Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Lewis County Soccer Association has two seasons: Fall and Spring.
For the Fall season, practices begin early-to-mid-August. Games will begin late-Aug to early-September and continue through late-October. Practice for Kohl's Cup Regional Tournament (U10 teams and older) will begin late in October and continue through the first weekend in November. Kohl's Cup is a weekend event, held in November.
For the Spring season, practices begin in late-March. Games will begin late-April and continue through the end of May or the beginning of June (about when school ends for the Summer). Practice for Open Cup State Tournament (U10 teams and older) will begin late in May after the regular season games are over with a weekend tournament date in June.
What age group will my child play in?
Age groups for the 2015-2016 season are as follows: The league will combine age groups when necessary to form teams.
|LCSA Age Group||Divisions Included (see age matrix below)|
|U18||U18, U17, U16, U15 Spring Only|
|U14||U14, U13 Spring Only|
|U6||U6, U5, U4|
Practices and games for U10, U12, and U14 can be any day of the week. Practices and games for U6 and U8 are typically limited to two nights per week, Monday through Thursday.
What time are games and practices?
Games generally begin at 6:00 pm. In certain cases, two games or practices can be scheduled each night on the same field. If this is the case, the first game or practice begins at 5:30 pm and the second immediately after, between 6:30 pm and 7:00 pm. Please contact your coach for exact practice and games times.
How long do practices and games last?
Practices for U6, U8, and U10 are typically scheduled for one hour and games last about an hour, including breaks between quarters/halves. Practice for U12 and older are 90 mintues with games running between 60 and 90 minutes, depending on the age division.
Is there travel involved?
Yes. The High School, U14, U12, and U10 groups sometimes travel. Games are scheduled with leagues in Bridgeport, Fairmont, Grafton, Clarksburg, Braxton Co., Shinnston, and/or Elkins. U6 and U8 teams do not travel and only play teams within our league. (Note: Traveling to play teams for Recreation matches does not make your child a Travel (T) player.)
What does my registration fee cover?
The registration fee covers a portion of the following: the state registration fee, referee fees, uniform cost, awards, field lease and/or rental, and equipment purchases and maintenance.
What equipment is needed?
In addition to the uniform that the league provides, each child must have shin guards and the appropriate size soccer ball. Players on U6 and U8 teams use a size 3 ball, U10 and U12 teams use a size 4 ball, and U14 teams and older use a size 5 ball. Soccer cleats are optional, but recommended. Baseball and football cleats CANNOT be used. Please contact a league representative for additional details and/or clarification.
Can my child play soccer and another sport (baseball, football, etc.) during soccer season?
There is no league rule against this, but it is not recommended. It is extremely difficult to attend all practices and games when participating in two sports.
If your child is playing soccer for either their middle or high school team soccer team, state regulations prohibit them from playing in any recreation or travel league while the Fall season is in session, but are eligible, and encouraged, to play during the Spring season.