What is a typical recreational soccer season like?
Ottawa Soccer Club (OSC) is pleased to offer the best possible soccer learning experience in the Ottawa area. Just before the season starts, registered players receive a communication containing details of their new soccer team: team color, team roster, coach contact info, practice schedule, game schedule, etc. Coaches choose practice times (typically after work on weekdays). Games are scheduled on Saturdays (typically between 8am and 1pm). A parent or legal guardian of each U6 player is expected to attend all practices and games.
What ages can play for OSC?
OSC offers coed soccer instruction for both boys and girls. Registered players are grouped into divisions based on age: U6 (under 6), U8 (under 8), U10 (under 10) , U12 (under 12), U14 (under 14 and 8th grade) and U19 (high school). U19 is only available during the Spring season and U6 is only available during the Fall. For the 2018-2019 playing year (Fall 2018 to Summer 2019), the following age matrix has been established by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), the official governing body of the sport of soccer in the United States:
For example, a player who was born on December 20, 2010 will play in the U10 division. A player born on January 20, 2011 will play in the U8 division. Based on the birth years above, some U6 players will still be 3 years old at the start of the Fall season, And, some U14 players will have turned 14 by the start of the Spring season.
* For OSC and other nearby recreational soccer leagues, U14 includes 8th graders born in 2004. This helps bridge the gap for players who love the sport, but are not yet able to play for a high school team.
When do practices and games start?
The Fall season starts in early August. Games are held mid-August through mid-October. The Spring season starts in late March with games held from early April through early June.
When is registration?
Registration for the Spring 2019 season begins on January 6th, 2019. Earlybird registration ends on January 21st and normal registration ends on March 1st. All registrations for players, coaches and volunteers are completed online at www.ottawasc.com. Simply click on the "Registration is Open" banner, which is visible during the registration period.
How much does it cost to register?
Player registration is $105 for all divisions, except U6 ($85). Families with multiple players receive a discount of $10 for each additional player registered (up to 3).
What does registration include?
Registered players receive one or more practice sessions per week with age-appropriate instruction, weekly games officiated by certified referees, a custom OSC soccer jersey, shorts and socks (to keep). Additionally, OSC provides a free properly sized OSC soccer ball for each registered player in the Fall, and a free end-of-season tournament for players in the Spring.
What equipment does my child need?
Players need well-fitting soccer "cleats" and shin guards. It is important to note that baseball and football cleats are not appropriate for soccer. Baseball cleats have a "toe cleat" and football cleats are longer than soccer cleats, both of which can be dangerous to other players. Practice pennies and game jerseys are provided by OSC.
How are teams determined?
Players are first automatically placed into teams based on their age to ensure divisions have a relatively equal distribution of "old" and "young" players in each team. Then, player evaluations from prior seasons are reviewed and adjustments are made to rosters to help ensure each team is as competitive as possible.
Does everyone make it on a team?
If players register before the deadline, and there are enough players registered to play for each division, teams will form and everyone will play. Coaches strive to provide equal playing time so no one player gets a full quarter of playing time more than any other player.
Where are practices and games?
Practice and games for U6, U8, U10 and U12 are held on the riverfront in downtown Ottawa at the Old Central School park area, near the Knights of Columbus. Practice and games for U14 and up players are held at a full size field near Peck Park in Ottawa.
How are coaches chosen?
All OSC coaches are volunteers and undergo a background check via KidSafePlus prior to the start of the season. Our coaches take pride in providing quality soccer instruction, with support from OSC, and enjoy seeing the development of their team throughout the season. Be sure to thank your coaches!
Can my child "play up" to the next division?
It is the policy of OSC that all players must play within the age group defined by the division, unless approved by the OSC Board of Directors. Requests for children to "play up" will be heard on a case-by-case basis. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for such requests or more information.