FAQS
 

FAQS

Frequently Asked Questions

From fees and registration to game formats, we’ve compiled answers to your most common questions. If you need additional information, or have a question that is not addressed below, please feel free to contact us.

What age can my child start playing?

Klein Soccer Club plays two seasons per year. A fall season and a spring season, your child must 3 years old and approaching 4 years old to play in our youngest age division – Under 4 (U4).

When will practice be held?

Practice days and times are set by the coach. In the fall, before daylight savings time, most practices are held in the evening after work. In the spring season, we make our best efforts to hold practice before dusk.

How much does it cost to sign up?

The early registration fee is $140 and ends August 31, 2015 for the fall season. Late registration is $150 and ends September 7th, 2015. By registering, your child receives a full uniform (shirt, socks and shorts). If your child plays in the U4 age group, the registration fee also includes a pair of shin guards and a soccer ball.

What is the online registration convenience fee?

The software vendor we use to process online registrations, Affinity, adds a convenience fee to your total, if you pay by credit card. This fee goes directly to Affinity; we do not receive any portion of it. There is no additional fee if you pay by check (mail or drop off), or if you pay by cash (Klein Soccer Office only). However, keep in mind your child is not registered until the money is received.

Why haven’t I heard from my child’s coach? The season starts soon.

Coach meetings for the fall season will be in early September and early February for the spring season.  At this time, rosters will be handed out and coaches will begin contacting their players to line up practice, schedule parent meetings, distribute uniforms, etc. If we do not have a coach for your child’s team, you will get a call from our team formation committee asking if you will volunteer. Please consider helping if you are able, as we are always in need of coaches.

Does my child need soccer shoes?

No, soccer shoes are not required. Children may wear tennis or running shoes on the field. Football cleats are not allowed. The only required soccer equipment is shin guards, which must be worn at practices and games.

Is there a minimum play time requirement?

Yes, all players are guaranteed to play at least 50% of every game.

When are games played?

U4–U14 play games on Saturday (unless there is a Sunday makeup). U15 and older games are on Saturday or Sunday. However, we do not start Sunday games until 1 pm.

Where are games played?

U4–U10 play all their games at Meyer Park or Burroughs Park. Games are coordinated with your address and neighborhood. U11–U16 play most of their games at Meyer Park. They may also play at one of the other parks in the Timberline league (i.e., Cy-Fair, Bear Creek, The Woodlands or Kingwood). However, since Klein Soccer Club makes up the majority of the teams in the U11 – U16 age groups, travel will be minimal.

Do you have soccer for my 17–19 year old child?

Yes, we form U19 coed teams for boys U17 and up and girls U16 and up. Their games are played on Sunday afternoon at Meyer Park. We are the only recreational program for this age children in North Houston.

Do I have to register online?

No, if you do not have access to a computer, you can register at our office located on the north side of Meyer Park. Our normal office hours are Monday–Friday, from 4 p.m.–7 p.m. The office opens in August for the fall season and January for the spring season.

How are teams formed?

We form teams by age group, neighborhood and school. Your child will be grouped with other children of the same age that live in your neighborhood and attend the same school. It’s a great way to get to know other families in your neighborhood! U4, U5 and U6 play co-ed. U7–U16 play on single gender teams. U17 and up play coed.” U” stands for under. For instance, U4 is the under 4 age group (kids that turn 4 by August 31).

How many children play during the game?

U4–U6 play 5–a–side, U7–U8 play 6–a–side, U9–U10 play 7–a–side, U11–U12 play 9–a–side and U13 and older play 11–a–side. This progression of “smaller–sided” games at the younger ages is endorsed and recommended by US Youth Soccer, of which Klein Soccer Club is a member. Fewer players on the field at younger ages allow for accelerated development, increased number of ball touches, and it fosters a love and excitement of the game. As children grow, more players are added to the field and the size of the field becomes larger. Klein Soccer Club teaches a progression of tactics and strategies that are age appropriate. By age 13, skills develop to a sophisticated level with 11 players per side. This approach has developed excellent athletes while fostering fun and love for sports and athletics.

How do you find coaches?

Most of our coaches are parents of players. If we don’t have a parent volunteer, we will try to recruit one. If we cannot find a parent willing to coach, we have several older youth who will do it. If you would like to coach, please denote that on the online registration form.

What if my child is unable to make every practice or game?

We understand there will be times your child is unable to make a practice or game, which is why we put extra players on each team. However, if it is a reoccurring problem, please let us know and we will look for another team to place your child on. Keep in mind teams are formed by neighborhood, so if you switch teams, your new team members may not live near you. In either circumstance, please let your coach know when your child will be absent.

How do I request a refund?

Refund requests must be made in person at the Klein Soccer Club Office. Please bring the approved refund request form (no exceptions). A player is entitled to a refund up until the first Wednesday after the first game of the season. Klein Soccer Club reserves the right to withhold up to $30 of the registration fee to cover the cost of administrative expenses incurred while registering the player. Refund requests made after the deadline will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Klein Soccer Club Board to determine if a refund is warranted. If the refund request is declined, the registration fee is forfeited as a donation to our organization; for tax purposes, it is considered a charitable donation under Section 501.C.3 of the Internal Revenue Code.