Roosevelt Island Fall Soccer Program Information
Tryouts will be held Saturday, September 21st beginning at 8:30 AM and will take place at Firefighter’s Field (opposite the Tram). All participants are required to wear shorts, t-shirts, sneakers/rubber soccer cleats and long socks. It's advisable to bring a bottle of water. Depending on the age-group, tryouts will be one hour to 90 minutes. This will be an opportunity for participants to be assessed by skilled coaches, who will then rank and place participants on a team. Please note that, in some cases, a participant may be bumped up to the next age group because of his/her skill level. Teams will be balanced, providing for fairness and competitive fun. Requests for children to be placed on a particular team will not be granted.
Coaches will expect participants to be prepared to practice, which means being ready to work and to have fun! Be sure that your child has on sneakers and shin guards (worn under socks at all times. Shin guards will not be provided) and a water bottle to each practice. We recommend that you label all items. Long hair should be tied back and no jewelry (including necklaces, long earrings, watches or hair clips) should be worn. Portable restrooms will be available at field for practice and game days.
Please be on time to pick your child up from practice. This is both a common courtesy and a safety issue. If your child is to go home with someone else, then be sure to personally notify your coach prior to the start of practice. Sometimes coaches can be delayed. Do not leave your child on the practice field until coaches arrive.
Game schedules will be posted on the RIOC website (rioc.ny.gov) on Tuesday, October 1st. All players should plan to arrive at the field at least fifteen minutes before their game begins unless otherwise instructed by their coach. Your child should wear his/her t-shirt, team jersey/Bib, shin guards under socks, and sneakers.
If you will miss (or be late) . . .then be sure to notify your coach as far in advance as possible. Soccer is a team sport, and while a perfect attendance record may be nearly impossible, please try to be fair to the rest of your child’s team when planning vacations and other events.
In the event of rain or inclement weather, a notification will be issued regarding the status of practices and games through the RIOC Advisory system. An email and text will be sent in the event either are cancelled. Please be sure that you provided an email and cell number in your registration form. If not, feel free to send a separate email with the best contact information to use. As part of the soccer registration, you will be subscribed to this system and can opt out at any time. In the event that you do not wish to be included, please send a separate email informing us that you do not want to be included.
Safety: If your child has allergies, asthma, or any other serious health issue, please be sure to discuss the issue with your coach.
Conduct: Youth sports is a time to model correct and appropriate behavior for the children. Always keep in mind that this is a GAME and that these are CHILDREN playing. There will be mistakes made by players, coaches and referees alike. Cheer your child on, but step back from the sideline and let your coach do the coaching. While most coaches welcome comments from the parents about how to make the season more productive and fun, remember that the coaches are working hard and spending time coaching your child.
Parents are not allowed, at ANY time, to speak to or have other interactions with the referees. Parents who disregard this rule will be asked to leave the fields. If you have questions or concerns about referees and/or game rules, then contact the Director of Community Affairs at 212-832-4559.
Above all, remember that the Fall Soccer Program is first and foremost about your children having FUN. The goals are for R.I. youth to learn to play soccer, be good teammates, be competitive, and show good sportsmanship, all while having FUN. Looking forward to a great season!
If you have any questions or concerns at any time, please feel free to speak to your child’s coach or call 212-832-4559.