Q:
It is past the registration deadline…can I still get my child on a team?
A:
You can send in the registration form, fee, late payment and fundraising fee.  However, there are roster limits and if there is no room on any team in your child’s age division, your child cannot be placed on a team.  In this case, your money will be refunded.

Q:
Is WYSA a part of the Watertown Park and Rec?
A:
No, the Watertown Youth Soccer association is a separate organization. WYSA is run primarily by parent volunteers.  The city of Watertown, however, does maintain the fields, parking lot, and takes care of all utilities during the soccer seasons.

Q:
When can my child start playing soccer in the association?
A:
Your child must be 5 years old by July 31st of the fall season in order to be able to play WYSA soccer.  They do NOT, however, need to be enrolled in Kindergarten.

Q:
How do I know what division my child will play in?
A:
We have 8 basic divisions, U6, U7, U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 and U19.  Each division has girls and boys teams.  The division your child would be in is determined by the age the child is as of July 31st of the current year for the fall season.  The same date is used for the spring season.  The teams remain the same from the fall to the spring season. 

Q:
What do I have to do if I want my child to play in a different age division?
A:
Occasionally there are children who want to “play up” or “play down” an age division.  Players/parents desiring to do this must request permission in writing from the WYSA Board of Directors.  The requests will be reviewed and granted or denied based on individual circumstances.  Players who are allowed to “play down” a division will not, however, be able to play in tournaments if their team so happens to enter one, due to age.

Q:
How are the teams selected?
A:
It is the intent of WYSA to make all teams within each age and gender division as balanced as possible.  To improve this process, we will be implementing a draft to select teams beginning with the new season that starts in the Fall of 2005.  Once we know the number of teams in each division, we will recruit that many coaches.  Once the coaches are recruited, they will select their teams via a draft.  We will develop a system for rating the players to help the coaches in drafting balanced teams.

Placement of new players on a team for the spring season will be made on a space available basis.  New teams will be created only if sufficient new players have registered to play. 

Q:
What if no one volunteers to coach my child’s team?
A:
We hope that utilizing a draft to select teams will make it easier to find enough volunteer coaches.   Every effort will be made to recruit enough coaches so that the team size is appropriate for the age group.  If it is not possible to find enough coaches, we will end up with too many players on each team.   That is why it is essential that enough parents volunteer to coach.

Q:
Who gets paid in WYSA?
A:
The Registrar/Executive Director gets paid for the numerous hours that are put into all that is required of them.  Most of these funds are received from the generous donations WYSA receives from the United Way.  Referees are paid.  The referee assignor is paid a minimal fee for scheduling the referees for each game.

Q:
Where do the fundraising and concessions money go?
A:
Currently, all fundraising and concession profits are used to pay for the field/Complex development.  There are loans being paid for the building and once those are paid in full, the money will be directed towards other things such as bleachers, benches, lights, wheelchair paths around the fields, steps over the berm, eating and picnic area, small playground area, etc.

Q:
How can I get involved?
A:

There are numerous areas that parents can get involved with WYSA, beginning with your child’s team: coach, assistant coach, or team parent.  For the association…WYSA is ALWAYS in need of helpers in the concession stand, equipment and building maintenance, fundraising, etc.  And, to learn the game and make a few extra bucks ($$$), become a REFEREE!  The Referees always have the best “seats” in the house (on the field).
Watertown Youth Soccer Association
Watertown, South Dakota