Recreation FAQ
Recreation Registration FAQ
How do we register?

Click on  REGISTER under the Recreation menu.

The next page you will see 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 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.

The next page should bring your into your Blue Sombrero account. For those new to Brookside Soccer Club, you will be asked for family/player information. Be sure you input your player(s) birthdate correctly, as that is the key component that prompts Blue Sombrero to “offer” the available programs for your age child.

You can click on REGISTER NOW under your player’s name to begin selecting which program(s) you want for each of your players. The programs you select will go into your shopping cart for final 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 come in person). Be sure you complete the checkout process to finalize your registration.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us: info@brooksidesoccer.org

How much does it cost?
Registration costs $65 per player in grades 8 and below, and $75 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.

This year a field usage fee of $12 was added to help offset the costs of Swope Soccer Village field usage. As always, we are pursuing sponsorship opportunities to assist in lowering costs to our families. 

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 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 that they keep, and they will play in at least seven games. New uniforms are distributed in the 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-Kindergarten and Kindergarten divisions include a reversible jersey and a size-3 soccer ball.

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 send us an email at info@brooksidesoccer.org.

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 generally causes last minute shuffling of players, and helps 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, you may indicate your child’s school or a preferred coach when you register, 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 to make certain 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 the recreational 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 schedules page for specific dates. Game times will be posted there once the season begins. 
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. 
How do I know if a game is canceled for weather or any other reason?
Please check our Facebook page, Twitter feed, or our homepage after 6:00 am on the day of the game and throughout the day if weather seems to be a concern. 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 you cannot reach Facebook or Twitter.
When do I get a game schedule?
Game schedules will be given to coaches for distribution and posted on this website on the schedules page. Through the BlueSombrero 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. Cleats are optional. 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.

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 beginning Fall 2014.

 

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 PreK, K and HS division are coed. There are no exceptions to this rule.

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