Parent Resources

HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR RECREATIONAL SOCCER?

Internet online registration – REGISTER

DO I NEED TO REGISTER EARLY?

Yes. Registering early provides a better chance for placement close to home.

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:
DivisionsFee
Pre K$35.00 plus $8.00 County Fees
Kindergarten$35.00 plus $8.00 County Fees
1st Grade$35.00 plus $8.00 County Fees
2nd Grade$45.00 plus $8.00 County Fees
3rd Grade$45.00 plus $8.00 County Fees
4th Grade$45.00 plus $8.00 County Fees
5th Grade$45.00 plus $8.00 County Fees
6th Grade$45.00 plus $8.00 County Fees
7th/8th Grade$50.00 plus $8.00 County Fees
HS Age Groups$50.00 plus $8.00 County Fees
  • Siblings: More than one child shall pay $20.00 plus $8.00 County Fees per additional child per family.
  • Submitting Financial Aid Documents: If applying for the reduced scholarship fee, when registering online please select the “Apply for Financial Aid” payment option, then scan or take a picture of accepted documents (Current Free/Reduced Lunch Letter or Medicaid Card) and send them via email to Jessie Gore, jgoreopsdirector@lmvsc.org. Please include in the email the following information: (1) Full Names of the children in which you are applying for scholarships; (2) Name of the program that your children are registered for.
  • Payment: Once your child has been approved for the reduced scholarship fee, you can log into your account and pay via credit card. All checks and Money Orders must be made out to: “LMVSC” and sent to the club’s mailing address: P.O. Box 10202, Alexandria, VA 22310

DOES LMVSC OFFER ANY OTHER DISCOUNTS?

LMVSC also offers the Family Max discount. A family maximum of $240 for all registrations done at the same time.

Please note that the LMVSC Recreational Soccer “Family Max” does NOT apply to the LMVSC Instructional Developmental Programs: Soccer Tots (3 Year Olds),  Junior Academy Program, Camps and other types of optional programs.

This $240 does not include the $8.00 per player In-County Application fee ($38.00 Out-of-County Application Fee).

WHICH DIVISIONS ARE CO-ED?

Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten offer co-ed divisions.  Kindergarten will also offer a girls division.  After that, teams are formed by specific gender.

HOW OLD DOES MY CHILD HAVE TO BE TO START PLAYING SOCCER?

For the youngest division in LMVSC’s Recreational League, Pre-K Soccer, your child must have turned 4 years old before the start of the Fall Season.  For Fall 2023, turned 4 years old before September 1, 2023.
Children who have not yet turned 4 years old may be eligible for the LMVSC Soccer Tots Program, which is for boys & girls who are 3 years old.

MY CHILD HAS NEVER PLAYED SOCCER BEFORE CAN MY CHILD STILL JOIN?

Our recreational program foundation is about playing with classmates, neighborhood friends while having fun and learning the game of soccer.  On the registration form, the number of seasons of experience is asked.  That way coaches will be aware of their player’s experience level which helps the coach manage practices and games in order to provide a good experience.

ARE CHILDREN PLACED ON A TEAM BASED ON THEIR AGE OR GRADE?

Players are placed on teams based on their age for Pre-K Soccer (must have turned 4 years old before Sept 1).
Players are placed on teams based on school grade for Kindergarten through 8th.
In the high school age groups, teams are formed based on the players’ birth year.  These teams play in the Suburban Friendship League (an outside organization) that uses birth year to make age group divisions.

For school grade:
–  Players who have been accelerated in school (ex: should be in 2nd grade, but have been moved up to 3rd grade) may play with their current school grade, OR with the school grade that is appropriate for their age.
–  Players who are older (ex: have been held back in school) should play in the division appropriate for their age.

Such requests for exceptions must be submitted for consideration.

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 THE DIFFERENT DIVISIONS?

Except for the Pre-K Soccer group and the HS age groups, the LMVSC uses school grade to form teams and make schedules for our recreational soccer program.
For Pre-K Soccer, a child must have turned 4 years old before the start of each seasonal year.  Fall 2023 – must have turned 4 years old before September 1st, 2023.
All other divisions are based on the school grade a child is in:
  • Kindergarten Soccer
  • 1st Grade Soccer
  • 2nd Grade Soccer
  • 3rd Grade Soccer
  • 4th Grade Soccer
  • 5th Grade Soccer
  • 6th Grade Soccer
  • 7th Grade Soccer
  • 8th Grade Soccer
  • In the High School age groups, teams are formed and games are scheduled by the players’ birth year.
In making the playing schedule, some age groups may need to be combined to make a division.

HOW DO I VERIFY THAT MY CHILD IS REGISTERED?

If you registered online, you will receive an e-mail verification. You can also log into your Member Account and select “My Profile Dashboard“, then click “Household Information Tab“, then click “View Registration Order History” to see if your child’s registration was completed.

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.

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 WILL I HEAR FROM MY CHILD'S COACH?

Team coaches are provided rosters and contact information at the pre-season coaches meeting.  You should be contacted by your team coach within 5-6 days after that coach meeting.

WHEN DOES THE SEASON START?

Each season, the timeline includes the pre-season coach meeting, start of team practices and the date of the first games.  This timeline takes onto account holidays and the number of weekends needed to complete the schedule.

For the Fall 2023 season:

  • Team practices may start August 28
  • 1st Games – September 9

HOW MANY PRACTICES IS MY CHILD EXPECTED TO ATTEND?

Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade teams may practice one day a week. All other age groups may practice two days a week.

CAN I SEE THE SCHEDULE BEFORE SIGNING UP? AND WILL THERE BE SUNDAYS GAMES?

Schedules: The Registration Deadline is when teams are formed and finalized.  Until all teams are formed, Head Coaches are placed, and we are aware of the number of teams in each age group a schedule cannot be created. Schedules are released at the coaches meeting or soon after.

Sunday Games: Games are scheduled on Saturdays predominately. Unless there is an odd number of teams in a age group division or weather-related cancellations. Those games have to be played on Sundays. Typically there would never be more than two Sunday games and they will never be scheduled before 12:00 PM

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. 

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, right before each season. 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. If they are not returned, a payment of $40.00 must be made for lost jersey and shorts.
  • 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 Saturdays. Some games may occasionally be played on Sunday afternoons.

Rule Exception Forms

In the LMVSC Recreational Soccer Program, players are assigned to a team based on the player’s current grade in school.

Any family wishing for their child to play in an age group (school grade) different from the player’s actual current school grade must submit a request for exemption.

Please click on the link below to submit the SCHOOL GRADE EXEMPTION FORM
In completing this form, please list all the reasons why you wish your child to play on a team in a different school grade.

LINK TO SUBMIT REQUEST

In the LMVSC Recreational Soccer Program, a player who is on a travel/select team cannot play on a recreational team unless permission has been given prior to registration.  This includes playing on a LMVSC travel team or a travel/select team with any other organization.

MORE INFORMATION

To submit a request for a travel player to register and play recreational soccer, please click on the link below and submit the TRAVEL PLAYER ON REC TEAM REQUEST FORM.
When submitting this form, please list all the reasons you wish for your travel player to play on a recreational team.

LINK TO SUBMIT REQUEST

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