Everything you wanted to know about Coral Springs Youth Soccer but did not know who to ask

How big is CSYS?

When / how long is our season?

How to I sign up?

What next after I sign up?

I missed the registration day.  Can I still sign up?

What do I get for my registration fee?

What do I need to provide for my child to play?

How long / what time are practices and games?

How much playing time should my child have in each game?

Should I get my child's ear pierced during the season?

What can my child wear on cold days?

Can I get a refund if we move or change our mind?

How can I get on the same team with my friend/neighbor?

What happens if I cannot make the practices I've been assigned to?

I've moved since registering.  How do I tell you my new phone etc?

How do I volunteer to help out with the program?

My child is trying out for a traveling team. Do I need to sign up with CSYS?

My child has made it onto a traveling team. How do I get my registration fees back?

 

Some statistics…

We run separate divisions for boys and girls, and have separate divisions based on age groupings. See our registration page for the current breakdown. Each team has between 1 or 2 volunteer coaches, usually parents, who receive various training courses provided by CSYS. We typically have 200 teams, over 450 coaches and hold over 1600 games.

About the season…

Click here to see our current season calendar. CSYS is able to secure field space when the football season ends around mid-November. Practices usually start about 10 days before Thanksgiving. After a couple of weeks of practices, weekend games begin. We break during the holiday period at the end of December and begin again when school starts after New Years Day.

For the 4 1/2 - 8 year olds, the season continues with games each weekend until the end of February. On the final day all of the players receive an award.

For the older players, the regular season ends about mid-February. There are no practices for any U10-19U team after this date. At this time, ALL of the teams go into the Soccer Bowl Championship, a tournament which becomes a short second season. During this 3-week period, we play games every day of the week, remember - no practices. Teams will have anywhere from 3 to 7 games during this period depending upon their ability to advance in the tournament. The season ends on the first or second Saturday in March with the final Soccer Bowl Championship and awards.

Getting started…

To sign-up for the CSYS program, you may register online at csys.org or visit one of our in-person registration sessions. We have three sessions; one just after school starts, and the other in early September and one evening session. In 2022 the dates are August 20th, September 10th and September 15th See the registration page for times and locations. A $10.00 per player late fee will be assessed starting on September 16th

On-line registration is also available, with payment via credit card. See the registration page for details.

In-person registration is easy and fast if you come prepared:

  • All registrants must provide proof of Coral Springs residency at each registration. A utility bill is recommended. All NON-RESIDENTS MUST attend one of the in-person registrations to determine if they are obligated to pay a NON-RESIDENT CITY SURCHARGE of $50.00 per player. The NON-RESIDENT CITY SURCHARGE will be waived if player attends a Coral Springs School and produces a report card from school.
  • If you are signing up for the first time, you will need a copy of a birth certificate, passport or other LEGAL document containing the child's date of birth. Returning players do not need this as the information is kept on file in our computer system.
  • A parent or legal guardian is required to sign the registration form for players under 18 years of age.
  • Credit card payments will be accepted online and at the in-person registrations. A check made out to "Coral Springs Youth Soccer" or "CSYS" in the proper amount or Cash is also acceptable. See fees below.
  • The City of Coral Springs requires all participants in city sports leagues to pay a Sports Participation Fee at registration time. The current City of Coral Springs Sports Participation Fee for Soccer is $17.33 per child, which we have included in the registration fee. The Sports Participation Fee is a City of Coral Springs requirement and is not associated with Coral Springs Youth Soccer. We simply are collecting the required Sports Participation Fee for the City and passing directly to them.

Fees

Age Up to September 15th After September 15th
U06 $125 $135
U08 $125 $135
U10 $150 $160
U12 $150 $160
U14 $150 $160
U15 $175 $185
U16 $175 $185
U19 $175 $185

Now what

You have signed up and looking forward to playing. When will I hear something?

We are very busy during October and early November organizing the teams, coaches, practice schedules, etc. In early to mid-November we distribute rosters and equipment to the coaches. At that time, the coaches are given the names and phone numbers of each player on their team. It is then their duty to call each one as soon as possible.

We would like to give you information sooner, but with 2500+ players, we cannot call each one or talk to all of you to let you know what is your team info is. So we ask you to be patient and wait for the coach’s call. You can also look up your team information on our web site at the Team Information page. But if you haven't heard from anyone by November 13, send an email to csysadmin@csys.org and we will be glad to help you.

We do suggest you use this time to get your equipment (soccer cleats, shin-guards, etc.). If you wait until the teams are called, you and all of your friends, neighbors, etc. will all hit the sporting goods stores at the same time, and they may be out of what you want.

If you missed registration…

We use the information obtained from the two primary registrations to determine the number of teams in each age group and division. If you move into the city just before the season starts, or just plain forget about registration, we are USUALLY able to accommodate you on a space-available basis.

  • The late registration fees are listed above. This includes the $17.33 City of Coral Springs Sports Participation Fee.
  • Late sign-up is on a first-come, first-serve space available basis. Most of these late players are placed on a wait-list and contacted when an opening is available. This is done by using our Wait-List function on the Registration Page. You will be contacted with instructions to complete the registration assuming your age group has space available. If you miss this opportunity, you will return to the bottom of the wait list.
  • You may not get called until the second week of practice, when we find out which teams have lost players due to moves, injuries, etc.
  • We will usually NOT add any players after December 31 of the seasonal year.

What you get for the fee

The CSYS registration portion of the total fee provides you with the following:

  1. A uniform consisting of jersey, shorts and socks.
  2. Help fund the Referee program, and other awards.
  3. A Great Time!

What you will need…

You will need to get the following on your own:

  1. Shin-guards. These are required for practices and games. Under no circumstances may players play or practice without shin-guards worn properly.
  2. Soccer cleats or appropriate soccer turf shoes. While we do permit players to play in regular sneakers, we do not recommend it as they will slide and fall quite easily. Metal cleats or studs are also not appropriate for CSYS soccer.
  3. We strongly recommend each player bring a ball of the appropriate size to each practice. It is also great to have around home to practice with. U6 and U8 use a number 3 size ball. U10 and U12 use a number 4. Older players use the regulation size number 5 ball.

Practices and games

The format for practices and games is geared to the Age Grouping of the player. If you're not sure what category a player is in, see the table on the Registration Page. Please note that the information listed below is what we have being doing in the past, and it may change from year to year. We’re always striving to improve our program!

U6 - Play and practice only on Sundays. A 30-minute practice precedes each 40 minute game. 

U8 - Two 45-minute practices per week, either at 6:00pm or 6:45pm. One 40-minute game each Saturday.

U10 - Two 1-hour practices per week, either at 6:00pm or 7:00pm. One 60-minute game each Saturday, and several games during the end-of-season tournament. 

U12 - Two 1-hour practices per week, either at 6:00pm, 7:00pm or 8:00pm. Usually one 60-minute game each weekend, 1 or 2 weeknight games, and several games during the end-of-season tournament. 

U14 - Two 1-hour practices per week before the holiday break, then upon return in January, only one practice per week. One 60-minute game per week before the holidays, after which there are usually two games per week. Games are every Saturday and may also be played on Sunday afternoons or week-nights. 

U15 (girls) - Two 1-hour practices per week before the holiday break,then upon return in January, only one practice per week. 70-minute games every Saturday with additional games on Sunday afternoons or weeknights.

U16 (boys) - One 1-hour practice per week, at 8:00pm or 9:00pm. 80-minute games every Sunday afternoon with additional games on week-nights or occasionally late Saturday afternoon. 

19U (boys & girls) - One 1-hour practice per week, at 8:00pm or 9:00pm. 80-minute games every Sunday afternoon with additional games on week-nights.  Boys typically play on Tuesdays or Thursdays, and girls typically on Mondays or Wednesdays.

Equal Playing Time

Equal Playing Time for ALL players is a very important part of our program. An excerpt from our Rules on the topic...

The minimum required time shall be two-thirds of the game for 19U, U16 and U15 games. For all other age groups, each player shall play a minimum 1/2 of the game, and in addition, no player may play 4 quarters unless all other players have played 3 quarters of the game.

Stated more simply, in the U14 and younger, generally everyone must play at least 3 quarters in all games unless there are too many players at the game.  But in this case, no one may play the entire game.  If you feel a coach is not handling this issue correctly, please contact a Director as soon as convenient.

Earrings (and other jewelry)

We have a hard rule (without exception) that no external piercings or jewelry can be worn at any time during any game, no matter how protected. The only exception is medical bracelets or similar emergency items and they must be secured to not move on arm.

This means that earrings or studs may never be worn, even if covered by bandages, padding, etc. So we suggest that if you are planning on having your child's ear pierced, do it before or after the soccer season to avoid disappointment at game time - No Exceptions.

Cold weather attire

Occasionally it does get cold, even here in sunny South Florida.  Parents frequently question how to keep their child warm and still play the game.  The general guidelines are simple a) We almost always play if it is cold.  Unless it is raining or lightning siren blasts, the games are played.  b) Warm weather attire is permitted and suggested for players and referees as long as it is worn UNDER the primary uniform.  Thus a jacket or sweatshirt under the jersey, and/or long pants under the uniform shorts is permitted and recommended!

About Refunds…

To keep costs down, we operate on a pretty tight budget. Once we set up the season, order uniforms, etc. we can’t give out refunds under any circumstances. So our policy is as follows:

Prior to October 20th - refund available, less a $20 processing fee, if requested in writing.

After October 20th - refunds not available for any reason.

To receive a refund, please email csysadmin@csys.org indicating the player to which the refund applies, the parent to whom the check should be written, and the address to where the check should be mailed. Depending upon the time of year it may take us 2-4 weeks to get the refund into your hands.

I (want/need) to be on the same team with so and so

We are not able to accommodate requests to be with your friends/neighbors etc. We understand the importance of car-pooling, but with the number of players, teams, etc. we support in this league, it's just not possible to handle these requests.

Also, CSYS firmly believes in fair, balanced teams, and we have found that teams with multiple players who know each other or who have played together before can really dominate a division. So we have established a team makeup policy that pretty much regulates who gets to play together, a portion of which is listed below:

  1. Siblings (brothers/sisters) having the same last name, living at the same address and in the same age-group will be placed on the same team, unless you specifically requested to separate them. We ask that you email us to make sure we know there is a sibling attached.
  2. Coaches, assistant coaches and sponsors may get together and be on the same team. Each of these may bring their own child to that team. This provides a way for three children to play together.
  3. If a coach/sponsor has two children in the same age group, then they will be placed together on that team they are associated with (as provided by item 1 above). However, under no circumstances will more than 4 pre-assigned players be placed on the same team. So, for example, if both the head and assistant coach have twins, then there can be no pre-assigned sponsor child, etc.

I cannot make these practice times

We realize that soccer is just one of many activities our children are involved with. And we understand why you tell us that ‘my child cannot practice on such-and-such a day due to religious school’. But we have over 2500 players, and we are unable to adjust each of the players’ requested practice schedules to those of specific teams, as the practice times are picked by the coaches rather than our league and may change up until the day practices start… it is impossible to accommodate.

When the coach calls and gives you the practice days and times and you find there is a conflict, we will try and help out a bit:

If you can make one of the weekly practices, we will not change your team.

If you have a religious school conflict with both practice times, we will remove you from that team. You will then be placed on HOLD on the waiting list, and added to an alternate team as openings become available.

You have moved or changed phone numbers …

It is very important for us to have your current phone number and email address when the season starts so that the coach can get in touch with you to let you know which team(s) you are on. So if you change phone numbers or email addresses after sign-ups, please send us an email, csysadmin@csys.org.

Getting more involved…

The Directors of CSYS could never run the entire program without the help of hundreds of volunteers in various capacities. If you have any interest in helping out, even in the smallest ways, we could use it in any of the following:

Sponsors

  Before August 20th On or after August 20th
Sponsor 1 team $325 $350
- We strive to have a sponsor for each of our approximately 260 teams. We are never entirely successful, so we're always grateful when businesses step up to help. Sponsorship costs $350 for one team. However, we offer a $25 discount prior to August 20th. ($350 - $25 = $325) Special discounts are available for multiple teams - check out our Sponsor Page for details. The team jerseys have the sponsor name printed on the front and the sponsor receives a team photo plaque at the end of the season. In addition, periodic publicity recognizes the team (sponsor) name on our website and Facebook.

Referees - While most of our referees are teens (we start at 14 years of age), we are especially in need of older referees, particularly college age or higher, to referee some of our older matches.  If just takes some knowledge of the game and interest in helping out. Referees are also paid for each game they do. Our referee trainers will oversee instruction and evaluate on an ongoing basis.

Coaches - While we are extremely grateful for the tremendous number of volunteer coaches in our program, we often have a need in several older age groups, and we are always short in the youngest (U6 & U8). At this age, you don’t have to be a ‘Pele’ to teach the game, just a willingness to work with kids and a little time to do it. We provide both basic and advanced training courses to get you started. It’s a great way to spend a little extra time with your children and have fun making memories.

Team Parents - Most coaches appreciate a Team Parent to help organize some of the logistics that make a team happy and successful.  This could be as little as making sure drinks make it to each game, reminding parents to look on the website for cancellations, or much more if desired/needed.  Just let your coach know at the beginning of the season when you first get together.

Travel teams are separate organizations and you will need to pay whatever fees for the traveling club separately. CSYS will not refund any fees after October 20. We suggest you contact them or go to their website to get any information you may need.

CSYS does not transfer registrations between the traveling clubs and CSYS!