RECREATIONAL SOCCER PROGRAM "FAQ"

HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR RECREATIONAL SOCCER?

  • Internet on-line registration - See our website at www.lmvsc.org.
  • Library Registration - Library registration is held at John Marshall, Sherwood Hall and Kingstown libraries. Visit www.lmvsc.org for the date.
DO I NEED TO REGISTER EARLY?
Yes. Registering early provides a better chance for placement close to home.

DOES LMVSC OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS?
Yes. In order to qualify for a scholarship, you must return a signed scholarship form with your child’s soccer registration. You can find the scholarship form on the LMVSC Website menu bar.  Inasmuch as signed scholarship forms are good for an entire year, the County requires a newly signed scholarship form for each season.

WHICH DIVISIONS ARE COED?
Pre Kindergarten (Mini Kickers) and Kindergarten (E Division) are LMVSC’s only coed divisions.

HOW OLD DOES MY CHILD HAVE TO BE TO START PLAYING SOCCER?
For LMVSC’s youngest division, Mini Kickers,  your child must be 4 years old on or prior to AGE DEADLINE.

ARE CHILDREN PLACED ON A TEAM BASED ON THEIR AGE OR GRADE?
Players are placed on teams based on their age for Kindergarten. Players are placed on teams based on grade for 1st grade through 8th. Players who are older (e.g., have been held back in school one or more years) may, with prior approval from the league, play in the division appropriate for their age. Such requests must be made separately in writing by e-mail (director@lmvsc.org) or letter (LMVSC, P.O. Box 10202, Alexandria, VA 22310). No other exceptions will be made.

WHAT IF I WANT MY CHILD TO PLAY WITH FRIENDS OR WITH A CERTAIN COACH?
Unless you indicate otherwise, we will use your local elementary school for first priority in placement. On your child’s registration form there is a "Special Request" section. Please specify any preferences with respect to coach, friends or school area. However, keep in mind that teams are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and players who register earlier have priority.

WHAT IF MY CHILD ATTENDS A DIFFERENT SCHOOL?
If your child attends a private school or a special program at a public school that is not the closest one, simply indicate the local elementary school or private school you want us to use for placement under Special Requests.

WHAT ARE DIVISIONS?
E Division players must be five as the game of the season.
D1 Division 1st grade
D2 Division 2nd grade
C Division 3rd/4th grades
B Division 5rd/6th grades
A Division 7rd/8th grades
AA and AAA divisions High school (9th-12th grades) players play nine games through the Suburban Friendship League (SFL). SFL teams are formed by age.
Note: Fairfax County allows some overlap for school registration in August/September.

HOW DO I VERIFY THAT MY CHILD IS REGISTERED?
If you registered on line, you will receive e-mail verification. If you registered via the postal service, you will receive a call from your child’s coach on or after the scheduled coach’s meeting for all Divisions. See the schedule at www.lmvsc.org for the date of the coach’s meeting and allow 5-6 days after it for your coach to contact you.

HOW DO I FIND OUT WHAT TEAM MY CHILD IS ON?
LMVSC player directors are often working until the day of the coaches’ meeting to form teams. Your child’s coach will contact you after he or she is given the team roster at the coaches’ meeting.

WHEN DOES THE SEASON START?
Please refer to the home page of the website - calendar is located on the right hand side.

HOW MANY PRACTICES IS MY CHILD EXPECTED TO ATTEND?
Pre-Kindergarten Mini Kickers, will participate in age specific training sessions on Saturday mornings. Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade players will practice one day a week. All other divisions practice two days a week.
 
WILL I BE GUARANTEED DAY(S) AND TIMES  FOR MY CHILD’S PRACTICE?
LMVSC’s coaches are volunteers. Your child’s coach will determine what day and time works best for their work schedule.  We do not guarantee days and times for your child’s practices.  

WHEN WILL I KNOW ABOUT PRACTICE SCHEDULE TIME AND PLACE?
Unfortunately, we have no way to determine practice days and times for a particular team until after the coach’s meeting on. Coaches select practice locations and times at the same time as they get their rosters. Fairfax County allocates a limited number of practice fields to LMVSC teams, generally in late August. Although we form teams based on school locations, we don’t necessarily receive every school field for practice. Our volunteer coaches usually sign up for the closest field available that meets with their personal work schedules, based on the list of available locations they receive at the Coach’s meeting. Please know that we try very hard to make it as convenient to parents as we possibly can by matching players with a coach who is located in the same area.

WHAT EQUIPMENT DOES MY CHILD NEED TO PLAY SOCCER?
  • Uniform - the league provides a jersey, shorts and socks. The jersey and shorts must be returned at the end of the season.
  • Shin guards are required for all soccer players.
  • Cleats/shoes - your child will also need soccer cleats or turf shoes. Shoes with a cleat at the front are not permitted.
  • Soccer Ball - we strongly recommend all players have their own ball.
    • Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd graders use a size 3 ball.
    • 3rd/4th/5th/6th graders use a size 4 ball.
    • 7th graders and above use a size 5 ball.
WHEN ARE GAMES USUALLY PLAYED?
Games are usually played on Saturday.

WILL THERE EVER BE GAMES SCHEDULED ON SUNDAYS?
There typically will be games scheduled on Sunday especially during the Fall season. Based on field allocations received from the County and the number of teams to schedule, your child’s team may play on one or two Sundays. Also, if games are cancelled due to rain or unplayable field conditions, LMVSC may re-schedule games on Sunday.

HOW DO I KNOW IF A GAME IS CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN OR ANY OTHER REASON?
If any games are cancelled, your coach will contact you. If your coach hasn’t contaced you, you should call the LMVSC hotline... 703-799-1112 

HOW DO I GET A REFUND?
Refunds are provided only if your child could not be placed on a team. If your child is injured or is suffering from a long-term illness prior to the beginning of the season, please contact LMVSC’s