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When does soccer start? What is the season?
Where and when can I find the schedule?
How do I register for the league?
Do I get a uniform?
What other equipment do I need?
What size soccer ball do I need to bring?
On what fields do I play?
Can I register for an older division?
How do I contact a board member?
I’ve moved or changed phone numbers. How do I update my contact information?
I forgot my password. How do I get back in the system?
I’ve changed my email address and lost my password? How do I log in to update my contact information?
 
When can I register for the Brighton Soccer League?
Can I register by mail?
Can I pay with cash or check?
I’m having problems with the online registration. Where can I go for help?
Do I have to live in Brighton to play?
What do I need when I register online?
What nights do I play?
How will I be contacted?
When is late registration?
 
Who do I call if I can’t make a session?
What team am I on?
What equipment do facilitators and players get?
When will I be notified whether I made the team?
What size soccer ball do I need to bring?
How when sessions be cancelled because of weather?
What do I have to bring to each session?
 
When will I be notified whether I made the team?
Can I choose who I play with?
Why do some teams seem stronger than others?
What is the current method of assigning players to a team?
Why are teams not more evenly balanced?
Why doesn’t the League have a player evaluation day?
Why doesn’t the League randomly assign players to teams?
Why doesn’t the League have a player draft to balance teams?
Can I play up?
 
How can I help out?
Where can I find a description of the volunteer roles?
What are the qualifications for volunteers?
 
When does soccer start? What is the season?
The Brighton Soccer League starts in mid-May and runs through the end of July. The League takes a week-long hiatus during the July 4th holiday week.
 
Where and when can I find the schedule?
Academy schedules are posted online in January at the time of registration. The U17, U14 and U12 schedules will be posted after teams have been formed and the game schedule has been created. They will typically be online by May 1st.
 
Schedules for all ages can be found under the ‘Teams and Schedules’ tab above.
 
How do I register for the league?
The Brighton Soccer League now has online registration! Online Registration begins in early January for the summer season. When registration is open, there will be a link on the homepage.
 
Do I get a uniform? Are there different sizes?
All players get socks and a jersey as part of the registration fee. Academy players are also given shorts. Jerseys are ordered in generic sizes and it is up to the coach or division coordinator to make sure they are distributed appropriately to players.
 
What other equipment do I need?
All players must wear shin guards. All players should bring their own properly inflated soccer ball to every session. Players should also bring their own water bottle.
 
What size soccer ball do I need to bring?
U17 and U14 players use Size 5 soccer balls
U12, U10 and U8 players use Size 4 soccer balls
U6 players use Size 3 soccer balls
 
On what fields do I play?
Fields change every year based on availability.   Starting in 2010, all ages will play on fields at either Buckland or Meridian park.
 
Can I register for an older division?
Youth soccer age groupings are based on an August 1st to July 31st year. Often, children that have birthdates between August 1st and November 30th prefer to play with children at their same grade level in school. Therefore, the league allows children born between August 1st and November 30th to play in an older division if they prefer.
 
The Brighton Soccer League reserves the right to require proof of age to ensure that players are placed in the correct divisions.
 
How do I contact a board member?
The board encourages you to bring your issue to your coach or division coordinator first. A list of board members and contact information is available under ‘Home’ tab above.
 
I’ve moved or changed phone numbers. How do I update my contact information?
Under the ‘Home’ tab above, you may click ‘Edit My Account’ to change your contact information at any time.
 
I forgot my password. How do I get back in the system?
At the sign-in screen, type your email address ONLY and click ‘Submit’. Your password will be automatically emailed to that address.
 
 
I’ve changed my email address and lost my password? How do I log in to update my contact information?
Please send an email to listing both your new and old email addresses.
 

 
When can I register for the Brighton Soccer League?
Online registration for the Brighton Soccer League begins in early January every year. Click here to register.
 
Can I register by mail?
No.
 
Can I pay with cash or check?
All players must be registered online. If you would like to pay with cash or check, please register online first. You will then need to deliver your cash or check payment at one of the in-person assisted registration sessions held in January and February every year. The dates of these sessions are posted on the online registration page.
 
I’m having problems with the online registration. Where can I go for help?
The website has extensive online help. Most common problems are easily fixed if you carefully read and follow all directions. If you are still having difficulty, please attend one of the in-person assisted registration sessions. The dates of these sessions are posted on the online registration page.
 
Do I have to live in Brighton to play?
No.
 
What do I need when I register online?
A computer and an email address.
 
What nights do I play?
The nights change yearly based upon field availability and number of participating players and teams. The typical nights played by each age group can be found on the online registration system main page. 
 
How will I be contacted?
All communication from the League will take place via email. If you successfully registered online, then you are successfully receiving email from the league.
 
When is late registration?
There is no guarantee the league will hold a late registration.  Late registration will be held only if there are remaining spots to fill.. In the event that the board decides to accept late registrations, this will be noted on the website after the end of the regular registration period.  There will be no in-person late registrations, and all late registrants register online and pay with VISA or MasterCard. 
 

Academy Questions (U6, U8, U10)
 
Who do I call if I can’t make a session?
There is no need to call a facilitator or the division coordinator if a player is unable to attend a session.
 
What team am I on?
There are no traditional teams. Just show up in your jersey and each player will be assigned a team for that session!
 
What equipment do facilitators get?
Facilitators will receive detailed practice plans for every session, a uniform, cones, and scrimmage vests for every session.
 
How and when will sessions be cancelled because of weather?
Academy sessions will be cancelled by weather by the division coordinator or by facilitator at the time of the session. Because the weather changes so quickly in Rochester, the decision to cancel a session is a game time decision.   The threat of lightning is typically the primary reason for the cancellation of a session. Sessions will be typically held in the rain if lighting is not present.
 
What do I have to bring to each session?
Players must bring a properly inflated soccer ball. They must wear shin guards. They should also bring their own water bottle.
 
When will I be notified whether I made the team?
Everyone who registers makes a team. You will be sent an email from the league or your coach when teams have been formed.
 
Can I choose who I play with?
Team placement is based on the information you enter during the online registration process.   We do our best to place players with their friends.  If you are a returning player, it is always helpful to indicate on your registration the name of a player that you would like to play with in the event that we have to adjust our roster size, or add or subtract a team due to the total number of registrations. 
 
Why do some teams seem stronger than others?
The League tries to balance all the teams within a division. This balance is first attempted at the U12 age group, because after that, players stay within the same Franchise unless they ask to be taken off a team. The league uses the prior year’s team standings in an attempt to determine where to place players who do not remain in the same franchise.
 
What is the current method of assigning players to a team?
Players are placed based on three criteria:
1.)    Availability on the pre-existing teams or franchises (depends on how many players are returning to their team from last year)
2.)    The league tries to place each player with one friend.
3.)    Returning players are typically placed on the same team, unless they ask otherwise.
 
Why are teams not more evenly balanced?
Please remember that the main objective of Brighton Soccer is to run a recreational league. We do not believe that we should move away from our “sandlot soccer” roots because that is the atmosphere we believe is important for kids to learn the most about soccer and about life.  As a complement to the "have fun" objective, we encourage kids to learn how to play team sports, respect others and display good sportsmanship.

Regardless of what some coaches may think, these values are much more important than winning and losing.  Although winning and losing are important, they should not be the entire focus at this recreational level.  The "balance the teams" approach does put more of a focus on this aspect of the game.  Win or lose, the team is a reflection of the coach and the parents.  Over the many years that the league has been in existence, we have seen personal growth in players who pull together and go through a positive experience whether they are on a winning team or not.  It has usually depended on the attitude of their parents and coaches.

Placing players with friends and making the teams more balanced are often mutually exclusive and it is not necessarily possible to achieve both objectives at the same time.  We can and will try to do both, but need coaches to be aware of the importance of the player ratings in order to be able to achieve this.  We used to make every effort to send a formal survey out by the end of the season but received very few of them back.  Board members responsible for coaches used to spend an inordinate amount of time in the past chasing these Ratings down (even when we have included a self-addressed, stamped envelope).

Quite the opposite of the Vince Lombardi school of thought, it's not about winning or losing, it's how you play the game and for a good reason - these are kids!  They'll learn enough about “dog eat dog” competitive adult behavior soon enough in the real world - they even get that now when they watch some of the "adult" behavior on the fields of this recreational soccer league!
 
Why doesn’t the League have a player evaluation day?
A recommendation was that the Board hold an Evaluation day in August and have players and Coaches attend to evaluate players.

The Board is made up of volunteers and running a league with over 1,200 kids takes a lot of time for Board Members as it is.   We have found over the years that the current method of placing players is the most efficient and effective way to conduct team placements without over-burdening the Board Members.  Increasing the number of Board members may not necessarily improve the process because scheduling meetings, etc. becomes very complex (getting people together with the current number of Board members is hard enough as it is).

In addition, most board members, coaches, parents and players (who do not want to attend Travel and Premier tryouts), take that time in August to go on vacation and are therefore not always available to attend.
 
Why doesn’t the League randomly assign players to teams?
Random picks will not guarantee even teams and in addition, will go against one of the recreational values the leagues strives for (letting kids play with their friends).  Even this request to play with friends is dealt with by Board members within reason by using it in conjunction with the coaches' ratings when possible.
 
Why doesn’t the League have a player draft to balance teams?
We used to do a draft but we often ended up with unbalanced teams despite our effort to create balance!  We found that the experienced coaches knew how to draft better and knew family names to key in on.  Experienced coaches always had a preliminary list of names that they went in with, based on what their sons or daughters told them.  New coaches were always at a disadvantage and ended up picking players blindly. Not all coaches showed up for the draft and those teams were really disadvantaged.  We also found that there was more recruiting going on and more behind-the-scenes activity. Overall, this method of placement went against the recreational values of the league.

In discussing this with other leagues, we have found that they are not satisfied that they are achieving balanced teams even when they have evaluation and draft processes.  The draft system works against some coaches because of the complexity of the rules that are used around the picking process, which involves both a child’s ability and their grade level at school. In addition, they have found that some coach’s pick their child’s friends or schoolmates and more often than not, it works to their disadvantage.
 

How can I help out?
We are always looking for volunteers – especially coaches and facilitators! If you like working with kids and enjoy soccer, please register online to be a facilitator or coach.
 
Where can I find a description of the volunteer roles?
If you are interested in learning what a coach, facilitator, Academy coordinator, or board member does, please click here.
 
What are the qualifications for volunteers?
All volunteers must pass a background check.
 

If you are interested in learning more about the Brighton Soccer League’s transition to small-sided games, please click here.