The short answer is we don’t know, but we hope so. The Solano United Soccer Club Board of Directors has decided to prepare as if there will be. We will adhere to all guidelines set forth by the State and Solano County Public Health.
Yes, you will receive a refund if the season is cancelled due to the coronavirus. We are working with local and state authorities to ensure that we are in accordance with their guidelines. We expect to know by mid-June if the season will be cancelled or not.
As a nonprofit we don't actually make money, your registration fees go directly to paying the expenses of our volunteer led Club. Many of our costs have to be paid before the season starting. For example, soccer balls, uniforms, player insurance, equipment, and field maintenance. We would not be able to refund for these items, but we would be able to offer a partial refund of any unspent funds. The majority of this would come from unspent referee fees and practice field rentals.
No, cancellations due to rain, high heat, or smoke will not receive a refund. We set aside additional weekends in November in case games have to be postponed, but beyond that we are at the mercy of the weather.
Yes, if you choose not to participate in the Spring Academy virtual program, and you confirm this is your choice, by email to Al Arevalo, by no later than Friday, May 15, 2020, we will credit the Spring Academy fees towards the Fall 2020 Solano United Soccer Club recreational league fees for that same player.
Usually practices can begin August 1st, and the first games are held towards the end of August. Due to the coronavirus situation we may have to be flexible with the start dates.
Teams are formed primarily by geographic region and age group. U15 - U19 boys and U16 - U19 girls usually play on co-ed teams, but this is based on how many older players register. As a new idea this year, we are considering formation of a fun “small-sided games” league within the older Rec age groups, where the players would still train during the week but then play multiple small games on the weekends- switching up teams to keep it fresh and engaging.
The short answer is no. Our most important goal in making player assignments is balancing the teams to provide competition that is enjoyable for everyone involved. Teams are formed by birth year, which may result in players that are in the same grade being placed into different age divisions.
There are two exceptions:
All Solano United Soccer Club recreational coaches are volunteers, with most coaches also being the parent of a player. All coaches must pass through a US Club Soccer sports health program (basic first aid, heat exhaustion, concussion awareness, mandated reporter, etc.) and background check. All adults working with a team MUST register with the club to obtain US Club Soccer clearance, no exceptions.
Solano United Soccer Club’s Director of Coaching, Andy McDermott, and Director of Recreation, Al Arevalo, will provide on-field, practical training for coaches. They will take coaches through actual practice sessions, where the coaches are the players, and answer any and all questions about coaching youth soccer. Additionally, we encourage ALL coaches to take advantage of the fantastic and FREE “Introduction to Grassroots Coaching” provided by US Soccer, HERE
We are always in need of more volunteers to coach! Solano United Soccer Club depends entirely on parents to volunteer their time as coaches. Fortunately, as a Solano United soccer coach, once you have been assigned a practice location, you will have the privilege of scheduling your team practices based on your own schedule. In the event your child is placed on a team without a coach, a parent will need to volunteer. Refunds will not be issued if a parent does not volunteer.
Each Solano United rec coach will sign up for a practice field (usually at a local school or park). During the first coaches meeting, they will pick the time and days (normally twice a week) that the team practices will be held. The schedule is completely up to the volunteer coach.
Most games are held at the Octo Inn Soccer Complex, located at 1600 Capitola Way in Fairfield. In order to provide more teams to play against we join Benicia Arsenal FC with our U12 and older age groups. These teams should expect to havesome games in Benicia at Benicia Community Park.
Rosters are released to coaches in late July, so you should hear from your coach prior to August 1st.
Your registration fee pays for uniforms, shorts, socks, pennies/training vests, goals, nets, balls, flags, field maintenance, field paint, referees, insurance, coaches clinics, pictures, and field use for practices and games.
If you coach a team and have received a CLEAR result from the US Club Soccer background check process before August 1st, you are eligible to receive a refund. Throughout the year there are a few volunteer opportunities which will be posted as they become available. We have a club-wide volunteer day to help clean up Octo, with a date TBD. If you volunteer for enough hours during the season, and these hours are signed off by a Solano United Executive Board member during the time of these clean-up days, you will receive a refund of your volunteer fee.
All coaches are encouraged to “recruit” an Assistant Coach to help with their youth athletes. Field Marshals are onsite at all games at Octo to help ensure everything runs smoothly. Additionally, we have an Athletic Trainer available for quick response to any medical issue on game days.
There are approximately 185 parking stalls at Octo Inn in Fairfield. On game day Saturdays, we estimate that the parking need may be as high as 250. Fortunately there is ample street parking available immediately adjacent to the facility. We try to stagger start times as much as possible but we have upwards of 50 games played per day on busy weekends and parking can be a challenge. Please plan to arrive early to ensure you have time to park and walk out to your field.
Please do not park on the islands or in the red zones. When exiting the parking lot, make a right turn only. Drive slowly and with caution, there are many young players walking through the parking lot and they do not always look before darting out!