Frequently Asked Questions

Q?What sponsorship opportunities are available?
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Each team is required to recruit or solicit a team sponsor. Sponsorships are available for a modest $300. Sponsors receive recognition on banner hung at Bob McEvoy field, recognition on team banners, and also prominent recognition on our website. Sponsorships help to keep the registration costs low for all of our families as well to help provide scholarships for families who cannot afford the registration fees. Our sponsors are an important component of our program’s success.

Q?How can I become a referee?
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For more information regarding Referee Certification contact:
Tom Schoettle

Q?Should my child play competitive or recreational soccer?
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The decision to play on a Blast team versus a recreational team is very individualistic to each player.  Club soccer is a lot more competitive and players may not get selected during try outs or may not get as much playing time as they would on a recreational team.  Natural athletic ability, soccer skill and speed of the player are major factors in determining whether your player will be successful on a club team.  Club teams often require multiple practices per week and travel commitments in addition to higher costs due to tournament fees and travel expenses.  For a player who has above average skills, however, club soccer can be a great way to develop your player in ways that cannot be achieved at the recreational level.  Usually club teams are comprised of players who all understand the game and are motivated to learn unlike recreational teams where there may be players who have never played before or have players who are only interested in the social aspect of being on a team and are not really motivated to learn the game.  The best resource to determine whether your child is better suited to recreational or club soccer is the player’s previous coaches and the Blast Director of Coaching who can give you an honest assessment of your player’s abilities.

Q?What are league fees and what is included in the fee?
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Recreational soccer registration fees are $135 for U6 and U8 for the fall season and $100 for the spring season.  The registration fee for U10 and older is $145 for the fall season and $100 for U10 spring season.  Blast registration fees are $300 per player plus any tournament fees your Blast team decides to participate in during the year

Q?What is your refund policy?
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Please contact the registrar in regards to refunds:
Patti Ghio

Q?When does my child’s team practice?
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Coaches determine the days and times of practices for their teams.  Typically teams practice once per week for approximately and hour to an hour and a half.  U10 and older teams may practice twice a week.  Coaches also select the location of practices

Q?Are scores and standings kept?
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U6 teams do not keep score or keep standings.  U8 and U10 teams do keep score but do not maintain standings.  U12 and older teams participate in interleague play in which scores and standings are kept.

Q?What equipment will I need to purchase for my player?
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The only mandatory equipment required for your player is shin guards.  It is also recommended that your player have soccer cleats (not baseball or softball cleats) although at the U6 level it is not necessary.  It is also recommended that your child come to practice with a soccer ball even though coaches usually will have a few extra balls for their team’s use.  U6 and U8 teams use a size 3 ball.  U10 and U12 use a size 4 ball and older teams use a size 5 ball.  Also, every player should come to practice with a water bottle (labeled with their name).

Q?When are games played?
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Fall season games are played on Saturdays at Bob McEvoy and Bayview Terrace Fields (U6—U10).  Spring season games are held on Sunday afternoons.  U12 and older teams play home games at Bayview Terrace but will travel to other locations throughout San Diego County for their away games.  Some of those games may be played on Sundays although generally they are played on Saturdays.

Q?What is involved in volunteering to be a coach?
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Coaches are required to obtain their YM license (a half day clinic) and pass a background check for risk management purposes.  Coaches are responsible for contacting their player families and setting practice schedules.  Coaches should be organized and have a lot of patience.  Coaching can be a very rewarding experience but does involve time and effort.  Getting a good assistant coach and a team parent is critical to making your coaching experience a success.

Q?Are there other volunteer opportunities besides coach?
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PYSL is an entirely volunteer run organization.  Our board of directors is responsible for implementing the many components that go into running a successful soccer program.  The board is also responsible for setting and implementing policies regarding our programs.  If you want to be involved and have a say in how this league is run, we welcome your participation on the board.  You can contact our board president to determine what positions are open and how your skills can be utilized.
In addition, every team is encouraged to have a team parent.  This is an important position which can help your coach have a successful season.  Team parents are responsible for organizing snack schedules, assisting with team communications, helping distribute team uniforms and pictures, and organizing the end of the season party and coach appreciation gifts.