Recreation FAQ

Recreation Registration FAQ

How do we register?

• Click on  REGISTER under the Recreational tab.

• The next page brings you into the Blue Sombrero system.

• On this page – if you have joined us in our programs in the past – you will log in here to gain access into your family’s account. If you have forgotten your user name or password, click on “Forgot user name or password?” and this information can be sent to the email we have on file. If you are new to Brookside Soccer Club you will need to create a new account.

• Once into your Blue Sombrero account, please make sure all family/player information is correct, especially for those new to Brookside Soccer Club. Be sure you input your player(s) birthdate correctly, as that is the key component that prompts Blue Sombrero to “offer” the available programs appropriate for your child’s age.

• You can click on REGISTER NOW under your player’s name to begin selecting which program(s) you want for each players. The programs you select will go into your shopping cart for checkout.

• Finally you will come to the SHOPPING CART page, where you select how you would like to pay: credit card or check (cash and money order if you register in person). Be sure you complete the checkout process to finalize your registration.

• If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us:

How much does it cost?

Registration costs $77 per player in grades 8 and below, and $87 for high school age players. For households registering more than one child, we discount the cost for each child after the first registrant by $5. If you register before the early-bird deadline, you’ll save $10 for each player registered. If you register after the regular-fee deadline, you will be charged a $25 late fee for each player registered. Grades 1st through High School play an 8-game season (beginning the weekend of March 20), while Pre-K/Kindergarten play a 6-game season (beginning April 18). 

What do I get for that fee?

The registration fee provides each child with a fun, safe and fair soccer experience. As part of that experience, each player receives a uniform they will keep, and they will play an 8-game season (6-game season for the Pre-K/Kindergarten division). Pre-K/K players also receive a soccer ball as part of their registration fee.

● Early bird fee: $77 registration fee – $10 early registration fee = $67

● Regular fee: = $77 registration fee

● Late fee: $77 registration fee + $25 late fee = $102

All registration fees includes player insurance and uniforms, background checks for coaches, referee pay, field prep and marketing. Since the formation or our recreational league, we have only had volunteer coaches, providing a great benefit for our organization! We also have a safety program we share with coaches, and we provide ID badges for our VERIFIED coaches. All BSC coaches must carry on them their approved ID badges for all BSC activities.

What types of payment are accepted?

Visa and MasterCard are accepted through online registration. Cash, money order and personal check are only accepted when you register in person. 

What if I forgot to register my child by the cut-off date?

We close registration so coordinators can finalize team rosters and distribute to coaches one week later. We close the registration system two weeks before the season begins. We do not accept registrations after the official closing date unless there are extenuating circumstances.

Who do I contact if I have problems registering?

If you have problems registering, please email us at

Is my information safe?

YES. All credit card transactions are encrypted and stored on secure servers. BSC does not share, sell or lease your personal information. We may send you communications about your registration and league events. 

What age group should my child be in?

Divisions are determined by the current grade level of your child. For example, if your daughter is in second grade, choose “2nd Grade Girls” when you register.

What happened to the age-based divisions (U6,U7,U8 etc.)?

Soccer leagues generally refer to divisions by age and list the “Under X” division name as well as a reference. Age-based divisions generally follow grade level because the birthday cut-off date is similar those used by most schools. We show the grade(s) generally corresponding to each Under (“U”) division in the table below.

Division > Grade
U19 > High School
U14 > 8th
U13 > 7th
U12 > 6th
U11 > 5th
U10 > 4th
U9 > 3rd
U8 > 2nd
U7 > 1st
U6 > K
U5 > Pre-K

Age-based divisions work well for keeping teams even, but cause problems when kids can’t play with classmates. Switching to grade level classifications should also eliminate some confusion which tends to cause last-minute shuffling of players. The grade level classifications help simplify the team-building process for our division coordinators.

Do I pick a team to join? What if we don’t know other coaches or kids playing?

You do not need to pick a team or know a coach. If you like, when you register you may indicate your child’s school, a preferred coach or a classmate your child would like to join on a team, and we’ll make an effort to place him or her on a team with classmates. 

Does my child need previous soccer knowledge?

No. BSC focuses on teaching soccer in a fun and safe environment. We make every effort teams are balanced with kids of all skill and athletic ability. It’s also part of our requirements that every child receives equal playing time – it’s the best way to learn! 

Refund Policy

An 80% refund may be requested for any Brookside Soccer Club Recreational League season or camp/clinic no later than one day prior to the start of that league or camp/clinic. If refund is approved, uniforms, soccer balls and all other materials provided by BSC MUST be returned within one week before monies are released. No refund will be approved on the first day of scheduled recreational league play or camp/clinic or beyond. League fees are Non Transferable and may be revoked at any time by staff. Unauthorized use results in an automatic loss of league membership privileges. 

General Recreation FAQ

What are the dates for the season?

Check the Calendar/Schedules page for specific dates. Game times will be posted there once schedules are solidified. 

Where are games played?

All games are played at Swope Park Soccer Village in KCMO. The fields are shared with Sporting KC’s practice facility at 63rd and Lewis Road. You may see the map HERE.

How do I know if a game is canceled for weather or any other reason?

Call our rain-out line at 816.565.4256 after 6 am on the day of the game and throughout the day if weather seems to be a concern. This information will also be available on our Facebook page and through our Twitter feed or our homepage. In addition, text messages may be sent to families notifying them of cancelations if there is sufficient lead-time. Rescheduling of cancelled games will be determined by the league’s Executive Committee. You may also reach BSC Community Relations Director Sadie Johnson at 816.522.7729 only if necessary. 

When do I get a game schedule?

Game schedules will be given to coaches for distribution and posted on our website on the Calendar/Schedules page. Through the Blue Sombrero system, you can also sign up for game-time reminders prior to each weekend’s games. 

What does my child need to have to play?

Shin guards are mandatory for all players in all games and practices and must be worn under the player’s socks. Cleats are optional, but are recommended. We strongly encourage all players to bring plenty of water to all games and practices. In addition, ball size and other age-specific basic data are shown in the table below. Please see Equipment Guidelines below for additional information.

Equipment Guidelines

Proper use of equipment:
All players must wear shin guards. Soccer cleats are encouraged, but are not necessary as regular tennis shoes are acceptable for play on turf fields.

A player may use equipment other than basic equipment, provided its sole purpose is to protect the player physically and poses no danger to him/her or any other player.

Modern protective gear (including glasses and/or headgear) is acceptable if made of soft, padded material. Hard and unyielding items (guards, casts, braces, splints, etc.) on the hand, wrist, forearm, elbow, upper arm or shoulder are prohibited.

Players whose vision requires correction must wear shatterproof glasses or lenses. Glasses must be mounted in break resistant frames.

The following items are prohibited during play:
• Baseball cleats/football cleats (shoes with a front spike).
• Jewelry (watches, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, rings, body piercings).*
• Metal and hard plastic hair fasteners (including, but not limited to, hair pins and/or beads).
• Hard casts of any sort, including those covered with a protective element.

*Using tape to cover jewelry is not acceptable. Items used to depict medical conditions/need are acceptable and must be cleared with referees.

If a player is discovered wearing unauthorized items, the player will be asked to leave the field of play until such items are removed. BSC staff (including referees) may make a determination at any time if they feel items which are not listed pose any level of danger.


BSC Recreational Playing Format

Please note that in order to more closely align Brookside Soccer Club with the United States Soccer Federation guidelines and to allow each player more time on the ball, some playing formats have been adjusted within the past year.

High School (U19)
Game Format: 2 x 35 minute halves
Game Length: 70 minutes
Field Size: 40×75
Ball Size: 5
Number of Players: 8v8
Goalkeeper: Yes
Max Roster Size: 14


7th & 8th Grades (U14)
Game Format: 2 x 35 minute halves
Game Length: 70 minutes
Field Size: 75×120
Ball Size: 5
Number of Players: 11v11
Goalkeeper: Yes
Max Roster Size: 18


5th & 6th Grades (U12)
Game Format: 2 x 30 minute halves
Game Length: 60 minutes
Field Size: 40×75
Ball Size 4
Number of Players: 8v8
Goalkeeper: Yes
Max Roster Size: 16


3rd & 4th Grades (U10)
Game Format: 2 x 25 minute halves
Game Length: 50 minutes
Field Size: 40×75
Ball Size: 4
Number of Players: 6v6
Goalkeeper: Yes
Max Roster Size: 14


1st & 2nd Grades (U8)
Game Format: 2 x 25 minute halves
Game Length: 50 minutes
Field Size: 25×40
Ball Size: 3
Number of Players: 4v4
Goalkeeper: No
Max Roster Size: 10


PreK & K (U6)
Game Format: 25 minutes practice + 30 minutes game
Game Length: 55 minutes
Field Size: 20×30
Ball Size: 3
Number of Players: 3v3
Goalkeeper: No
Max Roster Size: 6

What are division assignments?

In order to ensure all divisions follow BSC’s core values, division coordinators have been asked to create balanced and fair teams. As per the club’s mission and within the registration system, 1st – 8th grade are single sex divisions and Pre-K, K and High School division are coed. There are no exceptions to this rule.

What do we receive for uniforms and how often?

New uniforms are distributed each Fall season. The same uniform is used in the Spring season. Uniforms for players in the 1st Grade divisions and higher include a jersey, shorts and socks. Uniforms for players in the Pre-K and Kindergarten divisions include a reversible jersey and a size-3 soccer ball. Division coordinators will distribute uniforms and/or soccer balls to coaches, who will then provide the equipment to players. Any change in size and/or color for any reason must go through the coaches and division coordinators. Also, it is the responsibility of families to purchase replacement Pre-K/K soccer balls if a player misplaces or loses their ball, unless the ball was defective upon distribution. Most sporting goods stores and department stores carry soccer balls appropriate for your child’s division.

When will I hear from my coach on practice days and times?

Your coach will do their best to schedule a practice on a day/time and at a location that is convenient to the team as a whole. You should hear from your coach at least a week prior to the start of the season. If, for whatever reason, you have not and the season is approaching, please visit our Division Coordinator page HERE and ask for the coach’s contact information.

What is the Skills Academy program?

The Skills Academy is an 8-week program designed and implemented to give players in 1st through 8th Grades a boost in their training regimen through ball skill repetition. The Academy is designed to encourage and boost players’ confidence on the ball by promoting a positive and structured environment to foster creative freedom and guided discovery while learning to master the ball.

The program will be led by BSC’s Youth Development Director Jason Lee on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the 2015 Spring Recreational League season. The objective of the academy is to create a link and opportunity for recreational players to practice at a competitive level with participants from their respective age groups with a similar goal. Players will not only learn ball mastery but will learn what it is like to train on a more regular basis prior to potentially making the commitment and transition to a competitive team!

Where: Swope Soccer Village
When:  Tuesday and Wednesday evenings

Tuesdays (April 7, 14, 21, 28 and May 5, 12, 19, 26)
5-6 pm  1st/2nd & 3rd/4th grade players
6-7 pm  5th/6th & 7th/8th grade players

Wednesdays (April 8, 15, 22, 29 and May 6, 13, 20, 27)
5-6 pm  1st/2nd & 3rd/4th grade players
6:30-7:30 pm  5th/6th & 7th/8th grade players

Cost: $150

* Players are encouraged to make both sessions during the week (16 total sessions).
* Players will receive a special Skills Academy practice shirt (at the first session) and an individual player evaluation (upon completion of the 8-week academy).
* Space is limited. Clinic numbers will be small to allow more one-on-one training.

Click HERE to register.

We continue to update the Recreational Program FAQs. If you have questions specific to this section, please send them to: