TC United FAQs
Recreational Soccer Frequently Asked Questions

Registration Questions

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Seasonal Play Questions

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Equipment Questions

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Coaching Questions

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Club and Recreational Questions

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Volunteer Questions

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Conflict Resolution Questions

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League Registration Questions

When can I register my child for recreational soccer
Registration for the fall season is during the last two weeks in May and the first two weeks of June. Registration for the spring season is during the last two weeks in January and the first two weeks in February.
How can I register my child for recreational soccer
You can register your child online or during a live registration event.
Why do we register so early
Registrations must be completed well in advance of the start of the season because the league must form teams, order uniforms and equipment, find all volunteers, coordinate game times, referees, and fields.
What do my fees cover
Fees cover uniforms, insurance, state fees, district fees, equipment, field paint, referee fees, and other miscellaneous items needed to run the season.
Can my child “play-up”
If the child demonstrates a higher level of skill than the other players in his/her age group, they may be permitted by the league to play up one age level. This request must be made at registration and reviewed by the board.
Can my child “play-down”
Because of liability children are not permitted to play down.

Seasonal Play Questions

When is the season
The full season starts in fall and ends in spring. If you sign up for the fall season, the spring season is included. You do not have to register your child again for spring. If you register your child for the spring season, then they are only registered for that half of the season. Fall season is from late August to mid-October. Spring Season is from Early April to mid-June.
Where are the games played
Games are played on city fields. Please refer to our field section for maps and directions.
How will I know if my game is cancelled
It is the policy of TC United to only cancel games in the event of lightening or unplayable field conditions. This is a rare occurrence. Should a cancellation occur, it will be posted on the TC United website. The league will contact all coaches and notify them of the cancellation effects and in turn your coach will contact you. Please be prepared to play in all weather conditions.
Where and when will my child practice
Practice schedules and locations are decided on by the head coach of your child’s team. Teams will practice on various fields located in Tooele County. Ideally all players should practice one to two times per week.
Why are scores/standings not kept
Our recreational program is designed to provide an opportunity for the participants to have fun, learn about the game of soccer, and develop their skills in a non-competitive environment. TC United believes this is best achieved when the focus is based on the education of the game and not the outcome.

Equipment Questions

What is provided by TC United
TC United will provide the players uniform which include jersey, shorts, and socks. The league also provides practice balls and cones to each coach.
What gear does my child need in order to play
Shin guards are mandatory and must be worn under socks at all games. TC United strongly encourages the use of soccer cleats, but metal cleats are banned. Baseball cleats and football cleats must have the front toe cleat cutoff in order to play. Safety eyewear is not mandatory, but plastic lenses are strongly recommended. All jewelry (including pierced earrings and rubber bracelets) must be removed according to FIFA rules. Long hair may be tied back with soft “scrunchies” – hard clips and accessories are not allowed.
What happens to my uniform if I move or leave the team
The uniform (jersey, shorts, and socks) are yours to keep should you need to leave the team for any reason. The uniform cost is included in your registration fees.
What if part of my uniform needs to be replaced during the season
Uniform replacements can be purchased through the league at any time through the League Administrator. As a note sometimes individual pieces can take 3-4 weeks to arrive from our uniform distributor. Please keep in mind that if you play in the fall, you will use the same uniform for the spring season.
Why can’t my child wear jewelry
This is a safety rule, designed to prevent injury to the player wearing such items and to other players. Jewelry means earrings (including starter studs and any other body piercings), rings, watches, bracelets, and necklaces. Earrings may catch on other players and tear the skin, or a ball striking the ear may push the post into the child's neck. This is important to consider when getting any new piercings. Even if the piercing is still healing, your child will be required to remove the jewelry or he/she will not be able to play.

Coaching Questions

Where do the coaches come from
Recreation coaches are parent volunteers who have children registered to play recreational soccer. Please note that these are NOT PAID coaches and only volunteers.
Who can coach
Recreational coaches need to have some organizational skills and a willingness to help – no prior soccer experience is required. TC United has provided coaches with an age appropriate curriculum and 8 week session plan to help aide new volunteer coaches. Additionally if further assistance is required a coach is encouraged to ask the league for help from one of our club coaches.
Who will coach my child’s team
TC United recreational teams are coached by volunteers from your community, many of them parents with children on the team. Your coach should be contacting you 1 to 3 weeks before the official start of the season.
Can I request a specific coach for my child
Specific coaches can only be requested if you do a live registration. You can note which coach you would like your child to be matched with. Please note that these requests are not guaranteed and your child may still be placed with another group.

Club Soccer and Recreational Questions

What is the difference between recreational soccer and club soccer
Recreational soccer is a great way to learn about the game of soccer and have fun. In recreational soccer coaches do not pick their own players. Teams are generally formed at random based on area and schools. Players do not attend tryouts and play-time is distributed evenly among all players on the team. The only financial commitment occurs at sign-ups. All players who sign-up will be placed on a team without regard to skill or athletic ability.

Club (competitive) soccer is for players that can demonstrate a higher level of skill in the game. Club soccer requires a bigger time and financial commitment. Players attend tryouts and may or may not be selected to a club roster.

How can I coach club soccer
In order to coach club soccer you must be willing to attend several USSF coaching courses. These are offered throughout the state at various times of the year. In addition you will need to contact our competition director to express your interest.
Can my player move from recreational soccer to club soccer
Short answer YES! However, there needs to be room on the club team's roster, and the player must attend a trial to be evaluated by one of our club coaches.
I don't want to lose my best players to club soccer
One of the biggest challenges we have with soccer in our community is placing our best soccer players in a club environment. While some of this is due to time/financial constraints, a lot of it is due to coaches not wanting to give up their best players. But consider what you are doing to that talented child? In order for players to develop to their potential they need to play with players of like ability. So if you have a standout player on your recreational team we highly encourage you to contact our club coaches to take a look at them.

Volunteer Questions

What can I do to help
Volunteer to be a coach or a team mom. Also, let your director/coordinator know that you would like to be more involved. They can contact you when there is a position available.
Referee
TC United is always looking for additional referees to support our recreational play. There is a particular need for more adult referees. Unlike every other position in our organization - our referees are paid for each game they officiate. Payment is based on certification level, the age level they are officiating, and whether they are the center referee or the assistant referee. Please contact one of our Referee Coordinators for more information.
League Involvemnt
TC United is an non-profit organization that relies heavily on volunteers. If you would like to be more involved with the league and how it is ran please contact one of the board members.

Conflict Resolution Questions

What is the refund policy
Please refer to our refund policy section of the webiste.
What if my player needs/wants to transfer teams
If the original registration has been paid, and a uniform has been ordered, an additional fee of $25.00 will be required. All transfers must be league approved.
Who do I contact if I have questions or issues
Please direct all questions to the director or coordinator in your area. If they are unable to answer your questions, they will be able to promptly put you in touch with the person who can. All issues MUST be submitted in writing to the TC United within 48 hours of the game. They may be mailed or e-mailed. We cannot investigate your concerns unless they are received in writing within a reasonable time-frame. TC United will investigate the report and take appropriate action. Games are routinely monitored by Board members when the behavior of a team or team official is in question.
What if I have issues with Referees
TC United FIRMLY stands behinds the officials who work our recreational games. The referee's decision is final, and harassment of our young referees will NOT be tolerated. Please bear in mind that like our players, our referees are learning as well, so expect that mistakes will be made. At the end of the day it is important that we remember this is recreational soccer - scores are not kept, championships are not won, and at the end of the season everyone receives the same medal. Should you have an issue with certain decisions made by an official please contact the referee coordinator in your area so they can educate the official. As a coach it is NOT your job to question referee decisions before, during, or after a game.
Parent, Coach, Player Behavior
TC United expects all players, parents, and coaches to respect referees, opposing coaches, teams, and parents. Constant harassment and verbal abuse will not be tolerated and will result in your immediate dismissal from the sideline. If dismissed and you do not leave - the referee is well within his/her right to stop the game. This is for the safety of the players, coaches, parents and referees. If you are dismissed from the field the referee will file an incident report with the league, which will then result in an official inquiry of the incident, which may result in suspension. If the league receives multiple incident reports of poor behavior it will result in an immediate season long ban from any TC United activity. If you are banned from the league it is important to note that NO refund will be given. If any physical altercation takes place (fighting) the offending parties will receive a life-long ban from the league and possibly face legal actions taken by the league.