Recreational Soccer Program-FAQs

a.) HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR RECREATIONAL SOCCER?

b.) DO I NEED TO REGISTER EARLY?
Yes. Registering early provides a better chance for placement close to home.

c.) DOES LMVSC OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS?
Yes. Scholarships are available on request to players that qualify for Fairfax County Free or Reduced-price school lunches and or on Medicaid. First child will pay the base fee according to age group of:
Divisions Fee
Pre K (Mini Kickers) $25.00 plus $8.00 County Fees
Kindergarten (E) $25.00 plus $8.00 County Fees
1st Grade (D1) $25.00 plus $8.00 County Fees
2nd Grade (D2) $35.00 plus $8.00 County Fees
3rd Grade (C3) $35.00 plus $8.00 County Fees
4th Grade (C4) $35.00 plus $8.00 County Fees
5th Grade (B5) $35.00 plus $8.00 County Fees
6th Grade (B6) $35.00 plus $8.00 County Fees
7th/8th Grade (A) $40.00 plus $8.00 County Fees
Birth years 1998-2002 (AA/AAA) $40.00 plus $8.00 County Fees

More than one child shall pay $10.00 plus $8.00 County Fees per additional child per family.

d.) WHICH DIVISIONS ARE COED?

Pre Kindergarten (Mini Kickers) and Kindergarten (E Division) are LMVSC’s only coed divisions.

e.) 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.

f.) 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.

g.) 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.

h.) 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.

i.) WHAT ARE DIVISIONS?
 
E Division players must be five as the game of the season.
D1 Division 1st grade
D2 Division 2nd grade
C3 Division 3rd grade
C4 Division 4th Grade
B Division 5th/6th grades
A Division 7th/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.

j.) HOW DO I VERIFY THAT MY CHILD IS REGISTERED?
If you registered online, you will receive e-mail verification. If you registered via the postal service, you will receive an email from your child’s coach on or after the scheduled coach’s meeting for all Divisions. Please view the Club's Calendar schedule HERE for the date of the coach’s meeting and allow 5-6 days after the meeting for your child's coach to contact you.

k.) 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.
 
l.) WHEN WILL I HEAR FROM MY CHILD'S COACH?
Please view the Club's Calendar schedule HERE for the date of the coach’s meeting and allow 5-6 days after the meeting for your child's coach to contact you.

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

n.) 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.
 
o.) 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 the coach's work schedule.  We do not guarantee days and times for your child’s practices. 

p.) 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 meetings. 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 February. 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.

q.) 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.
r.) WHEN ARE GAMES USUALLY PLAYED?
Games are usually played on Saturday's. Some may be played on Sunday's

s.) 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 Sunday's. Also, if games are cancelled due to rain or unplayable field conditions, LMVSC may re-schedule games on Sunday's.

t.) 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 

u.) 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 Executive Director, Lula Bauer, Director@lmvsc.org.