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2017 Fall Developmental Season FAQ

I’m new to the sport, what do I need to buy? Do we get a uniform?
Your registration fee includes a uniform consisting of a colored shirt, matching color socks, and black shorts.

You will need shinguard's, a soccer ball, water, and we suggest cleats. Note that cleats need to be soccer cleats. Anything with a toe cleat, such as baseball or football cleats, are not allowed.



What age groups do you offer? Birth year listed in [].
  • U4 [2014] (co-ed)
  • U5 [2013]
  • U6 [2012]
  • BU8, GU8 [2010-2011]
  • BU10, GU10 [2008-2009]
  • BU12, GU12 [2006-2007]
  • BU15, GU15 [2002-2005](note that we are allowing 15 year olds to play in this division, since there are not enough players for a U16 division)

What size soccer ball do I need?

  • U4, U5, U6, U8 Size 3
  • U10, U12 Size 4
  • U15 Size 5

When does the season begin?
Our season runs from August 19th through the end of October. U4, our mini-kickers division, is a 6 week program (see next question), whereas the others are 8 weeks.

Can you provide additional information regarding the mini-kickers U4 division this year?
This is the 2nd year we are running the U4 mini-kickers division. It’s being run by our friends at Challenger Sports. It will run for 6 weeks, beginning on August 19th.

Your time commitment is 1 hour on Saturday. Generally, the team will practice for 40 minutes, and scrimmage or have some team game for the last 20 minutes. There are no practices during the week, like our other divisions.

Game times will most likely be held in the 10am-1pm time frame.

What day are games held on and where?
Games are held on Saturdays, approximately 9am-3pm. Games are approximately 1 hour long. All games are played at Fish Hill.

What nights are practices held on and where?
Coaches determine the practice nights and times. This won’t be decided until we establish our list of coaches. This occurs in the July time-frame. Your child’s coach will relay this information to you in the early August time-frame.

Practices are not played at Fish Hill, except Fish Hill Softball Side. This is to help maintain the quality of our playing fields. The majority of the practices are held at facilities throughout Coventry, such as Hunters Crossing, and Colonial Acres, for example.

What’s the difference between your Developmental/Recreational program and your Competitive program?
The Developmental programs emphasis is on fun and getting children interested in playing the game of soccer. All children fitting our age groups are welcome to our Developmental program. All children who register will make a team.

The Competitive program is for the soccer player who is perhaps a bit more serious about the sport and may wish to play year round. Our competitive program generally runs from Fall- Spring. Skill level ranges from premier level play to entry-level play. We do our best to allow all of our Competitive players to play on a team, but in some cases, not every player will make a team

Are there any tournaments this year for the Developmental program, such as the Kohl’s Cup?
Yes. The Kohl’s Cup is no longer called the Kohl’s Cup, it will be called the Target Cup. It is an optional, but suggested, tournament for CSA. More information will be provided about this at a later date.

Any additional changes being made for the 2017 season?
In 2016, US Youth Soccer has switched to birth year to identify a child’s playing group (U14, U12, etc…). You can read more about this here:

http://www.usyouthsoccer.org/us_youth_soccer_statement_on_us_soccer’s_birth-year_registration_mandate/

In 2016, US Youth Soccer has mandated a no header rule for U10 and younger age groups. You can read more about this here:

http://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2015/12/02/20/59/151202-us-soccer-announces-recognize-to-recover-player-health-and-safety-program

In 2016, CSA may move away from co-ed in our U5 and U6 divisions, and placed the boys and girls into their own age groups respectively (BU5, BU6, GU5, GU6). This was very well received, and we plan on continuing this going forward.