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General Questions about the League and Games

Q. What is PYSC stand for?
A. PYSC stands for Pulaski Youth Soccer Club. PYSC is made up of local volunteers that organize recreational soccer in the Pulaski School District under the banner of SAY.

Q. Who is SAY?
A. SAY stands for Soccer Association for Youth. SAY is located in Ohio and provides a wide array of services and support to PYSC. Their goal is “Kids Having Fun”.

Q. When will the season start?
A. Games typically start the Tuesday or Wednesday after Memorial Day for ages 4 through 11. Ages 12 through 18 are part of the regional league and will not start until the 2nd week of June.

Q. What nights will my child play?
A. If your child is 4 or 5, girls play on Tuesday and boys play on Wednesday. For ages 6 – 11, the boys play on Monday’s and Wednesday’s and the girls play on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s. The game schedules for age 12 and up is set by our parent region (Baylakes) and could be any night of the week.

Q. Do boys and girls play on the same team?
A. No, in all age groups boys and girls will always play on separate teams.

Q. How are teams selected?
A. All teams are selected by a "blind draft".  Requests for friends or family members to be on the same team will not be honored.  The only exceptions are for co-coaches' and/or sponsor's children, and siblings of the same sex/age group who will be placed on the same team.

Q. When will my child’s team practice?
A. Practices will start sometime after May 1st. The actual practice times are at the discretion of the coach based upon the coach’s availability and the team’s ability to attend.

Q. Where will practices be held?
A. Practicing at PYSC fields before school is out can be difficult because of school functions. Your coach has been given a list of location ideas and actual locations are left to their discretion.

Q. Where are the games played?
A. Games are played behind Pulaski Community Middle School and are accessible from West Glenbrook Drive or the middle school parking lot.

Q. Where should I park my car?
A. During the school year parents, referees, and coaches should park their cars in the lot on West Glenbrook Drive.  You can than use the pedestrian bridge to gain access to the fields.  After school is out for the year, you can use the parking lots at the Pulaski Middle School or continue to park on West Glenbrook Drive.

Q. What times do the games start?
A. At ages 4 and 5 games will start at either 5:30pm, 6:15pm or 7:00pm.  For ages 6-11 games will start at either 5:30pm or 7:00pm.

Q. Where should I sit during games?
A. ALL spectators must sit on the opposite side of the field that the teams are located.  A parent or two may be asked to volunteer to help the coach on the side lines to manage the Children who aren't involved in the games.  Spectators should sit at least three feet from the side line.

Q. Why don’t we keep score at all age levels?
A. SAY soccer is about kids having fun. At the youngest ages, (4-7) having the coach, players and parents concentrate on winning games, tends to interfere with learning the game and having fun. This is a recreational league, there are soccer leagues that cater to a more competitive atmosphere. 

Q. How should parents conduct themselves during the games?
A. Encourage the children.  Cheer for both teams - "good job", "nice play"!  Please refrain from coaching the children from the sidelines, this is the coach's job and only confuses the children on the field.  At the end of a game, refrain from critiquing your child's performance, ask them if they had fun.  Refer to our handout on Parent Positive Coaching for more information.

Q. If it is raining out should I just keep my child home?
A. Soccer is a sport that is played in just about any weather condition. It most cases the games will be played. If PYSC feels it is unsafe for your child on the field, games will be cancelled. Please read and become familiar with our weather policy that spells these guidelines out in detail.

Q. My child’s game was cancelled, will it be made up?
A. Normally cancelled games are not made up. Space for makeup games is not always easy to find. If for some reason there is a game rescheduled you will be informed by your coach.

Q. Can I bring my dog to the game if I keep it on leash?
A. No Pets are allowed on school property.  Do not bring your pets to games.  It does not matter if the pet is on a leash or if you only intend to be on school property for "a few minutes".  The Village of Pulaski has an ordinance restricting dogs from any village park. All school districts in the state also restrict animals from being on school property. PYSC as a club has a restriction that dogs are not allowed at any PYSC sponsored function. Anyone bringing a dog into the game area may be turned in to the Village Police for an ordinance violation.

Q. May I smoke in the area of the games if I step away from the field?
A. Smoking, along with the possession of alcohol and drunkenness, is not permitted on school property or at any PYSC sponsored event.

Q. Who do I contact if I have questions?
A. Prior to the season you may direct questions to any of the board members. They will be able to answer your questions or get your question directed to the appropriate person. During the season your first option should be your coach. If you coach doesn’t have the answer they have specific contact people available for their support.

Q. I need an answer to a question right away, can I get answers from the PACE office?
A. Do not contact the PACE office with any PYSC questions. They are very supportive of our program and help us in many ways, but, they do not have any direct interaction with our program and will only be able to direct you to PYSC volunteers for answers.
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