Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.'s)
Q: How old must my son or daughter be to play in the Wickliffe Soccer Club?
A: Click here for an age breakdown of the various divisions offered. Generally, players must be 5 to 12 years of age.
Q: When can I register my child for the Wickliffe Soccer Club?
A: Registration for the U10, G10, U12 and G12 divisions is held from May through late July, with seasons beginning around the third week of August. U8 players generally have until early September to register. Visit our registration page for more information and to access sign-up sheets.
Q: Can my child participate on a "travel" team and a "rec" team?
A: YES. Ohio Youth Soccer Association North (OYSAN), our governing organization, says that players may participate concurrently on both a recreational and travel team at the same time.
Q: Why do so many of the division names start with "U"?
A: "U" simply stands for "Under the age of ..." The age cutoff date is August 1st before the beginning of the season. So for example, players competing in the U10 division during the 2016-17 season must not turn 10 before Aug. 1, 2016. (And "G," incidentally, means "girls.") Visit our "About Us" page for an exact description of each level of play.
Q: How much does it cost to play?
A: For the 2016-17 season, fees are $45 for U6 & U8 players (if received before Friday, Aug. 5, 2016; $50 thereafter) and $80 for U10/G10/U12/G12 (if received before Friday, July 1; fee is $85 thereafter).
Q: Can my child choose to play only in the spring (or only in the fall)?
A: Such arrangements can usually be accommodated, but you must still pay the full-season fee.
Q: Can I move my child up to the next division early (for example a child who is 7 years old and should be in U8 moving onto a U10 team instead of playing U8 another year)?
A: WSC is committed to player development. It is important for children to remain in their appropriate age division. Should a child be advanced, the U8 commissioner/president will approach the parent/guardian and suggest the child move up to a more challenging level of play. Parents may submit a request to the U8 Commissioner to move their child up early however, there are no guarantees this will be approved. The U8 commissioner will take the request to the president for consideration.
Q: Can I request that my child play on the same team as his/her friends, or with a particular coach?
A: The Wickliffe Soccer Club tries to honor all such requests, though it cannot do so in 100% of cases.
Q: How many players are on the field at one time?
A: U8, U10 and G10 teams play with six players (five field players and a goalie), while U12 and G12 teams have eight players (seven field players and a goalie). U6 plays with five players (four field players and a goalie).
Q: Why doesn't the Wickliffe Soccer Club offer 11-on-11 soccer?
A: This is a question with which the Board of Directors has wrestled. The short answer is that there are few leagues in Lake County in which players ages 5 to 12 can play full-field 11-on-11 soccer. However, should opportunities to join such leagues become available in the future, the board will certainly consider them.
Q: What days of the week are games held?
A: This varies greatly depending on the division. In the past, U8 teams have played on Saturday mornings in the fall and weekday evenings (usually once or twice a week) in the spring. Older teams can usually count on one Saturday afternoon game a week along with one or two weekday games, though generally not on Tuesdays, which are PSR ("Parish School of Religion") nights for many of our players. In addition, coaches are free to organize practices at any time at their discretion. ** In the past few years, we have not had regularly scheduled games on Tuesday, Friday, or Sunday.
Q: Where are games played?
A: For the 2016-17 season, all U8 games are played at Coulby Park. U10 and G10 teams play home games at Orlando Park. U12 and G12 teams play home games at Jindra field. U10/G10/U12/G12 away games are played at a variety of fields around Western Lake and Eastern Cuyahoga counties. Visit our “Field Locations” page for more information.
Q: Is the Wickliffe Soccer Club affiliated with the City of Wickliffe?
A: No. The Wickliffe Soccer Club is an independent organization. However, the City of Wickliffe Recreation Department provides field maintenance and other ancillary services for us.
Q: Why don’t you offer U13, U14 or U15 soccer?
A: For a number of years there was a recreational-level U15 team in Wickliffe, but interest in the team has steadily waned with the growth and success of the Wickliffe Middle School soccer program. If sufficient numbers of eligible players are interested – absolute minimum roster size would be 15 – the Wickliffe Soccer Club would be willing to reinstitute a U15 team.
Q: How do I sign my child up for indoor soccer?
A: The Wickliffe Soccer Club does not officially sponsor or support indoor soccer teams. However, a number of our players and coaches participate in winter indoor soccer leagues at Lost Nation Sports Park and Mentor Heisley Fitness.
These teams are privately organized and funded by players and coaches. Depending on whether or not a team has a sponsor, and how many players are on a team, individual cost for one session (10 games) of indoor soccer can range from $20 to $100. For more information, feel free to email us.
Q: Are there volunteer opportunities with the Wickliffe Soccer Club?
A: Yes! We are always looking for coaches in all age groups. No prior soccer knowledge is required. The league will provide you with training and equipment. Volunteer board members are also greatly valued (email us for more information), as are referees, which is a paid position.
Q: How do I contact the Wickliffe Soccer Club?
A: If you have other questions, please feel free to email us or contact us by phone at 440-478-5973.