of even year teams. For example, U9′s and U10′s both play at the U10 level. U7 and U8 both play at the U8 level, etc. See below for age group break down:
Under 6: U5 and U6 players (4 and 5 year olds as of July 31, 2014)
Under 8: U7 and U8 players (6 and 7 year olds as of July 31, 2014)
Under 10: U9 and U10 players (8 and 9 year olds as of July 31, 2014)
Under 12: U11 and U12 players (10 and 11 year olds as of July 31, 2014)
Under 14: U13 and U14 players (12 and 13 year olds as of July 31, 2014)
Under 16: U15 and U16 players (14 and 15 year olds as of July 31, 2014)
Under 19: U17, U18 & U19 players (16, 17 and 18 as of July 31, 2014)
I would like to be a coach, assistant coach, or team parent. What should I do? First, THANK YOU! Every youth sports program depends on the spirit and energy of volunteers. Every year we need coaches, assistants and team parents. The league depends on parent volunteers to fill these positions. When you register you will have an opportunity to indicate that you are willing to volunteer and please let your division coordinator know that you are interested in coaching. No experience is necessary, we train!
What is required to be a coach? First, we ask that you attend the coaches meeting in July. All requirements for coaching are set by our parent organization, Cal South. All Head and Assistant Coaches must go through the Risk Management (fingerprinting). If you have already been fingerprinted for Carlsbad Wave or Carlsbad Lightning, you do not need to do it again. Coaches are also required to have a coaching license and we offer at least one license class per season. For detailed information, please contact the Director of Recreation.
What is required to be a team parent? The team parent is the liaison between the Coach and other parents. The team parent usually puts the team roster together, assigns the snack schedule, handles Opening day/picture day information and/or plans the “End of the Season Party”. In addition, the coach may make other requests, such as asking the team parent to make a few phone calls reminding parents and players of practice times, game changes, etc. We ask that all team parents attend the team parent meeting that is held in mid-August.
I would like to sponsor my child’s team. Who do I contact? The registration fees do not completely cover the costs of running the soccer league. The league needs team sponsors to help cover the additional cost to run the recreational league. Team sponsorships are $300.00. Please let your coach know that you are interested in sponsoring the team and he/she will provide you with the appropriate forms.
How will I be placed on a team? Considerable effort is made to balance the teams and provide competition that is enjoyable to both players and parents alike. Players are placed on teams using the following criteria:
*Balance between olders and youngers on each team
*Requests to play for a certain coach or with a friend or neighbor
*By school and/or location
How many practices will there be? Each team will typically practice once per week. We have approximately 200 coaches who volunteer each year. Depending on their work or personal schedules, coaches usually pick the best day, time and location that will fit into their schedule. Typically practices last 1 hour.
Can I make a request at sign up? Yes, you may request to play for a certain coach or friend/neighbor.
Can I be on a team with all my friends? We will do our best to honor at least one of your requests. However, we cannot guarantee placement with all of your friends. Our most important goal in making placements is balancing the teams to provide competition that is enjoyable for everyone involved.
Why can’t I choose who I want to be on a team with? Unfortunately, when players and/or parents start choosing teams, the teams can become unbalanced. Volunteer division coordinators spend a tremendous amount of time putting teams together to ensure a positive, successful experience for all players.
How can I help? There are many ways for parents to help. Carlsbad United’s recreational program is run by a large group of volunteers. We invite you to join us for a memorable experience, assuring a great season for our kids. Some volunteer positions start and finish before the season starts, some may last the season, and some positions involve simply one event. Please contact the Director of Recreation if you are interested in volunteering.
What are my responsibilities as a parent? You are responsible for getting your child to practices, games, and other team functions on time (for games, this often means at least 30 minutes prior to game time) and picking up your child promptly afterwards.
Do you have an All Star program? Yes! All Stars for ages U8 through U14 are selected in early November and go on to represent Carlsbad United F.C. at local All Star tournaments in December and January.