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 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When does the recreational season start?
The season begins in November and runs through the middle of February. Official practice starts when baseball and softball have ended their season.

How much does it cost?
Cost is $110.00 per child for a resident of Cooper City and $160.00 for non resident.

When is registration?
Registration will start at the end of August to mid September.

How do I register?
You must register on line and then bring your receipt to the Cooper City Optimist where you will pay the fee and select your uniform size.

What information do I need to bring with me?
If this is your first time registering with any optimist sports, you will need your child’s birth certificate, your driver license and a utility bill.

How old does my child have to be to play?
The player must be born between September 1, 1994 through  December 31, 2008.  

Where are the games played?
The girls games are played at the Cooper City Sports complex and the boys games are at Bill Lips Sports Complex. On Saturdays the U12 or U4 boys may at the Cooper City Sports Complex.

When will the games be played?
One game is played during the week and one on Saturday.

When will we know the game schedule?
Schedules will be posted on the web site by the beginning of November.

How often is practice?
Practice is at the discretion of the coach. All coaches are volunteers and some have more time available than others.

When will we receive our uniform?
The coach will hand out the uniforms before the first game. Uniforms are included in the registration fee and consist of a jersey, shorts, and socks.

What player equipment do I need to supply?
Your child will need soccer cleats, shin guards and liquid h ydration.

How will my child be placed on a team?
All teams are formed in a draft. The coach will contact you after the draft. The only players guaranteed to play together are those of the coach, assistant coach. Please do not ask to be on the same team with a friend or for carpool purposes.

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HOW TO BE A SPECTATOR AND ROLE MODEL

  • "Positive encouragement is good; negative comments are bad."
  • "Cheering is good, but do not yell at your child or anyone else’s child during the game. It can be distracting & what you tell them may be different from what the coaches are saying. If you would like to be an assistant coach, please call me, I would love your help."
  • "Be careful not to say anything that might be taken the wrong way or hurt someone’s feelings. Remember: this is for fun & these are children."
  • "Be a good role model & a good sport."
  • "Do not yell at the referees or say anything bad to or about the other team. Never boo the other team or cheer when they make a mistake."
  • Do not go on the field until all players have shaken hands.
     

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FIFTEEN THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHILE WATCHING FROM THE SIDELINES
by Michael Langlois
 

Michael Langlois is the author of “How Well Do You Communicate? A Guide to Better Communication with Players and Parents for Youth Soccer Coaches”.

1. Let The Coaches’ Coach. If you are telling your son or daughter - or any other player for that matter - to do something different from what their coach is telling them, you create distraction and confusion.

2. It is very unnerving for many young players to try and perform difficult tasks on the field on the spur of the moment when parents are yelling at them from the sidelines. Let The Kids Play. If they have been well coached, they should know what to do on the field. If they make a mistake, chances are they will learn from it.

3. Do Not Discuss The Play Of Specific Young Players In Front Of Other Parents. How many times do you hear comments such as, "I don’t know how that boy made this team...” or "she’s just not fast enough.". Too many parents act as though their child is a ’star’, and the problem is someone else’s kid. Negative comments and attitudes are hurtful and totally unnecessary and kill parent harmony, which is often essential to youth team success.

4. Discourage such toxic behavior by listening patiently to any negative comments that might be made, then address issues in a positive way. Speak To The Positive Qualities Of A Player, Family Or Coach.

5. Do Your Level Best Not To Complain About Your Son Or Daughter’s Coaches To Other Parents. Once that starts, it is like a disease that spreads. Before you know it, parents are talking constantly in a negative way behind a coach’s back. (As an aside, if you have what you truly feel is a legitimate beef with your child’s coach either regarding game strategy or playing time, arrange an appointment to meet privately, away from a soccer field.)

6. Make Positive Comments From The Sideline. Be encouraging. Young athletes do not need to be reminded constantly about their perceived errors or mistakes. Their coaches will instruct them, either during the game or at half-time, and during practices. You can often see a young player make that extra effort when they hear encouraging words from the sideline about their hustle.

7. Avoid Making Any Negative Comments About Players On The Other Team, This Should Be Simple: we are talking about youngsters, not adults who are being paid to play professionally. I recall being at a rep baseball game some years ago, when parent on one team loudly made comments about errors made by a particular young player on the other team. People on the other side of the diamond were stunned- and angry. Besides being tasteless and classless, these kinds of comments can be hurtful to the young person involved and to their family as well.

8. Try To Keep Interaction With Parents On The Other Team As Healthy And Positive As Possible. Who’s kidding whom? You want your child’s team to win. So do they. But that should not make us take leave of our senses, especially our common sense. Be courteous ’till it hurts; avoid the ’tit for tat’ syndrome.

9. Parents On The ’Other’ Team Are Not The Enemy. Neither are the boys or girls on the other team. We should work to check any negative feelings at the door before we hit the pitch.

10. What is the easiest thing to do in the youth sports world? Criticize the referees. Don’t Criticize The Referees. Oh, there are times when calls are missed, absolutely. And that can, unfortunately, directly affect the outcome of a contest. That said, by and large those who officiate at youth soccer games are hardly overcompensated, and give it an honest - and often quite competent - effort. At worst, they at least try to be fair and objective.

11. On that note, outbursts from parents on the sideline made toward the referees only signal to our on children on the field that they can blame the refs for anything that goes wrong. Blaming Others Is Not A Formula For Success In Sports.

12. Yelling Out Comments Such As "Good Call, Ref" Or "Thanks Ref" May Only Serve To Alienate An Official. The ref always assumes they made the proper call, that’s why they made it. Trying to show superficial support because the call went ’your’ way is simply annoying to the officials, and to anyone within earshot.

13. Walking up and down all game long along the sidelines, following the play, is unnerving to players and totally unnecessary- particularly so if you are trying to yell out instructions to various players, including your own son or daughter. It is likely embarrassing to the player/players involved and simply counterproductive. If You Want To Coach, Obtain Your Coaching Certification And Then Apply For A Job.

14. We all feel things and are apt to be tempted to say things in the ’heat of the moment’. But we don’t excuse athletes for doing inappropriate things in the ’heat of the moment’ (there are penalties, suspensions, etc.) so we should apply similar standards to our own sideline behavior. Quickly Check Yourself And Ask: Will I Be Proud Of What I Am About To Say Or Do When I Reflect On It Tomorrow?

15. The parking lot is not the time to ’fan the flames’. Whether it is a coach’s decision, a referee’s call, a comment that was made, let it go. Don’t harass the coach, or an official, or a parent on the other team after the game is over. Go Home, Relax, And Unwind. Talk Positively With Your Child. The ride home is sometimes as important as the game itself. Make that time a good memory for your son or daughter by discussing as many positives as you can about him/her, her coach, her teammates, etc.