Q: How do I register my child to play soccer with North Utah County Soccer Clubʼs Challenger recreational soccer?
A: To register your child for Challenger recreational soccer, go to the website www.NorthUtahCountySoccer.com during the open enrollment period and click on the registration link, and follow the instructions.
Q: I am moving. Can I get a refund?
A: Refunds will be for half the registration fee if requested within 4 weeks of the season starting for those moving, medical issues or transfers within NUCS.(Others may not receive a refund) After that, the refund may be less depending on the expenses we have already incurred. Please realize, we are the only soccer organization in the state that gives any refund. Please have patience for your refund once you submit the refund form. Playing soccer is a higher priority than giving refunds. Often, the refunds are not processed until the end of the season(when there is more time). That being said, if there is a financial emergency, please let us know. You must fill out a refund form. It is located here.
WHEN DO I REGISTER FOR THE FALL/SPRING SEASON?
Q: When is registration for Challenger recreational soccer?
A: Open registration is April 20 through June 15.
For Fall 2019/Spring 2020 season
Early registration price $90.00 April 20 - May 15
Regular Price $100.00 May 16 - June 15
Late Registration Price $115.00 June 16 - Season Start
From June 16 through August a waiting list is used. Not all kids on the waiting list get on a team.
HOW DO I REGISTER FOR THE SPRING SEASON
Q: I missed registration for the fall/spring season. How do I get my child on a team for the spring season?
A: 1. Put your child's name on our waiting list (This is the same one we used for latecomers in the fall)
2. In January, we will send an e-mail to everybody on the list, inviting them to confirm that they are still desirous to have their child on a team in the Spring.
3. This confirmation list will include questions about whether you would be willing to coach a new team in the situation where all teams are full.
4. Once the list is closed, approx. early March, we plug holes in existing teams, and then we see if we have enough players and volunteer coach's to make new ones. Only those who we can put on existing teams or on a new team we invite to register online. THUS, spring is NOT open registration. (Open registration begins in April for the following Fall/Spring season)
Note: The price for spring registration is approximately 2/3 of the full season price. The reason is that we still have to pay for a full uniforms and other costs that don't change. We do however, need to pay people to help find openings on teams and do the leg work that isn't required when teams are formed in the fall.
REGISTERING AFTER THE DEADLINE FOR THE FALL/SPRING SEASON
Q: It is after June 15 and the registration period closed. Can I still sign my child up to play soccer in the coming season?
A: After the June 15th deadline, you may fill out the on-line waiting list form, on the www.NUCSOnline.com website. We will try to place your child on a team, but cannot guarantee it. If we are able to find a spot on a team for your child, we will notify you by late-August. We would appreciate you waiting to hear from us by late-August, as we will be working out team rosters prior to that during the summer, and thus will not have information to pass along to you until you are contacted by your coach.
WHAT ARE THE AGE GROUPS? And Genders?
Q: What are the age groups for Challenger recreational soccer?
A: Age groups for Challenger recreational soccer are U4 through U18, with a separate age group for every year of age. The “U” refers to “under”, meaning that for your child to play on a U16 team, your child must be “under” the age of 16 years old on January 1 for this yearʼs soccer season. For example, if your child turns 16 on or before December 31st, your child would be eligible to play on a U17 team for that this coming season, but your child would not be eligible to play on the U16 team.
Additionally, a child is too young to participate if they will not turn 3 years old by September 1st of the year in which you are registering. For liability reasons, a child that is not 3 by September 1st of 2018 will not be able to participate until the following year(Fall 2019/Spring2020).
You may use the Age Group calculator below to find out your child's exact age group
The age group calculator is currently set to show age groups for the Fall 2019/ Spring 2020 soccer season.
Please note: Beginning Fall 2016, a new age group calculation is being used. Instead of the team age groups based on August 1 of a given year, the calendar year is being used. So, please look below carefully. U19 players are only allowed if still a high school senior.
Birth Year Age Group # of Kids in Game # of kids on team 2016 U4 4 vs 4 8 2015 U5 4 vs 4 8 2014 U6 4 vs 4 8 2013 U7 4 vs 4 8 2012 U8 6 vs 6 10 - 12 2011 U9 7 vs 7 10 - 12 2010 U10 7 vs 7 10 - 12 2009 U11 9 vs 9 12 - 15 2008 U12 9 vs 9 12 - 15 2007 U13 - U15 11 vs 11 14 - 18 2006 U13 - U15 11 vs 11 14 - 18 2005 U13 - U15 11 vs 11 14 - 18 2004 U16 - U19 11 vs 11 15 - 18 2003 U16 - U19 11 vs 11 15 - 18 2002 U16 - U19 11 vs 11 15 - 18 2001 U16 - U19 11 vs 11 15 - 18
Approximate Field Sizes, Ball Sizes
U4 15 yrds X 30 yrds #3 U5 15 yrds X 30 yrds #3 U6 20 yrds X 40 yrds #3 U7 25 yrds X 45 yrds #3 U8 35 yrds X 55 yrds #3 U9 30 yrds X 70 yrds #4 U10 40 yrds X 70 yrds #4 U11 40 yrds X 70 yrds #4 U12 45 yrds X 80 yrds #4 U13+ 50 yrds X 100 yrds #5
Q: Boys have cooties, will my daughter have to play with them?
A: U4 through U7 teams are generally co-ed (HOWEVER, Lehi U7 teams are NOT Co-ed), with the genders equally populated. U8 through U17 teams are grouped by gender.
PLAY WITH A PARTICULAR COACH OR FRIEND?
Q: Can my child play under the same coach as he had last year or a team with a particular friend?
A: There is a field in the online registration form in which you can request a particular coach, or that your child play on a team with a particular friend. While we cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate all requests, we will make efforts to place your child with the requested coach or friend. You will find out who your coach is and who the other team members are when your coach contacts you by mid-August.
Q: My child wants to play soccer with a friend whoʼs birthday dictates a different age team. Can my child and the friend play on the same team? In other words, can my child play “up” or “down” an age level?
A: A child may play “up” an age level, but not “down” an age level. NOTE: U4 Players are not permitted to "play up" to U5
Q: We have already formed a team from kids in our neighborhood, and we have a coach. How do we get all the kids on the same team?
A: Please make sure that the kids are all the same age. In the coach request field each player puts the last name of the coach and the last 4 digits of the coach's home phone number. So, if John Smith, phone number 801-784-1234, has 8 kids that are U7 in his neighborhood, and they want to play together next year, he will tell them to put Smith1234 in the coach request field during the registration process. Then, we will know to put those players on the same team.
WHO IS MY CHILDʼS COACH?
Q: When will I hear what team my child is on and who the coach is?
A: You will hear by mid August what team your child in on and who the coach is. You will be contacted directly by your childʼs coach at that time. We would appreciate you waiting to hear from your coach in August, as we will be working out team rosters during June and July, and thus will not have information to pass on to you until you are contacted by your coach.
Q. I would like to volunteer to coach or help in some capacity my childʼs team. What should I do?
A. There is a place to indicate offers to volunteer on the on-line registration form. During June and July, we will be working on how to match up volunteers with team needs. Once we have that figured out, the league or your coach will let you know by mid-August how you can help.
Q: How much does it cost for my child to play on Challenger recreational soccer?
A: The cost to register and play for the season is $100 for all age groups. However, there is a $10.00 discount for registering in the first 4 weeks of registration being open. (Making the price during the first 4 weeks $90.00. This price includes practice equipment, approximately 7 games each in the fall and spring season (total of approximately 14 games), a high quality full uniform with a jersey, shorts and socks, a soccer ball, and liability insurance. Please note that starting in fall of 2014, Alpine school district and most cities are charging us for field use. This amounts to 10's of thousands of additional costs. We have trimmed here and there, but also need to add a $5.00 pass through field fee in addition to our soccer fees.
Q: Are there other costs involved or things I need to provide for my child to play Challenger recreational soccer?
A: Each player will need to have his/her own cleats, shin guards and water bottle, and have his/her own transportation to practices and games.
Q: Is there a sibling discount?
A: Yes, Starting in for fall 2016, we give $5.00 off for each additional sibling. It is automatically calculated during registration. It only applies when the siblings are registered for challenger at the same time.
Q: Are there any additional fees
A: Starting in Fall of 2014, cities and schools are raising the rates that they charge us to use their fields. As a result, we have been forced to add on a pass through charge for field use of $5.00
SEASON AND GAMES
Q: What is the season?
A: Because of our cold Utah winters, our season has a winter hiatus. Fall season practice begins mid to late August. Your coach will provide details on the precise practice start date, weekdays, practice times and field location by mid-August. Games usually begin the Saturday after Labor Day. There are around 7 games per fall season, thus ending around mid-October. This ending of the season corresponds approximately to the first snow or inclement cold weather.
The spring season is a continuation of the Fall season. Thus, your child will be on the same team he/she was on in the Fall. The spring season usually begins the Saturday after Spring Break. There are approximately 7 spring season games, and continues until mid May. There are no games on the weekend at the end of the Alpine School District spring break.
Q: When are the games?
A: Games are generally on Saturdays. There may be occasional games on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday in order to get all the games in during the season before the weather becomes inclement or snowy. When the season begins, your child's coach will provide you details on the practice and game schedule, including times and locations.
Q: Where are the games?
A: Games are generally at local schools and parks, between Pleasant Grove and Lehi. Because teams are neighborhood based the games should be fairly close to your neighborhood, especially for Challenger 1 teams since their fields are smaller. For Challenger 2 there will be a designated field (or two) for each age group where all games will be played.
Q: Where are the practices?
A: Practices are held at a time and at a location determined by the coach that fits with the needs of the players on the team - a local school, somebody's back yard, etc. Because teams are neighborhood based, the games should be fairly close to your neighborhood.
Q: My child is going to participate in a different sport in the fall or the spring, what should I do?
A: We suggest you sign up so that we can get your child on a team. If for example, your child is going to play football in the fall, register your child for soccer, notify the assigned coach that he/she will be playing football in the but will be excited to be on the team in the spring. By doing it this way, your child is assured a position on a team in the spring. Otherwise, your child ends up on the spring waiting list and is not guaranteed a spot on a team. Plus, if it ends up that football and soccer will work in harmony, they can still play both.
Q: My child wants to get better and/or play in the summer.
A: NUCS offers soccer camps during the summer that are half the price of anywhere else, because we are subsiding the camps so that our kids have the chance to enjoy soccer and get better. You will have the chance to register during the challenger registration process or go here