BLACKMUD CREEK OUTDOOR SOCCER 2023
UPDATED January 19, 2023
Blackmud Creek Community League offers a spring outdoor community soccer program for children ages 4 to 19 years of age. Each week, U5 players have one game, U7 to U19 players have two games and may also have additional practices. You must be a current community league member to register for outdoor soccer. For more detailed information, please see below.
OUTDOOR SEASON AND REGISTRATION DATES
Outdoor Registration is scheduled to open on February 1, 2023
Outdoor Registration ends on March 8, 2023
Outdoor Registrations received after March 8, 2023 will be considered late and subject to extra fees.
Outdoor Season tentatively scheduled to start on the first week of May 2023 and ends the last week of June 2023.
IMPORTANT:Late registrations are not guaranteed a spot on a team. All players in Edmonton who registered on time will be placed on a team first, then late registrations will be placed, space permitting.
AGE GROUPS AND FEES
IMPORTANT:The playing times below are from previous outdoor seasons. There could be some changes to these dates before the season starts. All age groups are split by gender except for U5; U5 is mixed with boys and girls on the same team.
|Age Group||Birth Year||Playing Times||Fees||Late Fee||Uniform Deposit|
|U5 Mixed||2018/2019||Saturday 10 AM||$110||$50||$50|
Refundable Family Volunteer Deposit = $100 per family collected during the in-person payment sessions.
Uniform Deposit = $50 per child, excluding U7, collected during the in-person payment sessions.
Note: The above fees are for a full regular season with games. If any health restrictions are in place that reduces the duration of the season or the number of games played, a portion of the registration fees will be refunded back at the end of the season.
The $50 uniform deposit will be cashed at the end of the season if you fail to return your child’s soccer jersey (except for U7) at the conclusion of the outdoor season.
Refundable Family Volunteer Deposit
The $100 family volunteer deposit will be destroyed at the end of the season if you volunteer to help your child’s soccer team and/or volunteer to assist the Blackmud Creek Community League. Failure to volunteer to help either the soccer program or community will result in the deposit being cashed at the end of the outdoor season.
If you require financial assistance, organisations like KidSport and Jumpstart are available to help. If you apply for assistance, funding will need to be approved before the start of the soccer season and you will be responsible for any remaining amount of the registration fees before your child’s registration is accepted.
REGISTERING YOUR CHILD
For the outdoor season, players must register through their community league in which they reside. For the 2023 outdoor soccer season all registrations and payments will be completed online only. There will be no in-person payment sessions like in previous years.
You MUST have a current 2022-2023 Blackmud Creek Community League membership number before you can register. Memberships can be purchased online at the membership benefits page at http://www.blackmudcreek.com/benefits.php.
IMPORTANT: For those residents in Allard, Callaghan and Cavanagh – the changing of the Blackmud Creek Community League boundaries are not official. The residents in those communities will still be required to purchase a Blackmud Creek Community League membership for the 2023 outdoor soccer season.
STEPS TO REGISTER YOUR CHILD
All 2023 outdoor soccer registrations must be completed online, paper registrations will no longer be accepted. Preferred method to pay the registration fees is by credit card when you register your child online in the soccer portal. Family Deposits and Uniform Deposits will be accepted via cheque at one of the 3 in-person payment sessions. You must attend one of the three sessions to complete the registration, or your child cannot be placed onto a team
1) Purchase a 2022-2023 community league membership if you don’t already have one. Memberships can be purchased online at http://www.blackmudcreek.com/benefits.php.
2) Register and pay online at www.emsasoccerportal.com. If this is your first time registering your child(ren) for soccer you will first need to create a household account. If you have registered your child in the past, you will use the same account from previous years.
NOTE: Please print off 1 copy of your child’s soccer registration as it is required for the in-person sessions.
3) After you have completed the online registration, you must attend one of the in-person payment sessions to verify and complete the registration.
NOTE: If you don’t attend one of the in-person payment sessions your child cannot be placed on a team. You will need to bring the following:
- Proof of registration (printed copy from the registration portal, only 1 copy is required)
- Proof of age of player (Alberta Health Care card, birth certificate) THIS ONLY REQUIRED IF IT IS YOUR CHILDS FIRST YEAR PLAYING SOCCER IN EDMONTON.
- Proof of residence/address (utilities bill, driver’s license)
- Proof of payment from online source, if applicable
- Proof of community league membership number
- Family volunteer deposit cheque of $100 (per family) made out to Blackmud Creek Community League postdated for July 1, 2023
- Uniform deposit cheque(s) of $50 if applicable (per player) made out to Blackmud Creek Community League postdated for July 1, 2023
IN-PERSON PAYMENT SESSIONS
YOU MUST ATTEND ONE OF THE SESSIONS LISTED BELOW IN ORDER TO COMPLETE YOUR REGISTRATION.
Session dates for ALL age groups (U5 to U19) are:
- Tuesday Feb 7 – 6 PM to 8 PM at Roberta MacAdams School, 2099 Blackmud Creek Dr SW, Edmonton
- Thursday Feb 23 – 6 PM to 8 PM at Roberta MacAdams School, 2099 Blackmud Creek Dr SW, Edmonton
- Monday Mar 6 – 6 PM to 8 PM at Roberta MacAdams School, 2099 Blackmud Creek Dr SW, Edmonton
Interested in trying out for a Club Team?
If your child is interested in trying out for a club team (Sting, Scottish, SW United, etc.) you must register directly with that organization. Registration for club teams is separate from registering for community soccer.
If your child would like to play community soccer if they do not make a club team, you must register your child on time with the community league following the instructions above to reserve a spot on a community team. If you do not register on time and register for community soccer after club team tryouts, your child will be put on the waitlist and a spot is not guaranteed.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT VOLUNTEERING
It takes a lot of work to organize this program, and relies on the contribution of time and energy from the members of our community.
Examples of volunteer opportunities:
- Head Coach/Assistant Coach(no prior experience needed; coaching training wil be made available)
- Team Manager
- First Aid
- Team Communication Parent
- Equipment Setup and Takedown
- Registration Volunteer (sign up list will be sent out in January)
- Blackmud Creek Community League Board Member
- Community League events – Community League Day, Casinos, etc.
- and much more!
Starting in the 2023 outdoor season, training is mandatory for all team officials (Head Coaches, Assistant Coaches, and Team Managers) for all age groups. Most of the training can be completed online, but there is one on field training component that is required. Information concerning what training courses are recommended can be found on EMSA South Wests website at https://emsasouthwest.com/coachref/coachs-corner/coach-training/
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT JERSEYS AND EQUIPMENT
Equipment: BCCL teams provide all players with a soccer jersey. U7 players get to keep their jerseys since that age group is sponsored by Tim Horton’s. Players are required to provide their own shorts, socks, shoes, and shin guards. No jewellery, hats or sunglasses are allowed on the field.
Cleats and Shin Guards: Shin guards are mandatory for all age levels. Without shin guards kids cannot play. Cleats are not allowed in U5 and U7 programs, but are highly recommended for the U9 and up programs.
Soccer team pictures are scheduled for May 12/13, 2023 with Studios Photography (4943 55 Ave NW, Edmonton, T6B 3S3, (780) 468-4929). The exact date and time of the teams’ photo session will be provided at the beginning of the season.
Friend Request Policy: Participants can only request up to two friends.
Transfer Request Policy: Players are required to register through their own community league. Requests to transfer to a team in a different community will be granted only if space permits. To request for a transfer, please indicate the request to transfer along with the community to be transferred too in the Comment Section on the player registration form.
Player Age Bump Policy: Players are required to register with their appropriate age group. During the registration process, they can request an age bump to the next age group. All age bumps need to be approved by the community and EMSA South West. Any age bump down must have a note from a registered medical professional stating why before it will be considered and will need to be approved by EMSA.
Late Registration Policy:Late registration fees will be added to the registration fees starting March 9, 2023. All players within the city of Edmonton who registers on time must be placed on a team first before late registrations can be placed on a team. Example: If a player in Terwillegar registers on time but there is no space on a team in their community but there is space on a team in our community, the player from Terwillegar must get placed on our team first before any late registrations can be placed on the team.
Cancellation and Refund Policy: Cancellations and refunds will be allowed up the end of March, 2023. Any cancellations or refunds after the end of March will need permission from the sports director and will be subject to administration fees.
Security Clearance Policy: Any individual who works directly with children will require a security clearance check. Therefore, all coaches, assistant coaches and team managers will require a security check. Note: security clearance checks are valid for 2 years and the cost is covered by EMSA South West. Anyone who got a security clearance check last year will not need to get one this year.
Code of Conduct: Any inappropriate conduct, threats, harassment or abuse (including the use of profanity) directed towards game or team officials, members, parents, players, fans, volunteers, Board members or employees of BCCL or of another association will not be tolerated. Violations of this code may result in suspension or expulsion of the violator and/or their family.
Reminder to parents of U11 and younger children:A parent or guardian must always remain at the game with your child. If you cannot stay with your child, please ask another parent to be responsible for your child.
If you have any issues or concerns with your coach, team and/or the program, please contact
Chad Willsey, Soccer Administrator – firstname.lastname@example.org or
Courtney Wright, Sport Director – email@example.com
Thank you everyone for your cooperation!
We could not have soccer, or any other program, without your commitment and support!