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Frequently Asked Questions

Valpo Soccer Club - Frequently Asked Questions:
Should you have other questions not addressed by one of the FAQs below, click here to ask us online.

Q: What age group will my player be placed?

A: To keep play fair and competitive players are divided by age group. Your child's correct age division will auto populated based on their birth date during the online registration process. Eligibility for age groups shall be determined by a player’s age on August 1 of the seasonal year. A seasonal year is Fall followed by Spring. The 'U' is for 'under'. meaning on August 1 of the Fall season, the player is under that particular age.

Fall 2020 Divisions by Age:

U8    -   8/1/2012 - 7/31/2014
U10  -   8/1/2010 - 7/31/2012
U12  -   8/1/2008 - 7/31/2010
U14  -   8/1/2006 - 7/31/2008
U19  -   8/1/2001 - 7/31/2006


Player eligibility will be governed by rules established by the Soccer Association for Youth (SAY). All players residing within the Valparaiso, Indiana school district will be eligible to play with the Valpo Soccer Club. Players outside the Valparaiso, Indiana district will need a completed waiver from their district to be filed with the Northwest Indiana Soccer League (NWISL) to be eligible to play for the Valpo Soccer Club.


Q: What are the costs I can expect if my child participates in youth soccer within the Valpo Soccer Club?

 

A: The Valpo Soccer Club offers two sessions that make up the seasonal year, Fall and Spring. The registration fees are $160 per player, per season. The same cost applies for all age divisions. Late Registration Fees of $25 per player start on specific dates per season and vary per season. Our Spring Season fees also include a tournament. VSC offers and Early Bird registration at $135 and registration is due by August 1 before each Fall season and February 1 of each Spring season. 

We also offer multiple participant discounts of $25 per player/per season for families with multiple participants! Please be sure to register all of your children at the same time to ensure this discount is applied correctly.

Each player is required to buy and wear a Valpo Soccer Club uniform. This uniform consists of a jersey, shorts, and socks. The cost for the soccer club uniform is $65. This is a one-time fee as long as the uniform is in decent condition and fits appropriately  New uniforms were issued during the Fall 2017 season.  If your player did not play for Valpo Soccer Club during the Fall 2017 through Spring 2020, a new uniform must be purchased to play. Some gently used uniforms may be available to help offset this expense. Please email us at [email protected] to request a gently used uniform. Valpo Soccer will work to help get your players on the field looking sharp!

Please note for the Fall 2020 season: VSC changes uniforms every two (2) seasonal years and starts with the Fall season, but this Fall (2020) players can use previous uniforms from Fall 2017 foward, if still in good condition, to help offset any hardships faced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting with the Sprong 2021 session, a new uniform will need to be purchased. VSC is working diligently to determine the best course of action for the upcoming uniform requirements and the help lower the cost of your player(s) uniforms.

Each player is also required to wear soccer cleats and shin guards (an additional cost borne by each player). These requirements are for the safety of our players during practices, fielded events, games and tournaments. Players will not be allowed to participate in any activities on the field without these important pieces of gear. A filled water bottle is suggested for all players at each practice and game as VSC does not supply water for its participants at this time. 

Another cost associated with playing with our club are associated travel expenses associated with transport to neighboring communities for game play. This includes both vehicle expense and fuel expense. On average, approximately half of the Northwest Indiana Soccer League's games are played at home, while half are played away. This cost can be minimized by carpooling. 

Q: How do I register my player for kid’s soccer or youth soccer with the Valpo Soccer Club?

A: Valpo Soccer Club registration is completed through an online registration process.  CLICK HERE to Register. You will need a copy or your child's birth certificate and a current photo of your child from the shoulders up and to where you can clearly see them. Please do not use photos with multiple people in them and do not use photos of players that have on sunglasses or hats. A current photo is defined by VSC as a photo taken within one year of registration.

Q:  My child played kids' soccer or youth soccer for Valpo Soccer Club last fall. What do I need to register returning players for the Spring season that follows?

A:  If your child played in our Northwest Indiana soccer club last fall, all you need to is renew your registration through this website by logging in using your username and password you used to register for the prior season and select the options offered for the correct age group and complete the online registration. Registrations require a photo ("head shot") and birth certificate each time you register for a new season with VSC. This helps to streamline the registration process for the VSC Board of Directors and your families.

Q: Why do I need to order a new uniform this year?

A: The cost of the new uniform is approximately $65 through an on-line portal shared with players after registration from Blythe's Athletics in Valparaiso.  The uniform kit includes our current green jersey, matching shorts and socks. Reasons that you may need to order a new uniform the Fall 2020 season are:

  1. The uniform no longer fits
  2. The uniform is tattered and has seen better days
Our Current Jersey went into service in Fall of 2017.  It is expected to remain in service until the Fall 2020 season end. A new uniform kit will be required for Spring 2021, so if you can continue use of your current uniform, we suggest that you do. VSC is working through options to reduce the cost of future uniforms for its players in future seasons. 
 

Q: How much time is involved with volunteering for Valpo Soccer Club?

A: The time commitment related to volunteering for our club is entirely up to you and the tasks you take on.  Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches are almost always needed. This sort of volunteering would require a few hours each week during normal soccer playing seasons. However, volunteering to serve on our board can require several hours each week, even during the off seasons. We also are in need of help with Fundraising, Field Maintenance, Community Outreach, etc. 

Q: What type of experience is required for volunteering with the Valpo Soccer Club?

A: No experience is required to volunteer as a Valpo Soccer Club board member or to act a parent volunteer. We will support any parent who is interested in becoming involved. If you are interested in becoming a kids soccer or youth soccer coach, however, we encourage you to earn a beginning level coaches license, which can be completed during weekend coaches training sessions held locally.

Q: When and where do kids of the the Valpo Soccer Club practice and play?

A: All teams practice at our 15.5 Acre facility at 250 N 400 E, Valparaiso, Indiana. Some teams will have one (1) practice at our complex and then a 2nd practice at one of our local areas of use within the Valparaiso community. Some locations include Hayes-Leonard school on Rt. 30, Sylvan Manor park, Faith Evangelical Church, etc.

Coaches will notify their players as to where they will hold practices, as well as what days and times that practices will be held.

Practices are typically held twice each week on weekday afternoons and evenings. Our coaches also provide soome training sessions with a professional soccer trainer. 

The teams in the Valpo Soccer Club compete with teams from other clubs throughout the Northwest Indiana Soccer League (NWISL), with clubs from as far east as LaPorte and Michigan City (Indiana), as far west as Lansing (Illinois), as far south as Rensselaer (Indiana), and as far north as Ogden Dunes (Indiana). 

Please CLICK HERE for game day field maps.

The Valpo Soccer Club plays it's home games at the Valpo Soccer Club Complex in Valparaiso.

The youth soccer year starts in August, with both fall and spring seasons. There are normally eight games in the spring season (April through the beginning of June) and ten games in the fall season (middle of August to the end of October). There is a league tournament held for all age groups for teams that are part of the Northwest Indiana Soccer League.  Games are on Saturdays and/or Sundays. Some games cancelled due to weather or other circumstances may be made up on weekday nights, but VSC and NWISL do our very best to keep game times to weekends.

Any other questions can be email to us directly at [email protected]

See you on the pitch!


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Valpo Soccer Club

PO Box 1672 
Valparaiso, Indiana 46384

Email Us: [email protected]
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