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Youth Recreational Frequently Asked Questions

 

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What is Rec (Recreational) soccer?

Rec or Recreational soccer is for youth players from PreK (3 years old) to 12th grade (18 years old) who want to play soccer without a significant time commitment.

The rec program is our largest in terms of the number of players. Players sign up by school grade and K and older players are assigned teams coached by volunteer parents. Teams play each other on Saturdays in the Fall (Sep - Nov) and Spring (Apr - June); some Inter-town league and 3M games will be on Sundays. PreK players have 1 hour sessions with Surf Mercer on Saturday mornings (9am - 3yo; 10am - 4 yo; 11am - 5 yo).

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When does Rec (Recreational) soccer take place?

The Fall (Sep - Nov) and Spring (Apr - Jun) Rec programs play games on Saturdays; with some Inter-town league and 3M games on Sundays. Teams in 3rd grade and higher will also have a weekday evening team practice organized and scheduled by the team's coach.

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Where can I register for Rec (Recreational) soccer?


Please visit the Online Registration Page.  If a program is not listed, registration is not open at this time.

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How is everything communicated for the Rec (Recreational) soccer?

Email! Email sent from the website will be used for all communications during the season.  PLEASE make sure the email address you would like to use is in the system. 

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How are the Rec (Recreational) teams formed?

Each league is managed by a League Manager who identifies coaching volunteers and organizes players onto teams so that every team has at least two coaches.  Grades K-2 teams may be co-ed based on the number of players that season.  Once teams are formed, team assignments and rosters are distributed to players. Practice schedules (Grades 3-8) are posted on the WWPSA website.  Game schedules are posted on the WWPSA website (Grades K-2) or the Inter-town website (Grades 3-8).

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What age divisions are available?

Each Rec league represents a school grade or group of grades, depending on the number of projected registrants. Typically, players are divided into a Co-ed PreK program and separate Boy and Girl leagues for Kindergarten through 12th grade. The Kindergarten through 12th grade players might be grouped together based on the number of players registered for example, Boys 1st and 2nd grade might be combined into one league or Boys and Girls Kindergarten might be combined into one league.

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Why do players get two (a green and a white) team jerseys?

Players have both a green and white jersey so that teams can wear different colors when playing each other.  One team is designated the home team (white) and the other, the away team (green). You are the home team if you are the first team listed on the schedule or if the schedule states "vs" [another team's name]. You are the away team if you are the second team listed on the schedule or if the schedule states "at" [another team's name]. It is always a good idea to bring both each week just incase! Uniforms may be reused from season to season.

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What is the volunteer bond?

WWPSA is a volunteer run organization that relies on volunteers to run the programs and maintain fields. To encourage volunteering, WWPSA charges a volunteer bond per family per seasonal year (July through June).

The bond is automatically added to the cost of registration for the first youth player registered by a family. The bond will be credited/refunded once a family member fulfills a volunteer shift of at least 3 hours.

Volunteer opportunities are announced throughout the year and filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. All you need to do is sign-up for an opportunity, show up, sign-in (as proof of volunteering), and do your part. Thank you for helping!

You will forfeit your Volunteer Bond and those funds will be returned to the WWPSA General Fund, if you do not complete your obligation by the end of June or you sign up but do not show so please make sure you can commit to the volunteer session.

Click here to learn more about the bond.

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How do I check my registration / find out my team?

Please log in to this website and check your account.  Team coaches will also reach out once teams are formed.

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How do I find out about cancellations?

Bad weather and dangerous field conditions may cancel games and practices.

For Saturday or Sunday games, cancellations will be posted on the website and/or emailed by 8:00 am.

For Weeknight practices, cancellations will be posted on the website and/or emailed by 3:00 pm.

For Individual Team practices, cancellations by the team coach will be communicated directly by the coach to the players on the team.

For Surf Optional practices, cancellations by the Surf coaches will be communicated directly by Surf coaches via email.

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Can I receive a refund?

No refunds will be issued after the first session of the program.

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How can I get a uniform?

A WWPSA Uniform Kit (1 green shirt, 1 white shirt, 1 shorts (pants), and 1 set of socks) can be purchased during registration for $50. 

Uniform distribution days will be held prior to the start of the season and during the first week of the season.  They will be announced via email.

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What do the players need besides a uniform?

Players MUST wear: soccer cleats and shin guards (INSIDE socks)

Players CANNOT wear: jewelry or casts.

Players should bring water/drinks and a soccer ball (PreK-2 uses size 3, 3-6 uses size 4, 7-12 uses size 5)
 

One weekend prior to the start of the season, families will recieve a coupon to Dick's Sporting Goods (530 Nassau Park Blvd, Princeton, NJ 08540).  This 20% off coupon can be used to get any necessary soccer items and anything else you would like! (some exclusions apply).  This will be announced via email.

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Where are the fields located in Zaitz Park?

The field map will be posted on the website here.  Signs will be placed next to each field.

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