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Frequently Asked Questions

More detailed information on all of these questions can be found elsewhere on our website; this is meant to summarize many of the questions that we get every season.

What is rec soccer?  Our rec program is open to boys and girls ages 4-19 in the Spring; for boys and girls ages 4-15 in the Fall (because most soccer players play for their high school in the Fall).  Rec soccer means for recreational purposes only, all who sign up are placed in a team and will receive at least 50% playing time.  While our coaches focus on the fundamentals, more emphasis is placed on fun than winning.  Rec soccer teams have parent volunteer coaches.

What is rec plus soccer?  Rec plus soccer is the same thing as rec soccer except that, because we have fewer participants at the U12, U14, U16 and U18 levels and therefore not enough to form our own league, these teams must “travel” to play games.  By travel, we mean local travel (Corydon, Salem, Scottsburg, etc.)  No overnight travel is involved.

What is Select soccer?  Our Select program is open to boys and girls ages 4-19 in the Spring; for boys and girls ages 4-15 in the Fall (because most soccer players play for their high school in the Fall).  Select soccer teams are formed via tryouts, which are held every June to form teams for the Fall/Spring season (high school age players tryout in late October, after the high school season).  Select players, if chosen for the team by the age group coach, must commit to the team for BOTH Fall and Spring and will be on the same team for both seasons.  Select soccer is more expensive because they have paid, licensed coaches, they participate in competitive leagues, and they go to tournaments, many times where overnight stays are required.  See “Why Play Select” under the “Select Program” tab for more information.

What is the Academy?  Our Academy program is for boys and girls in the U8-U9 age group.  All who sign up (until the maximum number is reached) can become a part of the Academy.  The cost and time commitment is greater than rec soccer, but not as much as Select soccer.  Academy players benefit from having paid, licensed coaches under the direction of our Director of Coaching, who holds (among other coaches licenses) the National Youth License.  The focus of the Academy is on individual player development versus team results (winning).

Why do you run the programs the way you do?  As a member of Indiana Soccer and U.S. Youth Soccer, we follow their rules.  Also, having run rec and Select youth soccer programs since 1986, we have learned a few things along the way!

What is ODP?  The Olympic Development Program (ODP) is a national program, started in 1977, to identify, train, and develop youth players to represent their state, region, and country in soccer competitions. ODP is open to boys and girls U11 and older.  The program was formed to identify players of the highest caliber on a continuing and consistent basis, which will lead to increased success for the U.S. National Teams in the international arena. Players are divided into training age groups by birth year and are led by ODP State Staff Coaches.  For more information, see www.soccerindiana.org.

What does “playing up” mean?  Playing up means playing up an age group (for example, a U13 player playing up on a U14 team).  Playing up is the exception to the rule and requires the approval of our Director of Coaching and both age group coaches.

What does “playing down” mean?  Playing down means playing down an age group (for example, a U14 player plays on a U13 team).  Playing down is not allowed under any circumstances.  No, not if a player is small for their age and not if the player is handicapped in any way.

Why is my U7 player on a U8 team?  SIU forms teams at the U5 and U6 level and then switches to even age groups only.  We do our best to balance the teams so that no team is loaded with older or younger players.  This has worked very well for us for many years.

How do I know what age group my child is in?  Youth soccer age groups are determined by the U.S. Youth Soccer age chart, which can be found on the Indiana Soccer website.  The youth soccer calendar runs from August 1 to July 31 so whatever age the player is as of August 1 (not one day before or one day later), that is the age group (U9, U10, U11) in which the player falls.

When does the season start?  Our Fall season usually starts mid to late August and ends at the end of October; our Spring season usually starts mid to late March and ends by Memorial Day.  Deadlines to register are usually July 15th  for the Fall and February 15th  for the Spring (watch our website for definite dates).

Where do I send my registration fees?  SIU, P.O.Box 3233, Clarksville, IN  47129

How can I get more involved in my child’s sport?  Raise your hand!  We can never have enough volunteers; this is the only way we can run our programs!!!

We are new to soccer, where can I find information on how the game is played?  Come watch our games, go to high school and local college games, watch it on TV!  There are tons of articles and demos on our website, as well as the Indiana Soccer website (www.soccerindiana.org), and the U.S. Youth Soccer website (www.usyouthsoccer.org).