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Columbia Soccer Association (TN)

Youth

2023 Spring Youth Recreational Outdoor - Birth Years 2019-2005

Registration Opens: 12/15/22
Registration Closes: 1/31/23 11:59 p.m.
Placement to a team after the registration closed date is not guaranteed.

All registrations received after the deadline are considered late and will be placed on the waitlist. There is no charge to be placed on the waitlist. There is no paper registration. You must register online. If you have forgotten your login information, please do not create another account. You will lose all of your player's history.

Cost
$100 Per Player
Late fee $25 (non-refundable, you will only be charged if there is room to place your player on a team after registration closes)

January 31 – Registration Ends

TBA – Coaches Saturday

March 6 – Practice starts for teams with a volunteer coach that has completed all risk management requirements.

Games
March 11
March 18
March 25
April 8
April 15
April 22
May 6

April 1 is Mule Day/Start of Spring Break – No Games

Times and dates are subject to change, please check back for updates. Once volunteer coaches have completed their risk management and received their team packets at Coaches Saturday, then rosters, schedules, will be posted. Coaches will contact parents regarding days and times of practice if applicable to your age group.


Registration

Registration is open for a specified period. We must close registration in a timely manner to allow us time to build teams and divisions. Anyone registering after the close date will be placed on the waiting list for free. If there is room on a team, you will be notified by email. You will then log in and complete your sign-up by paying and submitting. There is a non-refundable late fee on all late registrations. All registrations are online, we do not process paper sign-ups or cash/checks.

Refund Policy

Any request for a refund must be received in writing, prior to the first game of the season (email [email protected] and include the player's full name, birth year, and reason for the request). No refunds will be issued after the first game of the season. A $25 processing fee is applied to all refunds. Late fees are non-refundable. Service fees are also non-refundable.

No refunds will be issued if a minimum of 6 games for an outdoor season or a minimum of 4 games for an indoor season were completed due to events outside our control (weather, field availability, etc.)

Special Requests

Special requests are reviewed, but not guaranteed. Enter your coach and teammate request during registration. No special requests are accepted after registration closes.

Birth Matrix

We follow the US Youth Soccer Birth Matrix to determine divisions. We offer U04 through U18 in our youth recreational program. Divisions are based on birth year.

Recreational Program

The emphasis of the recreational youth program is skill development and fun. All players get to play at least half the game. Game scores are not recorded. Teams are balanced to the best of our ability. Occasionally, players from one team may play on the opposite team if a team is short of players. If your player wants to compete at a higher level, we offer tryouts in our competitive program.

Volunteer Coaches

Each recreational team is led by a volunteer head coach that is a parent or guardian. We ask that you volunteer when registering if possible. All coaches must complete Risk Management requirements (background check, concussion, cardiac and safe sport).

Once the volunteer coach has completed all the risk management requirements, they are eligible to receive their team’s uniforms, rosters, and packet which are distributed on Coach’s Saturday. Coaches choose the days and times for practice if applicable to the age division.

When a team has no volunteer coach, parents or guardians from the team will be asked to volunteer. Practices and games for the team cannot start until a volunteer coach has completed all requirements. No experience is necessary, we have resources to help new coaches.

Practice

Volunteer coaches decide the day and time of practice and will communicate with the team when practice is canceled.  The U04 through U06 divisions generally do not practice. These teams meet at their designated game time each Saturday. CSA Mentors will administer training and games during the team’s allotted game time. A coach for each team is still needed to help organize the team (uniforms, picture day, etc.). Volunteer coaches set the days and times for practice and are responsible for communicating when practices are changed or canceled.

Teams

Once registration closes, we begin building teams. Depending on registration numbers, some divisions, and teams will be COED. Divisions are often combined as well, for instance, odd divisions are combined with even.

Games

Games are usually played on Saturdays starting at 9:00 am. Once the volunteer coach for the team has completed their Risk Management, you will be able to see your game schedule, messaging, and other team details on your account dashboard.

Games are played at Ridley Sports Complex, 6148 Trotwood Ave, Columbia, TN 38401.

Game cancellations will be sent via email to the primary account holder and on our Facebook page.

 
Typical Youth Outdoor Recreational Schedule (Subject to Change, Dates are Approximate)
May
November
JuneFall Registration BeginsDecemberSpring Registration Begins
JulyFall Registration EndsJanuarySpring Registration Ends
August
February
SeptemberFall Season BeginsMarchSpring Season Begins
October
April
NovemberFall Season EndsMaySpring Season Ends





RULES OF THE GAME

The youth recreational league is open to players in the U4 – U18 divisions. Divisions are based on birth year. The soccer year starts in the fall and ends in the spring. To verify the division birth year, refer to the US Youth Soccer Birth Matrix.

The emphasis of the recreational league is FUN. Players get to play at least half of every game regardless of skill level. Game scores are not kept, and teams are balanced to the best of our ability to ensure enjoyable play for everyone. If your player is interested in competitive play, we offer our Arsenal select program. Tryouts are once a year in the fall. For more information on Arsenal, contact our VP of Travel.

Please be aware that odd divisions are usually combined with even divisions. For example, players that register for a U5, U7, U9, U11, or U13 division will actually play in a U6, U8, U10, U12, or U14. Some divisions may be combined into coed teams and have a larger age range. For example, U15, U16, and U17 may be combined with the U18 division. This is all dependent upon registration numbers, division enrollments, and the number of volunteer coaches available. Females that are placed on a Coed team will show as being in Boys, this is due to the way our governing body's software handles teams.

Games are generally played on Saturdays, but sometimes games may be scheduled during the week. U4 - U6 games are administered by our Mentors on Saturdays and generally don't practice during the week. The practice may be one or two days during the week. Practice days and times are determined by coaches. 


How do I know what division my child should be in?
The system automatically places your child in the correct division based on their birth year according to the US Youth Soccer Birth Matrix. You can also determine the division by subtracting your child's birth year from the season-ending year (fall through spring). The new year starts August 1 and ends July 31.
For example, a child born in 2012 playing in the 2019 fall through 2020 spring would be in the U8 division. 
2012-2020=U8
Please note that odd divisions are usually combined with even divisions, such as U7 and U8. Some older divisions with smaller registration numbers may have a larger combination and be coed. For example, U16, U17, and U18 players may be combined into one U18 Coed division in order to have enough players to form teams.  If a female is on a COED team, the system will show it as a boys team due to the way our governing body sorts teams.

Special Requests:

Special requests for a specific coach, player, or team are not guaranteed. Hardships will be taken into consideration regarding travel arrangements for games and practices. Teams are generated each season using software that evenly sorts players based on age and other criteria in order to make games balanced and fair. Occasionally, rec teams may need to be reorganized to make play more even. Coaches decide practice days and times. Practice locations are set by the Field Manager. 

Weather and Illness:
We play in the heat, cold, and rain. Severe weather, lightning, or illness may cause games to be canceled. When 2 or more games are canceled due to weather or other events, we will attempt to make up 1 of the missed games, but due to field and referee availability, games may not be made up. 

Game Location
Ridley Sports Complex
6148 Trotwood Ave, Columbia, TN 38401

When will I know about games, practices, uniforms, and other information?
Coaches meet to receive their rosters, uniforms, practice fields, and other information on Coach’s Saturday. Most practices take place at Dr. Hunter's practice fields located behind his practice and Graymere Church of Christ. We encourage coaches to contact parents as soon as possible after the coach meeting. Coaches set practice times and days. We always need volunteer coaches, please consider volunteering. All volunteers must complete the Risk Management mandates. 

What equipment will my child need?
Your child will be provided a game-day uniform which includes a jersey, shorts, and a pair of socks. The uniform is theirs; they will not have to turn it back in. You will need to purchase shin guards, shoes (soccer cleats), and a soccer ball. Shin guards and shoes are required for both practices and games.

 Ball Sizes
 Age Group Size
 U13 - U18 #5
 U09 - U12 #4
 U04 - U08 #3



Do I have to live in Columbia to register?
We do not restrict registration to Columbia, anyone in Maury or surrounding counties is welcome to register to play in our program. 

When are games and practices?
Recreational games are played on Saturdays. Usually, the younger divisions play earlier and older divisions later. Game times range from 9 am to 3 pm, but this can vary depending on the number of players registered, the number of teams, and other variables. Coaches choose the day and times for practice. Some may practice twice a week. Teams in the U04 and U06 generally do not practice during the week. Mentors administer training and games at the allotted game times.


Columbia Soccer Association (Tennessee)

1116 West 7th Street PMB 248 
Columbia, Tennessee 38401
Phone : 931-325-9274
Email : [email protected]
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