Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
1. Why have the fees increased this year?
The increase is mainly due to:
Most full field youth competitive team will have their home games on the new artificial turf fields our preseason outdoor field times have doubled with the acquisition of the two new artificial fields each player will receive a team T-shirt at the beginning of the spring session
2. What teams does OISC have in Competitive?
OISC competitive teams can play in the District, Regional or Provincial Leagues Each team plays half of their games at opponents’ fields. District League games are around the greater Ottawa area. We offer U9 to U18 teams for both boys and girls. The “U” stands for under as of January 1, 2011. Therefore U9 must be born in 2002.
3. My child pals in DSP or Youth REC and wants to try-out for Competitive, do we have to register for both?
The club recommends both the DSP/REC program and the Competitive program for player development. The club ensures open and fair try-outs for DSP/REC players at competitive levels. For a DSP/REC player that is interested in trying out for competitive, the club recommends that your child register with DSP/REC and indicate on the registration form that you wish to be called for the competitive program. This will ensure that the player is contacted for the competitive try-outs and will also hold the DSP/REC spot at your site until the competitive teams are selected. If you return to DSP/REC, you have a pre-assigned spot on a team. If you are selected for competitive, your entire DSP fee will be applied to you competitive fee and you will simply have to pay the difference.
4. What is the difference between mini and full field soccer?
Mini soccer is for U9 to U11 and is played on a smaller field usually 40X 60 meters while the full field is played on a regulation soccer field. Full field teams play with 11 players on the field compared to only 7 for mini fields. As well, full field teams can select a maximum of 18 players for the team roster versus 14 for mini soccer.
5. When does the Summer Season start and end?
The summer season consists of two phases, the spring season from early March to May 14 which is used for team selection and team preparation. The second phase is the summer league phase which runs from May 15 to the end of August.
6. What is the level of commitment required from players and parents?
The level of commitment increases from Division 1 (L5) to Premier (L4) and from Premier to Regional (L3) and Provincial. There is only one league game per week and these are scheduled on the same weeknight throughout the summer. There are usually 2 practices during the week during the summer session and these are normally at the same time and location. While in the spring, times are a bit more sporadic since we use a combination of gyms, domes and artificial fields. Players are expected to maintain an attend 80% attendance for practices, games and other team events.
7. What is included in the registration fee?
The registration fee covers the cost for the club t-shirt, games, practices and player insurance. However, many teams also collect a fee for team activities such as tournaments.
The player uniform is extra and must be purchased after the team is selected.
8. What is the requirement of the player?
Every player must commit to making a solid effort to be a good team-mate: work hard; get along; be on time and ready; respect team-mates, coaches, officials and opponents. Put the success of the team before personal achievement.
Absences must be planned with the team head coach. Players must recognize that following extended absences (camps, vacations, etc.) they will have reduced playing time after they return, until they work back to their previous playing form.
This is competitive rather than recreational soccer. For playing time, players will generally average at least half a game of playing time, but there should be no expectation of “equal time for all.” Players who perform well, who work hard, and who listen and attend practices, are likely to be rewarded with additional playing time.
The level of commitment required makes significant participation in another sport during the soccer season very difficult. At the beginning and end of the season, players must be careful that absences for playoffs or tryouts in other sports are scheduled with the coaches in both sports.
9. What is the requirement of the parent of the player?
Coaches are there to coach: to teach and lead. The team relies on parents to carry out the administrative tasks. All of the following are important: manager, tournament manager, vacation scheduler, phone tree organizer, trainer, and nets and equipment person. A good manager is the key to a team’s success.
It is mandatory that all parents work the Club’s Icebreaker Tournament; this is an essential part of your son or daughter accepting a position on the team.
Please register as early as possible in order to receive in the time that information of the Spring Try-out information. We are a volunteer organization.