Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Who can play soccer with Lake Hills Soccer Club?
Lake Hills Soccer Club (LHSC) serves children ages 4-18 who live or attend school within the area in Bellevue bounded by I-405 on the west, I-90 on the south, Lake Sammamish on the east, and Bellevue city limits on the north. To join a Recreational team, children should be registered during the open registration period of April 1-May 31. To join a Club Select team, children must try out, usually during May. (Club Select Tryout Schedule)
Players living and/or attending school outside of LHSC boundaries are welcome to try out for Lake Hills Club Select teams. Player residence and/or school is not taken into consideration when offering spots on a Club Select team.
Eastside residents not within Lake Hills area can consult http://www.eysa.org/FindAClub for clubs serving other Bellevue neighborhoods as well as Mercer Island and Issaquah. Kirkland and Redmond are served by Lake Washington Youth Soccer Association.
Lake Hills Soccer Club and Washington Youth Soccer believe that soccer is for everyone. TOPSoccer creates an opportunity for players with disabilities to be part of the soccer community. Visit http://www.washingtonyouthsoccer.org/programs/topsoccer/ for more information.
Where are practices? How frequently do teams practice?
Teams practice twice a week in the afternoon and evening on school and park fields within LHSC boundaries. Rec teams generally practice at schools, Club Select teams usually practice at Robinswood.
Whenever possible, the practice field surface type will be the same as the game field surface. Practice days/times/locations are assigned based on coach request with priority given based on volunteer and scheduling criteria. Scheduling practices for 50+ teams is a complicated process. We cannot accommodate requests for specific practice days/times for individual players.
When and where are games?
Games are played on weekends. Younger teams’ games are played on Saturdays in Bellevue, Issaquah, and Mercer Island. Recreational games for ages 10+ may also take place in the Snoqualmie Valley and Northshore/Bothell. Rec BU14+ and GU15+ play on Sundays.
Club Select teams play throughout Western Washington, with the majority of games taking place on the Eastside and in Seattle.
Please refer to individual program pages for more information.
Do you offer indoor soccer?
LHSC does not offer indoor soccer. Many of our teams organize themselves to play together at local indoor facilities during the offseason, but LHSC is not involved in that process.
Are there winter and spring leagues?
LHSC operates mainly in late Summer and Fall. Mod and Rec teams play a fall season, September-mid November. Our U6-U19 Recreational teams do not participate in Winter or Spring leagues at this time.
Club Select teams play league games September-November, with the addition of State Cup play in January. Girls U15-19 play winter league December-March, plus State Cup in April and May to allow for participation in High School team soccer.
How do I register my child?
Registration is online through our website. Payment by credit or debit card is required at the time of registration. Contact Registrar@lakehillssoccer.org if you need help registering or need to use a different payment method.
Proof of Age must be submitted within 7 days of registration if this is your first time registering with our Club, or the Club does not have receipt of documentation on file. Registration will be revoked if proof of age is not received.
What documents are accepted as Proof of Age?
According to Washington Youth Soccer (WSYSA), proof of age shall consist of a:
- State-issued OFFICIAL birth certificate (hospital certificates are not official and not accepted)
- Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card (DD Form 1173) issued by the uniformed services of the United States
- Birth registration issued by an appropriate government agency or board of health records
- Alien registration card issued by the United States government
- Certificate issued by the Immigration and Naturalization Service attesting to age
- Current Driver's License or Permit
- Federal, state, or local government identification card
- Certification of a United States citizen born abroad
What can I do if I can't register my child online?
Email Registrar@lakehillssoccer.org or call 425-643-1029 and leave a message.
How much does it cost?
Current registration fees are posted on each program's information page. Registration after May 31 may be subject to a late fee.
What is your refund policy?
In order to receive a refund, requests to withdraw from Recreational U8-U19 must be made in writing no later than July 15 of the year of registration. A $25 administrative fee will be deducted from the refund.
Requests to withdraw from Micro (U6 &U7) must be made in writing no later than September 1 of the year of registration. A $25 administrative fee will be deducted from the refund.
Email refund requests to: Registrar@lakehillssoccer.org
What can I do if I can't afford the total registration costs? Are scholarships available?
Lake Hills Soccer Club is determined to make soccer available to as many children as possible. We offer a scholarship program which reduces the total registration costs for Recreational and Club Select players In order to be eligible for the scholarship program, families provide documentation that they qualify for free or reduced lunches through public school. Any/all financial info collected from parents will be kept private and confidential. Recreational U6-U19 fee is reduced to $25. Club Select registration fee is reduced to $75. Contact the club registrar for more information. Registrar@lakehillssoccer.org
What team will my child be on?
Your child will be on a team with others of his/her same gender and birth year. Exceptions to birth year placement are made only to maximize player participation by keeping teams viable. Parents may not request that their child play up simply to be with friends or grade level peers.
How are U8-U19 players assigned to teams? What is the Placement Policy utilized by EYSA clubs for Recreational teams?
EYSA member clubs have agreed to abide by the EYSA Recreational Team Formation Policy for U8 and above. Individual player placements are made using the following prioritized criteria:
- Date and time of registration with payment
- Home Address if school team is not available
How do you determine team composition?
Registrants are placed on a team in order of date/time of registration. Teams are formed with registrants from the same school whenever possible. If more than one school team is formed, registrants will be placed at random on a team with schoolmates (If there are multiple teams for one school, time stamp does not influence which school team the registrant is placed upon.) If there are not enough registrants from one school to fill an entire roster, registrants from another school will be combined to form the team. Every effort is made to build teams from geographically close neighborhoods and to place players on teams with other children from their school or neighborhood. Team formation is subject to the availability of volunteer coaches. Micro Soccer team rosters (U6 and U7) have absolutely no influence on the formation of teams at U8 and above.
Can we request to be on the same team with a friend?
New in 2018: Friend requests are allowed with the following conditions:
- EYSA clubs are not required to allow friend requests. LHSC is accepting them this year with NO PROMISES that any or all requests are fulfilled. Please set your and your child’s expectations accordingly and do not promise that they will be on the same team with a specific friend. Our sister clubs (Bellevue United, Newport, Mercer Island, and Issaquah FC) are allowed to accept friend requests, but may choose not to accept them. Each club is working to achieve the best outcome for all of their players.
- Any single player may request the maximum of one (1) friend per registration period.
- In order for a request to be considered, it must be mutual. If multiple friend names are included on registration, only the first name will be considered.
- The goal of this new policy is to help each player increase their chances of playing on a team with a friend, not to build exclusive teams through a “daisy chain” list of requests entered by multiple parents.
- Abuse of the friend request option or of club staff may result in the revocation of requests for all.
My child is small for their age, can they play on a younger team? Can they be placed on a low division team?
My child is very talented, big, strong, fast, etc. Can they play up? Can they be placed on a Division 1 team?
All recreational players are placed on teams according to age and gender, with no consideration given to size, maturity, or perceived talent level. Recreational players will not be evaluated by coaches or the club to determine an “appropriate placement.”
Washington Youth Soccer does allow children with significant health/size/safety concerns as documented by a doctor to petition to play down one age level. Contact Registrar@lakehillssoccer.org for more information about the Medical Play Down process. All petition materials must be received by the club before the Second Monday of May to be reviewed at the board of directors meeting.
Will my child be on the same team as last year?
Returning players from last year’s U8-U18 recreational teams active the previous year are given priority for placement on the same team if registered before June 1. Returning players who register after that date will go into the general player pool and be assigned to teams based on the date and time they registered and the availability of space on those teams.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Micro Program teams do not carry over to U8. All U8 players will be assigned to newly formed teams in the Modified Recreational program with placement emphasis based on the player’s elementary school as in the above placement criteria.
My child is trying out for Club Select. Should we register for Recreational?
It's a good idea to register for Recreational in April if you're not sure if your child will receive or accept an offer to play Select. While returning players from the previous year’s U8-U18 recreational teams are given priority for placement on the same team if registered before June 1, the lineup of teams and coaches available can change significantly in U11, U12, and U13 Rec. We work hard to place all Rec registrants, but signing up in late May can be risky for both new and returning players. Securing a spot in Recreational keeps your player's options open. Fees paid toward Rec can be applied toward LHSC Club Select registration. Players moving to a different club can request a refund, less $25 admin fee.
Does my child have to return to the same team as last year?
When registering for U9-U19 you will be asked if your player wants to return to last year’s team, so you can answer no and if possible, your player will be placed on a different team. If that is not possible, the registrar will contact you to explain your options. Specific questions or concerns about your player’s placement should be sent to Registrar@lakehillssoccer.org BEFORE MAY 31. After registration closes on May 31 your player’s options may be limited. Once rosters are written in mid-June, players will NOT be moved to different teams.
How do coaches influence team composition?
Coaches are not part of the Recreational team formation process. Coaches cannot request or “approve” new players on their roster. No rosters from coaches are accepted. Parent coaches are always guaranteed to have their child on their Recreational team.
Why is my child on the waiting list?
State rules limit team roster sizes. Sometimes the number of registered players does not align neatly with the number of teams and player spots available. If all teams are full, but there are not enough registered players to form another viable team, the registrants who signed up last will be placed on a waiting list. Between registration closing on May 31 and the start of school, most age groups do have a few players withdraw, so it’s definitely possible to join a team from the waitlist. Waitlisted players are given the option of a full refund and referrals to our sister clubs if they do not want to wait for a spot to become available.
What equipment will my child need?
Soccer shoes and shin guards, which are available at soccer specialty stores, sporting goods stores, and even your local Fred Meyer or Target. Shin guards can cost as little as $5 or more than $50, depending on the materials. Low-cost shin guards are perfectly fine for younger players. Older players should wear what is comfortable—the shin guards don’t help if they’re sitting in your child’s backpack. Footwear can range from indoor soccer shoes (grooved rubber sole), to turf shoes (small rubber nubs), to cleats (10-12 molded plastic pieces on soles). The field surface and weather conditions will determine the appropriate footwear. The flatter and harder the field, players will want flat, soft shoes (indoor or turf). Playing on grass usually requires cleats.
What happens after we register?
You should receive a confirmation email from TeamSnap (our registration software platform) with a receipt for your payment. Check your junk mail folder if you don’t see it in your inbox and adjust your settings so you will receive future emails from TeamSnap. If you definitely do not receive an email, check with Registrar@lakehillssoccer.org to confirm that your email address is correct in the TeamSnap system.
Registration for U8-U19 Mod and Rec is open until May 31. If space is available, age groups will reopen for late registration in mid-June. After registration closes on May 31 the registrar will evaluate the number of players registered and the number of coaches who have volunteered. A group of players is not considered a team until they have a coach. If there are not enough coaches the club will contact parents and try to recruit a volunteer. The club provides equipment, training, and league administration, but we do not provide coaches—that’s up to the parents!
Once teams are established for each age and gender, registered players will be assigned to teams. Parent coaches always have their child/ren assigned to their team unless otherwise requested.
- U8-U19 Team rosters will be provided to coaches on TeamSnap in late June.
- Micro rosters are given to coaches on September 8
- Micro teams do not carry over to U8. New teams are formed when players move up to the Mod/Rec program.
- After rosters are released, Players will absolutely not be moved to different teams. Please don't ask coaches to "make it happen" League rules do not allow coaches any input regarding who is on their team other than their own child.
- You will receive an email from LHSC through TeamSnap inviting you to your player’s team. You will be able to see your coach and teammates.
- Coaches are asked to welcome everyone to the team when rosters are released. Remember, coaches are volunteers. Please be patient if you don't hear from yours immediately.
- Uniforms will be available for pick up (U8) and purchase in August. Expect an email in July with more info.
- Practice days and times are assigned to coaches in August after the club receives our fields from the city and school district. If you have specific needs or requests, let your coach know when you hear from them over the summer.
- Game schedules will be available in late August
- Team practices usually begin in August, as directed by the coach. Each coach is responsible for notifying team about practice and game schedules
- Pre Season Jamboree is planned tentatively for September 1
- Games are expected to begin September 8
Why haven’t I heard from the coach yet?
Coaches are asked to welcome players and families to the team on TeamSnap when they receive their roster in late June. Remember, coaches are volunteers and be patient if you don't hear from yours immediately. You are welcome to reach out to your coach directly, via TeamSnap once the team is set up in the system.
When do practices start?
Most teams start practicing in mid to late August. Assigning practice fields is a time-consuming process based on coach requests and field availability. Once the coach receives their practice field assignment they are expected to notify their team.
How do we get a uniform?
Micro, Mod and Recreational uniforms are available from Winners Sportswear. Visit the UNIFORMS page on our website for more information. Club Select uniforms are purchased through the team manager.
What do I do if I have a problem with the coach (such as not treating all players fairly, unequal playing time, etc.)?
Talk to the coach first. Most problems can be resolved immediately simply by taking up your concern with the coach. If you feel that this hasn't provided a solution to your concern, the next step is to contact the chair of your child’s program, or the club president. Club leadership wants your child to have a good experience, so please don’t “suffer in silence” all season!
Is it possible to have my son/daughter register and play on two different Washington Youth soccer teams?
No player can register and/or play on two different Washington Youth Soccer Association teams (Parks and Recreation, CYO, Boys and Girls Club, indoor, and school teams are NOT part of WSYSA). No player can register or be rostered on two recreational teams in two clubs, a select team and a recreational team, two teams of different age groups, or two teams in different leagues or divisions.
The only players eligible to compete in league games for a team are the players on the official roster as issued by the registrar. Other players may not play as a "guest" in league or State Cup games regardless of whether the player might be a member of another EYSA club team. Such "help" could result in forfeit of games.
How are teams placed in divisions?
After rosters are released to coaches in June, the LHSC Competition Chair requests the coach’s input on a survey. Coaches are asked to gauge how well the team did in the past season and to guesstimate whether they believe the team should be moved into a more or less challenging division for the next season. The competition chair, in conjunction with the league use that information along with past season standings and other league data to place all teams in a division to provide them with a FUN and competitive season.
Our team has won our first three games, can we move up a division?
Placing dozens of teams in divisions is a complicated process, as is writing the actual schedules for all of the teams’ games. Moving a team to a different division after the season starts is not possible. The coach should consult with LHSC Competition Chair and/or Rec Program Chair to find ways to maximize player development while still exercising good sportsmanship.
Our team was not in the right division this year, we won/lost all of our games. How do we ensure that we can change divisions next year?
In order to ensure that ALL teams land in a division where they can be as challenged and competitive as possible, coaches need to provide input. In late June/early July coaches are asked to fill out a survey regarding their teams’ relative strength. Coach feedback is important in all cases. Along with feedback, the league takes the past season record into account when placing teams. In general, the top 1-2 teams in a division are moved up and the bottom 1-2 teams are moved down a division WHEN POSSIBLE. The number of teams in an age group changes from year to year, so the number of divisions sometimes does as well. For example: If an age group changes from having three divisions to two, it’s not possible for the team at the bottom of Division 2 to move down, however their division will likely have teams from the previous year’s Division 3, so the placement is likely to be more appropriate. Team-specific questions should be directed to the LHSC Competition Chair so they can be answered in the context of that that team’s age group and divisions.
EYSA Parent Information Clinic
In the fall of 2017, EYSA conducted a series of Parent Info clinics in Issaquah and Bellevue. The agenda for the clinics was based on FAQ (frequently asked questions) commonly brought up year after year by families.
In an effort to better disseminate the ANSWERS to these FAQs we've staged a "greatest hits" recording of the clinic on YouTube and have broken down the clinic video into "bite-sized" chunks (note that its one long video but the links below take you to the specific point in the video where the targeted info was discussed) here so that EYSA families can easily view and learn.