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Parents

Welcome to the Sterling Soccer Club! 
On this page, we have added parents-related information to help guide you during the soccer season.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us anytime. Have a great season!

Registration FAQs
 

I have just registered my child online. What happens next?
You will receive a confirmation email from Sterling Soccer after registration. A week before the start of the first practice, the coach assigned to your child's soccer team will contact you.  You will be provided with all the necessary information in regards to practice times and field locations, game schedules, and uniform details.

I have problems registering online. My logon information does not seem to work - who do I contact?
You can reset your password by clicking the Forgot link at your logon window, and then try to logon again with your new password. If you still encounter any logon issues or have further registration question, please contact our club administrator.

I Haven't Received My Password Reset Email
Search your inbox for an email titled "Reset Password Instructions." or emails from no-reply@sportsengine.com. Also check your spam/junk folder.

If you still are unable to locate your password reset email, click Forgot your Password? and select email me a magic link. You will receive an email at your account email address with a magic link that upon being clicked will sign you in without needing your password. You must open this link on the same device you used to request the magic link

Sports Engine Website
There are also registration help guides located on the Sports Engine website here,  or you can contact the SE customer support for immediate help as well.

PLAYERS EQUIPMENT FAQS

 

What does my child need?
Please make sure your child has the proper equipment for practices and games.

Shin guards:
Players of all ages MUST wear shin guards for practices and games.

Shoes:
Soccer cleats are strongly encouraged for older players. Note that metal cleats are not allowed. Athletic shoes (gym shoes, tennis shoes, etc.) and turf shoes are permitted for younger age groups.

Jewelry/Watches:
Jewelry is not allowed for games. Wearing jewelry at practices will be at the coach's discretion.

Face Masks:
Please read our Return to Play page for players' guidelines. All players must wear a face mask to and from the field. Masks are not required while actively participating in practice and games.

Hand Sanitizers
Players are encouraged to bring hand sanitizers to practices and games.

Balls:

  • U8 and under: size 3
  • U9 to U12: size 4
  • U13 and up: size 5

Water Bottle:
Large water bottle or jug

Uniforms:
Please view our uniforms page

FAQS - PRACTICES & GAMES
 

Where do I find out about the practice and game times for my children?
Your team head coach should always be the main resource for game and practice related information. The coaches' responsibility is to provide all game and practice information to every parent prior to the start of the season.

If your team coaches use the Sports Engine team portal app, you should be able to view all practice and game information there. Our Sterling Soccer website's Games page will have links to all game schedules as well once the season starts.

How early should I drop by child off for practices?
It is recommended to have your child on the field and ready to practice at least 10 minutes before the scheduled practice time.

If you are running late, please let the coaches know. It is not beneficial for the other teammates, the coach, and the individual player if they are constantly late for practice.

How early should we arrive for the games?
Please always try to get there at least 15 minutes before the game starts. If you think you may be late, please always alert the coaches by phone.

Please note that most coaches have preset game lineups which they may have to scramble and reorganize if your child is not there on time.

In the older age groups where there are away games, it is always good to arrive at least 30 minutes early in case you cannot locate the field. Also, games may be forfeited if there are not enough players on the team in the older age group leagues.

How come the coach made my child sit out when we were a goal behind? My child is the best player on the team!
In the recreational leagues, the goal is to develop each player and to give equal playing time (and not for the coach to take all measures to win each game). Consequently, the most experienced players will be rested various quarters throughout the season in an equitable manner along with the less experienced players.

I do not agree with the way the coach runs the team and conducts the practices.
All our recreational coaches are unpaid and have volunteered considerable time to coach the children. Occasionally, a parent has agreed to coach due to a lack of volunteers and in order to allow the children to keep a team. It is not reasonable to believe that all parents will have the same coaching style. If you can provide the coach with constructive suggestions, this should be done away from the practice field and the kids. If you feel that the coach's behavior is inappropriate towards the children, contact the Club Administrator.

What is the league policy on running up the score?
In the recreational leagues, it is considered improper to run up the score if one team is proving to be considered dominant. In order to keep the score within four to six goals, the coaches will often: require the players to achieve a certain number of passes prior to scoring, pull additional players back on defense, and/or have additional players rest. For U11 to U19 team participating in the SFL league, running up the score may also lead to a game cancellation, with the game awarded to the losing team, if the difference is six goals or more.

My child likes to only play a certain position. Why does the coach insist on rotating him to every position?
The recreational league policy is for coaches to rotate the players at the various positions to give them opportunity and experience at each. Children are best developed if they learn (and have to practice at) each position. There will be time to focus on particular positions in older age groups and higher-level leagues.

How come my child always plays the same position?
The league policy is for coaches to rotate the players at the various positions to give them opportunity and experience at each. You should notify the Club Administrator if the coach does not follow this policy.

How come my child sits out more than the other children?
The recreational league policy is to let each child play approximately the same number of quarters over the course of the season. Although it is not possible to give each child exactly equal playing time each game, the result should be worked out over the course of the season. If this is not the case with your team, contact the Club Administrator.

My child cannot make it to the practice times for the team that they have been assigned.
Sterling Soccer is aware that nearly every child in the league participates in other school and athletic activities and that parents are chauffeuring several kids to various locations. Unfortunately, it would be impossible to coordinate each child's schedule while selecting teams and keeping league parity. Therefore, these types of requests cannot be granted.

If it works out that your child really must miss one of the practice days, the coach will understand. Please always communicate with the coach by email or phone to let him/her know.

We will be out of town for picture day. What can we do?
It would be impossible for us to coordinate team picture times with every family's schedule. In order to best accommodate each team, we try to schedule the picture time to be held directly before or after the team's match that day. If you are out of town that day or otherwise cannot attend picture day, it might be possible that retaking of individual photos can be coordinated with the photographer.

Have a question?

Please contact our club administrator for assistance.

Registration

Register for one of our seasonal programs

Practice/Game Schedules

Information on practice and game times, dates, and locations

Fields Information

Fields information, including location and field numbers

Uniforms

Uniform information for new registrants to Sterling soccer club

SportsEngine Team App

How-to instructions are linked below to help parents in using the Team management tool from SportsEngine.  

You can view team messages, schedules, roster, and communicate with others on the team.

 

Team Portal - SE website (tutorial)

If you have any questions on using the new platform, please contact our club administrator.

Download the SE team app now to your mobile device.

Use the app to view your schedules, send and receive messages, and RSVP to your events.
 

TEAM APP FAQS
 

not getting texts from the coach?

As a parent, are you receiving only emails but not text alerts from the team coach?

You will need to update your notification settings on SportsEngine.

1. Log in to your SportsEngine account at https://www.sterlingsoccerclub.org
2. In the dashboard, choose Account Settings.
3. From here, users can update their account info. To receive both text and email notifications, check the Email and Textboxes under Notification Settings. If the Text box is left unchecked, users will not receive texts.

HOW TO Add A SECONDARY GUARDIAN (PARENT)

If the parent with an existing account needs to add another parent or guardian to receive the team emails and texts.

  1. First, the parent with the existing account will need to log in at https//www.sterlingsoccerclub.org
  2. After logging on, click on the username at the top right, and in the dropdown, choose My SportsEngine.
  3. On the home page, click on Household on the menu
  4. Click on the child's player profile icon
  5. On the player's profile page, under the Guardians box, click the + plus sign
  6. Add the new guardian email address on click Send Invitation
  7. If the email address has a SportsEngine account attached to it, the email owner will receive a message to accept the Guardian invite.
  8. If the email address owner does not have a SportsEngine account, they will be prompted to create one when they accept their invite.
  9. Once they received the email invite, the other parent/guardian must go to https://www. sterlingsoccerclub.org  and Create an Account to become a member
  10. The new guardian should now receive all team emails and texts.

If the parent has more than one player in the family, they must link the additional account on every player's profile account page.

NOTE: Only the primary account holder (typically the parent who registered the player) will receive emails regarding payments, invoices, and player privacy account info changes.