Indoor soccer registration will take place August 29th, September 5th and September 6th, 600-8:30pm at McLeod Centre. Enter through the left doors.
We’ll be using the EMSA soccer portal again to register players for the upcoming season. If you are new to the EMSA soccer program, please go to the EMSA North website at www.emsanorth.com to create your EMSA Soccer account and register for the upcoming season. The EMSA Soccer Portal is compatible with your smartphone, tablet and home computer.
While online registration is mandatory, online payment is optional and you are encouraged to pay at McLeod Centre at one of our registration dates noted above.
Please bring to McLeod’s payment session: one copy of the player registration summary form, identification for proof of birthdate, payment (cash/credit/debit – cheques are not accepted as payment for soccer registration), an un-dated but signed cheque for community service and Kidsport/Jumpstart applications if applicable.
Community memberships expire August 31st and you will need to purchase a 2018/19 membership. All community members holding a 2017/18 McLeod membership will be able to exchange their existing membership card for a new one.
Fees are based on team registration fees, referee fees, equipment, first aid supplies, coach development, and of course, jerseys. In order to help control the rising costs we will be continuing the $75 jersey deposit for all U9 and up teams. U9 and up, you will need to provide your coach a $75 cheque post-dated for July 1, 2019 payable to McLeod Community League. Your child will not receive a jersey until the coach has the $75 jersey deposit. When you return your child’s jersey, you will be required to sign a form as confirmation. If the jersey is not returned at the end of the season or is returned in unusable condition, your cheque will be cashed. Please note: U7 and down players keep their jerseys. Please remember - UNIFORMS ARE FOR GAMES ONLY, NOT FOR PRACTICES, SCHOOL OR SHOPPING.
INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KEEP IN MIND:
Shin PADS ARE MANDATORY for everyone and your socks must cover the shin pad. NO PIERCINGS ALLOWED and no taping of piercings. They must be removed as per Canadian Soccer Association rules and regulations. Hijabs are allowed at discretion of referee.
You require black socks and black shorts. All the items (socks, shin pads and shorts) as well as practice T-shirts and bags are available for sale at registration. We will again be selling the older jerseys as practice jerseys. All city wide players (Xtreme) and U13 and up players MUST have player cards (see player/coach cards below for details). Please respect the arrival time set by your coach.
Cleats are optional for U5 but are recommended for U7 and up.
A player can be registered on only one team. You cannot be registered in EMSA and EIYSA. No trialist arrangements exist between EMSA and EIYSA, only within north zone EMSA teams. A trialist can play for a higher tiered team or a higher aged team. If you are approached by a coach from an EIYSA team (Inter, Strikers, etc.) to play with them for a game/tournament, your child could be suspended.
All contact with the zone/EMSA must be done through the Soccer Director. Parents or coaches are not to contact the zone directly. Any questions or concerns should be directed to email@example.com to be brought to the zone’s or EMSA’s attention.
We do our best to accommodate player requests, but keep in mind, teams have limits for player maximums. If your request cannot be fulfilled and your child needs to play with another team, we’ll contact you and provide options.
As in prior years requests for placement with friends and coaches are a priority to be accommodated if you register during these dates. The $25.00 early bird discount will be discontinued September 7 and friend/coach requests may not be accommodated.
The total amount due for each player will be: (fee for the soccer program) + (membership) + optionally (community service depending on the commitment). This amount can be paid by cash, credit or debit. Personal cheques are only accepted for community service, not payment.
If your child is withdrawing from the McLeod soccer program, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can arrange for reimbursement. Community memberships are not refundable as you need one to play. Once you have registered, you will be required to fulfill your community service whether your child is playing for Club, McLeod or not playing at all, as registering your child means a position on a team is being held. NO EXCEPTIONS. Your registration fee will be refunded in full less a $25 administrative fee, if we are notified prior to the start of the season. Once the season starts, refunds will be prorated up to and including November 12, 2018 and no refunds will be issued after that.
All players playing on a U13 and up team are required to have a player card. All coaches on U11 and up teams must be carded as well. COACHES – please direct players to obtain replacement cards for any player cards expiring prior to April 1, 2019.
EMSA will be holding carding sessions at the south soccer centre, 6520 Roper Road. Picture dates and times to be determined. Please ensure you bring government identification (birth certificate, passport, health card card, etc.) to complete the card application.
ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY:
McLeod Soccer has a ZERO tolerance policy for inappropriate behaviour from any player, parent and/or member of the coaching staff. This includes inappropriate behaviour on the field, off the field, leaving the dressing rooms, common area of the centres, parking lot, shopping centre, school or by the use of internet tools to threaten, bully or intimidate anyone in any manner.
If any such incidents occur we will fully cooperate with ENZSA/EMSA and the staff of the soccer centres in supporting their decision, if we feel it necessary to suspend a player, parent and/or member of the coaching staff, we as soccer directors will do so. EMSA has implemented stiffer penalties for all infractions and there will be no tolerance. If incidents are repeated, then that player, parent and/or member of the coaching staff will not welcomed back to McLeod Soccer. There is no room for poor sportsmanship in McLeod. Every parent and player will be required to sign a Code of Conduct at registration.
If you are interested in coaching please contact email@example.com. We are usually quite short of coaches, especially in the younger age groups. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL NEW COACHES MUST FILL OUT A SECURITY CLEARANCE (NO CHARGE TO THE COACH) AND IT IS GOOD FOR THREE YEARS. Additionally, all coaches must have taken an age appropriate coaching course. The courses for the younger age groups are fairly short and you will be reimbursed by McLeod Soccer upon receipt and completion. Course dates and locations are still being finalized.
SUPPORTING OUR COACHES:
Coaching is a very rewarding experience, but it is also a big responsibility, very time consuming and not meant to be a one person job. Please help your coach by first, respecting their expectations (from arrival times for practices and games, to attitude and effort on and off the field). The coaches put a lot of preparation and time into games and practices, and it can be challenging at moments. It is essential to remember that coaches are volunteers, dedicating their time to be an important part of your child’s life. So please treat all the individuals who are a part of your child’s soccer life (coaches, managers, referees), with the support and respect you would want in the same situation. Second, if your coach asks for help (i.e. team manager, a phoning parent, an equipment parent, a snack parent, etc.)…please help! This allows him/her to focus on your children, and their development in soccer, both as athletes and team members.
If you have any team or coaching concerns please have consideration for your coach. Approaching a coach directly after a game, especially a close game, is not the best option. Ask your coach when the best time is to bring up suggestions, concerns or questions. Note: This is where a parent liaison or a team manager can be very useful. Soccer is a team sport and the best way to teach the players the team concept, is through modeling by the coaching staff and parents. We are out there representing our children, so let’s make them proud by working together as a team. Lead by example!
NEW THIS YEAR:
With the move to odd year age groups and the introduction of U19 soccer, U5 soccer has been relocated from the east soccer centre. This year U5’s will play alternately Saturday afternoons at the ACT recreation centre and Sunday mornings at the Central Lion’s centre. U7’s are scheduled to play as mixed teams city-wide, which means travelling to the south and west soccer centres. No significant changes are planned for the U9–U19 programs.
We will have socks, shin pads, and shorts available for sales for first time players and for those who have outgrown their current apparel.
For those that have transferred from another community, please register in your home community league and request a transfer to the desired community league you would like to play in. It is recommended you attend your community league's first registration session to ensure your transfer request can be honoured.
We expect many of the outdoor coaches and players will return for the indoor season. The season kicks off October 13th. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about registering for the upcoming season at firstname.lastname@example.org.
McLeod Soccer Director