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  Frequently Asked Questions




How is soccer organized?
    WYSA is registered with Indiana Youth Soccer Association (IYSA) which in turn is part of United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA). USYSA is a division of the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body of soccer in the U.S. Affiliation with IYSA provides insurance and training support for WYSA participants.

How come there’s only 3 (or 4 or 5) players on the field?
    Soccer has traditionally been played with 11 players on the field but studies have shown that players develop faster and have more fun if fewer players are on the field at one time. This prevents a player from getting lost in the crowd and allows him to get more touches on the ball. WYSA was one of the leaders in the switch to "small-sided" soccer and many surrounding clubs are now switching. We currently offer small-sided soccer up through U12.

What’s all this "U" stuff and how are teams formed?
    "U" stands for Under (U8 is under-8). Players are assigned to divisions based on their age as of August 1, 2001. For example, the U8 division consists of player’s who were 7 years old on August 1st. Team assignments are made by the division commissioners who attempt to balance teams. Factors include age, previous playing experience. WYSA does not allow players to play "up" in an older age group.

Can my three year old play?

  No, the child must be 4 years old by August 1, 2002, to play in the fall 2002 and spring 2003 seasons.

When do they play and practice?
    All games (except makeup games) will be held on weekends. Games run from 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. on Saturdays and 1 P.M. to 5 P.M. on Sundays. Your coach will distribute your schedule. Practices will be set by the coach but will generally be on weekday evenings. U5s and U6s will practice one evening per week. U7/U8 practices are 1 or 2 days per week while older teams will typically practice twice per week.

Where do they play?
    All recreational games and practices will be held at Habig Fields located at 156th and Carey Rd. (Approximately 1 mile east of Rt 31 on 151st Street to stop sign at Carey Rd then left 1/2 mile) and travel games will be played at the Habig Fields or the Shamrock Springs Fields (corner of 161st and Springmill Road).

What kind of equipment does my child need?
    While soccer is a relative inexpensive sport, their are a couple of items required to ensure your child’s safety. Shin guards must be worn for games and practices. In addition, your child should wear soccer socks over the shin guards to provide padding for other players. Regular gym shoes are fine although soccer cleats may offer an advantage under certain field conditions (mud!). WYSA supplies a T-shirt but we ask that you get your child a pair of black shorts and socks for games.
    We also suggest that you child bring a soccer ball to practice. Balls come in 3 sizes: U5 thru U8 uses a #3 ball; U10 thru U12 use a #4 ball and older players use a #5 ball. Note: Don't forget to mark your player's name & phone number on the ball with a permanent marker.

How long is the season?
    In 2002, the fall season will be about 8 weeks for the Recreational teams and a few weeks longer for the travel teams.

What about rain?
    Soccer is an all weather sport. Unless the weather conditions are dangerous (i.e. lightning), we will try to get the game in. While the parents may not enjoy watching games in the rain, most children enjoy playing in the mud and getting dirty. We may also close the fields to prevent damage if large amounts of standing water are present. The general rule of thumb is to show up unless you hear from your coach.

What can I do to help my child?
    WYSA is a volunteer organization. Without parental support, we couldn’t exist. In addition to providing moral support for your player and demonstrating good sportsmanship, we’d like you to get involved with our program. We are always looking for coaches to help with the teams. As your soccer knowledge grows, consider becoming a referee. WYSA offers referee courses throughout the year.

    Finally, please cheerfully offer your help if you are contacted to help with one of our fund raising tournaments. WYSA will be holding it’s 16th Habig Classic in June 2003. This tournament has grown to over 150 teams from across the Midwest. While the tournament is primarily for travel teams, the revenue generate from this event subsidizes the recreational program. Your help during these events helps keep our fees among the lowest in the area.

Need More Info?
    The officers for the 2001/2002 season are listed below. Please feel free to call them with any questions you may have. In addition, WYSA holds a monthly board meeting to conduct league business. The meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7:30 P.M. The meeting is in the Westfield High School Cafeteria. Have a good season.

President Drew Williams 574-0747
Vice-President Shannon Stuart 867-2905
Past-President Keith Hunt 896-9393
Secretary Michele Cardwell 867-0765
Treasurer Angie Rennard 758-6592
Registrar Drew Williams 574-0747
Recreational Commissioner Barb Neumann 848-5468  
Girls Travel Co-Commissioners Steve Brown

Steve Danforth



Boys Travel Commissioner Steve Brink 844-1609
Concessions Cindy McCormick 896-5902  
Referee Commissioners Bruce Carlstedt

Matt Verner




Recreational Uniforms Kerri Brown 896-9096  
Pictures Lori Hunt 896-9393  
Habig Tournament Angie Rennard 758-6592
Fields Jim Rennard 758-6592  
Sponsors Paula Koester 843-2640  
U5 commissioner Stacey Parlow 867-0467  
U6 Commissioner Allie Petty 896-1994  
U7 Boys Commissioner Dan Neumann 848-5468  
U7 Girls Commissioner Janis Hartman 843-9776  
U8 Boys Commissioner Barbara Neumann 848-5468  
U8 Girls Commissioner Toni Brady 843-1406  
U10 Boys Commissioner Todd Robinson

Linda Prokai



U10 Girls Commissioner Nancy Walker 843-0786  
U12 Commissioner Karen Turner

Amy Silver



U14 NCRSL Commissioner Drew Williams 574-0747  




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