Soccer

Soccer Registration
Come on out and prepare to get active!  Please ensure you have a valid Kilkenny Community League membership  with you.


 

INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KEEP IN MIND

  • SHIN PADS ARE MANDATORY for everyone and your socks must cover the shin pad. NO PIERCINGS ALLOWED and no taping of piercings.  They must be removed as per Canadian Soccer Association rules and regulations.  Hijabs are allowed at the referee’s discretion.
  • You require black socks and black shorts.
  • All city wide players (Xtreme) and U14 & U18 (Born 2000 to 2005) players MUST have player cards.
  • A player can be registered on only one team. You cannot be registered in EMSA and the Edmonton Interdistrict Youth Soccer Association (EIYSA).  No trialist arrangements exist between EMSA and EIYSA, only within north zone EMSA teams.  A trialist can play for a higher tiered team or a higher aged team.  If you are approached by a coach from an EIYSA team (Inter, Strikers, etc.) to play with them for a game/tournament, your child could be suspended.
  • All contact with the zone/EMSA must be done through the Soccer Director. Parents or coaches are not to contact the zone directly.  Any questions or concerns should be directed to Soccer@Kilkenny.ab.ca to be brought to the zone’s or EMSA’s attention.
  • We do our best to accommodate player requests, but keep in mind, teams have limits for player maximums. If your request cannot be fulfilled and your child needs to play with another team, we’ll contact you and provide options.

Community Service

Kilkenny community service policy is one volunteer commitment per child registered to a maximum of three per family.  The following options will be able available at registration.

  • Registration duties
  • Zone commitments (i.e. Tournaments, Cities, Intercities)
  • Kilkenny events (Halloween party, Christmas party, etc.)
  • Waive service ($150.00 per child up to three children)

If you waive your service, you will pay for these options along with your soccer registration fees.  All other community service options will require a signed but undated cheque for $250.00 per child.  If you fulfill your community service, your cheque will be returned to you.  If your volunteer commitment is unfulfilled, Kilkenny will cash your cheque.

The total amount due for each player will be: (fee for the soccer program) + (membership) + optionally (community service).  This amount can be paid by cash, credit or debit.  Personal cheques are only accepted for community service, not payment.


Kilkenny Community League Membership

Bring your expired Kilkenny Community League Membership card and exchange it for a current card.  A $25.00 charge will be added to your registration cost for your current membership card.  Memberships can be purchased in advance HERE.  Please print your receipt as proof until your card arrives.


Refund Policy

If your child is withdrawing from the Kilkenny soccer program, please email us at Soccer@Kilkenny.ab.ca so we can arrange for reimbursement.

Community league memberships are not refundable as you need one to play.

Community Service options are not refundable.  Once you have registered, you will be required to fulfill your service whether your child is playing for Club, Kilkenny or not playing at all, as registering your child means a position on a team is being held.  NO EXCEPTIONS.

Your registration fee will be refunded in full less a $25.00 administrative fee, if we are notified prior to the start of the season.  Once the season starts, refunds will be prorated up to and including November 13, 2018 and no refunds will be issued after that.  Jerseys must be returned in order to obtain your refund.


Player Cards

All players born from 2000-2005 are required to have a player card.  Please ensure players bring their Birth Certificate, or Alberta Health Card (full name must be on the form), passport or Driver’s license to the carding session.  COACHES – if you are currently coaching and have the player cards please check to see if any cards are expiring before April 2018 and inform your players to obtain replacement cards.


Coach Cards

All coaches must have coach cards.  EMSA will issue stickers to be attached to the cards which will act as your soccer facility pass.


ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY

Kilkenny Soccer has a ZERO tolerance policy for inappropriate behaviour from any player, parent and/or member of the coaching staff.  This includes inappropriate behaviour on the field, off the field, leaving the dressing rooms, common area of the centres, parking lot, shopping centre, school or by the use of internet tools to threaten, bully or intimidate anyone in any manner.

If any such incidents occur we will fully cooperate with ENZSA/EMSA and the staff of the soccer centres in supporting their decision, if we feel it necessary to suspend a player, parent and/or member of the coaching staff, we as soccer directors will do so.  EMSA has implemented stiffer penalties for all infractions and there will be no tolerance.  If incidents are repeated, then that player, parent and/or member of the coaching staff will not welcomed back to Kilkenny Soccer.  There is no room for poor sportsmanship in Kilkenny.  Every parent, player and coach will be required to electronically acknowledge the Code of Conduct during the online registration process.


COACHING

If you are interested in coaching please contact Soccer@Kilkenny.ab.ca.  We are occasionally short coaches, especially in the younger age groups.  PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL NEW COACHES MUST FILL OUT A SECURITY CLEARANCE (NO CHARGE TO THE COACH) WHICH IS GOOD FOR THREE YEARS.  All coaches must take an age appropriate coaching course which will be reimbursed by Kilkenny Soccer.  Course dates and locations are still being finalized.

SUPPORTING OUR COACHES

Coaching is a very rewarding experience, but it is also a big responsibility, very time consuming and not meant to be a one-person job.  Please help your coach by first, respecting their expectations (from arrival times for practices and games, to attitude and effort on and off the field).  The coaches put a lot of preparation and time into games and practices, and it can be challenging at moments.  It is essential to remember coaches are volunteers, dedicating their time to be an important part of your child’s life.  Please treat all the individuals who are a part of your child’s soccer life (coaches, managers, referees), with the support and respect you would want in the same situation.  Second, if your coach asks for help (ex: team manager, a phoning parent, an equipment parent, a snack parent, etc.) … please help! This allows him/her to focus on your children, and their development in soccer, both as athletes and team members.

If you have any team or coaching concerns please have consideration for your coach.  Approaching a coach directly after a game, especially a close game, is not the best option.  Ask your coach when the best time is to bring up suggestions, concerns or questions.  Note: This is where a parent liaison or a team manager can be very useful.

Soccer is a team sport and the best way to teach the players the team concept, is through modeling by the coaching staff and parents.  We are out their representing our children, so let’s make them proud by working together as a team.  Lead by example!!

If you have any questions, please contact Soccer@Kilkenny.ab.ca.  Thank you and see you at registration.  As in the past, you will receive a quicker response by email.


The Kilkenny Cougars are part of a larger organization through the Edmonton Minor Soccer Association (EMSA).  Please visit their site for further information HERE.