Frequently Asked Questions
Posted Apr 28, 2017

What is the LVR  Youth Soccer Club?

LVR is the soccer club for NE Seattle, including the Laurelhurst, View Ridge, and Ravenna neighborhoods.  We also include Wedgwood, Hawthorne Hills and Bryant.  We are an all-volunteer organization which provides youth soccer activities in northeasst Seattle. LVR is one of many clubs which make up the Seattle Youth Soccer Association (SYSA.) Last year we fielded approximately 180 teams involving over 1900 players! Our mission is to "Provide a safe, positive atmosphere where girls and boys can learn the game of soccer."

Who can play?

Children who are at least 6 years old (first grade) and no more than 18 on July 31st are eligible to play. If you are looking for a soccer program for ages 4-5, we recommend you check with Lake City Soccer, or any of the surrounding clubs, including Woodland Youth Soccer Club.  A player may join only one team for a soccer season.

How do I register?

All new and returning players must register online (LVR web site: http://www.lvr-soccer.org) during the open registration period. The registration fee is paid by Credit Card online. For new players, a copy of birth certificate must be received via email or at the LVR P.O. Box to complete the registration process (we encourage you to black out personal information other than name and birthdate). A player will not be considered registered until all needed items are received. Registration is on a space available basis after this on-time period. A waitlist option will be offered when categories are filled, but your credit card will not be charged unless we find a spot for your player.

Registration Fees?

$135 for ages U10-U19 (ages 10-18), $85 for U7-U9 (ages 6-8). There is a $20 late registration fee assessed after the on-time registration period.

What does the registration fee cover?

The registration fee covers direct expenses: uniform shirts for all players, field rental, referee costs, SYSA dues, coaches' training, administrative costs, liability insurance, and equipment like balls, goals and nets. Ten dollars of your registration fee is used for development of new soccer fields. 

Can my child be assigned to a team with his or her friends?

Maybe. First, the friends have to be the same age; remember that teams are formed by the player's age on July 31st not grade level. Second, there has to be room on the team. We limit team sizes in order to give all players a chance to play. Returning players have priority on the team (as long as they register during the on-time registration period). Lastly, recreational soccer is designed for all kids to play. Registrars assign players to teams with the concept that most teams will be about equal in the end. If your child would like to be assigned to a particular team or to play with a friend, please indicate that on the registration form, and we will try to do so.

What if my child knows nobody on their team?

Then there is a very high chance that your child and you will be making some new friends in this wonderful soccer community.

Will my child be on the same team every year?

In general players are reassigned to the same teams each Fall. Exceptions would be:

  1.  if the player requests a change;
  2.  if the player registered after the on-time registration period, or
  3.  if the coach leaves without replacement and the team is divided among other teams
  4.  if too few kids return to a team necessitating the team be disbanded and divided among other teams

Please note placement on SYSA Spring Teams does not influence placement on Fall Teams.

How are the age limits figured?

Players' ages are figured as of July 31st. A child who turns 12 on July 31st is considered a 12-year-old for that fall season (U13), while one who turns 12 on August 1 is considered an 11-year-old because she is still 11 on July 31st (U12). Players are allowed to play on teams of older players ("playing up") but not on teams of younger players. A U-9 (Under-9) team means that all the players were under 9 years old on July 31st of that year. AGE CHART LINK
 
What about "Playing Up?"

We do allow that from time to time providing there is space available and you are not displacing a child of the appropriate age level. We think that players are often better served playing in their age bracket but realize there are times where this is not the case. Registration must be done at the appropriate age level based on the birthdate, then the Club will evaluate any request to "Play Up". Use the special request field on the Registration form to indicate this.

How are scholarships awarded?

LVR is committed to providing opportunities for children to play recreational soccer. Scholarships are available through our Club.  Those players in need of scholarships should fill out this form prior to registration stating their case. Applications will be reviewed as needed on a case by case basis.

My Child has played up before but I can't register them to that age now.

Please register your child in the correct age bracket based on their birthdate and in the Additional comments/Special Requests field, enter Team, Coach and Why. This is where you would indicate a "Play Up" request as well.
 
How to use the Special Request/Additional Comments field during registration

If looking for a specific team please enter Team or Coach then type in your other comments.
If looking for specific players enter Team or Coach if known, then Players, then other comments.
 
What about try-outs?

LVR does not have try-outs for recreational team assignments. Everyone who registers can play, assuming we have enough volunteer coaches and field space. Seattle United offers select teams at U11 and above, with open try-outs in the spring.
 
What is the House League?

The LVR House League is a Modified soccer program designed for U7-U9 teams (ages 6-8).  The U7 and U8 teams play on smaller fields, where the focus is on fun and learning the game of soccer.  At the U7 level, teams play 4 to a side with no goalie.  At the U8 level, teams play 5 to a side (including a goalie).  We expand the field for our U9 teams where they play 6 to a side with a goalie.  All House League games are played at Eckstein among LVR club teams. Scores are not kept for our House league. Girls and boys play on seprate teams. For more info, see our programs page.
 
What is the City League? 

LVR teams at the U10 level and above play in SYSA's City League, where they compete against teams from other SYSA clubs throughout Seattle. Girls and boys play on separate teams. Experienced referees are used, scores are kept. All aspects of the league play are organized and managed by the SYSA. Teams are still organized by LVR and represent the club in the citywide league competitions. There is a citywide tournament at the end of the season that all teams can enter. The emphasis at this level is continued skill development and team play tactics with the introduction of strategy and position play. For more info, see our programs page. 
 
What is "Select Soccer", and does LVR have it? 
LVR provides rec soccer only.  At U11, Seattle United is the SYSA club for all select and premier soccer for age levels U11 to U19.
 
When is the soccer season?

LVR teams play soccer in the fall. Rec teams generally start to practice in mid-August, based on the coach's preference and the availability of practice fields. Games start the weekend after Labor Day (schedules are usually not available until around Labor Day). Mod and Micro teams play through October. The Season for the U11 and older teams continues until almost Thanksgiving, with many teams finishing their season by playing in the (Seattle) City Tournament in December.

Select teams: generally form in May, enter tournaments in the late spring and summer, and play in either a District 1 (comprising King County in the south to Bellingham in the north) or a state-wide league, which begins the weekend after Labor Day and ends the third weekend in December. Most of these teams participate in one of the three State Cups -- play begins the first weekend in January and finals are in mid-March.
 
SYSA Spring Soccer:  For teams U7 and above. Registration opens usually in February at http://www.sysa.org. The season runs April to the 2nd week of June. It is 8 games long. The games are played on Sundays and on half fields with 8 players-a-side. Spring soccer is a fun sandlot style recreational soccer. No stats. Coach refereed. Placement on SYSA Spring Soccer teams does not influence placement for Fall recreational teams.
 
How can I help the team?

Volunteer parents make soccer available to our children. VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED! Teams need coaches, especially the younger teams. You do not have to know anything about soccer to coach in our House League and there are lots of Club resources available to help you get started, including coaching clinics.

Each team may also want a manager and/or parent coordinator to do things like organize snack sign up, help at game time, or arrange the team's end-of-the-year event. Each family should plan to commit 2 hours of help during the season. Encourage your child to practice soccer whenever possible off the practice field. Passing and dribbling alone, in small groups, and with a parent or older sibling helps one's ball control skills and builds confidence needed during games.
 
How can I help LVR Youth Soccer Club?

There are 15 to 20 volunteer roles that operate the whole soccer club - president, treasurer, registrars, SYSA reps, House League coordinators, equipment coordinators, etc. There are still positions to be filled this year, and there will be positions to be filled at the end of this year. Many of these positions do not require knowledge of soccer or even much knowledge of LVR Youth Soccer Club. They just need bits of time and organizational skills. We need your help. To volunteer contact any LVR Board member or send an email to info@lvr-soccer.org.  WE NEED YOU!
 
Equipment

All players must wear shin guards (with socks completely covering) to protect their legs. Our House League plays on a turf field at Eckstein and our City League teams play on grass. Cleats or turf shoes are appropriate.. These items can be found at reasonable prices at Big 5, Fred Meyer and other local stores.  At the House level, a jersey is supplied as part of the registration. At higher levels, players are provided with a jerse, shorts and socks.

Jewelry  - I just got my ears/nose/eyebrow/tongue pierced. Will that impact my ability to play soccer?

Yes FIFA Laws of the Game number 4 prohibits players from wearing jewelry. That includes earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings, certain hairpieces, and anything else the referee deems is dangerous to the player or another player. Using tape to secure the item is not adequate - the item must be removed.
 

Referee
Please see the Referee Roundtable. Both the How to become a Referee and Commonly Asked Questions sections have valuable information.
 
DOGS not Allowed, Sorry.
City rules prohibit dogs at or on the fields at any time when soccer games or practices are held. Please leave the happy puppies at home.