Juneau Soccer Club FAQs
Which age-bracket is my child in?
Who is in charge of my child's team? The coach? Manager? Someone else?
What do Juneau Soccer Club membership fees cover?
Do I really need to pay my fees at the time of registration?
How do JSC membership fees compare to other soccer club fees?
If I contribute to a player account or overpay my fees, can those funds be refunded?
Does Juneau Soccer Club offer scholarships to players unable to pay membership fees?
What are "skills clinics" and "AT What is "ODP?"
I have a complaint, who do I go to?
Q: Which age-bracket is my child in?
A: If your child is born in 2006, then they are a JSC 06. All AGE GROUPS are by Calendar Year,meaning players will be grouped by January 1 to December 31 birthdates. This is a nation-wide ruling that all USYSA clubs will be adhering to. No longer will teams be formed by typical school guidelines. Teams will now have at least two grade-levels represented in every age-group.
Q: Who is in charge of my child's team? The coach? Manager? Someone else?
A: Head coaches and their assistants run the team on the field, but they need a great deal of help from parents. Coaches are professionally trained, but are still volunteers and the more help parents can provide the more the coaches can concentrate on team and player development. Each competitive team needs a Team Manager and Team Bookkeeper and people to do such functions as coordinating fundraising efforts, travel agent, chaperones, and van drivers. Managers typically handle the team's administrative duties such as keeping the roster and assembling credentials information for tournaments, keeping track of equipment, passing on club and team information to all parents and players, arranging coaches' travel, van rentals, and places for the team to stay while traveling, and working out travel budgets with the bookkeeper. Teams often hold parent meetings to decide what tournaments to go to, what fundraising projects they will take on and who will organize them, and who will chaperone on trips. The most successful and cohesive teams generally have large, active groups of parents contributing and sharing the load.
Q: What do Juneau Soccer Club membership fees cover?
A: JSC fees cover the basics of running a year-round high quality competitive youth soccer program in Juneau. Included are: contract costs for Director and Assistant Director of Coaching, JSC Admin Services provider, high school ATP coaches, clinics and goal keeping assistant coaches, 400+ hours rental of Dimond Park Field House, gym and outdoor field rental, Alaska Youth Soccer Association dues (includes insurance), modest competitive team coach stipends, coach licensing training.
In recent years JSC has also been able to provide competitive team uniforms, practice shirts and t-shirts, balls, goals and other equipment through an annual CBJ youth activity grant. That grant along with other club funds has contributed some money to offset competitive team tournament costs and to helping fund local tournaments, such as the annual Whitehorse Exchange, 3v3 World Cup, and more.
JSC membership fees do not cover the cost of competitive team travel. Teams' families typically cover those costs by using JSC fundraisers to help pay individual players' shares, holding team fundraisers throughout the year, or paying out-of-pocket. Travel costs to tournaments can be around $1,000 per player depending on tournament location and lodging costs.
Q: Do I really need to pay my fees at the time of registration?
A: JSC is able to keep fees low only because of the dedication of our volunteers and the efficient use of limited paid positions. One of the more challenging aspects of administering the club is registration. Ensuring that we have players registered, insurance waivers, and fees paid is a challenge when you look at almost 400 players, many of whom are using their player accounts to cover some of the costs. It is imperative that we make the registration/payment process as simple as possible and keep the focus on putting the players on the pitch. Registration coincides with the Alaska permanent fund dividend payout, which helps many families. We recognize that for some families, paying the annual dues may be a challenge. JSC offers financial assistance, including requests to split the payments, as part of keeping the focus on the players. Please see more about financial assistance HERE.
Q: How do JSC membership fees compare to other soccer club fees?
A: Compared to other competitive youth soccer clubs in Alaska, JSC fees are a bargain. Approximate costs for one typical club in Anchorage for U11 and above are $355 annual membership fees, $250 local league tournament fees, $20-65 per month coaching fee per player, and approximately $250 for uniform and warm-ups, plus an indoor facility fee based how many hours of indoor practice the team takes a year ($200-400 estimate). Those teams also pay extra fees for out-of-town tournaments and travel like JSC teams. A total of about $1200-$2000 a year.
Q: If I contribute to a player account or overpay my fees, can those funds be refunded?
A: Per section 3.2 of the Policies and Procedures Manual, "In accordance with federal tax rules governing not-for-profit organizations,
funds raised through fundraisers may not be refunded." So funds contributed by families MAY be withdrawn, but not money raised during fundraisers (raffle, goal card, etc.) or via JSC subsidy (tournament support).
Q: Does Juneau Soccer Club offer scholarships to players unable to pay membership fees?
A: JSC does have a financial assistance program that covers up to 50% of the membership fee for a limited number of players. Each situation is evaluated on a case by case basis. JSC also has a dedicated fund to help scholarship players with team travel costs. Two sources of scholarships are available:
1) The Irene & Anne Shima Memorial Fund - supported by JSC and generally limited to 50% of the membership fee.
2) CBJ Parks & Recreation Youth Scholarship Program - up to $100 per player
For instructions for applying for these scholarships see the JSC scholarship page HERE
Q: What are "skills" clinics, goal keeping clinics, and ATP?
A: They are free indoor training sessions offered to JSC members during mid October - May to develop the fundamental and advanced skills needed for competitive soccer. Skills clinics are co-ed and grouped by ages - U6-U7, U8-U9, U10-U12, U13-U15, and HS - one-hour sessions once a week. The skills clinics primarily focus on a player's ball handling and control and physical conditioning with nonstop action. At the sessions players learn juggling and ball balancing tricks too which add to the fun and satisfaction they get. The Director of Coaching assigns qualified coaches to run the skills clinics.
ATP (Advanced Training Program) is for JSC members U12 (5th grade) and up and emphasizes higher-level skills and strategies working with other players and as a team, passing, defending, and moving without the ball. ATP has separate girls and boys programs. Sessions are weekly - an hour for younger players, longer for high schoolers - and generally combine 2 grade levels per session.
Goal keepers U10 and older get individual training as part of their weekend team practice sessions.
Attendance at these clinics is optional, however the players who regularly attend these clinics show more rapid skill development and improvement than those who do not. JSC membership fees fully cover participation in these sessions. Check the JSC website for session times and locations.
Q: What is "ODP"?
A: ODP stands for Olympic Development Program. It is a US Youth Soccer program to identify and train a pool of players in each age group for Youth National Teams. Each year Alaska Youth Soccer Association puts together 5 ODP teams of 18 players each in the 12-16 year-old age groups for both boys and girls. The age groups are grouped by calendar birth year - 94's, 95's, 96's, etc. In Alaska, we have a slightly expanded version called Alaska Development Program (ADP) which offers a few more oppotunties for advanced players.
Tryouts for the Alaska ODP pool occur in the fall in Juneau. Participation in ODP has significant additional costs beyond JSC membership fees. See the AYSA or Region IV websites for more information.
Q: I have a complaint, who do I go to?
A: JSC formally adopted a Complaints Procedure to resolve issues that may arise. The key is to deal with the issue at the lowest level, letting the people involved find common ground, with the assistance of a mediator or facilitator. Please review section 8.3 of the Policies & Procedures Manual to read the specifics about the process.