BAY OAKS PROGRAM FAQ
Q: What level of competition do Bay Oaks teams play?
A: Each club has different ways of labeling their teams in each age group. At Bay Oaks, our 1st Teams are labelled "Gold," 2nd Teams are labelled "Blue," and 3rd Teams are labelled "White." If you are comparing between different clubs, look past the label of the team and find out what league and level of play the team will compete in. Bay Oaks 1st Teams (Gold) play at the highest levels of competition, including National Premier League (NPL), NorCal State/Premier/Gold, California Regional League (CRL). In many cases, our Bay Oaks 2nd Team (Blue) will competing against the 1st Team of other local clubs.
Q: How did EBUSC decide how much to charge for the 2020/21 season, since there are no games and training activities have been restricted due to COVID-19 Safety Protocol.
A: Determining a fair and fiscally responsible registration fee has been an intense process, involving our Executive Director, Directors of Coaching, Board of Directors, and parent feedback. Some of the key reasons why the fee is not lower than it is include the following:
- It is a common, and understandable misconception that our significantly lower during the COVID-19 restrictions. In fact, most of the significant costs associated with delivering the Bay Oaks program have remained consistent or substantial. This includes our personnel costs (paying coaches), renting and maintaining fields. We saved a little money by not having to pay to enter teams into the leagues and tournaments, but these savings are more than offset by the significant drop in registration revenues, due to the lowered fee, fewer players participating, and increased demand/need from families for financial aid support. Finally, COVID-19 restrictions and safety concerns lead to increased expenses in the form of greater staffing needs, cleaning/disinfecting supplies, additional rentals of handwashing stations, and more.
- We want to remain committed to improving compensation for our coaches, who are the front line of our program. We started this process two years ago with the first phase of increasing our pay scale. We moved forward with Phase Two of this plan, again adjusting/improving the pay scale for our hourly coaches at the beginning of this year.
We've done our best to control and lower our costs in this difficult time without compromising the quality of the program. We have also been actively, and successfully, fundraising to take some of the pressure of the registration revenues. We are also keeping our commitment to the Financial Aid program. In order to do that, we need to make sure those families who can afford to do so, are paying the actual costs of the program. Otherwise, we just undermine our ability to support and meet the needs of those families who want to participate, but cannot afford the listed registration fee.
SOCCER CAMPS FAQ
Q: What do children need to bring to summer camp?
A: Water bottle with water, snacks, lunch, sunscreen, soccer gear (cleats & shin guards, covered with soccer socks). Children may also bring a book, playing cards, or another small activity they would like to do during breaks throughout the day.
Q: What are the facilities like at summer camp?
A: Alameda Point Soccer Fields: 3.5 full-sized grass soccer fields; 4 portable toilets that get serviced every week; 2 handwashing stations; canopies for shade, water coolers for water bottle refills
A: Bushrod Park: 2 full-sized soccer fields; portable toilets & handwashing stations; canopies for shade; water coolers for water bottle refills
Q: How early/late can I drop off/pick up my child?
A: Regular drop-off is between 8:30am and 9am. Regular pickup is between 4pm and 4:15pm. If you will need to drop off your child before 8:30am or after 4:15pm at any point during the week please register for the Early Drop-Off / Late Pickup option using this link ($100 per week). Once you register for this option, you may drop your child off as early as 8am and pick them up as late as 5pm.
Q: Can I have somebody else drop off or pick up my child?
A: Yes! Anyone can drop off your child at camp without prior arrangements. If someone other than the adults listed on your child's Teamsnap profile will be picking them up, please email us to let us know in advance before the camp week starts. If you have a late change of plans, please call or text the Camp Administrator On-Call for that day (see Camps page).
EBU REC PROGRAM FAQ
Q: How much does the EBU Rec Program cost?
A: The EBU Rec program is $300 for the 2021-22 Season. This fee covers the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 seasons (approx 10 weeks each). Families are not obligated to participate in the spring season, however, there is no discount/refund for playing Fall only. We also allow families to register only for the spring and pay $200. Financial Aid is available to families with a demonstrated need.
Q: What is the season schedule?
A: The 2021-22 EBU Rec program has two seasons—Fall and and Spring. Fall runs from just after Labor Day to just before Thanksgiving. The Spring season runs from March to May. During the winter and summer, EBU Rec players are encouraged to participate in our soccer clinics and camps.
Q: When and where do EBU Rec teams practice and play their games?
A: Games are on Saturdays and Sunday during the Fall and Spring seasons, Most EBU Rec home games are played at Alameda Point Soccer Fields. Away games are played against other local teams at fields in Oakland, Alameda and Piedmont. During the Fall, EBU Rec times have one weekday practice per week, at either Bushrod Park or Chabot Field in North Oakland. EBU Rec teams do not have a weekday practice during the spring season—just weekend games.
Q: How does my child join a team?
A: Please visit the "EBU Rec" page for full instructions on registering your child and getting them onto a team.
Q: When is the deadline to register?
A: There is no hard deadline to register a player for the EBU Rec program; however, the longer you wait, the greater the risk that your child will get stuck on a wait list without team placement. Returning players get priority placement on their former team as long as they register by June 30. The deadline to register a team is July 31. If you wait until after that date to register your team, we may not be able to enter them into the local rec soccer league and get them on the schedule.
Q: I'm organizing a team—how do I set up the roster?
A: We will set up / populate all of the team rosters on Teamsnap. Each family needs to individually register their player. When they register there is space to request a team placement by putting the coach's name, team name, or name another player that they would like their child to play with. If you are a returning you, you are welcome to provide us with a list of players that you expect to sign up, but this is not required. The maximum roster size for our U10 (3rd & 4th Grade Teams is 12 players. The maximum roster size for our U12 (5th & 6th Grade Teams is 14 players. The maximum roster size for our U14-U19 teams (7th Grade & Older) is 20 players. These are strict caps—please keep this in mind if you are forming a team and outreaching to other families. Returning players get priority placement on their former team as long as they register by June 30. After that we will begin adding players to rosters on a first-come, first-served basis. Coaches and Team Managers will not be added to the Teamsnap Roster until after they have registered with CalNorth and completed the background check clearance. Players will not be added to rosters until they have completed the registration process, including providing the necessary forms (Proof of Birth, CalNorth Registration Form).
Q: What equipment/gear/uniform does my child need?
A: Please visit the "EBU Rec" page for full information on required and recommend equipment and gear for your child.
Q: How do I know what age group my team or child should register for?
A: Our EBU Rec teams will be grouped by age for the 2021-22 Season. When you register you will indicate your child's grade (3rd - 12th).
Q: What do we need in order to form a new team?
A: Please visit the "EBU Rec" page for full instructions on forming a new team.
Q: How do we set up our roster?
A: Please visit the "EBU Rec" page for full instructions on setting up your team roster.
Q: How do I become a volunteer head or assistant coach?
A: Please visit the "EBU Rec" page for full instructions becoming a volunteer.
Q: What kind of support do parent volunteer coaches get from the club?
A: All volunteers get direct support on how to lead successful, fun and safe activities under the current restrictions. We can provide session plans, observe and support your practice, provide feedack and resources. Parent Volunteers will be required to complete an online safety training before hitting the field. Additional training & support for Parent Volunteers is available, including:
- US Soccer Learning Center (online courses)
- On-field support during activities
- SafeSport Certification
- Sideline Sports Injury Recognition Training
- Support from our experienced EBU Staff Coaches
Q: If we sign up for Fall, does my child also have to participate in the Spring?
A: Nope! The 2021-22 registration fee covers the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 seasons (approx 10 weeks each). Families are not obligated to participate in the spring season, however, there is no discount/refund for playing Fall only.
Q: How many players can be on one team?
A: Our maximum roster sizes for EBU Rec Teams are:
U10 (3rd & 4th Grade - 7v7) 12 players
U12 (5th & 6th Grade - 9v9) 14 players f
U14-U19 (7th Grade & Older - 11v11) - 20 players
Q: What is the competition/game format for EBU Rec Teams?
A: EBU Rec teams compete in the Jack London Youth Soccer League against other teams from EBUSC, Alameda Soccer Club, Montclair Soccer Club, Oakland Soccer Club, and Piedmont Soccer Club. The league creates the game schedules and assigns referees for each match. Game formats are as follow
U10; 3rd & 4th Grade; 7v7, 25 minute halves; size 4 ball
U12; 5th and 6th Grade; 9v9; 30 minute halves; size 4 ball
U14; 7th and 8th Grade; 11v11; 35 minute halves, size 5 ball
U16; 9th and 10th Grade; 11v11; 40 minute halves, size 5 ball
U19; 11th and 12th Grade; 11v11; 45 minute halves; size 5 ball
Q: How does the Team Referee Requirement work?
A: Jack London Youth Soccer League requires all participating teams to provide referees for the league. Each team needs to have/provide affiliated Team Referees. These Team Refs are normally parents of children on the team, but they may also be siblings or any other ref that is willing to affiliate with your team. Team Refs DO NOT ref the games of their own teams—they sign up to ref other games based on their availability, experience level and interest. The amount of games that each teams referees need to cover depends on the age of the team. CLICK HERE for more information on how to complete the basic online training to become a new referee, or to complete the online course for renewing you license each year. East Bay United Soccer Club will reimburse our referees for the cost of taking the online course.
Q: What if it rains?
A: On some weekends during the winter/spring we may need to close Alameda Point Fields due to heavy rain to avoid damaging the field. Please check the top of the page on this website at any time to see if Alameda Point Fields are closed or open.
EBU JUNIORS PROGRAM FAQ
Q: How many players are allowed on a U6 or U8 Team Roster?
A: The maximum roster size for our U6 and U8 Teams is 12, and that is a strict cap. Please keep this in mind if you are forming a team and outreaching to other families.
Q: When is the deadline to register?
A: There is no hard deadline to register players for EBU Juniors programs; however, the longer you wait, the greater the risk that your child will get stuck on a wait list without team or class placement. Returning players get priority placement on their former team as long as they register by June 30. The deadline to register a U6 or U8 team is Aug 31. If you wait until after that date to register your team, we may not be able to get field space for them and get their games scheduled.
Q: I'm organizing a team—how do I set up the roster?
A: We will set up / populate all of the team rosters on Teamsnap. Each family needs to individually register their player. When they register there is space to request a team placement by putting the coach's name, team name, or name another player that they would like their child to play with. If you are a returning you, you are welcome to provide us with a list of players that you expect to sign up, but this is not required. The maximum roster size for our U6 and U8 Teams is 12, and that is a strict cap. Please keep this in mind if you are forming a team and outreaching to other families. Returning players get priority placement on their former team as long as they register by June 30. After that we will begin adding players to rosters on a first-come, first-served basis. Coaches and Team Managers will not be added to the Teamsnap Roster until after they have registered with CalNorth and completed the background check clearance. Players will not be added to rosters until they have completed the registration process, including providing the necessary forms (Proof of Birth, CalNorth Registration Form).
Q: What is the exact class schedule (location/days/times) for Soccer School?
A: Soccer School classes are offered at various times, days, and locations each season. Please refere to the EBU Juniors program page to see the full schedule of class offerings.
SPRING SOCCER CAMP PROGRAM FAQ
Q: When can we drop off and pick up our child?
A: You may drop of your child at Emeryville Center for Community Life between 8:30am and 9am each day. Please pick up your child between 12pm and 12:15pm.
Q: Where do we drop off/pick up our child?
A: Please use the entrance at the small parking lot on 47th Street.
Q: Can I authorize another adult to pick up my child from camp?
A: Yes! If someone other than the parent/guardian listed on Teamsnap will be picking up your child, please email firstname.lastname@example.org at least 24 hours in advance to let us know. If there is an emergency or last minute change of plans, please call the Camp Director on duty that day (phone number will be provided via email to parents).
Q: What COVID-19 precautions and safety protocol will be followed at camp?
A: All of our soccer programs will adhere to the same safety protocols. Please click here to review and sign the Informed Consent Waiver that outlines these protocols.
Q: What kinds of bathroom facilities will be available at camp?
A: Players and coaches will have full access to the permanent bathroom facilities at Emeryville Center for Community Life! ECCL is a public facility that is maintained regularly by City of Emeryville staff.
EBUSC REFEREE PROGRAM FAQ
Q: How do I become a referee or get re-certified?
A: Visit the Referee page of our website for more links and instructions on how to sign up for the online course to become a referee or to renew your license.
Q: How do I sign up for / request match assignments?
A: If you are already on our EBUSC Referee List, you should be getting weekly emails that show the games that are available / in need of referees. If you have not be getting these updates, please email us at referees at ebusoccer.org to be added to our referee list.
Q: How do referees get paid during Spring 2021?
A: Referee payments will be made by check, once a month at the beginning of the month. Payments for all games worked during April will be mailed on Friday, May 7th.