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2022 Summer Season begins in May

Both the Recreational and the Competitive summer season are set to being in May.

recreational programs

 

Recreational Registration opens each February online.

Recreational Game Schedules will be posted on the Recreational page of this website  and uploaded to the Sports Engine app.

Nights of Play by Age Group can be found on the Home and the Registration page.

FAQs

When is my child old enough to play recreational soccer?
A player must be born on or before December 31, 2018 to play in the summer of 2022. For winter programs, the youngest birth year is 2017.No exceptions.

 

Must I be a resident of Uxbridge or Port Perry to register?
No, you may register online using your current address.

 

Are there any requirements for those new to the Soccer Club?
Yes. You will need to submit /show proof of age to the Club in the form of a government-issued identification. Acceptable documents include birth certificate, passport, or health card. Proof of age can be provided to the Club Registrar . Viewing of a proof of age document by the Club Registrar is requested to be done prior to May 1st to participate in the summer season.

 

I’ve heard that parents have to do a Respect in Sport Online course. Is that true?
Yes. As part of all future Recreational Registrations with the Soccer Club, one parent/ guardian of each family must complete the Respect in Sport for Parents online education program as mandated by the Durham Region Soccer Association. This is completed once and can be imported from another sport in certain circumstances. Check out the Respect in Sport page

 

Now that I have registered, when will I hear about the season?
Using the information you provided in your registration, the Club typically will contact you around the Victoria Day holiday weekend in May with team information for the summer outdoor season.  If you have not heard from a club representative, you can email the Club office or just plan to arrive at the fields for your first scheduled night and we'll help you find your team! 

 

How can I help?
We are always looking for many, many Volunteers! Recreational soccer relies heavily on volunteers to be run smoothly and requires adult supervision. 

Each age group requires a volunteer Convenor to help administer the division, coordinate the teams and disseminate information to member families.

Each team requires a Coach/Team Leader and the number of coaches required fluctuates based on player registrations year to year. All U4-U12 coaches are supported by the Club’s Program Facilitators, whose role it is to format the weekly practices and assist volunteers in supervising the players during the practice sessions. Individual coaches are not required to create practice drills independently. Enthusiasm, patience, and a desire to teach children new skills is all that is required to be a parent volunteer at the field!

In order to enact your insurance coverage and comply with requirements for working with minors, all Volunteers are required to formally register with the Soccer Club (complete waiver forms) and to submit to volunteer screening protocols. Please refer to our Volunteer Page for information Volunteer Registration and Screening information. 

There are many other roles with which we need help. Contact us and we’ll find a good fit for you.

 

How is my child placed on a team?
Players are placed on teams based on age, gender, and skill rating. Teams will be created based on the number of players registered and the roster sizes per age group. Team formation takes place throughout May, as we near the season start date.

We are NOT ABLE to accommodate requests (i.e. friend, carpooling, coach) due to the high number of participants and the need to create teams balanced on gender and skill level.

 

What if my child wants to play in a different age group?
Players are always encouraged to play within their age group. The Club follows the Ontario Soccer Player Development guidelines to determine age group divisions. A request for an assessment can be made to the Club by a parent or coach after the start of the season. There is multi-week pre-season before the June Opening Festival to allow for team and player assessments prior to Photo Day and the opening Festival. Refer to the playing up policy for more details.

 

When does the outdoor season start?
All Recreational divisions traditionally begin the week following the Victoria Day long weekend in May. Adjusted for 2022 to June 6-9.

This is the start of a multi-week pre-season during which time teams are adjusted, if necessary, to create a balance of skills and ages across each division.  

A Saturday in June is the official Opening Day & Festival for Recreational leagues and this is when individual and team photos are taken. Each player receives a photo as part of their registration fee. 

 

When and where does my child play?
All games are played on the same day of each week in the same age group specific set of fields. Weekly game schedules are posted on the club website on the 'Recreational' page. 

U4-U5-U6 Timbits divisions have a group session once a week. The U8 division is scheduled for one practice session followed by a short break and then a game each week. U10 and U13 divisions have a  practice night and a game night.

All Uxbridge Recreational divisions U4-U10 are played at The Fields of Uxbridge, Ball Road, Uxbridge. For  those registered in our Scugog Recreational divisions U4-U10, programs are at the Scugog Soccer Fields in Port Perry. (see Facilities page for Maps & Directions

The U13 through U21 divisions alternate between The Fields of Uxbridge and the Scugog Soccer Fields in Port Perry. The Schedule indicates which games and weeks are at which location. Please read the schedule weekly to confirm game and practice location.

 

Where do we Park?
The Soccer Entrance to The Fields of Uxbridge park is off of Ball Road and leads to the main soccer parking lot. Ball Road intersects Main St. N. on the north side of the soccer park. Traffic through the Ball Road entry gate is two-way and is to be used for entering the fields area only. All vehicles will exit via the Ball Road gate. Please be observant of all Township of Uxbridge parking regulations and bylaws and posted signs. The main driveway through the park is an Emergency Access Route and no parking is permitted along the sides of the driveway. A NEW paid parking lot is only free to those with  resident permit. By-law tickets may be issued. Take care when driving through the field area and only use the designated parking lots for vehicle parking. Please take care when crossing the main driveway and other parking areas on foot. Please do not use the Skate Park/Baseball parking lot for soccer activities.

At the Scugog Soccer Fields, please enter off Old Simcoe St. N. using the northernmost gate. Parking in the north lot (to the right) is for our younger age group U4- U8 fields, while parking in the south or main parking area is suitable parking for those attending U10 and Up games and practices and for use by visiting teams.

Please exit the parking area using the southernmost gate.

 

What equipment do we need?
Shin guards are mandatory at all ages (including goalkeepers). Proper soccer shoes are also recommended for players in divisions U6-U21. 

The Club provides a team jersey, shorts and socks to every registered player. Players under 12 will receive a soccer ball sized to FIFA standards. You can purchase shin guards and soccer shoes (cleats) locally in Uxbridge and Port Perry at Canadian Tire and Walmart.

 

What should we bring to the field?
Wear your complete uniform each week and especially to both Festival weekends. On the first night, come ready to play in your own shorts and t-shirt. New jerseys can be worn over the t-shirt for the first practice.

It is important to bring plenty of water regardless of the weather, in a reusable water bottle. Remember sunscreen and insect repellent.

Teams in U8, U10 and U13 are permitted to assign a parent rotation for the duty of providing a nutritional thirst quenching fruit (oranges, watermelon) energy boost for half time each week for those older divisions with scheduled games. Fundraise for the Club and pre-order oranges at the Snack Bar one week ahead.

Timbits divisions do not have a scheduled break time and snacks are discouraged. Please avoid items like freezies and other packaged snacks which do not conform to our Healthy Snack Policy and create litter at the fields that damages mowing equipment.  The Snack Bar is open for post game team refreshments and celebrations.

 

Can I drop of my child at the field and pick them up when soccer is finished?
Please do not leave children alone at the fields. Players and parents should arrive at the fields 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time of a game or practice so that you can safely travel from the parking lot to the assigned field. Please do not drop off children adjacent to the field area or stop vehicles in driveways. Children should not be left unattended at the fields. Should you need to leave, please arrange with a fellow parent to be responsible for your child.

For older youth (teenagers over 15), it is still the parent’s responsibility to ensure that their youth is safely supervised. You must have arrangements in place in case of emergency - which includes being prepared for mid-session severe weather field closures. Do not assume that your team coach will take responsibility for your youth. In the event that you do leave your youth under another person’s care, you must arrange for pick-up on time at their field. Please refer to the Club Policy on our website for further information and requirements.

 

What do we do if it is raining?
Soccer is played in the rain! Rare cancellations and lightning calls are made at the field by officials. If in doubt, please proceed to your field or check our Twitter account and web site for updates. Weather cancellations are customarily made at game time, not before, by Referees or Club Field Ambassadors. Note that any cancellation of early games does not necessarily mean cancellation of later game times on the field schedule. Weather conditions change and your team depends on having a full roster at each scheduled game, rain or shine! Please read USC Severe Weather Policy on our website. Cancelled games will not be rescheduled.

 

What do we do if it is really hot?
The Soccer Club does not cancel soccer games due to extreme heat. History has shown us that most evenings, the soccer fields are some of the coolest areas in town. With appropriate precautions, we are able to have a great night at the fields. Parents can use their own judgement regarding attendance but soccer will be on. Please read the complete Extreme Heat Policy on our website.

 

What is the expectation of parents at the field?
Parents of U4 players are expected to participate with their child on the field when called upon by the program facilitators to join in.

Other parents are encouraged to respectfully watch games and practices from the appropriate sidelines. Spectators are requested to sit on the opposite side of the field from the team benches and coaches. This encourages youth to listen to coaches, watch their teammates, and become more of a team. No seating is permitted behind the nets or at the ends and corners of the field. Review the club's Codes of Conduct for more information.

While it is tempting to criticize the Match Official (referee) in any sport, we ask that you please keep comments about the match official or their calls to yourself. Just as your child is learning the nuances of the game, so too are our young match officials leaning how to be a good referee. Every year a number of youth are discouraged by sideline adult behaviours and leave our club even though they have great potential. Any commentary about Match Officials from the sidelines is unacceptable. Remember, every Match Official is someone's child too.

 

I’m not happy with the soccer program. Who do I talk to?
Start with your coach. If this does not resolve the issue, you can talk to your Age Group Convenor. Still need help – contact the club office or as a final avenue, the Club has a confidential mediator to address concerns.  Email concerns to: mediator@northdurhamunited.com

COVID Information

Due to the conditions under COVID-19, the following information on Club policies and protocols has been compiled for our Members:

REGISTRATION

Refund Assurance Statement

If a NDUFC program is cancelled before the start date due to COVID-19 restrictions, you will receive a full refund. If a NDUFC program is cancelled after the start date due to COVID-19 restrictions, you will then have the option to receive a partial credit or partial refund, as long as your account is in good standing with the Club.

 

  • NDUFC is committed to providing our players, volunteers and staff a safe environment
  • All programs operate in accordance with Canada Soccer, Ontario Soccer, Durham Region Soccer and Public Health Guidelines
  • NDUFC will follow all Return to Play guidelines based on the province's Re-Opening Framework for implementing COVID-19 restrictions
  • Age divisions MAY BE COMBINED based on registrations
  • All programs are subject to change in structure, location, and/or time due to COVID-19 regulations

REFUND POLICY

  • Fully paid registrations may be considered for a refund prior to the start date of a registered program, less any non-refundable deposits and non-refundable fees
  • Refunds must be requested in writing (mail/email only) to the Club Registrar prior to refund processing
  • Late fees applied to registration fees are non-refundable
  • All refunds are subject to a $35.00 Administration Fee, per player refund
  • Refund requests received after the start of a program are subject to a $25.00 withdrawal fee

  • Refund requests will not be considered once a program or session has reached 25% completion of the program’s official schedule

  • Special refund consideration will be made for medical reasons only and requests will be reviewed by the Club on a case-by-case basis on their own merit

Full Refund Policy is available HERE

CONTACT TRACING REQUIREMENTS

NDUFC RETURN TO PLAY PLAN