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|This file last written March 30, 2016|
Registration requirements vary slightly for different seasons. When registration for a new season is about to start, the rules will be posted and a link to them placed on our home page, or you can look at them at any time on our Club page.
In all cases, you will need to pay a fee to the Spitfires Soccer Club and fill out (or update) your information in our Player Contact Database. You may also need an OSA soccer photo ID card (summer OCSL and NCISL teams).Back to Top
Yes. If you have never played with the club before, you may attend a pre-season practice or game before deciding whether or not you want to join. Send an e-mail to our contact address (see bottom) first to make sure one of our registrars will be there with a waiver for you to sign. No-one can play without a signed waiver.
Returning players must register before attending a practice.Back to Top
The club has an (unpaid) elected executive which manages all issues in the club and represents the club at the league and EODSA meetings. These positions are elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). Coaches, who are appointed (or found, or enlisted) by the teams, are on the executive and there are also a number of appointed positions. To see who's who, go to our Executive page.
The executive and coaches are all open to input from club members and we encourage anyone with ideas or initiative to get involved.Back to Top
Spitfires is a non-profit organization, run entirely by volunteers. The fees we collect go to:
A full detailed budget of all revenues and costs is presented at the annual general membership meeting, and is available to anyone interested.Back to Top
You need your own cleats (rubber, not metal!), red soccer socks, shin guards, and black shorts. It's also useful to have your own soccer ball. If you have shorts and socks, but they aren't the Spitfires' colours, check with your coach to see if that matters on your team.
The club supplies jerseys. On men's teams, these are distributed and collected each game. On women's teams, the jerseys are distributed at the start of the season and collected at the end. To ensure the return of the jerseys, women provide a $50-per-jersey deposit cheque which is cashed 15 days after the final game if the shirts have not been returned. (See jersey policy)Back to Top
Spitfires teams may play in the Ottawa-Carleton Soccer League (OCSL), National Capital Industrial Soccer League (NCISL), or Soccer7s.
2016: This is the first year we'll have a team in Soccer7s summer league -- WR2 on Mondays.
The NCISL women's league has had either one or two divisions, traditionally playing on Monday evenings. Because of the few divisions, the skill range is quite wide.
The NCISL men's league has multiple divisions, playing on various days. Spitfires has not yet placed a team in that league so we don't know much about it.
The OCSL is divided up as follows:
When a league has divisions, they are separated by skill level, with #1 being
the highest-skilled for that league.
In the OCSL, our teams ask for home fields in the west end of the city. We usually, but not always, get what we ask for.
50% of the games are held at the home field. The other games are at the other teams' home fields. Most of these will be within the city boundaries, but a few will likely be in the surrounding area. The OCSL includes teams from Almonte, Chelsea, Carleton Place, Perth, Kemptville and so on. You can check the OCSL web site to find out what teams were in what division last year and where their fields were.
In the NCISL, most of the fields are in the Kanata area, with a few others scattered across the city. See the NCISL website for maps.Back to Top
Most games start at 6:30. On fields with lights, they may start at 8:30. At the end of the season, when the sun sets earlier, a couple may start at 6:00.Back to Top
Most Spitfires teams no longer hold regular practices. Check with your coach to find out what your team will do.Back to Top
The OCSL regular season usually starts the week of Victoria Day. (Yes, there are Monday games on the holiday.) The NCISL holds exhibition games the week before Victoria Day. Our teams sign up for those. The regular season starts, like the OCSL, the week of Victoria Day.
Note: Everyone should check the OCSL and NCISL websites before their first few games. Weather can cause the city to close the fields with little to no notice.Back to Top
Usually. The club tries to reserve time for exhibition games on the outdoor, artificial turf field at Ottawa U during the first 2 weeks of May. Given decent weather, the city usually opens the grass fields to soccer the week before the OCSL season begins and your coach may schedule an exhibition game and/or practice then.Back to Top
The OCSL schedules are posted on the OCSL website. They might not be provided until the Friday before the games start, i.e. the Friday of the Victoria Day long weekend. They may be posted earlier, but there are no guarantees.
See the NCISL website for their schedules.Back to Top
The managers and coaches of the teams are volunteers. The men's teams usually have a single player-coach-manager. The women usually have a player-manager and then cajole a boyfriend, husband or other Spitfire to coach. All players are expected to help the managers/coaches. Anyone interested in becoming a coach is welcome. The club has a budget dedicated to coach development.Back to Top
There are spring practices/try-outs, although some teams may decide not to participate depending on whether they are playing indoor and/or whether they need to worry about the skill level of new players.
Team assignment information is here for men and women.Back to Top
If the team(s) you want to, and have the skill to, play on have too many players, you may be waitlisted.
Waitlist players are free to continue practicing with their team and participate in all club activities but are only used for the league games on an as-needed basis. Waitlist players usually get bumped to full-time status within the first 6 weeks of the season due to injuries/vacations so we strongly urge players to continue coming out and participating. We do refund money to players that missed any games due to their waitlisted status.Back to Top
It is up to the teams to enter tournaments. Consult your manager.Back to Top
Refund information for a particular season is published in the registration policy for that season. See our Club page.Back to Top
|This file last written March 30, 2016|