1. HOW DO I REGISTER MY SON OR DAUGHTER TO PLAY RECREATIONAL SOCCER FOR RIVER ISLANDS?
River Islands offer two easy ways to register:
The preferred method is online registration. Payment options include mail-in check or online credit card (Visa or MasterCard). Click the “REGISTER PLAYER NOW” link to begin the online registration process.
Walk-in registration is held at the River Islands Soccer Complex Office. Information regarding walk-in registration will be posted online at www.RiverIslandsFC.com/Register prior to registration dates.
2. Will I receive mail confirmation of my child′s registration?
Yes. More information coming soon.
3. How do I get my son or daughter on a specific team?
Request for team placement can be done at the time of registration only. You will need to specify in the Special Request section what coach or players you would like your child to be placed with.
4. I requested to play with a particular child or coach, but was not placed in accordance with my request. Why?
Requests are honored if possible on a first come, first served basis. There may be other reasons your requests may not be honored: The players you requested may not be playing in the same US Club Soccer (USCS) age grouping as your child, the requested coach may not be coaching, the coach may not be in your child’s age group, or the team may already be at its maximum roster size.
5. How do I change my son or daughter to a different team?
Request to change teams must be in writing (email acceptable) and sent to the Recreation Administrator, email@example.com. Please state your reason(s) for the change. Requests will be granted once it has been reviewed. Requests to change teams will not be granted if the team roster is at maximum roster size.
6. Can my son or daughter play up in an older age group?
The River Islands FC Recreational soccer program strongly recommends children play in their proper age group. US Club Soccer (USCS) establishes the age groups. Children are trained to play soccer according to their recreation age group. Requests to change to an older age group must be in writing and sent to the recreational administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org. A DOC may need to evaluate the player to see if he/she is capable of playing in the older age group.
7. Can my child play down an age group?
US Club Soccer (USCS) only allows children with mental or physical disabilities to play down an age group. Requests must be made in writing and sent to the recreational administrator at email@example.com. Please describe why your child needs to play down an age group.
8. When are practices?
All River Islands FC recreation coaches are volunteers. The coaches set practice days and times after their working hours. River Islands FC cannot assign you to a team that practices particular days and times, as that information is not available. River Islands FC will post online a list of when and where coaches practice.
9. When and where are the games held?
All games will played at River Islands Soccer Complex. There is a possibility to play 1 or 2 cross-league games which could take place at the neighboring city field, for example, Tracy, Manteca, and Stockton.
10. How will I receive a copy of my child′s game schedule?
Game schedules are distributed by the coach after all teams have been formed. Schedules will also posted on the River Islands FC website.
11. When will my child′s coach contact me regarding practices?
Rosters and information are distributed to the coaches upon completion of the forming of teams and procuring volunteer coaches. If the Director of Coaching or Recreation Administrator has not found a coach then you will be contacted via our mass email system. We strongly encourage coaches to contact their players as soon as they receive their rosters. You should hear from a coach in the middle of July for the fall season.
12. Does my child need soccer shoes (cleats)?
Soccer shoes are recommended for the older players in the U8 age group and up. The younger players in the U5 and U6 age groups can wear sneakers; soccer shoes are optional.
13. What items do I need to purchase?
It is mandatory for all players to wear shin guards and soccer socks over the shin guards. These items can be purchased at any sporting goods store. The uniform t-shirt is paid for in the registration fee. Each child will be given one shirt. We recommend black soccer shorts. All players will need to purchase a soccer ball to take to practice.
REQUIRED BALL SIZES:
U5 – U8 | Size 3
U9, U10 & U12 | Size 4
14. When emailing or calling the office about my child what information is needed to check the status of my child′s registration?
When contacting the River Islands FC office, please have your child’s age group available. This will allow us to locate your child’s registration quickly. Please call 209-444-6668 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
15. What information is needed when mailing my check to ensure that payment is applied to my child′s registration fee?
Please include your child’s name, age group, and area. A copy of the online ‘Certificate of Registration’ is very helpful.
16. I want to withdraw my son or daughter before the season starts and get a refund. May I receive a refund?
Refund requests must be submitted in writing (email acceptable) prior to the second game date. Refund requests are to include the player’s name and reason for the request. A $20.00 administrative fee will be deducted from all refunds without regard to the reason for the request. All check refunds will be processed and mailed after the second game date. Fees paid by credit card will be refunded to the credit card after the second game date. Donations and late fees paid are not refundable. Refund requests will not be honored or issued after the second game date. Wait-listed players or players not placed due to lack of available space within the club will receive a full refund.
17. Does River Islands FC Offer financial assistance?
Scholarship applications are available. All scholarships are confidential and require all proper paperwork to accompany the application before being considered. Further information on scholarships will be available online soon.