LTRC RECREATIONAL SOCCER
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q – When can my child begin playing Clinic Soccer?
A – Participants must be an older 4yr old (5 by Dec. 1 of 2017) to participate in the fall Clinic. Clinic spots are limited and are filled on a first come first served basis. If your first location choice for Clinic is filled please consider selecting another location.
Q – Is Clinic Soccer Co-Ed?
A – No, Clinic Soccer is run with separate boys and girls programs.
Q – Are there practices for Clinic Soccer?
A – Clinic Soccer is held one time per week on Saturdays. Each session will consist of some practice time, basic skill training, and a brief game scrimmage.
CLINIC IS DESIGNED FOR PLAYERS ENTERING KINDERGARTEN OR OLDER PRE-K STUDENTS
BOYS & GIRLS U-8:
Q – How is U-8 different than Clinic?
A – U-8 Teams will practice once per week and play a game each Saturday.
Q – Will Saturday games always be at the same time and location, similar to Clinic?
A – No, U-8 game times and locations can vary week to week. Games are usually played on Saturday mornings.
Q – What are possible practice and game locations for U-8?
A – Orchard Hills Park, Valleyfields North, Timonium ES, Pinewood ES, Lutherville ES, and Ridgely MS are some possible locations.
Q – When does the U-8 season start/end?
A – The regular season will start the Saturday following Soccer Day (usually the first Saturday after Labor Day - Saturday, September 12, 2015) and ends in late October. Playoffs will start in early November and be concluded by the weekend before Thanksgiving. All U-8 teams are guaranteed at least one (1) playoff game.
Q - If I have any additional questions, whom can I direct them to?
A - Mark Lester, Girls LTRC In-House Soccer Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim Forrester, Boys LTRC In-House Soccer Program Coordinator, at email@example.com
Q – Are shin guards mandatory for all players?
A – Yes, all coaches and referees have been instructed not to allow a player to participate in a game or practice unless they have shin guards.
Q – Are soccer cleats mandatory for all players?
A – No, soccer cleats are recommended but are not mandatory.
Q – Does my child get a uniform and soccer ball? What size soccer balls are used by the various age groups?
A – All Clinic players will receive an Adidas jersey and a soccer ball. All other players will receive a full Adidas uniform and a soccer ball. Clinic and U8 plays with a size 3 soccer ball. Under 10 & 12 play with a size 4 soccer ball. Under 14 and Co-Ed (14-18) play with a size 5 soccer ball.
REGISTRATION & FEES:
Q – When and where does registration for Fall soccer take place?
A – LTRC Soccer offers registration for Fall soccer online. Information and links will also be available on the home page of our web site at www.ltrcsoccer.org. Online registration will be open until July 31st. There are a limited number of spots available in all age groups, so register early to ensure that your child will be able to play. If a particular age group is filled when you register, you will be added to our Waiting List and notified if spots become available.
The cost for 2017 Recreation Soccer will be $110 and the cost for Clinic Soccer will be $75. After July 31st, late registrations (for which a $15 charge is added) will be accepted to the extent that openings are available in a particular age group.
Q – What do I do if I have registered online, but when I read my confirmation, I realize I have made a mistake?
A – Send an email explaining what is wrong to firstname.lastname@example.org, and the error will be corrected.
Q – Does LTRC offer any winter indoor soccer programs?
A – Presently, LTRC does not offer any winter indoor soccer programs.
Q – Does LTRC offer any spring soccer programs?
A – LTRC offers a Sunday technical training clinic.
Q – Why do new players have to mail in a copy of their birth certificate?
A – All new players must mail in a valid copy of the players’ birth certificate (or other comparable valid identification such as a passport) so it can be reviewed by the registration volunteers. This is done upon initial entry to the LTRC program, but does not need to be provided for returning players (registered since 2004). If you register online as a returning player, but we do not have a record of your child’s birth certificate, the registration will be rejected.
Q – If my child skipped a year of soccer, but wants to resume playing, can I still register as a returning player?
A – As long as your child has previously presented a copy of his/her birth certificate since 2004 AND we have it recorded in our records, they can register as a returning player.
Q – What leagues are offered for recreational soccer and how do you determine which age group a child plays in?
A – LTRC offers separate boys and girls recreation leagues for Under 8, Under 10, Under 12, Under 14 and Coed 14-18. The age group determination is based on the child’s age as of September 2nd. We have switched our cut off date to coincide with the Baltimore County Age of Entry Chart. Typically clinic=kindergartners and older pre-k students, u-8= 1st and 2nd graders, u-10= 3rd and 4th graders
Q – Can my son or daughter play in an age group higher or lower than the league they would otherwise play in based on their age as of August 1st?
A – LTRC does NOT allow players to participate outside their age group for the recreation or the travel soccer program.
Q – Can my son or daughter request to play on the same team as their friends, or can I request teammates to facilitate car pooling? Can I request a coach that my child had previously?
A – LTRC has close to 2,000 participants in the soccer program. Consistent with our mission statement and program constitution, our goal is to have fun, teach the participants the game of soccer and to establish teams that are roughly equal in skill level. As a result, we cannot accept requests to be teamed with particular players, or to play for a particular coach. Of course, a parent who coaches will have their own child on the team, and siblings who qualify to play in the same age group will be placed together (unless specifically requested otherwise).
SOCCER SEASON - GAMES & PRACTICES:
Q – How many practices and games per week are there with the recreation program?
A – All recreation participants above clinic level will have one weeknight practice and one game per week on Saturday mornings. Coed 14-18 plays games on Saturday mornings, and teams often get together for scrimmages during the week for those who can make it.
Q – When does the season start and end?
A – The season starts for all teams with a scrimmage game on Soccer Day, which is generally the first Saturday after Labor Day weekend. The season usually ends in mid-November after a seven week regular season schedule and a year-end tournament.
Q – When will we be contacted about the team on which my child will play?
A – The teams will be formed in early August and you will hear from your child's coach shortly after. Please do not call or e-mail to inquire at any time, as no information will be available.
Q – What if my child changes his mind about playing after we register, or what if we move prior to the season starting, or my child gets injured?
A – All refund requests must be made via emailto email@example.com. Since we order all of our uniforms and equipment in early July, refund requests must be received by July 1st in order to be accepted. If the request is received by July 1st, your fee will be refunded, net of any online fees LTRC has already paid for the registrant. Refund requests submitted in accordance with the terms above will be processed and paid AFTER all registrations for the Fall season have been processed.
Q – Does LTRC offer or sponsor a referee training program?
A – LTRC does not offer or sponsor a referee training program. We suggest you visit the web site www.marylandsoccer.com.
Q – Where can I find out information about LTRC’s Travel Soccer Program?
A – See the FAQ under the Travel Soccer tab on this web site.