Galveston County Youth Soccer

Frequently Asked Questions
  1. What type of parental commitment is expected?
  2. What does the registration fee cover?
  3. May I have my son or daughter play on a team with older players?
  4. May my son or daughter be transferred to another team after he or she has been placed on a team?
  5. What is the GCYS refund policy?
  6. Who participates in tryouts and what does this mean?
  7. What size ball will my player need?
  8. What kind of equipment is required?
  9. How can I become a coach?
  10. Are coaches required to have a license?
  11. What are the team roster sizes?

What type of parental commitment is expected?
Since GCYS is a volunteer organization, it relies solely on its parents and friends to support and maintain it. Adults may assist by getting involved in coaching, refereeing, working on fields, helping with special projects, serving as division coordinators, etc. Free coaching and referee clinics are offered in the spring and summer months through BAYSA. GCYS asks each parent to volunteer for at least one area. By doing this, it will allow the club to distribute duties and not cause major time commitments for any one group or activity.

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What does the registration fee cover?
Registration fees cover uniform, association fees, player ID, secondary insurance, equipment, field maintenance, and office supplies.

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May I have my son or daughter play on a team with older players?
Written requests to play up should be submitted with the registration form. Requests must be renewed annually. A player may only play up one age group, and must possess the skills and ability necessary to contribute to that team. Convenience of transportation, playing with a relative, etc. is not sufficient cause. BAYSA does allow high school age players to play up more than one year on older age teams.

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May my son or daughter be transferred to another team after he or she has been placed on a team?
Written requests to transfer should be submitted to the coach, registrar and president. GCYS reserves the right on all transfers after teams have been formed.

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What is the GCYS refund policy?
A full refund is offered if the club is unable to place a player on a soccer team. Full refund through (date) ONLY. One half refund from (date) ONLY. No refunds will be made AFTER (date). NO EXCEPTIONS!!

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Who participates in tryouts and what does this mean?
Any U11 and/or older player may try out for competitive teams in appropriate age groups. Tryouts for competitive teams will be held in (date). Please check our website for dates and times. Participants are evaluated on various soccer skills including running, passing, dribbling, heading, and trapping.

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What size ball will my player need?
There is a number coding system that distinguishes between the three different sizes of balls, (e.g. 5 is the largest size). It is very important that your player and his/her team practice with the correct size soccer ball for its age and developmental level. A chart for divisions and ball sizes is listed below:

Ages 4-7 Ball size #3
Ages 8-11 Ball size #4
Ages 12-18 Ball size #5


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What kind of equipment is required?
All players are required to wear shin guards to all practices and games. Also, players will need to wear rubber-cleat soccer shoes. You may also bring your own ball to practice, but this is not required. Players should always bring liquids (water, sports drinks, etc.) to practice and games.

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How can I become a coach?
Apply to the club and follow their guidelines.

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Are coaches required to have a license?
BAYSA (and GCYS) currently requires a license for the age group you are coaching.

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What are the team roster sizes?
Composition of the team rosters and play format are found in the table listed below:
Age Group Play Format Maximum Roster Size
U5-U6 3v3 6 players
U7-U8 4v4 8 players
U9-U10 6v6 10 players
U11-U12 8v8 14 players
U13-U15 11v11 18 players
*U16-U19 11v11 22 players

*U16-U19 Maximum roster size is 22 but only 18 can show up to game in uniform.

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Revised March 15, 2014.