What is the official age change rule?
Per US Soccer guidelines, as of January 1, 2017, all youth players are grouped together by their birth year and no longer by their grade year. This means that a player born on January 1, 2008 and a player born on December 31, 2008 will play on the same team.
Can my player “play up” at a higher age level?
In a small town such as Livonia, the number of players available at each age level varies from year to year. Typically, the LSC does not allow players to “play up” simply because of a player’s individual skill level. However, if an older age team does not have a sufficient number of players, the LSC may allow a younger player to “play up” to meet roster requirements.
Can my player “play down” at a younger age?
Due to the US Soccer age rule, youth players are not allowed to play down at a younger age group under any circumstances. If your player is new to the game of soccer, our coaches will do their absolute best to teach them game skills while also putting them in the best possible situation to succeed.
Can my player head the ball?
With all of the concussion issues that have come to light in recent years, many leagues and tournaments have different rules regarding heading the ball. In general, players below the U13 level are NOT allowed to head the ball in a game. Please ask your coach about rules for your specific league or tournament.
Are games cancelled due to weather?
Generally speaking, games will be played if it is raining unless the conditions become unbearable or unsafe for players. During warmer months, games or practices will be cancelled if the heat index reaches 95. If there is thunder, games and practices will be delayed for 30 minutes from the last sound of thunder. If a game or practice is cancelled before it begins, the LSC or your coach will send out an email notice or text message as early as possible.
Are registration or other fees refundable?
A great deal of planning goes in to each LSC season and activity. It is common for the LSC to incur many expenses, on behalf of its players, months in advance for league registrations, kit/uniform orders, technical trainings, and many more. For this reason, all LSC paid fees are non-refundable.
How can I become a coach?
Typically, we are always in need of volunteer coaches especially for our Summer Rec league. Adults and parents in the community are allowed and encouraged to apply to become a coach whenever possible during player registration. The LSC has board members and volunteers ready to assist any new coaches that have no soccer experience and there are many short online courses and videos that can provide you with skills and drills for your players.
What requirements are there to be a coach with LSC?
At the Summer Rec level, all that is required is a lot of heart and effort. We do highly recommend that all volunteer coaches take the online US Soccer F License coaching course, which is approximately 2-3 hours long and gives a solid foundation of which skills and drills to teach at this level. The cost is approximately $25 and the LSC will reimburse all coaches for the cost of this course.
If you are interested in furthering your coaching education and training so that you can continue coaching in our Fall league or our Spring RDYSL travel league, we highly recommend taking the US Soccer E license. The LSC will also reimburse all coaches for the cost of this course.
For more details about the different coaching levels, please visit: https://www.ussoccer.com/coaching-education/licenses
Board Member & Meeting Questions
When and where are LSC board meetings held?
Due to COVID-19, we are currently holding virtual meetings each month. If you would like to join us, please contact us to make arrangements.
Under normal circumstances, LSC board meetings are typically held at the Livonia American Legion on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm. Please check our website for updates.
Can I attend an LSC board meeting?
Our LSC board meetings are open to all coaches, parents, and interested community members.
How are LSC Board Members chosen?
All LSC board members are volunteers and are elected annually during one of our board meetings. If you are interested in joining the LSC or learning more about the volunteer opportunities we have available, please join us at our next meeting.