Frequently Asked Questions
Everything you wanted to know about Coral Springs Youth Soccer but did not know who to ask.
We run separate divisions for boys and girls, and have separate divisions based on age groupings. See our registration page for the current breakdown. Each team has between 1 or 2 volunteer coaches, usually parents, who receive various training courses provided by CSYS. For 2013-2014 we had 240 teams, over 500 coaches and held over 1800 games.
Click here to see our current season calendar. CSYS is able to get field space when the football season ends around mid-November. Practices usually start about 10 days before Thanksgiving. After a couple of weeks of practices, weekend games begin. We break during the holiday period at the end of December and begin again when school starts after New Years.
For the 5-8 year olds, the season continues with games each weekend until the end of February. On the final day all of the players receive trophies and other awards.
For the older players, the regular season ends about mid-February. At this time ALL of the teams go into the Soccer Bowl, a tournament, which becomes a short second season. During this 3-week period, we play games every day of the week without practices. Teams will have anywhere from 3 to 7 games during this period depending upon their ability to advance in the tournament. The season ends on the first Saturday in March with the final Soccer Bowl games and awards for all league players.
With baseball starting up in March, we lose many of our fields and thus our season must come to a close.
To sign-up for the CSYS program, you need to visit one of our registration sessions. We have two; one just after school starts, and the other in September on the Saturday after Labor Day. In 2014 the dates are August 23rd and September 13th. See the registration page for times and locations. A late registration opportunity, with $10 late fee, will be held on September 20th.
On-line registration is also available, with payment via credit cards or PayPal accounts. See the registration page for details.
In-person registration is easy and fast if you come prepared:
All registrants must provide proof of Coral Springs residency at each registration. A utility bill is recommended. Non-residents wishing to sign up may do so provided they purchase a City of Coral Springs Non-Resident Sports Participation Card and present it at the registration. These non-resident cards may by obtained by calling the city recreation department at (954) 345-2107.
If you are signing up for the first time, you will need a copy of a birth certificate, passport or other LEGAL document containing the childs date of birth. Returning players do not need this as the information is kept on file in our computer system.
A parent or legal guardian is required to sign the registration form for players under 18 years of age.
A check made out to ‘Coral Springs Youth Soccer’ or ‘CSYS’ in the proper amount (currently $85 for U6/U8 and $95 for all other ages) is suggested. Cash is also acceptable.
(** - The City of Coral Springs requires all participants in city sports leagues to pay a Sports Participation Fee at registration time. The current City of Coral Springs Sports Fee for Soccer is $16 per child, this in addition to the $79 or $69 CSYS collects as our portion of the registration fee. The total collected at registration is thus $95 per child for U10+ and $85 per child for U6/U8. Note that the Sports Fee is a City of Coral Springs requirement and is not associated with Coral Springs Youth Soccer or any other city sports league. We simply are collecting the required Sports Fee for the City and passing directly to them.)
An important part of our program is balanced teams. To accomplish this, we use a rating system for each player. This information is kept on our computer system from year to year. At the end of the season, each coach rates his/her teams players, which helps to rate the player for the coming season.
We dont have this type of input for our new players. Therefore we hold a New Player Ratings day in September for anyone who has not played with CSYS in the past two seasons, except those in the U6 program. This is usually the 3rd full weekend in September; in 2014 it will be held on September 20th. New players ratings are held on the soccer fields behind the Gymnasium at Mullins Park. Further information will be provided at the registration..
Ratings take about 20-30 minutes. The players should wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Soccer cleats and shin-guards are NOT required for this session. You do not need to bring your own ball.
New players in the U6 program (born after 7/31/2008) need not attend the 'New Player Ratings' day.
You have signed up, and if you are new, you have attended ratings. When will I hear something?
We are very busy during October and early November organizing the teams, coaches, practice schedules, etc. In early to mid November we hold a packet distribution session for the coaches. At that time the coaches are given the names and phone numbers of each player on their team. It is then their duty to call each one as soon as possible.
As much as wed like to give you information sooner, we just cant. With 3000+ players, we cannot call each one or talk to all of you to let you know what is happening. So we ask you to be patient and wait for the coachs call. You can also look up your team information on our web site at the Team Information page. But if you havent heard from anyone by November 16, its probably a good idea to give us a call and we will try and help you.
We do suggest you use this time to get your equipment (soccer cleats, shin-guards, etc.). If you wait until the teams are called, you and all of your friends, neighbors, etc. will all hit the sporting goods stores at the same time, and they may be out of what you want.
We use the information obtained from the two primary registrations to determine the number of teams in each age group and division. If you move into the city just before the season starts, or just plain forget about registration, we are USUALLY able to accommodate you on a space-available basis. However
The CSYS registration portion of the total fee provides you with the following:
You will need to get the following on your own:
CSYS sells balls and shin-guards at our registrations and new player ratings session. We sell just above wholesale prices so they are pretty good deals. Of course all of the above can be obtained at sporting goods stores in the malls or other locations.
The format for practices and games is geared to the Age Grouping of the player. If youre not sure what category a player is in, see the table on the Registration Page. Please note that the information listed below is what we have being doing in the past, and it may change from year to year. Were always trying to improve our program!
The minimum required time shall be two-thirds of the game for "U19", "U16" and "U15" games. For all other age groups, each player shall play a minimum 1/2 of the game, and in addition, no player may play 4 quarters unless all other players have played 3 quarters of the game.
Stated more simply, in the U14 and younger, generally everyone must play at least 3 quarters in all games unless there are too many players at the game. But in this case, no one may play the entire game. If you feel a coach is not handling this issue correctly, please contact a Director as soon as convenient.
We have a hard rule (without exception) that no external jewelry can be worn at any time during any game, no matter how protected. The only exception is medical bracelets or similar emergency items.
This means the earrings or stubs may never be worn, even if covered by bandages, padding, etc. So we suggest that if you are planning on getting your child's ear pierced, you do it before or after the soccer season to avoid disappointment at game time.
Occasionally it does get cold, even here in sunny south Florida. Parents frequently question how to keep their child warm and still play the game. The general guidelines are simple a) We almost always play if it is cold. Unless it is raining the games are played. b) Warm weather attire is permitted and suggested for players and referees as long as it is worn UNDER the primary uniform. Thus a jacket or sweatshirt under the jersey, and/or long pants under the uniform shorts is permitted and recommended!
Because we operate on a pretty tight budget, once we set up the season, order uniforms, etc. we just cant give out refunds under any circumstances. So our policy is as follows:
To get a refund, you need to drop a written request in the mail or send us an email indicating the player to which the refund applies, the parent to whom the check should be written, and the address to where the check should be mailed. Depending upon the time of year it may take us 6-8 weeks to get the refund into your hands.
Mail the request to:
Coral Springs Youth Soccer
We wish we could accommodate all of your requests to be with your friends/neighbors etc. We, too, have busy lives and understand the importance of car-pooling. But with the number of players, teams, etc. we support in this league, its just not possible to handle them. Besides, its great for the players to get out and make new friends each season.
Also, CSYS firmly believes in fair, balanced teams, and we have found that teams with multiple players who know each other or who have played together before can really dominate a division. So we have established a team makeup policy that pretty much regulates who gets to play with who, a portion of which is listed below:
We realize that soccer is just one of many activities our children are involved with. We also realize that soccer is not necessarily the most important. And we understand why you tell us that my child cannot practice on such-and-such a day due to religious school. But we have over 3100 players, and if we had to adjust each of the players requested practice schedules to those of specific teams, when the practice times are picked by the coaches rather than our league and may change up until the day practices start Well, we just cant do that.
So when the coach calls up and gives you the practice days and times, and you find there is a conflict, we will try and help out a bit:
Its very important for us to have your phone number and address when the season starts so that the coach can get in touch with you to let you know which team(s) you are on. So if you move or change phone numbers after sign-ups, please send us an email, give us a call at (954) 341-6391 or drop a note in the mail to:
The Directors of CSYS could never run the entire program without the help of hundreds of volunteers in various capacities. So if you have any interest in helping out, even in the smallest ways, we could use it in any of the following:
Sponsors - We strive to have a sponsor for each of our approximately 260 teams. We never quite make it, so we’re always looking for more. Sponsorship costs $295 for one team, however we offer an early payment discount (prior to September 22) of $285. Special discounts are available for multiple teams - check out our Sponsor Page for details. The team gets the sponsor name printed on it, and the sponsor receives a nice picture-plaque at the end of the season. In addition, periodic publicity recognizes the team (sponsor) name.
Referees - While most of our referees are teens (we start at 14 years of age), we are especially in need of older referees, particularly college age or higher, to referee some of our older matches. If just takes some knowledge of the game and interest in helping out. Referees are also paid for each game they do.
Coaches - We are always looking for more coaches. While we often have enough in a few of the older age groups, we are always short in the youngest (U6 & U8). At this age, you dont have to be a Pele to teach the game, just a willingness to work with kids and a little time to do it. We provide both basic and advanced training courses to get you started. Its a great way to spend a little extra time with your children and have fun doing it.
Team Parents - Most coaches appreciate a Team Parent to help organize some of the things that make a team. This could be as little as making sure drinks make it to each game, calling the team for cancelled practices, or much more if desired/needed. Just let your coach know at the beginning of the season when you first get together.
Most of the traveling teams (Coral Spring United FC and other area teams) have tryouts in early summer. This is normally before the CSYS Registrations.
Transfers between the traveling clubs and CSYS are NOT AUTOMATIC. So,
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