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Frequently Asked Questions

Spring/Summer Questions - 2018
When does the soccer summer season start and end?
Can I choose to sign up my child who is a Pre-Kindergartener?
What night will my child be playing?
What time of day will the games be played?
What field will my child be playing?
What is the ESA weather cancellation policy?
What is the summer refund policy?
When do I have to register by?
When are practices held?
How are the Pre-K / Kindergarten and 1st grade and 2nd grade games structured?
How are the 3rd through 12th grade games structured?
Why are the 1st grade -12th grade games being played on smaller fields with fewer players on the field?
When will I find out which team my child will be on?

Fall Questions - 2018

When does the soccer fall season start and end?
What is the cost?
What day does my child play?
What is the fall refund policy?
When do I have to register by?

General Questions

Can I request that my child be on the same team as another child?
What does the registration fee include?
Do I have to sign up for the house league if I want to try out for traveling?

 

Spring/Summer Questions - 2018

When does the soccer summer season start and end?
The summer soccer the season begins May 14.  Pre K - 2nd grade season ends July 12th).
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Can I choose to sign up my child who is a Pre-Kindergartener?
Children will be allowed to register for the Pre-Kindergarten age group only if they will be entering Kindergarten in September 2018 for the 2018/2019 school year and/or they were born between 9/1/11 and 8/31/13.
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Age Group Policy
You should register your child based on their current grade for the 2017/2018 school year. For example, if your child is a girl in 2nd grade at Countryside. you should register her for the 2nd grade girls age group.

What night will my child be playing?
Summer 2018
Pre-Kindergarten Boys - Wednesday or Thursday
Kindergarten Boys - Wednesday or Thursday
Pre-Kindergarten Girls - Monday or Tuesday
Kindergarten Girls - Monday or Tuesday
1st Grade Boys - Wednesday
1st Grade Girls - Monday
2nd Grade Boys - Thursday (adding Tuesday once school is out)
2nd Grade Girls - Tuesday (adding Thursday once school is out)
3rd Grade Boys - Monday and Wednesday
3rd Grade Girls - Tuesday and Thursday
4th Grade Boys - Monday and Wednesday
4th Grade Girls - Tuesday and Thursday
5th /6th Grade Boys - Tuesday and Thursday
5th Grade Girls - Monday and Wednesday
6th Grade Girls - Monday and Wednesday
7th/8th Grade Boys - Monday and Wednesday
7th/8th Grade Girls - Tuesday and Thursday
9th /10th/11/12th Grade Boys - Tuesday and Thursday
9th/10th/11/12th Grade Girls - Monday and Wednesday

NOTE
Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and 1st Grade teams play one night per week.  2nd Grade teams play one night per week from mid May - end of school year then 2 nights per week once school concludes until end of the season.  

Grades 3 and older play one night a week until school is out then 2 nights a week for the remainder of the season and playoffs.  

The Edina Soccer Association reserves the right to combine age groups in the event that we do not have enough registrants in an age group to form a league.
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What time of day will the games be played?
All games will be played in the evening between 5:00 PM and 8:30 PM and vary each week. A full schedule will be distributed by your child's coach in late April/early May.
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What field will my child be playing? (to be confirmed in April)
Summer 2018
Pre-Kindergarten Boys - Pamela North
Kindergarten Boys - Pamela North
Pre-Kindergarten Girls - Pamela North
Kindergarten Girls - Pamela North
1st Grade Boys - Pamela West
1st Grade Girls - Pamela West
2nd Grade Boys - Pamela West
2nd Grade Girls - Pamela West
3rd Grade Boys - Garden Park
3rd Grade Girls - Garden Park
4th Grade Boys - Garden Park
4th Grade Girls - Garden Park
5th /6th Grade Boys - Strachauer
5th Grade Girls - Strachauer
6th Grade Girls - Strachauer
7th/8th Grade Boys - Highlands Park
7th/8th Grade Girls - Highlands Park
9th /10th/11/12th Grade Boys - Highlands Park
9th/10th/11/12th Grade Girls - Highlands Park
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What is the ESA weather cancellation policy?
Soccer is a game played in the rain. You can assume the games will be played unless the fields are over saturated and the city closes all or some fields down in advance and ESA will send an email out. The guidlines for excessive heat are as follow:
If the Heat Index is...
Up to 89 degrees - Normal Play
90-99 degrees - Mandatory 2-minute water breaks per half with running time. Each half shortened by 5 min.
100-105 degrees - Mandatory 2-minute water breaks per half with running time. Each half shorted by 10 min.
Over 105 degrees - Suspend Play
For Pre K-2nd Grade: The Lead Instructor will determine the Heat Index. For 3rd Grade and older: The Site Supervisor will determine the Heat Index. Coaches should discuss the heat index with the referees prior to game being played, so that any adjustments can be made to play time.
In case of inclement weather, in most cases the decision to cancel or terminate a game in progress is made at the field by the referee. Regular season games cancelled due to weather will not be made up.
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What is the summer refund policy?
Refunds are given for the following reasons only:

1. Inability to play, supported by a written doctor's statement.
2. Moving out of the city.
3. Selection to ESC traveling team.
No refunds will be issued after the start of the season. Requests for refunds must be made in writing or requested via e-mail to esasoccer@comcast.net. For summer season if approved, a credit card refund or check will be issued for $110.00 (Registration fee less $10.00 administration fee) as long as a personalized uniform has not been ordered. If the uniform has been ordered (generally early April), a $70.00 refund will be issued.
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When do I have to register by?
The last day for on-time summer season registration is March 9th. Starting March 10th a late fee of $30.00 will be added to the registration fee and play with requests may not be honored. Additionally, starting March 10th, a waitlist will begin for age divisions that are full and any divisions with availability will remain open until full. The final cut-off date for registration will be Friday, March 23 - NO EXCEPTIONS!
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When are practices held?
Each individual coach determines when, and if, his or her team will have any practices. No player should be penalized for not attending a practice or game.
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How are the Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, 1st grade and 2nd grade games structured?
Each "game" is 60 minutes long. The first 30 minutes is devoted to "skills and drills", taught by trained instructors. The second half of the hour is devoted to playing. Each player is guaranteed to play at least half of that time. There are no scores or standings kept for these divisions. Goalies are NOT used.
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How are the 3rd through 12th grade games structured?
These games are officiated by paid, certified referees and run from 40 to 50 minutes, depending on the division. Each player is guaranteed to play at least half the game, regardless of ability or attendance at previous games or practices.
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Why are the 1st grade -12th grade games being played on smaller fields with fewer players on the field?
Smaller teams on smaller fields are a nationwide trend. It helps develop better foot skills and allows more touches with the ball for every player. These team sizes are our goal. We may have to adjust team sizes to handle the number of players that are signed up.
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When will I find out which team my child will be on?
Rosters and schedules will be distributed to coaches at the Coaches Meeting, scheduled for Saturday, April 28th, 2018. Coaches will contact their team shortly after that. Please give the coaches time to contact you before you contact the Park and Recreation Department or the esasoccer@comcast.net. Our coaches are all volunteers and they are balancing the volunteer commitment with their other work and family commitments.
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Fall Questions-2018

When does the soccer fall season start and end?
The fall season will run from September 8th and runs through October 14th.

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What is the cost?
The cost for the fall season is $45.00 and includes a team t-shirt, field fees, referee fees and medical insurance coverage.
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What day does my child play?
Age/Time/Location
Kindergarten Boys - Saturday mornings - Strachauer
Kindergarten Girls - Saturday mornings - Strachauer
1st Grade Boys - Sunday afternoons - Strachauer
1st Grade Girls - Saturday afternoons - Strachauer
2nd Grade Boys - Sunday afternoons - Strachauer
2nd Grade Girls - Saturday afternoons - Strachauer
3rd/4th Grade Boys - Sunday afternoons - Garden Park
3rd/4th Grade Girls - Saturday afternoons - Garden Park
5th/6th Grade Boys - Sunday afternoons - Pamela North
5th/6th Grade Girls - Saturday afternoons - Pamela North

Kindergarten is a new league this year and will play Saturday Mornings at Strachauer.  All other grades and games are played between 12 noon and 5 PM and start times vary by week. Games last 1 hour.  
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What is the fall refund policy?
Refunds are given for the following reasons only:

1. Inability to play, supported by a written doctor's statement.
2. Moving out of the city.
3. Selection to ESC traveling team.
No refunds are given after the start of the season. Requests for refunds must be made in writing or via e-mail. For fall season if approved, a refund will be issued for $35.00. (Registration fee less $10.00 for administrative costs.) No refunds will be made after the season begins.
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When do I have to register by?
Open registration begins July 15, 2018 and ends August 24, 2018. Late fee registration will begin August 9, 2018. The final cut off date to register is August 24th. We cannot guarantee placement on a team or honoring of mutual play with requests for late registrants.
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General Questions

Can I request that my child be on the same team as another child?
Due to the large number of requests that we receive, it is possible to honor mutual play with requests only. Siblings in the same division will be placed on the same team and still be able to request to play with another child. However, the play with request will still have to be reciprocal. 
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What does the registration fee include?
The registration fee includes field usage fees, player and coach insurance fees, referee/instructors fees, uniforms and administrative costs.
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Do I have to sign up for the house league if I want to try out for traveling?
Yes, since the Edina Soccer Association (ESA) and the Edina Soccer Club (ESC) are two different organizations. If you want to be assured of a spot for your child to play house soccer (ESA) if he or she does not make a traveling team (ESC), you must register during our registration period. If your child does make a traveling team your ESA registration fee will be refunded.
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If you have any comments or questions, please contact us via e-mail at esasoccer@comcast.net.