Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

1. When will I hear from our coach?

Once your team roster is final, your coach will begin to contact all of the players. Typically, this will occur two weeks prior to the season starting or two weeks prior to an early season soccer tournament.

2. What other soccer expenses can I anticipate this year?

Not included in the registration fees are the required uniform kit, shin guards, cleats and a practice ball.

In addition, the team parents will possibly request a small amount to cover the end of season team party and a small gift for the coach.

Also, each family is often requested to bring snacks for the team at one game during the season.

3. When does the 2018-2019 Soccer Season start?

The Fall Season will start around the second weekend of September and run 8 weeks.

The Spring Season will start towards the end of February or beginning of March and run 8 weeks.

Once Northwest Rio Grande Soccer League posts the schedule, your coaches will be notified and will be able to provide you with exact dates.


4. Where are the games played?

You will have 4 home games played at Ventana Basin Park and 4 Away Games that could be in Corrales, North Albuquerque Acres, South Valley or Bernalillo.

See our website and look under field locations for specific fields.


5. When and Where will my practice be?

Your coach will let you know when and where your practices will be. We have practice spots reserved at both Mariposa Basin Park and Ventana Basin Park.

Sometimes a coach may find a different location to practice at based on convenience for everyone on the team.


6. How do I order my child's uniform?


We have selected Authentic Soccer to provide us with custom Adidas uniforms this year. Your coach will be contacting you no later than early July to get sizes and preferred number.

The coach will then submit this to Authentic Soccer who will then e-mail you directions on how to order on-line.

PLEASE ALLOW 2-3 WEEKS FOR DELIVERY!


7. What should I bring to my child's practices and games?

Shin guards (required), soccer cleats, a soccer ball, practice shorts, t-shirt and water.

Also, please dress your child according to the weather. Layers are always suggested during the colder part of the season.


8. Do I have to get soccer shoes for my child to play?

Soccer cleats are not mandatory but are highly recommended (regular athletic shoes with no cleats are the alternative).

When buying soccer shoes, they cannot have a toe cleat (baseball and football cleats have a toe cleat).

Generally speaking, nearly all players at all age levels use soccer cleats for practices and games.


9. What size soccer ball should I get for my child?

Divisions U5 through U8 use a Size 3 ball.


Divisions U10 through U12 use a Size 4 ball.


Divisions U13 and above use a Size 5 ball.


10. Why are the children required to wear their soccer socks over their shin guards?

Safety is the primary reason. Some types of shin guards are hard shell instead of soft, and may have sharp edges that could cut a player.

By wearing their socks over the shin guards, players protect each other. A

lso, wearing the socks over the shin guards prevent the shin guards from shifting during running or when being kicked, which allow the shin guards to protect the areas they are supposed to.

11. Is it OK for players to wear jewelry during practice and game?

No.

Jewelry of any kind (necklaces, watches, earrings, rings, bracelets, etc.) cannot be worn during practice or games.


There is an exception for Med-Alert bracelets, but they must be completely covered with tape or a soft cloth band for the safety of your child and all the other players.


12. What about eyeglasses and hearing aids?

Glasses, hearing aids and med-alerts may be worn to practices and games.

The use of an eyeglass holder/strap or sports glasses is recommended.

Additional information may be found at www.westsideunitedsc.com