Frequently Asked Questions
-What sports do you offer and when do they take place?
-How old do you have to be to play with KIDSPORTS?
-How are teams formed?
-My child is home schooled or goes to a private school, what team will he or she be on?
-Why do we have to pay a registration fee?
-Do you offer scholarships? How can I apply?
-How do I register?
-Do I have to pay all at once?
-How do you hire coaches?
-Can I request a coach?
-Can my child be cut from a team?
-Will there always be an available team for my child?
-Can my child play at a different grade level or school then the one he/she is enrolled in?
-Where do my kids practice and when?
-What equipment does my child need?
-If I am dissatisfied or if my child gets hurt, may I have a refund?
-Why do I have to fill out a form every time that I come in?
-Who maintains the fields?
-Are the referees trained?
-Can I register a child that is visiting me for the summer?
-What areas of town are considered in district?
-Can a girl play on a boy's team?
-What forms of payment do you accept?
Q. What sports do you offer and when do they take place?
- Flag and Tackle Football August-November
- Fall Soccer August-November
- Fall TOT Soccer September-October
- Volleyball October-December
- 1st and 2nd grade Basketball October-December
- K-12th grade Basketball December-March
- Spring Soccer March-May
- Spring TOT Soccer April-May
- T-Ball/Softball/Baseball May-July
Q. How old do you have to be to play with KIDSPORTS?
A. KIDSPORTS does not use age as a criterion. Players are put on teams according to their current grade in school. If your child is 5 years old or registered in Kindergarten he or she is old enough to play at KIDSPORTS. A few exceptions to this are that we offer Fall and Spring TOT Soccer for 3 and 4 year olds and Little Hitters t-ball for 4 and 5 year olds. By organizing teams this way we hope to ensure that your children will play with the same classmates for many years to come. If your child is home schooled, or if you have any questions, please contact the office.
Q. How are teams formed?
A. Teams are formed by gender, grade, and school. We attempt to set up a team for each school, but sometimes we don't have enough kids who signed up at that school. We may have to combine several neighboring schools to put together a team with enough players. Team combinations are made after the close of registration.
Q. My child is home schooled or goes to a private school, what team will he or she be on?
A. If your child is home schooled or attends a private school that we do not form teams for, we will put he or she on a team at your neighborhood public school.
Q. Why do we have to pay a registration fee?
A. KIDSPORTS is a not-for-profit organization that works in partnership with four school districts, the City of Eugene, and the City of Springfield. Registration fees are kept as low as possible so more children can participate. Only about 67% of our operating costs are covered by registration fees. The rest of our costs are paid by donations from individuals and businesses, as well as funding from city government. Registration fees pay for uniforms, sports equipment, field maintenance, gymnasium supervision, officials and referees, game scheduling, coaches training and staff supervision.
Q. How do I register?
A. You can register at our office, 2190 Polk Street. You can also register online at www.kidsports.org with a debit or credit card, or you can mail or fax in (541-302-9430) a registration form with a check or credit card number. We will be happy to fax a registration form or mail one to you. We cannot accept registrations over the telephone.
Q. Do I have to pay all at once?
A. KIDSPORTS does offer the opportunity to make payments. At the time of registration you make a payment of 1/2 the registration fee. We will then deduct the rest from your checking or savings account on a monthly basis. You choose the date (either the 2nd or 16th of every month) and the number of payments -- not to exceed three months.
Q. How do you hire coaches?
A. KIDSPORTS relies on the generosity of parents and volunteers to take on the responsibility of coaching. Each of our coaches has volunteered to spend somewhere between five and ten hours a week instructing a team. Each coach must pass a background check. For each sport we offer a coach's training clinic and the support of our sports managers.
Q. Can I request a coach?
A. As long as that coach is coaching for your child's school, grade, and gender then your child will automatically be assigned to their team. If the team splits in two, then it is up to the coaches which children go on what team.
Q. Can my child be cut from a team?
A. No, KIDSPORTS Philosophy is that "All Kids Play." For many of our sports, teams are formed based on school boundaries (K-5th grade); or by skill (6th-8th grade) - but no one is cut from participating. This helps to ensure that kids are receiving the most beneficial instruction and attention for their skill level. It is not intended to exclude or discourage anyone from playing. See individual team sport descriptions, for exact team formation criteria.
Q. Will there always be an available team for my child?
A. Every effort will be made to provide teams for all children that are registered by the registration deadline. In some sports, like Spring Klassic Soccer (4th grade and above), there may not be room to add players to existing teams that formed in the fall season and are continuing to play in the spring season. If there isn't room in a particular high school area, KIDSPORTS will attempt to place players on nearby area teams or form KIDSPORTS United teams. In some situations we aren't able to place every player on a team and we will offer a refund.
Q. Can my child play at a different grade level or school then the one he/she is enrolled in?
A. KIDSPORTS assigns children to teams by grade and school. If you want your child to play at a different grade level you must petition our Sports Managers. If you would like your child to play at another school you must submit a petition for team placement. Petitions are subject to approval and may be denied. These policies help us to protect roster integrity and fairness for all teams in the community. Deliberately misinforming KIDSPORTS staff about a child's grade or school is highly unethical. Participants found doing this will be dealt with on an individual basis.
Q. Where do my kids practice and when?
A. Coaches determine when and where practices take place. Practices are usually in the afternoon or early evening at your child's school or at a nearby school. Length and frequency of practices are limited so as to be appropriate for the children's ages. Kindergarten through third grade may meet up to three times a week for an hour including both games and practices. Fourth grade through eighth grade teams may meet up to four times a week for an hour and a half at a time including both games and practices. Tackle football and KLASSIC soccer teams meet more frequently.
Q. What equipment does my child need?
A. For outdoor sports, cleats are recommended but not required. Metal cleats are not allowed, except in 5th-8th grade baseball. Toe cleats are prohibited on soccer cleats. It is beneficial to wait until practices start before buying accessories like shorts and socks so that the team can attempt to coordinate. For soccer, children will also need a pair of long socks and a pair of shin guards. The socks must be long enough to cover the guards to prevent injuries if the guards were to break. For football, mouth guards are required. For indoor sports, athletic shoes must have non-marking soles. For volleyball, knee pads. Uniforms are provided for most teams by KIDSPORTS. Depending on the sport and grade level some teams are required to provide their own uniforms. Coaches are responsible for picking up uniforms and handing them out in practice.
Q. Why do I have to fill out a form every time that I come in?
A. It is necessary for us to have your express written permission for every sport that your child plays.
Q. Who maintains the fields?
A. KIDSPORTS is responsible for lining the playing fields, but the school districts are responsible for keeping the grass short.
Q. Are the referees trained?
A. Referees are hired and trained through an independent contractor. Obviously, some referees are more experienced than others. Please respect referees who are still learning so that we can help them learn from their mistakes and come back to our program more experienced the following year. Yelling at, or berating referees is against our parent and coach codes of conduct. KIDSPORTS feels that this behavior is adverse to the organization's mission.
Q. Can I register a child that is visiting me for the summer?
A. Yes, you can register a child visiting you for the summer. The child would sign up with your neighborhood public school. Be aware that practices may start before the school year is over, so you want to sign them up before registration closes to reserve their spot on the team even if they are not in town yet.
Q. What areas of town are considered in district?
A. All Eugene, Springfield, and Pleasant Hill schools are in-district.
Q. Can a girl play on a boy's team?
A. Yes, a girl can play on a boy's team if there is not a girl's team offered for that sport.
Q. What forms of payment do you accept?
A. We accept Visa and Mastercard as well as debit cards that are endorsed by Visa and Mastercard. We also accept checks or cash.