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Frequently Asked Questions

For your convenience, we have listed some frequently asked questions and answers concerning our recreational soccer program below. Still have questions?  We prefer you email all questions to CUFCREC@gmail.com.

For your convenience, we have listed some frequently asked questions and answers concerning our recreational soccer program below. Still have questions? Leave us a voice mail by calling 1-866-WIN-CUFC (946-2832) ext. 10 or email your questions to CUFCRec@gmail.com.


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. At what age do we let children start playing soccer?

  2. How often do the U6 teams practice and play?

  3. How often do the older teams practice?

  4. When are game played?

  5. How does the shoe exchange work?
  6. What equipment does my child need to play soccer?
  7. What age group will my child be placed in?
  8. What is the refund policy for Recreational soccer?

1. Question- At what age do we let children start playing soccer?
Answer
- We allow children to join the league at the age of 3. Some people think this is too young but there are some that are ready at that age. We do not want to discourage anyone from trying soccer when they have caught the soccer bug.

2. Question- How often do the U6 teams practice and play?
Answer
- The U6 teams will play games on Saturday and occasionally on Friday nights.  Games will be (4) 10-minute quarters. U6 teams will be allowed 1 practice a week, however practices are not required for the players.  Any player who does not attend the practice will not be penalized during the games on Friday or Saturday.

3. Question- How often do the older teams practice?
Answer
- The older teams usually practice once a week but we will have some coaches wanting to have two.  We allow one practice at the soccer complex and if the coach wants more then they may have to find an alternate site.

4. Question- When are game played?
Answer
- Games are normally scheduled to be played on Saturdays.  Depending on the age group you may have more than one game on the same day.  Most games are played in the morning or early afternoon.  Some of the older teams will have games in the early evening under the lights.  Every now and then we will treat the younger age groups to a game under the lights. T he kids really get a kick out of this.  If games are rained out we will try to double up on a weekend or try to work it in during the week, if necessary. 

5. Question- How does the shoe exchange work?
Answer
- Before each season begins the league holds a shoe exchange at Soccer Plus (located in Diamond Point Mall on Two Notch Road).  The shoes provided at the shoe exchange are used shoes that have plenty of soccer left in them.  These shoes have either been given to us or traded at a previous exchange.  If you come to the exchange without any shoes and find a pair your cost will be $3.  If you come to the exchange with a pair of shoes and find a pair of shoes then it is an even exchange.  If you come to the exchange with a pair of shoes but do not find any shoes then we will pay you $3 for the shoes. 

6. Question- What equipment does my child need to play soccer?
Answer- Shinguards are a must.  No child will be allowed to practice or play without shinguards!  Other items recommended include soccer shoes, water bottle and a ball.  Soccer cleats are not required, but are recommended for the older players.  Sneakers or running shoes are acceptable.  Baseball cleats are not allowed (Baseball cleats have the front spike under the end of the toe, which is dangerous).  The ball size your child will need depends on the age group they are in. For U4, U5, U6 U7 & U8 players will use a size 3 ball.  For U9, U10, U11 & U12, players will use a size 4 ball.  For U14 & up, players will use a size 5 ball.

 7. Question- What age group will my child be placed in?
Answer - per SCYSA below are the guidelines for age groups for soccer for the Fall 2008 and Spring 2009 season:

Born August 1, 2004 to July 31, 2005 (Under 4)  
Born August 1, 2002 to July 31, 2004 (Under 5,6)
Born August 1, 2001 to July 31, 2002 (Under 7)
Born August 1, 2000 to July 31, 2001 (Under 8)
Born August 1, 1999 to July 31, 2000 (Under 9)
Born August 1, 1998 to July 31, 1999 (Under 10)
Born August 1, 1997 to July 31, 1998 (Under 11)
Born August 1, 1996 to July 31, 1997 (Under 12)
Born August 1, 1994 to July 31, 1996 (Under 14)
Born August 1, 1992 to July 31, 1994 (Under 16)
Born August 1, 1989 to July 31, 1992 (Under 19) 
   
8.  Question:   What is the refund policy for Recreational soccer?
Answer - The Columbia United FC Recreational Refund Policy is that no refund requests will be honored after the posted season date.  The only exception will be for season-ending injuries or family relocation out of the Columbia area.  Please refer to the Recreational Refund Policy as posted on the Recreational homepage for specific dates.

All refund requests must be made in writing and must be postmarked or delivered by the date posted in the Recreational Refund Policy.  All requests should be directed to Columbia United FC Registrar at cufcregistrar@aol.com or via mail to Columbia United FC, Attention:  Recreational Registrar, PO Box 24942, Columbia, SC  29224.

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