Q. When is registration for the 2018 summer season?
PRE-REGISTRATION for returning 2017 players ONLY begins the week of January 22nd, 2018 at noon, and can be done through our registration portal here. As in years past, registration is on-line only. The dates/times are as follows:
Monday, January 22nd at noon – 11/12 Division (born 2007/2006) and 15/16/17 Division (born 2003/2002/2001)
Tuesday, January 23rd at noon – 5 and 6 Divisions (born 2013/2012)
Wednesday, January 24th at noon – 7 and 8 Divisions (born 2011/2010)
Thursday, January 25th at noon – 9/10 Division (born 2009/2008) and 13/14 Division (born 2005/2004)
**Please note there is no pre-registration for the 4 Division – all spots will be filled through the open registration process.
OPEN REGISTRATION for new players to the league begins the week of January 29th, 2018 at noon, and can be done through our registration portal here. (Registration can only be done on-line.) The dates/times are as follows:
Monday, January 29th at noon – 4 Division (born 2014) and 11/12 Division (born 2007/2006) and 15/16/17 Division (born 2003/2002/2001)
Tuesday, January 30th at noon – 5 and 6 Divisions (born 2013/2012)
Wednesday, January 31st at noon – 7 and 8 Divisions (born 2011/2010)
Thursday, February 1st at noon – 9/10 Division (born 2009/2008) and 13/14 Division (born 2005/2004)
NEW PARENTS to the league: Prior to registering your child, you will need to create a username/password and member/player profile(s) in the registration portal. Here’s how to do it:
- Click here to set up your new profile.
- On the left hand-side, fill in the 4 requested fields and click ‘Create Account’ (this info can be of the primary adult contact in your family).
- Complete all fields for ‘Primary Contact Details’ and click ‘next’.
- At this stage, you will now create a profile for each player in your family, by clicking ‘Create New Player’. (This section will also allow you to add a second/alternate parent contact to your profile – e.g. your spouse – if you so choose, by clicking on ‘Create New Contact’.)
- Once done, you can log out of the system.
- Please note, although there’s a ‘Register This Player’ button, it is currently NOT active and WILL NOT be active until registration opens on your respective dates in January 2018.
Q: What is the cost?
A: The fee per player for 2018 is $150.00. This includes a jersey, shorts, socks, a practice ball and a participation medal in the younger divisions.
Q: What is your Refund Policy?
There will be a $50.00 Administration Fee deducted from any withdrawals before March 31st. After April 1st, the fee goes up to $75.00.
Q: What if my chosen Division is full?
Once a division is full, applicants will be put on a waitlist (up to a maximum of 20 players). There is no charge for a waitlist registration. If a spot opens up during the season, players on the waitlist will be informed and payment will be finalized at that time.
Q: When does the season begin?
A: The season generally runs from the first week of June to the beginning of September depending on our permits supplied by the City of Toronto’s Department of Parks and Recreation. Each Division from ages 4-12 starts with a practice from 6:30 to 7:00, followed by a game. The 13/14 Division does not have practice time on game night. The 15/16/17 Division will start mid May and runs until the end of September.
Q: How do I get to my child to play with a particular friend or sibling?
A: All players must play in their proper age-group Division and are assigned to teams at the discretion of the League. A coach’s or sponsor’s child is automatically assigned to their parent’s team. Players are automatically placed on the same team as their sibling, if they are in the same Division (unless a parent specifically requests otherwise during Registration).
***We can only honour reciprocal requests for friends (i.e. Johnny must ask for Nadia and Nadia must ask for Johnny). Only one friend request per player is allowed. We will do our best, but do not guarantee any requests.
A great deal of effort is taken by the League to form teams that are balanced for player skills, age and gender in order to provide a healthy recreational competitive environment. In past years when the League was smaller we did our best to accommodate special requests from players to be placed on the same team with friends for companionship or carpooling. Unfortunately it has now become administratively impossible to juggle all the variables of skills, gender, age, Coach and sponsor children etc. in forming skill-balanced competitive teams at the same time as accommodating numerous special requests.
Players usually form new friendships very quickly on their teams. Coaches have Team Rosters showing the names, phones and addresses of the team — from which you can certainly find somebody to carpool with. On the other hand, if we have made a genuine MISTAKE in your team assignment (wrong age group, siblings not together) please let the League know this immediately.
Q: What age can they start? What night do they play?
A: We can accommodate players in the following Divisions:
4 Division – born 2014 – Monday nights
5 Division – born 2013 – Tuesday nights
6 Division – born 2012 – Tuesday nights
7 Division – born 2011 – Wednesday nights
8 Division – born 2010 – Wednesday nights
9/10 Division – born 2009/2008 – Thursday nights
11/12 Division – born 2007/2006 – Monday nights
13/14 Division – born 2005/2004 – Thursday nights
15/16/17 Division – born 2003/2002/2001 – Friday nights. Please note that this division does not have set teams, but is run as an organized, 2 hour pick up game, with referees.
Q: What about indoor soccer?
A: Presently, BCSL does not offer indoor soccer.
Q: What size ball do they play with?
A: The kids play with balls appropriate to their foot size. A child playing with a ball too large can have difficulties that they wouldn’t have had, if they had the correct size.
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Q: What equipment does my child need?
A: Each player receives a full uniform and ball. Shin guards must be purchased separately and are mandatory for all games and practices.Soccer shoes improve traction and may prevent injuries. The League highly recommends that all players (except the 4 Division) wear soccer shoes to help with their footing on the grass.
Q: How do I become a Coach?
A: Coaches are all volunteers. BCSL will help educate you in the game of soccer with several soccer clinics conducted by our Director of Operations and professional coaches. The easiest way to become a Coach is to sign up when you are registering your child. We will contact you to talk about coaching once we start to form teams. You can also email us firstname.lastname@example.org. New coaches must also mail in a completed Police Reference Check form, available to download here. Please note that the PRC must be printed on legal size paper (8.5 x 14).
Q: Does my child need playing experience?
A: We accept children of all playing abilities. As this is a recreational league, emphasis is placed on fun and learning soccer.
Q: What happens if it rains?
A: Since the season is so short and doesn’t allow for make-up days, games will go on even if it is raining, unless there is an electrical storm. During heavy rainfall, the referee may choose to delay the game for 15 minutes or so to see if the rain lightens at all. Please check our rain blog or call the rain-out hotline after 5pm on game day at 416-435-0469 for the latest information on the status of games.
Q: Who is responsible for the behaviour of the spectators?
A: The Coach is responsible for the behaviour of the parents, players and spectators. Please refer to our Code of Conduct for parents and spectators here, or our Code of Conduct for Coaches here.
Q: My child’s uniform doesn’t fit properly. What can I do?
A: The Coach receives a wide range of uniform sizes, and the League requests that the Coach hand out uniforms according to the player’s size and not on the numbers the player requests. In the event that an alternate size is still required, the Coach should contact the League office. We err on the side of jerseys being too large.
Q: My child is going to be away for a few weeks – should I tell someone?
A: You should let your Coach know if your child won’t be there for any game, so s/he can properly prepare for that week’s game.
Q: When and why does the League do team balancing?
A: The objective of the House League program is for each and every player to have an equal opportunity to participate and have fun while playing the game of soccer. The abilities of house league players are wide ranging, and team balancing is required to ensure that each team has an equal number of players with wide ranging abilities. The League will make every attempt to finalize team balancing prior to the first game of the season; however, if teams continue to be significantly imbalanced, the League will conduct team rebalancing after the first few games of the season.
Q: The Coach doesn’t play my child enough. What can I do about it?
A: The policy for the House League program is that all players should receive an equal amount of the total on-field playing time, no matter the skill level or ability of the player. If you feel your Coach is not following this policy, contact our Director of Operations, Michael Teversham (416-435-0469) or e-mail us at email@example.com.
Q: I want to lodge a complaint about the field conditions. Who do l contact?
A: The City of Toronto is responsible for the field conditions. When there are problems with the fields, the League normally contacts the City and the problem is quickly resolved.
Q: I have lost my practice ball. Can I get a replacement?
A: The League normally has extra balls in inventory, and for a nominal fee, the League can replace any lost balls. Visit the Field Manager on duty at the shed at Pantry Park or Woodbine Field during game times.
Q: No referee showed up for our game. What should be done?
A: The League Referee Coordinator assigns referees for every scheduled game; however, sometimes, due to unforeseen circumstances, a referee is unable to make the game. If our Referee Co-ordinator is notified of a referee’s unavailability, they try to reassign the game, but a substitute cannot always be found. If no referee shows up, the home Coach shall referee the first half, and the visiting Coach shall referee the second half.
Q: In my opinion, the referee made a really bad call. What can I do about it?
A: The referee is often closer to the action on the field than the spectators, which gives him or her a different perspective. Also, the spectators have the entire field in front of them, whereas the referee only sees what is in front of him or her. All League referees do attend a yearly training course to familiarize themselves with the rules and how to interpret them on the field. The decision of the referee is final and cannot be appealed, but Coaches may call the Director of Officiating to discuss the situation with him. In any case, no parent, spectator, player or Coach shall shout, confront, or abuse a referee for any call.
Q: The other team does not have enough players to field a team. What should we do?
A: In the event that one team has less than the required number of players, the opposing team shall field the same number of players in the spirit of the game or lend some of their players to the other team. If numbers are low for each team the field can be shortened accordingly.
Q: Where do I receive the League participation medal?
A: All house league trophies for players ages 4 – 12 are distributed at the last game of the season. Coaches will provide parents with further details closer to the date. If you are unable to attend on the day, you may make arrangements to pick up your trophy from your Coach.
Q: My child wants to try out for a rep team. Whom do I contact?
A: We do not offer a rep team at this time.
Q: How do I volunteer for the League?
A: The League always welcomes volunteers. For further information, please contact the League office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: How come no one answers my phone calls?
A: We will return your call as soon as possible. As our office staff is available part-time, you may have to wait a day or so to hear back. For a fast response time please send an email to email@example.com.