FAQ

FAQ's

When does the season begin?

The Fall league season for all programs starts around the first weekend in September (typically after the Labor Day weekend) and runs 10-14 weeks into November. In some cases the Sparta Select programs may go into December.

Where do we Play?

Most teams will play their games at the following fields: Peck Field, Mason Middle School, Truman Middle School, Jane Clark Park, Gonyea Field, Baltimore Park, Jason Lee MS, Wilson HS.

What is the difference between "Recreational" soccer and "Select" soccer?

Please visit our Rec vs. Select compaision page for details - LINK

Where do we practice?

This is generally determined by the coach and the availability of fields. The assigned coach will decide where and when, typically after consultation with Nortac. Please see Practice Fields under the Practice Information Tab for more information.

Who will my coach be?

Coaches are usually volunteer parents who have a child on the team.

What credentials do the coaches have and are their backgrounds investigated?

Every Nortac coach is required to complete a Washington State Patrol background clearance through Washington State Youth Association. The clearances are done every year and the State has the option at any time to review any coach. Nortac encourages coaches to attend a coaching course offered by WSYSA or through Nortac's coaches' clinics. There are many license levels from Modified Soccer all the way up to an "A" license (the highest level and usually not required of any coach unless they are coaching college or national teams). These courses are always sanctioned by the Washington State Youth Soccer Association (WSYSA) and conducted by one of their staff coaches trained specifically for teaching coaches.

When should I expect to hear from a coach about what team I am on?

Typically for the Fall league season (Modified and Recreational), you should hear from a coach 3-4 weeks before games begin.

How many players, in each age group, play on the field at a time?

U-6 and U-7 age groups will play 3-a-side (with no goal keeper)
U-8 will play 4-a-side
U-9 will play 7-a-side
U-10 will play 7-a-side
U-11 will play 9-a-side
U-12 will play 9-a-side
U-13 and up will play 11-a-side

Do boys and girls play together?

During league play all age levels are gender specific. The only time boys and girls would play together would be during camps, such as the Micro Camp.

Do we get trophies?

Trophies or awards, if desired, are the responsibility of each team.

What does the registration fee include?

Nortac supplies the game jerseys for Modified and Recreation players up to U11. We also pay the required state insurance fee for each player. All other registration money goes to maintaining fields, referees and administration costs.

What equipment or uniform will I need to supply?

Soccer cleats, shin guards, soccer shorts and socks.

Who do I contact if I need to register late?

Please contact the current Nortac Registrar via email at registrar@nortac.org. All late registrations are accepted on a space available basis. Please be patient, it may be a few days before anyone can get back to you, especially during the beginning of any season.

When does registration for Fall League start?

Fall league registration usually begins in April for all programs.

How young can my player be and what are the cut off ages? (See age chart)

A Player must be 5 years old to begin. The Age Groups are simplified in that they are defined by birth year. Players may play up but not down. For example a player born in 2006 may play in the 2005 age group.

Can I get a refund? Will it be a full refund? Who do I contact for a refund?

Typically refunds are not granted after practices have started.

What do I do if the practice location or time doesn't work out for our family?

Contact your coach to see if something can be done. The next step would be to contact us at registrar@nortac.org and explain your situation.

Do we offer scholarships?

Nortac has a scholarship program. We ask that you submit an e-mail to the Nortac Registrar and request information on the scholarship process.

Why do I need to supply a copy of my child's birth certificate?

Washington State Youth Soccer Association requires proof of a player's age. A player must provide proof of age upon initial registration with an affiliated organization under WSYSA. Proof of age shall consist of a birth certificate, passport, Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card, Government agency documentation, Board of Health Records, alien registration card issued by the United States Government, certificate issued by the Immigration and Naturalization Service. All documentation must be in ENGLISH, or translated to ENGLISH. Hospital, baptismal or religious certificates will not be accepted.

What training does NorTac offer?

A variety of courses are given throughout the year. Player clinics and camps, Coaching clinics, referee clinics and many meetings are held for coaches to learn about the game. Check with the Director of Coaching for courses you may be interested in.

How do I register?

Registration for all age groups is done online. The registration process can be started by clicking Here. If you have a pop-up blocker installed, you must disable it or the registration process will not work correctly. From this point you must log in using a username/password you create. Once you have logged in, click the "Registration" button on the left and continue by choosing the event(s) for which you will be registering.

What if I can't remember my username or password?

If you are having problems logging in, call Bonzi at 1-866-726-4131

Can I fill out a paper form instead of registering online?

No. All registration is done online so paper forms are not accepted.

What if a potential player doesn't have access to a computer for registration?

Parents without a computer should seek out the use of a computer at a public library, neighbor's house, school, or work in order to register their child.

Do I need email in order to register?

Yes. An email address is required for registration in order to send confirmation information to parents. Parents without email should register for one of the many free email services available online before registering.

What type of payment can I use?

Nortac prefers that you pay for registration fees online with a credit/debit card at the time of registration. This allows players to be confirmed immediately and rostered to a team. If you choose not to pay by credit card, Nortac will accept checks, money orders, or cash (please do not send cash through the mail). NOTE: If you pay by check, your child(ren) will NOT be put on a team until your check has cleared the bank. Please allow up to 10 days from the time we receive your payment for this process to be completed.

Who can I contact if none of this makes sense or if I still have questions?

The best way is to contact the NorTac Registrar is by email at registrar@nortac.org.

Do you offer discounts for families with multiple players?

Yes. Each additional family member receives a $10 discount.

Do I have to supply a birth certificate every time I register?

No. Starting in the 2015 season birth certificates will only need to be supplied one time. Once a player's date of birth has been verified and documented in the registration system they should not need to be provided their birth certificate again.

Who do I contact to update my registration information?

Parents can update personal information for them and their players by logging into the online registration system with their username/password.

Can my child switch teams?

NorTac tries to discourage switching teams once team rosters are set. It is very difficult to switch players due to the restrictions put on roster sizes. The best way to ensure you're on the team you want is to request your coach or player during the registration process. We try to accommodate all requests, but sometimes due to the number of players, requests can't be met.

How can I get involved or be placed on a committee?

Contact any Board Member for the possibilities or attend the monthly Board Meeting to volunteer.

I want to coach. Who should I contact?

Contact us at information@nortac.org, attn: Director of Coaching