Frequently Asked Questions

How long is my player committed to one team/club?

Your player is committed to a team for both the Fall and Spring seasons. A player may move amongst teams throughout the year if playing a level up (or down) and is determined as good development opportunity for the player.  A season is considered from commitment from August to the next calendar year end through the 1st week of June.

How long is the season?

The season begins on the 3rd week of August of each year. The Fall season runs until December of each year. The spring season begins in the first week of February and continues through mid May.

Where do the teams practice?

There are currently 2 possible practice facilities: Rolling Hills Academy/Antonian Middle School and the Family Mays YMCA. You may request a practice location at any time. We may recommend the best team fit for your player and we will let you know where that team practices.  Please see our field locations on our website for the address for each location.

Are tournament expenses included in cost?

Tournament expenses are not included in registration fees. Tournament fees/costs vary for each tournament. Teams that attend tournament and showcases are dependent upon the level of the team, tournament location and other factors.

Do you have a college program?

Our high school aged student athletes are given access to a full spectrum of recruiting tools. We target multiple avenues to expose our players to college programs including showcase events, combines, and utilizing our staff’s extensive college coach network to support our players.

How many practices a week are required?

SA Athletic FC holds 2-3 training sessions per week dependent on the level of play and determined by our Director of Coaching. U11-U19 will have a minimum of 2 training sessions per week. Some teams may train 3 times per week.

What are SA Athletic FC staff qualifications?

Our staff qualifications are listed on the “Meet our team” tab on our website. Our exceptional coaching staff has professional playing experience both internationally and domestically, they hold professional coaching licenses, they share the same vision for motivating and developing young players and are committed to the providing each of your players with life skills that go beyond the game.  Our staff continues to pursue their coaching education throughout their time at SA Athletic FC. Our staff maintains qualifications from: USSF, United Soccer Coaches and UEFA educational bodies.

How much are club fees for select teams for the 2018-2019 season?

The cost ranges depending upon the level of the team. Factors are dependent on the different prices of association fees, trainer fees, travel, etc. The cost may also range dependent upon the number of practices each week. Fees are available on our our website at www.saathleticfc.com

How are tryout dates selected?

Tryout dates are given and allowed by state associations. The club must abide by the approved dates in order to have tryouts.

Are uniforms included in the cost?

Uniforms are not included in the training fees and cost. The uniforms follow a 2-year life cycle. The new 2-year cycle begins Fall 2018. Once teams are made, commitment fee(s) paid, documents uploaded, the link will be sent out to each player/family to order their uniform. Uniform numbers will be assigned by either the club or may be assigned by the team manager of each team.

Lightning can strike quickly and unexpectedly, and it can be deadly. We do not take chances with lightning.  We obey all lightning policies in place at any park, field, facility, and/or events.

Protocol and Procedures:

  • If you can see lightning then you should leave the field, and any open space including the parking lot and take cover inside a vehicle or building.
  • Return to field/play should occur a minimum of twenty (20) minutes after the most recent sighting of lightning if it is clear the storm has passed, and thirty (30) minutes if it is not clear the storm has passed, on the radar.

Understanding of SAFE lightning shelters is essential. SAFE evacuation sites include:

  • Fully enclosed metal vehicles with windows up.
  • Substantial buildings.
  • The low ground.

UNSAFE LIGHTNING SHELTER AREAS include:

  • All outdoor metal objects like flag poles, fences and gates, high mast light poles, metal bleachers, golf cars, machinery, etc.
  • AVOID trees.
  • AVOID water.
  • AVOID open fields.
  • AVOID the high ground.

If you hear thunder, the associated lightning is within auditory range and about 6-8 miles away.  Ask yourself why you should NOT go to shelter immediately.  A good lightning safety motto is: “If you can see it (lightning) flee it; if you can hear it (thunder), clear it.”  Please wait a minimum of 30 minutes from the last observed lightning or thunder before resuming activities.  This can be reduced to 20 minutes, if it is absolutely clear and the storm cell has passed. If you have any doubts, then use 30 minutes.  People who have been struck by lightning do not carry an electrical charge and are safe to handle. Apply first aid immediately if you are qualified to do so.  Get emergency help promptly.

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