General Overview…

For over 30 years the League has offered sports programs to boys and girls from 4 years through 14 years old.  The OLPH Soccer League is run 100% by parent and community member volunteers. All families should volunteer in some capacity during the season. Volunteer opportunities include field clean-up day, uniform inventory and distribution, helping in the concession stand, construction, landscaping, assisting with registration, coaching and more.

 

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How do I register?

All registrations must be done on-line through our website www.olphsports.org.

We DO NOT have a paper registration process.

Registration generally opens 6-10 weeks before each season.

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Can I still register?

First, visit our website www.olphsports.org to see if registration is open.

If the division is full, you will be placed on a wait list and notified.  As space opens, we will fill from the wait list.

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I started my registration but did not finish it…How do I find my saved registration?

If you started your registration and need to log back in to complete it first log into your account at www.go.teamsnap.com.

DO NOT create or start another registration via the registration link to make payments!

When you log into Teamsnap you will find a pending registration in your account.  Continue your registration and payment there.

If you do not find a pending registration, you should go to the OLPH Sports website (www.olphsports.org) and restart your registration.

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Weather Policy

RAINY DAY POLICY:

Generally speaking, for the PEE-WEE/BANTAM/JUNIOR Division, on rainy days we play unless there is lightning, it is a downpour, or prior rain has made the field unplayable. If we cancel a session or games, we will send an email via TeamSnap and post it on the website. But we like to avoid canceling games, as rescheduling them is very hard.

For the INSTRUCTIONAL LEVEL (Pre-K, K and 1 graders), we will play in very mild rain/drizzle, but not if it is raining steadily. As above, we will send a morning email alert and post the status on the website.

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Dates – When does the season start & end?

Please visit our SCHEDULE page for season dates.

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When does my child play & where?

Father Tom Joyce Sports Complex located at 64th Street and 3rd Avenue is our primary location.  Travel teams and practices may be held at alternate locations.

Please visit our SCHEDULE page for times.  Individual team schedules can be found on TeamSnap

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What does my child need to bring?

Please see below to determine how your child should be prepared or dressed for his/her practice, session or game. Dress your child according to the weather and have your child ready to begin play at the session start time.

OLPH_Required Equipment

 

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Where is the entrance to the field?

There are 3 entrances to the field.

  1.  The main field entrance is under the BQE elevated roadway on the 65th street extension side of the field. This entrance is located next to the field house.

2.  There is a gate entrance on the 3rd avenue side of the field at the far left corner across the street from the Audi repair shop located at 211 63rd Street Brooklyn, NY 11220.

3.  There is a gate entrance on the 65th street extension side of the field.

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What do I do on the first day?

Instructional sessions require check in at the main field entrance.  The main field entrance is under the BQE elevated roadway on the 65th street extension side of the field.  This entrance is located next to the field house.

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Divisions – What are they?

A division is basically a way via age to group players.  We use the child’s grade in school as the quick determination of division placement, however, the actual date of birth overrules grade for division placement. Divisions and age groupings may change due to the number of registrants.  We currently have two major divisions in our league which are Instructional and Competitive.

The Instructional Division is a non-competitive learning environment.  Each session players are placed into groups which cycle through different skill building stations.  Each station is designed to provide positive reinforcement while supplying the player with a multitude of ball handling opportunities.  Instructional division sessions end with several brief noncompetitive scrimmages where the focus is on having fun, passing the ball and working as a team.  The Instructional division assistants act as the referee and game facilitators during these scrimmages.

The Competitive Division is also a learning environment however is structured differently than the Instructional Division.  Players are assigned to a team with whom they practice and play with each week.  In this division there are full length games, supervised by a referee, a score is kept and league standings are posted.  At the end of the season there are either play-offs or a tournament.  The teams can be intramural teams or travel teams.

See below for a snapshot of division breakdowns:

Spring Session

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Teams and Practices – How do they work?

Spring Session

Instructional Division:

Has no set teams. Players are grouped each session for skill building and scrimmages. However, the coaches are very good about grouping friends together especially for the younger players. There are no weekly practices in addition to Saturday sessions for this division.

Competitive Division:

This division is entered into the CYO travel league and is by invitation only.  After invitation, there is a try-out period to assess the team assignment.  Once the player is assigned to a CYO team there is/are weekly practice(s).  Practice days & times are determined by the coaching staff.

Fall Session

Instructional Division:

Has no set teams. Players are grouped each session for skill building and scrimmages. However, the coaches are very good about grouping friends together especially for the younger players.  There are no weekly practices in addition to Saturday sessions for this division.

Competitive Division:

Pee Wee:  Players are assigned to set teams with 12-14 other players.  Historically, there are 8-10 teams in this division which play games on Saturday mornings.  Teams in this division practice once per week.  The volunteer coach selects the day and time for his/her practice based upon his/her availability.

Bantam:  Players are assigned to set teams with 10-12 other players.  Historically, there are 8-10 teams in this division which play games on Saturday afternoon and Sunday mornings.  Teams in this division have practice(s) once and sometimes twice per week.  The volunteer coach selects the day(s) and time(s) for his/her practice(s) based upon his/her availability.

Junior:  Players are assigned to set teams with 9-10 other players.  Historically, there are 6-8 teams in this division which play games on Sunday afternoons.  Teams in this division have practice(s) once and sometimes twice per week.  The volunteer coach selects the day(s) and time(s) for his/her practice(s) based upon his/her availability.

We do NOT do team assignments based upon practice availability, but by age group. You may request a team or a friend in the on-line registration however, we cannot guarantee we can accommodate the request.  The number of registrants determines the number of teams and we can reach maximum capacity.

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Uniforms – When does my child receive his/her uniform?

Instructional Division:  This division is not a team-based program and players do not wear uniforms. Each instructional division player receives an OLPH tee shirt to wear during the sessions. The Instructional Division shirt distribution will take place at the field on the day of the first session.

Competitive Division:  Players receive a team uniform that includes one jersey, one pair of shorts and one pair of soccer socks.  Uniforms distribution date will be posted to the schedule and usually occurs just prior to the start of the season.

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What is TeamSnap and what do I use it for?

TeamSnap is the software and application we use to process registrations, communicate with families and post schedules. We use this system to help process registrations and ensure we have correct email and phone numbers. This system allows you to upload a picture of your child for the coaches to view and to ensure we can contact you as needed via text, phone or email. After you register to log into your account you should log in with your username/email and password to www.go.teamsnap.com to share access and to set up the text messaging option. You may also download the free app for your iPhone or Android devices.

Make sure you click the checkbox to enable text messaging in your profile on Teamsnap.

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Parking – Where do we park?

There is street parking by the field.  There is also parking on 63rd and 64th streets between 2ndAve/Ridge Blvd and 3rd Ave.

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Weather – How do I find out about delays or cancellations due to inclement weather?

Parents may call the OLPH Soccer Information line at 347.829.OLPH/6574 to find out information relating to cancellations. We try to update this message no less than 30 minutes prior to a session or game. Please be aware that soccer is often played in a light rain and is played in cool/cold weather.

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Concession Stand

There is a concession stand at the field.  Snacks and beverages are available at reasonable prices. A bathroom is available inside the concession stand.

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What seasons does OLPH offer soccer?

OLPH Soccer offers a fall (registration is in June & July) and spring session (registration is January & February). OLPH does not offer summer and winter programs at this time.

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CYO Travel Team

OLPH offers a CYO travel soccer program in the Spring by invitation only. These teams are part of the Brooklyn-Queens CYO. When registering your child for the spring session please indicate your desire to play on a travel team. The CYO travel season runs from March through June with half the games played at home (OLPH field) and half away, mainly in Queens. CYO players are required to attend one practice each week (at OLPH field or at the OLPH Gym located at 552-560 59th Street) and one game, that is played on either Friday evening, Saturday or Sunday.  Players not selected for our travel teams will be assigned to our instructional soccer programs.

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Smoking Policy

Smoking is NOT permitted in the field area or in the entrance area leading to the concession stand. Also, do not smoke along the fencing area surrounding the playing filed and where children are nearby.

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How do I volunteer and what volunteer opportunities exist?

There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer.  Please contact us at info@olphsports.org to arrange a volunteer opportunity.

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Coaching – What is required to be a coach?

Virtus Training is required to be a coach.

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