​2017/18 Indoor Soccer

December 2017 Update

Indoor
Some kids want to play soccer all year round!  The indoor season began Oct 14 at Edmonton’s three indoor soccer centres. The season will conclude February 11 with post season opportunities for U10 and up teams starting February 25. McLeod had 19 teams and 307 players register in age groups from U6 to U18 for the 2017/2018 indoor season. U6-U12 teams play weekly on Saturdays, and U14-U18 play weekly on Sunday. U6 and U8 boys play at the east soccer centre, the U8 girls play at the west soccer centre and the U10 and up play in all three soccer centres. Games are one hour in duration regardless of age group.

The numbers of practices will vary by age group. U6 and U8 teams receive 4 practices, U10 and U12 teams receive 10 practices ad U14 and up receive 12 practices as part of their registration fee. McLeod encourages teams to request additional practice from ENZSA. The extra gym rental fees are absorbed by the soccer program.

The McLeod soccer program provides players with jerseys.  Families are responsible for providing their own shorts, shin guards, socks and shoes.
   
The indoor season kicked off October 15 at Edmonton’s three soccer centres. Team pictures were taken at McLeod hall on October 28 and will be distributed to players before the Christmas break. Below are important dates as the season progresses.

Christmas break – December 22 – January 5
EMSA Polar Cup – December 27 – December 29
FC Memorial – February 1 – February 4
End of regular season play – February 11
EMSA Tim Hortons Minifest – February 17

There is the potential for post season play for U10 and up teams starting February 24th.
    
Outdoor
The most obvious benefit of community outdoor soccer is fresh air! The average season goes from May 1 to June 30, with post season opportunities in July for U10 and up teams. McLeod soccer had 497 players participating on 32 teams ranging from U6-U18. U6 and U8 teams meet twice a week for one hour. The first 25 minutes are practice time where players learn new skills followed by a 10-minute snack break and then they scrimmage against another team on the same field. Wins, losses and goals are not counted. It’s all about learning ew skills, building friendships and having lots of fun. U10 and up can expect two games and one practice per week. Game durations are U10- 60 minutes, U12 – 70 minutes, U14 – 80 minutes, U16 and U18 – 90 minutes. The U10’s and U12’s participated in a Tournament of Champions to determine who would represent the north zone in various tiers in Cities, inter-cities and provincials. For the U14 and up, the top 4 teams advance to Cities with the top 2 teams ten moving on to either inter-cities or provincials.

The McLeod soccer program provides players with jerseys. Families are responsible for providing their own shorts, shin guards, socks and shoes.

Summer 2017 was the first annual soccer wind-up party focused on fun with U6, U8, U10 and U12 teams playing friendly games, participation medals and gifts at the end of the tournament. Bouncey castles, face painting and a free BBQ gave everyone a chance to socialize and recognize everyone who was part of the successful soccer season. The event was a huge success and is planned as a season wind-up event in June 2018.
    
The indoor season has barely started and preparations have already started for the 2018 outdoor season. Registration fees will be communicated once they’ve been finalized. The EMSA soccer portal will open January 15 for the 2018 outdoor registrations. Please take this time to ensure you can access your account to prevent registration delays in January and February. You can use the “Forgot your password?” link to reset your password. This is also a good time to review your account profile and ensure your address, phone numbers and community league are correct. If you do not have an EMSA Soccer Portal account, please go to http://emsanorth.com/play/register/ and follow the instructions to create an account. It’s important to register in your home community. The volunteer commitments are used to provide programming in your community leagues such as senior gatherings, board game night, movie night, swimming at local pools, and the list goes on. You can always specify a transfer request to have you child play in another community if you wish. Once you have registered your child for the 2018 outdoor season in the EMSA soccer portal, you will need to attend a McLeod registration session to complete the registration, sign up for a volunteer service commitment and pay your fees. Registration dates for the 2018 spring soccer season will be February 7, February 27 and March 7.
    
Todd
McLeod Soccer Director
    
Registration Information
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. If you are registering after September 6, please email soccer@mcleodcommunityleague.ca to obtain your McLeod membership (or purchase here ), select your community service, and finalize your soccer registration. 

The indoor season goes from mid-October to early February, with the possibility of extending into March with post-season play. For those new to indoor soccer, U6 and U8 play Saturday mornings at the soccer facility on Victoria Trail. U10 and U12 play throughout the day on Saturday at any of the 3 Edmonton soccer facilities. U14 to U18 play throughout the day on Sundays at any of the 3 Edmonton soccer facilities.
    
As in prior seasons, please register players using the EMSA soccer portal. If you are new to the EMSA soccer program, please create an EMSA soccer account using the parent’s or guardian’s primary email address and name. Then, add players to the account and register them for the indoor season. You can use the following link to access or create your account and register for the upcoming season:  emsanorth.com . The website is compatible with your laptop, tablet and smartphone. While online registration is mandatory, online payment is optional and you are encouraged to pay at McLeod Hall at one of our registration dates noted above. ​*A $10 surcharge will be added to registration fees for those selecting the Credit Card (Online Payment) option in the EMSA soccer portal.

If you are a McLeod community member and wish to play in another community, or if you live outside of McLeod but wish to play in McLeod, please attend your home community league's first registration session in order to provide the highest degree of certainty your transfer request can be fulfilled.

Please bring to McLeod’s payment session
  • One signed 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. 
    
Registration chart:











Fees are based on team registration fees, facility fees, equipment, first aid supplies, coach development, and of course, uniforms. In order to help control the rising costs, we will be continuing the $75 jersey deposit for all U8 and up teams. You will need to give your coach a $75 cheque post-dated for March 1, 2018 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 and will receive your jersey deposit cheque. If the jersey is not returned at the end of the season, your cheque will be cashed. Please note: U6 players (Tim Horton’s) 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 the referee’s discretion.
  • 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 jersey at a cost of $1.00.
  • All city wide players (Xtreme) and U14 & U18 (Born 2000 to 2005) players MUST have player cards. 
  • 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 soccer@mcleodcommunityleague.ca  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.
Community Service
McLeod’s community service policy is one volunteer commitment per child registered to a maximum of two per family. The following options will be able available at registration.​

  • Registration duties (contact McLeod soccer – see dates above)
  • West Edmonton Mall tickets (10 for $150)
  • Zone commitments (i.e. Tournaments, Cities, Intercities)
  • Bingo workers
  • Casino workers
  • McLeod events (Halloween party, Christmas party, etc.)
  • Waive service ($150 per child up to two children)

If you request West Edmonton Mall tickets or if you waive your service, you will pay for these options along with your soccer registration fees. All other community service options will require a signed but undated cheque for $150.00 per child. If you fulfill your commmunity service, your cheque will be returned to you. If your volunteer commitment is unfulfilled, McLeod will cash your cheque.

The total amount due for each player will be: (fee for the soccer program) + (membership) + optionally (community service). This amount can be paid by cash, credit or debit. Personal cheques are only accepted for community service, not payment.

McLeod Community League Membership
Bring your expired 2016/17 McLeod Community League Membership card and exchange it for a 2017/18 card. A $25.00 charge will be added to your registration cost for your 2017/18 membership card. 

Refund Policy
If your child is withdrawing from the McLeod soccer program, please email us at soccer@mcleodcommunityleague.ca so we can arrange for reimbursement.

Community league memberships are not refundable as you need one to play.

Community Service options are not refundable. Once you have registered, you will be required to fulfill your 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 13, 2017 and no refunds will be issued after that. Jerseys must be returned in order to obtain your refund.

Player Cards
All players born from 2000-2005 are required to have a player card. EMSA North will be holding carding sessions September 13, 14 and 15, 4-7pm at their office at #204, 9006 – 132 avenue. Please ensure players bring their Birth Certificate, or Alberta Health Card (full name must be on the form), passport or Driver’s license to the carding session. COACHES – if you are currently coaching and have the player cards please check to see if any cards are expiring before April 2018 and inform your players to obtain replacement cards.

Coach Cards
All coaches must have coach cards. EMSA will issue stickers to be attached to the cards which will act as your soccer facility pass.

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, player and coach will be required to electronically acknowledge the Code of Conduct during the online registration process.

COACHING
If you are interested in coaching please contact soccer@mcleodcommunityleague.ca . We are occasionally short coaches, especially in the younger age groups. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL NEW COACHES MUST FILL OUT A SECURITY CLEARANCE (NO CHARGE TO THE COACH) WHICH IS GOOD FOR THREE YEARS. All coaches must take an age appropriate coaching course which will be reimbursed by McLeod Soccer. Course dates and locations are still being finalized. Please go here for our Voucher Policy.

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 coaches are volunteers, dedicating their time to be an important part of your child’s life. 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 their representing our children, so let’s make them proud by working together as a team. Lead by example!!

If you have any questions, please contact soccer@mcleodcommunityleague.ca . Thank you and see you at registration. As in the past, you will receive a quicker response by email.