FAQs

Team Formation

1. How are the teams formed?
Players are organized into groups by Home Neighborhood and age group and are assigned to teams through either a blind draft (U9 & U10 teams) or by age-group commissioners through an impartial process (U5 to U8 teams).
A player’s HOME NEIGHBORHOOD is defined as:

  • The United State Postal Service 5-digit Zip Code in which the player’s residence is located.
  • The home school attendance area defined for the local public elementary school in which the player’s residence is located.
  • The home school attendance area defined for the local public middle school in which the player’s residence is located.
  • The home school attendance area defined for the local public high school in which the player’s residence is located.
    • School attendance areas are defined by the local Independent School District(s) and agreed to by the ASA Board of Directors. Each League may use only one definition of the HOME NEIGHBORHOOD for each playing season.
2. Can I pick the team I want my child to be on?
  • No, you cannot.  All players must go through the North Texas State Soccer Association (NTSSA)-approved team formation process.
  • If your child is a U-6-8 player, your child may use the Buddy Rule; it allows your child to play on a team with a currently registered player with whom your child is acquainted provided there is room on the team.  The Buddy Rule also allows your child to play with another newly registered player with whom your child is acquainted.
  • The Buddy Rule may also be used for age groups U11 and older as determined by the ASA Youth Commissioner to assist in the formation of teams for older age groups.
  • You may not use the Buddy Rule for your child if he/she is currently on a team and wishes to transfer off.  An exception may be made if your child’s current team disbands.
3. When are teams formed?
Fall teams are formed at the beginning/mid of August.  Spring teams are formed at the beginning/mid of March.
4. Will my child be on a team from his/her school?
First, there must be a team from your child’s Home Neighborhood.  If there is a team, the team’s roster must have available slots.  If there are no roster slots available on your school team, then every effort is made to encourage coaches to draft players near their geographical location.  However, your child could end up on a team with any school affiliation.
5. When will I hear from my child’s coach?
ASA requests that Coaches call all players on the day they receive their rosters (usually following team formation) to let parents know about practices, etc. but you should allow up to a week after team formation.If you do not hear from my child’s coach within a week of team formation, please contact ASA at  (806) 356-9779 and we will give you the coach’s name and telephone number.
6. Can my child play with his friend?
If your child is a U-6 player, your child may use the Buddy Rule; it allows your child to play on a team with a currently registered player with whom your child is acquainted provided there is room on the team.  The Buddy Rule also allows your child to play with another newly registered player with whom your child is acquainted.The Buddy Rule may also be used for age groups U11 and older as determined by the ASA Youth Team Formation Commissioner to assist in the formation of teams for older age groups.

You may not use the Buddy Rule for your child if he/she is currently on a team and wishes to transfer off.  An exception may be made if your child’s current team disbands.

7. Can I stay on my current team?
Yes, you can.  Once you are on a team you stay on that team unless you request a transfer or the team is disbanded due to a lack of players.A head coach may request removal of a player from his/her roster, provided the player’s parent agrees or if the age group commissioner finds valid reason for removal.  In those cases, the player will be placed back into the draft.
8. How do I transfer my child off of a team?
You will need to fill out a Transfer Request.  If you requesting a transfer off a current team into your Home Neighborhood, then your child will be placed back into the draft according to his/her age and geographic location.  If you are transferring out of your geographic location, your child will be placed in the draft according to his/her age designation only.  She/He will enter the second round of the draft and will not be listed with a school affiliation.

Player Registration

1. What are the birth date ranges for our age group?
Please see the age chart for this season at http://www.ntxsoccer.org/Youth/Forms/agechart.pdf
2. How do I register my child with ASA?
ASA registers players online.  Our registrations are family based and allow one family to sign up all children through one account.  New families will need to create an account by following the REGISTER link on the ASA home page.  Returning families will use their existing account to register their children for new programs.
3. What is needed to register my child with ASA?
You will need to complete the registration process online. For new families, a copy of your child’s official Birth Certificate must be turned into the ASA office. Payment may be made either through credit card (by a secure, online transaction during the registration process), or you may pay by a check or money order provided payment is submitted to the ASA office within one week of registering your child online. IMPORTANT: Any registrations not completed or paid within a week may be cancelled at the discretion of ASA.
4. What type of commitment is required of ASA parents?
Since ASA is a volunteer organization, we require all families’ parents to donate 2 hours per season.  This is in addition to helping your child’s team with snacks, team parties, etc.There are numerous opportunities for volunteering within ASA, and the minimum 2-hours spent volunteering over an 8 or 10-week season goes by very quickly.
5. I missed registration. Can my child still play this season?
ASA offers late registration case-by-case basis only.  If there is room available on a team we will allow registration.
6. Is there a scholarship program?
ASA offers scholarships to players whose families are having financial struggles.  You must come into the office to fill out the proper paperwork.  ASA does not provide a 100% scholarship. We ask families to donate 6 hours of service over the course of the season as a required condition for receiving the scholarship.  There are a limited number of scholarships available.
7. I want my child to play up a year group. What do I need to do?
When registering your child on-line, please check the play up box.  Additionally, you need to download the play-up form located on the website and turn it into the ASA office before registration ends.  If the form is not received in the office before registration ends and team formation begins, your child will have to play in their age group.  IMPORTANT:  Children are only allowed to play up one age group.
8. Can I get a refund after I have registered?

The ASA Refund Policy is as follows:

  • Prior to the end of registration,100% of the fee will be refunded if a player decided to withdraw. Cash refunds will be returned within 30 days following the first game day of the season.
  • If a refund is requested after a uniform order is placed, the refund will have a deduction relating to the fees already paid on behalf of the player.
  • Once team formation begins, there will be no cash refunds.  100% of the fee will be held as credit for future seasons.  A credit may be used toward any future ASA soccer season and is transferable to any sibling living in the same household. Any other refunds will be on a case-by-case basis and decided by the Executive board.
9. What happens if I do not turn in all of the required information for registration?
ASA now does online registration.  Fees not received in the office as well as missing paperwork will result in registration cancellation.  You will receive an email if your registration is cancelled.  Your child will not be placed in the draft and will have to wait until the next season to play.  It is impossible to telephone every person regarding missing information because of the large number of players registered.  It is your responsibility to get all information to us.

Practice and Game Play

1. When are practices?
Each individual coach directly controls the practice schedules.  The coach has the right to set the practices on the days and times that he/she prefers.  If there are certain days and times that your child is unavailable for practice, you will need to let your coach know when you are contacted. Total practice time should be limited to two sessions a week for no more than 1.5 hours each practice session.  The youngest players should practice no more than 45 minutes per practice session.  Practice usually starts 2 to 3 weeks before season play begins. Mondays are reserved for Academy play.  U7 to U10 teams are requested to not practice on Mondays to allow those players wishing to participate in Academy the opportunity to do so.
2. What days are games played?
Games are generally played on the weekends with most games on Saturdays and fewer games on Sundays.  Games may also be played during the week as field availability and weather conditions warrant.
3. Where are games played?
ASA game fields are located at John Stiff Memorial Park
4. What equipment does my child need to play with ASA?
Shin guards are mandatory for all ASA activities (games and practices) and must be worn under the child’s socks and the socks must completely cover the shin guards. We do not require cleats, however we do recommend them. Your child will need a soccer ball age appropriate size. For U5-8 ball size 3 for U9-12 ball size 4 for U13 and up size 5 ball.
5. When does the season start and end?
For youth play, the Fall Season usually begins in early September and ends at the beginning of November.  The Spring Season usually begins at the near the end of March and ends the in late May.
6.How long are the games?
Game length varies with the children’s ages and can last from 32 minutes to 95 minutes.
7. How long are the seasons?
Seasons can last from 8 to 10 weeks depending on weather conditions.
8. What happens if there is bad weather?
Cancellations are posted on the website if and when ASA is notified by the City that the fields are closed.  ASA and the game referee may also cancel games due to inclement weather before or during scheduled games.  If games are cancelled for a given day, Coaches will be notified by phone and are asked to contact parents.  ASA will not return phone calls concerning weather conditions.  Please refer to the website for weather-related announcements.
9. What is the policy on game cards?
For U9 Divisions and up, game cards must be turned in no later than 48 hours after the game is played. The score card must be turned in to the ASA office.  Any cards not turned in by that time will result in a 0-0 tie for that game. No changes will be made for late score cards. It is the responsibility of the WINNING coach to turn in their game card.
10. Where can I find the field maps?
Field maps are located on the ASA website under the Resources menu or can be viewed here.
11. Where do I obtain medical release form for tournaments?
http://www.ntxsoccer.org/Youth/youthforms.htm

Coaching and Refereeing

1. Are coaches required to have a license?
  
  We would like for all our coaches to be educated on the sport, please       go to the North Texas State Soccer website  http://www.ntxsoccer.org
 2. Can I coach my child’s team?
It depends on the age group and the availability of players.  At the U5 and U6 level, it is possible because the number of players in the draft are usually sufficient to form new teams.  In the older age groups, it is more difficult due to the number of existing teams and the fewer number of available players.
3. I want to take my recreational team to a tournament. What do I do?
At the beginning of the season you receive a roster. You must use this roster as well as medical release forms and guest player forms to register for a tournament.  Guest player forms are available on the North Texas website.
4. How can I become a coach?
You will need to go to http://dcc.us.soccer.com create an account and continue there for coaching education. You will need a background check completed.
5. How can I become a referee?
Referee clinics are available in the Fall and Spring. To register for one of these clinics you will need to go to http://www.ntxsoccer.org/referees/

Other

1. Why is there a volunteer buyout fee?
Amarillo soccer association is a volunteer, non-profit organization.  The success of the organization is dependent on the families’ involvement with ASA.  We understand that some families do not desire to participate in any volunteer activities and as such ASA allows those families to “buy-out” of their volunteer obligation for $25 per player.  Those buy-out monies are used to defray the costs incurred needed to ensure the proper operation of the business due to the loss of volunteer support.
2. Who do I contact if I have a problem with a coach, player, or referee?
You may contact ASA at (806) 356-9779 to voice your concern.  However, complaints or concerns musts ultimately be presented in writing and signed so the ASA Board may review them and take the appropriate action.  Letters may be mailed to ASA at 4146 Business Park Drive, Amarillo, Texas 79110; e-mail us at amarillosoccer@gmail.com or fax us at (806) 354-0186.
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