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North Lakeland Youth Soccer

SPRING 2020



Important information for the NLYS CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Spring 2020 RECREATIONAL Soccer Season
UPDATED - ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSES on 2/7/2020 - 9:00 PM



PRACTICE SCHEDULE - UPDATED 02 21 2020
2020 SPRING FIELD LAYOUT - UPDATED 02 18 2020

PICTURE DAY SCHEDULE - MARCH 7th - FIRST GAMES - SATURDAY MARCH 14th
SEMI FINALS [U08-U15] MAY 9th - FINALS [U08-U15] MAY16th

SPECIAL RULES AND GUIDELINES - U10 BUILD OUT LINE RULES
FIELD DIAGRAM WITH LABELS

Information and Cost:
Welcome to the 2020 Spring Season!  North Lakeland Youth Soccer is proud to offer an opportunity for Boys and Girls born between 2004 - 2016 to play soccer during the upcoming Spring Recreational season.  The cost this season is will be $80.  The only thing that the fee doesn't cover is the cost of shin guards, cleats, and size appropriate ball. 

Please note there is a $3 Service Fee Charged by Sports Connect on ALL Registrations.  This doesn't go to the Club it goes to Provide Service and Processing from Sports Connect.

Dick's Sporting Goods offers special Soccer Packages --> HERE

Equipment Needed:
All players will need Soccer Cleats and Shin Guards as well as a size appropriate ball for their age group

U4-U8 - SIZE 3 BALL
U10-U12 - SIZE 4 BALL
U14+ - SIZE 5 BALL


Please note: The registration fee is non-refundable, except on a case by case basis as determined by the Board of Directors.

NLYS does offer a limited amount of partial grants through our grant program for those that may qualify.  The grant program MAY cover UP TO 50% of the registration fee. Please print out and bring this form with you to speed up the process.

To apply for the grant, you MUST attend one of the ONSITE REGISTRATION DATES listed below and pay 50% of the total registration fee ($40.00) when you apply and sign up.  Your application will be reviewed, and if you are approved, either a partial amount or the full amount of what you owe, will be credited to your account.  If it is a partial amount, or you are NOT approved, you will be responsible to pay this outstanding balance by the start of the season.


Registration Opens  JAN 1st at 8:00 AM and will CLOSE FEB 7th at 9:00 pm


How to Register:
If you are paying by Credit or Debit card you can register at our website, www.NLYSoccer.org, 24 hours a day.  If you need to pay your fee by CASH or CHECK, there will be several ONSITE registration events during the month of January.  See Below

Onsite Registration Dates: On the following dates only, NLYS will be at our fields and you can sign up onsite.  These onsite dates are set up to allow those that need to pay by CASH/CHECK and/or for those that need Grant Assistance.  SATURDAY JAN 18TH, JAN 25TH, AND FEB 1ST FROM 9 AM TO 1 PM.

Season starts - The season will start on Saturday, March 7th when we will have our Opening Ceremonies and Team Picture day.  The first games for all teams will be Saturday, March 14th.  The season will finish with the crowning of the Champions Cup on Saturday, May 16th.  We will play every Saturday between these dates EXCEPT for SATURDAY MARCH 28th.  That should give each team at least 9 total games to play. 

Easter falls on April 12th.  We WILL play on Saturday, April 11th.  We will also have Easter festivities on game day.

Team Formation:
Like in Spring's past, each team will be COED [EXCEPT U08] and the older teams (U12, U16) may play 7v7 or 9v9 depending on the roster sizes.  Each age group MUST have a minimum of 4 teams per group, and we will strive to have an even number of teams.  For the U08 teams, IF there are enough players that sign up to form 4 BOYS teams and 4 GIRLS teams, we will look to split this group up.  Same is true U10-U15 as well.  The 4 teams per gender and group MUST BE MEET.

Game Locations:

All games will be played Saturday mornings/afternoons at the home of NLYS, Hunt Fountain Park at 7036 Green Road, Lakeland, Florida 33810.  All practices will be held during the week starting at 6 pm and we will strive to have all practices completed by 8 pm.  Coaches generally practice at least 1 time a week on either Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri.  A second day MAY BE available based on field availability.

Championship Weekend – Champions Cup (EXCEPT U04 and U06) - Each team will have 7-8 regular season games scheduled to play. Then, based on records, the semi-finals will be on Saturday, May 16th and the Championship will be May 16th.  Even if a team doesn’t make it to the Championship or Semi-Finals, they WILL still have a game on EACH OF THOSE DAYS, so that all teams will play each week.  For U04 and U06, while we will try keep standings, we will not be doing playoffs for that group.  We will just have regularly scheduled games those days. 

Game Lengths:

U04 and U06 – (2) 12 Minute Halves, 1-minute water break after 6 Minutes, 5 Minute Halftime.
U08 – (2) 20 Minute Halves, 1-minute water break after 10 Minutes, 5 Minute Halftime.
U10 and U12 – (2) 24 Minute Halves, 1-minute water break after 12 Minutes, 5 Minute Halftime.
U14+ – (2) 30 Minute Halves, 1-minute water break after 15 mins, 5 Minute Halftime.

Results:
Standings and Results will ONLY BE TRACKED for the U8 and above age groups.  Each WIN is 3 points and a TIE is 1 point. There are no extra points for SHUTOUTS. Tiebreakers at the end of the season, for seeding, will then go to GOALS AGAINST, then GOALS FOR, then GOAL DIFF, if 2 or more teams are tied.  If only 2 are tied then HEAD to HEAD, then GOALS AGAINST, then GOALS FOR, then GOAL DIFF., then COIN FLIP.

Forfeits:
If there are not enough players to play a game, determined but having MINUS 2 from the amount needed to play on the field in the game, it will result in a 3-0 forfeit after 15 mins of waiting. The exact numbers of players needed to play the game will be announced once the teams are formed.  However, the game will still be played by borrowing players from the other team that did show up.  It is important to play a game, even if a forfeit has already been awarded.

Weather:
If weather causes any of the games on Saturday to be rained out, we will attempt to get the games in on either the next Tuesday or Thursday based on weather forecast from www.weather.com.  If either of those are rained out, we will not make up that game and just continue with the next week’s schedule. If it is semi-finals or championship week we will play those games as soon as possible, even if we must schedule multiple games on the same day.

Cancellations or postponements will be communicated via the NLYS Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/NorthLakelandYouthSoccer) at least 30 mins prior to kick off.  NLYS will also instruct the team’s coaches to have good contact information for their team and they will also reach out.  Games can be played in a light rain as long as there is NO LIGHTNING in the area. LIGHTNING or HEAVY RAIN will cause the game to be canceled or delayed until the weather passes.

As we try and keep everyone up to date, NLYS has a new RAIN and FIELD STATUS number - 863-400-5999

If your GAME HAS STARTED BUT NOT MADE IT TO HALFTIME, THE ENTIRE GAME WILL BE REPLAYED. The games will START OVER at 0-0.

If your GAME HAS STARTED AND MADE IT TO HALFTIME, THE GAME IS FINAL AT THAT TIME.