Recreational Program Frequently Asked Questions


GENERAL QUESTIONS

WHAT IS RECREATIONAL SOCCER?

Recreational soccer is designed for the enjoyment and development of soccer players without the emphasis on high-level competition, training and involves no out-of-town travel.

DO I NEED TO LIVE IN THE FARGO, WEST FARGO, MOORHEAD AREA TO PARTICIPATE?

No! Anyone who wants to join TC Storm's recreational program is welcome to do so.

WHAT SEASONS ARE OFFERED?

TC Storm offers recreational soccer in all four seasons.

HOW LONG IS EACH SEASON?

Each season is typically 5-6 weeks.

REGISTRATION

WHERE CAN I REGISTER?

Online registration is located on our website by clicking on the Registrations heading at the top of the page.

WHAT AGES CAN REGISTER?

Children ages 3-14 (Pre-K through 8th grade). See the Team Formation tab on the Programs-->Recreational page on our website for more information.

HOW ARE TEAMS FORMED?

Teams are formed according to the guidelines provided on the Team Formation tab on the Programs-->Recreational page on our website.

COACHES

WHO COACHES RECREATIONAL SOCCER?

All teams in the recreational program are coached by volunteers, most of whom are parents of children in the program.

HOW CAN I BECOME A VOLUNTEER COACH?

You can choose to receive more information about volunteering to coach during the registration process for your child(ren). Otherwise, please contact us. We always need new, enthusiastic coaches to help!

IS EACH COACH REQUIRED TO PASS A BACKGROUND CHECK?

Yes, any coach, volunteer or staff members that works closely with children is required to submit to a background check. Only coaches that pass the check are allowed to coach our teams.

communication

HOW WILL I FIND THE INFORMATION I NEED REGARDING MY CHILD'S TEAM?

TC Storm uses the SportsEngine software to communicate with our members. You will receive access to a Team Page that will contain game schedules, practice schedules, contact information, roster information and much more. This information is accessible via the website as well as a mobile app you can install on your mobile devices. Help articles on how to use the software is provided on the Team Page.

HOW WILL THE COACH COMMUNICATE WITH US?

All messages will be sent through the SportsEngine Team Pages to the email address you used when you registered your child for the program.

WHEN WILL WE HEARD FROM THE COACH?

Coaches receive their roster information 2-3 weeks prior to the start of the season.

PRACTICES

HOW FREQUENTLY DO TEAMS PRACTICE?

Each team will typically offer one practice per week (weather permitting) during the Fall and Spring seasons.

WHEN ARE WHERE WILL PRACTICES BE HELD?

Each coach will coordinate and communicate the times and location with their team.

games

WHERE WILL GAMES BE PLAYED?

For the Fall, Spring and Summer seasons, all games are played at either the Pepsi Soccer Complex or the Moorhead Soccer Complex. Games for the winter season will be played at an indoor facility. See the Locations tab on the Programs-->Recreational page on our website for addresses and directions.

HOW MANY GAMES WILL BE PLAYED EACH SEASON?

All seasons will have one game per week, weather permitting.

WHAT ARE THE RULES FOR RECREATIONAL SOCCER?

The rules are located on our website under Programs-->Recreational and are located on the Rules tab.

equipment

WHAT EQUIPMENT WILL MY PLAYER NEED?

Tri-City Storm reversible recreational jersey, soccer cleats or tennis shoes, shin guards, soccer socks and an appropriately sized soccer ball. Players should also have a water bottle and sunscreen.

WHAT IS THE TC STORM RECREATIONAL UNIFORM?

It is a reversible black and white jersey. Players may wear any socks or shorts/sweatpants they wish. Players may also wear a long-sleeved shirt or sweatshirt under their jersey if it is cold. Players may NOT wear jewelry of any kind for games. This is for the safety of all the players.

WHERE CAN I PURCHASE THE RECREATIONAL JERSEY?

Jerseys can be purchased at the Tri-City Storm office. See our website for the address and office hours.

HOW MUCH DOES THE JERSEY COST?

The jersey is $20.

WHAT JERSEY COLOR SHOULD MY PLAYER WEAR?

Players should wear the white side of their jersey when their team is the Home Team in the schedule. When their team is the Away Team, they should wear the black side of their jersey. Goalkeepers should wear a color is different than the field players on their team.

WHAT SIZE SOCCER BALL?
  • Pre-K to 2nd Grade (U4-U8) —  Size 3
  • 3rd to 6th Grade (U9-U12) —  Size 4
  • 7th to 8th Grade (U13-U14) —  Size 5
CAN MY PLAYER WEAR BASEBALL CLEATS FOR SOCCER?

Baseball cleats are NOT allowed. By design, baseball cleats have a cleat on the toe that is dangerous in soccer.

DO I NEED TO LABEL MY EQUIPMENT?

It is highly recommended that you write your last name and a phone number on ALL of your equipment. This allows us to contact you if your child misplaces any equipment. Otherwise, all equipment that is left is placed in our Lost and Found area, retained for the rest of the season and then donated to local charities at the end of the season.