CESC Registration info

2021 Fall Soccer Registration

Welcome to registration for the 2021 fall soccer season with CESC.   There’s a lot of information in here and we’ve made some changes, so please read this email carefully.   CESC will also be placing an FAQ page on its website.  This will provide information about the club, registration, uniforms, team formation, typical season schedules, playing time, etc. 

As of this point, CESC anticipates conducting a NORMAL TRAVEL SOCCER SEASON.  This will include home and away games, festival/playoff participation, and a Columbus Day tournament.  If that changes, we will have to adjust, as well.

One significant change is team formation at the U13/14 level (generally, 7th and 8th graders).   If you have players in the U12-U14 levels we encourage you to examine this information as well as our U13/14 Policy and Q and A statement, so that you have an understanding of these changes and what different aspects mean and why it is being done. 

Registration:

Registration is open.  

When you register through CapeSoccerclub.org or Capesoccer.net or this link (https://system.gotsport.com/programs/6V0826128?reg_role=player), you will be directed to the GotSport website.   This is a new system for SoccerMaine.  Many of you registered last year on the similarly-named (but different!) GotSoccer, an old platform.  Those accounts have been transferred to the new GotSport.  You do not need to set up a new account but the new GotSport site will require you to take a couple of extra steps to verify your account, passwords, etc.   You can use this link to learn how to do this:

https://gotsport.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360043315833-Creating-Your-Account-from-a-Registration-Link-

This should answer many questions.   Another aspect of note, it has taken a few minutes for password reset and other help emails to come through from this company.  Do not expect a reset email within 15 seconds. 

Registration will be open from March 26th- April 16th at 9pm.    At that time, it will close. There is no guarantee of a late registration period after the open registration period ends, although we have opened late registration in the past for certain age groups, depending upon numbers.  If a late registration period opens, we will be creating a waiting list from those registrations as there will be no guarantee we can place your child.  Anyone who moves to town following our open registration period and wishes to play, will be placed at the top of the waiting list, as they were not here during open registration.  

Registration costs remain the same as 2020: $150.   In May, a separate uniform order link will be sent to all registrants who need one, however, we are keeping the same kit as in years past in hopes that many will be able to get another season out of it.  If your child does need a new uniform, you will need to order it in the short window to do so.   Uniform costs are approximately $65 and it will be mailed directly to your house.  The uniform cost is in addition to the registration fee.

Guiding Principles of CESC.

Registration

1. Registration will remain open for a designated period of time and all registrants will be accepted; there are no space limitations during the open enrollment. Late registration is NOT always available if numbers following open enrollment work for team formation.   Kids who move to town in the summer and did not have the opportunity to enroll and wish to play will be placed on a team only if space is available.  

2. CESC does NOT want to cut kids.


3. CESC does NOT want to send kids to play with other towns.


4. CESC will work hard to keep kids playing within their age groups and with their grade peers.  This is not always possible based on registrant numbers, but every effort will be made, and should movement be necessary, potential players’ families will be consulted.

PLAYING TIME:

U8/9-U11: CESC expects equal playing time for all players.

U12: CESC expects at least 50% playing time, and coaches at these levels may also use discretion to address behavior and attendance issues. 

 

U13-14: No minimum; coaches at these levels may use discretion.

All playing time policies are in accordance with Soccer Maine guidelines for teams.   It should be noted that "equal playing time" and "50% playing time" is over the course of a season, NOT in each and every game.  

 

Lastly, it should be noted that in rare instances 50% may not be possible if a team has more than double the number of kids on the field.  This could happen if the number of registrants pushes team numbers to the maximum allowed but does not allow for the formation of an additional team.  

 

COMPETITIVE LEVELS

All U8/9-U11 teams participate in a developmental, non-competitive league.  This means that scores are not recorded, no standings are kept, and no playoffs are held.  Each team will attend one tournament in mid-October and a Festival to end the season.

At U12-14 Soccer Maine has two competitive levels for league play to determine seeding for year-end playoffs – Division 1 (highest competitive level) and Division 2 (lower competitive level).  Currently, Soccer Maine takes the top16 Division 1 teams for Division 1 playoffs (Champions Cup) and the remaining Division 1 teams and all of Division 2 are in the Classic Cup playoffs.  CESC has determined that all U12-14 teams should attempt to compete in Division 1, unless there is compelling reason, as determined by the board, that a team should compete in Division 2.  This is intended to maximize player development over results.

It should be noted that at U12 if two teams exist at a gender group, they will both participate in the same Division 1 or Division 2 level.  This decision will not affect the end of year possibility of playoffs for any teams. 

 

Team Formation:

 

U8/9-U12 Team Formation:

 

Teams at the U8/9-U12 levels will be formed as balanced teams.  This means that we attempt to balance the skill level of all of the teams in the age group, such that they are as even as reasonably possible.   There will be no assessments or try-outs.  Skill level will be determined by coaching staffs and travel directors’ observations over the course of a season.  At U8/9 a best attempt will be made based on general knowledge of players, prior soccer experience, and general observations. 

 

New U13 and U14 Team Formation Process:

 

CESC will form competitive teams based on player evaluations at U13 and U14 that participate at the D1 level.  This will bring our U13 and U14 teams in line with other towns.  Please see our U13 and U14 Policy and Q and A statement [available at www.capeelizabethsoccerclub.org] to fully understand this change.  The highlights are as follows:

 

What is the process for consideration on a U13 or U14 Division I team?

For placement on the U13 or U14 Division 1 team, please register on time.  In the recent past, many of our U13 and U14 teams have had as many as 24 players.  Beginning in 2021, CESC will be adhering to Soccer Maine’s recommendations that teams should have only 16-18 players per team.  When registration numbers go beyond this threshold, there will be a need to assign some players with an option that may not be on a Division 1 team.  In those cases, we expect to utilize a combination of reviews from the coaching staffs for the prior season and an assessment in the spring to determine who will make the Division 1 team. 

 

What are the options for players who do not make the D1 team?

Players who do not make the team will not be cut from CESC.  The options for players who do not make the Division 1 team are dependent on the number of total players registered at the U13 and U14 groups.

 

If there are enough players (typically at least 16), either at one age group or by combining some of the U13s and U14s, a Division 2 team will be offered.  If there are not enough players to form a Division 2 team, either at one age group or by combining age groups, or a player would prefer to stay within their own age group, players will be offered a training player roster spot on the Division 1 team for their age group.  A training player is a player that will practice with the Division 1 team and may get the opportunity to play in friendlies (i.e., scrimmages), if scheduling allows.  Players who choose not to play will be offered a full refund.  Players who play as training players will receive a 50% refund off of the registration fee. 

 

Also, all players will be strongly encouraged to play middle school soccer for additional soccer development opportunities. 

 

Is there an option to play on the team as a Training Player and not do assessments?

Yes.  This is a really good option for some kids.  Please talk to your coach and travel directors about this option -- they will point you in the right direction for your player and family needs.

 

 

 

 

2021 Fall Soccer Registration

Welcome to registration for the 2021 fall soccer season with CESC.   There’s a lot of information in here and we’ve made some changes, so please read this email carefully.   CESC will also be placing an FAQ page on its website.  This will provide information about the club, registration, uniforms, team formation, typical season schedules, playing time, etc. 

As of this point, CESC anticipates conducting a NORMAL TRAVEL SOCCER SEASON.  This will include home and away games, festival/playoff participation, and a Columbus Day tournament.  If that changes, we will have to adjust, as well.

One significant change is team formation at the U13/14 level (generally, 7th and 8th graders).   If you have players in the U12-U14 levels we encourage you to examine this information as well as our U13/14 Policy and Q and A statement, so that you have an understanding of these changes and what different aspects mean and why it is being done. 

Registration:

Registration is open.  

When you register through CapeSoccerclub.org or Capesoccer.net or this link (https://system.gotsport.com/programs/6V0826128?reg_role=player), you will be directed to the GotSport website.   This is a new system for SoccerMaine.  Many of you registered last year on the similarly-named (but different!) GotSoccer, an old platform.  Those accounts have been transferred to the new GotSport.  You do not need to set up a new account but the new GotSport site will require you to take a couple of extra steps to verify your account, passwords, etc.   You can use this link to learn how to do this:

https://gotsport.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360043315833-Creating-Your-Account-from-a-Registration-Link-

This should answer many questions.   Another aspect of note, it has taken a few minutes for password reset and other help emails to come through from this company.  Do not expect a reset email within 15 seconds. 

Registration will be open from March 26th- April 16th at 9pm.    At that time, it will close. There is no guarantee of a late registration period after the open registration period ends, although we have opened late registration in the past for certain age groups, depending upon numbers.  If a late registration period opens, we will be creating a waiting list from those registrations as there will be no guarantee we can place your child.  Anyone who moves to town following our open registration period and wishes to play, will be placed at the top of the waiting list, as they were not here during open registration.  

Registration costs remain the same as 2020: $150.   In May, a separate uniform order link will be sent to all registrants who need one, however, we are keeping the same kit as in years past in hopes that many will be able to get another season out of it.  If your child does need a new uniform, you will need to order it in the short window to do so.   Uniform costs are approximately $65 and it will be mailed directly to your house.  The uniform cost is in addition to the registration fee.

Guiding Principles of CESC.

Registration

1. Registration will remain open for a designated period of time and all registrants will be accepted; there are no space limitations during the open enrollment. Late registration is NOT always available if numbers following open enrollment work for team formation.   Kids who move to town in the summer and did not have the opportunity to enroll and wish to play will be placed on a team only if space is available.  

2. CESC does NOT want to cut kids.


3. CESC does NOT want to send kids to play with other towns.


4. CESC will work hard to keep kids playing within their age groups and with their grade peers.  This is not always possible based on registrant numbers, but every effort will be made, and should movement be necessary, potential players’ families will be consulted.

PLAYING TIME:

U8/9-U11: CESC expects equal playing time for all players.

U12: CESC expects at least 50% playing time, and coaches at these levels may also use discretion to address behavior and attendance issues. 

 

U13-14: No minimum; coaches at these levels may use discretion.

All playing time policies are in accordance with Soccer Maine guidelines for teams.   It should be noted that "equal playing time" and "50% playing time" is over the course of a season, NOT in each and every game.  

 

Lastly, it should be noted that in rare instances 50% may not be possible if a team has more than double the number of kids on the field.  This could happen if the number of registrants pushes team numbers to the maximum allowed but does not allow for the formation of an additional team.  

 

COMPETITIVE LEVELS

All U8/9-U11 teams participate in a developmental, non-competitive league.  This means that scores are not recorded, no standings are kept, and no playoffs are held.  Each team will attend one tournament in mid-October and a Festival to end the season.

At U12-14 Soccer Maine has two competitive levels for league play to determine seeding for year-end playoffs – Division 1 (highest competitive level) and Division 2 (lower competitive level).  Currently, Soccer Maine takes the top16 Division 1 teams for Division 1 playoffs (Champions Cup) and the remaining Division 1 teams and all of Division 2 are in the Classic Cup playoffs.  CESC has determined that all U12-14 teams should attempt to compete in Division 1, unless there is compelling reason, as determined by the board, that a team should compete in Division 2.  This is intended to maximize player development over results.

It should be noted that at U12 if two teams exist at a gender group, they will both participate in the same Division 1 or Division 2 level.  This decision will not affect the end of year possibility of playoffs for any teams. 

 

Team Formation:

 

U8/9-U12 Team Formation:

 

Teams at the U8/9-U12 levels will be formed as balanced teams.  This means that we attempt to balance the skill level of all of the teams in the age group, such that they are as even as reasonably possible.   There will be no assessments or try-outs.  Skill level will be determined by coaching staffs and travel directors’ observations over the course of a season.  At U8/9 a best attempt will be made based on general knowledge of players, prior soccer experience, and general observations. 

 

New U13 and U14 Team Formation Process:

 

CESC will form competitive teams based on player evaluations at U13 and U14 that participate at the D1 level.  This will bring our U13 and U14 teams in line with other towns.  Please see our U13 and U14 Policy and Q and A statement [available at www.capeelizabethsoccerclub.org] to fully understand this change.  The highlights are as follows:

 

What is the process for consideration on a U13 or U14 Division I team?

For placement on the U13 or U14 Division 1 team, please register on time.  In the recent past, many of our U13 and U14 teams have had as many as 24 players.  Beginning in 2021, CESC will be adhering to Soccer Maine’s recommendations that teams should have only 16-18 players per team.  When registration numbers go beyond this threshold, there will be a need to assign some players with an option that may not be on a Division 1 team.  In those cases, we expect to utilize a combination of reviews from the coaching staffs for the prior season and an assessment in the spring to determine who will make the Division 1 team. 

 

What are the options for players who do not make the D1 team?

Players who do not make the team will not be cut from CESC.  The options for players who do not make the Division 1 team are dependent on the number of total players registered at the U13 and U14 groups.

 

If there are enough players (typically at least 16), either at one age group or by combining some of the U13s and U14s, a Division 2 team will be offered.  If there are not enough players to form a Division 2 team, either at one age group or by combining age groups, or a player would prefer to stay within their own age group, players will be offered a training player roster spot on the Division 1 team for their age group.  A training player is a player that will practice with the Division 1 team and may get the opportunity to play in friendlies (i.e., scrimmages), if scheduling allows.  Players who choose not to play will be offered a full refund.  Players who play as training players will receive a 50% refund off of the registration fee. 

 

Also, all players will be strongly encouraged to play middle school soccer for additional soccer development opportunities. 

 

Is there an option to play on the team as a Training Player and not do assessments?

Yes.  This is a really good option for some kids.  Please talk to your coach and travel directors about this option -- they will point you in the right direction for your player and family needs.