What age group do I register my child in?
DQCA Timbits Soccer is a mixed league for the following age groups:
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Moving children between age groups is not allowed. If your child was born in 2014 or earlier, they must register for soccer with another soccer program, e.g. www.mckenzieunited.com .
How are teams made?
Teams are structured by age and gender distribution, as closely as possible. For example, a U4 team of 10 children would have 5 girls and 5 boys, with an equal age distribution.
Can I request that my child be put on the same team as their best friend?
With 400+ children enrolling in soccer each season, special requests cannot be accommodated, as this complicates the creation of fair and equal teams. However, if a parent would like to volunteer with another parent as a Coach or Assistant Coach, their children will automatically be assigned to the same team. Siblings who qualify for the same division will also be placed on the same team.
What can I expect my child to learn over the season?
U4: The only expectation is that these children have fun since they are between 3 and 4 years old. This may be their first exposure to any structure and they may be apprehensive. They may learn: how to play independent of their parent, how to take turns on the field, and to kick the ball (hopefully towards the net!). We don’t expect your child to completely focus during a game.
U6: This may still be the first year of play for many children, however slightly more structure, and game rules may be introduced compared to U4. The children should be able to focus a little more than the U4’s, however the main objective is to have fun.
U8: Same as U6 with a little more emphasis on how to play as a team – passing the ball, intercepting the ball, etc. The biggest emphasis is on having fun.
Please visit www.calgaryminorsoccer.com if you are seeking a more competitive league.
Do I need to provide my email address?
For volume and efficiency, our ONLY mode of communication is email. Please provide a home and/or work email address, but ensure it is one you check frequently, as this is our main method of communication.
How will I find out where and when my child’s first game is?
Please check your email approximately one week before the season is scheduled to start. You will receive a schedule for the entire season at the first game.
How long are the games?
All games are one hour starting at 6:30 pm. The format is a 20-30 minute warm-up/practice, followed by a game with the opposing team, taking a halftime as needed. Coaches may decide to change this format slightly depending on the players and their abilities. A cheer for the other team and snack time conclude the night.
How will I find out if a game is cancelled due to weather?
If a game is cancelled, an email will be sent out to the Division(s) affected. Given the nature of weather in Calgary, this decision cannot be made until just prior to game time, so it is advised that parents check email prior to heading off to the field.
Where are the games held? (Google Map Link)
We have three fields: one on Douglasdale Blvd by the public school, another on Douglasdale Blvd across from Centex Station (prior Swifty’s), and one in Douglas Glen. Game locations will be as evenly distributed as possible during the season. Please note we are unable to accommodate field requests.
Are there make-up games?
Fields are available Thursday evenings at 6:30pm and Sunday mornings at 10:00am. The coaches may coordinate among themselves to schedule any missed games and this is at their total discretion. It is OK if the entire team or one of the coaches is not able to attend a makeup game; ask another parent to assist with the magic carpet or on the field if necessary. Each team objective is to have 8 completed games by end of season.
What equipment will my child require?
Children must provide their own shin pads, runners or cleats, and shorts/pants. Each player will receive a jersey and socks at the first game, which they get to keep. Each child will also receive a team & individual picture, and a medal at the last game of the season.
Who brings the snacks?
A schedule for each parent to bring snacks for their team once during the season will be provided. The snacks should be small, and free of any nuts and choking hazards. Ideal snacks are: oranges cut in 1/8, watermelon, cut strawberries, cut grapes, etc. Please do not include drinks.
When are team/individual photos?
Team/Individual photos will be held at a location and scheduled to be confirmed. Please ensure to arrive 10 minutes early for your appointment since there are lots of children to photograph!