- I am volunteering as a coach, may I select an Assistant Coach?
Absolutely, you may select one assistant coach and we will do everything possible to accommodate your request.
- My child likes to play with her friend, may I request to be placed on the same team?
You may make a request, however CBAA cannot guarantee that any requests will be accommodated. With over 1500 children and many reasons to make requests, this becomes a very difficult process. Please use this experience to make new friends with new playmates. Many new long lasting friendships have been formed through this process.
- Last year I had a coach that I liked and I want my child to be on this coach’s team again. May I request a coach?
CBAA makes a huge effort to balance the skill level of all teams. Balanced teams ensure a fun, competitive game situation for all the children. We all like to win and we all don’t like to lose, so the best way to ensure balance is to prevent any “stacking” of teams. Therefore, coach requests cannot be honored. Please keep an open mind and give all coaches a try, in the long run you and your child will benefit from this experience.
- I want to coach, but I don’t know the game, what can I do?
CBAA offers coaching clinics and there are many good books and clinics available. Please visit our "Coaches" page to help you get prepared. If you are very uncertain, volunteer as an Assistant Coach, you will learn from the experience and perhaps feel better about coaching next season.
- My child is small/large for their age, may they play down/up in the league?
No, your child is not the only player in this situation. By keeping the leagues “age pure”, we ensure that there is a competitive environment for all. If your child is a “superstar”, then the younger children will benefit from their experience playing with your child. If your child is smaller or not that aggressive, then they will learn and develop with children their own age. CBAA wishes to follow age guidelines set by EPYSA.
- How will I know when will the season starts?
You will receive a call from a coach at the beginning of the season. The spring season starts in mid-April and runs until the end of the Central Bucks School year. The fall season is from the beginning of the school year until mid-November. Schedules will also be posted on our web site prior to the first game.
- Where will my child play?
CBAA uses fields by the Central Bucks School District and the local townships. In addition, CBAA has purchased a piece of land now named Herbst Fields in Plumsteadville. Depending on availability of school sites and township land and soccer enrollment, CBAA will assign fields accordingly. Your coach will tell you where you will play when they call their players at the start of the season.
- I’ve heard of the Herbst Sports Complex and I thought it was a township park. Absolutely NOT! CBAA purchased and developed this tract solely for use by the children enrolled in the program. Because the population has grown disproportionately to the amount of active open space provided by the townships, CBAA has been forced to purchase mortgaged land. We are considering another purchase in the near future. Your donations are welcome.
- This is my child’s first time playing organized soccer, what do we need to buy?
Your child must have properly fitted shin guards and it is highly recommended that they have cleated shoes. You can buy shin guards at any athletic store such as Sport’s Authority. You can even get them at K-Mart. Mouthguards are optional. Balls are good to have also so that they can use it at practice and play in the back yard. Ball sizes as follows U5-U8 Size 3; U10-U12 Size 4.
- When will games and practices be held?
U5 and U6 play games on Saturday and do not practice during the week. U7 and up will practice once a week in the evening and games will be held on Saturdays (and some Sundays). You will receive a schedule from your coach at your first meeting. Schedules will also be posted on our web site prior to the first game.
- I volunteered for Head Coach. When will I be notified?
Approximately 1-2 weeks prior to the start of the season, you will receive a call or postcard from the league which will notify you of the time and place for the kick off meeting.
- What is your refund policy?
NO REFUNDS WILL BE MADE ONCE UNIFORMS HAVE BEEN ORDERED FOR THE SEASON. Uniforms are typically ordered two weeks after the regular registration period has closed.
1. What are the requirements for Eligibility?
- Minimum age: Children in our Under-5 program should currently be in Pre-Kindergarten (minimum age 4 - expected to start Kindergarten in the Fall 2010).
- Maximum age: Our Under-18 league accepts players in 12th grade or 18 years of age.
- New to CBAA Soccer? Copies of birth certificates are required for all new registrants. Please send a copy of the birth certificate, along with your online registration confirmation receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org -OR- Mail to CBAA Intramural Soccer, P.O. Box 111, Buckingham PA 18912.
2. What to Expect:
We expect the Spring season will start in April and continue until approximately mid June, but is subject to field availability and weather conditions. Depending on availability and weather conditions, practices for U7 and older leagues will begin in mid-March.
We expect the Fall season will start in September and continue until approximately mid November, but is subject to field availability and weather conditions. Depending on availability and weather conditions, practices for U7 and older leagues will begin in August.
3. What are the dates for Registration?
Fall Registraiton begins May 1st. Spring Registration opens January 1st. Please refer to the Registration tab for more info.
4. Can I register online or in person?
We only offer online registration as of January 2012.
5. League Placement:
Please be certain to enter the grade your child is currently attending when registering. We use the U.S. Youth Soccer league definitions, which admittedly may be confusing. For example, if a player is 6 and is attending Kindergarten, then you should register that player for our "Under-6 / Kindergarten" league (where Under-6 should be interpreted as "6-and-under").
CBAA organizes leagues from Under-5 to Under-18. The structure of leagues is as follows:
- U19 includes 9th through 12th graders and teams are co-ed in the spring only.
- U15 includes 7th through 9th graders and the teams are gender specific in the fall only.
- U14 includes 7th and 8th graders and teams are co-ed in the spring only.
- U7 through U12 leagues (1st grade through 6th grade) are gender specific teams year round.
- U5 (pre-K) and U6 (Kindergarten) are co-ed teams.
6. What if I my child won't be entering Kindergarten in the Fall?
Have a 3 or 4 year old who won't be entering Kindergarten in the Fall? Looking for a daytime, weekday soccer program for them? Then the "Smart Start" program may be for you! Visit http://smartsoccer.com for details about this program being offered in partnership with CBAA.
7. Can I register my special needs child?
Please CLICK HERE to reigster for the TopSoccer program for special needs children
8. Who and How are the soccer programs run?
U5 League: Smart Soccer will lead our U5 league following the Micro Soccer format. There are no formal coaches in this program and a professional coach from Smart Soccer is on site to oversee the program. During the opening part of each session, parents actively assist in helping their child learn skills. We then conclude each session with informal games randomly dividing players into teams each week. A parent or adult must attend each session "dressed to play" and be willing to help their child with the skills. There are no separate practice nights for the Under-5 league. The Under-5 sessions are held on Saturdays.
U6 League: Smart Soccer will also lead the U6 league in the Micro-Soccer format in which players participate in fun warm-up and skills sessions as well as age appropriate small sided (3 versus 3) games. CBAA club coaches will assist the professional on-site coach from Smart Soccer during the skills session, then help to oversee the games. The skills are about 25 minutes in length with 5 minutes to transition to games, then 30 minutes of Micro Soccer games. There are no practices for the Under-6 league. The Under-6 sessions are held on Saturdays.
Under-7 and older leagues: Practices are held one night a week and are overseen by volunteer CBAA coaches and games are typically held on Saturdays, with some Sunday games as well. We may provide the opportunity to participate in friendly tournaments or all-star games against other soccer clubs and/or organize an end-of-season round robin tournament for our players in the Under-12 and older leagues.
9. Can I make special requests during registration?
You can make special requests when registering (e.g. for carpooling). However, because of the size of the league and the complexity involved in forming teams, it is not possible to honor all special requests. Thank you for understanding.
10. When are practices?
When you register, you will be asked which night your child is unable to practice. We will do our best to honor these requests, but we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so, nor will we be able to issue a refund in the event that your child has a conflict with the team's practice night. Of course, players in our Under-5 and Under-6 program do not have weeknight practices, so please just indicate "No preference" and "No conflicts" for these questions.
11. What is the cost for Registration?
$120 for registrants in our Under-5 (pre-Kindergarten) through Under-18 leagues. There is a $360 maximum fee per family. If you are registering more than one player in your family, please be sure to register them all at the same time and be sure to click the "Register another family member" link when prompted. If you do not do this, then you may be charged more per family.
12. What equipment is included in the costs for Intramural Soccer?
The Registration fee includes shirts, shorts and socks for the fall season. In the spring shirts only are included (shorts are provided during the fall season for the year). Players will need to purchase separately cleats, shin guards and appropriately sized balls. There are no other fees from CBAA. Also, the registration fee is maxed out at $360 total per family.
CBAA is a volunteer organization. All members are expected to volunteer at least 1 hour of their time for each child enrolled in our program. If you are absolutely unable to volunteer, CBAA has implemented a volunteer buy-out option. This money goes to pay for services where we do not have enough volunteers.
13. Payment Options:
We will only accept credit card payments online to pay your registration fee. If you wish to pay by check, registration must be completed via mail.
14. Refund Policy:
NO REFUNDS WILL BE MADE ONCE UNIFORMS HAVE BEEN ORDERED. We expect to place the uniform order in mid-February. After that time, we cannot guarantee you a refund if you decide to cancel your registration for any reason.
15. Can I sponsor my child's team?
ABSOLUTELY! CBAA Intramural Soccer is part of the Central Bucks Athletic Association, a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to providing affordable athletic programs for the youth of central Bucks County, PA. Your sponsorships and donations to the organization are greatly appreciated. When you register, you will have the opportunity to sign up for a number of our sponsorship programs. When you do so, please be sure to also fill out and send in the CBAA Sponsorship Form. Thanks again! Your sponsorships and donations help make our soccer program better and more affordable for our members.