Frequently Asked Questions
When is the soccer season?
Our club plays a fall season (September through November) and a spring season (March through June). Travel teams play a little longer, and may play with only a short break in the winter and a short break in the summer. Many travel teams will participate in a winter league. It’s entirely up to the discretion of the travel coach.
How do I register my child for soccer?
I moved into the area after the Club's registration dates. How do I register/sign up?
Contact the Club Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the cost?
The cost for 2 seasons (fall and spring) is listed below based on the child’s age/level:
- U5 Instructional – $200.00
- U6 Intramural – $300.00
- U7-U8 Intramural – $300.00
- U9-U12 Travel – $400.00
- U13-U17 Travel – $250.00
Reminder – registration fees cover both the Fall and Spring seasons
Payment plans and 3rd child discounts are sometimes available – see the SportsSignUp registration page for details.
What does the U in U5, etc. mean?
The player’s age as of January 1 is Under-5. Here are all the levels and associated birth years as of Fall 2018:
- Instructional: U5 (Birth Year – 2016)
- Intramural: U6 (Birth Year – 2015)
- Intramural: U7/U8 (Birth Year – 2013/2014)
- U9 Boys or Girls – Birth Year 2012
- U10 Boys or Girls – Birth Year 2011
- U11 Boys or Girls – Birth Year 2010
- U12 Boys or Girls – Birth Year 2009
- U13 Boys or Girls – Birth Year 2008
- U14 Boys or Girls – Birth Year 2007
- U15 Boys or Girls – Birth Year 2006
- U16 Boys or Girls – Birth Year 2005
- U17 Boys or Girls – Birth Year 2004
At what age level does your Intramural program start?
The Babylon Soccer Club starts its Intramural Program at the U5 level. U5 refers to Under 5 years old, where the child is under five years old (thus 4 years old) as of January 1 in the year the season starts.
When and where are games played?
The Babylon Soccer Club plays a Fall schedule starting in September followed by a Spring schedule starting in March. All intramural programs (U5, U6 & U7/U8) play on Sundays typically between the hours of 9am and 12pm. The intramural fields are located at the Babylon Memorial School. Check the Fields Page for details.
The Travel program (U9+) plays on Saturdays or Sundays. The inter-league program plays a home/away schedule, where the away games are at other area schools/fields.
How many practices are there per week and where?
U5 practice is incorporated into their Sunday 9am instructional session. All other intramural players (U6, U7 & U8) will practice 1x per week with Maximum Potential trainers. Practices typically last from 45 – 60 minutes depending on the age of the players.
U9 and above practice 2x per week; once with the Maximum Potential trainers and once with their coaches. Practices typically last from 60 – 90 minutes at the discretion of the coach.
Schedules & locations of training will be determined before the start of the season. Please note that many days our practice fields are not available until after 5:30 pm.
What equipment do I need?
Review the equipment and uniform requirements here.
What does my child need to bring to practice?
A ball, soccer cleats (or sneakers if on turf), shin guards and plenty of water.
Do I need soccer shoes or will sneakers be okay?
All players must have cleats when playing on grass fields. For teams that practice or play on turf, players must wear sneakers or non-cleated soccer shoes.
What size ball do you use?
Under-8s and younger play with a size 3 ball. Under-9 through Under-12 play with a size 4 ball. Players Under-13 and up use a size 5 ball.
Can I wear a cast (or earrings, religious medals, eyeglasses)?
The game rules prohibit anything which is dangerous to a player or other players. Referees determine if an item can be worn without being dangerous. We recommend all jewelry (including earrings) to be removed prior to play. Eyeglasses may be worn though we recommend a pair with sport glass so that your child is protected if hit in the face during the game.
Are mouth guards needed?
Injuries to the teeth are so few that insurers do not require them. Many dentists however recommend them, especially if players have braces.
How many players are on a team?
- U5 is co-ed, play 3v3 or 4v4 and are in a single group (no teams)
- U6 is co-ed, play 4v4 and there are usually 8 – 10 players per team
- U7 play 4v4 and there are usually 10 players per team
- U8 play 4v4 and there are usually 10 players per team
- U9 & U10 play 7v7 and have a max roster of 14 players per team
- U11 & U12 play 9v9 and have a max roster of 18 players per team
- U13 and older teams play 11v11
How big is the field?
Field sizes vary by age group. As the child gets older, the field size increases. From U13 onward, they play on a full size field.
I would like to be my child's coach even though the only thing I know about soccer is that the ball is round? (I have unbridled enthusiasm, a thirst for knowledge, a heart of gold and I don't frighten children).
You have all of the qualities that the club is looking for in a coach. Many of our coaches have unbridled enthusiasm but have never played the game. Coaching youth soccer, especially the younger age groups 5 to 10 years of age, does not require a person to have a soccer background, although it is helpful. The club does provide clinics and coaches courses and also tries to pair up coaches with assistants that have knowledge but cannot make the time commitment. Coupled with Maximum Potential trainers, coaches are set up for success no matter their individual level of knowledge or play.
I am unable to make a commitment to be a coach, how else can I help?
Many coaches need assistants to help out at practices and at the games.
Even if you are not the Assistant by title you can still lend assistance to the coach. Help chase down balls during practice. Help set up or break down the goals during the games.
The club is run by volunteers and could use your help throughout the year. Please visit our Help Wanted page for additional volunteer opportunities.
Will my kids play with their friends?
U5 plays together as a group every session.
U6 teams are formed to evenly mix girls and boys on to teams.
Special requests are considered but cannot be guaranteed.
U7 and above players are placed on teams yearly based on player evaluations.
When do I know what team my child is on?
Teams are formed in July with each child being notified by the third week in July.
Does the Soccer Club keep standing and statistics?
No. Our goal is to promote your child’s enjoyment of the game while helping to develop their soccer skills. There is no 1st or last place finish. Every child in the Intramural Program will receive a participation trophy at the end of the spring season. At the younger ages we place a priority on participation and deemphasize results.
We’d like to thank the West Islip Soccer Club for a great FAQ that we borrowed to start our page.