Please review the FAQ and click the link at bottom of page to proceed to register.
Q. What is the Open Draw?
OSC is a member of Kentucky Youth Soccer Association and United States Soccer Association. According to their rules and regulations, all recreational soccer teams must be formed using a blind draw. Players are divided as evenly as possible by birth age (so many juniors and so many senior players. (Depending on how many children are registered). Players’ applications are divided between juniors and seniors and coaches pick blindly from each group. The process always starts with the fall season. In the spring, new players are divided by age and coaches pick blindly to fill any open spots on their teams. New players are divided as evenly as possible among teams with open spots.
Q. Can I request that my child be placed on a certain team?
No. Because we must follow the open draw, we cannot place children on teams. The only children placed on a team are that of the head coach. He can request 1 assistant coach and his/her or child(ren) will be placed on the team also. A coach is limited to one assistant coach each year. (Covers spring and fall season) If a new assistant coach is needed they will need to choose from players parents already on the team.
Q. Can I request a certain practice night?
No. Coaches pick their practice nights based on their schedules and field availability. Some coaches may ask players parents for preferences as to what practice nights would work best but it is the coaches’ choice. It would be impossible to accommodate team selection based on practice night request and remain compliant with KYSA rules and regulations. (OSC has about 150-200 players) The coaches are the ones who get to pick their practice nights, and most of the time this is done after the draw.
Q. Can I receive a refund if my child signs up and than does not play? (Did not get practice nights desired, conflicts with other activities, child changed their mind)
A refund may be given for a child who is registered and than withdraws only if it is done before draw night. OSC is unable to provide refunds once a child is placed on a team. By that time uniforms have been ordered and administrative task have been completed. A child that is withdrawn after being assigned to a team may request and receive their uniform since it has already been ordered and paid for. OSC does not mail the uniforms. Arrangements need to be made to pick it up. Sometimes exceptions are made or a voucher for the next season is given for players who receives an injury or new illness that does not allow them to play. This is considered on an individual bases and at the discretion of OSC Board members.
Q. How can I help; I do not know anything about soccer?
Coaching is a very rewarding experience and gives the parent an opportunity to interact with their child(ren) in a unique and special way. Most people that coach recreational soccer know little about the sport when they start. OSC does provide funding for coaches to attend training and other coaching support. Experienced coaches are available to help them when asked. If you are interested in coaching or assisting please contact any of the board members. Background checks are done on all OSC coaches
Q. How many nights a week do you practice?
The coaches develop their own practice schedule. Usually, U-6 age group practices one night a week with a game on Saturday. U-8 to U16 age groups usually practice two nights a week with a game on Saturday or Sunday. Some coaches may add additional practice days as the season goes along. This is sometimes done to prepare for state tournament.
Q. How many games do you play and when?
There are eight regular season games played on Saturday or Sunday. Most games are on Saturday. Four games will be at OSC home field and four games at other soccer clubs in the area. Schedules are not usually available until one or two weeks prior to the first game. There is the JCYSL tournament during the season and the KYSA State Tournament at the end of the season. OSC host a U-8 Tournament. You will receive further information from your child’s coach during the season.
Q. What equipment do we need?
Shin guards are mandatory for all practices and games. Cleated soccer shoes are needed if play will be on wet, muddy, or soft surfaces. For very young players sneakers will probably do fine. Older age groups should probably wear cleats.
Q. What about a uniform?
Each child receives a full uniform of shirt, socks and shorts every fall, including U6. They receive a jersey with their one time payment of $15.00. They will wear the same uniform the spring season. This is paid for out of your fees.
Q. What else does my fees cover?
Your registrations fee pays for the organizational cost of running OSC. These cost include, but are not limited to the following: McNeely South Park land lease from Metro Parks, electricity, Kentucky Youth Soccer Association fees (a Player fee and an insurance fee.), Jefferson County Youth Soccer League fees; Referee cost, coaches support cost, Tournament cost. All soccer equipment is provided by and maintained by the club such as goals, nets, corner flags, and benches. Keeping the fields maintained is a large part of the expense of the club such as cutting grass, gas, mower repair, grass seed, and the list goes on. The volunteers who run the club are not paid for their time.
I have Insurance! The insurance (which is through UOSC) is secondary coverage that may cover the cost of your deductible. If your child is injured during a game or practice, contact your age group commissioner immediately. There are forms that you, the coach and possibly the referee will need to fill out to get the process started.
Q. What do I bring to practice?
A ball, soccer shoes, shin guards and plenty of water.
Q. What size of ball?
U6 & U8 use a size #3, U10-12 a size #4, all players U14 through adult play with a size #5.
Q. How much playing time does my child receive?
Every child in recreational soccer gets one-half of a game playing time. However, if you are late to a game, that time could be deducted from your child’s playing time; or, if your child regularly misses practices. That is up to the discretion of the coach. If you feel at any time that your child is not receiving his/her share of playing time, talk with your child’s coach about your concerns. If you are not satisfied bring your concerns to the president or vice-president of the club. Remember, you signed your child up to play soccer – a team sport – if your child does not attend regular practice or is late to games, it is not fair to the others.
Q. What if it is raining?
Soccer is played in the rain, cold, sleet and snow, but never during a thunderstorm. A referee is the only one that can call the game. If it starts to thunder during a game, the referee usually will stop the game for 10 to 15 minutes to see if it stops. If not, he will probably call the game. If it is thundering before you leave to go to a game, contact your coach to see if your game has been cancelled. If you can’t reach anyone, you should probably go to the field – it might not be raining there. Always make sure the coach has every number you can be reached at in case a practice or a game needs to be cancelled for any reason.
Q. What can I ware during games?
The referrers are responsible for assuring players do not ware anything that can disrupt the game or injure the players. There is no jewelry allowed. This includes earrings. It is not advisable to get ears pierced during the season since you will be required to remove them for the game. There are no exceptions made for religious medals and the like. Eyeglasses are allowed if prescription. It is best to have a strap to hold them secure. It is advisable to get sport goggles. Mouth guards are not mandatory but a good idea especially if the player has braces. No hats, no hooded sweatshirts unless the hood is tucked in under the soccer jersey. If a player has a cast it must be well padded (with egg-foam) and it remains the referee’s decision to allow or not. The Laws of the Game (a copy of which can be purchased at any soccer store) prohibit anything, which is dangerous to a player or other players. Referees determine if an item can be worn without being dangerous. These same rules should be followed during practice.
Q. How can I get information about coaching license courses?
Contact either the OSC Director of Coaching – firstname.lastname@example.org- Kentucky Youth Soccer Association – www.kysoccer.org or www.us-soccer.com for information about the different coaching clinics that are offered.
Q. Do you use certified referees?
Yes. OSC uses certified referees. A lot of our referees are young (You can become a referee at 13. We always ask that parents remember that these are young adults and that refereeing any sport is not easy and mistakes are made. Please try to refrain from making comments about calls regardless of the age of the referee. If you are interested in becoming a referee, please contact Patrick Kastelhun, referee coordinator for OSC. We always need referees, especially adult (male or female). This is an excellent way to learn the rules and really understand the game (then when you are screaming handball – handball and the referee does not call it, you will know why). We also pay our referees.
Q. Where can I find out more about soccer?
We have provided links to soccer web sites on our links page. You can also find lots of books at either bookstores or soccer specialty stores, along with videotapes that will explain the game. We encourage all parents, especially if their children like the sport, to find out more about the game.
Q. I would like to become more involved. What can I do?
Volunteers run Okolona Soccer Club. All members are expected to volunteer (help) on some level to assure a successful soccer season. When you sign your child up to play you are also signing yourself up. Without the dedication and hard work of these volunteers and membership help this club would not exist. There are positions on the board, committee chair and committee positions that are available. You can always find something that matches your interest, abilities and time. A good way to start volunteering is being the team manager for your child’s team. This parent helps the coach with organizational issues such as snacks, picture day and tournaments. Gathering stray balls during practice and helping pick up equipment is a great way to help. Help is always needed with field maintaince, special projects, concession, tournament tasks and sponsorship. Contact any board member or let your coach know.