Are there other volunteer opportunities besides being a coach?
– PYSL is an entirely volunteer run organization. Our Board of Directors is responsible for managing the many components that go into running a successful soccer program. The Board is also responsible for setting and implementing policies regarding our programs. If you want to be involved, we welcome your participation on the board. You can contact the Board President to determine what positions are open and how your skills can be utilized.
In addition, every team is encouraged to have a team manager. This is an important position which helps teams have a successful season. Team managers are responsible for organizing snack schedules, assisting with team communications, helping distribute team uniforms and pictures, and organizing the end of the season party and coach appreciation gifts.
When and where are games played?
– Fall season games are played on Saturdays at Bob McEvoy and Barnard Elementary. Spring season games are played on Sunday afternoons also at Bob McEvoy and Barnard Elementary.
U12 and older teams play home games at Barnard Elementary, but will travel to other locations throughout San Diego County for their away games.
What equipment does each player need to have?
– The only mandatory equipment required for every player is shin guards. It is also highly recommended that your player have soccer cleats (not baseball or softball cleats). Every player should come to practice with a water bottle (labeled with their name).
It is also recommended that your child come to practice with a soccer ball even though coaches usually will have a few extra balls for their team’s use. U6 and U7 teams use a size 3 ball. U8, U10 and U12 use a size 4 ball and older teams use a size 5 ball.
When will my child’s team practice?
– Coaches determine the days and times of practices for their teams. Typically teams practice once per week for approximately an hour to an hour and a half. U10 and older teams may practice twice a week. Coaches also select the location of practices.
What is the refund policy?
– No refunds are given due to practice days/times/locations or because a friend request could not be met. If a refund is approved for other reasons, a $50 fee will be charged to cover league incurred costs per registration.
Should my child play recreational or competitive soccer?
– The decision to play on a Blast SC team versus a recreational team is individual to each player. Club soccer is a lot more competitive and players may not get selected during tryouts or may not get as much playing time as they would on a recreational team. Natural athletic ability, soccer skill and speed of the player are major factors in determining whether your player will be successful on a club team. Club teams often require multiple practices per week and travel commitments in addition to higher fees due to tournament fees and travel expenses. For a player who has above average skills, however, club soccer can be a great way to develop your player in ways that cannot be achieved at the recreational level. Usually club teams are comprised of players who all understand the game and are motivated to learn unlike recreational teams where there may be players who have never played before or have players who are only interested in the social aspect of being on a team and are not really motivated to learn the game.
The best resource to determine whether your child is better suited to recreational or club soccer is the player’s previous coaches and the Blast Director of Coaching who can give you an honest assessment of your player’s abilities.